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Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni

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

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

List features Jonathan Toews, Zach Parise and more graduates.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of North Dakota?” and “Which celebrities are University of North Dakota alumni?”
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Nicole Linkletter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Nicole Linkletter Fashion Model, Model

Age: 33

Birthplace: Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States of America

Nicole Linkletter Nathanson (born February 27, 1985) is an American fashion model and the winner of Cycle 5 of America's Next Top Model. Her prizes were a contract with Ford Models, a $100,000 ...more
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Sam Anderson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Actor

Age: 73

Birthplace: Wahpeton, North Dakota, United States of America

Sam Anderson (born May 13, 1945) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Sam Gorpley on Perfect Strangers, as dentist Bernard Nadler on Lost, and as Holland Manners on Angel.
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Vilhjalmur Stefansson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni

Age: Dec. at 83 (1879-1962)

Birthplace: Gimli, Canada

Vilhjalmur Stefansson (Icelandic: Vilhjálmur Stefánsson) (November 3, 1879 – August 26, 1962) was an Icelandic American Arctic explorer and ethnologist. He was born in Manitoba
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Karen L. Nyberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Astronaut, Mechanical engineer

Age: 49

Birthplace: Parkers Prairie, Minnesota

Karen LuJean Nyberg (born October 7, 1969) is an American mechanical engineer and NASA astronaut. Nyberg became the 50th woman in space on her first mission in 2008. Nyberg started her space ...more
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Dick Armey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Economist

Age: 78

Birthplace: Cando, North Dakota, United States of America

Richard Keith "Dick" Armey (; born July 7, 1940) is an American economist and politician. He was a U.S. Representative from Texas's 26th congressional district (1985–2003) and House ...more
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Johnny Klein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Drummer

Age: Dec. at 79 (1918-1997)

Birthplace: North Dakota

John A. Klein, Jr. (June 4, 1918 – January 31, 1997) was an American musician who played drums for the Lawrence Welk orchestra from 1951 to 1976 and on The Lawrence Welk Show from 1955 to 1976. ...more
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Andrew Freeman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 87 (1909-1996)

Birthplace: Upham, North Dakota

Andrew Freeman may refer to: Andrew Freeman (inventor) (1909-1996) American electrical engineer and the inventor of the electric block heater for automobiles Andrew Freeman (musician), American ...more
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Gregory R. Page is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Gregory R. Page Businessperson

Age: 67

Birthplace: Bottineau, North Dakota

Gregory "Greg" R. Page (born 1952) is an American businessman. He served as executive chairman of Cargill, Inc. of Minnetonka, Minnesota.
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Thomas McGrath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Poet, Screenwriter, Writer

Age: Dec. at 74 (1916-1990)

Birthplace: North Dakota

Thomas Matthew McGrath, (November 20, 1916 near Sheldon, North Dakota – September 20, 1990, Minneapolis, Minnesota) was a celebrated American poet and screen writer of documentary films.McGrath ...more
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Dru Sjodin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Dru Katrina Sjodin was a murder victim who was abducted from the Columbia Mall parking lot in Grand Forks, North Dakota, by Alfonso Rodriguez, Jr., on November 22, 2003. Her disappearance ...more
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James Patrick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Ice Hockey Player, Coach

Age: 55

Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

James Patrick (born June 14, 1963) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is currently the head coach for the Winnipeg Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
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Edward T. Schafer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Businessperson, Politician

Age: 72

Birthplace: Bismarck, North Dakota, United States of America

Edward Thomas Schafer (born August 8, 1946) is an American businessman and politician who was the 30th governor of North Dakota from 1992 to 2000. Schafer also served as the 29th United States ...more
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Nick Begich is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni

Age: Dec. at 40 (1932-1972)

Birthplace: Eveleth, Minnesota, United States of America

Nicholas Joseph Begich Sr. (April 6, 1932 – disappeared October 16, 1972) was a Democratic Party member of the US House of Representatives from Alaska. He is presumed to have died in the crash ...more
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Tom Negovan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader, TV Journalist
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Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Basketball Coach, Coach

Age: 73

Birthplace: Deer Lodge, Montana

Philip Douglas Jackson (born September 17, 1945) is an American former professional basketball player, coach, and executive in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A power forward, Jackson ...more

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Jay Caufield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Ice Hockey Player, Actor

Age: 58

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

John Jay Caufield (born July 17, 1960) is an American former NHL right winger. Caufield was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was raised in the Towamencin Township, Pennsylvania, area ...more
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Maxwell Anderson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Poet, Journalist, Lyricist

Age: Dec. at 71 (1888-1959)

Birthplace: Atlantic, Pennsylvania

James Maxwell Anderson (December 15, 1888 – February 28, 1959) was an American playwright, author, poet, journalist and lyricist.
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Byron Dorgan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Politician, Author

Age: 76

Birthplace: Dickinson, North Dakota, United States of America

Byron Leslie Dorgan (born May 14, 1942) is an American author, businessman, attorney and former United States Senator and United States Congressman from North Dakota and currently serves as a ...more
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Drew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Ice Hockey Player, Athlete

Age: 33

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Drew Stafford (born October 30, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey right winger who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played with the New Jersey Devils in the ...more
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Harry Nyquist is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Scientist, Electrical engineer, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 87 (1889-1976)

Birthplace: Sweden

Harry Nyquist (, Swedish: [²nyːkvɪst]; February 7, 1889 – April 4, 1976) was a Swedish-born American electronic engineer who made important contributions to communication theory.
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Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Ice Hockey Player, Athlete

Age: 30

Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Jonathan Bryan Toews ( TAYVZ; born April 29, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who currently serves as captain of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...more

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Homer N. Wallin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Architect, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 91 (1893-1984)

Birthplace: Washburn, North Dakota

Homer Norman Wallin (December 6, 1893 – March 6, 1984) was a vice admiral in the United States Navy, best known for his salvage of ships sunk in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Ice Hockey Player, Athlete

Age: 34

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Zachary Justin Parise (born July 28, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey left winger who is currently serving as an alternate captain for the Minnesota Wild in the National Hockey ...more

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T. J. Oshie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
Ice Hockey Player, Athlete

Age: 32

Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Washington

Timothy Leif "T. J." Oshie (born December 23, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey right winger for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected ...more

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Chad Mustard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of North Dakota Alumni
American football player

Age: 41

Birthplace: Central City, Nebraska

Chad Mustard (born October 8, 1977) is a former American football tight end and offensive tackle of the National Football League. He was signed by the Omaha Beef as a street free agent in 2003. ...more