Prominent Brown Alumni

Prominent Brown Alumni

The list below includes a sampling of the many alumni who are leaders in their respective fields. The list is abridged - only a representative few are listed.



John Heisman 1891 - Football coach, Heisman Trophy named for him

Fritz Pollard '19 - First African-American to be named a college All-American back; first African-American quarterback in the NFL; recently inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

Mark Donohue '59 - Indianapolis 500 champion racecar driver

Curt Bennett '70 - NHL hockey player

Bill Almon '75 - 14-year career as a Major League Baseball shortstop

Steve Jordan '82 - Six-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Minnestoa Vikings 

George Pyne '89 - President, IMG Sports & Entertainment

Sean Morey '99 - Arizona Cardinals/Pittsburgn Steelers, Super Bowl XL Champion

Zak DeOssie '07 - New York Giants, 2-time Pro Bowl selection

James Develin '10 - New England Patriots, Super Bowl Champions 2014



John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 1897 - Philanthropist

Thomas J. Watson '37 - Chairman of the Board of IBM; U. S. Ambassador to Russia

Bill Wirtz '50 - President and owner of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks

Artemis Joukowsky '55 - Businessman, philanthropist, former Brown chancellor

Ted Turner '60 - Sailing champion; creator of CNN, TNT and TBS cable stations

John Sculley '61 - Apple Computer

Janet Yellen '67 - Chairman, Federal Reserve

Timothy Forbes '76 - CEO, Forbes, Inc.

Tom Rothman '76 - Chairman, Sony Motion Pictures

Andre' Leon Talley '74 - A.M., Vogue, editor at large

Jeffrey Swartz '82 - CEO, Timberland

Tom Scott '90 and Tom First '89 - Founders and chairmen, Nantucket Nectars

Matt Dunn '92 - Executive director, AmeriCorps*VISTA

Meredith Whitney '92 –Financial Analyst,  CEO, Meredith Whitney Associates



Horace Mann 1819 - Called "Father of American public education."

Vernon Alden '45 - President, Ohio University

Frank Newman '47 - President, URI; president, Education Commission of States


Film, Stage, Television

Robin Green '67 - Screenwriter for The Sopranos

James Naughton '67 - Broadway, television, and film actor/singer; Tony Award winner (Chicago)

Jobeth Williams '70 -Actress, Kramer vs. Kramer, Poltergeist, The Big Chill

Debra Lee '76 - President Black Entertainment Television (BET)

Scott Anderson '86 - Oscar-winning special effects (Babe, 1995)

Laura Linney '86 - Actress; Oscar nominee (Kinsey); Mystic River, The Truman Show

Doug Liman '88 - Director/producer (Swingers, The Bourne Identity)

Julie Bowen '91 - Actress (Happy Gilmore, Ed, Modern Family)

Nilo Cruz, M.F.A '94 - Playwright; Pulitzer Prize-winner for drama

John Krasinski '02 – Actor (The Office, Leatherheads)

Emma Watson '14 - Actress (Harry Potter series, This Is the End)



John Hay 1858 - Secretary of State; secretary to Abraham Lincoln; ambassador to England

Charles Evans Hughes 1881 - Supreme Court Justice; Presidential candidate in 1916; Governor of New York

Louis Redding '23 - lawyer and civil rights pioneer

Philip Noel '54 - Governor of Rhode Island

Donald L. Carcieri '65 - Governor of Rhode Island

Ira Magaziner '69 - Co-author and prime mover behind Brown's 1969 "New Curriculum;" senior advisor to President Clinton

Kenneth Starr '69 A.M. - Federal appeals-court judge

Lincoln Chafee '75 - United States Senator and Governor, Rhode Island

David Cicilline '83 - United States Congressman

Patrick Lynch '87 - Rhode Island Attorney General

Bobby Jindal '92 - Governor of Louisiana



Winthrop Jordan '60 - Ph.D, historian and National Book Award-winning author (White Over Black, 1968)

Lawrence Small '63 - Secretary (head), the Smithsonian Institution


Journalism & Broadcasting

Irving R. Levine '44 - NBC Chief Economics Correspondent

Cathleen McGuigan '71 - Senior editor, Newsweek

Chris Berman '77 - ESPN anchor, 12 CableACE awards; earned 7 Emmy awards; two-time Sportscaster of the Year

John F. Kennedy, Jr. '83 - Publisher, George Magazine

Alison Stewart '88 - MSNBC News Correspondent; former MTV News Anchor; Peabody Award winner

David Rohde '90 - Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, The New York Times



Nathanael West '24 - Writer, Author, "The Day of the Locust"

S.J. Perelman '23 - Writer, humorist; scriptwriter for Marx Brothers movies

Alfred Uhry '58 - Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Driving Miss Daisy"

Jeff Eugenides '82 - Novelist (Middlesex, The Virginia Suicides), Pulitzer Prize-winner for fiction



Mary Chapin Carpenter '81 - Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter

Dorsey James '83 - Senior vice president, Arista Records

Craig Kallman '87 - President, Big Beat Records; executive vice president, Atlantic Records

Lisa Loeb '90 - Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter

Duncan Sheik '92 - Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter

Nate Albert '02 - Guitarist, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones


Science/Mathematics Technology/Medicine

William W. Keen 1859 - Surgeon, performed first successful operation for a brain tumor in the United States

John Tukey '37 Sc.M. - mathematician, "the father of computer software

Thomas O. Paine '42 - head of NASA during the first U.S. moon landing

Jane Kates Pincus '59 - co-writer of the best-selling Our Bodies, Ourselves

Katheryn Scott Fuller '69 - President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund

Byron Lichtenberg '69 - First civilian scientist to travel in space