Famous Whittier College Alumni

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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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    Politician, Military Officer

    AgeDec. at 81 (1913-1994)

    BirthplaceYorba 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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  • 2
    Novelist, Writer

    AgeDec. at 61 (1907-1968)

    BirthplaceMissoula, Montana

    Dorothy Baker (April 21, 1907– June 17, 1968) was an American novelist.  ...more
  • 3
    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.  ...more
  • 4
    Businessperson, Comedian


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California

    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.  ...more
  • 5
    Visual Effects Supervisor, Visual Artist


    BirthplaceHarrisburg, 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 Walt  ...more
  • 6


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    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.  ...more
  • 7
    Television producer, Actor


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA

    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 Sherman in  ...more
  • 8
    Model, Actor


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA

    George Sheehy Stults (born August 16, 1975) is an American actor and former fashion model.  ...more
  • 9


    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 practice.  ...more
  • 10

    Tony Malinosky

    Baseball player

    AgeDec. at 101 (1909-2011)

    BirthplaceCollinsville, 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 at 5'  ...more
  • 11
    Baseball player


    BirthplaceSanta Paula, USA, California

    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
  • 12

    Salvador Plascencia

    Novelist, Writer


    BirthplaceGuadalajara, 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 old.  ...more
  • 13
    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceLemoore, 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
  • 14
    Novelist, Writer

    AgeDec. at 81 (1902-1984)

    BirthplaceVernon, 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 Fullerton  ...more
  • 15

    Tony Strickland

    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 Party and a  ...more
  • 16
    American football player


    BirthplaceChandler, 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
  • 17

    Jamie Quirk

    Baseball player, Coach


    BirthplaceWhittier, California

    James Patrick Quirk (; born October 22, 1954) is a former Major League Baseball catcher.  ...more
  • 18

    Russ Purnell



    BirthplaceChicago, 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 NFL  ...more
  • 19
    Actor, TV Personality


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    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 Car Auctions,  ...more
  • 20

    Alfred Shaheen

    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 professor and  ...more
  • 21

    Brian S. Brown

    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 director.  ...more
  • 22
    Television director, Film Director

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Arthur Allan Seidelman is an American television, film, and theatre director and an occasional writer, producer, and actor.  ...more
  • 23

    Wayne R. Grisham

    Wayne Richard Grisham (January 10, 1923 – January 19, 2011) was a U.S. Representative from California.  ...more
  • 24

    Michael Heck

    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 bombing  ...more
  • 25

    Harry Rimmer

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