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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Washington University in St. Louis and be of some renown.

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

Harold Ramis and Tennessee Williams are included in this list.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Washington University in St. Louis?” and “Which celebrities are Washington University in St. Louis alumni?”

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Tennessee Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was an American playwright and author of many stage classics. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller he is considered among the three ...more

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Dwight F. Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Tennis player, Basketball player, Politician Dwight Filley Davis was an American tennis player and politician. He is best remembered as the founder of the Davis Cup international tennis competition.

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Pooja Kumar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Television Show Host, Television producer, Film Producer Pooja Kumar is an American actress, producer, model and television hostess. She was crowned Miss India USA and has been a VJ for Channel V, a newsreader on the show Namaste America and has ...more

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John Henry Kinealy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Inventor, Mechanical engineer, Engineer John Henry Kinealy was an American mechanical engineer. He was born at Hannibal, Missouri, and was educated in the public schools of St. Louis and at Washington University, where he was an ...more

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Mary Wickes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Mary Wickes was an American film and television character actress.

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Robert L. Behnken is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Test engineer, Astronaut Robert Louis "Bob" Behnken is a United States Air Force officer, NASA astronaut and Chief of the Astronaut Office. Behnken holds a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering and has reached the ...more

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Robert Guillaume is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting Robert Guillaume is an American stage and television actor, known for his role as Benson on the TV-series Soap and the spin-off Benson, voicing the mandrill Rafiki in The Lion King and as Isaac ...more

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Harold Ramis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer Harold Allen Ramis was an American actor, director, and writer specializing in comedy. His best-known film acting roles are as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and Russell Ziskey in Stripes; he ...more

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Adolph Dubs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Diplomat Adolph "Spike" Dubs was the United States Ambassador to Afghanistan from May 13, 1978 until his death in 1979. He was killed in an exchange of gunfire after a kidnapping attempt.

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Dan Piraro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Cartoonist Daniel Charles Piraro is a painter, illustrator and cartoonist best known for his award-winning syndicated cartoon panel Bizarro. Piraro's cartoons have been reprinted in 16 book collections. He ...more

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Laud Humphreys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Writer Robert Allen "Laud" Humphreys, was an American sociologist and author.

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Phyllis Schlafly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Activist, Author, Writer Phyllis McAlpin Stewart Schlafly is an American constitutional lawyer, conservative activist, author, and speaker and founder of the Eagle Forum. She is known for her staunch social and ...more

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John Gardner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Literary critic, Novelist, Essayist John Champlin Gardner Jr. was an American novelist, essayist, literary critic and university professor. He is perhaps most noted for his novel Grendel, a retelling of the Beowulf myth from the ...more

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Peter Sarsgaard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Actor John Peter Sarsgaard is an American actor, best known for his role in the 2004 comedy-drama Garden State. He landed his first feature role in the movie Dead Man Walking in 1995. He then appeared ...more

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David L. Norton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Philosopher David Lloyd Norton was an American philosopher. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, March 27, 1930, to Cecil V. Norton and Ruth Essick Norton. He was the brother of Douglas C. Norton of Norton's ...more

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Walter R. Evans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Walter Richard Evans was a noted American control theorist and the inventor of the root locus method in 1948. He was the recipient of the 1987 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Rufus ...more

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Jeff Gill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Jeff Gill is a Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis and the Director of the Center for Applied Statistics. He is also President of the Society for Political ...more

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Clark Clifford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Lawyer Clark McAdams Clifford was an American lawyer who served as an important political advisor to Democratic Presidents Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter. His ...more

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Marvin Miller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Announcer, Actor, Voice acting Marvin Miller was an actor.

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Luis Alvarez Renta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Financier Luis Álvarez Renta is a famed Dominican economist. Álvarez Renta was found liable by a federal jury in Miami of civil racketeering and illegal money transfers in a conspiracy to ...more

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George Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Entrepreneur George Zimmer is an American entrepreneur. He is the founder, former Executive Chairman and former CEO of the Men's Wearhouse, a men's clothing retailer that has more than 1,200 stores across ...more

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Thomas B. Curtis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Thomas Bradford Curtis was a U.S. Representative from Missouri. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Curtis attended the public schools of Webster Groves, Missouri. He attended Dartmouth College in ...more

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Elizabeth A. Craig is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Elizabeth A. Craig is a Steenbock Professor of Microbial Science and Chair of the Biochemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was elected to the National Academy of ...more

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Michael Safyan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Software Engineer

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Mike Simpson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Politician, Dentist Michael Keith "Mike" Simpson, D.M.D., is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Idaho's 2nd congressional district. First elected in 1998, he is a member of the ...more

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Walter E. Massey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Businessperson, Physicist, Educator Walter E. Massey is an educator, physicist, and business executive. He is the current president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and chair of the Association of Independent Colleges ...more

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Edward S. Holden is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Librarian, Astronomer Edward Singleton Holden was an American astronomer and the fifth president of the University of California.

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John Hartford is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter John Cowan Hartford was an American folk, country and bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics, unique vocal style, and ...more

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Shien Biau Woo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Politician Shien Biau "S.B." Woo is an American professor and politician from Newark, in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party and served as the 21st Lieutenant ...more

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Woo Chia-wei is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Scientist |notable_students=Sudip Chakravarty Chia-Wei Woo, CBE, GBS, JP, was the Founding President of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His work included raising funding and recruiting ...more

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Chris Koster is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Chris Koster is an American politician from the U.S. state of Missouri and is the current Attorney General of Missouri. Prior to his election as Attorney General, he had served in the Missouri ...more

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Jim Talent is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Politician, Lawyer James Matthes "Jim" Talent is an American politician and former senator from Missouri. He is a Republican and resided in the St. Louis area while serving in elected office. He ...more

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Charles Nagel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Charles Nagel was a United States politician and lawyer from St. Louis, Missouri. He was Secretary of Commerce and Labor during President William Howard Taft's administration.

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William H. Webster is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Judge, Lawyer William Hedgcock Webster is an American attorney, jurist, and current Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Previously Webster was the third Director of the Federal Bureau of ...more

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Alton Ochsner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Researcher, Physician, Surgeon Alton Ochsner, Sr., was a surgeon and medical researcher who worked at Tulane University and other New Orleans hospitals before he established his own world-renowned The Ochsner Clinic, now ...more

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Gaurav Garg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Venture capitalist Gaurav Garg focuses on semiconductor and systems investments. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2001, Gaurav was a Founder and Senior Vice-President of Product Management at Redback Networks ...more

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Earl Wilbur Sutherland, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis 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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Edwin G. Krebs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Chemist Edwin Gerhard Krebs was an American biochemist. He received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research and the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize of Columbia University in 1989 together with ...more

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Ben Cannon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Teacher Ben Cannon is an American educator and policymaker from Oregon. He was elected in 2006 to the Oregon House of Representatives, representing the state's 46th District, which covers portions of ...more

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James H. Hance Jr. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Businessperson James H. Hance, Jr. is Chairman of the Board of Sprint Nextel. He served as the Vice Chairman of Bank of America Corporation from 1993 until January31, 2005 and as the Chief Financial Officer of ...more

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Alphonso Jackson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Politician Alphonso Jackson served as the 13th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He was nominated by President George W. Bush on January 28, 2004 and confirmed by the Senate on ...more

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Sol Spiegelman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Scientist Sol Spiegelman was an American molecular biologist. He developed the technique of nucleic acid hybridization, which helped to lay the groundwork for advances in recombinant DNA technology. ...more

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William T. G. Morton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Physician, Dentist William Thomas Green Morton was an American dentist who first publicly demonstrated the use of inhaled ether as a surgical anesthetic in 1846. The promotion of his questionable claim to have ...more

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David R. Francis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Merchant, Politician David Rowland Francis was an American politician. He served in various positions including Mayor of Saint Louis, the 27th Governor of Missouri, and United States Secretary of the Interior. He ...more

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James R. Thompson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Lawyer James Robert Thompson, Jr., also known as Big Jim Thompson, was the 37th and longest serving Governor of the US state of Illinois. A Republican, Thompson was elected to fifteen consecutive terms ...more

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Jon Kitna is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
American football player Jon Kelly Kitna is an American football coach and former quarterback. After playing college football for Central Washington University, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks in 1996 and was ...more

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Steve Fossett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Pilot, Businessperson, Entrepreneur James Stephen "Steve" Fossett was an American businessman and a record-setting aviator, sailor, and adventurer. He was the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a ...more

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Charlayne Hunter-Gault is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an American journalist and former foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, and the Public Broadcasting Service.

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Dan Simmons is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Dan Simmons is an American science fiction and horror writer and author of the Hugo Award-winning science fiction series, the Hyperion Cantos, and the Locus-winning Ilium/Olympos cycle. His work ...more

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Mildred Trotter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Anthropologist Mildred Trotter was an American forensic anthropologist. Trotter was born in Monaca, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. in zoology and physiology from Mount Holyoke College in 1920 and her ...more