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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
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
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