Famous Ursinus College Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 5.3k views 27 items

List Rules People 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?”
J. D. Salinger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Soldier, Novelist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 91 (1919-2010)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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 ...more

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Samuel Conway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni

Age: 53

Birthplace: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

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
Norman E. Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Mathematician, Computer scientist

Age: Dec. at 61 (1941-2002)

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. ...more
John Mauchly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 73 (1907-1980)

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

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 ...more
Jeff Trinkle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
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
Robert Yerkes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 80 (1876-1956)

Birthplace: Breadysville, Pennsylvania

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 ...more
Ismar Schorsch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni

Age: 83

Birthplace: Germany

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 ...more
Gerald Edelman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 85 (1929-2014)

Birthplace: Ozone Park, New York City, New York

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 ...more
Barrie Ciliberti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni

Age: 82

Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Area code 215, Contiguous United States, Philadelphia, United States of America, + more

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.
Jacob G. Francis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Jacob G. Francis

Age: Dec. at 88 (1870-1958)

Birthplace: Oaks, Pennsylvania

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
Hermann Eilts is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 84 (1922-2006)

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 ...more
Jing Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Jing Johnson Baseball player

Age: Dec. at 56 (1894-1950)

Birthplace: Parker 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 ...more
Debbie Ryan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Debbie Ryan

Age: 66

Birthplace: Titusville, New Jersey

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

Age: 75

Birthplace: Evanston, 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 ...more
Sam Keen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni

Age: 88

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
Dan Mullen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
American Football coach, Coach

Age: 46

Birthplace: Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania

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
George Geist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
George Geist

Age: 63

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. ...more
John William Ditter Jr. ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
John William Ditter Jr.

Age: 97

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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.
Steve Donahue is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Steve Donahue Basketball Coach, Coach

Age: 56

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
Linda M. Springer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Linda M. Springer
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
John Fichter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
John Fichter

Age: Dec. at 79 (1935-2014)

Birthplace: West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

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
Kim Guadagno is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Politician, Sheriff

Age: 59

Birthplace: Waterloo, Iowa, United 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 ...more
Joseph Melrose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Joseph Melrose Diplomat
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. ...more
Joseph DeSimone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni
Joseph DeSimone Professor

Age: 54

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 ...more
Tom Gormley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Ursinus College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 60 (1891-1951)

Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut

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 ...more