List of University of Missouri alumni

List of University of Missouri alumni

Notable former students of the University of Missouri.

Arts, film, and literature

*Lindsey Alley (BA '00), actress
*Tom Berenger (BA '71), actor
*Kate Capshaw (BS '75, MEd '77, ΑΔΠ), actress
*Chris Cooper (BGS '76), actor
*Sheryl Crow (BS Ed '84, ΚΑΘ, ΟΔΚ), musician
*Matthew C. Dudenhoeffer (BS IE '91, MPA '93, ΦΚΨ), guitarist for rock band Gravity Kills
*William Least Heat-Moon (BA '61, MA '62, PhD '73, BJ '78, ΤΚΕ), author
*Robert Loggia (BJ '51 ΑΣΦ), actor
*Richard Matheson (BJ '49, ΦΜΑ), author and screenwriter
*Marijane Meaker (BA '49 ΑΔΠ) novelist
*Brad Pitt (ΣΧ), actor (Journalism School, but did not graduate)
*Michael Patrick, (PhD '66), author
*Ed Sanders (dropout '58), poet, lead singer of the Fugs, social activist, author
*George C. Scott, actor
*Mort Walker (BA '48, ΚΣ), cartoonist (A life size bronze statue of his creation "Beetle Bailey" sits in front of alumni center.)
*Tennessee Williams (ΑΤΩ), playwright (attended)


*Norm Stewart (BA '56, ΒΘΠ), All-American and former head coach at Northern Iowa (19611967) and Mizzou (1967–1999)
*John Brown, former NBA player
*Thomas Gardner, current NBA player
*Keyon Dooling, current NBA player
*Linas Kleiza, current NBA player
*Gary Leonard, former NBA player
*Anthony Peeler, former NBA player
*Kareem Rush, current NBA player
*Doug Smith, former NBA player
*Steve Stipanovich, former NBA player
*Jon Sundvold, former NBA player

*Gary Barnett '69 (ΒΘΠ), former head football coach at Northwestern and Colorado.
*Dwayne Blakley, current NFL player
*Lloyd Carr,(KΣ),former head coach University of Michigan
*Lamont Downer
*Paul Christman (KΣ), College Football Hall of Famer, former NFL player and broadcaster
*Atiyyah Ellison, current NFL Player
*Don Faurot '24 (Farmhouse), legendary MU coach and player [;cc=savitar;sid=c31f1b18336b732fb632f8a249a42d57;q1=Faurot;rgn=full%20text;idno=sav1922;view=image;seq=411]
*Justin Gage, current NFL player
*Tony Galbreath, former NFL player
*Andy Gibler, former NFL player
*Mel Gray, former NFL player
*Harry Ice (ΒΘΠ), MVP of 1942 Sugar Bowl, longtime member of athletic department
*Damien Nash, former NFL player
*Kent Layman
*Mike Jones, former NFL player
*Steve Martin, current NFL player
*C.J. Mosley, current NFL Player
*Brock Olivo, former NFL player
*Gus Otto (ΒΘΠ), former NFL player
*Howard Richards, former NFL player
*Johnny Roland, current NFL coach and former player
*Jason Simpson, Former College Player
*Brad Smith, current NFL player
*Sam Budzyna (ΦΔΘ), former NFL player
*Justin Smith, current NFL player
*Roger Wehrli, 7-time pro-bowl NFL player and Pro Hall of Fame
*James Wilder, former NFL player
*Kellen Winslow, College and Pro Hall of Fame player
*Jim Leavitt, Head Coach University of South Florida

*Phil Bradley (also played football), former MLB player
*Ian Kinsler, current MLB player, Texas Rangers
*Dave Otto, former MLB player
*Jerald Schoonmaker (also played football), former Major League Baseball (MLB) player
*Mike Shannon (attended), former Major League Baseball (MLB) player and current broadcaster

*Christian Cantwell, current world-class shot putter, 2004 IAAF World Indoor Champion
*Carl Edwards, current NASCAR driver [ [ Learning the ropes: Carl Edwards' talent has him in a slingshot to the big time | Sporting News, The | Find Articles at ] ]
*Colleen O'Toole Gibler, former professional triathlete
*Brian Tucker, former professional soccer player, Fulham FC (England)
*Derrick Peterson (AKΛ), current professional runner, 2004 Olympian
*Gene Snitsky, current professional wrestler
*Matt Sydal, current professional wrestler
*Babak Torgoley, former Turkcell Super League soccer player
*Warren "Skeeter" Rankins world-record setting cross-country runner


*Ralph W. Babb (BS BA '71, ΒΘΠ), Chairman and CEO, Comerica
*Mark E. Burkhart (BS BA '76, ΣΠ), President and CEO, Colliers Turley Martin Tucker
*Moris Burger (BS '61), Chairman of Burgers' Smokehouse; Largest country cured ham producer in the world.
*Jack E. Bush (BS BA '58, ΑΓΡ, ΑΚΨ) former president and director of Michaels; president of Raintree Partners
*Harry M. Cornell, Jr. (BS BA '50, ΒΘΠ), Chairman Emeritus, Leggett & Platt, Inc.
*Harvey P. Eisen (BS BA '64, ZBT, QEBH, ΟΔΚ), Chairman of Bedford Oak Advisors
*Alan Greenberg (BS BA '49, ZBT), Chairman, Bear Stearns Companies [;cc=savitar;sid=c31f1b18336b732fb632f8a249a42d57;q1=Alan%20%20Greenberg;rgn=full%20text;idno=sav1948;view=image;seq=267]
*David S. Haffner (BS '74, MBA '80), President and CEO, Leggett & Platt, Inc
*Harold S. Hook (BS BA '53, ΒΘΠ, ΟΔΚ), former President, CEO, and Chairman, American General Insurance
*Edward D. "Ted" Jones (1947), managing partner of Edward Jones Investments
*R. Crosby Kemper (AB '14, ΒΘΠ), former President and Chairman, United Missouri Bancshares
*R. Crosby Kemper, Jr. (AB '49, ΒΘΠ), former President and Chairman, United Missouri Bancshares
*Richard Kinder (BA '66. JD '68, ΣN), Chairman and CEO, Kinder Morgan, and former President, Enron
*E. Stanley Kroenke (BS BA '71, MBA '73), Chairman, THF Realty, owner, NBA's Denver Nuggets, NHL's Colorado Avalanche; co-owner NFL's St. Louis Rams
*Kenneth Lay (BA '64, MA '65, ΒΘΠ, ΟΔΚ, ΦΒΚ), former CEO of Enron
*Harry J. Lloyd (BJ '50, TKE), founder of House of Lloyd and the upscale [ Loch Lloyd] village and country club near Kansas City
*Steve Lumpkin (BS BA '77, ΦΔΘ), CFO & Treasurer, Applebee's International
*Bruce B. Melchert ('61, TKE), VP of government affairs, Clarion Health, and International Founder and past Executive Director of Tau Kappa Epsilon
*James C. Morton, Jr. (JD '72), Senior VP Finance & Administration, Nissan North America
*David C. Novak (BJ '74, ΔΥ), Chairman, CEO, and President, Yum! Brands, Inc.
*Gary L. Rainwater (BS EE '69), CEO and President, Ameren
*Edward Rapp (BS BA '79, ΑΚΨ), Vice President, Caterpillar, Inc.
*Rodger O. Riney (BS CiE '68, MBA '69, XE), founder of Scottrade, deep-discount brokerage firm [;cc=savitar;sid=c31f1b18336b732fb632f8a249a42d57;q1=Riney;rgn=full%20text;idno=sav1968;view=image;seq=497]
*Matthew K. Rose (BS BA '81, ΛΧΑ), Chairman, CEO, and President, Burlington Northern Santa Fe
*William S. Thompson, Jr. (BS CiE '68, ΑΤΩ, ΟΔΚ, Mystical Seven), CEO and Managing Director of Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO)
*Roger M. Vasey (BS BA '58, ΦΚΨ), former Executive Vice President of Merrill Lynch & Co.
*Samuel M. Walton (BA '40, ΒΘΠ, QEBH), founder of Wal-Mart
*Phillip J. Yeckel ('33, ΒΘΠ), founder of Hidden Valley Ranch


*John Anderson (BJ '87), ESPN SportsCenter host
*Douglas F. Attaway (1910-1994), publisher of defunct "Shreveport Journal" and former owner of KSLA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Shreveport, Louisiana
*Gerald M. Boyd, former Managing Editor of the New York Times, first African American metropolitan editor and managing editor of the New York Times
*Barney Calame (ΒΘΠ), Public Editor, New York Times Company
*Jann Carl, (BJ '82, KKΓ) Weekend Anchor/Correspondent, Entertainment Tonight
*John Mack Carter, Former President, Hearst Corporation
*Sophia Choi, CNN Headline News anchor
*Gabe Dearmond, columnist
*Dennis Dodd, CBSSportsline columnist
*Kit Doyle, Southeast Missourian world-renowned photojournalist
*Clifton C. Edom (BJ '46), Mizzou photojournalism educator and co-founder of Pictures of the Year, Missouri Photo Workshop, and Kappa Alpha Mu
*Pat Forde, ESPN columnist
*Martin Frost (BJ '64, ZBT), Political Commentator, Fox News Channel
*Major Garrett (BJ '84), National Correspondent, Fox News Channel
*John Graham, Chairman and CEO, Fleishman-Hillard, Inc.
*Mike Hall, the first winner of the ESPN "Dream Job" series.
*Lee Hills, Former Chairman and CEO, Knight-Ridder Inc.
*Robert Horner (BJ '70), president of NBC News Channel
*Juliet Huddy, FOXNews host
*Walter E. Hussman, Sr. (1906-1988) owner of newspaper chain in south Arkansas, including "Arkansas Democrat-Gazette" in Little Rock, cable systems, and radio stations
*Michael Kim, ESPNEWS host
*Jim Lehrer (ΣΔΧ award), PBS news anchor [;cc=savitar;sid=c31f1b18336b732fb632f8a249a42d57;q1=Lehrer;rgn=full%20text;idno=sav1956;view=image;seq=232]
*Andrea Mackris, FOX News Television Producer
*Linda Marx (BJ, AEΦ), Writer, People Weekly, freelance journalist, author
*Russ Mitchell (BJ '82), Anchor, CBS Evening News Sunday, CBS News
*Jonathan Murray (BJ '77), executive producer and co-creator of MTV's Real World
*Joel Myers Sports Play-By-Play Voice, Various
*Lisa Myers (BJ '73), Senior Investigative Correspondent, NBC News
*James O'Shea, Editor, Los Angeles Times
*Ken Paulson, Editor, USA Today
*Chuck Roberts (BJ '71), CNN news anchor
*Charles Griffith Ross, Press secretary for President Harry S. Truman
*Brian Sandalow, McAllen Monitor, Texas
*Jon Scott, FOXNews anchor
*Edgar Snow (ΒΘΠ), main Western journalist in Mao's China
*Brian Storm (MA '97), president & founder of MediaStorm, former vice president of Corbis
*Lee Strobel (BJ '74), journalist and author of The Case for Christ series
*Joyce King Thomas (BJ '78), Chief Creative Officer, McCann-Erickson Worldwide
*Elizabeth Vargas (BJ '84), ABC News anchor/correspondent and 20/20 co-anchor
*Nick Wagoner (BJ '04), Sports Writer, St. Louis Rams
*Graham Watson, sports writer for
*Matt Winer (BJ '91, ΠKA), ESPN SportsCenter host

Government and Law

*Russ Carnahan (BS '79, JD '83, KA), U.S. Congressman [;cc=savitar;sid=c31f1b18336b732fb632f8a249a42d57;q1=Carnahan;rgn=full%20text;idno=sav1978;view=image;seq=342]
*William S. Cowherd 1881 (ΒΘΠ), former Democratic mayor of Kansas City, Missouri in 1892-1893 and U.S. Congressman from Missouri in 1897-1905
*Paul Coverdell (ΦΚΨ), former U.S. Senator (GA); died 2000
*William B. Cravens 1893 (ΒΘΠ), former U.S. Representative from Missouri
*Randy "Duke" Cunningham, former U.S. Congressman from California who resigned in 2005 amid a massive bribery scandal
* Gen. Donald Dawson '32 (ΒΘΠ), former aide to President Truman, Curator of the Truman Presidential Library
*Martin Frost (BJ '64, ZBT), former U.S. Congressman [;cc=savitar;sid=c31f1b18336b732fb632f8a249a42d57;q1=Martin%20Frost;rgn=full%20text;idno=sav1962;view=image;seq=312]
*Hon. John R. Gibson (BA '49, JD '52, TKE, QEBH, ΟΔΚ, ΦΒΚ), Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
*Sam Graves (BS '86, AΓΣ), U.S. Congressman [;cc=savitar;sid=c31f1b18336b732fb632f8a249a42d57;q1=Sam%20Graves;rgn=full%20text;idno=sav1983;view=image;seq=342]
*Kate Hanley, nee Keith (BA '65, BS '65, ΦΒΚ), Virginia politician
*Kenny Hulshof (BA '80, Farmhouse), U.S. Congressman
*James P. Kem '10 (ΒΘΠ), United States Senate from Missouri, 1947 to 1953
*Lloyd E. Lenard, (MS, advertising and merchandising), Caddo Parish (Louisiana) commissioner; businessman; author
*Stephen N. Limbaugh, Sr. '51 (ΒΘΠ), U.S. Federal District Court Judge and former president of the Missouri Bar Assoc.
*Claire McCaskill (AB '75, JD '78), former Missouri State Auditor and current junior U.S. Senator from Missouri
*Bruce B. Melchert ('61, TKE), former Chairman, Indiana Republican Party, and former Deputy Mayor, City of Indianapolis
*Thomas L. Rubey 1885 (ΒΘΠ), former U.S. Representative from Missouri
*Ike Skelton (AB '53, JD '56, ΣΧ, ΦΒΚ), U.S. Congressman, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee
*Kimbrough Stone 1895 (ΒΘΠ), judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
*Martin Heinrich

tate Governors

*James T. Blair, Jr. former Missouri Governor
*Mel Carnahan, former Missouri Governor, only person elected U.S. Senator posthumously
*John M. Dalton (ΦΓΔ), former Missouri Governor [;cc=savitar;sid=c31f1b18336b732fb632f8a249a42d57;q1=John%20Dalton;rgn=full%20text;idno=sav1921;view=image;seq=128]
*Forrest C. Donnell (KΣ, ΦΔΦ, ΦΒK, ΘKΝ, QEBH) former Missouri Governor
*Warren E. Hearnes former Missouri Governor namesake of the Hearnes Center
*William Jayne, first Governor of Dakota Territory
*Tim Kaine, current Governor of Virginia
*Ted Kulongoski, current Governor of Oregon []
*Guy B. Park (ΒΘΠ), former Missouri Governor
*Roger B. Wilson, former Missouri Governor


* Gen. Enoch Crowder 1886 (ΒΘΠ), United States Military World War I general

cience and technology

*Bruce Barkelew (AB '84), creator of ProComm and co-founder of Datastorm Technologies, Inc.
*Linda Godwin (MS '76, PhD '80), NASA astronaut
*William T. Kane (PhD., '66), physicist in field of fiber optics
*Richard N. Richards (BS ChE '69, ΛΧΑ), NASA astronaut
*Herschel Roman [] (PhD '42), Early Pioneer in Yeast Genetics,
*William C. Schwartz (MA '51), Physicist, Laser pioneer, and founder of International Laser Systems
*Larry Smarr (BA '70, MS '70), physicist; founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications
*Thomas Smith (AB '84), co-founder of Datastorm Technologies, Inc.
*Debbye Turner (DVM '91), veterinarian and former Miss America
*Ernest Lenard Hall (BS EE '65, MS'66, PhD'71), Roboticist
*Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash (PhD '83), WMD Scientist for Saddam Hussein, one of the 55 most wanted Iraqis post-Coalition invasion

ocial sciences

*Ritch Savin-Williams (BA '71), professor of developmental psychology at Cornell University; prolific sexual orientation researcher


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