List of Shimer College people

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This is a list of notable students and faculty of Shimer College, a very small Great Books college that was recently acquired by North Central College.

Founded in 1853, Shimer occupied a traditional college campus in Mount Carroll, Illinois, from 1853 to 1978, and an improvised campus in Waukegan from 1979 to 2006. It then occupied a dedicated space on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus in Chicago since 2006. Small throughout its existence, Shimer enrolled 141 students as of 2012.[1] As of 2008, Shimer had 5,615 living alumni.[2]

On June 1, 2017 the College became the Shimer Great Books School of North Central College after an innovative agreement led by then Shimer President Susan Henking.

The school was known for its Great Books curriculum, and also for its early entrance program, both of which have been in effect since 1950.[3][4] Many on this list were early entrants.

A[edit]

José Aybar.
Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
Stephen Abrams Parapsychologist and drug law reform activist 1950s student [5]
José Aybar President of Richard J. Daley College 1964 graduate [6]

B[edit]

Beulah Bondi
Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
Frederick C. Beiser Scholar of German Idealist thought 1971 graduate [7]
John Bellairs Novelist 1960s faculty [8]
Beulah Bondi Film actress 1907 graduate [9]
Alice Braunlich Classical philologist 1910s faculty [10]
Rachel Fuller Brown Chemist and coinventor of nystatin 1920s faculty [11]
Carol Bruch Legal scholar 1960 graduate [12]
Ron Bruder Entrepreneur and founder of Education for Employment 1960s student [13]

C[edit]

Peter Cooley
Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
Samuel James Campbell Businessman and philanthropist 1909 certificate, chairman of the board 1935-1956 [14]
Lynda Caspe Painter, sculptor and poet 1960s student [15]
Lisa Collier Cool Author and journalist 1970s student [16]
Peter Cooley Poet and professor of English at Tulane University 1962 graduate [17]
Heather Corinna Author, sex columnist and activist 1990s student [18]
John Nathan Crouse Dentist, organizer of patent litigation, and American Dental Association president 1860s student [19]

D[edit]

Virginia Dox
Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
Bina Deneen First Lady of Illinois, 1904-1912 1890 graduate; 1889-1890 faculty [20][21]
Stephen Dobyns Poet and novelist 1960s student [22]
George W. Downs Political scientist 1967 graduate [23]
Alan Dowty International relations scholar 1959 graduate, 1966-1967 faculty [24]
Virginia Dox Frontier educator, popular public speaker, key Whitman College fundraising agent 1875 graduate, 1875-1877 faculty [25]
Dale Dubin Author of bestselling cardiology textbook 1950s student [26]

E[edit]

Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
Dorian Electra Singer and video artist 2014 graduate [27]

F[edit]

Virgil Ferguson
Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
Virgil Ferguson Member of the Illinois State Senate 1891-1895 1860s student [28]
Arthur Fine Philosopher of science 1950s student [29]
Ken Friedman Experimental artist and author 1966 [30]

G[edit]

Sherna Berger Gluck
Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
Robert H. Gray Amateur astronomer and writer on SETI 1970 graduate [31]
Evelyn Greeley Silent film actress 1900s student (disputed)[32] [33]
Redd Griffin Illinois state legislator 1960 graduate [34]
Sherna Berger Gluck Feminist oral historian and activist 1953 graduate

H[edit]

Mitzi Hoag
Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
Henry Winfield Haldeman Physician, banker and two-term mayor of Girard, Kansas 1860s student [35][36]
Mitzi Hoag TV actress 1952 graduate [37]

J[edit]

Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
Randolph Jackson New York Supreme Court justice and co-founder of Metropolitan Black Bar Association 1960s student [38][39]

K[edit]

Robert O. Keohane
Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
Robert Keohane Professor of Political Science at Princeton University 1961 graduate [40]
C. Clark Kissinger Political activist 1960s student [41]
Ken Knabb Writer and translator 1965 graduate [42]
Penney Kome Canadian author and journalist, editor of Straight Goods 1960s student [43]
Adam Kotsko Writer on philosophy and popular culture Faculty 2011–present [44]
Jesse Kraai Chess Grandmaster 1994 graduate [45]
Jerome Kristian Cosmologist and discoverer of quasar host galaxies 1953 graduate [46]

L[edit]

Emil Liebling
Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
Jake La Botz Musician and actor 1980s student [47]
Kevin Larmee Painter in the East Village art movement 1960s student, 1990 graduate[48] [49]
Emil Liebling Pianist and composer 1900s faculty [50]
Thomas Locker Artist and author 1970s faculty [51]

M[edit]

Samuel McCall
Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
Samuel W. McCall Governor of Massachusetts 1864-1866 student [52]
Gavin MacFadyen Investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker 1958-1959 student [53]
Anne McKnight (Anna de Cavalieri) Opera soprano 1943 graduate [54]
Annie Marion MacLean Sociologist 1894-1896 faculty [55]
John Norman Maclean Author and journalist 1964 [56]
Suzanna Whitelaw Miles Mayanist 1940-1942 student [57]
H.H.C. Miller Early Evanston mayor and civic leader 1860-1864 student [58]

N[edit]

Mary Nourse
Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
Debbie Nathan Feminist journalist and writer 1960s student [59]
Henry Neikirk Mine owner and Colorado state senator 1850s student [60]
Mary Nourse Historian of China and co-founder of Jinling College 1899 graduate [61]
Jan Novák Czech novelist and screenwriter 1970s student [62]

O[edit]

Jinny Osborn
Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
Kenneth Olwig Geographer 1967 graduate [63]
Jinny Osborn Singer and founding member of The Chordettes 1945 graduate [64]

P[edit]

Mia Park.
Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
Mia Park TV show host and actress 1995 graduate [65]
Theodore Pepoon Nebraska state senator 1850s student [66]
Daniel Perlman President of Suffolk University and Webster University 1954 graduate [67]
Nick Pippenger Researcher in computer science 1965 graduate [68]
Frank Pooler Choirmaster and choral instructor 1950s faculty [69]
Edwin Hartley Pratt Homeopathic physician and inventor of "orificial surgery" 1864-1865 student [70]

R[edit]

J. Morris Rea
Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
J. Morris Rea Iowa state senator 1850s-1860s student [71]

S[edit]

Neta "Snookie" Snook
Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
Daniel J. Sandin Computer graphics and visual arts pioneer 1964 graduate [72]
Ron Schultz Florida State Representative 1950s student [73]
Neta Snook Pioneer aviator and teacher of Amelia Earhart 1912 graduate [74]
Phoebe Snow Singer-songwriter 1970s student [75]
Henry Shimer Entomologist and physician 19th century faculty, husband of founder Frances Shimer [76]
Laurie Spiegel Composer and computer scientist 1967 graduate [77]
Sydney Spiesel Pediatrician and clinical faculty at Yale University School of Medicine 1961 graduate [78]
Sarah Hackett Stevenson First female delegate of the American Medical Association 1850s student [79]
Paula Stewart Stage, film and television actress 1947 [80]

V[edit]

Elizabeth Van Wie Davis
Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
Elizabeth Vandiver Classicist and classics educator 1976 graduate [81]
Elizabeth Van Wie Davis Asian studies scholar and administrator at Nazarbayev University 1977 graduate [82]

W[edit]

Art by Mary Wings
Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
David Weisburd Criminologist 1970s student [5]
David Hilton Wheeler Italian translator and Northwestern University and Allegheny College president 1850s faculty [83]
Lilian Whiting Author and editor 19th century student [84]
Mary Wings Writer, artist, and musician 1960s student [85]
Roland Winston Expert in nonimaging optics for solar energy 1953 graduate [86]

Y[edit]

Cat Yronwode
Name Known for Relationship to Shimer College Citation
Cat Yronwode Comic book publisher and folklorist 1960s student [87]

Works cited[edit]

  • Shimer College (2000). Shimer College Faculty & Alum Directory 2000. 

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