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Famous Whitman College Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Whitman College and be of some renown.

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?”
  • 1

    Walter Houser Brattain

    Physicist, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 85 (1902-1987)


    Walter Houser Brattain (; February 10, 1902 – October 13, 1987) was an American physicist at Bell Labs who, along with fellow scientists John Bardeen and William Shockley, invented the point-contact...  more
  • 2


    BirthplaceColorado Springs, Colorado

    Dorothy Marie "Dottie" Metcalf-Lindenburger (born May 2, 1975 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is a former American astronaut. In 2000, she married Jason Metcalf-Lindenburger, a fellow Whitman College...  more
  • 3

    Adam West

    Actor, Voice acting

    AgeDec. at 88 (1928-2017)

    BirthplaceWalla Walla, Washington, United States of America

    Alternative NameAdam West

    William West Anderson (September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017), known professionally as Adam West, was an American actor, known primarily for his role as Batman in the 1960s ABC series of the same name...  more

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  • 4


    BirthplaceHelena, Montana, USA

    Dirk Benedict (born Dirk Niewoehner on March 1, 1945) is an American movie, television and stage actor and author. He is best known for playing the characters Lieutenant Templeton "Faceman" Peck in...  more
  • 5

    William O. Douglas

    Screenwriter, Author

    AgeDec. at 81 (1898-1980)

    BirthplaceMaine Township, Minnesota, United States of America

    William Orville Douglas (October 16, 1898 – January 19, 1980) was an American jurist and politician who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Nominated by...  more
  • 6

    Lance Norris

    Comedian, Writer


    BirthplaceUSA, Des Moines, Iowa

    Lance Norris (born August 9, 1962) is an American actor/writer/director/stand-up comic/critic/mentalist....  more
  • 7

    Walt Minnick

    Businessperson, Politician


    BirthplaceWashington, Walla Walla County, Western United States, Northwestern United States, Walla Walla

    Walter Clifford Minnick (born September 20, 1942) is an American politician who served as a U.S. Representative for Idaho's 1st congressional district, serving from 2009 until 2011. He is a member of...  more
  • 8

    Holly Brooks

    Cross-country skier, Coach


    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Holly Brooks (born April 17, 1982) is an American cross country skier from Seattle, Washington who competed for Whitman College in 2001–04 and has competed recreationally since 2009. She has four...  more
  • 9

    John Markoff

    Journalist, Writer


    BirthplaceOakland, California

    John Gregory Markoff (born October 24, 1949 in Oakland, California) 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...  more
  • 10

    Diane Middlebrook

    Poet, Biographer

    AgeDec. at 68 (1939-2007)

    BirthplacePocatello, Idaho

    Diane Helen Wood Middlebrook (April 16, 1939 – December 15, 2007) was an American biographer, poet, and teacher. She taught feminist studies for many years at Stanford University. She is best known...  more
  • 11

    W. Michael Gillette

    Judge, Lawyer


    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    W. Michael Gillette (born December 29, 1941) is an American attorney and retired judge in the state of Oregon. He was an associate justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, where he served from 1986 until...  more
  • 12

    Keiko Agena

    Actor, Puppeteer


    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, USA

    Alternative NameKeiko Agena

    Christine Keiko Agena (born October 3, 1973) is an American actress....  more
  • 13

    Derrike Cope

    Race car driver


    BirthplaceSpanaway, Washington

    Derrike Wayne Cope (born November 3, 1958) is an American professional stock car racing driver and team owner. He is known for his win in the 1990 Daytona 500. He last competed part-time in the...  more
  • 14

    AgeDec. at 70 (1888-1959)

    BirthplacePendleton, Oregon

    James Alger Fee (September 24, 1888 – August 25, 1959) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and previously was a United States District Judge...  more
  • 15

    AgeDec. at 75 (1920-1996)

    BirthplaceNome, Alaska

    Helen Lucile Lomen (August 21, 1920 – June 21, 1996) 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,...  more
  • 16
    Ryan Clark Crocker (born June 19, 1949) is a former career ambassador within the United States Foreign Service and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He has served as United States...  more
  • 17
    Albert Conrad Ullman (March 9, 1914 – October 11, 1986) was an American politician in the Democratic Party who represented Oregon's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of...  more
  • 18
    Bernard John "Ben" Westlund II (September 3, 1949 – March 7, 2010) was an American politician in the U.S. state of Oregon. A Democrat, he was elected State Treasurer in 2008. Previously, Westlund...  more
  • 19
    David Goldenberg is a 1996 Guggenheim Fellow in Natural Sciences....  more
  • 20

    David R. Nygren

    David Robert Nygren (born December 30, 1938) is a particle physicist known for his invention of the time projection chamber. He is a Presidential Distinguished Professor of Physics, University of...  more
  • 21

    Torey Hayden



    BirthplaceLivingston, Montana

    Victoria Lynn Hayden, known as Torey L. Hayden (born 21 May 1951 in Livingston, Montana, U.S.), is a special education teacher, university lecturer and writer of non-fiction books based on her...  more
  • 22

    Jack Rasmussen

    Jack Rasmussen (born 9 February 1923) was a Danish wrestler. He competed in the men's Greco-Roman lightweight at the 1952 Summer Olympics....  more
  • 23

    Morten Lauridsen

    Conductor, Composer


    BirthplaceColfax, Washington

    Morten Johannes Lauridsen (born February 27, 1943) is an American composer. A National Medal of Arts recipient (2007), he was composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (1994–2001) and...  more
  • 24

    Marcus Amerman

    Marcus Amerman is a Choctaw bead artist, glass artist, painter, fashion designer, and performance artist, living in Idaho. He is known for his highly realistic beadwork portraits....  more
  • 25

    Gordon Wright


    AgeDec. at 87 (1912-2000)

    BirthplaceLynden, Washington

    Gordon Wright (April 24, 1912 – January 11, 2000) was an American historian. He focused on modern European history and was the pre-eminent historian on modern French history. He has been recognized...  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to Whitman College and be of some renown.