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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different graduates, including Mark Hatfield and Richard Laymon.

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

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Bob Packwood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Robert William "Bob" Packwood is a U.S. politician from Oregon and a member of the Republican Party. He resigned from the United States Senate, under threat of expulsion, in 1995 after ...more

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Lisa Murkowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Lisa Ann Murkowski is the senior United States Senator from the State of Alaska and a member of the Republican Party. She served in the Senate since 2002 and became the senior Senator following ...more

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Mark Hatfield is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Politician Mark Odom Hatfield was an American politician and educator from the state of Oregon. A Republican, he served for 30 years as a United States Senator from Oregon, and also as chairman of the ...more

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Lesil McGuire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Lesil McGuire is an American politician in the state of Alaska. She is a Republican member of the Alaska Senate taking office in 2007 after her tenure as a member of the Alaska House of ...more

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Jay Inslee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Jay Robert Inslee is an American attorney, politician and member of the Democratic Party who has served as the 23rd Governor of Washington since January 2013. Born in Seattle, Inslee graduated ...more

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Charles A. Johns is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Judge Charles A. Johns was an American lawyer, jurist and politician who served as the 47th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. Johns also served as mayor of Baker City in Eastern Oregon ...more

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Sam Farr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Politician Samuel Sharon "Sam" Farr is the U.S. Representative for California's 20th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1993. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He was elected ...more

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Willis C. Hawley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Willis Chatman Hawley was an American politician and educator in the state of Oregon. A native of the state, he would serve as president of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where he ...more

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Paul De Muniz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Judge Paul J. De Muniz is a retired American judge in the state of Oregon. He is the first Hispanic Chief Justice in the history of the Oregon Supreme Court. He was elected to the court in 2000, and ...more

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John Hugh McNary is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Judge John Hugh McNary was an American attorney and jurist in the state of Oregon. He served as the federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon in Portland. A native ...more

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Vic Snyder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Politician Victor F. "Vic" Snyder is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Arkansas's 2nd congressional district from 1997 to 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

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Robert Eakin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Robert Eakin Judge Robert Eakin was an American judge and attorney in the state of Oregon. He served as the 19th Chief Justice on the Oregon Supreme Court. Eakin was the head judge of the court from 1911 to 1913, ...more

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Edith Green is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Edith Louise Starrett Green was an American politician and educator from Oregon. She was the second Oregonian woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served a total of ten ...more

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Theodore Thurston Geer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Theodore Thurston Geer Journalist Theodore Thurston Geer was the tenth Governor of Oregon, serving from January 9, 1899 to January 14, 1903. The Republican politician was in office when the legislature adopted the "Oregon ...more

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Harry Lane is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Physician Harry Lane was an American politician in the state of Oregon. A physician by training, Lane served as the head of the Oregon State Insane Asylum before being forced out by political enemies. ...more

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Isaac Homer Van Winkle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Isaac Homer Van Winkle was an American attorney in the state of Oregon. A former dean of Willamette University's law school, he served as the 6th Attorney General of Oregon for 23 years.

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Charles B. Bellinger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Charles B. Bellinger Judge Charles Byron Bellinger was a federal district court judge in Portland, Oregon, United States. A native of Illinois, he also served as a state circuit court judge in Oregon, fought in the Modoc ...more

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Richard Laymon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Editor, Novelist, Author Richard Carl Laymon was an American author of suspense and horror fiction, particularly within the splatterpunk subgenre. Richard Laymon died in 2001 of a massive heart attack and is survived by ...more

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J. R. Campbell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
J. R. Campbell Judge J. R. “Doc” Campbell is an American attorney in the state of Oregon, United States. He was the 82nd Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court and served on the Oregon Court of Appeals. The ...more

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Lin Sue Cooney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Journalist, TV Journalist

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Susan M. Leeson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Susan M. Leeson Judge Susan M. Leeson is an American attorney and former judge in the state of Oregon. She was the 94th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. Prior to her appointment to Oregon’s high court, ...more

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Herb Schmalenberger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Herb Schmalenberger was a college football coach at UC Davis. He served as head coach of football for the Aggies in 1958 and again from 1964 to 1969, men's swimming from 1957 to 1962 and men's ...more

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Robert Freeman Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Robert Freeman Smith Politician Robert Freeman "Bob" Smith in Portland, Oregon, is an American politician.

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Bert E. Haney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Bert E. Haney Bert Emery Haney, alternately Bert Emory Haney, was an American attorney and jurist from Oregon. A native of Oregon, he served as United States Attorney for the Oregon District before becoming a ...more

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Marie Watt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Marie Watt is a contemporary artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. Part Seneca, Watt has created work in many different media centered on contemporary Native American themes.

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Frederick Schwatka is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Frederick Schwatka Physician Frederick Gustavus Schwatka was a United States Army lieutenant with degrees in medicine and law and a noted explorer of northern Canada and Alaska.

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Melvin Clark George is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Melvin Clark George Melvin Clark George was a U.S. Representative from Oregon.

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Alex J. Mandl is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Businessperson Alex J. Mandl is a notable Austrian-American businessman, and currently Executive Chairman of smart card giant Gemalto. He has been named "One of America's Most Powerful Businessmen" ...more

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Nick Symmonds is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Track and field athlete Nicholas "Nick" Symmonds is an American middle-distance track athlete, from Eugene, Oregon, specializing in the 800 meters and 1500 meters distances. Symmonds recently signed with ...more

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Jay Bowerman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Lawyer Jay Bowerman was an American politician who served as the 13th Governor of Oregon.

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Al Siebert is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Writer Lawrence Albert "Al" Siebert, was an American author and educator. A native of Oregon, he was best known for his research on psychological resilience and the inner nature of highly ...more

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James M. Brown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer James M. Brown is a trial attorney in private practice in Salem, Oregon, who served as Oregon Attorney General from 1980 to 1981. He is a Democrat. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Brown attended ...more

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Bruce Anderson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
American football player Bruce Albert Anderson is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, Los Angeles Rams, and New York Giants. Bruce played High School ...more

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John B. Waldo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
John B. Waldo John Breckenridge Waldo was an American politician and jurist from the state of Oregon. A native of Oregon, he grew up near Salem as part of a prominent pioneer political family that included ...more

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Denny Smith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Denny Smith Dennis Alan "Denny" Smith is a businessman and former United States congressman from the state of Oregon. A native of the state, he served in the Air Force before working in the ...more

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George M. Brown is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
George M. Brown George M. Brown was an American attorney and judge in the state of Oregon. He was the 50th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court and the 5th attorney general of the state from 1915 to ...more

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Andrew Halcro is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Andrew Halcro Andrew Halcro is an American politician from Anchorage, Alaska. Formerly a Republican member of the Alaska Legislature, he ran for Governor of Alaska as an Independent candidate in the 2006 ...more

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Jason Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Jason Atkinson Jason Atkinson is an American politician in the US state of Oregon. A native of California, the Republican grew up in the Southern Oregon city of Medford. He served as a senator in the Oregon ...more

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William Waldo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
William Waldo William Waldo was an American politician and attorney in Oregon. Born in Missouri, he came to the Oregon Country with his family that included father Daniel Waldo. He would serve in the Oregon ...more

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Cal Lee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Cal Lee Coach Cal Lee was the assistant head coach for the University of Hawaii football team. Lee was a renowned high school football coach prior to joining the staff at the University of Hawaii in 2003.

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Jeff Kruse is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Farmer Jeff Kruse is a Republican member of the Oregon Senate, representing the 1st District since 2005. Previously he was a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from 1996 through 2004. He was ...more

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Dale T. Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Professor, Economist Dale Thomas Mortensen was an American economist. He received his B.A. in economics from Willamette University and his PhD in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. Born in Enterprise, ...more

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Ron Saxton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Ron Saxton Politician, Lawyer Ronald L. Saxton is an American lawyer and Republican politician in Oregon. A native of Oregon, his first public office was with the Portland Public Schools Board. He has run twice for Governor ...more

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Thomas A. Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Thomas Alva Bartlett is an American educator who is most notable for having served as President of several universities and university systems. Bartlett was born in Salem, Oregon and graduated ...more

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Liz Heaston is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Liz Heaston American football player Elizabeth "Liz" Heaston Thompson is an American athlete who is the first woman ever to score in a college football game. She accomplished this feat on October 18, 1997 as a placekicker ...more

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Frank K. Wheaton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Frank K. Wheaton is an American sports agent, personal manager and actor.

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Otto Richard Skopil, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Otto Richard Skopil, Jr., was an American attorney and judge in the state of Oregon. The native Oregonian actively served on the court from 1979 to 1986. Previously, Skopil served on the federal ...more

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Bruce Botelho is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Lawyer Bruce M. Botelho is an American attorney and politician in the U.S. state of Alaska. He served as the mayor of Juneau from 1988 to 1991 and from 2003 to 2012. Born and raised in Juneau, where ...more

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Tobias Read is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Tobias Read Tobias Read is a Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 27 since 2006, which comprises parts of Beaverton, southwest Portland, and unincorporated ...more

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Richard Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Willamette University Alumni
Richard Williams was an American lawyer and politician in the state of Oregon. A native of Ohio, he moved to Oregon in 1851 where he became an attorney. A Republican, he was the United States ...more