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]

  • David Scull Bispham 1876, baritone; Metropolitan Opera and Covent Garden soloist; author of A Quaker Singer's Recollection, 1920
  • John G. Bullock 1874, photographer; founding member of the Photo-Secession with Alfred Steiglitz[2]
  • William Carragan 1958, musicologist noted for his work on Anton Bruckner, and for contributions to physics
  • Chevy Chase ex-'66, attended for one semester, comedian and actor
  • Roger Director 1971, scriptwriter for TV shows, including Moonlighting and Hill Street Blues; nominated for two Emmys; consulting producer for NCIS, Wolf Lake; wrote Dream in Blue about the New York Giants football team, and A Place to Fall: A Novel
  • Deborah Colette Freedman 1990, playwright, screenwriter, and novelist; voted "One of the 50 to Watch" by the Dramatist's Guild; co-wrote thriller The Thirteen Hallows; wrote two novels, The Affair and The Consequences
  • Robert E. Hecht 1941, collector, dealer and expert in antiquities
  • Mark Hudis 1990, former co-executive producer of True Blood, former writer and co-executive producer of Nurse Jackie, former executive producer of That '70s Show
  • Harlan Jacobson 1971, film critic, lecturer and author
  • Julius Katchen 1947, concert pianist, recognized by Eugene Ormandy at his debut concert playing Mozart's Piano Concerto in D-Minor (age 10)
  • Daniel Dae Kim 1990, film and stage actor; Hawaii Five-0, Lost, The Andromeda Strain; holds an MFA from the Graduate Acting Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts; winner of Screen Actors Guild Awards for Lost and Crash; named one of the "Sexiest Men Alive" in 2005 by People magaine
  • Ken Ludwig 1972, Tony Award-winning playwright of Lend Me a Tenor and Crazy for You and a lawyer (of counsel) for Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Andrew Millstein 1984, General Manager of Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Judd Nelson ex-'82, actor, did not graduate
  • Craig Owens '71, art critic and theorist
  • Maxfield Parrish (attended 1888-1891), painter
  • Rand Ravich 1984, writer, director, and producer
  • Peter Rockwell 1958, sculptor and art historian; sculpture restorer; one of his works appears on Haverford campus; son of late artist Norman Rockwell
  • George Segal ex-'55, actor, attended
  • Gregory Whitehead '78, audio artist, media philosopher, award-winning radio playwright and documentary producer.

Government, diplomacy, and law[edit]


Literature and writing[edit]



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;[8] 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.[11]

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
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. ^ "Haverford Athletics". Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  9. ^ [1] Archived May 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Thompson, Josiah (1967). Six Seconds in Dallas. ISBN 978-0-394-44571-7. 
  11. ^ "Honorary Degree Recipients" (PDF). Retrieved 13 December 2015. 

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