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Famous Virginia State University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 18.9k views38 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Virginia State University and be of some renown.

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

Items include everything from Wale to T. D. Jakes.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Virginia State University?” and “Which celebrities are Virginia State University alumni?”
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  • 1
    Guitarist, Singer

    Age77

    BirthplaceVirginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Gaye Adegbalola (born Gaye Todd, March 21, 1944, Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States) is an American blues singer and guitarist, teacher, lecturer, activist, and photographer....  more
  • 2

    Age81

    BirthplaceAltavista, Virginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Mary Hatwood Futrell is an educator....  more
  • 3
    Jazz Pianist, Jazz Composer

    AgeDec. at 89 (1921-2010)

    BirthplaceGreenville, USA, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Billy Taylor (July 24, 1921 – December 28, 2010) was an American jazz pianist, composer, broadcaster and educator. He was the Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina...  more
  • 4

    Age68

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lauren Alice Koslow (born March 9, 1953) is an American actress, best known for her long-running portrayal of Kate Roberts on the NBC dramatic serial Days of Our Lives, which she has played...  more
  • 5
    Rapper, Actor

    Age37

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olubowale Victor Akintimehin (born September 21, 1984), better known by his stage name Wale ( WAW-lay), is an American rapper. He first rose to prominence in 2006, when his song "Dig Dug (Shake It)"...  more

    The Best Songs Feat. Wale#162 of 238 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time#67 of 194 The Best New School Rappers

  • 6
    Delores Goodwin Kelley (born May 1, 1936) is an American politician from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party. She is currently serving in her 4th term in the Maryland State Senate,...  more
  • 7

    Age73

    BirthplaceVirginia

    Rosalyn Randolph "Roz" Dance (born February 10, 1948) is an American politician, who has served in the Senate of Virginia since 2014. She was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 2005 to...  more
  • 8
    Baseball player

    Age43

    BirthplaceCairo, Georgia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    William Charles Harris (born June 22, 1978) is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder and second baseman with the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves,...  more
  • 9
    Yvonne Bond Miller (July 4, 1934 – July 3, 2012) was an American politician in Virginia. A Democrat, she was the first African-American woman to be elected to the state house when she won in 1983....  more
  • 10
    Jazz Pianist

    Age73

    BirthplaceRocky Mount, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Joe Bonner (April 20, 1948 – November 20, 2014) was a hard bop and modal jazz jazz pianist, influenced by McCoy Tyner and Art Tatum.He was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and studied at Virginia...  more
  • 11
    Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. (February 11, 1920 – February 25, 1978) was an American fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, who in 1975 became the first African American to reach the rank of four-star...  more
  • 12

    Age65

    BirthplaceVirginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Robert Dickson "Bobby" Orrock, Sr. (born November 13, 1955) is an American politician. Since 1990 he has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 54th district in the east...  more
  • 13
    William Henry Lewis (November 28, 1868 – January 1, 1949) was an African-American pioneer in athletics, law and politics. Born in Virginia to freedmen, he graduated from Amherst College in...  more
  • 14

    Age68

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Roger L. Gregory (born July 17, 1953) is the Chief United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit....  more
  • 15
    Baseball player, Coach

    Age74

    BirthplaceVirginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Alonza Benjamin "Al" Bumbry (born Alonza Benjamin Bumbrey; April 21, 1947) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder who played for the Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres from 1972...  more
  • 16

    AgeDec. at 92 (1919-2012)

    BirthplaceVirginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Camilla Ella Williams (October 18, 1919 – January 29, 2012) was an American operatic soprano who performed nationally and internationally. After studying with renowned teachers in New York City, she...  more
  • 17

    Age65

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Dr. Rovenia M. Brock, also known as Dr. Ro, is an American nutritionist, lecturer, health reporter, entrepreneur, and author. She is most widely known as the host of Heart & Soul, the first national...  more
  • 18
    American football player

    Age48

    BirthplaceMontgomery, West Virginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Kelvin Lamonta Kinney (born December 31, 1972) is a former American football defensive lineman. His nickname is K2.Kinney was a defensive end in the National Football League for the Washington...  more
  • 19
    American football player

    Age71

    BirthplacePrince George, Virginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lawrence Lee Brooks Sr. (born June 10, 1950), is a former American Football defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams eleven seasons from 1972 to 1982 in the National Football League. Brooks was...  more
  • 20
    Roslyn C. "Roz" Tyler (born July 18, 1961, in Greensville County, Virginia) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. Since 2006 she has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. She...  more
  • 21
    Businessperson, Entrepreneur

    AgeDec. at 50 (1942-1993)

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Reginald F. Lewis (December 7, 1942 – January 19, 1993), was an American businessman. He was one of the richest African-American men in the 1980s, and the first African American to build a...  more
  • 22

    Age80

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Dr. James H. Stith (born July 17, 1941) is an American physicist. ...  more
  • 23

    Age98

    BirthplaceVirginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Naomi Long Madgett (born July 5, 1923) is an African-American poet, born Naomi Cornelia Long in Norfolk, Virginia. A former teacher and an award-winning poet, she is also the senior editor of Lotus...  more
  • 24
    American football player

    Age49

    BirthplaceBishopville, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Silas DeMary (born December 12, 1971) is a former offensive lineman/defensive lineman for in the Arena Football League. He played for the Carolina Cobras, Buffalo Destroyers, Los Angeles Avengers and...  more
  • 25
    Baseball player

    AgeDec. at 81 (1922-2004)

    BirthplaceVirginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Wilmer Leon Fields (August 2, 1922 – June 4, 2004) was an African American baseball player who was a household name in the Negro Leagues and other baseball circuits between the 1940s and 1950s.Born...  more