List of Vassar College people

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This is a partial list of notable faculty and alumni of Vassar College.

Famous alumni[edit]

Selected Vassar Alumni
(chronologically)

Chemist, first woman to graduate from MIT, Ellen Henrietta Swallow, Picture from Class of 1870
Academy Award-winning actress, Meryl Streep, class of 1971
CBS Chief White House Correspondent, Chip Reid, class of 1977
Cooper Union President and former Dartmouth Dean, Jamshed Bharucha, class of 1978
Emmy Award-winning actress, Lisa Kudrow, class of 1985

Academics[edit]

Activists and philanthropists[edit]

Adventurers and Athletes[edit]

Artists and architects[edit]

  • Linda Nochlin, class of 1951 - Pioneer in the field of feminist art theory
  • Nancy Graves, class of 1961 - First woman to solo at the Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Adam Kalkin, class of 1984 - Designer of the Kalkin House
  • Michael Portnoy, class of 1993 - Multimedia artist, choreographer, musician, actor and curator. He calls himself a "Director of Behavior."
  • Mary Ping, class of 2000 - New York based fashion designer
  • Clancy Philbrick, class of 2008 - Contemporary artist whose work includes painting, photography, sculpture, street art, and literature.
  • Alexa Meade, class of 2009 - Uses the human body as a canvas

Business[edit]

Drama, film, and television[edit]

Espionage[edit]

Music[edit]

  • Elizabeth Bristol Greenleaf, class of 1917 -  Collector of folk songs
  • Jane O'Leary, class of 1968 - musician and composer
  • Patricia Ann Neely, class of 1975 - early-bowed strings specialist, viola da gamba, vielle, violone, with Sequentia, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Washington Bach Consort, Rheinischen Kantorei Köln.
  • Karen Petersen, class of 1976 - one of the first women recording engineers and record producers,[4] Chappell Music Executive
  • Jamie Broumas, class of 1981, Jazz singer, vocal instructor and arts administrator
  • Drew Zingg, class of 1981 - Guitarist for Steely Dan
  • Joseph Bertolozzi, class of 1981 - Composer and musician with works ranging from full symphony orchestra to solo gongs
  • Dominique Eade, class of 1981 -  Jazz singer and composer
  • Amy Powers, class of 1982 - Emmy-nominated lyricist, songwriter and producer
  • Alan Licht, class of 1990 - Guitarist, composer, writer and, journalist
  • Erika Amato, class of 1991 - Singer (Velvet Chain)
  • Linda Lister, class of 1991 - Soprano, soloist, professor at the University of Evansville
  • Howard Fishman, class of 1992 - singer, guitarist, bandleader and composer
  • Rachael Yamagata, class of 1996 - singer-songwriter
  • Jamie Christopherson, class of 1997 - musician known for scoring movies and video games
  • Amanda Forsythe, class of 1998 - Award winning soprano; particularly admired for her interpretations of baroque music and the works of Rossini.
  • Sam Endicott, class of 1999 - singer (The Bravery) and John Conway, keyboardist in The Bravery
  • Brian Grosz, class of 1999 - Alt-folk musician, member of Skabba the Hut
  • Hayley Taylor, class of 1999 - singer-songwriter and actress whose songs have been featured on many popular television shows, including How I Met Your Mother, Royal Pains, and Pretty Little Liars.
  • The Hazzards, ukulele-based band, best known for their cult hit single, "Gay Boyfriend"
  • Victoria Legrand, class of 2003 - singer (Beach House)
  • Genghis Tron, classes of 2005 and 2006 - band composed of Vassar graduates
  • Jake Friedman, class of 2007 - Member of Glitter Pals, co-founder and owner of Lovepump United
  • MS MR, class of 2010 - Pop duo composed of Max Hershenow and Lizzy Plapinger

Politics and Law[edit]

Science and medicine[edit]

Writers[edit]

Attended, but did not graduate[edit]

Fictional[edit]

As a famous and historically important college, Vassar has attracted much attention in fictional works. A partial list of cultural references to Vassar can be found here: Vassar College in Fiction

Faculty[edit]

English Department[edit]

Music Department[edit]

Philosophy Department[edit]

Theater Department[edit]

Other departments[edit]

References[edit]