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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Roosevelt University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Roosevelt University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Roosevelt University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Roosevelt University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Roosevelt University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Roosevelt University.

The list you're viewing is made up of different graduates like John Proulx and Anthony Braxton.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Roosevelt University?” and “Which celebrities are Roosevelt University alumni?”
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Harold Washington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Harold Lee Washington was an American lawyer, politician and elected in 1983 as the 51st Mayor of Chicago. He was the first African-American Mayor of Chicago, serving from April 29, 1983 until ...more
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Bobby Rush is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Politician
Bobby Lee Rush is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 1st congressional district, serving since 1993. The district is located principally on the South Side of Chicago with its population ...more
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Paul Mirecki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Professor
Paul Mirecki is Bible scholar and associate professor of religious studies at the University of Kansas and the faculty advisor for the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics student ...more
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Ron Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Ronald Allen "Ron" Williams is an American businessman, entrepreneur and management consultant. He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aetna Inc., a leading ...more
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Anthony Braxton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Performer, Professor, Musician
Anthony Braxton is an American composer and instrumentalist. Braxton has released well over 100 albums since the 1960s. Among the instruments he plays are the sopranino, soprano, C-melody, F ...more
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Shel Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Poet, Singer-songwriter, Screenwriter
Sheldon Allan "Shel" Silverstein was an American poet, singer-songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books. He styled himself as Uncle Shelby in some works. ...more
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Edsel Albert Ammons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Bishop, Pastor
Edsel Albert Ammons was an American Bishop of the United Methodist Church, elected in 1976.
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Gus Savage is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Politician
Augustus Alexander "Gus" Savage is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Illinois.
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Emil Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Emil Jones Politician
Emil Jones, Jr. was the President of the Illinois Senate from 2003 to 2009. A Democrat, Jones served in the Illinois Senate from 1983 to 2009, where he served as President of the Illinois Senate ...more
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Tony Alcantar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting
Tony Alcantar is an American actor. He may be best known for his improv work with the Windy City Women Improv Troupe, but he has also acted in many TV shows and films, provided voice acting for ...more
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Herschell Gordon Lewis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Copywriter, Advertising Executive
Herschell Gordon Lewis is an American filmmaker, best known for creating the "splatter" subgenre of horror films. He is often called the "Godfather of Gore", though his film ...more
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Junior Mance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Pianist
Julian Clifford Mance, Jr. is an American jazz pianist and composer.
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Tony Yalda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Actor, Singer
Tony Yalda, sometimes credited as Anthony Yalda is an Assyrian actor.
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Jesse Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Jesse Brown was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps who served as United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997.
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Melissa Bean is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Melissa Luburich Bean is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 8th congressional district from 2005 to 2011. Bean, who is of Serb origin, is a member of the ...more
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Danitra Vance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Comedian, Actor
Danitra Vance was an American comedian and actress best known as a cast member on the NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live during its eleventh season and for work in feature films like Sticky ...more
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Sheldon Drobny is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Accountant, Businessperson
Sheldon Drobny is an American accountant and investor, best known for forming the company that later became Air America Radio.
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Lester G. Telser is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Economist
Lester Greenspan Telser is an American economist and Professor Emeritus in Economics at the University of Chicago.
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Brenda J. Gaines is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Brenda J. Gaines served as president and chief executive officer of Diners Club North America, a subsidiary of Citigroup, from October 2002 until her retirement in April 2004. She has been a ...more
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Warren W. Wiersbe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Warren W. Wiersbe Writer
Warren Wendel Wiersbe is an American pastor, Bible teacher, conference speaker and a prolific writer of Christian literature and theological works. Born in East Chicago, Indiana, Wiersbe is ...more
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Mike Quigley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Michael "Mike" Quigley is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 5th congressional district, serving since the April 7, 2009 special election. The district includes most of Chicago's ...more
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Sandra Gulland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Sandra Gulland
Sandra Gulland is an American-born Canadian novelist. She is the author of The Shadow Queen and Mistress of the Sun, novels set in the court of Louis XIV, The Sun King, and a trilogy of novels ...more
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James Forman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Professor, Civil Rights Leader, Writer
James Forman was an American Civil Rights leader active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Black Panther Party, and the International Black Workers Congress. He received a ...more
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Toni Harp is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Toni Harp Politician
Toni Nathaniel Harp is an American politician who currently serves as the 50th Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut. Harp, a Democrat, was a state senator in Connecticut from 1993 to 2013. Harp, a ...more
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David L. Kaplan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
David Leon Kaplan, CM SOM was a Chicago-born, U.S.-educated Canadian university professor of music, performer and conductor.