List of people from Dubuque, Iowa

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This is a list of the people born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with the city of Dubuque, Iowa, and its surrounding metropolitan area.

  • Austin Adams, judge, Iowa state supreme court chief justice (1880–87)
  • Don Ameche, actor, Loras College, buried in nearby Asbury, Iowa
  • Francis Beckman, bishop, an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, served as Bishop of Lincoln (1924–30) and as Archbishop of Dubuque (1930–46).
  • Alfred S. Bennett, judge, educator, attorney in Oregon, the 49th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, serving from 1919 to 1920
  • Leo Binz, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Dubuque
  • Richard Pike Bissell, author
  • Gottfried Blocklinger, rear admiral in US Navy; in 1879, as a lieutenant, he commanded survey of Madeira river in the Amazon [1], was a lieutenant on board USS Baltimore (C-3) during Baltimore Crisis of 1891; executive officer on board USS Charleston (C-2) during the Capture of Guam during Spanish–American War in 1898
  • Donald G. Bloesch, theologian; for more than 40 years, he published scholarly yet accessible works that generally defend traditional Protestant beliefs and practices while seeking to remain in the mainstream of modern Protestant theological thought; ongoing publication of his Christian Foundation Series has brought him recognition as an important American theologian
  • Charles H. Bradley, Jr., businessman
  • James Byrne, Archbishop of Dubuque, died in Dubuque[1]
  • Robert Byrne, author, billiards player, Hall of Fame instructor of pool and billiards; became a full-time writer in 1977 after the publication of his third book, author of seven novels, five collections of humorous quotations, seven books on billiards, two anthologies, and an expose of frauds in the literary world; his novel Thrill was made into NBC television movie premiering May 20, 1996; four of his novels were selections of Reader's Digest Condensed Books and published in over a dozen languages
  • LeRoy E. Cain, flight director during the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
  • Sabin Carr, pole vault gold medalist at 1928 Summer Olympics
  • John Patrick Carroll, bishop
  • Mark Chamberlain, photographic, environmental, installation artist, gallerist, curator, educator; founder/operator, BC Space Gallery, Laguna Beach, California; collaborated on “Laguna Canyon Project.” The Tell photographic mural phase of the Project became focal point to save Laguna Canyon from development. Co-founded "The Legacy Project," documenting transition of MCAS El Toro into Orange County Great Park. Will receive Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award as “Artistic Visionary” by Arts Orange County, 10/22/14 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
  • Tom Churchill, TV and radio meteorologist for ABC, NBC, PBS
  • Andrew Clemens, sand artist
  • Julien Dubuque, explorer, first white settler in Dubuque
  • Peter H. Engle, first Speaker of the House of Wisconsin Territory, which at that time included all of what is now Iowa (and Minnesota, and parts of the Dakotas)
  • David Farley, author and journalist, writing about travel, food, and culture for the New York Times, Washington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, and World Hum
  • Victor Feguer, convicted murderer, last federal inmate executed in the United States before the moratorium on the death penalty following Furman v. Georgia, last person put to death in Iowa
  • Robert John Felderman, born in Dubuque 1955, first major general (retired) from Dubuque in the 21st century, over 35 years of service in the Army and Air Force (including two years enlisted), inducted into Fort Benning Infantry School Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame [2]
  • Margaret Feldner, nun, educator; served as Quincy University's 21st president, assumed the post January 1, 2004; was the first woman president appointed to the role at Quincy University; excused in 2006
  • George J. Fritschel, theologian
  • William Arthur Ganfield, educator, figure in higher education, president of Centre College in Danville, Kentucky from 1915 to 1921 and later president of Carroll College (now called Carroll University from 1921 until his retirement in 1939; supported athletic programs at both schools
  • Thomas Gifford, author, best-selling American author of thriller novels
  • Robert John Giroux, educator, president of Clarke College from 1969-1978; president of Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky from 1978-1981; president of Newman University in Wichita, Kansas from 1982-1989
  • John Graas, musician, career on the West Coast, known primarily as one of the first and best French horn players in jazz
  • Jerome Hanus, archbishop of the Catholic Church, served as Bishop of Saint Cloud, Minnesota from 1987 to 1994, current Archbishop of Dubuque
  • Fridolin Heer, architect, he and his son set up practice in Dubuque in 1864; buildings by Fridolin Heer and Son include the Dubuque County Courthouse, 1891-1893
  • Gwen Hennessey, activist, religious sister; known for protests at Fort Benning, Georgia, home of the Army's School of the Americas, a facility for training Latin American soldiers
  • John Hennessey, bishop of the Diocese of Dubuque from 1866–1893, then named the first archbishop of Dubuque
  • Jack Hicks, sculptor
  • Doron Jensen, founder of Timber Lodge Steakhouse
  • Richard A. Jensen, theologian and Carlson Professor of Homiletics at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
  • Frederick William Kaltenbach, American who served the Nazis as the wartime radio broadcaster known as "Lord Hee-Haw"
  • Frank Keenan, actor, stage director and manager during the silent film era; among first stage actors to star in Hollywood, pursued work in feature films
  • Dallas Kinney, photojournalist who won the 1970 Pulitzer Prize in photography for his pictures of Florida migrant workers
  • Kay Kurt, artist, a New Realist painter known for her large-scale candy paintings
  • Mathias Clement Lenihan, 20th-century archbishop in the Catholic Church; bishop of the Diocese of Great Falls, Montana from 1904–30
  • Alexander Levi, a French Jew of Sephardic origin, first foreigner to be naturalized in Iowa; a grocer, miner, mine provisioner and successful department store owner, he founded the first two Jewish congregations in the city, was a loyal Whig, served a term as Justice of the Peace and was the first Mason to be sworn in after the Dubuque lodge received its charter; was naturalized in 1837 and died in 1893.
  • Margaret Lindsay, actress, noted for her supporting work in successful films of the 1930s and 1940s such as Jezebel (1938) and Scarlet Street (1945) and for leading roles in lower-budgeted B-movies such as the Ellery Queen series at Columbia in the early 1940s
  • Bill Lipinski, politician, attended Loras College, was a U.S. Representative for Illinois' 3rd and 5th districts (1983-2005)
  • Francis MacNutt, religious author, a leading member of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and an author of books on healing prayer, including Healing, The Healing Reawakening and Deliverance from Evil Spirits
  • Dennis Mahony, journalist, a founder of the Telegraph Herald; highly partisan Northern Democrat of Copperhead sympathies and wrote articles that criticized Abraham Lincoln and the conduct of the Civil War; was arrested on August 14, 1862 by U.S. Marshal H.M. Hoxie for publishing an editorial article that was allegedly disloyal to the government; was transported from Dubuque to Washington D.C, and held at the Old Capitol Prison; released from prison on November 10
  • ShaChelle Devlin Manning, businesswoman, a change agent for nanotechnology, attempting to pave the way for nanotechnology's commercialization at the university, company, state, federal, and international level
  • Michael Joseph Melloy, judge of the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Kate Mulgrew, actress, Star Trek Voyager and Mrs. Columbo and Orange is the New Black
  • Aaron Osthoff, world ranked competitive eater
  • Louie Psihoyos, documentary film director; in 2009 he directed and appeared in the feature-length documentary The Cove, which won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature
  • David Rabe, playwright, won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1972 (Sticks and Bones) and also received Tony award nominations for Best Play in 1974 (In the Boom Boom Room), 1977 (Streamers) and 1985 (Hurlyburly)
  • John F. Rague (1799-1877) architect who designed and built the 1837 Old Capitol of Illinois and the 1840 Territorial Capitol of Iowa, the Dubuque city hall, central market house, and jail[3]
  • Robert Reuland, novelist
  • Jim Romagna, bodybuilder and educator, instructor of Health Wellness and Recreation at the University of Dubuque, personal trainer, writes for various sports magazines such as Muscle & Fitness; Natural Fit Inc. owner
  • Raymond Roseliep, poet and haiku writer, Loras College
  • Alexander Rummler, painter
  • Albert Sale, soldier in the U.S. Army who served with 8th U.S. Cavalry in the Arizona Territory during the Apache Wars; was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry against a hostile band of Apache Indians, killing an Apache warrior in hand-to-hand combat and seizing his war pony, at the Santa Maria River on June 29, 1869; moved to Dubuque in 1864 and enlisted in 1866
  • John P. Schlegel, educator, 23rd President of Creighton University, 26th President of the University of San Francisco from 1991 until 2000
  • Dennis Schmitz, contemporary poet[4]
  • George Shiras, Jr., an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States who was nominated to the Court by Republican President Benjamin Harrison; at that time, had 37 years of private legal practice but had never judged a case; the only Supreme Court justice, as of 2011, to have no record of public (political, governmental or judicial) service; practiced law in Dubuque from 1855 to 1858
  • Oliver Perry Shiras, first federal judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
  • William A. Shanklin, educator, president of Upper Iowa University in 1905-09 and thereafter president of Wesleyan University
  • J. R. Simplot, entrepreneur and formerly world's oldest billionaire
  • Mark Steines, TV anchor and reporter on Entertainment Tonight
  • James Huff Stout, Wisconsin politician and businessman, founded Stout Manual Institute (now University of Wisconsin-Stout)
  • Jessie Taft, an early American authority on child placement and therapeutic adoption; best remembered for her work as the translator and biographer of Otto Rank, an outcast disciple of Sigmund Freud
  • Saint Cessianus, whose remains are kept inside the altar at St. Raphael's Cathedral
  • John Tomkins, criminal, arrested and charged with sending several threatening letters and bomb-like devices to financial firms in the Midwestern United States under the pseudonym The Bishop
  • William Vandever, U.S. Representative for Iowa's 2nd district (1859–61) and California's 6th district (1887–91)
  • James F. Watson, 25th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court serving from 1876 until 1878; previously in state legislature and later served as United States Attorney for the District of Oregon
  • Loras Joseph Watters, Roman Catholic bishop
  • Westel W. Willoughby, educator; at the urging of Professor Willoughby, Johns Hopkins created the first department of Political Science under his leadership and with him as the only professor; he continued to lead this department until his retirement at the age of 65 in 1932; helped to found the American Political Science Association and served as its 10th President; referred to father of modern political science thanks to his prolific writing; published many books beginning with The Nature of the State in 1898; one of the foremost authorities on Constitutional Law and workings of the Supreme Court of the United States

Politicians from Dubuque[edit]

  • John T. Adams, businessman. Former chairman of the Republican National Committee (1921–24)
  • William B. Allison, U.S. Senator, representative from Iowa.
  • Mike Blouin, politician. Blouin was a United States Representative representing Iowa's 2nd district (1975–79).
  • David Bly, politician, Minnesota House of Representatives (2007–11).
  • William W. Chapman, politician. Chapman was an American politician and lawyer in Oregon and Iowa. He served as a United States Attorney in Iowa when it was part of the Michigan and Wisconsin territories, and then represented the Iowa Territory in the United States House of Representatives (1838–40). He later immigrated to the Oregon Country, where he served in the Oregon Territorial Legislature (1848–49).
  • Lincoln Clark, politician. Clark was a US Representative from Iowa (1851–53).
  • Maurice Connolly, politician. Connolly was elected in 1912 to a single term as a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa's 3rd congressional district. After giving up his House seat in an unsuccessful bid for election to the U.S. Senate in 1914, Connolly then served as an aviation officer in World War I and died in a plane crash in 1921.
  • Mike Connolly, politician. Iowa state senator (1990-2008).
  • Timothy Davis, politician. United States Representative from Iowa (1857–59). Only Iowa Representative born before 1800. Also, the first Republican representative from Iowa.
  • Carl DeMaio, San Diego city councilman (2008–Present).
  • Thomas O. Edwards, politician. Edwards was elected as a Whig from Ohio to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1849). He attended former President John Quincy Adams, who was then a Congressman, when he suffered a fatal stroke in the Hall of the House of Representatives. He served as inspector of marine hospitals. He moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and thence to Dubuque, Iowa. During the Civil War served as surgeon in the Third Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry.
  • James H. Hawley, politician. Hawley was the ninth Governor of Idaho from 1911 until 1913. Hawley also served as mayor of Boise from 1903 to 1905.
  • David B. Henderson, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Pam Jochum, politician. Member of both the Iowa state house and senate.
  • George W. Jones, politician. Jones was among the first two United States Senators to represent the state of Iowa after it was admitted to the Union in 1846.
  • Barbara Larkin, Larkin was United States Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs from 1996 to 2001.
  • John Hooker Leavitt, an early banker and Iowa state senator.
  • Algernon Lee, Socialist Party of America leader.
  • Thomas McKnight, businessman, member of Wisconsin Territorial Council[5]
  • James Henry Mays, politician. Worked as an insurance agent in Dubuque in the 1890s. Mays was also a United States representative from Utah (1915–21).
  • Thomas John Miller, politician and lawyer. Miller has served as 31st and 33rd Attorney General of the state of Iowa (1979–91;1995–present).
  • Dan Mozena, is a United States Foreign Service Officer and a member of the Senior Foreign Service. He served as the United States Ambassador to Angola 2007–2010. On May 16, 2011, President Obama nominated Mozena to be the next ambassador to Bangladesh.
  • Pat Murphy), politician, Iowa state representative (1989–Present)
  • Richard L. Murphy, senator from Iowa (1933–36). Louis Murphy Park is named after him.
  • Mike Obermueller, politician. Former member of Minnesota House of Representatives (2009–11)
  • Francis W. Palmer, nineteenth-century politician, publisher, printer, editor and proprietor. 1858-61 he was editor of Dubuque Times. 1889-94 he served as Public Printer of the United States
  • Thomas C. Power, Senator from Montana (1890–95)
  • John F. Rague (1799-1877) architect who designed and built the 1837 Old Capitol of Illinois and the 1840 Territorial Capitol of Iowa, the city hall, central market house, and jail.[3]
  • John R. Reilly, political adviser, he joined John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign and was hired as an aide by Attorney General of the United States Robert F. Kennedy. Reilly was given the assignment by the Kennedy administration to attend the speech delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Roger Mudd reported that Reilly told him that he was positioned on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with a switch that would be used to cut off Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech "if the rhetoric got too inflammatory". Reilly served as a campaign aide to the presidential campaigns of all three of the Kennedys; for John in 1960, Robert in 1968 and Edward in 1980. He was also a campaign aide to Edmund S. Muskie in 1972, Walter Mondale in 1984 and Joseph Biden in 1988.
  • Donna Smith, politician, she has served as county board supervisor since 1978.
  • Sara Taylor, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Political Affairs in the administration of George W. Bush.
  • Tom Tauke, United States Representative
  • Travis Tranel, politician, Wisconsin state assemblyman (2010–present).
  • William Tripp (politician). Tripp served in the Maine House of Representatives in 1841 and the Maine Senate in 1848-9, becoming Senate President in 1849. Tripp opened a law practice in Dubuque from 1852-57. After the war he was appointed Surveyor General for the Dakota Territory under President Andrew Johnson.
  • Suzanne VanOrman, politician. Member of Oregon House of Representatives (2008–present).
  • Martin Joseph Wade, US Representative from Iowa (1903–05).
  • Frank M. Ziebach, politician. Ziebach was a noted political figure in the Dakota Territory during the territorial period from 1861 to 1889. He was a pioneer newspaperman, founding a number of newspapers in the Iowa and Dakota Territories, including the Yankton "Weekly Dakotan" (also referred to as the "Weekly Dakotian") in 1861, which is still published today as the Yankton "Press and Dakotan".[1] He was known as the "squatter governor" of the Dakota Territory. Ziebach County, South Dakota was created in 1911, and is named for him. Ziebach went to Dubuque Iowa in 1863 and purchased an interest in the Dubuque Herald.

Notable Athletes/Coaches who lived in Dubuque[edit]

  • Eddie Anderson, coach. He served as the head football coach at Columbia College in Dubuque, Iowa, now known as Loras College (1922–1924), DePaul University (1925–1931), the College of the Holy Cross (1933–1938, 1950–1964), and the University of Iowa (1939–1942, 1946–1949), compiling a career college football record of 201–128–15. Anderson was also the head basketball coach at DePaul from 1925 to 1929, tallying a mark of 25–21. Anderson played professional football in the NFL for the Rochester Jeffersons in 1922 and the Chicago Cardinals from 1922 to 1925. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1971.
  • Johnny Armstrong, football player and coach. Armstrong played on the Rock Island Independents of the National Football League, and later the first American Football League, from 1923–1926. In 1924, Armstrong coached the Independents to a 5–2–2 record, and a fifth-place finish.
  • Jay Berwanger, first Heisman Trophy winner (1935-University of Chicago). First pick in 1936 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Aaron Brant, NFL offensive lineman.
  • Charlie Buelow, outfielder. Buelow was a Major League Baseball infielder for the New York Giants in 1901
  • Sabin Carr, athlete. Won gold medal in the pole vault in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.
  • John Chalmers, coach. He served as the head football coach at Franklin & Marshall College (1902), the University of Iowa (1903–1905), Columbia College in Dubuque, Iowa, now known as Loras College, (1907–1914), and the University of Dubuque (1914–1924), compiling a career college football record of 100–47–8. Chalmers was also the head men's basketball coach at Iowa for one season (1904–1905), tallying a mark of 6–8, and the baseball coach at Iowa for two seasons (1904–1905) and at Columbia College from 1915 to 1921.
  • Ira Davenport, coach. He served as the head football coach at Columbia College in Dubuque, Iowa, now known as Loras College, from 1920 to 1921. Davenport was later the general manager and treasurer of the Dubuque Boat and Boiler Works. He also competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics held in Stockholm, Sweden in the 800 metres where he won the bronze medal.
  • Gary Dolphin, broadcaster. He is currently the radio play-by-play broadcaster for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football and men's basketball teams for Learfield Sports and the Iowa Hawkeye Sports Network.
  • Gus Dorais, coach. Dorais served as the head football coach at Columbia College in Dubuque, Iowa, now known as Loras College (1914–1917), Gonzaga University (1920–1924), and the University of Detroit, now known as the University of Detroit Mercy (1925–1942), compiling a career college football coaching record of 150–70–12. He was also the head coach of the NFL's Detroit Lions from 1943 to 1947, tallying a mark of 20–31–2. In addition, he was the head basketball coach at Notre Dame, Detroit Mercy, and Gonzaga and the head baseball coach at Notre Dame and Gonzaga. Dorais was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1954.
  • Fred Glade, starting pitcher. Glade played for the Chicago Orphans (1902), St. Louis Browns (1904-1907) and New York Highlanders (1908). In a six-season career, Glade posted a 52-68 record with a 2.62 ERA in 1072-2/3 innings pitched, including 14 shutouts and 107 complete games
  • Fred Gloden, NFL player.
  • Sigmund Harris, football player. Harris was University of Minnesota’s All-American quarterback in 1902–04, for powerful teams under Dr. Henry L. Williams. He was also a plucky, 5' 5" 1/2 145-pound blocking back, punter, punt returner, and defensive safety, and played a critical role in the Little Brown Jug game between Minnesota and Michigan in 1903.
  • Dick Hoerner, NFL fullback. He played fullback for the University of Iowa in 1942 and 1946 and for the Los Angeles Rams from 1947 to 1951. He helped lead the Rams to three consecutive National Football League championship games from 1949 to 1951, played for the 1951 Los Angeles Rams team that won the 1951 NFL Championship Game, and was selected to play in the inaugural 1951 Pro Bowl. He was the Rams' all-time leading rusher at the end of his playing career with the team. He concluded his professional football career as a member of the Dallas Texans in 1952.
  • Joe Hoerner, relief pitcher. He played for the Houston Colt .45s (1963-1964), St. Louis Cardinals (1966-1969), Philadelphia Phillies (1970–72, 1975), Atlanta Braves (1972-1973), Kansas City Royals (1973-1974), Texas Rangers (1976), and Cincinnati Reds (1977). He made the National League All-Star team in 1970. During 1971, he gave up Willie Mays's major league-leading 22nd and last career extra-inning home run at Candlestick Park. He held Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Reggie Jackson, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Tony Perez, Willie Stargell, and Carl Yastrzemski to a .101 collective batting average (9-for-89).
  • Frederick M. Irish, coach. He served as the first head football coach at the Territorial Normal School, renamed Tempe Normal School in 1903 and now known as Arizona State University, coaching from 1896 to 1906 and compiling a record of 12–8. Territorial Normal did not field a football team in 1897, 1898, or 1901. Irish was also the first athletic director at Territorial/Tempe Normal, serving from 1896 to 1913. In addition, he taught science at the school.
  • Max Kadesky, football player. Kadesky was an All-American college football player for the University of Iowa. He was a left end for Iowa’s Big Ten championship football teams in 1921 and 1922. He later played one season in the NFL with the Rock Island Independents. Kadesky was born in Connecticut but moved to Iowa and attended Dubuque Senior High School. He played football, basketball, and baseball in high school, but his specialty was football. Kadesky was the team captain and coach in his senior season at Dubuque High School. He was inducted into his high school’s Hall of Fame in 1997.
  • Ed Keas, pitcher. Keas was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the 1888 Cleveland Blues of the American Association.
  • Keith Krepfle, NFL tight end. Played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1975–81) and the Atlanta Falcons (1982)
  • Walton Kirk Jr., 1945 consensus All American in basketball, University of Illinois; played five years in the NBA for Tri-City Blackhawks, Ft. Wayne Zollner Pistons and Milwaukee Hawks; Dubuque Senior and Dubuque Hempstead basketball coach from 1960 to 1973
  • Dan Koppen, offensive lineman for the New England Patriots
  • Kevin Kunnert, basketball player. Played for the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, and Portland Trail Blazers from 1973-82.
  • Elmer Layden, one of the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame and later commissioner of the NFL, coached at Loras College in the 1920s.
  • Tom Loftus, baseball player, His career began in 1877 with the St. Louis Brown Stockings of the National League, but he only played in nine games in 1877 and 1883 as an outfielder. His first managerial job came in 1884 with the Milwaukee Brewers of the short-lived Union Association, in which he only managed 12 games (going 8-4). In 1890, he was hired to manage the Cincinnati Reds, who had recently made the jump from the American Association to the National League. He left the game in 1891 but came back to manage the Chicago Orphans and Washington Senators, and in each of his managerial stops, he would have part ownership of the team.
  • Ace Loomis, NFL player for the Green Bay Packers[6]
  • Pete McMahon, NFL offensive lineman.
  • Bill McWilliams, baseball player for the Boston Red Sox (1931).
  • Karl Noonan, NFL wide receiver. Played for Miami Dolphins (1966–72); an AFL All-Star in 1968.
  • Johnny Orr, basketball coach at Iowa State University and the University of Michigan, coached at Dubuque Senior High in the 1950s. He remains the winningest coach in Iowa State history with 218 wins and 200 losses.
  • Oran Pape, football player, law enforcement officer. Pape was a member of the Iowa State Patrol. To date, he is the only member of the Patrol to have been murdered in the line of duty. He played football at Dubuque Senior High School, where he was part of the 1924 Iowa State championship team. Pape then played at the University of Iowa. Following college, he played in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers, the Minneapolis Red Jackets, the Providence Steam Roller, the Boston Braves, and the Staten Island Stapletons. He was a member of the Packers' 1930 NFL championship team, and left the NFL in 1934.
  • David Reed, football player. Reed is a wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Ravens in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Reed was born in Dubuque, but his family moved to Connecticut when he was young.
  • Kevin Rhomberg, baseball player. Rhomberg played for the Cleveland Indians (1982–84). He was also head baseball coach for Cleveland State University (1992–96).
  • John R. Richards, coach. He served as the head coach at Colorado College (1905–1909), the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1911, 1917, 1919–1922), and Ohio State University (1912), compiling a career college football record of 58–21–8. He had previously been a high school football coach and economics instructor in Dubuque, Iowa.
  • Bill Roberts, NFL running back for the Green Bay Packers (1956).[7]
  • Tom Ryder, outfielder. Ryder was a 19th-century professional baseball outfielder. He played for the St. Louis Maroons of the Union Association in July and August 1884.
  • Bob Stull, coach. Stull is a college athletics administrator and former football player and coach. He is currently the athletic director at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), a position he had held since 1998. Stull served as head football coach at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, (1984–1985) UTEP (1986–19880, and the University of Missouri (1989–1993), compiling a career record of 46–65–2. Stull began his coaching career at Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa.
  • Nic Ungs, baseball player. Ungs has played in the Florida Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers minor league system and in 2009 for the Taiwanese baseball team Brother Elephants.
  • Don Vosberg, NFL player for the New York Giants[8]
  • Len Watters, coach.
  • Landon Wilson, NHL player for the Colorado Avalanche, Boston Bruins, Phoenix Coyotes and Dallas Stars.

Notables who attended Dubuque colleges[edit]


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