List of people from East St. Louis, Illinois

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The following list includes notable people who were born or have lived in East St. Louis, Illinois. For a similar list organized alphabetically by last name, see the category page People from East St. Louis, Illinois.

Authors and academics[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Walter J. Boyne Walter Boyne B47 Pilot.jpg Feb 2, 1929 US Air Force colonel; author; director of the National Air and Space Museum Grew up in East St. Louis
Cecile Hoover Edwards Oct 26, 1926 Nutrition researcher, Howard University dean Born in East St. Louis [1]
Harry Edwards Nov 22, 1942 Professor emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley; former consultant to the San Francisco 49ers Born in East St. Louis
Eugene B. Redmond Dec 1, 1937 Academic and city Poet Laureate; established the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club Lived in East St. Louis
Daniel A. Vallero Sep 5, 1953[2] Research scientist; author; adjunct professor of engineering at Duke University Born in East St. Louis

Business, science and engineering[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Keith Brendley 1958 Expert in active protection systems, founder of Artis Born in East St. Louis
Dorothy Davis Locanthi 1913 1999 astronomer Born and raised in East St. Louis

Media and arts[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Erin Brown (a.k.a. Sadie Lane and Misty Mundae) Oct 16, 1979 Horror film actress, model, filmmaker Born in East St. Louis
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July 6, 1998 American rapper and songwriter Born in East St. Louis
Miles Davis Miles Davis by Palumbo.jpg May 26, 1926 Sep 28, 1991 Jazz musician, recipient of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Grew up in East St. Louis
William Dollar Apr 20, 1907 Feb 28, 1986 Ballet dancer and choreographer Grew up in East St. Louis
Katherine Dunham Katherine Dunham.jpg Jun 22, 1909 May 21, 2006 Dancer, choreographer, anthropologist and author Lived in East St. Louis
Russell Gunn Oct 20, 1971 Composer, arranger, recording artist, Grammy-nominated jazz musician Grew up in East St. Louis
Brother Joe May November 9, 1912 July 14, 1972 Gospel singer Lived in East St. Louis
Rose Marion 1875 1947 Newspaper feature writer
Barbara Ann Teer Jun 18, 1937 Jul 21, 2008 Writer, producer, actress and teacher; founder of the National Black Theater in Harlem (1968) Born in East St. Louis
Tina Turner Tina turner 21021985 01 350.jpg Nov 26, 1939 Singer, dancer, actress, and author, inducted in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Lived in East St. Louis
Ike Turner Iketurner1997.jpg Nov 5, 1931 Dec 12, 2007 Musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer Lived in East St. Louis
Lee Wilde Wilde Twins in Till the Clouds Roll By cropped.jpg Oct 9, 1922 Sep 7, 2015 Part of twin sister singing act The Wilde Twins Born in East St. Louis
Lyn Wilde Wilde Twins in Till the Clouds Roll By cropped.jpg Oct 10, 1922 Sep 11, 2016 Part of twin sister singing act The Wilde Twins Born in East St. Louis
Steamboat Willie 1950 Veteran musician of Dixieland, jazz and ragtime music; considered a New Orleans "institution" Born in East St. Louis
Robert Wrigley 1951 Poet Born in East St. Louis

Bands[edit]

Name Image Founded Disbanded Music Association Reference
Unladylike 2002 Hip hop duo Formed in East St. Louis

Politics[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Marcia Anderson Marcia Anderson at Fort Bragg, NC - 2014 (140325-A-XN107-919) (cropped).jpg 1958 First female African-American Major General US Army; bankruptcy clerk 7th District U.S. Court of Appeals Finished school in East St. Louis
John Baricevic Chief Judge, 12th Judicial District of Illinois [citation needed]
William D. Becker Oct 23, 1876 Aug 1, 1943 Mayor of St. Louis 1941–43 Born in East St. Louis
Jerry Costello Rep Jerry Costello.jpg Sep 25, 1949 US congressman Born in East St. Louis
Dick Durbin Richard Durbin official photo.jpg Nov 21, 1944 Senior US senator of Illinois Born in East St. Louis
Victor Gold Sep 25, 1928 Jun 5, 2017 Journalist, political consultant Born in East St. Louis; reared in New Orleans, Louisiana [3]
Donald McHenry UnitedNationsAmbassadorMcHenry.jpg Oct 13, 1936 US Ambassador to the United Nations (1979 to 1981) Grew up in East St. Louis
Wyvetter H. Younge Aug 23, 1930 Dec 26, 2008 Illinois state congresswoman from the 114th District (1975–2008) [citation needed]

Sports[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Jim Adams 1868 Baseball player for the St. Louis Browns (1890) Born in East St. Louis [4]
Hank Bauer Hank Bauer 1953.jpg Jul 31, 1922 Feb 9, 2007 Right fielder and manager for the New York Yankees, Kansas City Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, and Oakland Athletics; eight-time All-Star Born in East St. Louis
Steve Biras Feb 26, 1922 Apr 21, 1965 Second baseman for the Cleveland Indians, batted 1.000 Born in East St. Louis
Ed Blake Dec 23, 1925 Apr 15, 2009 Pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Athletics Graduated high school in East St. Louis
Jim Bruske Oct 7, 1964 Pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, and Milwaukee Brewers Born in East St. Louis
Homer Bush Nov 12, 1972 Second baseman for the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and Florida Marlins; World Series champion Born in East St. Louis
Ed Colgan Catcher for the Pittsburgh Alleghenys Born in East St. Louis
Terry Hanson Terry-2010.JPG Jun 16, 1947 Sports executive for the Atlanta Braves, PGA Tour, and NBA TV Born in East St. Louis
Ernie Hickman 1856 1891 Pitcher for the Kansas City Cowboys Born and died in East St. Louis
Sam Jethroe Sam Jethroe 1953.jpg Jan 20, 1918 Jun 18, 2001 Center fielder for the Boston Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates; awarded NL Rookie of the Year (1950) Born in East St. Louis
Jerry Kane July 21, 1866 October 27, 1948 Pitcher for the St. Louis Browns Born in East St. Louis
Scott Little Jan 19, 1963 Outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates Born in East St. Louis
Frank Millard Jul 4, 1865 Second baseman for the St. Louis Browns Born in East St. Louis
Salty Parker Jul 8, 1912 Jul 27, 1992 Infielder for the Detroit Tigers Born in East St. Louis
Hank Schmulbach Jan 17, 1925 May 3, 2001 Pinch runner for the St. Louis Browns Born in East St. Louis
Fleury Sullivan 1862 Feb 8, 1897 Pitcher for the Pittsburgh Alleghenys (1884) Born in East St. Louis
Bill Walker BillWalkerGoudeycard.jpg Oct 7, 1903 Jun 14, 1966 Pitcher for the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals Born in East St. Louis
Joe Wallis Jan 9, 1952 Outfielder for the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics Born in East St. Louis
John Ward 1862 Aug 2, 1899 Pitcher for the Providence Grays Born in East St. Louis
Johnny Wyrostek Johnny Wyrostek.jpg Jul 12, 1919 Dec 12, 1986 Center fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cincinnati Reds; two time All-Star (1950, 1951) [citation needed]

Basketball[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
LaPhonso Ellis May 5, 1970 Power forward for the Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Miami Heat Born in East St. Louis
Cuonzo Martin Sep 23, 1971 Played for the Vancouver Grizzlies and Milwaukee Bucks; head coach of University of Missouri, Tennessee men's basketball teams Born in East St. Louis
Darius Miles Dariusmiles cropped.jpg Oct 9, 1981 Small and power forward for the Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers, and Memphis Grizzlies Attended East St. Louis Senior High School

Football[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Bryan Cox Bryan Cox Iraq 3.jpg Feb 17, 1968 Linebacker for five National Football League teams; Super Bowl champion (XXXVI); major philanthropist for East St. Louis High School Attended East St. Louis High School [5]
Kerry Glenn Jan 3, 1962 Cornerback for the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins Born in East St. Louis, Illinois
Terry Hawthorne Jan 1, 1990 Cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers Born in East St. Louis, Illinois
Dana Howard Feb 27, 1972 Linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Rams, and Chicago Bears Born in East St. Louis, Illinois
Mike Magac May 25, 1938 Guard for the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers Born in East St. Louis, Illinois
James Harris May 13, 1968 Defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, and Oakland Raiders Born in East St. Louis, Illinois
Eric C. Wright Apr 18, 1959 All-Pro cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers; four-time Super Bowl champion (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV) Born in East St. Louis, Illinois

Tennis[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Jimmy Connors ABN-tennistoernooi in Rotterdam Jimmy Corners in actie (kop), Bestanddeelnr 929-6576.jpg Sep 2, 1952 World Champion tennis player Born in East St. Louis

Track and field[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Dawn Harper Dawn Harper Daegu 2011 cropped.jpg May 13, 1984 Olympic gold medalist in 100 meter hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Born in East St. Louis
Jackie Joyner-Kersee Jackie Joyner-Kersee Eugene 2014.jpg Mar 3, 1962 Ranked among all-time greatest athletes in women's heptathlon and long jump; winner of six Olympic medals and four world championships Born in East St. Louis
Al Joyner Jan 19, 1960 Track Olympic gold medalist in triple jump at the 1984 Summer Olympics; brother of Jackie Joyner-Kersee Attended East St. Louis Lincoln High School

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spangenburg, Ray (2003). African Americans in Science, Math, and Invention. Infobase Publishing. p. 68. ISBN 1438107749.
  2. ^ D.A. Vallero. 2007. Biomedical Ethics for Engineers: Ethics and Decision Making in Biomedical and Biosystem Engineering. Academic Press. ISBN 9780750682275. Page xvii
  3. ^ [1], The Washington Post obituary, June 7, 2017
  4. ^ "Jim Adams Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  5. ^ "Cox Celebrity Golf Tournament". ksdk.com. Retrieved 19 November 2015.