50 Notable alumni of
St. John's College

St. John's College is 1038th in the world, 383rd in North America, and 361st in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 50 notable alumni from St. John's College sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates along with research and academic staff.

  1. Ben Sasse

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    Ben Sasse
    Born in
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    Years
    1972-.. (age 49)
    Enrolled in St. John's College
    In 1998 graduated with Master of Arts
    Occupations
    politicianmanagement consultantuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Benjamin Eric Sasse is an American politician serving as the junior United States senator for Nebraska since 2015. He is a member of the Republican Party.

  2. Francis Scott Key

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    Francis Scott Key
    Born in
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    Years
    1779-1843 (aged 64)
    Occupations
    poetlawyerwriterpoet lawyerlyricist
    Biography

    Francis Scott Key was an American lawyer, author, and amateur poet from Frederick, Maryland, who is best known for writing the lyrics for the American national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner".

  3. Ahmet Ertegün

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    Ahmet Ertegün
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    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1923-2006 (aged 83)
    Occupations
    record producerentrepreneursongwritercomposer
    Biography

    Ahmet Ertegun; July 31 [O.S. 18 July] 1923 – December 14, 2006) was a Turkish-American businessman, songwriter and philanthropist.

  4. Lhasa de Sela

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    Lhasa de Sela
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1972-2010 (aged 38)
    Occupations
    singer-songwritersinger
    Biography

    Lhasa de Sela, also known by the mononym Lhasa, was an American-born singer-songwriter who was raised in Mexico and the United States, and divided her adult life between Canada and France. Her first album, La Llorona, went Platinum in Canada and brought Lhasa a Félix Award and a Juno Award.

  5. Charles Van Doren

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    Charles Van Doren
    Born in
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    Years
    1926-2019 (aged 93)
    Occupations
    university teachernon-fiction writerbiographer
    Biography

    Charles Lincoln Van Doren was an American writer and editor who was involved in a television quiz show scandal in the 1950s. In 1959 he testified before the United States Congress that he had been given the correct answers by the producers of the NBC quiz show Twenty-One. Terminated by NBC, he joined Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. in 1959, becoming a vice-president and writing and editing many books before retiring in 1982.

  6. George Washington Parke Custis

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    George Washington Parke Custis
    Born in
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    Years
    1781-1857 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    writerslaveholder
    Biography

    George Washington Parke Custis was an American plantation owner, antiquarian, author, and playwright. His father John Parke Custis was the stepson of George Washington. He and his sister Eleanor grew up at Mount Vernon and in the Washington presidential household.

  7. Glenn Yarbrough

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    Glenn Yarbrough
    Born in
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    Years
    1930-2016 (aged 86)
    Occupations
    musiciansinger
    Biography

    Glenn Robertson Yarbrough was an American folk singer and guitarist. He was the lead singer (tenor) with the Limeliters from 1959 to 1963. He also had a prolific solo career, recording on various labels.

  8. Michael Anton

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    Michael Anton
    Years
    1969-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    political scientistspeechwriter
    Biography

    Michael Anton is an American conservative essayist, speechwriter and former private-equity executive who was a senior national security official in the Trump administration. Under a pseudonym he wrote "The Flight 93 Election", an influential essay in support of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

  9. Graham Harman

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    Graham Harman
    Born in
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    Years
    1968-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    philosopheruniversity teacher
    Biography

    Graham Harman is an American philosopher. He is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. His work on the metaphysics of objects led to the development of object-oriented ontology. He is a central figure in the speculative realism trend in contemporary philosophy.

  10. Lewis H. Brereton

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    Lewis H. Brereton
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1890-1967 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    aircraft pilot
    Biography

    Lewis Hyde Brereton was a military aviation pioneer and lieutenant general in the United States Air Force. A 1911 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he began his military career as a United States Army officer in the Coast Artillery Corps prior to World War I, then spent the remainder of his service as a career aviator.

  11. Jac Holzman

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    Jac Holzman
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    Years
    1931-.. (age 90)
    Occupations
    entrepreneurrecord producercomposermusic executive
    Biography

    Jac Holzman is an American businessman, best known as the founder, chief executive officer and head of Elektra Records and Nonesuch Records. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

  12. John C. Wright

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    John C. Wright
    Born in
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    Years
    1961-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    writernovelistlawyerscience fiction writer
    Biography

    John C. Wright is an American writer of science fiction and fantasy novels. He was a Nebula Award finalist for his fantasy novel Orphans of Chaos. Publishers Weekly said he "may be this fledgling century's most important new SF talent" when reviewing his debut novel, The Golden Age.

  13. Eilen Jewell

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    Eilen Jewell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1979-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    singerstreet artistsongwritersinger-songwritercomposer
    Biography

    Eilen Jewell is an American singer-songwriter from Boise, Idaho. She has released seven albums of music.

  14. Sandy Stone

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    Sandy Stone
    Born in
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    Years
    1936-.. (age 85)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Allucquére Rosanne "Sandy" Stone is an American academic theorist, media theorist, author, and performance artist. She is currently Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Advanced Communication Technologies Laboratory (ACTLab) and the New Media Initiative in the department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Concurrently she is Wolfgang Kohler Professor of Media and Performance at the European Graduate School EGS, senior artist at the Banff Centre, and Humanities Research Institute Fellow at the University of California, Irvine. Stone has worked in and written about film, music, experimental neurology, writing, engineering, and computer programming. Stone is transgender and is considered a founder of the academic discipline of transgender studies. She has been profiled in ArtForum, Wired, Mondo 2000, and other publications, and been interviewed for documentaries like Traceroute.

  15. Reverdy Johnson

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    Reverdy Johnson
    Born in
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    Years
    1796-1876 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyerdiplomat
    Biography

    Reverdy Johnson was a statesman and jurist from Maryland. He gained fame as a defense attorney, defending notables such as Sandford of the Dred Scott case, Maj. Gen. Fitz John Porter at his court-martial, and Mary Surratt, alleged conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. A former Whig, he was a strong supporter of the Union war effort. At first he opposed wartime efforts to abolish slavery until 1864, and in 1865 supported the 13th Amendment banning slavery.

  16. Terry Teachout

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    Terry Teachout
    Born in
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    Years
    1956-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    librettistbiographerplaywrightbloggertheatre critic
    Biography

    Terry Teachout is an American author, critic, biographer, playwright, stage director, and librettist. He is the drama critic of The Wall Street Journal, the critic-at-large of Commentary, and the author of "Sightings," a column about the arts in America that is published biweekly in The Wall Street Journal. He weblogs at About Last Night and has written about the arts for many other magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times and National Review. He is a regular panelist on Three on the Aisle, a monthly podcast about theater in America that is hosted by American Theatre magazine.

  17. Tom G. Palmer

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    Tom G. Palmer
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    Years
    1956-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    opinion journalistpolitical theoristuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Tom Gordon Palmer is an American libertarian author and theorist, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Network.

  18. Alexander Contee Hanson

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    Alexander Contee Hanson
    Born in
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    Years
    1786-1819 (aged 33)
    Occupations
    politicianeditorjournalist
    Biography

    Alexander Contee Hanson was an American lawyer, publisher, and statesman. He represented the third district of Maryland in the U.S. House, and the state of Maryland in the U.S. Senate.

  19. Oden Bowie

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    Oden Bowie
    Born in
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    Years
    1826-1894 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Oden Bowie, a member of the United States Democratic Party, was the 34th Governor of the State of Maryland in the United States from 1869 to 1872.

  20. John Mullan

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    John Mullan
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    Years
    1830-1909 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    explorermaster builder
    Biography

    John Mullan Jr. was an American soldier, explorer, civil servant, and road builder. After graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1852, he joined the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey, led by Isaac Stevens. He extensively explored western Montana and portions of southeastern Idaho, discovered Mullan Pass, participated in the Coeur d'Alene War, and led the construction crew which built the Mullan Road in Montana, Idaho, and Washington state between the spring of 1859 and summer of 1860.

  21. Emerson Harrington

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    Emerson Harrington
    Born in
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    Years
    1864-1945 (aged 81)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Emerson Columbus Harrington was the 48th Governor of Maryland in the United States from 1916 to 1920. He also served as Comptroller of the Maryland Treasury from 1912 to 1916.

  22. Francis Thomas

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    Francis Thomas
    Born in
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    Years
    1799-1876 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyerdiplomat
    Biography

    Francis Thomas was a Maryland politician who served as the 26th Governor of Maryland from 1842 to 1845. He also served as a United States Representative from Maryland, representing at separate times the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh districts.

  23. Charles Sidney Winder

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    Charles Sidney Winder
    Born in
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    Years
    1829-1862 (aged 33)
    Occupations
    military personnel
    Biography

    Charles Sidney Winder, was a career United States Army officer and a Confederate general officer in the American Civil War. He was killed in action during the Battle of Cedar Mountain.

  24. Lucy Tamlyn

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    Lucy Tamlyn
    Years
    1955-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Lucy Tamlyn is a U.S. diplomat and the current United States Ambassador to the Central African Republic. President Donald Trump nominated her in July 2018 and she was confirmed in January 2019.

  25. Pamela Sklar

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    Pamela Sklar
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1959-2017 (aged 58)
    Occupations
    psychiatristneuroscientist
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    Pamela Sklar was an American psychiatrist and neuroscientist. She was Chair of the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and professor of psychiatry, neuroscience, and genetic and genomic sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She was also chief of the Division of Psychiatric Genomics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Sklar is known for her large-scale gene discovery studies in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and for making some of the first statistically meaningful gene identifications in both mental illnesses.

  26. Joseph J. Himmel

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    Joseph J. Himmel
    Born in
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    Years
    1855-1924 (aged 69)
    Enrolled in St. John's College
    Studied in 1869-1870
    Occupations
    Catholic priestmissionaryacademic administrator
    Biography

    Joseph J. Himmel was an American Catholic priest and Jesuit. For much of his early life, he was a missionary throughout the northeast United States and retreat master. Later in life, he was president of Gonzaga College and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

  27. James Thomas

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    James Thomas
    Born in
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    Years
    1785-1845 (aged 60)
    Occupations
    lawyerpoliticianjudge
    Biography

    James Thomas served as the 23rd Governor of the state of Maryland in the United States from 1833 to 1836. He practiced medicine and served as judge in several courts throughout Maryland, and served in the Maryland State Senate from 1824 to 1830.

  28. James H. Preston

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    James H. Preston
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    1860-1938 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    lawyerpolitician
    Biography

    James Harry Preston was the Mayor of Baltimore from 1911 to 1919.

  29. Addison Wiggin

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    Addison Wiggin
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    writer
    Biography

    Addison Wiggin is an American financial writer, publisher, and filmmaker. He is executive publisher of Agora Financial, LLC and is a New York Times bestselling author.

  30. John Leeds Kerr

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    John Leeds Kerr
    Born in
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    Years
    1780-1844 (aged 64)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    John Leeds Kerr was an American politician.

  31. Thomas E. Bourke

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    Thomas E. Bourke
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1896-1978 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    military officer
    Biography

    Thomas Eugene Bourke was a United States Marine Corps general who, during World War II, commanded Marine artillery units at the Battle of Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Leyte. At the end of World War II, he commanded the 5th Marine Division in the occupation of Japan, and the Fleet Marine Force, Pacific.

  32. Christopher Harrison

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    Christopher Harrison
    Born in
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    Years
    1775-1862 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    politicianjudge
    Biography

    Christopher Harrison was the first Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, serving with Governor Jonathan Jennings. Harrison was briefly acting governor while Jennings' was conducting negotiation with the native tribes in northern Indiana, and later resigned from office over a dispute with Jennings. Harrison became a Quaker in his later life and freed all the slaves he inherited from his family. He lived a long life for his era, and died at age 88. There is no known relationship between Harrison and an early territorial governor of Indiana, William Henry Harrison.

  33. Frederick Stone

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    Frederick Stone
    Born in
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    Years
    1820-1899 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyerjudge
    Biography

    Frederick Stone was a U.S. Congressman from the fifth district of Maryland, serving two terms from 1867 to 1871.

  34. Lewis J. Fields

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    Lewis J. Fields
    Born in
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    Years
    1909-1988 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    military personnel
    Biography

    Lewis Jefferson Fields was a highly decorated officer of the United States Marine Corps with the rank of lieutenant general. He served with 1st Marine Division during Vietnam War and later as commanding general of United States Marine Corps Development and Education Command.

  35. Michael Elias

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    Michael Elias
    Born in
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    1940-.. (age 81)
    Occupations
    writerfilm producertelevision producer
    Biography

    Michael Herman Elias is an American writer, film director and producer.

  36. Jan Lisa Huttner

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    Jan Lisa Huttner
    Years
    1951-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    film criticjournalist
    Biography

    Jan Lisa Huttner is an American film critic, journalist, activist, and independent scholar. Huttner has authored columns for prominent publications, including Women's eNews, the Huffington Post, and The Forward, and is the author of a blog, "The Hot Pink Pen," which is devoted to reviewing films by women filmmakers. She is also known for her work as a proponent of Jane Addams Day, which was officially adopted by the State of Illinois on December 10, 2007. She is one of the founders of International Swan Day.

  37. John Bremer

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    John Bremer
    Years
    1927-2015 (aged 88)
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    John Bremer was an educator and Socratic philosopher. In 2008 he retired as a senior scholar teaching at Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he was Professor of Humanities and Director of the college's Humanities and Freedom Institute. Professor Bremer founded Cambridge College in 1971 when it was then known as the "Institute of Open Education" at Newton College of the Sacred Heart. After retirement he lived full-time in Vermont, where he continued his research and writing. He died on November 30, 2015.

  38. John Carlyle Herbert

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    John Carlyle Herbert
    Born in
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    Years
    1775-1846 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    John Carlyle Herbert was an American politician.

  39. William H. Harrison

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    William H. Harrison
    Born in
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    Years
    1896-1955 (aged 59)
    Occupations
    military personnel
    Biography

    William Hartwell Harrison was a decorated officer of United States Marine Corps with the rank of brigadier general. He is most noted as commanding officer of 11th Marine Regiment during Battle of Peleliu in September 1944. Harrison later commanded the Automotive Section within Service Command, Fleet Marine Force Pacific.

  40. Sydney Emanuel Mudd I

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    Sydney Emanuel Mudd I
    Born in
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    Years
    1858-1911 (aged 53)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Sydney Emanuel Mudd I was a politician, elected as Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates (1896) and as a Republican to the United States House of Representatives (1890–1891; 1897–1911), at a time of dominance by Democrats in much of the state. He was first seated by Congress in 1890 after it found in his favor in relation to the contested 1888 election in Maryland's 5th congressional district, which was marked by fraud and intimidation.

  41. Robert Goldwin

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    Robert Goldwin
    Born in
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    Years
    1922-2010 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    political scientist
    Biography

    Robert Allen Goldwin was an American political scientist specializing in the study of the Constitution, who left academia to enter government at the invitation of his friend Donald Rumsfeld, serving as adviser and "intellectual-in-residence" for the presidential administration of Gerald Ford. He was subsequently a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

  42. Liz Waldner

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    Liz Waldner
    Born in
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    Years
    1956-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    poetwriter
    Biography

    Liz Waldner is an American poet.

  43. Ninian Pinkney

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    Ninian Pinkney
    Born in
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    Years
    1811-1877 (aged 66)
    Enrolled in St. John's College
    In 1830 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    military officersurgeon
    Biography

    Ninian Pinkney, also spelled Pinckney, born in the Hammond-Harwood House in Annapolis, Maryland, graduated from St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland, in 1829, and from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1833. He spent his entire naval career in the Navy helping to develop the field of surgery and medicine. He was especially prominent—and praised—during the American Civil War.

  44. William Pinkney

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    William Pinkney
    Born in
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    Years
    1810-1883 (aged 73)
    Enrolled in St. John's College
    Studied in 1827
    Occupations
    bishoppriestauthor
    Biography

    William Pinkney was fifth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

  45. Roger D. Carstens

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    Roger D. Carstens
    Years
    1964-.. (age 57)
    Enrolled in St. John's College
    Graduated with Master of Arts in liberal arts
    Occupations
    military officerdiplomat
    Biography

    Roger Dean Carstens is an American diplomat and retired United States Army Special Forces officer serving as the Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs. He assumed office on March 2, 2020, succeeding Hugh Dugan.

  46. William Hersey Hopkins

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    William Hersey Hopkins
    Born in
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    Years
    1841-1919 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    teacherclassical scholar
    Biography

    William Hersey Hopkins was an American academic who served as the first president of Goucher College and acting president of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland.

  47. Cleland Kinloch Nelson

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    Cleland Kinloch Nelson
    Years
    1852-1917 (aged 65)
    Occupations
    priest
    Biography

    Cleland Kinloch Nelson was the Third Bishop of the U.S. state of Georgia and the first bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Nelson was the 160th bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA).

  48. Claudia Stack

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    Claudia Stack
    Years
    1966-.. (age 55)
    Biography

    Claudia Stack is an educator, writer, documentary filmmakerer. Her film productions include “Under the Kudzu” (2012) and “Carrie Mae: An American Life” (2015), both of which focus on schools that African American families helped to build during the segregation era. African American families in the South built schools of many different kinds from Reconstruction through the 1950s. Rosenwald schools form the most recognizable part of this school-building movement. Rosenwald schools were schools that African American communities built in partnership with the Julius Rosenwald Fund, which from 1912 to 1932 helped to build almost 5,000 school buildings across the South.

  49. Cynthia Keppel

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    Cynthia Keppel
    Occupations
    nuclear physicist
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    Cynthia E. Keppel is the Hall A and C Leader at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Her research focuses on the quark-gluon structure of the nucleon, while also considering applications of nuclear physics in medicine. Previously, she was a founding member of the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute.

  50. Isaac Nevett Steele

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    Isaac Nevett Steele
    Born in
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    Years
    1809-1891 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Isaac Nevett Steele was an American diplomat and lawyer who was "universally recognized for years as the leader of the Maryland Bar."