List of Pacific Union College alumni

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This is a list of notable alumni of Pacific Union College, a highly ranked private liberal arts college in California's Napa Valley.

Pacific Union College has produced a large number of distinguished alumni for a school of its size. It has been noted for being the "training ground for an inordinately large number of outstanding physicians, dentists, nurses, teachers and theologians" who make up part of its over 50,000 alumni.[1] PUC's notable alumni include members of the United States Congress and California State Assembly; a Harlem Renaissance poet, a professional smooth jazz saxophonist, and others in the arts; multiple presidents of the World Seventh-day Adventist Church, judges, the founder of the Loma Linda University Medical Center, Glendale Adventist Medical Center and Glendale Adventist Hospital; presidents of many institutions of higher education including the University of Houston, La Sierra University and others; among the alumni also numerous scientists, professors, television personalities and even a surgeon in the Japanese Imperial Army.


Name Class year Notability References
Franklin E. Bondonno 1965 California Superior Court Judge for the State of California in Santa Clara County. [2]
Arna Bontemps 1923 Well-known American poet and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance.
Lisa Breckenridge 1987 Television personality in Los Angeles, California.
Marnie Breckenridge 1993 World renown soprano opera soloist. [3]
John Burden 1889 Founder of the Loma Linda University Medical Center and Glendale Adventist Medical Center and assisted in the founding of Sydney Adventist Hospital.
Harold W. Clark Creationist in the mid-20th century.
Jon Dybdahl 1965 President of Walla Walla University from 2002 to 2006. [4]
Neville Eden Gallimore 1961 Former cabinet minister and member of the Parliament as a member of the Jamaica Labour Party
Larry Geraty 1962 2nd President of La Sierra University, and former president of the American Schools of Oriental Research.
James G. Haughton 1948 Trail-blazing black physician and public health administrator.
Philip Guthrie Hoffman 1938 Fifth president of the University of Houston, and the first chancellor of the University of Houston System.
Harold W. Hopp 1983 California Superior Court Judge for the State of California in Riverside County.
Kimberly Howard Actor and Trust Manager of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Jack Kirk Renowned runner. Centenarian. [5]
George R. Knight 1965 Adventist Church Historian, professor emeritus of church history at Andrews University.
Graham Maxwell 1942 Influential theologian and New Testament Studies professor at Loma Linda University
Malcolm Maxwell 1956 19th President of Pacific Union College serving from 1983 till 2001.
James Lamar McElhany 1890s Former president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Alan Nakanishi 1961 Former member of the California State Assembly [6]
Francis D. Nichol 1920 Apologist and editor of the Adventist Review
Stanley G. Payne 1955 Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and historian of modern Spain and European Fascism
Jerry Pettis 1938 Former member of the United States House of Representatives
Wesley Pomeroy Former Assistant U.S. Attorney General and coordinator for the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration [7]
Ariel A. Roth 1948 Zoologist, creationist; former professor and chairman of Biology at Andrews University and Loma Linda University, former director of the Geoscience Research Institute and editor of the journal Origins for 23 years.
Loree K. Sutton 1981 Former U.S. Army Brigadier General; founding director, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE); and former special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. [8]
Paul Nobuo Tatsuguchi 1929 Surgeon in the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) during the Second World War.
Neal C. Wilson Former president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.
Kenneth H. Wood 1938 Former president of the Ellen G. White Estate and member of the General Conference Executive Committee.
Kyle Wolverton Professional smooth jazz saxophonist. [9]
Justin Wright 2002 Animator and storyboard artist at Pixar Animation Studios.
Loree Sutton
Loree Sutton
Jerry Pettis
Jerry Pettis
Philip Guthrie Hoffman
Philip Guthrie Hoffman
Alan Nakanishi
Alan Nakanishi
Arna Botemps
Arna Bontemps
John Burden
John Burden


  1. ^ Angwin Community Council website "Angwin: Then and Now" page. Accessed 2011-09-10.
  2. ^ "Remembering the early Decades" (PDF). Pacific Union College. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ Watkins, Holly (2003). "Marnie Breckenridge at Pacific Union College". PUC News & Events. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Spurgeon, Kristi. "President Jon Dybdahl to retire effective August 31, 2006". Walla Walla University website. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Fimrite, Peter (1 February 2007). "JACK KIRK: 1906-2007 / The 'Dipsea Demon' was a renowned runner, curmudgeon". Pacific Union College News and Events Archive. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Lee, Julie Z. (9 November 2007). "Assemblyman Nakanishi Visits PUC". Pacific Union College News and Events Archive. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Thomas, Robert (15 May 1998). "Wesley A. Pomeroy, 78, Security Chief at Woodstock Festival". New York Times. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Brigadier General Loree K. Sutton, M.D.
  9. ^ de Barros, Paul (8 September 2011). "Smooth-jazz sax man Kyle Wolverton comes home". Seattle Times. Retrieved 10 September 2011.