List of Oberlin College and Conservatory people

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This list of Oberlin College and Conservatory People contains links to Wikipedia articles about notable alumni of and other people connected to Oberlin College, including the Conservatory of Music.

Notable alumni[edit]

Nobel laureates[edit]

Pulitzer Prize[edit]

Academy, Grammy, Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe awards[edit]

MacArthur Fellows[edit]

The following alumni are fellows of the MacArthur Fellows Program from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. As this is an interdisciplinary award, they are listed here in addition to their listing in their field of accomplishment.




  • Horatio McClean Jones, class of 1849, later Territorial Supreme Court Justice for the Territory of Nevada, 1861-1863, and Circuit Court Judge in St. Louis, MO 1870-1876. Reference Oberlin Alumni Magazine, October, 1906,page 52, Online Nevada Encyclopedia, Horatio McClean Jones




Executive council[edit]


  • Kenneth J. Fairfax (1977), ambassador to Kazakhstan (July 2011 – present)
  • John Mercer Langston (1849), U.S. Congressman representing Virginia's 4th Congressional District; US minister to Haiti under president Rutherford B. Hayes
  • Steven Robert Mann (1973), ambassador to Republic of Turkmenistan (1998-2001)
  • Edwin O. Reischauer (1931) Ambassador to Japan, 1961–1966
  • Marcie Berman Ries (1972), US ambassador to Bulgaria (October 1, 2012 – present)
  • Carl Rowan (1947), US ambassador to Finland (1963), deputy assistant Secretary of State under president John F. Kennedy, director of US Information Agency under president Lyndon Johnson
  • John S. Service (1931) Foreign Service Officer, China Hand
  • Durham Stevens (1871), assassinated diplomat to Japan
  • Tsiang Tingfu (1918), ambassador from Republic of China to Russia (1936-1938), United Nations (1947-1962), and USA (1962-1965)


  • Tom Balmer (1974), Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
  • Lee Fisher (1973), former Lieutenant Governor and former Attorney General of Ohio
  • Ruth A. Parmelee (1907), Christian missionary
  • Todd Portune (1980), Former member of Cincinnati City Council (1993-2000); current (2013) Hamilton County Commissioner (2001–)
  • Sylvia Williams (1957), former museum director for National Museum of African Art at Smithsonian Institution and pioneer in African art history
  • Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first African American major league baseball player.



Broadcast media[edit]

Print & online[edit]


See also: Pulitzer Prize

Visual & Performing arts[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Stage theater[edit]


Visual Arts[edit]



See also:Nobel laureates

Notable faculty[edit]






Visual art and Performance[edit]

Social science[edit]




Natural science[edit]



Environmental Science[edit]




Music theory[edit]






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