List of Tulane University people
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This is a list of notable people affiliated with Tulane University, including alumni of non-matriculating and graduates, faculty, former faculty and major benefactors. Some especially notable individuals also are listed in the main university article.
Individuals are sorted by category and alphabetized within each category. For alumni, the degree and year of graduation are noted when available.
- 1 Alumni
- 1.1 Academia
- 1.2 Arts and letters
- 1.3 Business and economics
- 1.4 Government and politics
- 1.5 Law
- 1.6 Math, science and technology
- 1.7 Medicine
- 1.8 Military
- 1.9 Royalty and religion
- 1.10 Sports
- 2 Faculty
- 3 Tulane presidents
- 4 References
- 5 External links
- Ian Bremmer, political scientist
- Cleanth Brooks, literary critic
- Winston Chang, president of Soochow University
- Henry E. Chambers, historian and educator, Tulane alumnus and faculty
- John R. Conniff, New Orleans and Baton Rouge educator who served as president of Louisiana Tech University from 1926 to 1928
- Light Townsend Cummins, Bryan Professor of History at Austin College in Sherman, Texas and former official State Historian of Texas
- James H. Dillard, professor and early advocate for education of African-Americans
- Charles E. Dunbar, B.A, 1910, law professor, 1916–1941; civil service reformer
- Edward F. Fischer, M.A. and Ph.D, Professor of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University
- James (Mac) Hyman, applied mathematician at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the United States
- T.R. Kidder, archaeologist
- Sang-don Lee, South Korean legal scholar
- John Mosier, historian
- Robert C. Snyder, professor of English at Louisiana Tech University, 1947 to 1989
- F. Jay Taylor, Ph.D., president of Louisiana Tech University, 1962 to 1987
- Frank Vandiver, Civil War scholar, acting president of Rice University 1969–1970, president of Texas A&M University 1981-1988
- Linda Wilson, 1957, former president of Radcliffe College
Arts and letters
- John Desmond, designer of many public buildings in Baton Rouge
- Robert Ivy, CEO AIA
- Edward F. Neild, architect of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum and many buildings in his native Shreveport and Louisiana
- Henry Hobson Richardson, inventor of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture
- A. Hays Town, architect
- Leon C. Weiss, architect of the Louisiana State Capitol
Film and television
- Bryan Batt, BA 1985, actor
- Les Blank, BA 1958, MFA 1960, documentary filmmaker
- Marshall Colt, Class of 1970, psychologist and former actor
- Doug Ellin, A&S 1990, television writer/director, creator of HBO's series Entourage
- Evan Farmer, actor
- Paul Michael Glaser, BA 1966, actor, TV's Starsky and Hutch
- Carlin Glynn, NG-N ’61, actress, Tony award winner
- Lawrence Gordon, 1958, producer of popular films such as Predator and Die Hard
- Robert Harling, movie screenwriter, producer and director.
- Courtney Hazlett, A&S '99, columnist and celebrity correspondent for MSNBC
- Jonathan Hensleigh, Law, writer of Die Hard: With a Vengeance, Jumanji, Armageddon
- Rick Hurst, actor; A&S '68
- Lauren Hutton, 1964, actress; model
- Anthony Jeselnik, comedian
- Dave Jeser, A&S 2001, co-creator of Comedy Central's Drawn Together
- Anthony Laciura, G '79, actor
- Christian LeBlanc, 1980, actor
- Shannon Lee, daughter of martial arts legend Bruce Lee
- Elyse Luray, NC ’89, star of PBS' History Detectives
- Olga Merediz, NC '78, actress
- Linda Taylor Miller, 1976, actress
- Enrique Murciano, TC ’95, actor, TV’s Without a Trace
- Ed Nelson, A&S ’53, UC ’00, actor, Peyton Place
- Bruce Paltrow, 1965, television and film producer
- Meryl Poster, Academy Award winning and Emmy nominated producer
- Michael Price, Emmy award-winning writer and producer best known for his work on The Simpsons
- Al Shea, actor and theatre critic
- Jerry Springer, B.A., 1965, talk show host and former mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio
- Harold Sylvester, actor, director
- Ian Terry, winner of the fourteenth season of Big Brother
Literature and poetry
- John Gregory Brown, novelist, 1982
- Amy Carter, G ’96, children’s book author; daughter of former President Jimmy Carter
- Rich Cohen, writer, 1990
- Nicole Cooley, poet; Walt Whitman Award recipient
- Peter Cooley, poet
- Alcée Fortier, folklorist and recorder of the story of Br'er Rabbit
- Whitney Gaskell, Law 1997, novelist
- Shirley Ann Grau, 1950, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
- Jennifer Grotz, poet
- Harnett Kane, Class of 1931, author of southern history, geography, culture, and fiction
- John Reed, author, Snowball's Chance
- John Kennedy Toole, BA 1958, author, Pulitzer Prize winner for A Confederacy of Dunces
- Dede Wilson, poet and author
- Jordan Bratman, music marketer
- Les Crane, pioneer in interactive broadcasting, co-creator of pop music "Top 40"
- Odaline de la Martinez, composer and conductor; first woman to conduct in a BBC Proms concert
- John Doheny, jazz saxophonist, band-leader, and historian
- Scott Greenstein, A&S ’81, president of Sirius XM Radio
- Zachary Richard, A&S ’72, Cajun singer/songwriter and poet
- Emily Saliers (attended), singer
- Sonia Tetlow, bass player in rock band Cowboy Mouth
- Janice Torre, lyricist of the song Paper Roses
- Michael White, jazz historian and musician
Non-fiction writing and journalism
- Al Bolton, television and radio meteorologist in Shreveport; attended Tulane prior to entry into World War II
- Andrew Breitbart, '91, publisher and author
- Edmund Graves Brown, newspaper executive, Monroe News-Star; member of Ewing newspaper family
- Hodding Carter, journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner
- William Harry Fitzpatrick, winner of 1951 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing 
- Robert Lane Greene, magazine journalist
- Ira B. Harkey Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
- Nate Lee, B.A. 1978, writer, senior editor for Chicago's Newcity
- Patrick McCauley, Class of 1949, journalist, born in Alexandria in 1927; edited The Huntsville Times in Huntsville, Alabama, 1966-1994
- Bill Monroe, A&S ’42, broadcast journalist, former host of Meet The Press
- Mike Sacks, editor, writer, 1990
- Howard K. Smith, television journalist
- Lawrence Wright, author, Pulitzer Prize winner, and journalist
- Lynda Benglis, N ’64, sculptor
- Mignon Faget, Newcomb 1955, artist, jewelry designer
- Mary Garrard, 1958, art historian
- Bryan Nash Gill, 1984, artist
- Gary Russell Libby, art historian, curator, museum director
- Sergio Rossetti Morosini, artist, Conservator
- Frank Relle, photographer
- Mark Rothko, artist
- Hunt Slonem, B.A., 1973, artist
- Meredith Stern, B.F.A. 1998, artist
- Cora Kelley Ward, painter
- May Lesser Hyman, medical illustrator
- Ian Terry, winner of Big Brother 14 (U.S.)
- Howard Scott Warshaw, video game programmer/designer and documentary filmmaker
Business and economics
- Matt Battiata, CEO, real estate economics expert
- Geoffrey Beene, fashion designer
- Richard Brennan Sr., restaurateur, owner of Commander's Palace in New Orleans
- Neil Bush, B.A., M.B.A., 1979, presidential brother, ex-savings and loan executive
- Philip J. Carroll, M.S., 1961, former CEO, Shell Oil Company and Fluor Corporation
- James H. Clark, founder of Silicon Graphics, Netscape, and WebMD
- Samuel Dunbar, B.S., 1953, businessman and landowner in Alexandria, Louisiana
- David Filo, B.S. 1988, co-founder of Yahoo!
- Alfred Ford, great grandson of Henry Ford
- C. Jackson Grayson, professor at Harvard, Stanford and Tulane; member of the Nixon Cabinet
- Thomas M. Humphrey, PhD. 1970, economist
- Samuel Israel III, fraudulent hedge fund manager
- Dean Lombardi, J.D., President and GM of the Los Angeles Kings
- Peter McNamara, B.S. CEO, McNamara Enterprises Underground Casino & Book Broker
- Ricardo Salinas Pliego, M.B.A., 1979, Forbes' World's Richest People
- Muhamed Sacirbey, Bosnian-American businessperson
- Peter Schloss, Chief Executive Officer, Broadwebasia, Director, Giant Interactive (NYSE: GA)
- Aaron Selber Jr. B.B.A., 1950, businessman and philanthropist in Shreveport
- Fred L. Smith, president and founder, Competitive Enterprise Institute
- Paul Tulane (benefactor), philanthropist
- Sam Zemurray (benefactor), president, United Fruit Company
- Adrienn Parsons Financial Analyst, Mattressfirm
Government and politics
Heads of state
- Luis Guillermo Solis M.A. 1981, President of Costa Rica
U.S. Senators and Congressmen
- William L. Armstrong, B 1958, former U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from Colorado; president of Colorado Christian University (R)
- Howard Henry Baker Jr., 1945, U.S. Senate majority leader, White House chief of staff, U.S. ambassador to Japan (R)
- Hale Boggs, Law, 1937, U.S. Representative, 1941–1943, 1946–1972; house majority leader (D)
- Lindy Boggs, Newcomb 1935, U.S. Representative 1941-1943, 1973–1991, Tulane benefactor (D)
- Edwin S. Broussard, U.S. Senator from Louisiana (D)
- Donelson Caffery, Law, U.S. Senator, 1892-1900 (D)
- James "Jimmy" Domengeaux, Law, Lafayette congressman and Cajun cultural spokesman (D)
- Allen J. Ellender, Law 1913, U.S. Senator, agriculture committee chair (D)
- Newt Gingrich, U.S. Representative, 1979–1998 and Speaker of the House, 1995-1998 (R)
- Tim Griffin, L '94, U.S. House of Representatives from Arkansas (R)
- Felix Edward Hébert, U.S. Representatives, 1940-1977 (D)
- Bob Livingston, former U.S. Representative, 1977-1999 (R)
- John H. Overton, Law, 1897, former U.S. Senator from Louisiana (D)
- Pedro Pierluisi, B.A., 1980, Puerto Rico's member of Congress (D) former Attorney General and President, New Party for Progress
- Cedric Richmond, L '98, U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana's 2nd congressional district (D)
- Jared Y. Sanders Jr., U.S. Representative (D), later States Rights Party
- Luther Strange, B.A. 1975, Law 1978, U.S. Senator from Alabama, 2017-2018 (R)
- Gene Taylor, U.S. Representative, 1989-2011 (D-turned-R)
- David Vitter, Law, former U.S. Senator from Louisiana, 2005-2017 (R)
- Newton C. Blanchard, former governor of Louisiana (D)
- Murphy J. Foster Sr., governor of Louisiana (D)
- Michael Hahn, governor of Louisiana (D)
- Luther E. Hall, governor of Louisiana (D)
- Alvin Olin King, former governor of Louisiana (D)
- Richard W. Leche, former governor of Louisiana (D)
- Huey Long, Law, former governor of Louisiana (D)
- John McEnery, former governor of Louisiana (D)
- Francis T. Nicholls, governor of Louisiana (D)
- Jared Y. Sanders Sr., former governor of Louisiana (D)
- Oramel H. Simpson, former governor of Louisiana (D)
- David C. Treen, former governor of Louisiana (R)
- Bob Wise, Law, 1975, former governor of West Virginia (D)
U.S. Cabinet Secretaries and other prominent federal officials
- Howard Henry Baker Jr., 1945, U.S. Senate majority leader, White House chief of staff, U.S. ambassador to Japan (R)
- Donald Ensenat, Law, 1973, White House chief of protocol
- Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (D) (2009-2013)
- Stephen Douglas Johnson, AB '85, L '88, U.S. House Chief Counsel for Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit(1995–98) and Bush White House Senior Advisor to the Office of Federal Housing Oversight (2001–03)
- Howard Henry Baker Jr. (1945), U.S. Senate majority leader, White House chief of staff, U.S. ambassador to Japan (R)
- Kristie Kenney, G '79, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, former ambassador to the Philippines and Ecuador 
- John Giffen Weinmann, (A&S ’50, L ’52), former U.S. Ambassador to Finland and chief of protocol in the White House
- Clint Williamson, (L '86) U.S. Ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, UN envoy, White House policy official
- Sidney Barthelemy, mayor of New Orleans (D)
- Paul Capdevielle, Law, mayor of New Orleans
- Ray Nagin, M.B.A. 1994, mayor of New Orleans (D)
- Robert Poydasheff, Law, former mayor of Columbus, Georgia (2003–2007) (R)
- Jerry Springer, B.A. 1965, former mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio and television personality
- T. Semmes Walmsley, Law, mayor of New Orleans (D)
City and state officials
- Joseph Bouie Jr., Master of Social Work, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 97 in Orleans Parish since 2014 (D)
- James H. "Jim" Brown, Law, 1966, former Louisiana state senator, secretary of state, and insurance commissioner (D)
- Timothy G. Burns, B.A. 1979, M.B.A. 1980, J.D. 1983, Louisiana state representative from St. Tammany Parish since 2004 (R)
- Buddy Caldwell, attorney general of Louisiana since 2008; former district attorney in Tallulah (D)-turned-(R)
- Philip Ciaccio, state representative, New Orleans City Council member, state circuit judge from 1982 to 1998
- John Elton Coon, state representative from Ouachita Parish; the mayor of Monroe from 1949 to 1956, and state fire marshal from 1956 to 1964 (D)
- Jack Donahue, graduate study, building contractor and state senator (R)
- Eddie Doucet, former state representative for Jefferson Parish
- Garey Forster, B.A., 1972, state representative from New Orleans and state labor secretary (R)
- Frank Fulco, state representative from Shreveport; leader of Italian American community in Louisiana (D)
- Cameron Henry, member of Louisiana House (R)
- John S. Hunt, II, Monroe lawyer and member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission, 1964-1972 (D)
- Nita Rusich Hutter, M. Ed. 1978, state representative from St. Bernard Parish (R)
- Adam Kwasman, B.A. Economics 2003, member of Arizona House of Representatives District 11; 2014 candidate for U.S. Congress (R)
- John Willard "Jack" Montgomery Sr., State senator, 1968-1972 (D)
- Elwyn Nicholson, state senator from Jefferson Parish from 1972 to 1988 (D)
- Karen Carter Peterson, state representative and candidate for United States House of Representatives from Louisiana (D)
- Arnold Jack Rosenthal, B.A., 1944, Law, 1946, Alexandria politician (D)
- Weldon Russell, state representative from Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes from 1984 to 1988; Realtor in Amite (D)
- Jock Scott, former state representative from Alexandria (D)-turned-(R)
- Scott M. Simon, architect and state representative (R)
- Paul Spitzfaden, B.A. 1957, mayor of Mandeville, 1984-1996 (R)
- Lawson Swearingen, Law 1969, state senator and president of the University of Louisiana at Monroe (D)
- Roy R. Theriot, Law, former Louisiana comptroller, 1960-1973 (D)
- Michael F. "Mike" Thompson, Law, former Louisiana state representative from Lafayette (R)
- Tom Thornhill, postgraduate study, Slidell attorney and member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1996-2000 (R)
- Joseph F. Toomy, B.A. and M.B.A., former state representative from Jefferson Parish (R)
- Chris Ullo, member of both houses of the Louisiana legislature from 1972 to 2008 (D)
- Pinkie C. Wilkerson, L.L.M., state representative (D)
- Eric Skrmetta, an attorney from Metairie, Louisiana, who is a Republican member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission for District 1. (R)
- Jean Boese, Newcomb 1945, Louisiana poet laureate and Republican national committeewoman from Alexandria, La. (R)
- Tom Capella, '87, assessor of Jefferson Parish; former state representative and Jefferson Parish Council member; lawyer in his native New Orleans
- Amy Carter, '96, daughter of former President Jimmy Carter; children's book author (D)
- Jan Crull Jr., Law, 1990, former Native American rights advocate, Hill staffer, international investment banker; multi Marquis Who's Who biographee
- C. B. Forgotston, fellow of Tulane Institute of Politics, lecturer in law, political activist, state government watchdog
- Juan Manuel García Passalacqua, 1967, late leading political analyst in Puerto Rico (D)
- Pedro A. Gelabert, 1956, Puerto Rico Secretary of Natural Resources
- Victor Gold, journalist and political consultant
- John Grenier, Birmingham, Alabama, lawyer and leader of the Alabama Republican Party (R)
- Supriya Jindal, E '93, B '96, first lady of Louisiana (R)
- Charlton Lyons, "father of the modern Republican Party in Louisiana" (R)
- Kenneth McClintock, Law, 1980, Puerto Rico's fmr Senate President (2005-2008) & fmr Secretary of State/Lt. Governor (D) (2009-2013)
- Paul Morphy, L.L.B., April 7, 1857, chess prodigy
- Jaime Morgan Stubbe, 1980, president, Palmas del Mar Inc., former Puerto Rico Secretary of Economic Development
- Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women (NOW)
- David W. Pipes Jr., Law, Terrebonne Parish planter and lawyer, congressional candidate (R)
- Beth Rickey, entered but did not complete Ph.D. program in political science; political activist who opposed David Duke (R)
- Martha Gilmore Robinson (1888-1981), women's rights and civic activist
U.S. Supreme Court justices
- Edward Douglass White Jr., Law, 1868, 9th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (D)
Federal and state judges
- Thornton F. Bell, B 1899, judge of the 1st Judicial District Court in Caddo Parish 1912-1919 and 1921-1938 (D)
- Edith Brown Clement, Law, justice, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (R)
- William Tharp Cunningham, preparatory curriculum, Law, judge of the 11th Judicial District in Natchitoches and Red River parishes, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1908 to 1912 (D)
- W. Eugene Davis, Law, 1960, justice, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- John Malcolm Duhé Jr., Law, Justice, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (R)
- Martin Leach-Cross Feldman, B.A. 1955, J.D. 1957 Federal Judge (R)
- Rufus E. Foster, Law, 1895, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- F.A. Little Jr., Class of 1958, former judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (R)
- Edwin Lombard, judge, U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Angel Martín, Law, former associate justice of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court
- Enos C. McClendon Jr., B.A. and Law, judge of the Louisiana 26th Judicial District Court from 1960 to 1978 (D)
- Tucker L. Melancon, Law, 1973, justice, 5th Circuit since 1994 (D)
- Judge Henry Mentz, U.S. federal district judge 1982-2005
- Mildred Methvin, Class of 1974, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Louisiana 1983 to 2009, based in Lafayette (D)
- Charles B. Peatross, BBA 1963, judge from 1996 to 2011 of the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport (D)
- Bill Pryor, Law, 1987, justice, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (R)
- Christian Roselius, 1857, chief justice, Louisiana Supreme Court (D)
- Alvin A. Schall, Law, 1969, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Nauman S. Scott, one of the first Louisiana U.S. District Court Judges to advocate desegregation (D)-turned-(R)
- Elizabeth Weaver, N ’62; L ’65, Michigan Supreme Court justice
- Jacques Loeb Wiener, justice, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- Stephen J. Windhorst, B.A., Law, district court judge, former state representative (R)
- John Minor Wisdom, Law, judge, U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit (R)
- Henry L. Yelverton, Latin, 1951, district and appellate judge based in Lake Charles (D)
- Dean Andrews Jr., attorney convicted of perjury by Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison
- Sean M. Berkowitz, 1989, chief prosecutor, Enron Task Force
- Terry Michael Duncan, lawyer killed in 1993 Russian constitutional crisis
- William T. Dzurilla, Law, 1981, international attorney and law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White (1982–1983).
- Jim Garrison, Law, New Orleans district attorney (D)
- Howard B. Gist Jr., city attorney in Alexandria, Louisiana, for three mayoral administrations prior to 1973 (D)
- Jim Letten, L '79, U.S. attorney
- Leander Perez, Law, judge and district attorney of Plaquemines Parish in first half of twentieth century (D)
- Odell Pollard, attorney from Searcy, Arkansas; former Arkansas Republican Party chairman and national committeeman (R)
- Ira Sorkin, BA 1965, attorney for Bernard Madoff
- Mario Torres-Marin, Ll.M., Assistant D.A. in Puerto Rico who died in helicopter crash during drug-war operation
- Adolphe Lafargue, newspaper publisher, state legislator, and judge from Marksville (D)
- A. Brown Moore, Class of 1934, lawyer, politician, businessman (D)
- George W. Reese Jr., New Orleans lawyer and Louisiana Republican political figure
- William Suter, Law 1962, clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court 1991–present
Math, science and technology
- Jon-Erik Beckjord, paranormal investigator and photographer
- Ruth Benerito, Newcomb alumna and inventor of wrinkle-free cotton
- Willey Glover Denis, 1879–1929, Newcomb A.B. 1899, Tulane M.A. 1902. Biochemist; her appointment as assistant professor at Tulane Medical School has been identified as the first appointment of a woman as a faculty member of a major medical institution in the U.S.
- Anna Epps, microbiologist; possibly the first African-American woman with a PhD to lead a medical school.
- David Filo, B.S.C.E, co-founder, Yahoo!
- Kurt Mislow, 1944, Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University 
- Harold Rosen, B.S.E.E, 1947, engineer/inventor, famous for inventing the geostationary communications satellite
- Dave Winer, B.A, Mathematics, 1976, Weblog and RSS pioneer, former Harvard Law School Berkman Center for Internet & Society Fellow
- A. Baldwin Wood, B.S.M.E., 1899, engineer and inventor of the wood screw pump (1913) and the wood trash pump (1915)
- Ilya Zhitomirskiy, 1989-2011, student, co-founder of the social network Diaspora
- James Andrews, M.D., orthopedic surgeon
- Dale Archer, B.A., 1978, M.D., doctor and television personality
- Jim C. Barnett, physician and surgeon from Brookhaven, Mississippi, member of Mississippi House of Representatives from 1992 to 2008.
- Charles C. Bass, MD, Tulane Medical School dean 1922-1940, researcher in tropical medicine, inventor of modern dental floss
- Regina Benjamin, M.B.A., 1991, U.S. Surgeon General under President Barack Obama; first African-American woman on the American Medical Association Board of Trustees
- Cyril Y. Bowers, M.D., professor of medicine and medical researcher
- George E. Burch, M.D., 1933, cardiologist
- Jay Cavanaugh, Ph.D, 1994, member of California State Board of Pharmacy 1980–90; director of American Alliance for Medical Cannabis, 2001
- Wallace H. Clark Jr., B.S. 1944, M.D. 1947, pathologist, cancer researcher
- Paul M. Davis Jr., M.D., orthopedic surgeon, medical author, and real estate developer in Alexandria, Louisiana
- Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., 1932, pioneer of modern medicine and recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal
- E. Wesley Ely, B.S., 1985; M.P.H., 1989; M.D., 1989, physician researcher of delirium at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
- Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commissioner
- Robert I. Grossman, B.S., dean of NYU School of Medicine
- Thomas Naum James, M.D., 1949, director, World Health Organization cardiovascular center
- Ruth L. Kirschstein, M.D., 1951, director, National Institutes of Health, for whom the Kirschstein NRSA grant program is named
- Abraham L. Levin, M.D., 1907, inventor of the Levin Tube, which is still used for duodenal drainage after surgery
- Rachel Levine, Physician General of the State of Pennsylvania, 2015-
- Rudolph Matas, M.D., 1880, "father of vascular surgery"
- William Larimer Mellon Jr., M.D., M ’53, founder of Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Haiti
- José Gilberto Montoya, founder of the Immunocompromised Host Service and works at the Positive Care Clinic at Stanford
- Kelly Overton, animal rights activist
- Imperato Pascal, MPH & TM, author
- Harry V. Sims, M.D., 1915, American College of Surgeons
- Luther Leonidas Terry, M.D., 1935, U.S. surgeon general 1961–1965; chair of the committee that produced Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States
- Paul Wehrle, physician who helped develop of methods to prevent and treat polio and smallpox
- Charles B. Wilson, pioneer in pituitary tumor treatment; Cushing Medal recipient
- George K. Anderson, General in the United States Air Force
- Wayne Downing, General in the US Army
- Douglas G. Hurley, NASA astronaut
- Alexander Jackson III, TC '50, Rear Admiral, US Navy
- Noah Long, TC '65, Rear Admiral, US Navy
- John L. McLucas, G ’43, Secretary of the Air Force
- Richard P. Snyder, TC '83, Admiral, US Navy
- William Suter, Law 1962, General, US Army
- Tate Westbrook, Captain, US Navy
- James C. Yarbrough, General in the US Army
Royalty and religion
- Jorge Bolaños, son of Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolaños
- Francis George, Ph.D., 1970, cardinal archbishop of Chicago
- Michael Aubrey, baseball player
- David Mark Berger, A&S '66, NCAA champion, member of 1972 Israeli Olympic weightlifting team
- Jim Boyle, NFL offensive tackle
- Bubby Brister, NG-UC ’85, former NFL quarterback 
- Bobby Brown, Medicine 1950, baseball player, president of the American League
- Janell Burse, basketball player in the WNBA
- Chris Bush, 2004, NFL receiver
- Andy Cannizaro, MLB shortstop and baseball All American
- Jerry Dalrymple, football All-American
- Quincy Davis, 2006, naturalised Chinese Taipei men's national basketball team player
- JaJuan Dawson, 1999, NFL receiver
- Corey Dowden, NFL defensive back
- Barbara Farris, UC ’98, WNBA forward, New York Liberty
- Steve Foley, football, quarterback in 1977 near-undefeated season when Tulane beat LSU for the first time in 25 years
- Matt Forte, NFL running back
- Nolan Franz, NFL wide receiver
- Lester Gatewood, NFL center
- Tony Giarratano, MLB, Detroit Tigers
- Fred Gloden, NFL player
- Brandon Gomes, MLB, Tampa Bay Rays
- Jim Gueno, NFL linebacker
- Ryan Grant, NFL wide receiver who is currently a free agent
- Charles Hall, NFL player
- Nickie Hall, American football player
- Ruffin Hamilton, NFL linebacker
- Phil Hicks, NBA basketball player
- Rodney Holman, 1981, NFL pro bowl tight end
- Shooter Hunt, MLB, Minnesota Twins
- Linton Johnson III, 2004, NBA player
- Robert Kelley, NFL running back
- Shaun King, 1999, NFL quarterback
- Dominik Köpfer, German tennis player
- Troy Kropog, 2009–present, NFL lineman Tennessee Titans
- Eric Laakso, 1976 Tulane Athlete of the year, NFL offensive tackle
- J. P. Losman, NFL quarterback
- Seth Marler, B ’03, NFL kicker
- Lonnie Marts, 1990, NFL linebacker 1991–2001
- Tommy Mason, NFL running back
- Max McGee, NFL wide receiver
- Sylvester McGrew, NFL defensive end
- Mewelde Moore, NFL running back
- Ed Morgan, baseball player
- Kevin Mmahat, baseball player
- Steve Mura, baseball player
- Eddie Murray, UC ’80, NFL kicker
- Phil Nugent, football player
- Micah Owings, MLB, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds
- Richie Petitbon, NFL player and coach
- Eddie Price, football player
- Patrick Ramsey, NFL quarterback
- Ham Richardson, 1955, tennis player
- Andy Sheets, baseball player
- Joe Silipo, football player in the CFL, USFL and NFL
- Jerald Sowell, NFL running back
- Mike Tannenbaum, former general manager, New York Jets (NFL)
- Eric Thomas, 1987, NFL defensive back 1987–1995
- Michael Thompson, PGA Tour golfer
- Paul Thompson, NBA player
- Dalton Truax, NFL tackle, Oakland Raiders
- Linda Tuero, tennis, winner of Italian Open
- John "Hot Rod" Williams, NBA player
- Jeremy Williams, 2010, wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles
- Roydell Williams, NFL wide receiver
- Frank Wills, baseball player
- Josh Zeid, Major League Baseball pitcher
- Akira Arimura, professor of endcrinology
- William Balée, professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies
- Harry Blackmun, U.S. Supreme Court
- David Bonderman, founder of TPG Capital
- Elizabeth Hill Boone, professor of Latin American art history 1994–
- Christian M. M. Brady, targumist
- Ian Bremmer, political scientist
- Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court (D)
- Douglas Brinkley, historian
- William Craft Brumfield, professor and historian of Russian art and architecture
- Florian Cajori, historian
- James Carville, political science
- Alfred H. Clifford, mathematician
- Harold Cummins, faculty 1919-1964, anatomist
- Gordon G. Gallup Jr., faculty 1968–1975, developer of the mirror test for self-awareness (1970)
- Jan Hamer, 1927–2008, faculty 1960–1992, organic chemist
- Kenneth W. Harl, historian
- Melissa Harris-Perry, former Professor of Political Science and anchor for MSNBC
- Louis J. Ignarro, faculty 1973–1985; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1998
- Walter Isaacson, author and former CEO of CNN; member of the Board of Tulane
- T.R. Kidder, archaeologist
- James A. Knight, M.D., former faculty, psychiatrist, theologian, and medical ethicist
- Adrienne Koch, historian
- Ida Kohlmeyer, artist and associate on faculty, 1950s
- John S. Kyser, president of Northwestern State University from 1954–1966, taught at Tulane in the early 1920s
- Kris Lane, historian and author, Tulane University and University of Minnesota faculty
- Robert K. Merton, sociologist, former head of the Sociology Department
- Claire Messud, novelist
- Alton Ochsner, founder of Ochsner Clinic, pioneer anti-smoking advocate
- William Rehnquist, U.S. Supreme Court (R)
- John Leonard Riddell, faculty 1836–1865; microscopist, chemist, botanist, geologist, physician, inventor of the first practical mono-objective binocular microscope (1851)
- Charles P. Roland, historian of the American Civil War and the American South, professor at Tulane 1952-1970
- Tom Sancton, journalist, musician, Andrew W. Mellon Professor
- Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court (R)
- Andrew V. Schally, faculty 1962-2006, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1977), French Legion of Honor
- J. Lawrence Smith, chemist and inventor of the inverted microscope (1850)
- Lewis Thomas, faculty 1948–1950, physician, researcher, and essayist
- Frank J. Tipler, physicist and author
|Francis Lister Hawks**||1847-1849|
|Theodore Howard McCaleb**||1850-1862|
|University closed during the Civil War||1862–1865|
|William Preston Johnston||1884–1899|
|William Oscar Rogers||1899–1900 (acting)|
|Edwin Boone Craighead||1904–1912|
|Robert Sharp||1912–1913 (acting)|
|Albert Bledsoe Dinwiddie||1918–1935|
|Douglas Smith Anderson||1935–1936 (acting)|
|Robert Leonval Menuet||1936–1937 (acting)|
|Rufus Carrollton Harris||1937–1960|
|Maxwell Edward Lapham||1960 (acting)|
|Herbert Eugene Longenecker||1960–1975|
|Eamon Kelly||1980–1981 (acting)|
|** denotes Presidents of The University of Louisiana|
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