List of Kenyon College people

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Here follows a list of notable people associated with Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. This list includes the college's notable alumni, organized by their fields of endeavor, in addition to notable members of its faculty and a complete chronological list of the presidents of the college.

Distinguished graduates[edit]

Selected Kenyon Alumni
19th President of the United States Rutherford B. Hayes, class of 1842
US Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, class of 1834
Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, class of 1948
Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman, class of 1949
Emmy Award-winning actress Allison Janney, class of 1982
Comedian Jonathan Winters, class of 1950
Actor and filmmaker Josh Radnor, class of 1996


Name Occupation Class Year
Amos N. Guiora Professor of law at University of Utah and Israel Defense Forces Judge Advocate General's Corps (Lt. Col. Ret.) 1979
John Allen Gable Executive director of the Theodore Roosevelt Association from 1974 to his death in February 2005; considered the world's leading authority on Theodore Roosevelt 1965
Constantinos Patrides Professor of English Literature, University of Michigan 1952


Name Occupation Class Year
Ron Link Former fire fighter and actor (patient advocate)
Leopoldo López Venezuelan Politician 1993


Name Occupation Class Year
David Davis Senator, Supreme Court Justice 1832
Thomas Stanley Matthews Senator, Supreme Court justice 1840
Kathleen M. O'Malley United States federal judge 1979
Augustus J. Ricks United States federal judge (attended)

Literature and journalism[edit]

Name Occupation Class Year
Jim Bellows Journalist and newspaper editor 1947
Jenna Blum Writer 1992
Caleb Carr Novelist and military historian 1977
Jay Cocks Film critic and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter 1966
E. L. Doctorow Novelist and cultural critic 1952
William Gass Writer, winner of the American Book Award 1947
John Green Author; winner of Michael L. Printz Award for Looking for Alaska 2000
Saskia Hamilton Poet 1989
John Hattendorf Maritime historian 1964
Anthony Hecht Poet
Laura Hillenbrand Writer, author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend (attended)
Scott Kenemore Writer 2000
P. F. Kluge Writer 1964
Robert Lowell Poet; two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Poet Laureate 1947-1948 1940
Robie Macauley Writer, editor of Playboy 1941
Greg Melville Writer and journalist 1992
Robert Mezey Writer (attended)
Ransom Riggs Writer 2001
Peter Taylor Writer, winner of Pulitzer Prize 1940
Fred Waitzkin Writer 1965
Andrew Welsh-Huggins Journalist, author
Matthew Winkler Editor in chief, Bloomberg News 1977
James Wright Poet, winner of Pulitzer Prize 1952


Name Occupation Class Year
Ralph P. Buckland Brigadier General, Union Army, during the Civil War
John G. Mitchell Brigadier General, Union Army, during the Civil War 1859

Performing arts[edit]

Name Occupation Class Year
Nick Bakay Actor, comedian 1981
Adam Davidson Academy Award-winning director 1986
Frank Dicopoulos Actor 1979
Chris Eigeman Actor 1987
Allison Janney Actress, seven-time Emmy Award winner 1982
Wendy MacLeod Playwright, screenwriter 1981
Amy Malkoff Recording artist
Paul Newman Actor, Emmy Award and Academy Award winner 1949
Kris Osborn CNN anchor 1992
Alfred Humphreys Pease Composer
Nicholas Petricca Lead singer of Walk The Moon 2009
Josh Radnor Actor and filmmaker 1996
Justin Roberts Children's musician 1992
Jonathan Winters Actor and comedian 1950
Evan Stephens Hall Frontman for Pinegrove 1990


Name Occupation Class Year
Kevin O'Donnell Director of the U.S. Peace Corps 1947


Name Occupation Class Year
David Davis Senator, Supreme Court Justice 1832
Henry Winter Davis US Congressman for Maryland's 3rd and 4th district 1837
Barry Goode California judge, former legal officer for California Gov. Gray Davis 1969
Rutherford B. Hayes President of the United States 1842
Bill Harsha Member of the United States House of Representatives from January 3, 1961 to January 3, 1981. 1943
Thomas Stanley Matthews Senator, Supreme Court justice 1840
Olof Palme Prime Minister of Sweden 1948
William Rehnquist Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (attended)
Diana Schaub President's Council on Bioethics; Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland
John W. Snow Secretary of the Treasury (attended)
Zack Space Congressman, Ohio Congressional District 18 1983
Edwin Stanton Secretary of War during the Lincoln administration 1834
Peter Stautberg member of Ohio House of Representatives 1993
Tommy Vietor national security spokesman for Barack Obama 2002


Name Occupation Class Year
Rev. James P. deWolfe Fourth Episcopal Bishop of Long Island, 1942-1966. Charter member of the Sigma Pi fraternity's Lambda chapter at Kenyon.[1] 1917
Rev. William Crane Gray First Episcopal Bishop of Southern Florida, 1893-1913 1859
Rev. S. Arthur Huston Episcopal Bishop of Olympia, 1925-1944 1900
Rev. Arthur C. Lichtenberger 21st Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. In 1961 he became the first Episcopal leader to meet with a Pope. Posthumously received the Founders Award from Sigma Pi fraternity in 2010.[2] 1923
Rev. Arthur R. McKinstry Former Episcopal Bishop of Delaware. 1948 Lambeth Conference attendee. Officiated the marriage of Lyndon B. Johnson to Lady Bird Johnson. Charter member of the Sigma Pi fraternity's Lambda chapter at Kenyon.[3] Ph.B., 1918 and M.A., 1920
Rev. Philip McNairy Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota, 1971-1977 1932
Rev. Joseph Schereschewsky Anglican Bishop of Shanghai, China, from 1877 to 1884.
Rev. William E. Swing Episcopal Bishop of California from 1980 to 2006. 1958
Rev. Charles D. Williams Fourth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, 1906-1915 1883/4


Name Occupation Class Year
Carl Djerassi Creator of the birth control pill, winner of the National Medal of Science 1943
Rolla Dyer Developer of the typhus vaccine and director of the National Institutes of Health 1907
Harvey Lodish Professor, co-founder of Genzyme Corporation 1962


Name Occupation Class Year
Don McNeill Tennis player 1940
John Rinka Basketball player and coach 1970
Shaka Smart Men's basketball head coach, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Texas at Austin 1999
Bill Veeck MLB owner and baseball player (attended)

Visual arts[edit]

Name Occupation Class Year
Carl Andre Artist (attended)
Jim Borgman Cartoonist, known for Zits 1976
Meg Cranston Artist 1982
Eric Gaskins Fashion designer
Graham Gund Architect 1963
David Horvitz Artist
C. Cameron Macauley Photographer and film producer 1949
Jonathan Mannion Photographer and director 1993
Coles Phillips Artist 1904
Gary Ridgway Painter (attended)
Bill Watterson Cartoonist, known for Calvin and Hobbes 1980
Victoria Wyatt Art historian 1977

Notable faculty members[edit]

Visiting Faculty

Presidents of the college[edit]

  1. Philander Chase (1825–1831)
  2. Charles Pettit McIlvaine (1832–1840)
  3. David Bates Douglass (1840–1844)
  4. Samuel Fuller (acting, 1844–1845)
  5. Sherlock A. Bronson (1845–1850)
  6. Thomas M. Smith (1850–1854)
  7. Lorin Andrews (1854–1861)
  8. Benjamin L. Lang (acting, 1861–1863)
  9. Charles Short (1863–1867)
  10. James Kent Stone (1867–1868)
  11. Eli Todd Tappan (1868–1875)
  12. Edward C. Benson (acting, 1875–1876)
  13. William B. Bodine (1876–1891)
  14. Theodore Sterling (1891–1896)
  15. William Foster Peirce (1896–1937)
  16. Gordon Keith Chalmers (1937–1956)
  17. Frank E. Bailey (acting, 1956–1957)
  18. F. Edward Lund (1957–1968)
  19. William G. Caples (1968–1975)
  20. Philip H. Jordan Jr. (1975–1995)
  21. Reed S. Browning (acting, 1989)
  22. Robert A. Oden Jr. (1995–2002)
  23. Ronald A. Sharp (acting, 2002–2003)
  24. S. Georgia Nugent (2003–2013)
  25. Sean M. Decatur (2013–present)