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Famous Ursinus College Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Ursinus College and be of some renown.

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

Items on this list include J. D. Salinger and Dan Mullen.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Ursinus College?” and “Which celebrities are Ursinus College alumni?”
  • 1
    Soldier, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 91 (1919-2010)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jerome David Salinger (; January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010) was an American writer known for his novel The Catcher in the Rye. He was raised in Manhattan and began writing short stories while in  ...more

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  • 2


    BirthplaceBryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Samuel Charles Conway (born June 4, 1965 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania) is an American researcher in the pharmaceutical, biomedical and agrochemical fields of organic chemistry. He holds a Ph.D. in  ...more
  • 3
    Mathematician, Computer scientist

    AgeDec. at 60 (1941-2002)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Norman E. Gibbs (November 27, 1941 – April 25, 2002) was an American software engineer, scholar and educational leader. He studied to a B.Sc. in mathematics at Ursinus College (1964) and M.Sc. (1966)  ...more
  • 4

    AgeDec. at 72 (1907-1980)

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    NationalityUnited States of America

    John William Mauchly (August 30, 1907 – January 8, 1980) was an American physicist who, along with J. Presper Eckert, designed ENIAC, the first general purpose electronic digital computer, as well as  ...more
  • 5
    Computer scientist

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jeffrey C. Trinkle is Professor and former Chair of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He is known for his work in robotic manipulation, multibody dynamics, and  ...more
  • 6

    AgeDec. at 79 (1876-1956)

    BirthplaceBreadysville, Pennsylvania

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Robert Mearns Yerkes (; May 26, 1876 – February 3, 1956) was an American psychologist, ethologist, eugenicist and primatologist best known for his work in intelligence testing and in the field of  ...more
  • 7



    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ismar Schorsch (born November 3, 1935 in Hanover) is the Chancellor emeritus of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the Rabbi Herman Abramovitz Professor of Jewish history.Schorsch served as  ...more
  • 8

    AgeDec. at 84 (1929-2014)

    BirthplaceOzone Park, New York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Gerald Maurice Edelman (; July 1, 1929 – May 17, 2014) was an American biologist who shared the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for work with Rodney Robert Porter on the immune system.   ...more
  • 9


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Barrie Ciliberti was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a University of Maryland University College professor and current Republican legislator in the Maryland House of Delegates.  ...more
  • 10
    Jacob Gottwals Francis, also known as J.G. or Jay G. (January 13, 1870 in Oaks, Pennsylvania – August 27, 1958) was an American author, a historian, a photographer, and a Church of the Brethren  ...more
  • 11
    Hermann Frederick Eilts (March 23, 1922 – October 12, 2006) was a United States Foreign Service Officer and diplomat. He served as an American ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, assisted Henry  ...more
  • 12
    Baseball player

    AgeDec. at 56 (1894-1950)

    BirthplaceParker Ford, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania

    Russell Conwell "Jing" Johnson (October 9, 1894 – December 6, 1950) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Philadelphia Athletics. He played in five seasons for the Athletics in  ...more
  • 13
    Debbie Ryan (born November 4, 1952) is a former women's basketball coach who coached at the University of Virginia. Ryan also coached the American women's basketball team at the 2003 Pan American  ...more
  • 14


    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois

    Lawrence J. "Larry" Crabb, Jr. is a Christian counselor, author, Bible teacher and seminar speaker. Crabb has written best-selling books and is the founder and director of New Way Ministries. He  ...more
  • 15


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Sam Keen is a noted American author, professor, and philosopher who is best known for his exploration of questions regarding love, life, religion, and being a man in contemporary society. He also  ...more
  • 16
    American Football coach, Coach


    BirthplaceDrexel Hill, Pennsylvania

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Daniel Mullen (born April 27, 1972) is an American football coach. He is currently the head football coach at the University of Florida. Mullen previously was the head coach at Mississippi State  ...more
  • 17
    George F. Geist (born June 18, 1955) is an American Republican Party politician, who served in the New Jersey State Senate from 2003 to 2004, where he represented the 4th Legislative District. He had  ...more
  • 18
    John William Ditter Jr. (October 19, 1921 – April 7, 2019) was a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  ...more
  • 19
    Basketball Coach, Coach


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Steve Donahue (born May 21, 1962) is an American college basketball coach, currently the head coach of the Penn Quakers men's basketball team. He is the former head coach of Boston College and  ...more
  • 20
    Linda M. Springer was appointed senior advisor at the White House Office of Management and Budget in February 2017. She served as the eighth Director of the United States Office of Personnel  ...more
  • 21
    John W. Fichter (January 2, 1935 – February 11, 2014) was a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He was a 1952 Norristown High School. He earned a degree from Ursinus  ...more
  • 22
    Politician, Sheriff


    BirthplaceWaterloo, Iowa, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Kimberly Ann Guadagno (Italian pronunciation: [ɡwaˈdaɲɲo]; née McFadden; born April 13, 1959) is an American attorney, politician, and former prosecutor who served as the first Lieutenant Governor  ...more
  • 23
    Joseph H. Melrose Jr. (December 26, 1944 – November 8, 2014) was an American diplomat who served as United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone during the final years of the Sierra Leone Civil War. He  ...more
  • 24


    Joseph M. DeSimone (born May 16, 1964) is an American chemist, inventor and entrepreneur, best known as the 2008 recipient of the $500,000 Lemelson–MIT Prize and as the co-founder and CEO of Carbon,  ...more
  • 25
    Thomas Francis Gormley (August 9, 1891 – July 24, 1951) was an American football player and coach. He played in the American Professional Football League (which became the National Football League  ...more