24 Notable alumni of
Lamar University

Lamar University is 1279th in the world, 454th in North America, and 427th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 24 notable alumni from Lamar University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Janis Joplin

    Janis Joplin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1943-1970 (aged 27)
    Occupations
    singersinger-songwritercomposermusicianguitarist
    Biography

    Janis Joplin was an American singer and songwriter who sang rock, soul, and blues music. One of the most successful and widely known rock stars of her era, she was noted for her powerful mezzo-soprano vocals and "electric" stage presence.

  2. The Big Bopper

    The Big Bopper
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1930-1959 (aged 29)
    Occupations
    singermusiciandisc jockeysongwriter
    Biography

    Jiles Perry Richardson Jr., known as The Big Bopper, was an American musician, songwriter and disc jockey. His best-known compositions include "Chantilly Lace" and "White Lightning", the latter of which became George Jones' first number one hit in 1959. Richardson was killed in an airplane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa, in 1959, along with fellow musicians Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, and the pilot, Roger Peterson.

  3. G. W. Bailey

    G. W. Bailey
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1944-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    actorstage actortelevision actorfilm actor
    Biography

    George William Bailey is an American actor. Although he appeared in many dramatic roles, he may be best remembered for his "crusty" comedic characters such as Staff Sergeant Luther Rizzo in M*A*S*H (TV series 1979–1983); Lieutenant/Captain Thaddeus Harris in the Police Academy films (1984–1994), and Captain Felix Maxwell in Mannequin (1987). He played the role of Detective Lieutenant Louie Provenza on TNT's television crime drama The Closer, and its spinoff series Major Crimes, from 2005 to 2018.

  4. Mike James

    Mike James
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1990-.. (age 32)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Michael Perry James is an American professional basketball player for AS Monaco Basket of LNB Pro A and the EuroLeague. He was a high school basketball standout playing for Grant High School in Portland, and played college basketball for Eastern Arizona College and Lamar University. He was the first player in NBA history to go from a two-way contract to a regular contract, all while never being sent down to the NBA G League in the process.

  5. Karen Silkwood

    Karen Silkwood
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-1974 (aged 28)
    Occupations
    chemisttrade unionistactivist
    Biography

    Karen Gay Silkwood was an American chemical technician and labor union activist known for raising concerns about corporate practices related to health and safety in a nuclear facility.

  6. Phyllis Davis

    Phyllis Davis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1940-2013 (aged 73)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Phyllis Ann Davis was an American actress who appeared primarily on television. She co-starred on the 1978–1981 dramatic detective series Vega$ as Beatrice Travis, office manager and girl Friday for the show's main character, Las Vegas private detective Dan Tanna, played by Robert Urich.

  7. Kelly Asbury

    Kelly Asbury
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1960-2020 (aged 60)
    Occupations
    screenwriteranimatorcharacter designerconcept artistvoice actor
    Biography

    Kelly Adam Asbury was an American animated film director, writer, voice actor, and illustrator. He was best known for directing animated films, including Shrek 2, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Gnomeo & Juliet, Smurfs: The Lost Village, and UglyDolls.

  8. Brian Babin

    Brian Babin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Enrolled in Lamar University
    In 1973 graduated with Bachelor of Science
    Occupations
    dentistpolitician
    Biography

    Brian Philip Babin is an American dentist, politician and member of the Republican Party who has served as the U.S. representative from Texas's 36th congressional district since 2015. The district includes much of southeastern Houston, some of its eastern suburbs, as well as Orange and some more exurban areas to the east.

  9. Jack Brooks

    Jack Brooks
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1922-2012 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    politicianmilitary officer
    Biography

    Jack Bascom Brooks was an American Democratic Party politician from the state of Texas who served 42 years in the United States House of Representatives, initially representing Texas's 2nd congressional district from 1953 through 1967, and then, after district boundaries were redrawn in 1966, the 9th district from 1967 to 1995. He had strong political ties to prominent Texas Democrats including Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn and President Lyndon B. Johnson. For over fifteen years, he was the dean of the Texas congressional delegation.

  10. Tamara Abalde

    Tamara Abalde
    Born in
    Spain Flag Spain
    Years
    1989-.. (age 33)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Tamara Abalde Díaz is a Spanish basketball player, currently player for Spanish team Durán Maquinaria Ensino. She played for Spain in the 2008 Summer Games and for the Lamar Cardinals in the NCAA. She is 6 feet, one inch, and weighs 159 pounds.

  11. Nick Lampson

    Nick Lampson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1945-.. (age 77)
    Enrolled in Lamar University
    In 1971 graduated with Bachelor of Science
    Occupations
    politicianteacher
    Biography

    Nicholas Valentino Lampson is an American politician and a former Democratic Congressman representing the 22nd Congressional District and the 9th Congressional District of Texas.

  12. Evelyn Miralles

    Evelyn Miralles
    Born in
    Venezuela Flag Venezuela
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    computer scientistengineer
    Biography

    Evelyn Rodriguez Miralles is a Venezuelan-American engineer that served as the Chief Principal Engineer with CACI International at NASA Johnson Space Center Houston Texas. Her work at the Virtual Reality Laboratory at NASA furthered human spaceflight by training United States Astronauts to perform spacewalks and working outside a spacecraft in micro-gravity. Miralles is currently the Associate vice president for Strategic Information Initiatives and Technology at the University of Houston Clear Lake.

  13. Keith Carter

    Keith Carter
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    photographer
    Biography

    Keith Carter is an American photographer, educator, and artist noted for his dreamlike photos of people, animals and objects.

  14. Elvin Santos

    Elvin Santos
    Born in
    Honduras Flag Honduras
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    entrepreneurpolitician
    Biography

    Elvin Ernesto Santos Ordóñez is a Honduran politician who served as the vice president of Honduras from January 2006 to November 2008, when he resigned to stand as a Liberal Party candidate for the presidency in the 2009 elections. For the 2005 election the constitution was amended to create a single vice president. (Hondurans previously elected three 'presidential designates' on a ticket along with the presidential candidate.) Although Santos served as vice president under the presidency of Manuel Zelaya, he distanced himself from Zelaya since there were conflicts between the two politicians. He was also against the fourth ballot box referendum that Zelaya promoted.

  15. Alvin Brooks

    Alvin Brooks
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    basketball playerbasketball coach
    Biography

    Alvin Joseph Brooks Jr. is a basketball coach and head coach of the Lamar University's men's basketball team. Prior to Lamar, he most recently served as associate head coach of the Houston Cougars. Brooks has also served as Director of Basketball Operations for the Kentucky Wildcats. He coached the Houston Cougars from 1993 to 1998. He also served as an assistant coach for the Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball team and was at Texas A&M through the '06–'07 season.

  16. Mike Sarbaugh

    Mike Sarbaugh
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    James Michael Sarbaugh is a baseball coach for the Cleveland Guardians of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is a former minor league baseball player and minor league manager for the Columbus Clippers, the Triple-A farm team of the Guardians. He has served as the third base/infielders coach for the Indians since 2013.

  17. John Hirasaki

    John Hirasaki
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1941-.. (age 81)
    Occupations
    mechanical engineerengineer
    Biography

    John Hirasaki is an American mechanical engineer who worked for the United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Apollo 11 mission, the first crewed mission to the Moon. In 1969 he – along with Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and William Carpentier – became one of the first five known humans to view lunar rocks inside Earth's atmosphere.

  18. Brian Sanches

    Brian Sanches
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1978-.. (age 44)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Brian Lee Sanches is an American former professional baseball pitcher.

  19. Harry Brinkley Bass

    Harry Brinkley Bass
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1916-1944 (aged 28)
    Occupations
    military officer
    Biography

    Harry Brinkley "Brink" Bass was a U.S. Navy pilot who was twice awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions in the Pacific theater during World War II. Bass died over Saint Bonnet le Froid, in southern France when his plane was shot down by anti-aircraft fire. USS Brinkley Bass (DD-887) was named in his honor.

  20. Florene Miller Watson

    Florene Miller Watson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1920-2014 (aged 94)
    Occupations
    aircraft pilot
    Biography

    Florene Miller Watson was an American aviator and educator from Texas. Watson was one of the first Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) volunteers. She went on to fly for the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) throughout World War II. During that time, she worked as a trainer, ferried aircraft and was a test pilot.

  21. H. Palmer Hall

    H. Palmer Hall
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1942-2013 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    librarian
    Biography

    H. Palmer Hall was a poet, fiction writer, essayist, editor, and librarian who lived in San Antonio, Texas. A Vietnam veteran who grew up near the Big Thicket in southeast Texas, Hall's writing often examines themes of war and its impact on the veterans who fight them. His work also examines the environment and how it nourishes us. Called an icon in San Antonio by the Texas Observer magazine, Dr. Hall was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters (TIL) in 2005.

  22. Josh Goodwin

    Josh Goodwin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1983-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Joshua Jermaine Goodwin is an American retired basketball player. After three seasons playing collegiately for Lamar, he spent two years playing professionally in several countries.

  23. Wayne Shaw

    Wayne Shaw
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Wayne Earl Shaw is an American politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. He represented the 3rd district in the Oklahoma State Senate from 2012 to 2020.

  24. T. J. Atwood

    T. J. Atwood
    Years
    1997-.. (age 25)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Tyrin J. Atwood is an American professional basketball player for Depiro Rabat Imtarfa of the Maltese Division One Basketball league. He played college basketball for Lamar.