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Famous St. Olaf College Alumni

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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