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Famous The College Of Wooster Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to The College of Wooster and be of some renown.

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

Items on this list include S. Robson Walton and J.C. Chandor.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to The College of Wooster?” and “Which celebrities are The College of Wooster alumni?”
  • 1

    Charles F. Kettering

    Inventor, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 82 (1876-1958)

    BirthplaceLoudonville, Ohio


    Charles Franklin Kettering (August 29, 1876 – November 25, 1958) sometimes known as Charles "Boss" Kettering was an American inventor, engineer, businessman, and the holder of 186 patents. He was a...  more
  • 2

    S. Robson Walton



    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma


    Samuel Robson "Rob" Walton (born October 28, 1944) is an heir to the fortune of Walmart, the world's largest retailer. He is the eldest son of Helen Walton and Sam Walton. He served as Chairman of...  more
  • 3
    Martha Cowles Chase (November 30, 1927 – August 8, 2003), also known as Martha C. Epstein, was an American geneticist known for having in 1952, with Alfred Hershey, experimentally helped to confirm...  more
  • 4

    John Dean

    Author, Lawyer


    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America


    John Wesley Dean III (born October 14, 1938) is a former attorney who served as White House Counsel for United States President Richard Nixon from July 1970 until April 1973. Dean is known for his...  more
  • 5

    Stephen R. Donaldson

    Novelist, Writer


    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio


    Stephen Reeder Donaldson (born May 13, 1947) is an American fantasy, science fiction and mystery novelist, most famous for The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, his ten-novel fantasy series. His work is...  more
  • 6

    AgeDec. at 59 (1946-2005)

    BirthplaceNewport, Arkansas


    John Thomas Walton (October 8, 1946 – June 27, 2005) was an American war veteran and a son of Walmart founder Sam Walton. He was also the chairman of True North Partners, a venture capital firm....  more
  • 7

    Ronald Takaki

    Historian, Professor

    AgeDec. at 70 (1939-2009)

    BirthplaceOahu, Hawaii


    Ronald Toshiyuki Takaki (April 12, 1939 – May 26, 2009) was an American academic, historian, ethnographer and author. He was born in Oahu, Hawaii, and his work addresses stereotypes of Asian...  more
  • 8

    AgeDec. at 67 (1887-1954)

    BirthplaceWooster, Ohio


    Karl Taylor Compton (September 14, 1887 – June 22, 1954) was a prominent American physicist and president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1930 to 1948....  more
  • 9

    AgeDec. at 70 (1892-1962)

    BirthplaceWooster, Ohio


    Arthur Holly Compton (September 10, 1892 – March 15, 1962) was an American physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1927 for his 1923 discovery of the Compton effect, which demonstrated the...  more
  • 10

    Duncan Jones

    Film Producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceBromley, United Kingdom


    Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones (born 30 May 1971) is a British-American film director, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the science fiction film Moon (2009), for which he won the...  more
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    David Ross Boyd

    David Ross Boyd (1853 – November 17, 1936) was an American educator and the first president of the University of Oklahoma. Boyd was born in Coshocton, Ohio, and obtained a doctorate degree from the...  more
  • 13

    AgeDec. at 80 (1841-1921)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Ohio, United States of America


    Samuel S. Yoder (August 16, 1841 – May 11, 1921) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio....  more
  • 14

    AgeDec. at 79 (1901-1980)

    BirthplaceHolmesville, Ohio, United States of America


    William Moore McCulloch (November 24, 1901 – February 22, 1980) was an American politician and a member of the Republican Party who served as a U.S. Representative for Ohio's 4th congressional...  more
  • 15

    Mark Denbeaux

    Professor, Law professor


    BirthplaceGainesville, Florida


    Mark P. Denbeaux (born July 30, 1943 in Gainesville, Florida) is an American attorney, professor, and author. He is a law professor at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey and...  more
  • 16


    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania


    Eugene Anthony DePasquale (born August 3, 1971) is a Democratic politician who is serving as the Pennsylvania Auditor General. From 2007 to 2013, he served in the Pennsylvania House of...  more
  • 17
    Donald Lewis Kohn (born November 7, 1942) is an American economist who served as the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He is considered a moderate dove on...  more
  • 18

    James H. Hyslop

    James Hervey Hyslop, Ph.D, LL.D, was a professor of ethics and logic at Columbia University, a psychologist, and a psychical researcher. From 1906 until his death he was the secretary-treasurer of...  more
  • 19
    Joseph Banks Rhine (September 29, 1895 – February 20, 1980), usually known as J. B. Rhine, was an American botanist who founded parapsychology as a branch of psychology, founding the parapsychology...  more
  • 20

    Judson Rosebush



    BirthplaceWooster, Ohio, United States of America


    Judson Rosebush (b. October 1, 1947, Wooster, Ohio) is a director and producer of multimedia products and computer animation, an author, artist and media theorist. He is the founder of Digital...  more
  • 21
    John Howey is a Florida architect known as part of the group of architects at work since 1965 that followed the Sarasota School of Architects led by Paul Rudolph. John Howey Associates is his Tampa...  more
  • 22

    Robert X. Cringely

    Journalist, Writer


    BirthplaceApple Creek, Ohio


    Robert X. Cringely is the pen name of both technology journalist Mark Stephens and a string of writers for a column in InfoWorld, the one-time weekly computer trade newspaper published by IDG....  more
  • 23


    BirthplaceLancaster, Ohio


    Debra Allbery (born 3 March 1957 in Lancaster, Ohio) is an American poet....  more
  • 24
    H.J. Markley is Executive Vice President, Worldwide Parts Services, Global Supply Management and Logistics, Enterprise Information Technology, and Corporate Communications at Deere Company, a...  more
  • 25

    Helen Murray Free

    Educator, Chemist


    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania


    Helen Murray Free (born February 20, 1923, Pittsburgh, PA) is a retired American chemist and educator. She received a B.A. in chemistry from The College of Wooster in 1944 and an M.A. in management...  more