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Distinguished Alumni

Name any field of endeavor and you will find Colgate graduates at the pinnacle of their professions. Below is just a small sampling of our distinguished alumni.

Los Angeles entertainment group panel discussion

The Arts

Ivy Austin ’79, Actress, A Prairie Home Companion “The Story of Gloria”; Voice of several characters on Sesame Street

Joe Berlinger ’83, Director and Producer whose projects include Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Paradise Lost, and the documentary Brother’s Keeper

Jay Chandrasekhar ’90 (Kevin Heffernan’90, Steve Lemme ’91, Paul Soter ’91 & Erik Stolhanske ’91), Filmmaker and Co-Founder, Broken Lizard Industries whose works include Super Troopers, Beerfest, and Club Dread

Mel Damski ’68, Director, Producer and Writer for Ally McBeal, The Practice, M*A*S*H, and Psych

Theodore M. Griffin ’93, Screenwriter, Rumor Has It…, Ocean’s Eleven and Tower Heist

Ray Hartung ’70, Writer and Director, Earth: The Final Conflict and Miami Vice

Barnet Kellman ’69, Director and Producer, Once and Again, Ally McBeal, Felicity, Murphy Brown, The Middle

James Manos, Jr. ’81, Writer and Director, Dexter, The Shield, and The Sopranos

Johnny Marks ’31*, American Songwriter whose works include "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "A Holly Jolly Christmas" 

Martin Ransohoff ’49, Producer, The Beverly Hillbillies

Robert Rodat ’75, Screenwriter, Saving Private Ryan and The Patriot

John Romano ’70, Screenwriter and Producer, Third Watch, Nights in Rodanthe, and The Lincoln Lawyer

Jeff Sharp ’89, President and Co-Founder of Open Road Integrated Media; Producer, Proof, You Can Count on Me, and Boys Don’t Cry

Carlton ‘Woody’ Thompson ’89, Owner and President, Eyeboogie Inc; Creator of VH-1’s Pop-Up Video

Lydia Woodward ’73, Executive Producer and Screenwriter, Citizen Baines, ER, China Beach and Pan Am

Francesca Zambello ’78, Opera and Broadway Theater Director, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Little Mermaid and The Master Butchers Singing Club


Academe

Charles Beitz ’70, Professor of Politics, Princeton University

George Davis ’61, Associate Professor and Writer, Rutgers University

Richard Janeway ’54, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Emeritus, Wake Forest University

Gil Joseph '69, Farnam Professor of History and International Relations, Director of Latin American Studies, Yale University

John Kihlstrom '70
, Professor of Psychology, University of California Berkeley

Anthony Masi '70, Provost and Professor of Sociology, McGill University

Ed Macias ’66, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Washington University of St. Louis

Lionel Meno ’69, Former Commissioner of Education, Texas Education Agency

Kevin Ross '94, President of Lynn University

Richard J. Samuels ’73, Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the MIT Center for International Studies

Dell Upton '70, Professor of Architectural History, University of California Los Angeles

Neil Weissman '70, Dean of College/ Chief Academic Officer, Dickinson College


 

Business

Everett Baldwin ’54, Retired President and CEO, Welch Foods

Lawrence Bossidy ’57, Retired Chairman and CEO, Honeywell International; Former Chairman and CEO, Allied Signal Inc.

Stephen B. Burke ’80, CEO and President, NBC Universal

Charles ‘Chase’ Carey ’76, Deputy Chairman, President, and COO of News Corp.

Bennett Cohen ’73, Co-Founder and President, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream
 
John C. Cushman ’63, Chairman of the Board, Cushman & Wakefield Inc

Harrington Drake ’41, Retired Chairman and CEO, Dun & Bradstreet

John M. Fox ’34*, Co-Founder and President, Minute Maid Corp.; Former President and Chairman of United Fruit

John Haney ’70 and Ed Werner ’71, Two of the four co-creators of the board game Trivial Pursuit

Robert W. Jones ’72, Senior Advisor and former Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley

Jim Manzi ’73, Chairman, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Harry Mariani ’59, President, Banfi Vintners 

J. Richard Munro ’57, Retired Director, Exxon Mobil
 
Carole Palermo ’83, Executive VP and Chief of Staff, MTV Networks

G. Kirk Raab ’59, Former CEO, Genentech Inc.; Current Chairman of multiple biotech firms

Jack Shafer ’66, Retired CEO at Allied Domecq representing Dunkin' Donuts, Baskin-Robbins and ToGo

Lorie Slutsky ’75, President, NY Community Trust


Government

A. Peter Burleigh ’63, Charge d’Affairs of the U.S. Mission in India; Former U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines 

E. Virgil Conway ’51, Retired Chairman of the Board, Metropolitan Transportation Authority
 
James Courter ’63, New Jersey Congressman, 1979-1991

Louis Frey ’55, Florida Congressman, 1969-1979

Alan Frumin ’68, U.S. Senate Parliamentarian, 1987-1995, 2001-2012

James Holmes ’65, Special Advisor, the State Department; Former U.S. Ambassador to Latvia

Charles Evans Hughes 1881*, U.S. Secretary of State, 1921-1925; U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, 1930-1941

D. Brian McKay ’67, Nevada Attorney General, 1982-1990

Peter Peyser ’43, U.S. Congress Representative from New York City, 1971-1977, 1979-1983

William P. Rogers '34, Former U.S. Attorney General for Dwight D. Eisenhower; Former U.S. Secretary of State for Richard Nixon

Jack J. Schramm ’53, Served in the Missouri House of Representatives, 1960-1977; Former Senior Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Peter Tarnoff ’53, Former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs

Journalism

Elizabeth Arnold ’82, Journalist, National Public Radio

Ken Bader ’71, Senior Editor, WGBH “The World”

Ken Baker ’92, Executive News Producer, E! News

Gloria Borger ’74, P’10, Chief Political Analyst, CNN

Monica Crowley ’90, Biographer and Foreign Policy Assistant to Richard Nixon; Political and International Affairs Analyst, Fox Television Group

Thomas A. Dine ’62, Former President, Radio Free Europe

Jeff Fager ’77, Chairman, CBS News, Executive Producer, 60 Minutes

Howard Fineman ’70, Editorial Director, Huffington Post; News Analyst, MSNBC
 
Chris Hedges ’79, Former Foreign Correspondent, New York Times

Michael Hiltzik ’73, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist, Los Angeles Times

C. Bruce Knecht ’80, Former Foreign Correspondent for Asia, Wall Street Journal

John Larson ’75, Correspondent, NBC News and Dateline

Austin Murphy ’83, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated

Craig Neff ’79, Assistant Managing Editor, Sports Illustrated

Sheila Norman-Culp ’80, Assistant Europe Editor, Associated Press 

Linda Pattillo ’78, Former Correspondent, CNN

Andy Rooney ’42*, Writer and Correspondent, CBS, 60 Minutes

Brian Rooney ’74, Correspondent, KCET “SoCal Connected”; Former Freelance Correspondent, ABC News – Nightline

Stephanie Rosenbloom ’97, Staff Reporter, New York Times

Priit Vesilind ’64, Former Senior Writer, National Geographic

Mel Watkins ’62, Former Staff Member, New York Times; Social Commentator and Critic; NEH Professor at Colgate in ’07 & ’08

Bob Woodruff ’83, Reporter, ABC News


Religion

David Ball ’50, Bishop, Albany Episcopal Diocese

Roger Ferlo ’73, Former Priest, The Episcopal Church of St. Luke in the Fields, New York City; Former Director of the Center for Lifetime Theological Education, Virginia Theological Seminary

Richard Schaper ’67, Former Senior Pastor, the Lutheran Church


Science & Medicine

Oswald Avery 1900*, Molecular biologist and co-discoverer of DNA who received multiple Nobel Prize nominations

Dr. Harvey Berger ’72, CEO and Chairman, Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Dr. Gerald Fischbach ’60, Scientific Director, Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

Dr. John Fleming ’67, Neurologist, University of Wisconsin, Madison; 2012 National Multiple Sclerosis Society Hall of Fame Honoree

Dr. Francis Gasparini ’69, Director of Biotechnology, Pfizer

Dr. Alan Gewirtz ’71*, Professor of Medicine and Pathology at the University of Pennsylvania; Head of the Hematologic Malignancy Program at the Abramson Cancer
Center; Recipient of the Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award

Dr. Rudy Leibel ’63, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Columbia University; Director of the Division of Molecular Genetics; Co-Director of the Naom Berrie Diabetes Center; internationally recognized expert on obesity

Dr. Timothy Mastro ’75, Vice President of Family Health International; Former Deputy Director of the Global AIDS Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Henry Nadler ’57, former Chief of Staff, Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago; developed the procedure for amniocentesis

Dr. Jeffrey Rothstein ’77, Director of the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research and Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University; internationally credited as a top ALS researcher

Dr. Bernard Siegel ’53, Retired Assistant Clinical Professor of General and Pediatric Surgery, Yale University; Author of the best-selling book Love, Medicine and Miracles
 
Dr. Andrew Stephenson ’93, Director of Urologic Oncology, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute at the Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Michael Wolk ’60, Cardiologist, NY Cardiology Associates; Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College

 

Sports

Rich Erenberg ’84, Former Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers

Andrew S. Esocoff ’79, Director, NBC Sports Sunday Night Football

Dr. Dan Fortmann ’36*, former Guard, Chicago Bears; former Team Physician, LA Rams; 1965 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Adonal Foyle ’98, Former Center, Golden State Warriors and the Orlando Magic; Former Director of Player Development, Orlando Magic

Howard Ganz ’63, Partner and Co-Head of the Sports Law group, Proskauer, Rose LLP; Firm represents the MLB, NBA, WNBA, NHL, NFL, Major League Soccer, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the New York Jets

Bruce Gardner ’94, Former Center, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Columbus Blue Jackets, and the New Jersey Devils

Marvin Hubbard ’68, Former Fullback, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions

Howard Katz ’71, Senior VP of Media Relations, NFL; Former President of ABC Sports

Andy McDonald ’00, Center, St. Louis Blues; Center for the 2007 Stanley Cup championship-winning Anaheim Ducks

Mike Milbury ’74, Hockey Analyst of the CBC “Hockey Night in Canada”; Former General Manager, NY Islanders; Former Head Coach, Boston College, Boston Bruins, and NY Islanders; 2006 Inductee into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mark Murphy ’77, CEO and President, Green Bay Packers; Former Safety, Washington Redskins; Former Athletic Director, Colgate University; Super Bowl XVII (player) and XLV (President) Champion

Steve Poapst ’91, Assistant Coach, Rockford IceHogs; Former Defenseman, Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, and St. Louis Blues

Eugene Robinson ’85, Analyst, Carolina Panthers Radio Network; Former Safety, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks; Super Bowl XXXI Champion with the Green Bay Packers

Ken Schanzer ’66, Retired President of NBC Universal Sports

Dr. Ernest Vandeweghes ’49, Former Guard, New York Knicks; Former Majority Owner, L.A. Lakers; Former Chairman of the President's Council for Physical Fitness and Sports; Former Member of the Olympic Sports Commission

Mark van Eeghen ’74, Former Running Back, Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots

Douglas Wilson ’57, Retired Director and Producer, ABC Sports