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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 Joseph Raymond Desch was an American electrical engineer and inventor. During World War II, he was Research Director of the project to design and manufacture the US Navy version of the bombe, a ...more

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Dennis Danzik is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
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Jon Gruden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
American Football coach, Commentator, Coach Jon David Gruden is a former NFL head coach and current NFL analyst for ESPN. He was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, winning Super Bowl XXXVII in his first ...more

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Ray Gricar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Lawyer Ray Frank Gricar was an American attorney who served as the district attorney of Centre County, Pennsylvania, from 1985 until 2005. On April 15, 2005, Gricar went missing under mysterious ...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 Daniel Patrick Pugh, professionally known as Dan Patrick, is an American Sports Emmy-winning sportscaster, radio personality, and actor from Mason, Ohio. He currently hosts The Dan Patrick Show ...more

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Don Novello is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Copywriter, Comedian, Television producer Don Novello (born January 1, 1943) is an American writer, film director, producer, actor, singer, and comedian. Novello is best known for his work on NBC's Saturday Night Live, from 1977 until ...more

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Mike Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Commentator, Author, Radio personality Mike Gallagher is an American radio host and conservative political commentator. He is the host of The Mike Gallagher Show, a nationally syndicated radio program that airs throughout the United ...more

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Rev. Thomas F. Middendorf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
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 Michael B. Coleman is an American politician of the Democratic Party, the 52nd and current mayor of Columbus, Ohio. He is the first African-American mayor of Ohio's capital. Coleman was born in ...more

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Joseph Hinrichs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Businessperson Joe Hinrichs, 41, is group vice president, Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs, Ford Motor Company. He is responsible for the operations of 105 assembly, stamping and powertrain plants

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Mike Turner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Michael R. "Mike" Turner is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 10th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district, ...more

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Bob Schaffer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Politician Robert Warren "Bob" Schaffer was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from the State of Colorado in the 105th Congress and the two succeeding Congresses. ...more

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Candace Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Model, Actor, Lawyer Candace Elizabeth Smith is an American lawyer, actress, model, and beauty queen from Dayton, Ohio. Smith was a contestant on Survivor: Tocantins.

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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 Jon A. Husted is an American politician of the Republican Party who currently serves as Ohio Secretary of State. Previously, he was a member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 6th district. He ...more

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Johnny Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Basketball player, Coach Johnny Reginald Davis is a retired American professional basketball player, and formerly an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He played in the ...more

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Charles J. Pedersen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Chemist Charles John Pedersen was an American organic chemist best known for describing methods of synthesizing crown ethers. He shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1987 with Donald J. Cram and ...more

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Erma Bombeck is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer Erma Louise Bombeck was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s. Bombeck also ...more

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Kevin DeWine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Businessperson Kevin DeWine 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 Representatives. DeWine graduated ...more

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Chuck Noll is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
American Football coach, Coach, American football player Charles Henry "Chuck" Noll was a professional American football player, assistant coach and head coach. His sole head coaching position was for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National ...more

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Omar Jarun is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Omar Jarun is a Palestinian international footballer who plays as a central defender who currently plays for Indian club Bharat FC. Jarun has played professionally in the United States, Canada, ...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 Edward Grimes Breen 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 John Frederick Dugan is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Washington Redskins. He played college ...more

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Anthony Grant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Basketball Coach, Coach Anthony Duvale Grant is an American college basketball coach, most recently coaching at the University of Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball program from 2009-2015. Before accepting the job ...more

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Dasan Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Dasan Robinson Footballer Dasan Alexander Robinson 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 Scott L. Rolle 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 way of election ...more

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James V. Stanton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
James V. Stanton Lawyer James Vincent Stanton was a U.S. Representative from Ohio. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Stanton graduated from Holy Name High School in 1949 and then served in the United States Air Force from 1950 ...more

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Jerry Blevins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Baseball player Jerry Richard Blevins is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. He played in MLB for the Oakland Athletics from 2007 through 2013 and the ...more

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Patrick J. Ballantine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Patrick J. Ballantine Politician Patrick J. Ballantine, an attorney from Wilmington, North Carolina, was a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly, rising to become the Senate Minority Leader and the Republican ...more

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Roderick J. McDavis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Roderick J. McDavis Roderick J. McDavis, Ph.D., is the 20th and current President of Ohio University, located in Athens, Ohio. Dr. McDavis has more than 35 years of service in higher education, including roles as ...more

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Emil Karas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
American football player Emil Karas was an American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and in the American Football League with the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers. He was on ...more

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Terry Alvino is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Terry Alvino Terry Alvino is an American soccer player currently playing for Kalamazoo Outrage in the USL Premier Development League. He spent three years at the University of the Incarnate Word in San ...more

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Kristina Keneally is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Spokesperson, Businessperson, Politician Kristina Kerscher Keneally is a former Australian politician who was the 42nd Premier of New South Wales. She was elected leader of the Australian Labor Party in New South Wales and thus Premier ...more

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Chris Rolfe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Chris Rolfe Chris Rolfe is an American soccer player who currently plays for D.C. United in Major League Soccer.

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Michael DeForest Wilson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Michael DeForest Wilson American football player Michael DeForest Wilson was an American football player who played tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs from 1969 to 1975. He later played with the Edmonton ...more

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Chris Wright is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Chris Wright Basketball player Chris Wright is a Forward on the Dayton Flyers men's basketball team.

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Jim Katcavage is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
American football player James Richard Katcavage was an American football defensive tackle in the National Football League who played thirteen seasons for the New York Giants. From 1952 until 1956, Katcavage played ...more

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Bruce Graham is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Architect Bruce John Graham was a Colombian-American architect. Among his most notable buildings are the Inland Steel Building, the Willis Tower, and the John Hancock Center. He worked with Fazlur Khan on ...more

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William R. Ringo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Bill Ringo is the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Pfizer, with responsibility for guiding the company's overall strategic planning and business development

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Gordon Ray Roberts is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Gordon Ray Roberts Gordon Ray Roberts is a retired United States Army officer and a Medal of Honor recipient for his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond ...more

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Gerry Faust is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Gerry Faust Coach, American football player Gerard Anthony "Gerry" Faust is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame from 1981 to 1985 and at the ...more

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Godfrey Tenoff is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Godfrey Tenoff Godfrey Tenoff is a South African soccer player, currently without a club.

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Allan W. Eckert is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Historian, Novelist, Writer Allan Wesley Eckert was an American historian, historical novelist, and naturalist.

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Negele Knight is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Basketball player Negele Oscar Knight is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the 2nd round of the 1990 NBA Draft. Knight played for the Suns, San Antonio ...more

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David Schweickart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Mathematician David Schweickart is an American mathematician and philosopher. He holds a BS in Mathematics from University of Dayton, a PhD in Mathematics from University of Virginia, and a PhD in Philosophy ...more

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Jim Paxson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
James Joseph "Jim" Paxson is an American retired professional basketball player. A first round selection of the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1979 NBA Draft, Paxson played for Portland ...more

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Bob DeMarco is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
American football player Robert "Bob" DeMarco is a former American football center who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League for four teams.

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John L. Lahey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
John L. Lahey Businessperson John L. Lahey is the president of Quinnipiac University.

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Siva S. Banda is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Siva Subrahmanyam Banda is an Indian-American aerospace engineer. He is Director of the Control Science Center of Excellence and Chief Scientist for the Aerospace Systems Directorate at the ...more

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Craig Stammen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Baseball player Craig N. Stammen is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. Stammen grew up and still resides in North Star, Ohio, a village about 11 ...more

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Gary R. Heminger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Dayton Alumni
Gary R. Heminger Businessperson Gary R. Heminger is executive vice president - Downstream of Marathon Oil Corporation and serves as a member of Marathon's Executive Committee. He joined the Company in 1975 and was appointed to ...more