List of Haverford College people

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This List of Haverford College people includes alumni and faculty of Haverford College. Haverford is a smaller college and has a smaller alumni population than its peers. Because expansion occurred in the 1980s, most of Haverford's alumni are still quite young. Despite this, as of 2010, Haverford alumni include four Nobel Prizes, four MacArthur Fellows, 20 Rhodes Scholarships, 10 Marshall Scholarships, nine Henry Luce Fellowships,[1] 56 Watson Fellowships,[1] two George Mitchell Scholarship, two Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowships,[1] two Churchill Scholars, one Gates Cambridge Scholar,[1] 13 All Americans, and 23 NCAA post-graduate winners.


Business and industry[edit]

Higher education and academia[edit]

Entertainment, fine and performing arts[edit]

Government, diplomacy, and law[edit]


Literature and writing[edit]

  • Tamar Adler '99, author of An Everlasting Meal
  • Lloyd Alexander (attended ca. 1940, did not graduate), Newbery Medal-winning author
  • Nicholson Baker 1979, novelist, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
  • Dave Barry '69 English, Pulitzer Prize–winning humor columnist
  • John Dickson Carr '29, author of detective stories; also published under the pen names Carter Dickson, Carr Dickson and Roger Fairbairn
  • Frank Conroy '58, author, late director of the Iowa Writers Workshop
  • Robert Flynn, 1990, Editor in Chief of Getty Publications[6]
  • Roy Gutman '66, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author
  • Evan Jones '49, poet, playwright, and screenwriter
  • Richard Lederer '59, author known for books on wordplay and the English language
  • Richard Lingeman '53, Senior Editor of The Nation; author of many books on literary, historical and linguistic topics
  • Stephen W. Meader 1913, author of over forty novels for young readers
  • Christopher Morley 1910, novelist, poet, essayist, Rhodes scholar
  • Norman Pearlstine '64, former editor-in-chief of Time magazine; Chief Content Officer at Bloomberg L.P.
  • Logan Pearsall Smith attended 1881-1884, man of letters, author of Trivia[7]
  • Lara Wozniak '90, Editor of Finance Asia; former Money Editor for Far Eastern Economic Review (Hong Kong)
  • Charles D. Cohen '83, author of several Random House books about Dr. Seuss, including the 400-page, 700-image visual biography The Seuss, the Whole Seuss and Nothing But the Seuss (2004)--chosen by Time magazine's Richard Corliss as the "Pop Culture Book of the Year";[8] two collections of "lost" Dr. Seuss stories that hadn't been seen in over half a century: The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories (2011) and Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories (2014), both of which debuted at #1 on the New York Times' best-selling Children's Picture Books list.;[9][10] and special anniversary editions of two classics: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! A 50th-Anniversary Retrospective (2007) and Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories: A 50th-Anniversary Retrospective (2008).



Social action, philanthropy, and community service[edit]

Sports and athletics[edit]

  • Edward "Eddie" Andujar '79, world welterweight champion (PKA) in full-contact karate, retired 1977
  • Josh Byrnes '92, senior vice president of baseball operations, San Diego Padres; former general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Thomas Glasser 1982, gold medalist in the 4x400 meter relay at the 1981 Maccabiah Games;[11] died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001
  • Thad Levine '94, Assistant General Manager of the Texas Rangers
  • Stuart Levitt 1963, NCAA College Division Champion in Men's Javelin, 1963; All-American; gold medalist in javelin at the Maccabiah Games, winner Penn Relays 1963
  • Seamus McElligott '91, five-time national track champion; 1990 national Division III cross country champion; last Division III athlete to earn Division I All-American status
  • Philip Noel-Baker, Baron Noel-Baker 1908, ran for Great Britain in the Olympic games in 1912, 1920 (silver medalist at 1500 meters), and 1924; team captain at the Paris games, and the team's exploits were made famous as the Chariots of Fire Olympic track team
  • Karl Paranya '97, first NCAA Division III runner to run a sub-four minute mile and world record holder in the indoor 4x800 relay race
  • Tony Petitti '83, President and Chief Executive Officer, MLB Network
  • Ronald M. Shapiro '64, attorney and sports agent, Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler;past clients include Hall of Famers Cal Ripken, Jr., Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson, Kirby Puckett, and Eddie Murray
  • Arn Tellem '76, attorney and sports agent; clients have included Tracy McGrady, Jason Giambi, and Pau Gasol
  • Dick Voith '77, All-American basketball player; economist at Econsult; adjunct professor at the Wharton Business School

Fictional alumni[edit]

Notable current and former faculty[edit]

Honorary degree recipients[edit]

Haverford College invites distinguished members of society to speak at academic convocations and at commencement. There are three to four honorary degree recipients at commencement, and it is tradition that one of the recipients be a Quaker. The college awards Litt.D, Sci.D, LL.D, D.MA, D.FA, and D.H.A honoris causa.

A complete list of honorary degree recipients since 1858 is available online.[14]

Prominent recipients include:

  • 2011: Dikembe Mutombo, Congolese American former NBA basketball player and humanitarian
Bob Schwartz '71, founder of Juvenile Law Center
Judy Wicks, restaurateur and local food activist
Barbara Ehrenreich, columnist essayist; author, Nickel and Dimed
Dave Matthews, Grammy-winning lead vocalist and guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band
Juan Williams '76, Emmy Award–winning writer; radio and television correspondent; senior correspondent of National Public Radio
  • 2004: Jane Goodall, English primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist
Paul Krugman, economist and a columnist for The New York Times
Edward Said, Palestinian-American literary theorist and outspoken Palestinian activist
Catharine MacKinnon, feminist legal scholar
Freeman Dyson, physicist and mathematician
Chambon-sur-Lignon, France, town in France that harbored thousands of Jews during the Holocaust


  1. ^ a b c d "Why Haverford - Office of Admission". Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Tom Beck (1989). An American Vision: John G. Bullock and the Photo-Secession. NY and Baltimore: Aperture, in association with University of Maryland Baltimore County. ISBN 0-89381-405-9. 
  3. ^ "Henry Drinker : Lawyer". Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Kelly, Jacques (2010-02-03). "Christopher Van Hollen Sr., ambassador, Former Baltimorean and father of Md. congressman was ambassador to Sri Lanka and career Foreign Service officer". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  6. ^ "Rob Flynn : Editor in Chief". Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Allen C Thomas; Haverford College Alumni Association (1900). Biographical catalogue of the matriculates of Haverford College, together with lists of the members of the college faculty and the managers, officers and recipients of honorary degrees, 1833-1900. Philadelphia: Printed for the Alumni Association. p. 173. 
  8. ^ Corliss, Richard, "That Old Feeling: And The Feelie Goes To...,". "Time (Feb. 26, 2005". 
  9. ^ "The New York Times Book Review (October 16, 2011), p.34: 'Print / Children's Best Sellers PICTURE BOOKS'". 
  10. ^ "The New York Times (September 28, 2014): 'Best Sellers: Children's Picture Books'". 
  11. ^ "Haverford Athletics". Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  12. ^ [1] Archived May 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Thompson, Josiah (1967). Six Seconds in Dallas. ISBN 978-0-394-44571-7. 
  14. ^ "Honorary Degree Recipients" (PDF). Retrieved 13 December 2015. 

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