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Famous Western Washington University Alumni

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

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

This list is made up of graduates like Randy Couture and Carrie Brownstein.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Western Washington University?” and “Which celebrities are Western Washington University alumni?”
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Carrie Brownstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Guitarist, Television producer

Age: 44

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

Carrie Rachel Brownstein (born September 27, 1974) is an American musician, actress, writer, director, and comedian. She first came to prominence as a member of the band Excuse 17 before forming ...more

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Randy Couture is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Spokesperson, Wrestler, Coach

Age: 55

Birthplace: Everett, Washington, United States of America

Randall Duane Couture (; born June 22, 1963) is an American actor, former U.S. Army sergeant, retired mixed martial artist and former collegiate and Greco-Roman wrestler. During his tenures in ...more

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John Michael Greer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Environmentalist, Conservationist

Age: 57

Birthplace: Bremerton, Washington

John Michael Greer (born 1962) is an American author who writes on ecology, religion, philosophy, politics, appropriate technology, oil depletion and the occult. He served from December 2003 to ...more
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Michael P. Farris is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 67

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington

Michael Farris may refer to: Michael Farris (lawyer), American constitutional lawyer Mike Farris (musician), American musician
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Patricia Wasley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni

Age: 68

Patricia Wasley, EdD, is the Chief Executive Officer at Teaching Channel and is responsible for setting the educational direction of the website. Prior to joining Teaching Channel, Dr. Wasley ...more
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Adam Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Prosecutor, Politician

Age: 53

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

David Adam Smith (born June 15, 1965) is an American politician currently serving as the U.S. Representative for Washington's 9th congressional district. A Democrat, Smith previously served in ...more
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Michael Koenen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
American football player

Age: 33

Birthplace: Ferndale, Washington

Michael J. Koenen (born July 13, 1982) is a former American football punter. He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at Western
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Billy Burke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Musician, Actor, Writer

Age: 52

Birthplace: USA, Washington, Bellingham

William Albert Burke (born November 25, 1966) is an American actor. He is known for his role as Charlie Swan in Twilight and its sequels. In 2011, he played Cesaire in Red Riding Hood. In 2012, ...more

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Art Chantry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Graphic Designer

Age: 64

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

Arthur Samuel Wilbur Chantry II (born April 9, 1954 in Seattle) is a graphic designer often associated with the posters and album covers he has done for bands from the Pacific Northwest, such as ...more
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Julie Larson-Green is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 57

Birthplace: Washington

Julie Larson-Green is the Chief Experience Officer of Microsoft's "My Life & Work" team at Microsoft, where she has worked since 1993. Larson-Green notably managed the ...more
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Brett Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Conductor, Pianist, Composer

Age: 39

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

Brett Mitchell (born July 2, 1979) is an American conductor who currently serves music director of the Colorado Symphony. He previously served as Associate Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra ...more
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Agnes Martin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Artist

Age: Dec. at 92 (1912-2004)

Birthplace: Macklin, Canada

Agnes Bernice Martin (March 22, 1912 – December 16, 2004) was a Canadian-born American abstract painter. Her work has been defined as an "essay in discretion on inward-ness and ...more
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Larry Springer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Larry Springer Teacher

Age: 72

Birthplace: Snoqualmie, Washington

Lawrence S. "Larry" Springer (born January 30, 1947) is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing the 45th district since 2004. He currently serves ...more
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Ben Dragavon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Ben Dragavon

Age: 35

Birthplace: Monroe, Washington

Ben Dragavon (born December 31, 1983 in Monroe, Washington) is a former American soccer player who is currently an assistant coach for Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League.
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Doug Mah is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Doug Mah Politician

Age: 11

Olympia is the capital of the U.S. state of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. European settlers claimed the area in 1846, with the Treaty of Medicine Creek initiated in 1854, ...more
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Erin Wall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Singer

Age: 43

Birthplace: Calgary, Canada

Erin Wall (born 4 November 1975 Calgary, Alberta to American parents) is a Canadian operatic soprano. She studied at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Western Washington University, Rice ...more
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Orlondo Steinauer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Orlondo Steinauer Coach

Age: 45

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

Orlondo Steinauer (born June 9, 1973) is the head coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). As a player, he played professional Canadian football as a safety for ...more
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Matt Kaeberlein is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Matt Kaeberlein

Age: 48

Matt Kaeberlein (born 1971) is an American biologist and biogerontologist best known for his research on evolutionarily conserved mechanisms of aging. He is currently a Professor of Pathology at ...more
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Carlos Buhler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Carlos Buhler

Age: 64

Carlos Buhler (born October 17, 1954 in Harrison, New York) is one of America's leading high altitude mountaineers. Buhler's specialty is high-standard mountaineering characterized by small ...more
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Alec Stone Sweet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Political scientist
Alec Stone Sweet grew up in Bellingham, Washington. He is Saw Swee Hock Centennial Professor in Law at the National University of Singapore Law School specializing in international law, politics ...more
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William Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
William Dietrich Journalist, Author

Age: 67

Birthplace: Washington

William Dietrich (born September 29, 1951) is an American novelist, non-fiction writer, journalist, and college professor. His historical novels and thrillers have made bestseller lists and his ...more
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Scott Cairns is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Scott Cairns

Age: 64

Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington

Scott Cairns (né Scott Clifford Cairns; born 1954 in Tacoma, Washington) is an American poet, memoirist, librettist, and essayist.
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Ryan Couture is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Martial artist

Age: 36

Birthplace: Edmonds, Washington

Ryan Couture (born August 27, 1982) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division of Bellator MMA. A professional competitor since 2009, he ...more
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Ben Gibbard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Age: 42

Birthplace: Bremerton, Washington, United States of America

Benjamin Gibbard (born August 11, 1976) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie, with ...more

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Shane Simmons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Western Washington University Alumni
Shane Simmons

Age: 33