100 Notable alumni of
Pomona College

Pomona College is 409th in the world, 168th in North America, and 157th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 100 notable alumni from Pomona College sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Kris Kristofferson

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    Kris Kristofferson
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    Years
    1936-.. (age 85)
    Occupations
    film actorsinger-songwritersingeractoraircraft pilot
    Biography

    Kristoffer Kristofferson is an American retired singer-songwriter and actor. Among his songwriting credits are the songs "Me and Bobby McGee", "For the Good Times", "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down", and "Help Me Make It Through the Night", all of which were hits for other artists. Kristofferson composed his own songs and collaborated with Nashville songwriters such as Shel Silverstein.

  2. Richard Chamberlain

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    Richard Chamberlain
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    1934-.. (age 87)
    Occupations
    actorsingertelevision actorfilm actorfilm producer
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    George Richard Chamberlain is an American actor and singer, who became a teen idol in the title role of the television show Dr. Kildare (1961–1966). He subsequently appeared in several TV mini-series, such as Shōgun (1980) and The Thorn Birds (1983) and was the first to play Jason Bourne in the 1988 made-for-TV movie The Bourne Identity. Chamberlain has also performed classical stage roles and worked in musical theatre.

  3. Marianne Williamson

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    Marianne Williamson
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    Years
    1952-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    writerpoliticianpeace activistphilanthropist
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    Marianne Deborah Williamson is an American author, spiritual leader, and political activist. She has written 13 books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers in the "Advice, How To, and Miscellaneous" category. She is the founder of Project Angel Food, a volunteer food delivery program that serves home-bound people with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. She is also the co-founder of the Peace Alliance, a nonprofit education and advocacy organization supporting peace-building projects. She has received national attention as a result of her frequent appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and was known as Oprah's "spiritual adviser."

  4. Jason Beghe

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    Jason Beghe
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    Years
    1960-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actorfilm actor
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    Jason Deneen Beghe is an American actor. He starred in the 1988 George A. Romero film Monkey Shines, playing a quadriplegic in a performance that was positively received. He appeared as a police officer in the film Thelma & Louise and played Demi Moore's love interest in G.I. Jane. Beghe starred opposite Moira Kelly in the television series To Have & to Hold, and has had recurring roles on Picket Fences, Melrose Place, Chicago Hope, American Dreams, Cane and Californication. Since 2014, he has been in the NBC TV series Chicago P.D. portraying Hank Voight.

  5. Amanda Blake

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    Amanda Blake
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    Years
    1929-1989 (aged 60)
    Occupations
    film actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Amanda Blake was an American actress best known for the role of the red-haired saloon proprietress "Miss Kitty Russell" on the western television series Gunsmoke. Along with her third husband, Frank Gilbert, she ran one of the first successful programs for breeding cheetahs in captivity.

  6. Roy Edward Disney

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    Roy Edward Disney
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    Years
    1930-2009 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    animatorbusiness executiveexecutive producer
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    Roy Edward Disney KCSG was a longtime senior executive for the Walt Disney Company, which was founded by his father, Roy O. Disney, and his uncle, Walt Disney. At the time of his death, he held more than 16 million shares (about 1% of the company), and served as a consultant for the company, as director emeritus for the board of directors. During his tenure, he organized the ousting of two top Disney executives: Ron Miller in 1984 and Michael Eisner in 2005.

  7. Joel McCrea

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    Joel McCrea
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    Years
    1905-1990 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    actorfilm actortelevision actor
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    Joel Albert McCrea was an American actor whose career spanned almost five decades, appearing in more than one hundred films. These films include Alfred Hitchcock's espionage thriller Foreign Correspondent (1940), Preston Sturges' comedy classics Sullivan's Travels (1941), and The Palm Beach Story (1942), the romance film Bird of Paradise (1932), the adventure classic The Most Dangerous Game (1932), Gregory La Cava's bawdy comedy Bed of Roses (1933), George Stevens' romantic comedy The More the Merrier (1943), William Wyler's These Three, Come and Get It (both 1936) and Dead End (1937), Howard Hawks' Barbary Coast (1935), and a number of western films, including Wichita (1955) as Wyatt Earp and Sam Peckinpah's Ride the High Country (1962), opposite Randolph Scott.

  8. Christine Fan

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    Christine Fan
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    Years
    1976-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    singeractorcomposer
    Biography

    Christine Fan, better known by her stage name FanFan or her Chinese name Fan Wei-chi, is a Taiwanese-American singer-songwriter, TV presenter, record producer, actress, author and philanthropist. She sings mostly in Mandarin, but has also recorded in English. A popular singer, she has 3 million followers on Facebook and over 47 million fans on the Chinese portal Sina Weibo. She speaks Mandarin fluently and has some working knowledge of English.

  9. Rosalind Chao

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    Rosalind Chao
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    Years
    1957-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actorfilm actorvoice actor
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    Rosalind Chao is an American actress. Chao's best-known roles have been Soon-Lee Klinger in the mid-1980s CBS show AfterMASH, Rose Hsu Jordan in the 1993 movie The Joy Luck Club, the recurring character Keiko O'Brien on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the 1990s, and Dr. Kim on The O.C. in 2003. She also played Hua Li, Mulan’s mother, in the live-action 2020 remake of Mulan.

  10. Jennifer Doudna

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    Jennifer Doudna
    Born in
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    Years
    1964-.. (age 57)
    Enrolled in Pomona College
    In 1985 graduated with bachelor's degree in chemistry
    Occupations
    biochemistmolecular biologistuniversity teacherchemistcrystallographer
    Biography

    Jennifer Anne Doudna is an American biochemist who has done pioneering work in CRISPR gene editing, and made other fundamental contributions in biochemistry and genetics. She received the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, with Emmanuelle Charpentier, "for the development of a method for genome editing." She is the Li Ka Shing Chancellor's Chair Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. She has been an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1997.

  11. Anthony Zerbe

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    Anthony Zerbe
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    Years
    1936-.. (age 85)
    Occupations
    actorstage actortelevision actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Anthony Jared Zerbe is an American stage, film and television actor. Notable film roles include the post-apocalyptic cult leader Matthias in The Omega Man, a 1971 film adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1954 novel, I Am Legend; as a corrupt gambler in Farewell, My Lovely; as Abner Devereaux in Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park; as villain Milton Krest in the James Bond film Licence to Kill; Rosie in The Turning Point; Roger Stuart in The Dead Zone; Admiral Dougherty in Star Trek: Insurrection and Councillor Hamann in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

  12. Mike Budenholzer

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    Mike Budenholzer
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    Years
    1969-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    basketball coachbasketball player
    Biography

    Michael Vincent Budenholzer is an American professional basketball coach who is the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Before joining the Bucks, Budenholzer spent five seasons as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks and 17 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, serving as an alternate video coordinator for the first two seasons and then as an assistant coach behind head coach Gregg Popovich.

  13. James Turrell

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    James Turrell
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    1943-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    artistland artistphotographer
    Biography

    James Turrell is an American artist known for his work within the Light and Space movement. Much of Turrell's career has been devoted to a still-unfinished work, Roden Crater, a natural cinder cone crater located outside Flagstaff, Arizona, that he is turning into a massive naked-eye observatory; and for his series of skyspaces, enclosed spaces that frame the sky.

  14. Brian Schatz

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    Brian Schatz
    Born in
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    Years
    1972-.. (age 49)
    Enrolled in Pomona College
    In 1994 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    politicianteacherchief executive officer
    Biography

    Brian Emanuel Schatz is an American educator and politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Hawaii, a seat he has held since 2012. Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed Schatz to replace Senator Daniel Inouye after Inouye's death.

  15. Robert Towne

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    Robert Towne
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    Years
    1934-.. (age 87)
    Occupations
    screenwriterfilm directoractorfilm producer
    Biography

    Robert Towne is an American screenwriter, producer, director and actor. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. He is best known for his Academy Award-winning original screenplay for Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974), which is widely considered one of the greatest screenplays ever written. He later said it was inspired by a chapter in Carey McWilliams's Southern California Country: An Island on the Land (1946) and a West magazine article on Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles. Towne also wrote the sequel, The Two Jakes (1990); the Hal Ashby comedy-dramas The Last Detail (1973) and Shampoo (1975); and the first two Mission: Impossible films.

  16. Twyla Tharp

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    Twyla Tharp
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    Years
    1941-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    choreographerwriterdancerballet dancer
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    Twyla Tharp is an American dancer, choreographer, and author who lives and works in New York City. In 1966 she formed the company Twyla Tharp Dance. Her work often uses classical music, jazz, and contemporary pop music.

  17. Will Hutchins

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    Will Hutchins
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    Years
    1930-.. (age 91)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Will Hutchins is an American actor most noted for playing the lead role of the young lawyer Tom Brewster, in the Western television series Sugarfoot, which aired on ABC from 1957 to 1961 for 69 episodes.

  18. Alan Cranston

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    Alan Cranston
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    1914-2000 (aged 86)
    Occupations
    politicianjournalistathletics competitor
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    Alan MacGregor Cranston was an American politician and journalist who served as a United States Senator from California from 1969 to 1993 and as a President of the World Federalist Association from 1949 to 1952.

  19. Myrlie Evers-Williams

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    Myrlie Evers-Williams
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    Years
    1933-.. (age 88)
    Occupations
    journalistcivil rights advocate
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    Myrlie Louise Evers-Williams is an American civil rights activist and journalist who worked for over three decades to seek justice for the 1963 murder of her husband Medgar Evers, another civil rights activist. She also served as chairwoman of the NAACP, and published several books on topics related to civil rights and her husband’s legacy. On January 21, 2013, she delivered the invocation at the second inauguration of Barack Obama.

  20. Seraphim Rose

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    Seraphim Rose
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    Years
    1934-1982 (aged 48)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Seraphim Rose, also known as Seraphim of Platina, was an American hieromonk of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia who co-founded the St. Herman of Alaska Monastery in Platina, California. He translated Orthodox Christian texts and authored several works (some of them considered polemical). His writings have been credited with helping to spread Orthodox Christianity throughout the West; his popularity equally extended to Russia itself, where his works were secretly reproduced and distributed by samizdat during the Communist era, remaining popular today.

  21. Ted Field

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    Ted Field
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    Years
    1953-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    film producerentrepreneurracing automobile driver
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    Frederick Woodruff "Ted" Field is an American media mogul, entrepreneur and film producer.

  22. Bernard Charnwut Chan

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    Bernard Charnwut Chan
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    1965-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    merchantjustice of the peacepolitician
    Biography

    Bernard Charnwut Chan GBS JP, is a Hong Kong politician and businessman, the incumbent Non-official Convenor of the Executive Council.

  23. George C. Wolfe

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    George C. Wolfe
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    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    film directorplaywrighttheatrical director
    Biography

    George Costello Wolfe is an American playwright and director of theater and film. He won a Tony Award in 1993 for directing Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and another Tony Award in 1996 for his direction of the musical Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk. He served as Artistic Director of The Public Theater from 1993 until 2004.

  24. Alison Rosen

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    Alison Rosen
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    Years
    1975-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    podcaster
    Biography

    Alison Michelle Rosen is an American podcaster, writer, and television personality.

  25. Paul Fussell

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    Paul Fussell
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    Years
    1924-2012 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    literary historianmilitary historianliterary criticuniversity teacherwriter
    Biography

    Paul Fussell, Jr. was an American cultural and literary historian, author and university professor. His writings cover a variety of topics, from scholarly works on eighteenth-century English literature to commentary on America's class system. Fussell served in the 103rd Infantry Division during World War II and was wounded in fighting in France. Returning to the US, Fussell wrote extensively and held several faculty positions, most prominently at Rutgers University (1955–1983) and at the University of Pennsylvania (1983–1994). He is best known for his writings about World War I and II, which explore what he felt was the gap between the romantic myth and reality of war; he made a "career out of refusing to disguise it or elevate it".

  26. David S. Ward

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    David S. Ward
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    Years
    1945-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    film directorscreenwriterfilm producer
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    David Schad Ward is an American film director and screenwriter. His screenplay for The Sting (1973) won him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

  27. Sylvain White

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    Sylvain White
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    Years
    1971-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    film directorscreenwriter
    Biography

    Sylvain White is a French film director.

  28. Ashlee Vance

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    Ashlee Vance
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    Years
    1977-.. (age 44)
    Occupations
    journalistwriter
    Biography

    Ashlee Vance is an American business columnist and author. His biography of Elon Musk, entitled Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, was released on May 19, 2015.

  29. David Murray

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    David Murray
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    Years
    1955-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    composerclarinetistjazz musiciansaxophonist
    Biography

    David Keith Murray is an American jazz musician who plays tenor saxophone and bass clarinet mainly. He has recorded prolifically for many record labels since the mid-1970s.

  30. Laszlo Bock

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    Laszlo Bock
    Years
    1972-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Laszlo Bock is a Romanian-born American businessman who is co-founder and CEO of Humu. He was formerly the Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google, Inc. Prior to joining Google, Bock served in executive roles at General Electric, as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, and in various roles at startups, nonprofits, and in acting. During his time at Google, the company has been named the Best Company to Work for over 30 times around the world and received over 100 awards as a top employer. In 2010, Bock was named "Human Resources Executive of the Year" by HR Resources Magazine. He resigned his position at Google in 2016, though stayed on as an adviser to CEO Sundar Pichai.

  31. Stephen Reinhardt

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    Stephen Reinhardt
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    Years
    1931-2018 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    judge
    Biography

    Stephen Roy Reinhardt was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with chambers in Los Angeles, California. He was the last federal appeals court judge in active service to have been appointed by President Jimmy Carter.

  32. James H. Howard

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    James H. Howard
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    China Flag China
    Years
    1913-1995 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    military officeraircraft pilot
    Biography

    James Howell Howard was a general in the United States Air Force and the only fighter pilot in the European Theater of Operations in World War II to receive the Medal of Honor — the United States military's highest decoration. Howard had the rare distinction of being an ace in two operational theaters during World War II, with over 6 kills with the Flying Tigers of the American Volunteer Group (AVG) in the Pacific and 6 kills over Europe with the United States Air Force. CBS commentator Andy Rooney, then a wartime reporter for Stars and Stripes, called Howard's exploits "the greatest fighter pilot story of World War II". In later life, Howard was a successful businessman, author, and airport director.

  33. Mary GrandPré

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    Mary GrandPré
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    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    designerwriter
    Biography

    Mary GrandPré is an American illustrator best known for her cover and chapter illustrations of the Harry Potter books in their U.S. editions published by Scholastic. She received a Caldecott Honor in 2015 for illustrating Barb Rosenstock's The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art. GrandPré, who creates her artwork with paint and pastels, has illustrated more than twenty books and has appeared in gallery exhibitions and periodicals such as The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and The Wall Street Journal.

  34. Cristina Garcia

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    Cristina Garcia
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    Years
    1958-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Cristina Garcia is an American politician serving in the California State Assembly. She is a Democrat representing the 58th Assembly District, which encompasses parts of southeastern Los Angeles County, including her home city of Bell Gardens. She has served in the Assembly since 2012.

  35. Bill Keller

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    Bill Keller
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    Years
    1949-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Bill Keller is an American journalist. He was the founding editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project, a nonprofit that reports on criminal justice in the United States. Previously, he was a columnist for The New York Times, and served as the paper's executive editor from July 2003 until September 2011. On June 2, 2011, he announced that he would step down from the position to become a full-time writer. Jill Abramson replaced him as executive editor.

  36. David Keirsey

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    David Keirsey
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    Years
    1921-2013 (aged 92)
    Occupations
    psychologistacademicnon-fiction writeruniversity teacher
    Biography

    David West Keirsey was an American psychologist, a professor emeritus at California State University, Fullerton, and the author of several books. In his most popular publications, Please Understand Me (1978, co-authored by Marilyn Bates) and the revised and expanded second volume Please Understand Me II (1998), he laid out a self-assessed personality questionnaire, known as the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, which links human behavioral patterns to four temperaments and sixteen character types. Both volumes of Please Understand Me contain the questionnaire for type evaluation with detailed portraits and a systematic treatment of descriptions of temperament traits and personality characteristics. With a focus on conflict management and cooperation, Keirsey specialized in family and partnership counseling and the coaching of children and adults.

  37. Norris Bradbury

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    Norris Bradbury
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    Years
    1909-1997 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    physicistnuclear physicist
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    Norris Edwin Bradbury, was an American physicist who served as Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 25 years from 1945 to 1970. He succeeded Robert Oppenheimer, who personally chose Bradbury for the position of director after working closely with him on the Manhattan Project during World War II. Bradbury was in charge of the final assembly of "the Gadget", detonated in July 1945 for the Trinity test.

  38. Darlene Hard

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    Darlene Hard
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    Years
    1936-.. (age 85)
    Occupations
    tennis player
    Biography

    Darlene Ruth Hard is a former professional tennis player from the U.S. Known for her volleying ability and strong serves, she captured singles titles at the French Championships in 1960 and the U.S. Championships in 1960 and 1961.

  39. David Ossman

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    David Ossman
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    Years
    1936-.. (age 85)
    Occupations
    comedianvoice actortelevision actorfilm actorscreenwriter
    Biography

    David Ossman is an American writer and comedian, best known as a member of the Firesign Theatre and screenwriter of such films as Zachariah.

  40. Virginia Prince

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    Virginia Prince
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    1913-2009 (aged 96)
    Occupations
    non-fiction writer
    Biography

    Virginia Charles Prince was an American transgender activist. She published Transvestia magazine, and started the Foundation for Personality Expression (FPE) and later the Society for the Second Self for male heterosexual cross-dressers.

  41. William Irwin Thompson

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    William Irwin Thompson
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    Years
    1938-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    historiannovelistpoetmythographerphilosopher
    Biography

    William Irwin Thompson was an American social philosopher, cultural critic, and poet. He received the Oslo International Poetry Festival Award in 1986. He described his writing and speaking style as "mind-jazz on ancient texts". He was the founder of the Lindisfarne Association, which proposed the study and realization of a new planetary culture.

  42. Mac Barnett

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    Mac Barnett
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    Years
    1982-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    writerchildren's writer
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    Mac Barnett is an American writer of children's books living in Oakland, California.

  43. Michelle Moran

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    Michelle Moran
    Born in
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    Years
    1980-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    novelist
    Biography

    Michelle Moran is an American novelist. She was born in California's San Fernando Valley. She took an interest in writing from an early age, purchasing Writer's Market and submitting her stories and novellas to publishers from the time she was twelve. She majored in literature at Pomona College. Following a summer in Israel where she worked as a volunteer archaeologist, she earned an MA from the Claremont Graduate University.

  44. Judd Legum

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    Judd Legum
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    Years
    1978-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    journalistpolitical stafferlawyer
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    Judd Legum is an American journalist, lawyer, and political staffer.

  45. Chris Cain

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    Chris Cain
    Born in
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    Years
    1955-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    guitaristjazz musicianjazz guitaristcomposer
    Biography

    Chris Cain is an American blues musician.

  46. Jane Chen

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    Jane Chen
    Years
    1978-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    entrepreneur
    Biography

    Jane Marie Chen is the co-founder of Embrace, a social enterprise startup that aims to help the 15 million premature and low birth-weight babies born every year, through a low-cost infant warmer, that gives premature and low-birth-weight infants a better chance at survival. A premature baby lacks the ability to regulate its own body temperature. The Embrace Warmer uses a phase change material incorporated into a sleeping bag design to regulate the temperature of these babies, without the need for a constant supply of electricity. The device is being used in clinic and hospital settings around the world, with India as its primary market (India is home to 40% of the world's low-birth-weight and premature babies).

  47. Jennifer Phang

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    Jennifer Phang
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    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    film directorscreenwriterfilm producerfilm editor
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    Jennifer Phang is an American filmmaker, most known for her feature films Advantageous (2015) and Half-Life (2008). Advantageous premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, winning a Special Jury Award for Collaborative Vision, and was based on her award-winning short film of the same name. Half-Life premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and won "Best Film" awards at a number of film festivals including the Gen Art Film Festival, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (now known as CAAMFest) as well an "Emerging Director Award" at the Asian American International Film Festival.

  48. Don Daglow

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    Don Daglow
    Born in
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    Years
    1953-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    game programmerengineergame designer
    Biography

    Don Daglow is an American computer game and video game designer, programmer and producer. He is best known for being the creator of early games from several different genres, including pioneering simulation game Utopia for Intellivision in 1981, role-playing game Dungeon in 1975, sports games including the first interactive computer baseball game Baseball in 1971, and the first graphical MMORPG, Neverwinter Nights in 1991. He founded long-standing game developer Stormfront Studios in 1988.

  49. Halim Dhanidia

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    Halim Dhanidia
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    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    judge
    Biography

    Halim Dhanidina is an American lawyer and judge from California. He is a justice of the California Court of Appeal for the Second District. Appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court bench by Governor Jerry Brown in 2012, he is the first Muslim to ever be appointed judge in California. He is an Ismaili Shiite of Gujarati Indian heritage.

  50. Esther Brimmer

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    Esther Brimmer
    Years
    1961-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    politician
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    Esther Diane Brimmer is an American foreign policy expert and former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. In June 2013, she left her post as Assistant Secretary and returned to academia.

  51. Will Leer

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    Will Leer
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    Years
    1985-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    athletics competitor
    Biography

    Will Leer is an American mid-distance runner. He graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California in May 2007. Leer has represented the United States in international competition.

  52. Ed Krupp

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    Ed Krupp
    Born in
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    Years
    1944-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    astronomeranthropologist
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    Edwin Charles Krupp is an American astronomer, researcher, author, and popularizer of science. He is also known as Ed or E.C. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of archaeoastronomy, the study of how ancient cultures viewed the sky and how those views affected their cultures. He has taught at the college level, as a planetarium lecturer, and in various documentary films. He has been the director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles since first taking over the position in 1974 after the departure of the previous director, William J. Kaufmann III. His writings include science papers and journal articles, astronomy magazine articles, books on astronomy and archaeoastronomy for adults, and books explaining sky phenomena and astronomy to children.

  53. George H. Wu

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    George H. Wu
    Born in
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    Years
    1950-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    lawyerjudge
    Biography

    George H. Wu is a United States federal judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

  54. James Miller

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    James Miller
    Years
    1947-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    writerlinguisthistorianphilosopher
    Biography

    James Miller is an American writer and academic. He is known for writing about Michel Foucault, philosophy as a way of life, social movements, popular culture, intellectual history, eighteenth century to the present; radical social theory and history of political philosophy. He currently teaches at The New School.

  55. Kimberly J. Mueller

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    Kimberly J. Mueller
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    1957-.. (age 64)
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    Kimberly Jo Mueller is the Chief United States District Judge of the Sacramento Division of United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. She is the first female district judge to serve in the Eastern District.

  56. Melissa Jo Peltier

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    20th Century
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    film producer
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    Melissa Jo Peltier is a New York-based American producer and author. She is widely known for producing, writing and directing the 1994 A&E documentary mini-series Titanic: Death of a Dream and Titanic: The Legend Lives On, the show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan and for co-authoring five books with Millan. In 2013, she published her first novel, entitled Reality Boulevard.

  57. Hugh S. Gibson

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    1883-1954 (aged 71)
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    diplomat
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    Hugh Simons Gibson was an American diplomat. He was actively involved in disarmament talks from 1925 to 1932. Throughout his career, he remained a leading proponent in the drive to establish a professional Foreign Service based on merit rather than personal wealth or political influence.

  58. David Prescott Barrows

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    1873-1954 (aged 81)
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    anthropologist
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    David Prescott Barrows was an American anthropologist, explorer, and educator. Born in Chicago in 1874, his family moved to California. He showed a keen interest in the life and customs of the American Indians, and was said to have "spent almost every summer during the period 1890–1899 in research work among the tribes of southern California and in the Colorado Desert." He later became President of the University of California. He traveled extensively, publishing descriptions of his findings in countries such as Morocco and the Philippines.

  59. Andrew Palmer

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    1994-.. (age 27)
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    racing driver
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    Andrew Palmer is an American racing driver from Chicago, Illinois. He is a former official Lamborghini GT3 Junior driver and is currently contracted to Bentley Team Absolute. He is most known for winning the inaugural Lamborghini World Championship in 2013. He is also the youngest ever winner in the Pirelli World-Challenge, class winner of the 2015 24 Hours of Daytona, 2015 12 Hours of Sebring, and 2015 Petit Le Mans. With Lamborghini, he recorded their first ever overall win as a manufacturer at Monza in 2015.

  60. Brenda Hillman

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    1951-.. (age 70)
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    Brenda Hillman is an American poet and translator. She is the author of ten collections of poetry: White Dress, Fortress, Death Tractates, Bright Existence, Loose Sugar, Cascadia, Pieces of Air in the Epic, Practical Water, for which she won the LA Times Book Award for Poetry, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, which received the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Northern California Book Award for Poetry, and Extra Hidden Life, among the Days, which was awarded the Northern California Book Award for Poetry. Among the awards Hillman has received are the 2012 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the 2005 William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. A professor of Creative Writing, she holds the Olivia Filippi Chair in Poetry at Saint Mary's College of California, in Moraga, California. Hillman is also involved in non-violent activism as a member of the Code Pink Working Group in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2016, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

  61. Betty Fussell

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    1927-.. (age 94)
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    writer
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    Betty Harper Fussell is an American writer and is the author of 12 books, ranging from biography to cookbooks, food history and memoir. Over the last 50 years, her essays on food, travel and the arts have appeared in scholarly journals, popular magazines and newspapers as varied as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Saveur, Vogue, Food & Wine, Metropolitan Home and Gastronomica. Her memoir, My Kitchen Wars, was performed in Hollywood and New York as a one-woman show by actress Dorothy Lyman. Her most recent book is Eat Live Love Die, and she is now working on How to Cook a Coyote: A Manual of Survival.

  62. Burton Smith

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    1941-2018 (aged 77)
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    computer scientist
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    Burton J. Smith was an American computer architect. He was a Technical Fellow at Microsoft.

  63. Thomas E. Crow

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    1948-.. (age 73)
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    Thomas E. Crow is an American art historian and art critic who is best known for his influential writing on the role of art in modern society and culture. Since 2007, Crow has served as the Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.

  64. Aaron Becker

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    1974-.. (age 47)
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    writerchildren's writer
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    Aaron Becker is an American writer and illustrator of children's books. He is best known for his wordless children's book Journey, which received positive reviews in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and a Caldecott Honor in 2014.

  65. Christina A. Snyder

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    1947-.. (age 74)
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    lawyerjudge
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    Christina Ann Snyder is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

  66. Harry Kingman

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    1892-1982 (aged 90)
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    baseball player
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    Henry Lees "Harry" Kingman was a first baseman in Major League Baseball. He played briefly for the New York Yankees in 1914. In later life, he worked against racial discrimination while working within institutions affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley and in retirement.

  67. R. Stanton Avery

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    1907-1997 (aged 90)
    Enrolled in Pomona College
    Studied in 1926-1932
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    R. Stanton Avery was an American inventor, most known for creating self-adhesive labels (modern stickers). Using a $100 loan from his then-fiancé Dorothy Durfee, and combining used machine parts with a saber saw, he created and patented the world's first self-adhesive (also called pressure sensitive) die-cut labeling machine. In 1935, he founded what is now the Avery Dennison Corporation.

  68. Robert Lawson Vaught

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    1926-2002 (aged 76)
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    Robert Lawson Vaught was a mathematical logician and one of the founders of model theory.

  69. Sandra Knapp

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    1956-.. (age 65)
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    botanistcuratorbotanical collector
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    Sandra Diane Knapp is an American born botanist. She is currently the president of the Linnean Society of London and is a merit researcher of the Plants Division of the Natural History Museum, London. While working at the Natural History Museum, London she has overseen the Flora Mesoamericana inventory of Central American plants. She has published several books on botanical subjects as well as a significant number of scientific articles. In 2016 she was awarded the Linnean Medal.

  70. Garrett Hongo

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    1951-.. (age 70)
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    poet
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    Garrett Kaoru Hongo is a Yonsei, fourth-generation Japanese American academic and poet. The work of this Pulitzer-nominated writer draws on Japanese American history and own experiences.

  71. Joe Palca

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    1953-.. (age 68)
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    journalist
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    Joe Palca is an American correspondent for National Public Radio. He specializes in science, and is the backup host for Talk of the Nation Science Friday. Palca was also the president of the National Association of Science Writers from 1999 to 2000. He currently serves on Society for Science & the Public's board of trustees.

  72. Kameelah Janan Rasheed

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    1985-.. (age 36)
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    writervisual artistarchivist
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    Kameelah Janan Rasheed is an American writer, educator, and artist from East Palo Alto, California. She is known for her work in installations, book arts, immersive text-based installations, large-scale public text pieces, publications, collage, and audio recordings. Rasheed's art explores memory, ritual, discursive regimes, historiography, and archival practices through the use of fragments and historical residue. Based in Brooklyn, NY, she is currently the Arts Editor for SPOOK magazine and is also a contributing editor for The New Inquiry.

  73. Clara Breed

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    1906-1994 (aged 88)
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    librarianhuman rights activist
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    Clara Estelle Breed was an American librarian remembered chiefly for her support for Japanese American children during World War II. After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, many residents of California who were of Japanese descent were moved to remote Japanese American internment camps where they stayed until the end of the war. Breed kept in communication with many of the children who were sent to the camps, sending reading materials and visiting them regularly.

  74. Chip Pashayan

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    1941-.. (age 80)
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    Charles Sahag "Chip" Pashayan Jr. is an American lawyer and politician from California. He served as a Republican Congressman from the Fresno area in California's Central Valley from 1979 to 1991.

  75. Verne Orr

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    1916-2008 (aged 92)
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    military officer
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    Verne Orr, born George Vernon Orr, Jr., was the 14th Secretary of the Air Force, appointed by President Ronald Reagan. From California, he was a businessman and educator who served in both state and national government positions.

  76. Henry D. Sokolski

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    Henry D. Sokolski is the Executive Director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, a Washington-based nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to promote a better understanding of strategic weapons proliferation issues among policymakers, scholars, and the media. He teaches as an adjunct professor at The Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. and at the University of Utah and has an appointment as Senior Fellow for Nuclear Security Studies at the University of California at San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy.

  77. Adam Zbar

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    1969-.. (age 52)
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    businessperson
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    Adam Zbar is a Webby Award-winning Bay Area entrepreneur who is CEO of Sun Basket, a San Francisco-based organic meal kit delivery company, which he co-founded with Chef Justine Kelly. Previously Zbar founded social analytics company Tap11, and same day food delivery service Lasso, which closed when he launched Sun Basket. He was also formerly CEO of micro-blogging service Zannel.

  78. Robert Blalack

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    1948-.. (age 73)
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    special effects artist
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    Robert Blalack is a mass-media visual artist and producer. One of the founders of Industrial Light & Magic, he received the Visual Effects Academy Award for his work on the original Star Wars. He also received the Visual Effects Emmy for his work on the television motion picture The Day After. He produces and directs USA and international mixed-media TV commercials, location-based theme park rides, and his independent, experimental feature films.

  79. Colleen Hartman

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    Dr. Colleen Hartman is currently the Board Director for the Space Studies Board as well as the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington D.C. She was the deputy center director for Science, Operations and Performance of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and most recently, was the Director of the Science and Exploration Directorate. Previously she was acting Associate Administrator of the Science Mission Directorate (SMD), Deputy AA of SMD and presidential management intern, served as a senior policy analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and served as deputy division director for technology at NASA Headquarters.

  80. Marilyn Ramenofsky

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    1946-.. (age 75)
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    swimmer
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    Marilyn Ramenofsky is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder. She is currently a researcher at the University of California at Davis, studying the physiology and behavior of bird migration. She has previously done research at the University of Washington in Seattle.

  81. Denise Moreno Ducheny

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    1952-.. (age 69)
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    politician
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    Denise Moreno Ducheny is an American lawyer and former politician from California. She is a former California State Senator who represented Senate District 40, which includes southern San Diego County, part of Riverside County, and all of Imperial County. Ducheny is a Democrat. She lives with her husband, Al, in San Diego, California. She is now a senior policy advisor at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

  82. Douglas Leedy

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    1938-2015 (aged 77)
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    composer
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    Douglas Leedy was an American composer, performer and music scholar.

  83. Donald McKenna

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    1907-1997 (aged 90)
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    Donald Carnegie McKenna was an American businessperson and philanthropist. He is best remembered as a founder of and major donor to the Claremont McKenna College, a liberal arts college and member of the Claremont Colleges, located in Claremont, California.

  84. John Shannon

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    1943-.. (age 78)
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    novelistscreenwriter
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    John Shannon is a contemporary American author, lately of detective fiction. He began his career with four well-reviewed novels in the 1970s and 1980s, then in 1996 launched the Jack Liffey mystery series. He cites as his literary influences Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, Graham Greene, Robert Stone and Jim Harrison.

  85. Caroline Winterer

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    1966-.. (age 55)
    Enrolled in Pomona College
    Graduated with Bachelor of Arts
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    historian
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    Caroline Winterer is an American historian. She is the William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies at Stanford University. She is also Professor, by courtesy, of Classics. From 2013 to 2019, she was Director of the Stanford Humanities Center. She received her B.A. from Pomona College and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

  86. Bruce Bond

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    1954-.. (age 67)
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    poet
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    Bruce Bond is an American poet and creative writing educator at the University of North Texas.

  87. Rupert Deese

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    1924-2010 (aged 86)
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    ceramicistdesigner
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    Rupert Deese was an American ceramic artist. He is known for innovative design and decoration of high fired ceramics. Deese wrote "It is my hope in making these vessels that as the perception of their beauty diminishes over time, they will sustain themselves by pleasant usefulness."

  88. Sarah Elgin

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    Sarah C.R. Elgin is an American biochemist and geneticist. She is the Viktor Hamburger Professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis, and is noted for her work in epigenetics, gene regulation, and heterochromatin, and for her contributions to science education.

  89. Franklin Ho

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    1895-1975 (aged 80)
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    economist
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    Franklin Lien Ho was a Chinese economist influential in the Republic of China. He was the director of the Political Department of the Cabinet and later the Vice Minister of Economic Affairs. He was also director general of the Agricultural Credit Administration. He founded the economics department at Nankai University and later served as the university's acting president in 1947 and 1948. He then emigrated to the United States and joined the faculty of Columbia University, retiring in 1960. Ho was elected a member of Academia Sinica in 1962.

  90. Maya Horgan Famodu

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    1991-.. (age 30)
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    entrepreneur
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    Maya Horgan Famodu is a Nigerian-American entrepreneur, founder and partner at Ingressive, a firm that provides market entry, technology research and market operations services for firms and businesses expanding into Africa. She also founded Ingressive Capital, a venture capital fund investing in Africa-based technology companies. She co-founded the High Growth Africa Summit, a two-day conference on how to launch a high growth African business, and founded Tech Meets Entertainment Summit, a deal-focused event for African celebrities and tech companies to build revenue-generating partnerships.

  91. Mark So

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    1978-.. (age 43)
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    composer
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    Mark So is an American experimental composer and performer living in Los Angeles. His works, numbering over 800 (including a group of about 300 concerning poems of John Ashbery), are mostly text-based and influenced by New York School aesthetics, Fluxus, and the Wandelweiser composers collective.

  92. Jon Mathews

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    1932-1979 (aged 47)
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    physicist
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    Jon Mathews was a physicist, yachtsman, scholar, and adventurer. After a 23-year career as a physics professor, he was lost at sea and presumed drowned during a circumnavigation attempt with his wife Jean in 1979.

  93. Essae Martha Culver

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    1882-1973 (aged 91)
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    librarian
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    Essae Martha Culver was an American librarian, the first state librarian of Louisiana and President of the American Library Association.

  94. Caroline Warner Hightower

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    1935-.. (age 86)
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    Caroline Warner Hightower is an American arts executive, consultant, and former executive director of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).

  95. Robert Troyer

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    Robert Campbell Troyer is an American lawyer from Colorado who formerly served as United States Attorney for the District of Colorado.

  96. Willard D. Morgan

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    1900-1967 (aged 67)
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    photographer
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    Willard "Herc" Detering Morgan was a photographer, writer, editor, and educator and the husband of photographer Barbara Morgan, known for her documentation of Martha Graham's dances.

  97. Robert Maxwell

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    1902-1985 (aged 83)
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    athletics competitor
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    James Robert Maxwell was an American runner. He competed at the 1928 Olympics in the 400 m hurdles, but failed to reach the final. As a student of Pomona College he won the AAU 220 yard hurdles title in 1927 and 1930–1931.

  98. Phyllis Fong

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    Phyllis Fong is an American attorney serving as the inspector general of the United States Department of Agriculture. Fong was nominated to the position in 2002 by President George W. Bush.

  99. Jimmy Rogers

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    1915-2000 (aged 85)
    Enrolled in Pomona College
    Studied in 1935
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    film actorrancheractor
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    James Blake Rogers was an actor who used the film name of Jimmy Rogers, but went by Jim Rogers outside of Hollywood. He played Hopalong Cassidy's sidekick in six films. Rogers was also a horse rancher, polo player, and newspaperman. He was the family representative on the Will Rogers Memorial Commission, and worked with the staff at the Will Rogers State Historic Park.

  100. Omayra Ortega

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    Omayra Ortega is an American mathematician, specializing in mathematical epidemiology. Ortega is an assistant professor of mathematics & statistics at Sonoma State University in Sonoma County, California, and the president of the National Association of Mathematicians.