22 Notable alumni of
Morningside College

Morningside College is 2128th in the world, 731st in North America, and 690th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 22 notable alumni from Morningside College sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Phyllis Somerville

    Phyllis Somerville
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1943-2020 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    stage actorfilm actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Phyllis Jeanne Somerville was an American stage, film, and television actress. She is best known for her roles in Little Children (2006), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Surviving Family (2012), The Big C (2010–2013), and Outsiders (2016–2017).

  2. Pauline Phillips

    Pauline Phillips
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1918-2013 (aged 95)
    Occupations
    journalistradio personality
    Biography

    Pauline Esther "Popo" Phillips, also known as Abigail Van Buren, was an American advice columnist and radio show host who began the Dear Abby column in 1956. It became the most widely syndicated newspaper column in the world, syndicated in 1,400 newspapers with 110 million readers.

  3. Bud Day

    Bud Day
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1925-2013 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    military officerlawyeraircraft pilot
    Biography

    George Everette "Bud" Day was a United States Air Force officer, aviator, and veteran of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. He was also a prisoner of war, and recipient of the Medal of Honor and Air Force Cross. As of 2016, he is the only person to be awarded both the Medal of Honor and Air Force Cross. He was posthumously advanced to the rank of brigadier general effective March 27, 2018, as directed by the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

  4. Eppie Lederer

    Eppie Lederer
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1918-2002 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    columnistjournalistwriter
    Biography

    Esther Pauline "Eppie" Lederer, better known by the pen name Ann Landers, was an American advice columnist and eventually a nationwide media celebrity. She began writing the "Ask Ann Landers" column in 1955 and continued for 47 years, by which time its readership was 90 million people. A 1978 World Almanac survey named her the most influential woman in the United States. She was the identical twin sister of Pauline Phillips, who wrote the "Dear Abby" advice column as Abigail Van Buren.

  5. Lawrence E. Roberts

    Lawrence E. Roberts
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1922-2004 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    military officeraircraft pilot
    Biography

    Lawrence Edward Roberts Sr. was a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen and a colonel in the United States Air Force, with 32 years of total military service. He is the father of newscaster Robin René Roberts and Sally-Ann Roberts.

  6. Paul Splittorff

    Paul Splittorff
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-2011 (aged 65)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Paul William Splittorff Jr. was a Major League Baseball starting pitcher who spent his entire career with the Kansas City Royals. Listed at 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m), Splittorff batted and threw left-handed.

  7. J. D. Scholten

    J. D. Scholten
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1980-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    baseball playerpoliticianparalegal
    Biography

    J. D. Scholten is an American paralegal, politician and retired professional baseball player from the state of Iowa. He was the Democratic nominee for Iowa's 4th congressional district in the 2018 and 2020 elections.

  8. Matthew Harrison

    Matthew Harrison
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    theologian
    Biography

    Matthew Carl Harrison is the 13th and current president of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. He was first elected to the presidency on July 13, 2010 at the synod's 64th regular convention in Houston, Texas. Harrison officially took office on September 1, 2010, and was formally installed in a service on September 11, 2010, at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He was elected by a 54 - 45% margin on the first ballot. He was elected to a second three-year term following a first ballot victory in the church body's first online presidential election in July 2013. He was elected to a third three-year term in June 2016, having received 56.96 percent of the vote on the first ballot. In June 2019, Harrison was elected to a fourth three-year term with 51.76 percent of the vote on the first ballot.

  9. Ellis Yarnal Berry

    Ellis Yarnal Berry
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1902-1999 (aged 97)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyerjudgeeditorjournalist
    Biography

    Ellis Yarnal Berry was an American attorney, newspaper publisher and politician, elected to the United States House of Representatives from South Dakota.

  10. Stanley L. Greigg

    Stanley L. Greigg
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1931-2002 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Stanley Lloyd Greigg served one term as a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from northwestern Iowa. He was elected to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Republican Charles B. Hoeven in 1964 but lost to Republican Wiley Mayne two years later in 1966. He was one of the victims of the Watergate break-in.

  11. Era Bell Thompson

    Era Bell Thompson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1905-1986 (aged 81)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Era Bell Thompson was a graduate of the University of North Dakota (UND) and an editor of Ebony magazine. She was also a recipient of the governor of North Dakota's Roughrider Award. A multicultural center at UND is named after her.

  12. Utu Abe Malae

    Utu Abe Malae
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    Died in 2018
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Utu Abe Malae was an American Samoan politician, banker and businessman. Malae, a former member of the American Samoa Senate, was a candidate for Governor of American Samoa in the 2008 gubernatorial elections, finishing second in the runoff to incumbent Governor Togiola Tulafono.

  13. Alexander Grant Ruthven

    Alexander Grant Ruthven
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1882-1971 (aged 89)
    Occupations
    herpetologist
    Biography

    Alexander Grant Ruthven was the President of the University of Michigan from 1929 to 1951.

  14. James I. Dolliver

    James I. Dolliver
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1894-1978 (aged 84)
    Enrolled in Morningside College
    Studied in 1915
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    James Isaac Dolliver served six terms as a Republican U.S. Representative from Iowa's 6th congressional district, beginning in 1944. He was the nephew of U.S. Senator Jonathan Prentiss Dolliver of Iowa.

  15. Ralph F. Beermann

    Ralph F. Beermann
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1912-1977 (aged 65)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ralph Frederick Beermann was an American Republican politician and US Representative for Nebraska.

  16. Craig Doty

    Craig Doty
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1985-.. (age 37)
    Occupations
    basketball coach
    Biography

    Craig Arthur Doty is an American college men's basketball coach currently coaching at Emporia State University. Prior to his current position, Doty was the head coach for at Graceland University from 2016 to 2018, where he led the school to its first NAIA national championship, as well as a Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament championship. Doty was the men's basketball head coach at Rock Valley College from 2012 to 2016, where he won two NJCAA Division III championship.

  17. Dave Mulder

    Dave Mulder
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1939-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Dave W. Mulder is an American politician and educator who served as a member of the Iowa Senate for the 2nd District from 2005 to 2008.

  18. Matt Campbell

    Matt Campbell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1970-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    lawyer
    Biography

    Matthew Sean Campbell was the 2010 Democratic nominee for the United States Congress in Iowa's 5th congressional district, challenging incumbent Republican Representative Steve King.

  19. Christopher Rants

    Christopher Rants
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Christopher C. Rants is a former Iowa State Representative. He served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1992 to 2010. He received his BA from Morningside College. His work experience includes managing environmental compliance projects for Metz Baking Company, and Pierce & Associates, a Sioux City consulting firm. After leaving the legislature, Rants started inSight Communication as government affairs and public relations firm. In 2015 Rants partnered his firm with PolicyWorks LLC, another Iowa government affairs firm.

  20. Ron Jorgensen

    Ron Jorgensen
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ron Jorgensen is the Iowa State Representative from the 6th District. A Republican, he has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2011. Smith was born in Sioux City, Iowa. He has a B.S. in business administration from Morningside College and an M.B.A. from the University of South Dakota. Jorgensen works as Vice President for Business and Finance at Morningside College.

  21. Sharon S. Steckman

    Sharon S. Steckman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Sharon S. Steckman is a member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing the 53rd District since 2008. She has a B.S. degree in education from Iowa State University and a M.S. degree, also in education, from Morningside College.

  22. Lester Menke

    Lester Menke
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1918-2016 (aged 98)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Lester D. Menke was a state Representative from the Iowa's 5th and 7th Districts. He served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1973 to 1985, serving as Speaker pro Tempore from 1981 to 1985. After he served in the Iowa House, Menke served as a liaison between Governor Terry Branstad and the legislature for two years. Menke has a B.A. from Morningside College, where he later served as a member of the board of directors, and attended The University of Iowa College of Law for one year. He worked as a farm owner and for an insurance agency. He served on various school boards and served as president of the Iowa Association of School Boards and State Board of Public Instruction and as director of the National Association of State Boards of Education, as well as serving on the Iowa Educational Radio and Television Facilities Board. Menke received Morningside College's Distinguished Alumni award in 1975.