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Degrees/Attendance 1951-1970



Yasushi Akashi (GSAS 1956)
undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, United Nations
Christopher S. Bond (LAW 1963)
former U.S. senator for Missouri, former governor of Missouri
Hasjim Djalal (GSAS 1959)
former Indonesian diplomat
Brereton C. Jones (COMM 1961)
former governor of Kentucky
Elaine R. Jones (LAW 1970)
former president and director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Robert F. Kennedy (LAW 1951)
former U.S. senator for New York, former U.S. attorney general
Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy (LAW 1959)
former U.S. senator for Massachusetts
Angus S. King Jr. (LAW 1969)
former U.S. senator for Maine, former governor of Maine
John Nau (CLAS 1968)
former chair of the National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Bill Nelson (LAW 1968)
U.S. senator for Florida, astronaut
John Snow (GSAS 1966)
former U.S. secretary of the treasury
John V. Tunney (LAW 1959)
former U.S. senator for California
John Warner (LAW 1953)
former U.S. senator for Virginia
Lowell P. Weicker Jr. (LAW 1958)
former governor of Connecticut, former U.S. senator for Connecticut


James A. Bear Jr. (CLAS 1943, GSAS 1952)
former director of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation
Alfred R. Berkeley III (CLAS 1966)
former president and vice chair, NASDAQ
George David (DARD 1967)
former chair & CEO, United Technologies Corp.
John D. "Jack" Shafer (DARD 1968)
former CEO, Dunkin' Donuts
Carl W. Smith (CLAS 1951)
founder, Amvest Corporation
George T. Yates III (CLAS 1970, LAW 1973)
partner, Coudert Brothers; recipient, French Legion d'Honneur

Health Care & Medicine

Vivian W. Pinn MD (MED 1967)
director, Office of Research on Women's Health, National Institutes of Health


Rod MacDonald (CLAS 1970)
Andrew M. Scheinman (CLAS 1970, LAW 1973)
film producer, A Few Good Men, When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride; television producer, Seinfeld
Richard A. Tuggle (CLAS 1970)
screenwriter, Escape from Alcatraz, Tightrope
Stanley Winston (CLAS 1968)
Academy Award winning motion picture special effects expert, Terminator, Iron Man, Predator, Avatar
Paul J. Witt (CLAS 1963)
film producer, Three Kings, Dead Poets Society; television producer, The Golden Girls, Empty Nest, The Partidge Family

Science & Technology

Francis S. Collins MD, PhD (CLAS 1970)
director, National Institutes of Health, former director, National Human Genome Research Institute
William Wulf (SEAS 1968)
computer scientist, developer of BLISS programming language


Carlton Elliott (CLAS 1951)
former NFL defensive lineman, Green Bay Packers
Albert "Al" Groh (COMM 1966)
former head coach, University of Virginia Football; former head coach, New York Jets
Sonny Randle (EDU 1959)
former head coach, University of Virginia Football; former wide receiver, Chicago and St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys


John T. Casteen III (CLAS 1937, LAW 1940)
former president, University of Virginia
Jerome P. Keuper (GSAS 1952)
founder and former president, Florida Institute of Technology

Land, Sea, & Space

Bill Nelson (LAW 1968)
U.S. senator for Florida; astronaut
A. Thomas Young (CLAS 1961)
former director, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

News & Media

Frederic W. Barnes Jr. (CLAS 1965)
American political commentator
E. Thayer Bigelow Jr. (DARD 1967)
former president and Executive Officer, HBO, Time Warner Cable
C. Shelby Coffey III (CLAS 1968)
journalist, vice chair, Newseum
Rea S. Hederman (DARD 1968)
publisher, New York Review of Books
Brit Hume (CLAS 1965)
American television journalist
Bob Wright (LAW 1968)
former chair, NBC Universal

Arts & Literature

Bruce Brandfon (CLAS 1969)
vice president and publisher, Scientific American
N. Scott Momaday (LAW 1959)
novelist, author, Pulitzer Prize winner
Henry S. Taylor (CLAS 1965)
poet, Pulitzer Prize winner

International/Foreign Affairs

Yasushi Akashi (GSAS 1956)
former under-secretary, US Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
William Lyons Brown Jr. (CLAS 1958)
former U.S. ambassador to Austria
Edward E. Elson (CLAS 1956)
former U.S. ambassador to Denmark
William S. Farish III (CLAS 1962)
former U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom
Charlie Glazer (COMM 1965)
former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador
Wilson Nathaniel "Nat" Howell (CLAS 1961, GSAS 1965)
former U.S. ambassador to Kuwait
Alton G. Keel Jr. (SEAS 1966, SEAS 1970)
former U.S. permanent representative to NATO
W. Robert Pearson (LAW 1968)
former U.S. ambassador to Turkey
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