List of Washington State University people

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The Washington State University Alumni Association defines an alumnus as anyone who was a student at WSU and is no longer attending. This page lists accomplished alumni and faculty members of WSU.

Notable alumni[edit]

Academe[edit]

Animal husbandry[edit]

  • Leo Bustad, 1941 B.S. Ag., ’48 M.S. Ag., ’49 D.V.M., Dean of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine from 1973–83, Pioneer in the international human-companion animal bond movement. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1984.
  • Helen Elaine Freeman, American conservationist and endangered species advocate, who specialized in saving snow leopards.
  • John Gorham, 1946 B.S. Vet. Sci., '46 D.V.M., '47 M.S. Vet. Sci., Researcher in slow virus diseases, fur animal diseases, & animal models of human genetic diseases. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1993.
  • Jack Gorski, 1956 M.S. Ani. Sci., 1958 Ph.D. Ani. Sci., discovered the estrogen receptor. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1999.
  • Charles Schroeder, 1929 D.V.M., Director of the San Diego Zoo for 19 years. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1979.

The arts, literature & media[edit]

  • Jayceon Terrell Taylor (Game), Rapper
  • Edward R. Murrow, 1930 B.A. Speech, Father of Television News Broadcasting, WWII Radio Correspondent, Hear It Now radio program host, See It Now television program host. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1963.
  • Sherman Alexie, 1994 B.A. Am. St., author & film maker. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2003.
  • Rudy Autio, American sculptor, best known for his figurative ceramic vessels.
  • Kieffer A. Bryant, 1962 B.A., Former San Diego radio show host and philanthropist, alumni member of the fraternity Phi Kappa Theta. Currently lives in Bellevue with his new wife Eva and hosts a radio show on Seattle's 1250 AM Radio Disney.
  • Mary Turner DeGarmo, '26 B.A. Educ., pioneer in working with music & Braille, developed the first and only detailed, comprehensive teaching text on transcribing musical compositions into Braille for blind musicians, a volume used worldwide. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1988.
  • Limuel B. Forgey III, 1994 B.M. Performance. Nationally acclaimed and award winning baritone singer.
  • Deborah Gardner, Peace Corps volunteer murdered in Tonga in 1976. Subject of American Taboo, by Philip Weiss
  • Art Gilmore, 1931 Voice actor and announcer.
  • Keith Jackson, 1954 B.A. Sp. Comm., ABC-TV sports commentator. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1978.
  • Gary Larson, 1972 B.A. Comm., "Far Side" cartoonist. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1990.
  • Scott MacDonald, American television actor.
  • Barry Serafin, 1986 B.A. Hum., ABC news correspondent. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1991.
  • Wes Henricksen, 2003 B.A. Bus. Adm., author of Making Law Review.
  • D. C. Simpson, creator of the webcomic Ozy and Millie and the political cartoon I Drew This.
  • Frances Yeend, American lyric soprano opera singer.
  • Patrick F. McManus, American outdoor humor writer. Studied at Washington State College before it became Washington State University
  • Bob Condotta, Seattle Times writer
  • Edward Kienholz, American Pop Art installation artist

Business[edit]

Government, law & politics[edit]

Humanities[edit]

Military[edit]

Science, space & technology[edit]

Sports & athletics[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable regents[edit]

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