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

The list you're viewing has a variety of graduates in it, like Adam West and Walter Houser Brattain.

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

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Walter Houser Brattain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Walter Houser Brattain Physicist, Inventor, Scientist Walter Houser Brattain was an American physicist at Bell Labs who, along with John Bardeen and William Shockley, invented the transistor. They shared the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics for their ...more

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Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger Astronaut, Teacher Dorothy Marie "Dottie" Metcalf-Lindenburger is a former American astronaut. She married Jason Metcalf-Lindenburger, a seventh grade teacher at the time, in 2000. She was a science ...more

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Adam West is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Adam West Actor, Voice acting, Presenter William "Bill" West Anderson, better known by his stage name Adam West, is an American actor. He is best known for the title role in the 1960s ABC series Batman and its theatrical ...more

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Dirk Benedict is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Dirk Benedict Actor Dirk Benedict is an American movie, television and stage actor who played the characters Lieutenant Templeton "Faceman" Peck in The A-Team television series and Lieutenant Starbuck in ...more

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William O. Douglas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
William O. Douglas Screenwriter, Author, Lawyer William Orville Douglas served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Douglas was confirmed at the age of 40, one of the ...more

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Lance Norris is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Lance Norris Comedian, Writer Lance Norris is an American actor/writer/director/stand-up comic/critic/mentalist.

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Walt Minnick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Walt Minnick Businessperson, Politician, Lawyer Walter Clifford "Walt" Minnick is a former Representative for Idaho's 1st congressional district, serving from 2009 until 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is ...more

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Holly Brooks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Holly Brooks Cross-country skier, Coach, Athlete Holly Brooks is a Cross-country Skier from United States of America.

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John Markoff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
John Markoff Journalist, Writer John Markoff is a journalist best known for his work at The New York Times, and a book and series of articles about the 1990s pursuit and capture of hacker Kevin Mitnick.

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Diane Middlebrook is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Diane Middlebrook Poet, Biographer, Writer Diane Helen Wood Middlebrook was an American biographer, poet, and teacher. She taught feminist studies for many years at Stanford University. She is best known for critically acclaimed ...more

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W. Michael Gillette is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
W. Michael Gillette Judge, Lawyer W. Michael Gillette is an American attorney and retired judge in the state of Oregon. He was an associate justice on the Oregon Supreme Court, where he served from 1986 until 2010. A graduate of ...more

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Keiko Agena is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Keiko Agena Actor, Puppeteer Christine Keiko Agena is an American actress known professionally as Keiko Agena.

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Derrike Cope is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Derrike Cope Race car driver Derrike Cope is a NASCAR driver. He is best known for his win in the 1990 Daytona 500. He currently drives the #70 Charlie's Soap Chevrolet for his own team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

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James Alger Fee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
James Alger Fee Judge James Alger Fee was a United States federal judge from Oregon. He served as a federal district court judge in Portland, Oregon, and as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth ...more

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Lucile Lomen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Lucile Lomen Lawyer Helen Lucile Lomen was the first woman to serve as a law clerk for a Supreme Court justice. Lomen was born in Nome, Alaska in 1920. Her family later moved to Seattle, where she graduated from ...more

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Ryan Crocker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Ryan Crocker Ryan Clark Crocker is a Career Ambassador within the United States Foreign Service and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He has served as United States Ambassador to Afghanistan ...more

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Al Ullman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Al Ullman Albert Conrad "Al" Ullman, was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives who represented Oregon's 2nd congressional district from 1957 to 1981. One of the most ...more

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Ben Westlund is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Ben Westlund Ben Westlund was a politician in the U.S. state of Oregon. A Democrat, he was elected State Treasurer in 2008. Previously, Westlund served in both houses of the Oregon Legislative Assembly, as a ...more

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David Goldenberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
David Goldenberg David Goldenberg is a 1996 Guggenheim Fellow in Natural Sciences.

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David R. Nygren is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
David R. Nygren David Robert Nygren is a particle physicist known for his invention of the time projection chamber. He has worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 1973. He has been called ...more

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Torey Hayden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Torey Hayden Screenwriter Victoria Lynn Hayden, known as Torey L. Hayden, is a child psychologist, special education teacher, university lecturer and writer of non-fiction books based on her real-life experiences with ...more

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Jack Rasmussen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Jack Rasmussen Jack Rasmussen is the Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC. A native of Seattle and raised in San Jose, Jack Rasmussen earned his ...more

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Morten Lauridsen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Morten Lauridsen Conductor, Composer Morten Johannes Lauridsen is an American composer. A National Medal of Arts recipient, he was composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and has been a professor of composition at ...more

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Marcus Amerman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Marcus Amerman Marcus Amerman is a Choctaw bead artist, glass artist, painter, fashion designer, and performance artist, living north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is known for his highly realistic beadwork

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Gordon Wright is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Gordon Wright Historian Gordon Wright was an American historian. He focused on modern European history and was the pre-eminent historian on modern French history. He has been recognized nationally and internationally ...more

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Shane Johnson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Shane Johnson Actor Shane Johnson is an American actor with numerous credits in both television and film. He graduated from Ephrata High School in 1994 and later graduated from Whitman College in 1998. He is noted ...more

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Keith Karoly is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni

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Patrick Page is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Patrick Page Actor Patrick Page is an American actor and playwright. He originated the role of Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. He is currently playing "Frollo" in the ...more

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Steve McConnell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Steve McConnell Software Engineer, Writer Steven C. McConnell is an author of many software engineering textbooks including Code Complete, Rapid Development, and Software Estimation. He is often cited as an expert in software ...more

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Stephen Beus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Stephen Beus Pianist Stephen Beus is an American pianist.

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John W. Stanton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
John W. Stanton John W. Stanton is the chairman of the board of Clearwire Corporation. He is a director on the boards of Columbia Sportswear and General Communication Inc. Stanton was the founder and former CEO ...more

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James L. Robart is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
James L. Robart Judge James Louis Robart is a United States federal judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Born in Seattle, Washington, Robart received a B.A. from Whitman ...more

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Ingrid Backstrom is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Ingrid Backstrom Actor, Freestyle skier Ingrid Backstrom is an internationally ranked professional skier from Seattle, Washington. Born August 21, 1978, Backstrom graduated from Whitman College in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in ...more

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William M. Fairbank is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
William M. Fairbank William Martin Fairbank was an American physicist known in particular for his work on liquid helium. Fairbank obtained his A. B. degree from Whitman College and his Ph.D. in physics from Yale ...more

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Gerard van Belle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Gerard van Belle Gerard Theodore van Belle is an American-Canadian astronomer. He received a bachelor's degree in physics from Whitman College in 1990, a master's in physics from The Johns Hopkins University in ...more

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Meda Chesney-Lind is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Meda Chesney-Lind Professor Meda Chesney-Lind is a feminist criminologist and an advocate for girls and women who come in contact with the criminal justice system. She works to find alternatives to women’s incarceration ...more

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Paula England is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Paula England Paula S. England, is a sociologist and professor at New York University. Her research has covered the role of gender inequality in the labour market, care work, contraception, and sexuality.

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Sharon Nelson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Sharon Nelson Sharon Nelson is the Democratic Leader of the Washington State Senate, elected to that position by her colleagues in 2013. She was first appointed to the State House of Representatives in 2007 ...more

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Tommy Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Whitman College Alumni
Tommy Lloyd Tommy Lloyd is an American basketball coach, and is currently an assistant coach for Gonzaga University.