A list of notable alumni of the University of Idaho and a list of its presidents.
- Ali Abdelghany - prominent Egyptian academic and marine biologist. Ph.D. '86.
- Lawrence H. Chamberlain - Dean of Columbia University in 1950. V.P. of Columbia in 1962. Class of '30.
- Donald Kirk David - Dean of Harvard Business School 1942–1955.
- John B. Adams - president of Big O Tires, Grease Monkey, and Olympic torchbearer of 1996 and 2002 Olympic Games. Class of '76.
- William Agee - business executive. Class of '60.
- John Ascagua - casino & hotel owner (John Ascuaga's Nugget). Class of '51.
- Karl William Edmark, M.D. (1924–94) - cardiovascular surgeon, inventor of portable defibrillator, founder of Physio-Control Class of '42(?)
- Jack Lemley - Construction manager for Europe’s Channel Tunnel or "Chunnel," the undersea rail tube linking England and France. Class of '60.
- Gary G. Michael - chairman and CEO of Albertsons (1991–2001), interim UI president (2003–04). Class of '62.
- Frank A. Shrontz - former chairman and CEO (1986–96) of Boeing. Class of '54.
- Dean D. Thornton - former Boeing executive. Class of '52.
- Sharon Allen - Chairman of the Board, Deloitte and Touche USA. Class of '73.
- Anthony Curcio - Former Vandal football player and real estate investor. Responsible for masterminding one of the most elaborate armored car heists in history.
- James F. Amos - Commandant of the Marine Corps (2010–). Class of '70.
- Phil Batt - Governor of Idaho (1995–99), UI chemical engineering student, withdrew in 1948 due to family hardship
- Roger Batzel - Director (1971–1988) of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Class of '47
- Terrel Bell - Secretary of Education (1981–85). M.A. '54.
- Mary (Thomas) Brooks - Director of the U.S. Mint - (1969–77). Class of '29.  
- Dale N. Bosworth - Chief Forester, U.S. Forest Service - (2001–07). Class of '66.
- Hamer H. Budge - U.S. House (1951–61), headed SEC (1969–71). J.D. '36.
- Roger S. Burdick - Idaho Supreme Court justice (2003– ); Chief Justice (2011– ). J.D. '74.
- Pete T. Cenarrusa - longtime Secretary of State of Idaho, Class of '40
- Larry Craig - U.S. Senator (1991–2009), U.S. House (1981–91). Class of '69.
- Daniel T. Eismann - Idaho Supreme Court justice (2001– ); Chief Justice (2007–11). J.D. '76.
- W. Mark Felt - former top official of the FBI, Watergate informer "Deep Throat,". Class of '35.
- Abe Goff - U.S. House (1947–49), later served on ICC. LL.B. '24.
- Philip Habib - diplomat, special envoy to the Middle East under President Reagan. Class of '42.
- Joel D. Horton - Idaho Supreme Court justice (2007– ). J.D. '85.
- Dirk Kempthorne - Secretary of the Interior (2006–09); Governor of Idaho (1999–2006), U.S. Senator (1993–99), and Mayor of Boise (1985–93). Class of '75.
- Gus Kohntopp - Colonel in the Idaho Air National Guard, identified as one of two 190th Fighter Squadron pilots involved in the 190th Fighter Squadron, Blues and Royals friendly fire incident - March 28, 2003.
- Edward Lodge - U.S District Court judge. LL.B. '61.
- Jim McClure - U.S. Senator (1973–91), U.S. House (1967–73). J.D. '50.
- Sarah Palin - Governor of Alaska (2006-09). Class of '87. B.A. Communications
- Mike O'Callaghan - Governor of Nevada (1971–79), B.S., M.Ed. '56
- Jim Risch - U.S. Senator (2009– ), Lieutenant Governor (2003–06, 2007–09) & Governor of Idaho (2006–07). Class of '65, J.D. '68.
- Henry Lee Schatz - Agricultural economist with the Foreign Agricultural Service rescued from Iran in the Canadian Caper
- Steve Symms - U.S. Senator (1981–93), U.S. House (1973–81). Class of '60.
- Linda Copple Trout - first female Idaho Supreme Court justice (1992–2007) and Chief Justice (1997–2004). Class of '73, J.D. '77.
- Herman Welker - U.S. Senator (1951–57). LL.B. '29
Literature and the arts
- Steven Amstrup M.S. '75 - polar bear researcher and conservationist
- Roger Batzel - see entry under Government
- Malcolm Renfrew - Polymer chemist, inventor, and professor emeritus. Contributor to the development of Teflon. Class of '32, M.S. '34
- Bob Twiggs - Rocket scientist and inventor of the CubeSat technology. Class of '61.
- Steve Buratto - CFL head coach - Calgary (1984–85) and British Columbia (2000–02). Class of '65.
- Tom Cable - NFL head coach - Oakland (2008–10) and UI head coach (2000–03). Class of '86.
- Spencer Folau - NFL guard (1997–2004). Class of '97.
- John Friesz - NFL quarterback (1990–2000), 2006 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, 1989 Walter Payton Award winner. Class of '90.
- Mike Hollis - NFL placekicker (1995–2002). Class of '94.
- Ken Hobart - USFL & CFL quarterback. Class of '84.
- Mike Iupati - NFL guard, San Francisco 49ers' first round draft pick, 17th overall. (2010–). Class of '10.
- Tony Knap - head coach at Utah State (1963–66), Boise State (1968–75), & UNLV (1976–81). Class of '39
- Jerry Kramer - NFL all-star guard, Green Bay Packers (1958–68), and author; 5 NFL titles & 2 Super Bowl wins. Class of '58.
- Scott Linehan - NFL head coach - St. Louis Rams (2006–08), former Vandal QB. Class of '87.
- Don Matthews - CFL head coach (1983–2008); five Grey Cup titles, over 200 CFL wins. Class of '64.
- Ray McDonald - NFL running back (1967–69), Washington Redskins' first round draft pick, 13th overall. Led nation in rushing in 1966. Class of '67.
- Sam Merriman - NFL linebacker (1983–87) - Seattle Seahawks. Class of '83.
- Yo Murphy - former NFL and CFL wide receiver. Class of '92.
- Doug Nussmeier - NFL quarterback (1994–97), 1993 Walter Payton Award winner. Michigan offensive coordinator. Class of '94.
- Jim Norton - AFL all-star safety and punter, Houston Oilers (1960–68). Class of '60.
- Ryan Phillips - NFL Linebacker (1997–2001), Class of '97.
- Jim Prestel - NFL defensive tackle (1960–67). Class of '60.
- Jeff Robinson - NFL tight end & long snapper (1993–2005, 2007), Super Bowl win with Rams. Class of '93.
- Mark Schlereth - NFL guard (1989-2000) with Redskins and Broncos, 3 Super Bowl wins. ESPN commentator. Class of '89.
- Jake Scott - NFL guard - (2004–12). Super Bowl title with Colts. Class of '03.
- Lyle Smith - head coach at Boise State (1947–67) and its athletic director (1968–81). Class of '39.
- Chris Tormey - head coach at UI (1995–99) & Nevada (2000–03), assistant at Washington and Washington State. Class of '78.
- David Vobora - linebacker for the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks, 2008 Mr. Irrelevant. Class of '08.
- Wayne Walker - NFL all-star linebacker, Detroit Lions (1958–72), and sportscaster. Class of '58.
- Marvin Washington - NFL defensive end (1989–99). Class of '88.
- John Yarno - NFL center, Seattle Seahawks (1977–82). UI's first & only Div-I AP first team All-American (1976). Class of '77.
- Douglas Q. Adams, Emeritus Professor of English
- Kim Barnes, Professor of English
- Daniel Bukvich, Professor of Music
- Julia R. Burdge, Adjunct Associate Professor of Chemistry
- Ruprecht Machleidt, Professor of Physics
- Scott Minnich, Associate Professor of Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
- Daniel Orozco, Associate Professor of English
- J. Michael Scott, Emeritus Professor of Fish & Wildlife
- Jack Ernest Vincent, Emeritus Professor of Political Science
- Robert Wrigley, Professor of English
- John Merton Aldrich, zoology
- Darrell Bolz, agricultural extension
- David Comer, electrical engineering
- James Gill, painting
- Gustaf Wilhelm Hammar, political science
- Ralph C. Hancock, political science
- Lawrence H. Johnston, physics
- Robert Peters, creative writing
- Vern Rutsala, creative writing
- Roderick Sprague, anthropology and archaeology
- David B. Steinman, engineering
- Yvor Winters, creative writing
- Gordon Woods, veterinary science
Presidents of the University of Idaho
The following individuals have held the office of
President of the University of Idaho.
|James H. Forney, (Acting)
|Franklin B. Gault
|Joseph P. Blanton
|James Alexander MacLean
|Melvin A. Brannon
|Ernest H. Lindley
|Alfred H. Upham
|Frederick J. Kelly
|Mervin G. Neale
|Harrison C. Dale
|Jesse E. Buchanan
|Donald R. Theophilus
|Ernest W. Hartung
|Richard D. Gibb
|Elisabeth A. Zinser
|Thomas O. Bell, (Acting)
|Robert A. Hoover
|Gary G. Michael, (Interim)
|Timothy P. White
|Steven Daley-Laursen, (Interim)
|M. Duane Nellis
|Donald L. Burnett Jr., (Interim)
- ^ Internet accessed via name and title
- ^ "John Ascuaga". Nevada Business Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
- ^ Schreiber, Colleen (September 18, 1997). "Hard work and family key to John Ascuaga’s Nugget". Livestock Weekly. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
- ^ "John Ascuaga". University of Nevada. Basque oral history project. 1992. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
- ^ "John Ascuaga doesn't look back". Reno Gazette-Journal. October 10, 2009. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
- ^ "Seniors". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1951. p. 283.
- ^ The Day - Dr. Karl Edmark, suregeon and inventor - Associated Press - 1994-04-08
- ^ University of Idaho magazine - Summer 1994, V.11, no.3, p.14
- ^ Ko, Michael (February 26, 2003). "Retired Boeing executive Dean Thornton dies at 74". Seattle Times. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
- ^ Doughery, Phil. "D.B. Tuber". History Link.
- ^ Stangeland, Brooke. "Out of Prison, Real-Life Thomas Crown Looks Back on Almost-Perfect Heist". ABC news.
- ^ The Sun Online | The Best for News, Sport and Showbiz | The Sun
- ^ BBC NEWS | UK | Friendly fire pilot 'experienced'
- ^ "Red Carpet Ag Economist". University of Idaho. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0501391/
- ^ http://www.uidaho.edu/sci/newsevents/features/renfrew
- ^ http://www.chemheritage.org/discover/collections/oral-histories/details/renfrew-malcolm-m.aspx
- ^ "U-Idaho Grads Go For Gold: A Look at Olympians Present and Past". University of Idaho. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.