Notable Yale University Alumni

GOVERNMENT / POLITICS

  • ALITO, Samuel, 1975 Law – Supreme Court justice.
  • ASHCROFT, John, 1964 – former U.S. attorney general.
  • ASPIN, Les, 1960 – former secretary of defense.
  • BALDRIGE, H. Malcolm Jr., 1944 – former Commerce secretary and rodeo rider.
  • BLUMENTHAL, Richard, 1973 Law – U.S. senator from Connecticut.
  • BOLTON, John, 1970, 1974 Law – former United Nations ambassador.
  • BROWN, Edmund “Jerry” Jr., 1964 Law – California governor.
  • BUSH, George H.W., 1948 – 41st U.S. president.
  • BUSH, George H.W., 1968 – 43rd U.S. president.
  • CHAFEE, John, 1944 – former U.S. senator from Rhode Island.
  • CLINTON, Hillary Rodham, 1973 Law – secretary of state, former U.S. senator from New York.
  • CLINTON, William J., 1973 Law – 42nd U.S. president.
  • DANFORTH, Rev. John, 1963 Law – former U.S. senator from Missouri and U.N. ambassador. 
  • DEAN, Dr. Howard, 1971 – former Vermont governor and Democratic national chairman.
  • FORD, Gerald R., 1941 Law – 38th U.S. president.
  • GOSS, Porter, 1960 – former CIA director and Florida congressman.
  • HART, Gary, 1964 – former U.S. senator from Colorado.
  • KERRY, John, 1966 – U.S. senator from Massachusetts, 2004 presidential nominee.
  • LIEBERMAN, Joseph I., 1964, 1967 Law – U.S. senator from Connecticut.
  • LOCKE, Gary, 1971 – secretary of commerce, former Washington governor.
  • LINDSAY, John V., 1944, former mayor of New York.
  • NEGROPONTE, John D., 1960 – former director of national intelligence and diplomat.
  • PATAKI, George, 1967 – former governor of New York.
  • PRICE, Hugh B., 1966 Law – former president, National Urban League.
  • PROXMIRE, William, 1938 – former U.S. senator from Wisconsin.
  • RUBIN, Robert E., 1964 Law – co-chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; former Treasury secretary.
  • SHRIVER, R. Sargent, 1938, 1941 Law – first director of Peace Corps.
  • SOTOMAYOR, Sonia, 1979 Law – Supreme Court justice.
  • TAFT, Robert A., 1910 – former U.S. senator from Ohio.
  • TAFT, William Howard, 1878 – 27th U.S. president, later chief justice.
  • THOMAS, Clarence, 1974 Law – Supreme Court justice.
  • VANCE, Cyrus, 1939, 1942 Law – former secretary of state.
  • WILSON, Peter B., 1956 – former California governor.

EDUCATION

  • BOREN, David, 1963 – president, University of Oklahoma; former U.S. senator from Oklahoma.
  • BRODHEAD, Richard H., 1968 – president, Duke University.
  • CELESTE, Richard F., 1959 – former president, Colorado College; former Ohio governor.
  • DUDERSTADT, James, 1964 – former president, University of Michigan.
  • FOOTE, Edward T. “Tad” II – former president, University of Miami.
  • WHEELOCK, Rev. Eleazer, 1733 – founder of Dartmouth College.

SCIENCE, MEDICINE AND INVENTION

  • BUSHNELL, David, 1775  – submarine pioneer.
  • GELL-MANN, Murray, 1948 – Nobel Prize in physics, 1969.
  • HOPPER, Rear Adm. Grace, Ph.D. 1934 – computer language pioneer.
  • MARSH, Othniel C., 1860 – early paleontologist.
  • MORSE, Samuel F.B., 1810 – inventor of telegraph, portrait painter.
  • SILLIMAN, Benjamin, 1796 – first distiller of petroleum.
  • SPOCK, Dr. Benjamin, 1925 – pioneer in child psychology.
  • WHITNEY, Eli, 1792 – inventor of cotton gin.

BUSINESS

  • AKERS, John F., 1956 – retired president and CEO, IBM.
  • ASHTON, Harris, 1954 – former president and CEO, General Host Corp.
  • BETTS, Roland, 1968 – investor, developer, film producer, owner of Chelsea Piers in New York City.
  • CHIQUET, Maureen Popkin, 1985 – global CEO, Chanel; former president, Banana Republic.
  • CUTLER, Alexander, 1973 -- president and CEO, Eaton Corp.
  • DOTEN, Sue Wellington, 1981 – former president, U.S. Beverages, and vice president, Quaker Oats.
  • EBERSOL, Dick, 1971 – chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics.
  • FORSTMANN, Theodore, 1961 – former CEO and chairman, IMG; founding partner, Forstmann Little & Co. 
  • GELB, Richard, 1945 – former president and CEO, Bristol Myers Squibb.
  • GOIZUETA, Roberto, 1953 – former president, Coca-Cola.
  • GREENBERG, Glenn, 1968 – co-founder, Chieftain Capital.
  • GREENHILL, Robert F., 1958 – chairman & CEO, Greenhill & Co. global investors.
  • JOHNSON, Charles B., 1954  – chairman, Franklin Resources.
  • KOHLER, Herbert, 1965 – chairman and CEO, Kohler Co.
  • LUCE, Henry R., 1920 – co-founder, former president and CEO, Time Inc.
  • McNERNEY, J. James Jr., 1971 – president and CEO, Boeing Co.; former chairman and CEO, 3M Corp.
  • NOOYI, Indra, 1980 Management – CEO, PepsiCo.
  • PARKES, Walter F., 1973 – former president, Dreamworks.
  • PEPPER, John E. Jr., 1960 – chairman, Walt Disney Co.; former CEO, Procter & Gamble.
  • SMILOW, Joel, 1954 – retired chairman, president and CEO, Playtex Products Inc.
  • SMITH, Frederick W. 1966 – founder and CEO, Federal Express.
  • SPRAGUE, Peter J., 1961 – former chairman, National Semiconductor.
  • STRATTON, Frederick P. Jr., 1961 – chairman emeritus, Briggs & Stratton Corp.
  • TARTIKOFF, Brandon, 1969 – former president, NBC Television.
  • WOLFE, Kenneth, 1961 – retired president and CEO, Hershey Foods Corp.
  • WRIGLEY, William Jr., 1954 – former CEO, William Wrigley Jr. Co., and former owner, Chicago Cubs.
 
 
 
 

LITERATURE AND JOURNALISM 

 

  • BENET, Stephen Vincent, 1919 – poet (“John Brown’s Body”), short-story writer.
  • BENET, William Rose, 1907 --- poet, critic, author (The Reader’s Encyclopedia).
  • BUCKLEY, William F. Jr., 1949 – columnist, author and TV host.
  • FORD, Jack, 1972 – network host (“20-20,” “Good Morning America,” weekend “Today Show”), former NBC legal correspondent.
  • GREENFIELD, Jeffrey, 1967 Law – TV journalist (CNN, ABC).
  • HERSEY, John R., 1936 – novelist (“A Bell For Adano”) and historian (“Hiroshima”).
  • MacLEISH, Archibald, 1915 – poet, playwright (“J.B.”), Librarian of Congress.
  • McCULLOUGH, David G., 1955 – historian (“Truman,” “John Adams,” “The Greater Journey”).
  • MARTIN, David, 1965 – CBS Pentagon correspondent.
  • McKEOWN, Bob, 1971 – CBC TV host (“The Fifth Estate”), former CBS, NBC correspondent.
  • MIFFLIN, Lawrie, 1973 – senior editor, The New York Times.
  • NOTTAGE, Lynn M.F.A. 1989 – 2009 Pulitzer Prizewinner in drama.
  • PHILLIPS, Stone, 1977 – TV host (“Dateline,” NBC).
  • TRILLIN, Calvin M., 1957 – writer, New Yorker magazine.
  • TRUDEAU, Garry, 1970 – political cartoonist (“Doonesbury”).
  • WILDER, Thornton, 1920 – playwright (“Our Town”), novelist.
  • WOODWARD, Robert, 1965 – assistant managing editor, The Washington Post; author (“All the President’s Men,” “The War Within”). 
  • ZAKARIA, FAREED, 1986 – editor-at-large, Time Magazine; TV host (“Global Public Square,” CNN).

 

ENTERTAINMENT

  • BASSETT, Angela M.F.A. 1980 – actress.
  • BEALS, Jennifer, 1986 – actress.
  • BURROWS, James, 1965 Drama – creator of “Cheers” and other TV shows.
  • CAVETT, Dick, 1958, TV talk show host, comedy writer.
  • CLARKE, Brian Patrick, 1974 – actor (“Eight Is Enough,” “General Hospital”).
  • COLANTONI, Enrico, 1993 Drama – actor (“Just Shoot Me”).
  • DANES, Claire, 2002 – actress (“My So-Called Life,” “Shopgirl”).
  • DUTTON, Charles S., 1983 Drama – actor (“Roc”), director, producer.
  • EIKENBERRY, Jill, 1970 Drama – actress (“L.A. Law”).
  • FOSTER, Alicia “Jodie,” 1985 – actress (“Taxi Driver,” “The Silence of the Lambs”) and director.
  • GIAMATTI, Paul, 1989 – actor (“Sideways,” “Cinderella Man”).
  • GILBERT, Sara, 1997 – actress (“Rosanne”).
  • GRAHAM, Fred, 1953 – head of Court TV.
  • HAMLIN, Harry, 1974 – actor (“L.A. Law”).
  • HILL, George Roy, 1943 – director, writer, producer (“Hawaii,” “Slap Shot,” “World of Henry Orient,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie).”
  • KACZMAREK, Jane, 1982 Drama – actress (“Malcolm in the Middle”).
  • KAZAN, Elia, 1933 Drama – director (“East of Eden,” “On the Waterfront”).
  • LATHAN, Sanaa, 1995 Drama – actress (“Love & Basketball”).
  • LLOYD, Christopher, 1956 – actor, TV producer (“Modern Family”).
  • LOPEZ, Robert, 1997 - One of only 12 people to ever win an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar & Tony). Co-created “Book of Mormon”, “Avenue Q”, and wrote the songs for the Disney Film “Frozen” – which he won an Academy Award for.
  • MALINA, Josh, 1988 – actor (“Sports Night,” “The West Wing”).
  • McDORMAND, Frances, 1982 Drama – actress (“Fargo”).
  • MICHAELA, Genia, 1999 – Broadway actress.
  • NAUGHTON, James, 1970 Drama – actor (“City of Angels,” “Chicago”).
  • NEWMAN, Paul, 1954 Drama – actor.
  • NORTON, Edward, 1991 – actor (“Primal Fear”).
  • NOTH, Christopher, 1985 Drama, actor (“The Good Wife,” “Sex and the City”).
  • NYONG'O, Lupita, 2012 Drama, Academy Award Winner – Best Supporting Actress
  • PARDUE, Kip, 1998 – actor (“Remember the Titans”).
  • PIERCE, David Hyde, 1981 – actor (“Frasier”).
  • PORTER, Cole, 1913 – song writer (“Night & Day”).
  • PRICE, Vincent, 1933 – actor (“The Fly,” “Laura”).
  • ROSENBERG, Alan, 1974 Drama (“L.A. Law,” “Sybil”).
  • SHALHOUB, Tony, 1980 – actor (“Wings,” “Monk”).
  • SISKEL, Gene, 1967, film critic.
  • SKROVAN, Steve, 1979 – producer and writer (“Everybody Loves Raymond”).
  • SORVINO, Josh, 1998 – actor (“The Wonder Years”).
  • STEIN, Ben, 1970 Law – actor (“Ferris Buehler’s Day Off,” “Win Ben Stein’s Money”).
  • STONE, Oliver, 1980 Drama – director (“Wall Street,” “JFK,” “Any Given Sunday.”
  • STREEP, Merrill, 1970 Drama – actress.
  • TUCK, Jessica, 1985 – actress (“Judging Amy”).
  • WASSERSTEIN, Wendy, 1976 Drama -- writer (“The Heidi Chronicles”).
  • WATERSTON, Sam, 1962 – actor (“Law & Order,” “I’ll Fly Away”).
  • WEAVER, Sigourney, M.F.A. 1974 – actress.
  • WHITMORE, James, 1944 – actor.
  • WINKLER, Henry, 1970 Drama – actor (“Happy Days”), director, producer.
  • WILDER, Thornton, 1920 – novelist, playwright.
  • YU, Jessica – director (“The West Wing”).
  • ZIMBALIST, Efrem Jr., 1940 – actor (“77 Sunset Strip,” “The FBI”)
 

SPORTS

  • BRESLOW, Craig, 2002 – major-league pitcher.
  • DARLING, Ron, 1982 -- broadcaster, former major-league pitcher.
  • EPSTEIN, Theo, 1995 – Chicago Cubs president.
  • FENCIK, Gary, 1976 – TV sportscaster, former NFL player (Chicago Bears).
  • GIAMATTI, A. Bartlett, 1960 – former baseball commissioner and former president, Yale University.
  • GREENBERG, Steve, 1970, former deputy commissioner, Major League Baseball.
  • JACOBS, Eli, 1959, Law 1964 – former owner, Baltimore Orioles.
  • JAURON, Dick, 1973 – former NFL player and longtime NFL coach.
  • JONES, Rees L., 1963 – award-winning golf course architect.
  • JONES, Robert Trent Jr., 1961 – golf course designer.
  • KILPATRICK, John Reed, 1911 – hockey and college football Hall of Famer; former president, Madison Square Garden.
  • McCASKEY, Mike, 1964 – chairman and former president, Chicago Bears.
  • SHORTER, Frank, 1969 – Olympic marathon gold medalist.
  • VINCENT, Francis “Fay” Jr., 1963 Law – former commissioner, Major League Baseball.
  • YAWKEY, Thomas, 1925 – longtime owner, Boston Red Sox.

 

updated Dec. 16, 2014

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