List of Santa Clara University people

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This article is a list of notable encyclopedic persons, students, alumni, faculty, and academic affiliates associated with Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California United States.

University presidents[edit]

Rev. Aloysius Varsi, SJ president 1868–76
Rev. John Pinasco, SJ president 1880–83 & 88–93


Board of Trustees[edit]

Leon Panetta, former Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton
Mike Carey, NFL Referee

Notable alumni[edit]



Frank Cepollina, inventor and NASA official
Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript



Clay M. Greene, playwright
Andy Devine, film and television actor
Jorma Kaukonen, Jefferson Airplane guitarist
Anya Marina, singer-songwriter
Reza Aslan, author and commentator
Khaled Hosseini, author

Arts and literature[edit]


Film and television[edit]





U.S. State Supreme Court Justices[edit]

U.S. State Ninth Circuit and Court of Appeal Justices[edit]

U.S. Federal District Court Judges[edit]

U.S. State Justices[edit]

Entrepreneurs and business leaders[edit]

Jerry Brown, Governor of California
Leon Panetta, current U.S. Secretary of Defense, former Director of the CIA, and Clinton Chief of Staff
Janet Napolitano, United States Secretary of Homeland Security
Mike Epsy, former Secretary of Agriculture
Zoe Lofgren, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor of California, Former Mayor of San Francisco
Sam Farr, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
Stephen White, early state senator
Bob Miller, Former Governor of Nevada

Politics and government[edit]

Cabinet members[edit]

United States Senators[edit]

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


Lieutenant Governors[edit]

U.S. statewide officials[edit]

Other U.S. political officials[edit]

Other non-U.S. political officials[edit]

Public service[edit]

  • Eileen Kato (J.D. 1980), Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney for Western Washington District and former President of the Washington State District and Municipal Judges Association
  • Murlene Randle (J.D. 1980), Director of the Office of Criminal Justice for San Francisco


BG James F. Smith


Frank Arellanes, early baseball player
Hal Chase, early baseball player
Randy Winn, retired professional baseball player
Steve Nash, professional basketball player, NBA MVP
Kurt Rambis, retired professional basketball player




American football[edit]

Santa Clara University has had a number of notable American football players. The following list includes former Santa Clara University football players who have become professional players. On February 2, 1993 the university announced its discontinuation of American football.

Dan Pastorini, professional football player
Joe Cannon, professional soccer goalkeeper
Leslie Osborne, professional soccer player
Steve Cronin, professional soccer goalkeeper


Other athletics[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

The Montgomery Evergreen glider in flight in 1911

Noted benefactors[edit]


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  5. ^ Santa Clara Magazine – Winter 2003 – former SCU professor and flight pioneer enters Hall of Fame