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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.

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Rick Yancey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Novelist, Author Rick Yancey is an American novelist.

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Carol Ronen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Carol Ronen was a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 7th District from 2000 to 2008.

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Anna Langford is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Anna Langford Lawyer Anna Langford was an American politician and lawyer who served on the Chicago City Council in Chicago, Illinois. Langford became the first African American woman elected to the Chicago City ...more

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Eddie Harris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Musician Eddie Harris was an American jazz musician, best known for playing tenor saxophone and for introducing the electrically amplified saxophone. He was also fluent on the electric piano and organ. ...more

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Phillip Jackson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Phillip Jackson Politician Phillip Jackson is an American politician. He worked in human services at the Chicago Office of Management and Budget before joining Chicago Public Schools as director of intergovernmental ...more

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Raymond F. Clevenger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Raymond F. Clevenger Raymond Francis Clevenger was a U.S. Representative from the U.S. state of Michigan. Clevenger was born in Chicago and attended schools in Oak Park, Illinois, graduating from high school in ...more

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Jacob Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Jacob Bernstein Jake Bernstein is President of Network Press, Inc. in Santa Cruz, California. Bernstein claims expertise in seasonal trading and has developed methods of trading in futures markets, and has been ...more

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Michael Bond is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Michael Bond Michael Bond is a former Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 31st District from 2007 to 2011. Bond lives in Grayslake. He received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from ...more

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Parvesh Cheena is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Actor Parvesh Singh Cheena is an American character actor. He most recently played Gupta in the NBC Universal TV series Outsourced.

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John Proulx is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Jazz Pianist John Proulx is a jazz pianist, vocalist, and Grammy Award winning composer in Los Angeles, California. His singing style has elicited comparisons to a young Chet Baker. He is a MAXJAZZ recording ...more

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Regina Harris Baiocchi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Regina Harris Baiocchi Regina A. Harris Baiocchi is an American musician, music educator, composer and writer of short stories and poetry.

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Alan Gerber is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Songwriter Alan Gerber is an American-born singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is a member of the recently reunited rock band Rhinoceros and also has been pursuing a solo career throughout ...more

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Kathleen A. Ryg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Kathleen A. Ryg Kathleen Ann Ryg was a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 59th district from 2003 until 2009. The district includes all or part of Vernon Hills, Prairie ...more

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Lee Willerman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Lee Willerman Lee Willerman was an American psychologist known for his work on behavioral genetics using twin studies.

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Blanche M. Manning is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Blanche M. Manning Lawyer Blanche M. Manning is a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

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David Applebaum is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
David Applebaum David Applebaum was an American-born Israeli physician and rabbi. He was chief of the emergency room and trauma services of Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Applebaum was murdered in a ...more

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Raymond W. Smock is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Raymond W. Smock Historian Raymond W. "Ray" Smock is an American historian, currently serving as director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University, and formerly the Historian ...more

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Reg Weaver is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Reg Weaver Reg Weaver is the immediate past president of the National Education Association, the largest professional association and one of the most influential educator groups in the United States. He is ...more

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Branko Mikasinovich is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Branko Mikasinovich Branko Mikasinovich is a scholar of Yugoslav and Serbian literature as well as a noted Slavist. He has edited Introduction to Yugoslav Literature, a representative anthology of modern Yugoslav ...more

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Ed Schock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Ed Schock Edward "Ed" Schock is an Illinois politician and former elementary school principal. He began service on the Elgin City Council after winning election in 1993, and he was re-elected in ...more

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Corky Siegel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Corky Siegel Mark Paul "Corky" Siegel is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and composer. He plays harmonica and piano. He plays and writes blues and blues-rock music, and has also worked ...more

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Carla Hayden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Carla Hayden Carla Diane Hayden is an American librarian. She is the current CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, and was the fourth black president of the American Library Association ...more

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Carolyn Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Carolyn Rodgers Poet Carolyn M. Rodgers was a poet.

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Jim Schwall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Jim Schwall Jim Schwall is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and photographer. He is best known as a co-founder and member of the Siegel-Schwall Band.

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Kenneth Zucker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Roosevelt University Alumni
Kenneth Zucker Psychologist Kenneth J. Zucker is an American-Canadian psychologist and sexologist. He is Psychologist-in-Chief and Head of the Gender Identity Service in the Child, Youth, and Family Program at Toronto's ...more