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Famous Seattle University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 8.4k views48 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Seattle University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Seattle University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Seattle University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Seattle University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Seattle 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 Seattle University.

List features graduates like Elgin Baylor, Quincy Jones.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Seattle University?” and “Which celebrities are Seattle University alumni?”
  • 1

    Quincy Jones

    Film Score Composer, Businessperson


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Quincy Delight Jones Jr. (born March 14, 1933) is an American record producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and film producer. His career spans over 60 years in the entertainment industry with a...  more

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  • 2

    Duff McKagan

    Bassist, Guitarist


    BirthplaceWashington, Area code 206, Western United States, Northwestern United States, United States of America

    Michael Andrew "Duff" McKagan (born February 5, 1964), sometimes credited as Duff "Rose" McKagan, is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and author. He is best known for his...  more


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  • 3

    John Hopcroft

    Computer scientist


    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    John Edward Hopcroft (born October 7, 1939) is an American theoretical computer scientist. His textbooks on theory of computation (also known as the Cinderella book) and data structures are regarded...  more
  • 4

    David James Davies

    Pilot, Business magnate

    AgeDec. at 63 (1893-1956)

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    David James Davies (1893–1956), known as D. J. Davies, was a Welsh economist, industrialist, prize winning essayist, author, political activist, pilot, and an internationalist. Davies was a world...  more
  • 5

    Frank Murkowski

    Politician, Banker


    BirthplaceWashington, Area code 206, Western United States, Northwestern United States, United States of America

    Frank Hughes Murkowski (born March 28, 1933) is an American retired politician and a member of the Republican Party. He was a United States senator from Alaska from 1981 until 2002 and the eighth...  more
  • 6

    Dino Rossi

    Businessperson, Politician


    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Dino John Rossi (born October 15, 1959) is an American businessman and politician who has served in the Washington State Senate. He is a former Chair of the Washington State Special...  more
  • 7

    Elgin Baylor

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Elgin Gay Baylor (September 16, 1934 – March 22, 2021) was an American former basketball player, coach, and executive. He played 14 seasons as a small forward in the National Basketball Association...  more

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  • 8

    Johnny Horton

    Composer, Singer

    AgeDec. at 35 (1925-1960)

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    John LaGale "Johnny" Horton (April 30, 1925 – November 5, 1960) was an American country music, honky tonk and rockabilly singer and musician, during the 1950s and early 1960s, best known for his...  more

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  • 9
    Jerry Grundhofer (born 1945) is the former CEO and Chairman of U.S. Bancorp. He graduated from Seattle University in 1965. In 1993, he became the president of Star Banc Corporation and held that...  more
  • 10

    Jim Whittaker



    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    James W. Whittaker (born February 10, 1929), also known as Jim Whittaker, is an American mountaineer and mountain guide. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, on May 1, 1963 he became the first...  more
  • 11

    Julie Larson-Green




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  • 12

    John Spellman



    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    John Dennis Spellman (December 29, 1926 – January 16, 2018) was an American politician who was the 18th Governor of Washington between 1981 and 1985 and the first King County Executive from 1969 to...  more
  • 13

    Mary Kay Letourneau



    BirthplaceTustin, California

    Mary Kay Schmitz, formerly Letourneau (January 30, 1962 – July 6, 2020) was an American former schoolteacher who pleaded guilty in 1997 to two counts of felony second-degree rape of a child, her...  more
  • 14

    Peter W. Chiarelli

    Peter W. Chiarelli (born March 23, 1950) is a retired United States Army general who served as the 32nd Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from August 4, 2008 to January 31, 2012. He also served as...  more
  • 15

    John Juanda

    Professional Poker Player


    BirthplaceMedan, Indonesia

    Johnson "John" Juanda (born July 8, 1971) is an Indonesian-born American professional poker player based in Marina del Rey, California. He has won five World Series of Poker bracelets. He is best...  more
  • 16


    Charles D. Swift (born 1961) is an attorney and former career Navy officer, who retired in 2007 as a Lieutenant Commander in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. He is most noted for having served as...  more
  • 17

    Dave Barrett

    Politician, Social work


    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada

    David Barrett, (October 2, 1930 – February 2, 2018) was a politician and social worker in British Columbia, Canada. He was the 26th Premier of British Columbia for three years between 1972 and 1975....  more
  • 18

    Patrick Henry Brady

    Patrick Henry Brady (born October 1, 1936), is a retired United States Army major general. While serving as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War, he received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest...  more
  • 19

    Ron Howard

    Television producer, Film Producer


    BirthplaceDuncan, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Alternative NameRon Howard, Ronny Howard

    Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954) is an American filmmaker and actor. Howard first came to prominence as a child actor, guest starring in several television series, most notably in an...  more

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  • 20


    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Carolyne Wright (born Bellingham, Washington) is an American poet....  more
  • 21
    Carolyn Nelson is a North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party member of the North Dakota Senate, representing the 21st district since 1994. She currently serves as Assistant Minority Leader. She was...  more
  • 22

    Johnny O'Brien

    Baseball player


    BirthplaceSouth Amboy, New Jersey

    John Thomas O'Brien (born December 11, 1930) is a former backup second baseman and pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1953, 1955–58), St. Louis Cardinals (1958)...  more
  • 23

    Eddie O'Brien

    Baseball player

    AgeDec. at 83 (1930-2014)

    BirthplaceSouth Amboy, New Jersey

    Edward Joseph O'Brien (December 11, 1930 – February 21, 2014) was an American Major League Baseball shortstop, outfielder and pitcher. He played his entire five-year baseball career for the...  more
  • 24

    Rosemary McAuliffe

    Rosemary Ann McAuliffe (née Belmont; August 1, 1940) is a Democratic politician, elected as the Washington State Senator for the 1st District in 1992, beginning her term in 1993. Preceding her...  more
  • 25

    Thomas M. Sullivan



    Tom Sullivan (Thomas M. Sullivan, b. 1949) was a business news anchor for the Fox Business Network, who also hosts a syndicated radio talk show formerly on the Fox News Radio network. ...  more