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

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

These graduates, like Beulah Bondi and Erle Stanley Gardner include images when available.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Valparaiso University?” and “Which celebrities are Valparaiso University alumni?”

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Lowell Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Lowell Thomas Businessperson, Journalist, Screenwriter Lowell Jackson Thomas was an American writer, broadcaster, and traveler, best known as the man who made Lawrence of Arabia famous.

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Beulah Bondi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Beulah Bondi Actor Beulah Bondi was an American actress of stage, film and television. She began her acting career as a young child in theater, and after establishing herself as a stage actress, she reprised her ...more

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Andrieus A. Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Andrieus A. Jones Lawyer Andrieus Aristieus Jones was a Democratic Party politician from New Mexico who represented the state in the United States Senate from 1917 until his death.

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Otis R. Bowen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Otis R. Bowen Politician, Physician Otis Ray Bowen was a U.S. politician and physician. He served as the 44th Governor of Indiana from 1973 to 1981 and as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1985 to 1989.

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Jeremiah Wright is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Jeremiah Wright Pastor, Preacher Jeremiah Alvesta Wright, Jr., is Pastor Emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ, in Chicago with a congregation exceeding 6,000. In early 2008, Wright retired after 36 years as the Senior ...more

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Benjamin F. Shively is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Benjamin F. Shively Lawyer Benjamin Franklin Shively was a United States Representative and Senator from Indiana. Born near Osceola, Indiana, attended the common schools and the Northern Indiana Normal School at ...more

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William Valentine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
William Valentine Missionary, Minister of religion William Orison Valentine was an innovative educator and missionary in service of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society who established and served as first president of Jaro Industrial ...more

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Jon Costas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Jon Costas Politician H. Jonathon Costas is the mayor of Valparaiso, Indiana. He is a member of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, an elder law attorney, and a small business owner. He was elected mayor in ...more

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George W. Norris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
George W. Norris Judge, Politician, Lawyer George William Norris was a U.S. politician from the state of Nebraska and a leader of progressive and liberal causes in Congress. He served five terms in the United States House of ...more

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Erle Stanley Gardner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Erle Stanley Gardner Novelist, Author, Lawyer Erle Stanley Gardner was an American lawyer and author. Though best known for the Perry Mason series of detective stories, he wrote numerous other novels and shorter pieces, as well as a series ...more

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Scott Drew is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Scott Drew Basketball Coach, Coach Scott Homer Drew is an American college basketball coach and the current head coach of Baylor University Bears men's basketball team.

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Lloyd McClendon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Lloyd McClendon Baseball player, Coach Lloyd Glenn McClendon is a former professional baseball player and current manager of the Seattle Mariners. He played eight seasons in Major League Baseball, primarily as an outfielder, and was ...more

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Kathi Seifert is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Kathi Seifert Businessperson Kathi P. Seifert is an American businesswoman. Forbes magazine named her one of the top 10 businesswomen in 2001. In 1971, Seifert received her bachelor’s degree at Valparaiso University in ...more

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William Farina is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
William Farina Lawyer William Edward Farina is an American essayist and writer of popular non-fiction.

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Jeff Walz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Jeff Walz Politician, Political scientist

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Michael Essany is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Michael Essany Talk show host, Politician, Comedian Michael Essany is an American comedian and talk show host. Essany hosted The Michael Essany Show on local, national and international television for seven years and his self-titled reality/talk ...more

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Steve Buyer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Steve Buyer Politician Stephen Earle Buyer is the former U.S. Representative for Indiana's 4th congressional district, and previously the 5th district, serving from 1993 until 2011. In 2012 Buyer started working for ...more

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John E. Miller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
John E. Miller John Elvis Miller was a Democratic Party politician from Arkansas who represented the state in the United States House of Representatives from 1931 until 1937, and in the United States Senate ...more

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Bryce Drew is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Bryce Drew Basketball Coach, Basketball player Bryce Homer Drew is an American college sports personality who has been serving as the head coach of the Valparaiso University Crusaders men's basketball team, of which he is a former member. ...more

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John Lutz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
John Lutz Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor John Lutz is an American actor, comedian, and screenwriter. He is best known for playing J. D. Lutz on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, and for his work as a writer on the NBC series Saturday Night Live ...more

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Karen Tallian is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Karen Tallian Lawyer Karen R. Tallian is a Democratic member of the Indiana Senate, representing the 4th District, since her appointment in December 2005. While serving in the Senate, Tallian has supported the ...more

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Fernandus Payne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Fernandus Payne Fernandus Payne was an American zoologist, geneticist and educator. Panye was born in Shelbyville, Indiana. He received a B.Sc. from Valparaiso University in 1901 and a B.A. from Indiana ...more

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Nick Browder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Nick Browder American football player Nick Browder is an former Arena football quarterback who played in the Arena Football League for the Buffalo Destroyers, the Grand Rapids Rampage, the Detroit Fury, and the Philadelphia Soul and ...more

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Flem D. Sampson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Flem D. Sampson Lawyer Flemon Davis "Flem" Sampson was the 42nd Governor of Kentucky, serving from 1927 to 1931. He graduated from Valparaiso University in 1894, and opened a law practice in Barbourville, ...more

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Fred Thurston is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Fred Thurston American football player Frederick Charles "Fuzzy" Thurston was an American football guard in the National Football League who played for the Baltimore Colts and Green Bay Packers. Thurston played collegiate ...more

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Wayne King is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Wayne King Songwriter, Musician, Singer Wayne King was an American musician, songwriter, singer and orchestra leader with a long association with both NBC And CBS. He was sometimes referred to as the Waltz King because much of his ...more

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Patrick H. Kelley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Patrick H. Kelley Politician Patrick Henry Kelley was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He served as U.S. Representative from Michigan's 6th congressional district from 1915-1923.

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William E. Dannemeyer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
William E. Dannemeyer Politician William Edwin Dannemeyer is a conservative American politician, activist, and author, known for his criticism of homosexuality. He is currently honorary national chairman of Citizens For a ...more

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Caleb Powers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Caleb Powers Politician, Lawyer Caleb Powers was a United States Representative from Kentucky and the first Secretary of State of Kentucky convicted as an accessory to murder.

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Craig McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Craig McKenzie Sports agent, Writer Craig McKenzie (born September 13, 1970) is an American sports, entertainment and marketing agent. He graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. Then he attended Valparaiso University ...more

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Craig S. Morford is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Craig S. Morford Craig S. Morford is an American attorney and former acting United States Deputy Attorney General.

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Marya Zaturenska is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Marya Zaturenska Poet, Author Marya Zaturenska was an American lyric poet, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1938.

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Roy E. Ayers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Roy E. Ayers Lawyer Roy Elmer Ayers was a U.S. Democratic politician. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives and as the 11th Governor of Montana. He was the first governor of Montana to ...more

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Samuel B. Huston is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Samuel B. Huston Samuel Bruce Huston was an American politician and lawyer in Oregon. Originally a Democrat and later a Republican, he served in both chambers of the Oregon Legislative Assembly and was twice the ...more

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Luboš Bartoň is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Luboš Bartoň Luboš Bartoň is a Czech professional basketball player. He is a 2.02 m tall small forward.

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Wally Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Wally Gilbert Baseball player Walter John Gilbert was an American athlete in professional baseball, football and basketball. He played Major League Baseball from 1928 to 1932 as a third baseman with the Brooklyn ...more

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Jim Wacker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Jim Wacker Coach Jim Wacker was an American football coach and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Texas Lutheran University, North Dakota State University, Southwest Texas ...more

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Jim Arnold is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Jim Arnold Sheriff Jim Arnold is a Democratic member of the Indiana Senate, representing the 8th District since his appointment in March 2007.

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Thurman C. Crook is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Thurman C. Crook Politician Thurman Charles Crook was a United States Representative from Indiana. He was born on a farm near Peru, Indiana and attended the Cass County schools, Logansport High School, Indiana State ...more

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Abe Gibron is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Abe Gibron American Football coach, American football player Abraham "Abe" Gibron was a professional American football player and coach. Gibron played 11 seasons as a guard in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League in ...more

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Adam Benjamin, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Adam Benjamin, Jr. Adam Benjamin Jr. was an American politician and a United States Representative from Indiana's 1st congressional district, serving from 1977 until his death in 1982. Benjamin was the first ...more

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Sandra Masin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Sandra Masin Insurance broker, Real Estate Broker, Legislator Sandra A. Masin is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, she represents District 51A, which ...more

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Garry Puetz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Garry Puetz American football player Garry Spencer Puetz is a former American football guard and tackle in the National Football League for the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, and the ...more

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Jon Sorenson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Jon Sorenson Mathematician Jonathan "Jon" Sorenson is an American academic and educator and the chair of the computer science department at Butler University.

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Julie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Julie Meyer Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur Julie Meyer is an American-born entrepreneur, investor, business adviser, networking expert, broadcaster, and business commentator. She is the founder and Chief Executive of Ariadne Capital, the ...more

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Gordon Browning is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Gordon Browning Gordon Weaver Browning was an American politician who served as Governor of Tennessee from 1937 to 1939, and again from 1949 to 1953. He also served six terms in the U.S. House of ...more

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Rene Steinke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Rene Steinke Novelist Rene Steinke is an American novelist. She is the author of three novels: The Fires, Holy Skirts, and Friendswood. Holy Skirts, a novel based on the life of the Baroness Elsa von ...more

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Henry Teigan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Henry Teigan Henry George Teigan was an American labor leader and editor who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Minnesota.

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Clayton Lawrence Bissell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Clayton Lawrence Bissell Major General Clayton Lawrence Bissell was born in Kane, Pennsylvania, in 1896. He graduated from Valparaiso University, Indiana, in 1917 with a degree of doctor of laws. In his role as Gen. ...more

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Hank Olmsted is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Valparaiso University Alumni
Hank Olmsted Baseball player Henry Theodore Olmsted was formally a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played briefly for the Boston Americans during the 1905 season. Listed at 5 ft 8 in, 147 lb., Olmsted batted ...more