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Famous University Of Dayton Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of Dayton and be of some renown.

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

List ranges from Jon Gruden to Chuck Noll and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Dayton?” and “Which celebrities are University of Dayton alumni?”
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Joseph Desch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Inventor

Age: Dec. at 80 (1907-1987)

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio

Joseph Raymond Desch (23 May 1907 – August 3, 1987) was an American electrical engineer and inventor. During World War II, he was Research Director of the project to design and manufacture the ...more
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Dennis Danzik is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Inventor
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Jon Gruden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
American Football coach, Commentator, Coach

Age: 55

Birthplace: Sandusky, Ohio, United States of America

Jon David Gruden (born August 17, 1963) is an American football coach who is the head coach of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He first served as the Raiders' head ...more
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Ray Gricar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 73

Birthplace: Cleveland, Area code 216, Ohio, United States of America, United States, + more

Ray Frank Gricar (; born October 9, 1945, missing April 15, 2005) was an American attorney who served as the district attorney of Centre County, Pennsylvania, from 1985 until 2005. On April 15, ...more
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Dan Patrick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Radio personality, Actor, Sports commentator

Age: 62

Birthplace: Zanesville, Ohio, USA

Daniel Patrick Pugh (born May 15, 1956), known professionally as Dan Patrick, is an American sportscaster, radio personality, and actor from Mason, Ohio. He hosts The Dan Patrick Show broadcast ...more
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Don Novello is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Copywriter, Comedian, Television producer

Age: 76

Birthplace: Ashtabula, USA, Ohio

Donald Andrew "Don" Novello (born January 1, 1943) is an American writer, film director, producer, actor, singer and comedian. He is best known for his work on NBC's Saturday Night ...more

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Mike Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Commentator, Author, Radio personality

Age: 58

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States of America

Michael or Mike Gallagher may refer to:
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Rev. Thomas F. Middendor... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni

Age: Dec. at 68 (1924-1992)

Birthplace: Bromley, Kentucky

Rev. Mittendorf was at the American Airlines flight 383 crash site. He administered last rites to the passengers as the plane burned into the night.
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Michael B. Coleman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 64

Birthplace: Area codes 419 and 567, Ohio, Area code 419, United States of America, United States, + more

Michael B. Coleman (born November 18, 1954) is an American politician of the Democratic Party who served as the 52nd mayor of Columbus, Ohio. He was the first African-American to serve as the ...more
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Joseph Hinrichs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 53

Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio

Joseph Ralph "Joe" Hinrichs (born 1966) is President, Automotive for Ford Motor Company. In this role he oversees all of Ford’s global automotive business, including the global ...more
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Mike Turner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 59

Birthplace: Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, United States of America, United States, + more

Michael Ray Turner (born January 11, 1960) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 10th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2003. He is a member of ...more
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Bob Schaffer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Politician

Age: 56

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

Robert Warren Schaffer (born July 24, 1962) is a Republican former member of the United States House of Representatives from the State of Colorado in the 105th Congress and the two succeeding ...more
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Candace Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Model, Actor, Lawyer

Age: 42

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States of America

Candace Elizabeth Smith (born February 1, 1977) is an American lawyer, actress, producer, life coach, author and love expert from Dayton, Ohio.
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Jon A. Husted is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Politician, Public Relations Executive, Sports commentator

Age: 51

Birthplace: Royal Oak, Michigan, United States of America

Jon A. Husted (born August 25, 1967) is the 66th and current lieutenant governor of Ohio, since 2019. He was previously the 53rd Ohio Secretary of State. A member of the Republican Party, he ...more
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Johnny Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Basketball player, Coach

Age: 63

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Johnny Reginald Davis (born October 21, 1955) is an American retired professional basketball player, and formerly an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball ...more
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Charles J. Pedersen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Chemist

Age: Dec. at 85 (1904-1989)

Birthplace: Busan, South Korea

Charles John Pedersen (October 3, 1904 – October 26, 1989) was an American organic chemist best known for describing methods of synthesizing crown ethers during his entire 42-year career as a ...more
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Erma Bombeck is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer

Age: Dec. at 69 (1927-1996)

Birthplace: Bellbrook, Ohio

Erma Louise Bombeck (née Fiste; February 21, 1927 – April 22, 1996) was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life from ...more
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Kevin DeWine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 51

Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio

Kevin DeWine (born October 11, 1967) was the chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, serving from January 2009 until April 13, 2012. Previously, he was a member of the Ohio House of ...more
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Chuck Noll is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Chuck Noll American Football coach, Coach, American football player

Age: Dec. at 82 (1932-2014)

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Charles Henry Noll (January 5, 1932 – June 13, 2014) was an American professional football player, assistant coach and head coach. His sole head coaching position was for the Pittsburgh Steelers ...more

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Omar Jarun is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni

Age: 35

Birthplace: Kuwait City, Kuwait

Omar Jarun (Arabic: عمر جعرون‎; born 10 December 1983) is a former Palestinian footballer who is the manager of PDL club Peachtree City MOBA.Jarun has played professionally in the United States, ...more
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Edward G. Breen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Edward G. Breen Politician

Age: Dec. at 83 (1908-1991)

Edward Grimes Breen (June 10, 1908, in Dayton, Ohio – May 8, 1991, in Dayton, Ohio) was an American politician of the Democratic party.
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Fred Dugan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Fred Dugan American football player

Age: 81

Birthplace: Stamford, Connecticut

John Frederick Dugan (May 12, 1933 – March 3, 2018) was an American football end. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys and ...more
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Anthony Grant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Basketball Coach, Coach

Age: 52

Birthplace: Miami, Florida

Anthony Duvale Grant (born April 15, 1966) is an American basketball coach who is the head men's basketball coach at the University of Dayton. Prior to that, he was the head coach at Virginia ...more
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Dasan Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Dasan Robinson Footballer

Age: 34

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois

Dasan Alexander Robinson (born June 6, 1984 in Evanston, Illinois) is a retired American soccer player.
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Scott Rolle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Actor, Lawyer

Age: 57

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Scott L. Rolle (born June 30) Is a Circuit Court Judge in Frederick County, Maryland. In a close election in late 2014, he was the first lawyer to defeat a sitting judge in Frederick County by ...more