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

List features Fred Phelps, Bob Dole and more.

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

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Fred Phelps is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Politician, Pastor, Lawyer Fred Waldron Phelps, Sr. was an American pastor who headed the Westboro Baptist Church, an independent Baptist church based in Topeka, Kansas. Phelps attained notoriety primarily from his ...more

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Bob Dole is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Politician Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole is an American politician who represented Kansas in the United States Senate from 1969 to 1996 and in the House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969. In the ...more

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Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Saxophonist, Musician, Actor Coleman Randolph Hawkins, nicknamed Hawk and sometimes "Bean", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. One of the first prominent jazz musicians on his instrument, as Joachim E. ...more

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Paul J. Morrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Lawyer Paul J. Morrison is a lawyer and a former Attorney General of Kansas. Morrison attended Washburn University and Washburn School of Law, graduating in 1980. While at Washburn, he was a member of ...more

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Larry Niven is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Laurence van Cott Niven is an American science fiction writer. His best-known work is Ringworld, which received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. His work is primarily hard science ...more

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Togiola Tulafono is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Lawyer Togiola Talalelei A. Tulafono was the Governor of American Samoa. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He had previously served as Lieutenant Governor, taking this position on January 3, ...more

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Dr Bill Curtis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Spokesperson, Journalist, Newsreader Bill Kurtis is an American television journalist, producer, narrator, and news anchor. He was also the host of a number of A&E news documentary shows, including Investigative Reports, ...more

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Dennis Moore is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Politician Dennis Moore is a former U.S. Representative for Kansas's 3rd congressional district, serving from 1999 until 2011. He is a member of the Kansas Democratic Party.

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Earl Wilbur Sutherland, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Earl Wilbur Sutherland, Jr. was an American pharmacologist and biochemist born in Burlingame, Kansas. Sutherland won a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1971 "for his discoveries ...more

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Jack M. Campbell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer John "Jack" M. Campbell was the 21st Governor of New Mexico, from January 1, 1963 until January 1, 1967. Campbell was born in Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas, and educated at Washburn ...more

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John Quade is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Actor John William Saunders III, better known by the stage name John Quade, was an American character actor who starred in film and in television. He was best known for his role as Cholla, the leader ...more

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James Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Actor James Reynolds is a long-time American dramatic television actor. Reynolds originated the character of Abe Carver on the long running NBC dramatic serial Days of Our Lives in 1981. He has been ...more

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Shirley Phelps-Roper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Spokesperson, Lawyer Shirley Lynn Phelps-Roper is an American lawyer and political activist. She is best known as the former spokesperson of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, an organization known for ...more

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James G. Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Mr. Jones spent the majority of his career in a variety of senior executive level positions at Bank of America and Wells Fargo. In his roles as President of Direct Banking and Group Executive ...more

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Jim Slattery is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Jim Slattery Politician James Charles Slattery is an American politician and was the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator from Kansas.

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John E. Erickson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Lawyer John Edward Erickson was an American politician of the Democratic Party from Montana. He served as the eighth Governor of Montana and as a United States Senator.

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Karl Menninger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Psychiatrist, Author Karl Augustus Menninger was an American psychiatrist and a member of the Menninger family of psychiatrists who founded the Menninger Foundation and the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas.

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Joe Hastings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Joe Hastings American football player Joe Hastings is a former American football wide receiver. He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at Washburn.

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Paul Davis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Lawyer Paul T. Davis is an American politician and lawyer. The 2014 Democratic nominee for Governor of Kansas, Davis served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2003 to 2015. He was the Policy ...more

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Spencer Thomas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Spencer Thomas American football player Spencer Lee Thomas is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Colts. He played college basketball at Washburn University, ...more

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Trey Lewis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Trey Lewis American football player Trey Lewis is a former American football defensive tackle. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washburn University. ...more

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Walter Broadnax is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Walter Doyce Broadnax is Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, appointed in the fall of 2008. Prior this appointment he served as ...more

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Anthony Hensley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Anthony Hensley is a Democratic member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 19th District since 1992. He has been the Minority Leader since 1996 and has also been a committeeman of the ...more

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Gregory D. Brenneman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Gregory D. Brenneman is the Chairman of CCMP Capital, a private equity firm. Most recently, Brenneman had served as president and CEO of CCMP-owned Quiznos Sub, a fast-food sandwich chain. ...more

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Ron Thornburgh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Ron Thornburgh Ron E. Thornburgh, was the 29th Secretary of State of Kansas. He was elected into his first term in 1994 and was subsequently re-elected in 1998, 2002, and 2006. In July 2007, Thornburgh ...more