List of Colgate University people

List of Colgate University people

This is a list of students, alumni, faculty or academic affiliates associated with Colgate University in the United States. As Colgate is an undergraduate school only, all the graduates listed below earned bachelor's degrees there.

Colgate Alumni

The Arts

* Charles Addams (1933), New Yorker cartoonist known for macabre drawings
* Bob Balaban, television and movie actor
* Joe Berlinger (1983), producer (Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2; documentary Brother’s Keeper)
* George Davis (1961), writer/teacher
* Ted Griffin (1993), film writer ("Ocean's Eleven", "Matchstick Men")
* Andrew Hill (1970), composer, jazz pianist (Point of Departure) on the Blue Note label
* Charles S. Kramer (1981), writer/attorney, member of The Levison Group and contributor to Group's syndicated legal humor/analysis column [ under analysis] ; principal of St Louis law firm, Riezman Berger, PC
* Gillian Vigman (1994), actor/comedian ("Sons and Daughters", "MADtv")
* John Marks (1931), creator of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," etc.
* Martin Ransohoff (1949), film producer (Martin Ransohoff Productions)
* Mel Watkins (1962), writer, editor, social commentator
* Francesca Zambello (1978), opera director, manager
* Jay Chandrasekhar (1991), director ("Super Troopers", "Arrested Development", "Club Dread")
* Kevin Heffernan (1990), actor/comedian (Super Troopers, Club Dread, Beerfest)
* Broken Lizard, comedy troupe (Super Troopers, Club Dread, Beer Fest)
* Chris Paine (1983), documentary filmmaker (Who Killed the Electric Car?)
* Jeffrey Sharp (1989), producer (Boys Don't Cry, You Can Count On Me, Proof)
* Peter Rowan, bluegrass musician, songwriter ("Panama Red")


* Lawrence Bossidy (1957), chairman, CEO, Honeywell International; former CEO, AlliedSignal Inc.
* Bruce Buck (1967), partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Chairman, Chelsea Football Club
* Ben Cohen (1973), co-founder and president, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (did not graduate)
* Robert Duffy (1962), former owner, Duffy Broadcasting
* Cyrus Eaton (1941), chairman, Eaton Corp.
* Dick Grote (1963), management consultant, Grote Consulting
* William Brian Little (1964), former limited partner, Forstmann Little & Co.
* Jim Manzi (1973), former CEO, Lotus Development Corp.
* Jack Shafer (1966), former division president, Allied Domecq (Dunkin Donuts, Baskin-Robbins)
* Robert Platt (1941), former CEO, Magnavox Corp; former CFO Conrail
* Armand Zildjian (1944), former head of the Avedis Zildjian Company
* J. Darius Bikoff (1983), creator, Energy Brands, Inc, makers of Glaceau, vitaminwater, and Glaceau smartwater.
* Warren Hickman (1973), founder, CEO MaximLegal


* Ed Werner (1971) and John Haney (1972), co-inventors of Trivial Pursuit []


* Charles Franklin Phillips, (1931), economics professor at Colgate, President of Bates College
* Jack L. Anson (1948), former executive director, North-American Interfraternity Conference
* Eugene Bewkes (1919), former president of St. Lawrence University
* William Boyle (1955), former president of Keuka and Curry colleges
* Andrew Dolkart (1973), James Marston Fitch Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University
* Mark Robbins, dean of Syracuse University's School of Architecture []


* Warren Anderson (1937), former majority leader of New York State Senate
* A. Peter Burleigh (1963), U.S. ambassador to the Philippines
* E. Virgil Conway (1951), former chairman and CEO, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority
* James Courter (1963), former New Jersey congressman and candidate for governor
* Perry Duryea Jr. (1942), former minority leader/speaker of New York State Assembly
* Louis Frey (1955), former congressman from Florida
* Dario Frommer (1974), former majority leader of California State Assembly
* Alan Frumin (1968), U.S. Senate parliamentarian
* James Howard Holmes (1965), former U.S. ambassador to Latvia, now State Department special adviser
* Charles Evans Hughes (1884), chief justice, U.S. Supreme Court 1930-41 (transferred to Brown University).
* John McComish (1965), Majority Whip, Arizona House of Representatives
* Peter Peyser (1943), former U.S. congressman 1971-77, 1979-83
* Adam Clayton Powell (1930), N.Y. congressman
* William P. Rogers (1934), former U.S. secretary of state, attorney general
* Gary Skoien (1976), Republican politician from Illinois
* Peter Tarnoff (1958), former U.S. undersecretary of state
* Donald S. Taylor (1919), judge, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Div. 1948-1968
* Dean P. Taylor (1925), U.S. Congressman, New York 1943-1961
* Gary Trauner (1980), politician from Wyoming


* Jack Belden (1932), war correspondent, Life, Time, author, China Shakes the World
* Gloria Borger (1974), U.S. News & World Report, Washington Week, CBS special correspondent
* Monica Crowley (1990), Richard Nixon biographer; political and international affairs analyst, FOX
* Jeff Fager (1977), executive producer, 60 Minutes
* Michael Gordon (1972), chief military correspondent, bestselling author, New York Times
* Thomas A. Dine (1962), president, Radio Free Europe
* Howard Fineman (1970), chief political correspondent, senior editor, Newsweek
* Chris Hedges (1979), war correspondent, New York Times
* Bud Hedinger (1969), talk radio host
* Michael Hiltzik (1973), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Los Angeles Times
* [ Christina Kelly] (1983), teen magazine editor
* Kevin Phillips (1961), publisher, American Political Research Corp.
* Andy Rooney (1942), CBS-TV: 60 Minutes commentator, columnist
* Brian Rooney (1974), ABC News correspondent
* Bob Woodruff (1983), ABC News foreign correspondent
* Lee Woodruff (1982), wife of Bob Woodruff and author of "In an Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing"


* Philip Beard (1985), novelist
* Frederick Busch (1967), author, Fairchild Professor of Literature at Colgate (1976 to 2003)
* Kim Edwards (1981), novelist
* John McGahern, novelist, Adjunct Professor of English at Colgate (1981 to 2006)


* James Ault (1949), retired Methodist bishop
* James A. Corbett (1954), co-founder of the Sanctuary movement
* David Standish Ball (1950), bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Albany, N.Y.
* Harry Emerson Fosdick (1900), pastor/author

cience, Technology, and Medicine

* Oswald Avery (1900), helped lead groundbreaking DNA research
* Dr. Martin Dudziak (1971), CEO, TETRAD Technologies Group, physicist, mathematician
* Cris Kobryn (1974), technologist, system architect, entrepreneur
* H. Guyford Stever (1938), former head of National Science Foundation/NASA


* Ray Appenheimer (1994), professional runner for Nike, USATF Champion in cross country and indoor track (3000m)
* Jamaal Branch (2005), running back, New Orleans Saints practice squad, winner of the 2003 Walter Payton Award for Division I-AA football
* Tom Burgess (1986), former quarterback, Ottawa Rough Riders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, MVP of 1990 Grey Cup []
* Joe Castiglione (1968), former TV play-by-play man for the Cleveland Indians, currently radio play-by-play man for the Boston Red Sox
* David Conte (1971), Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and Director of Scouting for the New Jersey Devils []
* Brad Dexter (1996), former minor-league hockey player, now assistant coach of the Colgate men's hockey team
* Rich Erenberg (1984), former running back, Pittsburgh Steelers
* Dan Fortmann (1936), Hall of Fame guard, Chicago Bears in the 1930s
* Adonal Foyle (1998), center, Orlando Magic
* Kenny Gamble (1988), former running back, Kansas City Chiefs, also an assistant athletic director at Colgate and executive with Reebok []
* Bruce Gardner (1994), former forward, St. Louis Blues, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Columbus Blue Jackets, and New Jersey Devils
* Greg Manusky (1988), former linebacker, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, and Kansas City Chiefs, now defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers
* Andy McDonald (2000), center for the St. Louis Blues
* Mike Milbury (1970), former defenseman for the Boston Bruins, former coach for Boston and the New York Islanders, former General Manager of the Islanders, and TV analyst for ESPN, NBC, TSN, and NESN
* Joey Mormina (2005), defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins
* Cory Murphy (2001), defenseman for the Florida Panthers
* Mark Murphy (1977), former safety, Washington Redskins, former Athletic Director at Colgate and Northwestern University, President of the Green Bay Packers
* Jamal Patterson (1997), Professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fighter currently fighting for the New York Pitbulls of the International Fight League (IFC)
* Steve Poapst (1991), former defenseman, Chicago Blackhawks
* Eugene Robinson (1985), former safety, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, and Seattle Seahawks
* Ken Schanzer (1966), president of NBC Sports
* Mark van Eeghen (1974), former running back, Oakland Raiders
* Ernest Vandeweghe (1949), former player for New York Knicks, former surgeon for L.A. Lakers
* Douglas Wilson (1957), ABC Sports/ESPN producer (notable assignments have included figure skating)
* Jesse Winchester (2008), center for Ottawa Senators

Current faculty

* Anthony Aveni, professor of astronomy and anthropology, one of the founders of archaeoastronomy
* Peter Balakian, professor of English, poet and writer
* Don E. Waldman, professor of Economics
* Allan Maca, professor of anthropology and commentator on the Young Indiana Jones DVD
* Robert P. Kraynak, professor of Political Science, Center for Freedom and Western Civilization

List of presidents

* Nathaniel Kendrick (1836 – 1848)
* Stephen William Taylor (1851 – 1856)
* George Washington Eaton (1856 – 1868)
* Ebenezer Dodge (1868 – 1890)
* George William Smith (1895 – 1897)
* George Edmands Merrill (1899 – 1908)
* Elmer Burritt Bryan (1909 – 1921)
* George Barton Cutten (1922 – 1942)
* Everett Needham Case (1942 – 1962)
* Vincent MacDowell Barnett, Jr. (1963 – 1969)
* Thomas A. Bartlett (1969 – 1977)
* George D. Langdon, Jr. (1978 – 1988)
* Neil R. Grabois (1988 – 1999)
* Charles Karelis (1999 – 2001)
* Rebecca Chopp (2002 – present)

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