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

Dave DeBusschere and Spencer Haywood are included in this list.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Detroit Mercy?” and “Which celebrities are University of Detroit Mercy alumni?”

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Robert Kearns is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Robert Kearns Inventor Robert William Kearns was an American inventor who invented the intermittent windshield wiper systems used on most automobiles from 1969 to the present. His first patent for the invention was ...more

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Clifford C. Cook is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Clifford C. Cook Businessperson Mr. Cook joined Marathon in 1969 and was appointed to his current position as senior vice president of Supply, Distribution and Planning for Marathon Petroleum Company LLC in December 2001.He ...more

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Elmore Leonard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Elmore Leonard Crime writer, Novelist, Film Producer Elmore John Leonard, Jr. was an American novelist and screenwriter. His earliest novels, published in the 1950s, were Westerns, but Leonard went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense ...more

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Ted Raimi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Ted Raimi Television director, Screenwriter, Actor Theodore "Ted" Raimi is an American actor, director and writer perhaps best known for his roles as Lieutenant Tim O'Neill in seaQuest DSV and starring as Joxer the Mighty in Xena: ...more

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Francisco A. Ordoñez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Francisco A. Ordoñez Businessperson Francisco A. (Frank) Ordoez, 58, is a vice president of Delphi Corporation and president of Delphi Product Service Solutions (formerly Delphi Aftermarket Operations). He is a member of the ...more

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Vickie Newton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Vickie Newton Journalist, Newsreader News 4 Anchor ' ' ' Vickie Newton ' ' ' joined KMOV Channel 4 in January 2002 as an Anchor / Reporter for "News 4 St. Louis" at 5 and 10 pm weekdays with Larry Conners. Vickie was ...more

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Derrick M. Kuzak is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Derrick M. Kuzak Businessperson, Engineer Derrick Kuzak is group vice president, Global Product Development, The Americas. He has overall responsibility for all aspects of the Company's Product Development System.

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Glynn Lunney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Glynn Lunney Aerospace Engineer, Engineer Glynn S. Lunney is a retired NASA engineer. An employee of NASA since its creation in 1958, Lunney was a flight director during the Gemini and Apollo programs, and was on duty during historic ...more

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Earl Cureton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Earl Cureton Basketball player Earl Cureton is a retired American professional basketball player. His nickname was "The Twirl".

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George Noory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
George Noory Ufologists, Sailor George Ralph Noory is a radio talk show host. Since January 2003, Noory has been the weekday host of the late-night radio talk show Coast to Coast AM. He has also appeared in the History channel ...more

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Anita Barone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Anita Barone Actor Anita Louise Barone is an American actress. She is best known for co-starring roles in sitcoms The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Daddio and The War at Home.

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David Patrick Kelly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
David Patrick Kelly Musician, Actor, Composer David Patrick Kelly is an American actor and musician who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is perhaps best known for his role as Luther in the cult 1979 film The Warriors ...more

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Thaddeus McCotter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Thaddeus McCotter Politician, Musician, Attorney at law Thaddeus George "Thad" McCotter is an American politician, radio host, and a member of the Republican Party who was the U.S. Representative from Michigan's 11th congressional district ...more

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W. James Farrell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
W. James Farrell Businessperson W James Farrell is a retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Illinois Tool Works Inc., a multinational manufacturer of highly engineered fasteners, components, assemblies and systems.

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Martin E. Welch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Martin E. Welch Businessperson Martin E. Welch was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer of United Rentals Inc., a global equipment rental company, in 2006. He is the chairman of the Audit Committee ...more

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Willie Green is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Willie Green Basketball player Willie J. Green is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Orlando Magic of the NBA. He was selected in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Seattle ...more

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Andreas Blass is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Andreas Blass Mathematician Andreas Raphael Blass is a mathematician, currently a professor at the University of Michigan. He specializes in mathematical logic, particularly set theory, and theoretical computer science. ...more

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Greg Mathis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Greg Mathis Judge, Actor, Writer Gregory Ellis "Greg" Mathis is a retired Michigan 36th District Court judge and syndicated television show arbiter on the long-running reality courtroom show Judge Mathis. Having been ...more

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Keegan-Michael Key is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Keegan-Michael Key Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Keegan-Michael Key is an American actor, voice actor, writer, producer and comedian. He is best known for starring in the Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele, his six seasons as a cast ...more

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Teresa Henry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Teresa Henry Nurse Teresa Henry is a Democratic Party member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 96 since 2004.

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Robert J. Elder, Jr is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Robert J. Elder, Jr Lieutenant General Robert J. "Bob" Elder Jr. is the former Commander, 8th Air Force; Commander, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana; and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command ...more

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Ed Deenihan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Ed Deenihan Ed Deenihan is executive vice president of Global Services at Network Appliance, where he oversees the strategic direction and delivery of global technical support and professional services ...more

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Thomas Shenk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Thomas Shenk Thomas E. Shenk is the James A. Elkins Jr. Professor in the Life Sciences in the department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. Although his publications have contributed to the fields ...more

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Gary Peters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Gary Peters Financial adviser Gary Peters is an American politician who is the junior United States Senator from Michigan. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 14th congressional ...more

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Jerome Cavanagh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Jerome Cavanagh Politician Jerome Patrick Cavanagh was the mayor of Detroit, Michigan from 1962 to 1970. Initially seen as another John F. Kennedy, his reputation was doomed by the 1967 riots. He was the first mayor to ...more

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Jim Shorter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Jim Shorter American football player James Shorter was an American football defensive back in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at ...more

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Theodore Levin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Theodore Levin Politician Theodore Levin was a prominent immigration lawyer and United States federal judge who served on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1946 until his death in 1970.

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Thomas E. Brennan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Thomas E. Brennan Judge Thomas E. Brennan is the founder of Thomas M. Cooley Law School, the 81st Justice and Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, an attorney, and former jurist and educator in the U.S. state ...more

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Kevin Boyle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Kevin Boyle Historian, Professor, Author Kevin Gerard Boyle is the William Smith Mason Professor of American History at Northwestern University. His 2004 book, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, ...more

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Elmer Madarik is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Elmer Madarik American football player Elmer Laurence Madarik was an American football running back in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins. He played college football at the University of ...more

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Robert A. Ficano is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Robert A. Ficano Politician Robert Anthony "Bob" Ficano, American politician, is the former County Executive and former Sheriff of Wayne County, Michigan.

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Vince Banonis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Vince Banonis American football player Vincent Joseph Banonis was an American football player. He played college football at the University of Detroit where he was selected as a first-team All-American in 1940. He also played in the ...more

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Grady Alderman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Grady Alderman American football player Grady Alderman was an offensive lineman who played sixteen seasons in the NFL. He played most of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, and he played in three Super Bowls and was selected to ...more

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Andy Farkas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Andy Farkas American football player Andrew Geza Farkas was an American football fullback in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions.

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Lee Riley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Lee Riley American football player Leon Francis Riley, Jr., best known as Lee Riley, was an American college and Professional Football defensive back. He played collegiately at the University of Detroit Mercy, in the NFL for the ...more

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James Thues is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
James Thues Basketball player

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Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Spencer Haywood Basketball player Spencer Haywood is an American former professional basketball player.

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Bruce Maher is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Bruce Maher American football player Bruce David Maher is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions and New York Giants. He played college football at the University of Detroit Mercy ...more

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Jermaine Jackson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Jermaine Jackson Bassist, Record producer, Musician Jermaine La Jaune Jackson is an American singer, bass guitarist, composer, and occasional film director, best known as a member of The Jackson 5. He also produced and recorded duets with ...more

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Ted Marchibroda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Ted Marchibroda Coach, American football player Theodore "Ted" Joseph Marchibroda is a former American football quarterback and head coach in the National Football League.

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Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Dave DeBusschere Basketball Coach, Basketball player David Albert DeBusschere was an American professional National Basketball Association player and coach and Major League baseball player. In 1996, DeBusschere was named as one of the 50 greatest ...more

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Keith Marlowe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Keith Marlowe

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Vern Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Vern Buchanan Businessperson, Politician Vernon G. "Vern" Buchanan is a member of the United States House of Representatives. He has represented Florida's 16th congressional district since 2007. He is a member of the ...more

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Doug Nott is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Doug Nott American football player Douglas N. Nott was an American football running back in the National Football League for the Boston Redskins and the Detroit Lions. He attended the University of Detroit Mercy.

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Jay Samonie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Jay Samonie Priest Rev. Jay Samonie, Ph. D. was a Detroit area priest, author, artist and pianist who wrote about his mystical spiritual experiences, including communication with his spirit guide Jesus, and out of ...more

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Maura D. Corrigan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Maura D. Corrigan Judge Maura D. Corrigan is the former Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services. She was also a justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, serving from 1998-2011.

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Lee Knorek is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Lee Knorek Leonard J. Knorek was an American professional basketball player. A 6'7" center, he spent the majority of his career with the New York Knicks of the NBA. He was of Polish descent. Born in ...more

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Victoria Toensing is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Victoria Toensing Lawyer Victoria Toensing is a lawyer, and partner with her husband, Joseph DiGenova, in the Washington law firm DiGenova and Toensing. Her practice specializes in white-collar criminal defense, ...more

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Vincent M. Brennan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Vincent M. Brennan Judge, Politician Vincent Morrison Brennan was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. Brennan was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan and moved with his parents to Detroit in 1895. He graduated from SS. Peter ...more

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Robert J. Huber is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Detroit Mercy Alumni
Robert J. Huber Businessperson, Politician Robert James "Bob" Huber was a Republican politician and businessman from the U.S. state of Michigan. Huber was born in Detroit, where he completed public school. He attended the ...more