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Civil War General and Governor of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin Butler, class of 1838

This list of Colby College alumni includes graduates, non-graduate former students, current students, and honorary degree recipients of Colby College. Founded in 1813, Colby's class of 2013 was the college's 200th, making a total of more than 25,000 living alumni.



Name Class Notability Reference
Martin Brewer Anderson 1840 President of the University of Rochester from 1853 to 1888
Theophilus C. Abbot 1845 President of State Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) from 1862 to 1885
Nathan Cook Brackett 1864 (transfer) founder of Storer College and Bluefield State College
Shailer Mathews 1884 Dean of the University of Chicago Divinity School, 1908-1933
George Ricker Berry 1885 Semitic Scholar and Professor at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
Arthur J. Roberts 1890 President of Colby College, 1908-1927
Franklin W. Johnson 1891 President of Colby College, 1929-1942
Charles Huntington Whitman 1897 Chair of the Department of English at Rutgers University 1911-1937
Gordon Enoch Gates 1919 Head of Biology Department University of Yangon, 1921-1941 [1]
Eleanor Duckworth 1957 Professor of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education [2]
David G. Bromley 1963 Author and Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University
Jerrold Lee Shapiro 1964 Director of the Center for Professional Development at Santa Clara University [3]
Thomas Easton 1966 Professor of Biology at Thomas College [4]
William "Bill" McKinney 1968 President and Professor of American Religion of Pacific School of Religion, 1996-2010 [5]
Ted Snyder (economist) 1975 Dean of Yale School of Management, Dean of University of Chicago Booth School of Business 2001-2010
Gregory R. Ciottone 1987 Harvard Professor, pioneering physician in Counter-Terrorism Medicine, White House consultant [6]
Mark Panek 1990 Professor of English at the University of Hawaii [7]
David Roderick 1992 Assistant Professor of English at University of North Carolina at Greensboro [8]

Research and scholarship[edit]

Name Class Notability Reference
Julius Dresser ex-1860 Philosopher
Charles Branch Wilson 1884 Scientist, marine biologist [9]
Fenwicke Holmes 1906 Author, congregational minister, and religious science leader
Harold Calvin Marston Morse 1914 Mathematician
Paul Wallace Gates 1924 United States land policy historian and author [10]
Doris Kearns Goodwin 1964 Presidential scholar and historian; notable works include the Pulitzer Prize-winning No Ordinary Time (1995) and Team of Rivals (2005)
Arthur G. Miller 1964 Professor in Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland, College Park
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. 1970 Maine State Historian
Alan Taylor (historian) 1977 Scholar in early Colonial America history and Pulitzer Prize winner

Arts and entertainment[edit]

Name Class Notability Reference
Jack Levine 1946 Painter [11]
Gordon W. Bowie 1965 Musician [12]
Rocco Landesman 1969 Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts
Tim O'Brien (musician) ex-1973 Country and bluegrass musician
Tom Silverman 1976 Founder of hip-hop record label Tommy Boy Entertainment
Arthur Levering 1976 Composer
Lincoln Peirce 1985 Cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Big Nate
Billy Bush 1994 Host of Access Hollywood, former host of Let's Make a Deal and The Billy Bush Show [13]
Mike Daisey 1996 Monologuist, solo performer and author


Name Class Notability Reference
Frank Haggerty 1897 Head football coach at University of Akron, 1910 to 1914
Jack Coombs 1906 Two-time World Champion Major League Baseball Player; Manager (Philadelphia Phillies and Duke University)
Elbridge Ross 1935 Medalist at the 1936 Winter Olympics in hockey [14]
Norm Gigon 1958 Major League Baseball player for the Chicago Cubs [15]
Ed Phillips (pitcher) 1966 Major League Baseball pitcher for the 1970 Boston Red Sox
Jan Volk 1968 General Manager of the Boston Celtics, 1984-1997
Sebsibe Mamo 1970 Ethiopian athlete; competed at the 1964 and 1968 Summer Olympics [14]
Greg Cronin 1986 Assistant Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2011–present
Mike McRae (baseball) 1981 Head coach of the Canisius Golden Griffins baseball team, 2005–present [16]
Eric DeCosta 1993 Assistant General Manager, Baltimore Ravens
Hilary Gehman 1993 Olympic rower, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004; World Rowing Championships medalist [14]
Mark Jackson (American football coach) 1994 Senior associate athletic director for the University of Southern California
Meaghan Sittler 1998 Hockey player for the Brampton Thunder and the United States women's national ice hockey team [17]
Courtney Kennedy ex-2001 Olympic medalist on the United States women's national ice hockey team, 2002 and 2006
Warner Nickerson 2005 Alpine skier [18]

Business and finance[edit]

Name Class Notability Reference
Ivory Quinby 1836 Businessman and philanthropist [19]
J. Young Scammon 1869 Lawyer, banker, and newspaper publisher [20]
Herbert Elijah Wadsworth 1892 Businessman
Albert Stone 1951 Owner of Sterilite [21]
Frank R. Wallace 1954 Owner of Integrated Management Associates
Lawrence Pugh 1956 former CEO of the VF Corporation
Peter H. Lunder 1956 Former President of Dexter Shoe Company
Tom Whidden 1970 President of North Sails, 1992–present [22]
Robert Diamond 1973 Former chief executive officer of Barclays Bank, Plc.
Edson Mitchell 1975 Director, Deutsche Bank [23]
Eric S. Rosengren 1979 President and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Dawn Sweeney 1981 President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Restaurant Association [24]
Chip Smith 1991 Co-founder of The Glover Park Group
Jason J. Hogg 1993 Founder of Revolution Money [25]


Name Class Notability Reference
Roland Gammon 1937 Religious author and ad-man
Thomas Savage (novelist) 1940 Novelist
Alvin Schwartz (children's author) 1949 Author of the series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark [26]
Robert B. Parker 1954 Author of the Spenser detective novels
Joe Perham 1955 Humorist [27]
Annie Proulx ex-1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain
Don J. Snyder 1968 Novelist and screenwriter [28]
Gregory White Smith 1973 Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Jackson Pollock: An American Saga [29]
Jeff Gottesfeld 1977 novelist, Anne Frank and Me; screen/TV writer, The Young and the Restless
Alan Taylor (historian) 1977 Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize-winning author and historian specializing in early American history
Jane Brox 1978 Author and 2007 Guggenheim Fellow [30]
Gerry Boyle 1978 Novelist and Colby English Professor
Geoffrey Becker 1980 Short story writer [31]
Linda Greenlaw 1983 Author of Hungry Ocean (captain of the Hannah Boden, sister ship to the Andrea Gail which went down in The Perfect Storm 1991)
Erika Mailman 1991 Author and journalist [32]
Cecily von Ziegesar 1992 Novelist, creator of Gossip Girl series
Stephanie Doyon 1993 Novelist, best known for The Greatest Man in Cedar Hole [33]
Sarah Langan 1996 Bram Stoker Award-winning novelist [7]
Drew Magary 1998 Writer for Deadspin and GQ magazine; author of The Postmortal and Someone Could Get Hurt [34]
Rosecrans Baldwin 1999 Novelist and essayist, co-founder of The Morning News
David Barr Kirtley 2000 Science fiction author and co-founder of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy


Name Class Notability Reference
George Horace Lorimer 1898 Editor-in-chief of The Saturday Evening Post
John Roderick (correspondent) 1937 Correspondent for the Associated Press
Dwight E. Sargent 1939 Editorial writer for The New York Herald Tribune, 1951 Nieman Fellow
Elliot G. Jaspin 1969 1979 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting [35]
Stuart Rothenberg 1970 editor and publisher of The Rothenberg Political Report, CNN political analyst, and syndicated columnist
Ben Bradlee Jr. 1970 Investigative journalist and bestselling author [36]
Robert S. Capers 1971 1992 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting [37]
Stéphane Cornicard 1988 Film actor and director [38]
Andrea Nix Fine 1991 Oscar winner, 2013 Best Documentary Short Subject [39]
Amy Walter 1991 Political Director of ABC News, former house editor for the Cook Political Report, Editor in Chief of 'The Hotline
Dan Harris (journalist) 1993 ABC News anchor and reporter
Billy Bush 1994 TV personality and nephew of President George H. W. Bush
Hannah Beech 1995 Journalist for Time magazine
Sarah Lee (reporter) 1995 Washington DC news reporter
Matt Apuzzo 2000 2012 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting [40]

Politics and government[edit]

Members of the United States Congress[edit]

Name Class Notability Reference
Virgil D. Parris ex-1827 U.S. Representative from Maine 1837–1840 [41]
Daniel T. Jewett ex-1830 U.S. Senator from Missouri 1870–1871 [41]
James Brooks (Whig) 1831 U.S. Representative from New York 1849–1853, 1863–1866, 1867–1873
Wyman B. S. Moor 1831 U.S. Senator from Maine 1848, Maine Attorney General 1844-1847 [42]
James S. Wiley 1836 U.S. Representative from Maine, 1847-1849 [42]
Benjamin Franklin Butler (politician) 1838 U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1867-1875, 1877-1879, Civil War general, 33rd Governor of Massachusetts
Stephen Coburn 1839 U.S. Representative from Maine, 1861
Benjamin White Norris 1843 U.S. Representative from Alabama, 1868-1869
Mark H. Dunnell 1849 U.S. Representative from Minnesota 1871-1883, 1889-1891
Seth L. Milliken ex-1852 U.S. Representative from Maine 1883-1897
Nelson Dingley, Jr. 1855 U.S. Representative from Maine 1881–1899, 34th Governor of Maine 1874-1876 [42]
Alfred Eliab Buck 1859 U.S. Representative from Alabama 1869-1871, United States Ambassador to Japan, 1897 to 1902
Richard C. Shannon 1862 U.S. Representative from New York 1895-1899, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica 1891-1893 [43]
Forrest Goodwin 1880 U.S. Representative from Maine, 1913
Asher Hinds 1883 U.S. Representative from Maine, 1911-1917
John E. Nelson (Maine) 1898 U.S. Representative from Maine, 1921-1933
Angier Goodwin 1902 U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1943-1955
Charles P. Nelson (congressman) 1928 U.S. Representative from Maine, 1949-1957
Chester Earl Merrow 1929 U.S. Representative from New Hampshire, 1943-1963
Edward Gurney 1935 U.S. Senator from Florida (1969–1974)

United States Federal and State Court justices[edit]

Name Class Notability Reference
Percival Bonney 1863 Maine Superior Court Judge, 1878-1906 [44]
Leslie C. Cornish 1875 Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, 1917-1925
Warren C. Philbrook 1882 Mayor of Waterville 1899-1900, Maine Attorney General, 1909-10, Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, 1913-1928 [45]
Hugh Dean McLellan 1895 Federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Nathaniel Tompkins 1903 Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, 1945-1949 [46]
Joseph Jabar 1968 Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, 2009–present [47]
Kenneth R. Melvin 1974 Circuit Court Judge and member of the Virginia House of Delegates [48]

United States Governors[edit]

Name Class Notability Reference
Samuel Cony ex-1829 31st Governor of Maine, 1864-1867 [49]
George A. Ramsdell ex-1857 46th Governor of New Hampshire 1897-1899 [42]
Harris M. Plaisted 1853 Governor of Maine 1881-1883
Llewellyn Powers ex-1861 Governor of Maine 1901-1908 [42]
Marcellus Stearns 1863 Governor of Florida 1874-1877 [42]

Other political and legal figures[edit]

Name Class Notability Reference
Albert G. Jewett 1823 United States Chargé d'Affaires to Peru 1845-1847
Elijah P. Lovejoy 1826 Abolitionist
Manly B. Townsend 1828 Maine State Senator [50]
Edgar Harkness Gray 1838 Baptist clergyman and former Chaplain of the Senate
Leonard Swett c. 1840-45 close friend of President Lincoln and an organizer for the 1860 Chicago Republican National Convention
Josiah Hayden Drummond 1846 16th Attorney General of Maine, 1860-1863
Isaac Smith Kalloch 1852 Baptist minister, founder and first president of Ottawa University, mayor of San Francisco, California
Cyrus Hamlin (general) 1859 General in the Union Army [51]
Bartlett Tripp ex-1861 Ambassador to Austria 1893-1897 [42]
Henry C. Merriam ex-1862 United States Army general awarded Medal of Honor
Edwin Francis Lyford 1877 Massachusetts State Senator, 1894 [52]
Herbert Lord 1884 Director of the United States Bureau of the Budget (now the Office of Management and Budget), 1922-1929
Byron Boyd 1886 Secretary of State of Maine, 1897 to 1907 [53]
Holman Day 1887 Military secretary to the Governor of Maine John Fremont Hill, 1901-1904
Merton L. Miller 1890 Acting Chief of the Ethnological Survey for the Philippine Islands
George Otis Smith 1893 Director of United States Geological Survey, 1907-1922, first chairman of the Federal Power Commission
Robert N. Anthony 1938 United States Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), 1965-1968 [54]
Rachel Bubar Kelly 1947 Prohibition Party candidate for United States Vice President
Robert S. Gelbard 1964 United States Ambassador to Bolivia (1988–1991) and United States Ambassador to Indonesia (1999–2001)
Peter D. Hart 1964 founder of Peter D. Hart Research Associates, a political polling organization
Pete Rouse 1968 Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, former Chief of Staff to Tom Daschle
Patrick Duddy 1972 United States Ambassador to Venezuela 2007-2010
David Lemoine 1978 State Treasurer of Maine 2005-2010
David Linsky 1979 Massachusetts House of Representatives
Peter Forman 1980 Minority Leader of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1991-1995 [55]
Christopher Mellon 1980 Staff Director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, 1989-1999
Thomas A. Betro 1981 Director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service 2006 - 2010
Dana Hanley 1984 Member of the Maine Senate, 1992-1996 [56]
Patricia M. McCarthy 1984 Assistant Director in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the United States Department of Justice Civil Division, 2003-present
Paul Doyle (politician) 1985 Connecticut Senator from the Ninth District [57]
Sean McCormack 1986 Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and U.S. State Department Spokesman
Daniel K. Webster 1987 Massachusetts State Representatives, 2003-2013 [58]
Michael Marcello 1990 Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives 2009–present [59]
J. Patrick O'Neill 1993 Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives 2005–present [60]
Andrew Monroe Rice 1996 2008 Democratic nominee, candidate, United States Senate (Oklahoma) (lost to Senator James Inhofe)
Devin Beliveau 2001 Maine State Representative from District 151, 2010-2012
Linwood E. Palmer, Jr. Maine Legislator, Candidate, Maine Governor, 1978
Daniel T. Jewett Republican US Senator (Missouri) 1870-71, Missouri State Representative
Elizabeth Hanson CIA Officer killed in the Camp Chapman attack, Afghanistan
Lot M. Morrill U.S. Senator (1861–69), Governor of Maine (1857–1861), Treasury Secretary (1876–77)


Name Class Notability Reference
George Boardman (missionary) 1822 First Graduate of Colby College, Baptist missionary
Mary Caffrey Low 1875 Founder, Sigma Kappa Sorority
Elizabeth Gorham Hoag Founder, Sigma Kappa Sorority
Ida Fuller Founder, Sigma Kappa Sorority
Frances Elliott Mann Hall Founder, Sigma Kappa Sorority
Louise Helen Coburn Founder, Sigma Kappa Sorority
Arthur B. Patten 1890 United States Congregational Church clergyman
Bern Porter 1932 Artist and scientist [61]
Stephen Sternberg 1941 Pathologist and author
Myron "Pinky" Thompson 1950 Trustee of the Bishop Estate (now known as Kamehameha Schools), President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society
Riki Ott 1976 Marine toxicologist oil spill expert
Savas (Zembillas) of Pittsburgh 1979 Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh
Wylie Dufresne 1992 Chef and owner of wd~50 restaurant in New York City, featured as a judge on Top Chef
Tara Allain 2008 Miss Maine 2007

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