List of Hampden–Sydney College alumni

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This is a list of notable alumni of Hampden–Sydney College, including graduates and non-graduates. Individuals are sorted by category and alphabetized within each category. The Alumni Association of Hampden–Sydney College considers all former students to be members, whether they graduated or not, and does not generally differentiate between graduates and non-graduates when identifying alumni.

Arts and entertainment[edit]


  • John B Adams, Jr.: CEO of the Martin Agency; Class of 1971
  • Christopher T. Apostle: SVP of Sotheby's; Class of 1985
  • Tom Barr: President and COO of Hailo; former Vice President of Global Coffee @ Starbucks Coffee Company; Class of 1990
  • W. Charles Blocker Jr: Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Finance for Gannon International; former Chairman and CEO of Asian Trade Alliance, Inc.; Class of 1984
  • Walter Blocker: Board of Governors of American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam; Managing Director of GANNON Vietnam Limited; Class of 1990
  • Rob J. Bonaventura: President of Laidlaw & Company; Class of 1983
  • E. Rhodes Carpenter: founder of the Carpenter Company; Class of 1929
  • George B. Cartledge Jr.: Chairman of Grand Home Furnishings; Class of 1963
  • Brad Cary: co-founder and CEO of Emigra Group; Class of 1985
  • Robert Citrone: hedge fund manager of Discovery Capital Management; Class of 1987[7]
  • James Cook: founder of Aurora Russia Limited; former Chairman of Delta Financial Group; former Chairman and CEO of GE Consumer Finance Russia; Class of 1986
  • Richard F. Cralle Jr.: owner of Green Front Furniture; Class of 1965
  • Michael R. Fitzsimmons: founder and CEO of Delivery Agent; Class of 1995
  • Andrew Freitas: President of Colonel's Limited, LLC dba Papa John's; 2013 Papa John's Hall of Fame Franchisee; 2009 Papa John's Franchisee of the Year; Class of 1992
  • Bernard S. Groseclose Jr.: CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority; Class of 1975
  • Gerhard Peter Gross: CEO of Daimler Trucks-Mexico; Class of 1984
  • Hiter Harris III: co-founder and Managing Director of Harris Williams & Co.; Class of 1983
  • David H. Head, Jr.: real estate, President of Head Companies; Class of 1993
  • Steven T. Huff: Chairman of TF Concrete Forming Systems; owner of Pensmore; Class of 1973[8]
  • Maurice Jones: Rhodes Scholar; Secretary of Commerce for the State of Virginia; Class of 1986[9]
  • Ed Kelley: co-founder and former CFO and COO of Jiffy Lube; Class of 1975
  • Gary L. Kessler: CEO of Carey International; Class of 1986
  • Monte Lehmkuler: Senior Managing Director; Head of Equity Trading at FBR Capital Markets; Class of 1988
  • Richard Glenn Levy: founder and President of National Imaging Systems, Inc.; Class of 1981
  • John G. Macfarlane III: COO of Tudor Investment Corporation; former Treasurer and Managing Director at Salomon Brothers; Class of 1976
  • David N. Martin: founder and former President and CEO of the Martin Agency: Class of 1952
  • L. White Matthews III: former CFO of Ecolab, Inc.; former EVP of Finance of Union Pacific Corporation; Class of 1967
  • David J. McKittrick: former CFO of Gateway 2000; CFO of Ethanex Energy, Inc.: Class of 1967
  • C. Cammack Morton: real estate developer; CEO of Commercial Properties Development Corporation: Class of 1973
  • Charles C. Mottley: CEO of El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc.: Class of 1956
  • Alphonso O'Neil-White: first African-American student at the college; Chairman of the board of Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Class of 1972[10]
  • Tom Pratt: executive, AIG; Class of 1971
  • Frank W. Roach: CEO of North America for Wolseley plc; Class of 1973
  • Conrad F. Sauer IV: CEO of the C.F. Sauer Company; Class of 1972.
  • John G. Scott: CEO of Toter Inc.; Class of 1993.
  • Warren M. Thompson: CEO of Thompson Hospitality Corporation; Class of 1981
  • Toby Usnik: SVP of Christie's; Class of 1985
  • I. Benjamin Watson: former SVP of Communications and Human Resource at Sprint Corporation; Class of 1971


  • John Mayo Pleasants Atkinson: President of Hampden-Sydney College 1857–1883; Class of 1835
  • Willis Henry Bocock: first dean of The University of Georgia Graduate School, 1910–1928; prominent professor of Classics; Class of 1884
  • John L. Brinkley: Rhodes Scholar; professor at Hampden-Sydney College; author of college history; Class of 1959
  • Charles William Dabney: president of University of Cincinnati and University of Tennessee; Class of 1873
  • George H. Denny: president of Washington and Lee University from 1899-1911 and the University of Alabama from 1911 to 1936, and interim president in 1941. The on-campus football stadium at Alabama was named after him (Named Denny Stadium when it opened in 1929, it was renamed Bryant-Denny Stadium in 1975 to honor legendary coach Paul W. Bryant), as was the centerpiece of the campus's quadrangle, Denny Chimes; class of 1891
  • Joseph Dupuy Eggleston: president of Virginia Tech and Hampden-Sydney College; Class of 1886
  • Landon Garland: president of Randolph-Macon College, president of the University of Alabama, and founding Chancellor of Vanderbilt University; Class of 1829
  • John L. Kirkpatrick: President of Davidson College; Class of ~1834
  • Drury Lacy: President of Davidson Collegel founder of Peace College; Class of ~1823
  • John Bunyan Shearer: President of Davidson College; Class of ~1855
  • Paul S. Trible, Jr.: president of Christopher Newport University; former U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative from Virginia; Class of 1968
  • Moses Waddel: fifth President of the University of Georgia, 1819-1829; prominent educators of his time (many southern leaders studied under Waddel, including John C. Calhoun); Class of 1791

Law and politics[edit]


  • Walter E. Bundy IV: Executive Chef of 5-star restaurant Lemaire; Class of 1990
  • John Currence: chef and owner, City Grocery Restaurant group, Oxford, Mississippi; James Beard Best Chef in the South 2009; Class of 1987
  • MSG Matt Eversmann: Army Ranger who fought in the Battle of Mogadishu; portrayed by Josh Hartnett in the film Black Hawk Down; Class of 1988 (did not graduate due to enlistment in the Army, but was awarded an honorary degree in August 2000)[13]
  • Devin Galligan: cancer survivor and philanthropist; founder of "Strain the Brain" to help cancer patients in Nashville, Tennessee; Class of 1994 (completed degree at Fordham University)
  • John S. Mosby: the "Gray Ghost"; Confederate colonel in charge of 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry known as Mosby's Raiders; Class of 1851 (did not graduate)
  • John S. Preston: Confederate general in the American Civil War; South Carolina state senator; Class of 1824


  • Thomas Atkinson: third Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina; one of the ten bishops who joined to found the University of the South: Sewanee; Class of 1825[14]
  • Robert Lewis Dabney: theologian; Chief of Staff for Stonewall Jackson; biographer of Jackson; Confederate Army Chaplain; attended circa 1835-1836, graduated from the University of Virginia
  • Edward Baptist: reverend; founder and first instructor of University of Richmond; Class of 1813[15]
  • Henry H. "Chip" Edens III: Rector of Christ Church Episcopal, Charlotte, North Carolina; Class of 1992
  • William Henry Foote: Presbyterian minister; Doctor of Divinity from Hampden–Sydney College in 1847; served on its Board of Trustees 1851-1870[16]
  • Robert Atkinson Gibson: sixth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia (1902–1919)
  • Nimrod Hughes: theologian, pamphleteer, land speculator; published sensationalist visions of an apocalyptic event in June 1812 which was discussed in the correspondence of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and John Taylor of Caroline; Class of 1794[17][18][19]
  • A. Heath Light: fourth Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Virginia; Class of 1951.
  • Frank Clayton "Clay" Matthews: Bishop for the Office of Pastoral Development for the Episcopal Church, formerly Suffragan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia; Class of 1970
  • William R. Moody: third Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Lexington; founder of the Washington School of Religion; Class of 1922.
  • Charles Clifton Penick: Missionary Bishop of the Episcopal Church; Bishop of Cape Palmas, West Africa (1825–1914)
  • J. Dwight Pentecost: Christian theologian known for his book Things to Come; Distinguished Professor of Bible Exposition, Emeritus, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1955-2014; Class of 1937
  • Francis A. Schaeffer: theologian, philosopher, Presbyterian pastor; known for writings and establishing the L'Abri community in Switzerland; author of A Christian Manifesto; Class of 1935
  • Spenser C.D. Simrill: Dean of St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Class of 1970

Science and medicine[edit]

  • W. Randolph Chitwood Jr., MD: pioneered robotic cardiac surgery in the US for minimally invasive heart surgery; Class of 1968
  • John Peter Mettauer: first plastic surgeon in US; Class of 1807
  • Thomas D. Mütter, MD: surgeon; benefactor of Philadelphia tourist attraction Mütter Museum; Class of 1830[20]
  • John Armstrong Shackelford, MD: Johns Hopkins University; surgeon, Shackelford Hospital;[21] surgeon-in-chief, Martinsville General Hospital, Martinsville, Virginia; Class of 1914[22]



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