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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
Fred Phelps 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
Bob Dole 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
Coleman Hawkins 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
Paul J. Morrison 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
Larry Niven 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
Togiola Tulafono 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
Dr Bill Curtis 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 crime and news documentary shows, including Investigative ...more

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Dennis Moore is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Dennis Moore 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. 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
Jack M. Campbell 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
John Quade 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
James Reynolds 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
Shirley Phelps-Roper 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
James G. Jones 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
John E. Erickson 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
Karl Menninger 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
Paul Davis 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 Broadnax 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 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 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

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Kay McFarland is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Kay McFarland Judge Kay McFarland is the former Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. During her 35 years as a judge she broke many gender barriers in Kansas. She was the first female elected to a judgeship in ...more

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Marla Luckert is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Marla Luckert Judge Marla Luckert is a Kansas Supreme Court Justice appointed by Governor Bill Graves on Nov. 20, 2002 and sworn in January 13, 2003.

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Arthur Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Arthur Fletcher Politician Arthur Fletcher was an American government official, widely referred to as the "father of affirmative action" as he was largely responsible for the Revised Philadelphia Plan.

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Troy Stedman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Troy Stedman Troy M. Stedman is a former National Football League outside linebacker who was drafted 170th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the seventh round of the 1988 NFL Draft. He attended Washburn ...more

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Brandon Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Brandon Mayfield Lawyer Brandon Mayfield is an American attorney in Washington County, Oregon. He was erroneously linked to the 2004 Madrid train bombings. On May 6, 2004, the FBI arrested Mayfield as a material ...more

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Delano Lewis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Delano Lewis Businessperson, Diplomat, Lawyer Delano Eugene Lewis is an American attorney, businessman and diplomat. He was the United States Ambassador to South Africa from 1999 to 2001, and previously held leadership roles with the Peace ...more

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Roger Noriega is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Roger Noriega Roger Francisco Noriega is a Mexican-American, visiting fellow at the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. He has served as a U.S. diplomat and policy maker, specializing in ...more

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Karl Bowman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Karl Bowman Karl Murdock Bowman, MD was a pioneer in the study of psychiatry. From 1944 to 1946 he was the president of the American Psychiatric Association. His work in alcoholism, schizophrenia, and ...more

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Kurt Budke is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Kurt Budke Coach Kurt Budke was an American college basketball coach. His final coaching job was as the head coach for the Oklahoma State University Cowgirls women's basketball team from 2005 until his death in ...more

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Cary Williams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Cary Williams Athlete, American football player Cary Eric Williams is an American football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. ...more

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Joseph Wilson Morris is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Joseph Wilson Morris Joseph Wilson Morris is an American attorney, arbitrator and former United States federal judge. He is a partner in the Tulsa, Oklahoma law firm of Gable Gotwals.

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Gary Woodland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Gary Woodland Gary Woodland is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

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Robert L. Gernon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Robert L. Gernon Robert Lawrence Gernon was born in Sabetha, Nemaha County, Kansas. He was a 1966 KU B-School major who studied law at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas graduating in 1969. Within ten years ...more

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John F. Hayes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
John F. Hayes John F. Hayes was a Kansas attorney and former majority leader of the Kansas House of Representatives.

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Ed Schneider is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Ed Schneider

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Jerry Schemmel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Jerry Schemmel Jerry Schemmel is an American sportscaster, currently employed as a radio announcer for Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies. He was formerly the play-by-play announcer for the NBA's Denver ...more

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Leroy W. Stutz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Leroy W. Stutz Colonel Leroy W. Stutz was a U.S. Air Force officer, pilot and prisoner of war for 2,284 days during the Vietnam War.

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Bradbury Thompson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Bradbury Thompson Bradbury Thompson was an American graphic designer and art director of the twentieth century.

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Jerad Head is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Jerad Head Baseball player Jerad Lee Head is a former American professional baseball outfielder.

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Nancy Moritz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Nancy Moritz Nancy Louise Moritz is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and former justice on the Kansas Supreme Court.

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Raymond Merrick is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Raymond Merrick Raymond F. "Ray" Merrick is a Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 27 since 2013. He was elected Speaker of the Kansas House of ...more

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Stephen D. Hill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Stephen D. Hill Stephen D. Hill is a judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals. He was appointed to this position by Governor Sebelius in 2003.

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Warren W. Shaw is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Warren W. Shaw Warren W. Shaw was a judge, a member of U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower's staff during World War II, a representative in the Kansas House of Representatives and the 1956 Republican nominee for ...more

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Gary Rulon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Washburn University Alumni
Gary Rulon Gary W. Rulon is the Chief Judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals. He was appointed to this court in 1988 and he was appointed Chief Judge in 2001.