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. Currently, Hampden-Sydney has an estimated 8,000 living alumni.

Arts and entertainment[edit]


  • Robert Citrone: hedge fund manager of Discovery Capital Management; part owner of Pittsburgh Steelers; Class of 1987[7]
  • James Cook, senior vice president of The U.S. Russia Investment Fund (TUSRIF) and Delta Capital Management; co-founder of Aurora Russia Limited[8]
  • Steven T. Huff: Chairman of TF Concrete Forming Systems; owner of Pensmore; Class of 1973[9]
  • Maurice Jones: Rhodes Scholar; Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the State of Virginia; Class of 1986[10]
  • Alphonso O'Neil-White: first African-American student at the college; Chairman of the Board(retired) of Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Class of 1972[11]


Law and politics[edit]



  • 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; founder of Saint Augustine's University; Class of 1825[15]
  • 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; one of the co-founders and first instructor of University of Richmond; Class of 1813[16]
  • Henry H. "Chip" Edens III: Rector of Christ Church Episcopal, Charlotte, North Carolina; Class of 1992
  • William Henry Foote: Presbyterian minister and historian; Doctor of Divinity from Hampden–Sydney College in 1847; served on its Board of Trustees 1851-1870[17]
  • 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[18][19][20]
  • 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[21]
  • John Armstrong Shackelford, MD: Johns Hopkins University; surgeon, Shackelford Hospital;[22] surgeon-in-chief, Martinsville General Hospital, Martinsville, Virginia; Class of 1914[23]



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