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List Rules People on this list must have gone to St. Olaf College and be of some renown.

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

Ernest Lawrence and Roger Grimsby are included on this list.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to St. Olaf College?” and “Which celebrities are St. Olaf College alumni?”

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Kristine Gebbie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Nurse, Politician Kristine Moore Gebbie is a professor of nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing. She is best known for being the first AIDS Czar, from 1993 to 1994, during the Clinton Administration. ...more

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Ernest Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Physicist Ernest Orlando Lawrence was a pioneering American nuclear scientist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1939 for his invention of the cyclotron. He is also known for his work on ...more

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Siri Hustvedt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author Siri Hustvedt is an American novelist and essayist. Hustvedt is the author of a book of poetry, five novels, two books of essays, and several works of non-fiction. Her books include: The ...more

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Andrew Kuster is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Editor, Conductor Andrew Thomas Kuster is an American writer, composer, and conductor.

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Satveer Chaudhary is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Satveer Singh Chaudhary is an American politician and a former member of the Minnesota State Senate and the Minnesota House of Representatives serving from 1996 to 2010. During his fourteen-year ...more

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David Grose is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Archaeologist Professor David F. Grose was a world-renowned authority on the classification of early ancient glass from the Roman period.

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Roger Grimsby is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader, Actor Roger Grimsby was an American journalist, television news anchor and actor. Grimsby is known as one of the pioneers of local television broadcast news.

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F. Melius Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Conductor F. Melius Christiansen was a Norwegian-born violinist and choral conductor in the Lutheran choral tradition.

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Robert Bly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Poet, Author, Writer Robert Bly is an American poet, author, activist and leader of the mythopoetic men's movement. His most commercially successful book to date was Iron John: A Book About Men, a key text of the ...more

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Al Quie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Politician Albert Harold "Al" Quie is an American politician who served as the 35th Governor of Minnesota from January 4, 1979, to January 3, 1983.

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Russell A. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Russell A. Anderson Russell A. Anderson is an attorney and former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. He served as an Associate Justice of the court from September 1, 1998 until he was sworn in as Chief ...more

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Anton Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Conductor, Composer Anton Armstrong is the conductor of the St. Olaf Choir as well as the Harry R. and Thora H. Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College of Northfield, Minnesota in the USA. Armstrong became ...more

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Erik Paulsen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Politician Erik Paulsen is an American politician serving in the United States House of Representatives for Minnesota's 3rd congressional district since 2009. A member of the Republican Party, he ...more

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Raymond Cox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Raymond "Ray" Cox is a Minnesota politician and a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from District 25B, which includes the communities of Belle Plaine, ...more

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René Clausen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
René Clausen Conductor René Clausen is an American composer, conductor of The Concordia Choir, and professor of music at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. His works are widely performed by high school ...more

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Tom Fiebiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Lawyer Tom Fiebiger is a North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party politician who served as a member of the North Dakota Senate from District 45 from 2006 to 2010.

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Arlen Erdahl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Arlen Erdahl Politician Arlen Ingolf Erdahl served as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1963 to 1970, Minnesota Secretary of State from 1971–1975 and was a U.S. Representative from Minnesota, ...more

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Ole Edvart Rølvaag is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Ole Edvart Rølvaag Professor, Novelist Ole Edvart Rølvaag was a Norwegian-American novelist and professor who became well known for his writings regarding the Norwegian American immigrant experience. Ole Rolvaag is most ...more

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Harry Haines is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Harry Haines Judge Harry Allen Haines is a judge of the United States Tax Court Haines earned his B.A. at St. Olaf College in 1961, his J.D. at the University of Montana Law School in 1964, and an LL.M. in ...more

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Sarah Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Poet, Author, Writer Sarah Lindsay is an American poet from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In addition to writing the two chapbooks Bodies of Water and Insomniac's Lullabye, Lindsay has authored two books in the Grove Press ...more

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David Minge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
David Minge Judge David R. Minge is a former American judge and political figure. David Minge served as a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals from 2002 until retiring at the end of March 2012. Previously, ...more

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Martha Nause is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Martha Nause Golfer Martha Nause is an American golfer. She attended St. Olaf College and her rookie year on the LPGA Tour was 1978. She won three times on the Tour, including one major championship, the 1994 du ...more

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Mary Stanton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Mary Stanton Novelist, Writer Mary Stanton is an American author most famous for her eight-volume children's fantasy series Unicorns of Balinor. Writing under the pseudonym Claudia Bishop, she is also the author of 14 ...more

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Kim Elton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Journalist Kim Steven Elton is a journalist, commercial fisherman, government official and Democratic politician in the U.S. state of Alaska. Elton represented Juneau in the Alaska House of Representatives ...more

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Tom Saxhaug is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Insurance, Legislator Tom Saxhaug is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he represents District 5, which includes portions of Beltrami, ...more

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Chris Raschka is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Illustrator, Author, Writer Chris Raschka is an American illustrator, writer, and violist. He contributed to children's literature as a children's illustrator. He was U.S. nominee for the biennial, international Hans ...more

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David Bly is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Legislator, Teacher David Bly is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he represents District 20B, which includes ...more

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David Boe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Organist David Boe is an organist and was head of the organ department of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he taught from 1962 to 2008. He is most notable for his work as a pedagogue, having ...more

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Gretchen Morgenson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Gretchen Morgenson Journalist, Writer Gretchen C. Morgenson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who writes the Market Watch column for the Sunday "Money & Business" section of the New York Times.

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Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer Politician, Professor Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is an American academic. He sought the endorsement of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party as a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2008, but was defeated by Al Franken.

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Glenn C. Taylor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Glenn C. Taylor is responsible for Medcos Key Accounts group government, labor groups and UnitedHealth Group. Prior to this role, he served as Medcos Senior Vice President, Account Management.

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August H. Andresen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer August Herman Andresen was a lawyer and politician from Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Congress as a Republican for thirty-three years. Andresen was born in Newark, Illinois to Reverend Ole ...more

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Bradley Ellingboe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Bradley Ellingboe Bradley Ellingboe is an American composer. Since 1985 he has been on the faculty of the University of New Mexico, where he is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities. Born in ...more

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Peg Kerr is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Writer Peg Kerr is an American fantasy author. She was born in a suburb of Chicago and moved to Minnesota to attend St. Olaf College. She received an M.A. in English Literature in 1990, specializing in ...more

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G. N. Glasoe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
G. Norris Glasoe was an American nuclear physicist. He was a member of the Columbia University team which was the first in the United States to verify the European discovery of the nuclear ...more

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John Marty is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Politician, Writer John J. Marty is a member of the Minnesota Senate, representing District 66, which includes portions of Ramsey County in the northern Twin Cities metropolitan area. As a young state senator, he ...more

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Sandy Jerstad is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Sandra Isabelle "Sandy" Jerstad is a Democratic member of the South Dakota Senate, representing the 12th district since 2006. Senator Jerstad sought reelection in 2010 but was defeated ...more

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Einar Haugen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Einar Haugen Einar Ingvald Haugen was an American linguist, author and Professor at University of Wisconsin–Madison and Harvard University.

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Kenneth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Conductor, Composer Kenneth Jennings is the Harry R. and Thora Helseth Tosdal Professor Emeritus of Music and Director Emeritus of the St. Olaf Choir. He is a published arranger, composer, and choral music

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Ember Reichgott Junge is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Politician, Legislator, Lawyer Ember Reichgott Junge is an attorney, radio personality, and former State Senator from Minnesota, representing New Hope and surrounding communities. A Democrat, she was elected to the Senate at ...more

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John Grotting is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
John Grotting John Grotting joined Frazier Healthcare in 2010 as an Operating Partner, working with the firm’s Growth Equity team to identify investment opportunities in hospital outsourcing and services. He ...more

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Arthur E. Thompson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Arthur E. Thompson Arthur Edwin Thompson was a North Dakota politician and teacher who served as the North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1933 to 1946.

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Mark W. Olson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Mark W. Olson Mark W. Olson was a member of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve from 2001 to 2006. Filling an unexpired term to end on January 31, 2010, he resigned on June 21, 2006 in order to ...more

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Ian M. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Ian M. Anderson Ian Anderson is an American entrepreneur who founded The Afternoon Company. He started his own recording label, Afternoon Records, after graduating high school that evolved into The Afternoon ...more

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Opie Otterstad is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Opie Otterstad Opie Otterstad is a painter who specializes in paintings of sports figures and events. He graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art and one in Psychology. He is the ...more

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Steve Sviggum is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Steve Sviggum Legislator Steven A. "Steve" Sviggum is a Minnesota politician, a former member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, and an executive assistant to and communications director for the ...more

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George L. Kelling is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Criminologist, Professor George L. Kelling is an American criminologist, an emeritus professor at Rutgers–Newark, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and a former fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at ...more

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Mark Kilstofte is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Mark Kilstofte Mark Kilstofte is an American composer, and professor at Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, reared in Pueblo, Colorado.

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Theodore Marcus Hansen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Theodore Marcus Hansen Theodore Marcus Hansen was a Danish-American Lutheran pastor, educator, and church leader. Ordained as a pastor in the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1915, Theodore Marcus served eleven ...more

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Harold Hagen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous St. Olaf College Alumni
Harold Hagen Harold Christian Hagen was a Minnesota politician. He was a Farmer-Laborite and then a Republican, serving the ninth district from 1943 to 1955. Born in Crookston, Minnesota, he was Lutheran of ...more