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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?”

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J. D. Salinger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
J. D. Salinger Soldier, Novelist, Writer Jerome David "J. D." Salinger was an American writer who won acclaim early in life. He led a very private life for more than a half-century. He published his final original work in ...more

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Samuel Conway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Samuel Conway Chemist Samuel Charles Conway is an American researcher in the pharmaceutical, biomedical and agrochemical fields of organic chemistry. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College. Outside the ...more

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Norman E. Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Norman E. Gibbs Mathematician, Computer scientist Norman E. Gibbs was an American software engineer, scholar and educational leader. He studied to a B.Sc. in mathematics at Ursinus College and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science at Purdue ...more

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John Mauchly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
John Mauchly Physicist John William Mauchly was an American physicist who, along with J. Presper Eckert, designed ENIAC, the first general purpose electronic digital computer, as well as EDVAC, BINAC and UNIVAC I, the ...more

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Jeff Trinkle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Jeff Trinkle Computer scientist 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, ...more

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Robert Yerkes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Robert Yerkes Psychologist Robert Mearns Yerkes was an American psychologist, ethologist, and primatologist best known for his work in intelligence testing and in the field of comparative psychology. Yerkes was a pioneer ...more

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Ismar Schorsch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Ismar Schorsch Rabbi Ismar Schorsch is the son of Hanover Rabbi Emil Schorsch. They both experienced the so-called "Reichskristallnacht" in a different manner. Dr. Ismar Schorsch became the sixth ...more

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Gerald Edelman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Gerald Edelman Physician Gerald Maurice Edelman was an American biologist who shared the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for work with Rodney Robert Porter on the immune system. Edelman's Nobel Prize-winning ...more

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Barrie Ciliberti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Barrie Ciliberti Professor Barrie Ciliberti was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a University of Maryland University College professor and former Republican legislator in the Maryland House of Delegates.

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Jacob G. Francis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Jacob G. Francis Jacob Gottwals Francis, also known as J.G. or Jay G. was an American author, a historian, a photographer, and a Church of the Brethren minister. Francis was born in Oaks, Pennsylvania to John ...more

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Hermann Eilts is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Hermann Eilts Hermann Frederick Eilts was a United States Foreign Service Officer and diplomat. He served as an American ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, assisted Henry Kissinger's Mideast shuttle ...more

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Jing Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Jing Johnson Baseball player Russell Conwell "Jing" Johnson was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Philadelphia Athletics. He played in five seasons for the Athletics in three separate stints, ...more

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Debbie Ryan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Debbie Ryan Debbie Ryan is the former head coach for the women's basketball team at the University of Virginia. Ryan also coached the American women's basketball team at the 2003 Pan American Games. She was ...more

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Larry Crabb is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Larry Crabb Writer 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 ...more

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Sam Keen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Sam Keen Philosopher 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 ...more

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Dan Mullen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Dan Mullen American Football coach, Coach Dan Mullen is an American football coach currently serving as the head coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

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George Geist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
George Geist George F. Geist 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 earlier served ...more

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John William Ditter Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
John William Ditter Jr. John William Ditter Jr. is a United States federal judge. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ditter received a B.A. from Ursinus College in 1943 and served as a Captain in the U.S. Naval ...more

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Steve Donahue is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Steve Donahue Basketball Coach, Coach Steve Donahue is an American college basketball coach, who is currently the head coach of the Penn Quakers men's basketball team. He is the former head coach of Boston College and Cornell.

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Linda M. Springer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Linda M. Springer Linda M. Springer, served as the eighth Director of the United States Office of Personnel Management. She was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in June 2005. Prior to her ...more

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John Fichter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
John Fichter John W. Fichter was a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He was a 1952 Norristown High School. He earned a degree from Ursinus College in 1975. He was first elected ...more

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Kim Guadagno is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Kim Guadagno Politician, Sheriff Kimberly Ann "Kim" Guadagno is the first Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, having won the 2009 election as the running mate of Governor Chris Christie. She is also concurrently the ...more

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Joseph Melrose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Joseph Melrose Diplomat Joseph Melrose is an American diplomat who served as United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone. In the fall of 2006 he served as a senior area adviser on south and central Asia to the United ...more

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Joseph DeSimone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Joseph DeSimone Professor Joseph M. DeSimone is an American chemist, and the 2008 recipient of the $500,000 Lemelson–MIT Prize. He is the Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at ...more

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Tom Gormley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Tom Gormley Thomas Francis Gormley was a professional football player. He played in the American Professional Football League with the Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Tigers, Washington Senators and the New York ...more

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Dean Steward is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Dean Steward Harold Dean Steward Jr. was a professional football player in the National Football League. He was a member of the "Steagles", a team that was the result of a temporary merger between ...more

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Alan Novak is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Alan Novak Alan Paul Novak is a Pennsylvania attorney and former chairman of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania, a position he held from 1996-2004. During his tenure, he became known for his ...more