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Famous University Of Dayton Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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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  • 1
    Inventor

    AgeDec. at 80 (1907-1987)

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    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 US...  more
  • 2

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 3
    American Football coach, Commentator

    Age58

    BirthplaceSandusky, Ohio, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jon David Gruden (born August 17, 1963) is an American football coach who is the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He first served as the Raiders' head coach...  more
  • 4

    Age76

    BirthplaceCleveland, Area code 216, Ohio, United States of America, United States

    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, 2005,...  more
  • 5
    Radio personality, Actor

    Age65

    BirthplaceUSA, Zanesville, Ohio

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 on...  more
  • 6
    Copywriter, Comedian

    Age78

    BirthplaceAshtabula, Ohio, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 Live from...  more

    #63 of 94 The Best SNL Cast Members Of All Time#65 of 69 The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni#13 of 48 The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s

  • 7
    Commentator, Author

    Age61

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Michael or Mike Gallagher may refer to:...  more
  • 8
    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....  more
  • 9
    Politician, Lawyer

    Age66

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 mayor...  more
  • 10
    Businessperson

    Age55

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 business units of...  more
  • 11
    Politician, Lawyer

    Age61

    BirthplaceDayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, United States of America, United States

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 the...  more
  • 12
    Politician

    Age59

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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
  • 13
    Model, Actor

    Age44

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, USA

    NationalityUnited 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....  more
  • 14
    Politician, Public Relations Executive

    Age54

    BirthplaceRoyal Oak, Michigan, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States

    NationalityUnited 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
  • 15
    Basketball player, Coach

    Age66

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 Association...  more
  • 16

    AgeDec. at 85 (1904-1989)

    BirthplaceBusan, South Korea

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 chemist...  more
  • 17
    Journalist, Author

    AgeDec. at 69 (1927-1996)

    BirthplaceBellbrook, Ohio

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 the...  more
  • 18
    Businessperson

    Age54

    BirthplaceSpringfield, 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
  • 19
    American Football coach, Coach

    AgeDec. at 82 (1932-2014)

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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 of...  more

    #9 of 75 The Best NFL Coaches of All Time#46 of 63 The Best NFL Head Coaches to Have a Beer With#5 of 127 The Best Pittsburgh Steelers of All Time

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    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
  • 21
    Politician

    AgeDec. at 82 (1908-1991)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Edward Grimes Breen (June 10, 1908, in Dayton, Ohio – May 8, 1991, in Dayton, Ohio) was an American politician of the Democratic party....  more
  • 22
    American football player

    Age87

    BirthplaceStamford, Connecticut

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 23
    Basketball Coach, Coach

    Age55

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 24
    Footballer

    Age37

    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Dasan Alexander Robinson (born June 6, 1984 in Evanston, Illinois) is a retired American soccer player....  more
  • 25
    Actor, Lawyer

    Age60

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

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