List of College of the Holy Cross alumni

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This list of College of the Holy Cross alumni includes graduates and non-graduate, former students at the College of the Holy Cross. Since its founding in 1843, Holy Cross has graduated 157 classes of students and as of the 2005-06 academic year had approximately 35,000 alumni.[1]



Professors and researchers[edit]

Name Year/Degree Notability Reference
Brooks, John E.John E. Brooks 1949 President Emeritus of College of the Holy Cross and former President from 1970 to 1994, noted for introducing co-education at the college in 1972;member of Religious Studies faculty
Devaney, Robert L.Robert L. Devaney 1969 professor, mathematics, Boston University; research interests include complex dynamical systems, chaos, fractals
Granfield, DavidDavid Granfield 1943 Professor Emeritus at Catholic University Law School in Washington DC; noted as a canon lawyer for his exposition of the Catholic Church’s view on abortion
Hawkins, Jane M.Jane M. Hawkins 1976 professor, mathematics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; research interests include ergodic theory, smooth dynamical systems, complex dynamics, and computer generated graphics images related to nonpolynomial dynamics
Healy, Patrick FrancisPatrick Francis Healy 1850 first African American to earn a Ph.D. and former President of Georgetown University
Lawler, TraugottTraugott Lawler 1958 medievalist scholar; expert on William Langland; emeritus professor of English at Yale University
Leary, TimothyTimothy Leary 1942 LSD-pioneering Harvard professor; attended Holy Cross before transferring to West Point
McCartin, JosephJoseph McCartin 1981 professor of history at Georgetown University; 2003 Charles Warren Fellow at Harvard University
McCarthy , JamesJames McCarthy 1971 President of Suffolk University in Boston
Reiss, PaulPaul Reiss 1952 14th president of Saint Michael's College, professor and author
Staszewski, James J.James J. Staszewski 1972 Research Professor Emeritus, Carnegie Mellon University; Area: Cognitive Science; Research interests: Human expertise and its acquisition
Wright, Jr., Robert K.Robert K. Wright, Jr. 1968 military historian and author
McElaney-Johnson, AnnAnn McElaney-Johnson 1979 president of Mount Saint Mary's College
Miranda, RickRick Miranda 1976 Provost of Colorado State University
Day, JohnJohn Day 1970 Provost of John Carroll University


Law, politics, and public service[edit]

United States federal and state court justices[edit]

Name Year/Degree Notability Reference
Caffrey, Andrew AugustineAndrew Augustine Caffrey 1941 United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts; nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1961
Casey, Jr., Richard C.Richard C. Casey, Jr. 1955 United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; nominated by President Bill Clinton
O'Connor, Francis PatrickFrancis Patrick O'Connor 1950 appointed by Governor Edward King in 1981, served 16 years on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Droney, ChristopherChristopher Droney 1976 United States Court of Appeals Judge for the Second Circuit; nominated by President Barack Obama in 2012
Farley, III, John J.John J. Farley, III 1964 Founding Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; nominated by President George H. W. Bush in 1989
Garrity Jr., Wendell ArthurWendell Arthur Garrity Jr. 1941 United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts; nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966
Gibbons, John J.John J. Gibbons 1947 former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit [16]
Greaney, JohnJohn Greaney 1961 Associate Justice for the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and Director of the Macaronis Institute for Trial and Appellate Advocacy at Suffolk University Law School
Harrington, Edward FrancisEdward Francis Harrington 1955 United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts; nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1987
Leamy, James PatrickJames Patrick Leamy 1912 United States District Judge for the District of Vermont; nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940
Leon, Richard J.Richard J. Leon 1971 United States District Judge for the District of Columbia; nominated by President George W. Bush in 2002
McCarthy, William T.William T. McCarthy 1905 United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts; nominated by President Harry S. Truman
McEntee, EdwardEdward McEntee 1928 Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
McGuire, Matthew FrancisMatthew Francis McGuire 1921 United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts; nominated by President Harry S. Truman in 1949
Thomas, ClarenceClarence Thomas 1971 Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court; nominated by President George H.W. Bush in 1990

Executive branch and United States Cabinet members[edit]

Members of the United States Congress[edit]


Name Year/Degree Notability Reference
Casey, Jr., Robert P.Robert P. Casey, Jr. 1982 United States Senator for Pennsylvania, served as Pennsylvania Treasurer [17]
Durkin, John A.John A. Durkin 1959 United States Senator for New Hampshire from 1975 to 1980
Burke, Thomas A.Thomas A. Burke 1920 United States Senator for Ohio, served as the 48th mayor of Cleveland; namesake of Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport
Murphy, Maurice J.Maurice J. Murphy 1950 United States Senator for New Hampshire
Walsh, David I.David I. Walsh 1893 United States Senator for Massachusetts; Massachusetts' first Irish Catholic governor


Name Year/Degree Notability Reference
Bishop, TimTim Bishop 1972 United States Representative from New York's 1st congressional district [18]
Connery, Jr., William PatrickWilliam Patrick Connery, Jr. 1920 United States Representative from Massachusetts
Early, Joseph DanielJoseph Daniel Early 1955 United States Representative from Massachusetts' 3rd congressional district from 1975 to 1993
Kennedy, AmbroseAmbrose Kennedy 1897 United States Representative from Rhode Island
Longley, Jr., James B.James B. Longley, Jr. 1973 United States Representative from Maine's 1st congressional district
McKneally, Martin B.Martin B. McKneally 1937 United States Representative from New York
McNulty, Michael R.Michael R. McNulty 1969 United States Representative [19]
Moran, James P.James P. Moran 1967 United States Representative [20]
Towey, Jr., Frank W.Frank W. Towey, Jr. 1916 United States Representative from New Jersey's 12th congressional district from 1937 to 1939
Welch, Peter F.Peter F. Welch 1971 United States Representative for the U.S. state of Vermont's at-large congressional seat

United States governors[edit]

Ambassadors and other diplomats from the United States[edit]

  • Leo G. Cyr, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda
  • Harry K. Thomas, Jr. 1978, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Zimbabwe[21]

Government officials outside the United States[edit]

  • Henri Bourassa 1890, French Canadian political leader and publisher; ideological father of Canadian nationalism
  • P. Joseph Koessler, 1985 Honorary Consul-General of Japan at Buffalo, New York
  • Guillermo Pérez-Argüello, 1973, UN Official (1980-2002), Ambassador, Chief Diplomatic Academy and of Protocol, Nicaraguan FO (1976–78,2002-2009)
  • Louis-Rodrigue Masson 1853, Canadian member of Parliament, Senator, and Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec
  • Lazarus Uaandja 1991, Executive Director of the Central Governance Agency in Namibia[citation needed]
  • Jarosław Wałęsa 2001, member of the Sejm, the lower chamber of Poland's Parliament; son of Lech Wałęsa

Other United States political and legal figures[edit]


Name Year/Degree Notability Reference
Costello, Barry M.Barry M. Costello 1973 United States Navy Commander, United States Third Fleet [24]
Daly, Peter H.Peter H. Daly 1977 United States Navy Vice Admiral (Ret.) and CEO of the United States Naval Institute
Healy, Michael A.Michael A. Healy Prep 1849–1854 Captain, United States Revenue Cutter Service (predecessor of United States Coast Guard), first United States Government ship commander with African-American ancestry
McCarthy, William J.William J. McCarthy 1976 Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force, United States Navy
MacDonald, Bruce E.Bruce E. MacDonald 1978 Rear Admiral, Judge Advocate General, United States Navy [25][26]
Trainor, Bernard E.Bernard E. Trainor 1951 retired Marine Corps Lieutenant General, bestselling author, and military analyst for NBC
Sandkuhler, KevinKevin Sandkuhler 1975 lawyer, retired Brigadier General in the United States Marine Corps
Shtogren, Anthony T.Anthony T. Shtogren 1940 retired United States Air Force Major General

Media and communication[edit]


Name Year/Degree Notability Reference
Most Rev. Healy, James AugustineJames Augustine Healy, D.D. 1849 first African American bishop in the United States
Most Rev. Donaghy, Frederick AnthonyFrederick Anthony Donaghy, M.M., D.D. 1925 Maryknoll missionary to China who became the first bishop of Wuzhou; his brother, William A. Donaghy, S.J., served as the president of Holy Cross [27]
Rev. Msgr. Duncan, Edward J.Edward J. Duncan, STD 1939 Chaplain Emeritus, St. John's Catholic Newman Center, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign[citation needed]
Rev. William O'Malley, S.J. 1953 prolific author and teacher of theology at Fordham University; famous for his role in The Exorcist
Msgr. Vaghi, PeterPeter Vaghi 1970 pastor of the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, Maryland and confidant to conservative political figures[citation needed]
Rev. Cocucci, JosephJoseph Cocucci x1980 pastor of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Berlin, Maryland; former Rector of the Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington, Delaware; former Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations, Diocese of Wilmington; contributor to best-selling works of fiction and popular music

Science, technology, and medicine[edit]





Ice hockey[edit]

Other sports[edit]

  • Mike Ahmed 2013, drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Jim Carboneau 1974, professional lacrosse referee[citation needed]
  • Frank Carroll 1960, Olympic figure skating coach, former competitive skater
  • Henry D. Cross III 1952, Chairman, U.S. Olympic Shooting Team[citation needed]
  • Bob Daughters 1936, MLB player and former president of the Holy Cross Varsity Club
  • Neil Fingleton 2004, the United Kingdom's tallest British-born man, professional basketball player, actor, and clothing retailer
  • Mark Fretta 1999, triathlete and second American to garner a No. 1 world ranking in the International Triathlon Union World Cup[citation needed]
  • Andrea Garbagnati 1991, Italian FIA GT Championship driver[citation needed]
  • Keitani Graham 2003, competed in London 2012 Olympic Games as a wrestler for Micronesia
  • Paul Harney 1952, professional golfer and golf course owner; in 1995, enshrined into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame
  • Patrick McCann, 2013, professional soccer player for Finn Harps FC
  • Shaun McGowan 2003, former MLL midfielder for the Long Island Lizards and attorney[citation needed]
  • Alejandro Melean 2010, professional soccer player for the Bolivian club Oriente Petrolero
  • Paul Pearl 1989, men's ice hockey head coach at Holy Cross
  • Ron Perry Sr. 1954, Holy Cross Athletic Director from 1977 to 1997; won national championships in both baseball (1952 NCAA World Series Championship) and basketball; co-captain of 1954 basketball team which won the NIT[citation needed]
  • Ron Perry Jr. 1980, drafted by the Boston Celtics in basketball and Chicago White Sox in baseball[citation needed]
  • James F. "Jimmy" Quinn 1928, winner of gold medal in 4 × 100 m relay at the 1928 Summer Olympics
  • Richard Regan 1976, Athletic Director at Holy Cross; former operations director of NFL International
  • Connor Sweeney 2010, lacrosse goaltender for Ireland in the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Men's World Championship[citation needed]
  • Kevin Swords 1982, most “capped” player on the Eagles, the U.S. national rugby team; played in the 1987 World Cup Rugby and captained the US team in the 1991 World Cup
  • Willie Turnesa 1938, known as "Willie the Wedge", one of 13 men who have won both the British Amateur (1947) and U.S. Amateur Championships (1938, 1948)
  • Ralph Willard 1967, former NBA coach; head coach of the Holy Cross basketball team
  • Erick Winstead 2009, US men's rowing team bronze medal winner

Notable Holy Cross faculty[edit]

  • Patricia Bizzell, Ph.D., prolific author and former Chairperson of the English Department
  • John Esposito, Ph.D., widely published professor of Islamic Studies; former Holy Cross Middle East Studies and Religious Studies Chair
  • Osvaldo Golijov, Ph.D., Grammy Award-winning composer; assistant professor of music
  • Claudia Koonz, Ph.D., feminist historian of Nazi Germany
  • Shirish Korde, Ph.D., composer; Chair of the Music Department; founder of Neuma Records
  • Joseph T. O'Callahan, first chaplain Medal of Honor recipient; former director of Holy Cross Mathematics Department
  • Nicolas Sanchez, Ph.D., economics professor, author

Presidents of the College[edit]

Order Name Position(s) Joined College Ascended presidency Left/retired Alumnus/na? Reference
1 Mulledy, S.J., Rev. Thomas F.Rev. Thomas F. Mulledy, S.J. President 1843 1843 1845 no [32]
2 Ryder, S.J., Rev. James A.Rev. James A. Ryder, S.J. President 1845 1848 [32]
3 Early, S.J., Rev. JohnRev. John Early, S.J. President 1848 1851 [32]
4 Ciampi, S.J., Rev. Anthony F.Rev. Anthony F. Ciampi, S.J. President 1851 1854 [32]
5 Blenkinsop, S.J., Rev. Peter J.Rev. Peter J. Blenkinsop, S.J. President 1854 1857 [32]
6 Ciampi, S.J., Rev. Anthony F.Rev. Anthony F. Ciampi, S.J. President 1857 1861 [32]
7 Clark, S.J., Rev. JamesRev. James Clark, S.J. President 1861 1867
8 Brady, S.J., Rev. Robert W.Rev. Robert W. Brady, S.J. President 1867 1869
9 Ciampi, S.J., Rev. Anthony F.Rev. Anthony F. Ciampi, S.J. President 1869 1873
10 O'Hagan, S.J., Rev. Joseph B.Rev. Joseph B. O'Hagan, S.J. President 1873 1878
11 Boone, S.J., Rev. Edward D.Rev. Edward D. Boone, S.J. President 1878 1883
12 Brady, S.J., Rev. Robert W.Rev. Robert W. Brady, S.J. President 1883 1887
13 Cahill, S.J., Rev. SamuelRev. Samuel Cahill, S.J. President 1887 1889
14 O'Kane, S.J., Rev. MichaelRev. Michael O'Kane, S.J. President 1889 1893
15 McGurk, S.J., Rev. Edward A.Rev. Edward A. McGurk, S.J. President 1893 1895
16 Lehy, S.J., Rev. John F.Rev. John F. Lehy, S.J. President 1895 1901
17 Hanselman, S.J., Rev. Joseph F.Rev. Joseph F. Hanselman, S.J. President 1901 1906
18 Murphy, S.J., Rev. Thomas E.Rev. Thomas E. Murphy, S.J. President 1906 1911
19 Dinand, S.J., Bishop Joseph N.Bishop Joseph N. Dinand, S.J. President 1911 1918
20 Carlin, S.J., Rev. James J.Rev. James J. Carlin, S.J. President 1918 1924
21 Dinand, S.J., Bishop Joseph N.Bishop Joseph N. Dinand, S.J. President 1924 1927
22 Fox, S.J., Rev. John M.Rev. John M. Fox, S.J. President 1927 1933
23 Dolan, S.J., Rev. Francis J.Rev. Francis J. Dolan, S.J. President 1933 1939
24 Maxwell, S.J., Rev. Joseph R.N.Rev. Joseph R.N. Maxwell, S.J. President 1939 1945
25 Healy, S.J., Rev. William J.Rev. William J. Healy, S.J. President 1945 1948
26 O'Brien, S.J., Rev. John A.Rev. John A. O'Brien, S.J. President 1948 1954
27 Donaghy, S.J., Rev. William A.Rev. William A. Donaghy, S.J. President 1954 1960
28 Swords, S.J., Rev. Raymond J.Rev. Raymond J. Swords, S.J. President 1960 1970
29 Brooks, S.J., Rev. John E.Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J. President 1970 1994
30 Reedy, S.J., Rev. GerardRev. Gerard Reedy, S.J. President 1994 1998
Vellaccio, Ph.D., FrankFrank Vellaccio, Ph.D. Acting President 1998 2000
31 McFarland, S.J., Rev. Michael C.Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. President 2000 2012 [33]
32 Boroughs, S.J., Rev. Philip L.Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J. President 2012


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