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Notable Alumni University of Virginia

Degrees/Attendance 1931-1950



Mortimer M. Caplin (CLAS '37, LAW '40)
Former commissioner, Internal Revenue Service, founding member of Caplin
Lt. Gen. David A. Deptua (CLAS '43, GSAS '76)
Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance


Frank Batten Sr. (CLAS '50)
Retired Chairman and CEO, Landmark Communications Inc. Benefactor, U.Va. Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
James A. Bear Jr. (CLAS '43, GSAS '52)
Former Director, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation
Charles L. Brown (SEAS '43)
President (1977-1979) and Chairman/CEO (1979-1986) of AT&T; Member, University of Virginia Board of Visitors (1986-1990).
Samuel J. Goldwyn Jr. (CLAS '47)
CEO, Samuel Goldwyn Co.; former president, MGM

Health Care & Medicine

S. Ward Casscells (MED '39)
Orthopedic surgeon who revolutionized sports medicine by introducing arthroscopic surgery of the knee joint into the U.S.
Leonard Malis (MED '43)
Neurosurgeon, former Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and pioneer of microneurosurgery.


Robert Aldrich (CLAS '41)
Movie producer, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, The Dirty Dozen, The Longest Yard
Lewis M. Allen Jr. (CLAS '46)
Broadway producer, Annie; film producer, Lord of the Flies

Science & Technology

John Backus (Attended '42)
Created FORTRAN, the first high-level programming language.
Ruth Patrick (GSAS '31, GSAS '34)
Leading biologist, first woman to chair board of Academy of Natural Sciences
Edward Pickels (GSAS '33, GSAS '35)
Inventor of the analytical ultracentrifuge


William M. Dudley (EDU '42)
"Bullet Bill" Dudley is the only Virginia player inducted to both the College and Professional Football Halls of Fame.
Harrison Fitzgerald Flippin (CLAS '31, MED '33)
World record holder in high hurdles, national pentathlon champion
Bowie Kuhn (LAW '50)
Commissioner of Major League Baseball, 1969-84; presided over free agency rights and player strikes.

Land, Sea, & Space

Karl Heinze (CLAS '47, GSAS '48)
Astronaut, flew on mission aboard the Challenger space shuttle in 1985.

Arts & Literature

Louis S. Auchincloss (LAW '41)
Attorney, novelist, The Rector of Justin, The House of Five Talents
Karl Shapiro (Attended '32)
Pulitzer-prize winning poet; editor, Prairie Schooner

International/Foreign Affairs

Frederick E. Nolting Jr. (CLAS '33, GSAS '40, GSAS '42)
Former Ambassador to South Vietnam
Last Modified: 26-Mar-2007 07:43:17 EDT