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Famous Whittier College Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Whittier College and be of some renown.

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

The list you're viewing contains graduates like Richard Nixon and Geoff Stults.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Whittier College?” and “Which celebrities are Whittier College alumni?”
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Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Politician, Military Officer, Author

Age: Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)

Birthplace: Yorba Linda, California, United States of America

Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was an American politician who served as the 37th president of the United States from 1969 until 1974. The only president to resign the ...more

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Dorothy Baker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 61 (1907-1968)

Birthplace: Missoula, Montana

Dorothy Baker (April 21, 1907– June 17, 1968) was an American novelist.
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Fred D. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Businessperson
Fred D. Anderson (born c. 1945) is an American business executive known for his time with Apple Inc. and as a managing director and co-founder of Elevation Partners.
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Ken Davitian is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Businessperson, Comedian, Restaurateur

Age: 65

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Ken Davitian (born June 19, 1953) is an Armenian-American actor and comedian, who is best known for his role as Borat's producer Azamat Bagatov in the 2006 comedy film Borat.
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Harrison Ellenshaw is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Visual Effects Supervisor, Visual Artist, Film Director

Age: 73

Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Harrison Ellenshaw (born Peter Ellenshaw, July 20, 1945 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is an American matte painter, following his British-born father Peter Ellenshaw. He started his career at ...more
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Andrea Barber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Actor

Age: 42

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Andrea Laura Barber (born July 3, 1976) is an American actress. She is known for playing Kimmy Gibbler in the ABC sitcom Full House and the Netflix sequel series Fuller House.

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Geoff Stults is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Television producer, Actor, American football player

Age: 41

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Geoffrey Manton Stults (born December 15, 1977) is an American actor. He is known for his regular roles on 7th Heaven, October Road and Happy Town. He most recently starred as Major Walter ...more
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George Stults is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: 43

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

George Sheehy Stults (born August 16, 1975) is an American actor and former fashion model.

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Robert D. Durham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 72

Robert D. "Skip" Durham (born 1947) is a retired Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. Previously, Durham was a judge for the Oregon Court of Appeals and a lawyer in private
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Tony Malinosky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Tony Malinosky Baseball player

Age: Dec. at 102 (1909-2011)

Birthplace: Collinsville, Illinois

Anthony Francis Malinosky (October 7, 1909 – February 8, 2011) was a third baseman and shortstop in Major League baseball who played 35 games for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1937 season. Listed ...more
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Jim Colborn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 72

Birthplace: Santa Paula, California, United States of America

James William Colborn (born May 22, 1946) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. The right-handed Colborn pitched for the Chicago Cubs (1969-1971), Milwaukee Brewers (1972-1976), Kansas City ...more
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Salvador Plascencia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Salvador Plascencia Novelist, Writer

Age: 43

Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico

Salvador Plascencia is an American writer, born 21 December 1976 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Plascencia family eventually settled near Los Angeles in the city of El Monte when he was eight years ...more
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Zilpha Keatley Snyder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: Dec. at 87 (1927-2014)

Birthplace: Lemoore, California

Zilpha Keatley Snyder (May 11, 1927 – October 8, 2014) was an American author of books for children and young adults. Three of Snyder's works were named Newbery Honor books: The Egypt Game, The ...more
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Jessamyn West is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 82 (1902-1984)

Birthplace: Vernon, Vernon Township, Indiana

Mary Jessamyn West (July 18, 1902 – February 23, 1984) was an American author of short stories and novels, notably The Friendly Persuasion (1945). A Quaker from Indiana, she graduated from ...more
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Tony Strickland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Tony Strickland

Age: 49

Birthplace: Fort Ord, California, United States of America

Anthony A. "Tony" Strickland (born February 17, 1970) is a former California State Senator who represented the 19th District from 2008-2012. Strickland is a member of the Republican ...more
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Chuck McMurtry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
American football player

Age: Dec. at 47 (1937-1984)

Birthplace: Chandler, Oklahoma

Charles McMurtry (born February 15, 1937 in Chandler, Oklahoma - died February 13, 1984) was an American football player. A defensive tackle, he played professionally in the American Football ...more
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Jamie Quirk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Jamie Quirk Baseball player, Coach

Age: 64

Birthplace: Whittier, California

James Patrick Quirk (; born October 22, 1954) is a former Major League Baseball catcher.
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Russ Purnell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Russ Purnell Coach

Age: 70

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Russ Purnell (born June 12, 1948) is an American football coach. He has served for 26 seasons as an assistant coach in the NFL, mainly coordinating the special teams units. He is one of only 21 ...more
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Chris Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Actor, TV Personality

Age: 49

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Chris Jacobs (born January 30, 1970) is a television host and personality. He is the Host of "Long Lost Family" on TLC and also the host of Overhaulin' and Barrett-Jackson Collector ...more
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Alfred Shaheen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Alfred Shaheen

Age: Dec. at 86 (1922-2008)

Birthplace: New Jersey

Alfred Shaheen (January 31, 1922 – December 22, 2008) was a textile industrialist who is credited with popularizing the Hawaiian shirt."He was a true visionary," said Linda Arthur, a ...more
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Brian S. Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Brian S. Brown

Birthplace: Whittier, California

Brian S. Brown (born c. 1974) is an American co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), and has served as its president since 2010, having previously served as executive ...more
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Arthur Allan Seidelman ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Television director, Film Director

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Arthur Allan Seidelman is an American television, film, and theatre director and an occasional writer, producer, and actor.
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Wayne R. Grisham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Wayne R. Grisham

Age: Dec. at 88 (1923-2011)

Wayne Richard Grisham (January 10, 1923 – January 19, 2011) was a U.S. Representative from California.
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Michael Heck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Michael Heck

Age: 76

Captain Michael John Heck (born July 12, 1942) was an American B-52 Stratofortress pilot in the Vietnam War best known for becoming a conscientious objector and refusing to continue flying ...more
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Harry Rimmer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Whittier College Alumni
Harry Rimmer

Age: Dec. at 62 (1890-1952)

Harry Rimmer (1890–1952) was an American evangelist and creationist. He is most prominent as a defender of creationism in the United States, a fundamentalist leader and writer of anti-evolution ...more