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Famous University Of St. Thomas Alumni

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

List features graduates like Pope John Paul II and Sean Patrick Flanery.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of St. Thomas?” and “Which celebrities are University of St. Thomas alumni?”
  • 1

    John Vachon

    Journalist, Photographer

    AgeDec. at 60 (1914-1975)

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota

    John Felix Vachon (May 19, 1914 – April 20, 1975) was an American photographer. He worked as a filing clerk for the Farm Security Administration before Roy Stryker recruited him to join a small group...  more
  • 2

    Nick Coleman

    Politician, Legislator

    AgeDec. at 56 (1925-1981)

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

    Nicholas David Coleman (February 23, 1925 – March 5, 1981) was a Minnesota politician and a former member and majority leader of the Minnesota Senate. A Democrat, he was first elected in 1962 and...  more
  • 3

    Dan Buettner

    Author, Professional Road Racing Cyclist


    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota

    Dan Buettner (born June 18, 1960 in St. Paul, Minnesota) is a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times-bestselling author. He is an explorer, educator, author, producer, storyteller and public...  more
  • 4

    Jim Oberstar

    Politician, Author

    AgeDec. at 79 (1934-2014)

    BirthplaceSt. Louis County, Chisholm, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    James Louis Oberstar (September 10, 1934 – May 3, 2014) was an American politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 2011. A member of the Minnesota...  more
  • 5

    Ann Winblad

    Businessperson, Systems Programmer


    BirthplaceRed Wing, Minnesota

    Ann L. Winblad (born on November 1, 1950 in Red Wing, Minnesota) is a partner of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. ...  more
  • 6


    BirthplaceLake Charles, Louisiana, United States of America

    Sean Patrick Flanery (born October 11, 1965) is an American actor, author and martial artist. He is known for playing Connor MacManus in The Boondock Saints (1999) and its sequel The Boondock Saints...  more
  • 7

    Robert J. White

    Physician, Surgeon

    AgeDec. at 84 (1926-2010)

    BirthplaceDuluth, Minnesota

    Robert Joseph White (January 21, 1926 – September 16, 2010) was an American neurosurgeon best known for his head transplants on living monkeys....  more
  • 8

    Barbara Olson

    Writer, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 45 (1955-2001)

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, USA

    Barbara Kay Olson (née Bracher; December 27, 1955 – September 11, 2001) was an American lawyer and conservative television commentator who worked for CNN, Fox News Channel, and several other...  more
  • 9

    Vince Flynn

    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 47 (1966-2013)

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota

    Vincent Joseph Flynn (April 6, 1966 – June 19, 2013) was an American author of political thriller novels surrounding the story of the fictional assassin Mitch Rapp. He was a story consultant for the...  more
  • 10

    Phil Sterner



    BirthplaceBismarck, North Dakota

    Phillip M. "Phil" Sterner (born 1960) is a Minnesota politician, DFL Party member and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives who represented State Senate District 37B, which included...  more
  • 11

    David H. Bieter

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceBoise, Idaho, United States of America

    David Harold Bieter (born November 1, 1959) is an American politician and attorney who has served as mayor of Boise since 2004. He is the longest-serving mayor in the city's history. He is a...  more
  • 12


    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota

    Kathy Tingelstad (born March 21, 1958) is a Minnesota politician and a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives who represented District 49B, which primarily includes portions of the...  more
  • 13

    Sheldon Johnson



    BirthplaceBraham, Minnesota

    Sheldon Johnson (born March 25, 1954) is an American politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he...  more
  • 14

    Henry Grover


    AgeDec. at 78 (1927-2005)

    BirthplaceCorpus Christi, Texas, United States of America

    Henry Cushing Grover (April 1, 1927 – November 28, 2005), usually known as Hank Grover, was a conservative politician from the U.S. state of Texas best known for his relatively narrow defeat as the...  more
  • 15
    Albert "Al" J. Hofstede (September 25, 1940 – September 3, 2016) was an American politician who served two non-consecutive terms as mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, both times representing the...  more
  • 16

    Joe Warren

    Joe Warren (born October 20, 1974 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a former American soccer player....  more
  • 17

    John Gray

    Businessperson, Author


    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    John Gray (born December 28, 1951) is an American relationship counselor, lecturer and author. In 1969, he began a nine-year association with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi before beginning his career as an...  more
  • 18

    Walt Kiesling

    American football player

    AgeDec. at 58 (1903-1962)

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota

    Walter Andrew Kiesling (May 27, 1903 – March 2, 1962) was an American football guard and tackle who spent 36 years as a player, coach, and aide with National Football League (NFL) teams. He was...  more
  • 19

    Joyce Peppin

    Public Relations, Legislator


    BirthplaceRandall, Minnesota

    Joyce J. Peppin (born July 2, 1970) is an American politician and former majority leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, she represented...  more
  • 20

    Ember Reichgott Junge

    Politician, Legislator


    Ember Reichgott Junge (born August 22, 1953) is an attorney, radio personality, and former state senator from Minnesota, representing New Hope and surrounding communities. A Democrat, she was elected...  more
  • 21

    AgeDec. at 96 (1916-2012)

    BirthplaceWaseca, Minnesota, United States of America

    Robert J. Sheran (January 2, 1916 – January 25, 2012) was an American lawyer, politician, and judge. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court by Governor Wendell Anderson,...  more
  • 22

    Will Steger

    Will Steger (born August 27, 1944 in Richfield, Minnesota) is a prominent spokesperson for the understanding and preservation of the Arctic and has led some of the most significant feats in the field...  more
  • 23

    Paul Kohls

    Legislator, Lawyer


    Paul Kohls (born April 15, 1974) is a Republican politician and a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives who represented District 34A, which covers central and western Carver County...  more
  • 24

    Sandy Rummel



    BirthplaceArea code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States

    Sandy Rummel (born August 10, 1942) is a Minnesota politician and a former member of the Minnesota Senate who represented District 53, which includes portions of Anoka and Ramsey counties in the...  more
  • 25

    Bob Dettmer

    Legislator, Teacher


    BirthplaceFaribault, Minnesota

    Robert P. "Bob" Dettmer (born March 1, 1951) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 39A,...  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to University of St. Thomas and be of some renown.