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List of Washington State University people


List of Washington State University people

The Washington State University Alumni Association defines an alumnus as anyone who was a student at WSU and is no longer attending. This page lists accomplished alumni and faculty members of WSU.


  • Notable alumni 1
  • Academe 2
    • Animal husbandry 2.1
    • The arts, literature & media 2.2
    • Business 2.3
    • Government, law & politics 2.4
    • Humanities 2.5
    • Military 2.6
    • Science, space & technology 2.7
    • Sports & athletics 2.8
  • Notable faculty 3
  • Notable regents 4
  • References 5

Notable alumni


Animal husbandry

  • Leo Bustad, 1941 B.S. Ag., ’48 M.S. Ag., ’49 D.V.M., Dean of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine from 1973–83, Pioneer in the international human-companion animal bond movement. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1984.
  • Helen Elaine Freeman, American conservationist and endangered species advocate, who specialized in saving snow leopards.
  • Jack Gorski, 1956 M.S. Ani. Sci., 1958 Ph.D. Ani. Sci., discovered the estrogen receptor. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1999.
  • Charles Schroeder, 1929 D.V.M., Director of the San Diego Zoo for 19 years. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1979.

The arts, literature & media

  • Jayceon Terrell Taylor (Game), Rapper
  • Edward R. Murrow, 1930 B.A. Speech, Father of Television News Broadcasting, WWII Radio Correspondent, Hear It Now radio program host, See It Now television program host. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1963.
  • Sherman Alexie, 1994 B.A. Am. St., author & film maker. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2003.
  • Rudy Autio, American sculptor, best known for his figurative ceramic vessels.
  • Kieffer A. Bryant, 1962 B.A., Former San Diego radio show host and philanthropist, alumni member of the fraternity Phi Kappa Theta. Currently lives in Bellevue with his new wife Eva and hosts a radio show on Seattle's 1250 AM Radio Disney.
  • Mary Turner DeGarmo, '26 B.A. Educ., pioneer in working with music & Braille, developed the first and only detailed, comprehensive teaching text on transcribing musical compositions into Braille for blind musicians, a volume used worldwide. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1988.
  • Limuel B. Forgey III, 1994 B.M. Performance. Nationally acclaimed and award winning baritone singer.
  • Deborah Gardner, Peace Corps volunteer murdered in Tonga in 1976. Subject of American Taboo, by Philip Weiss
  • Art Gilmore, 1931 Voice actor and announcer.
  • Keith Jackson, 1954 B.A. Sp. Comm., ABC-TV sports commentator. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1978.
  • Gary Larson, 1972 B.A. Comm., "Far Side" cartoonist. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1990.
  • Scott MacDonald, American television actor.
  • Barry Serafin, 1986 B.A. Hum., ABC news correspondent. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1991.
  • Wes Henricksen, 2003 B.A. Bus. Adm., author of Making Law Review.
  • D. C. Simpson, creator of the webcomic Ozy and Millie and the political cartoon I Drew This.
  • Frances Yeend, American lyric soprano opera singer.
  • Patrick F. McManus, American outdoor humor writer. Studied at Washington State College before it became Washington State University
  • Bob Condotta, Seattle Times writer
  • Edward Kienholz, American Pop Art installation artist


  • Paul Allen, 1977 (1973–75), co-founder of Microsoft, owner of Vulcan Enterprises, owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers, and philanthropist. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1999.
  • J.Patrick Foley, 1955 B.A. Education, President of Hyatt Hotels Corporation (1978-1984), Chief Executive Officer of Braniff Airlines, a Hyatt subsidiary (1984 to 1988). Also served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of DHL Corporation Inc./DHL Airways Inc., a global document, package and airfreight delivery company (1988 to 1999).
  • Scott E. Carson, B.A. Bus. Adm., President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airlines.
  • Arjun Gupta, Founder and Chief Believer of TeleSoft Partners.
  • Bill Mundy, recognized as one of the leading authorities in real estate appraisal in the United States.
  • Robert Stevenson, 1929 B.A. Econ., CEO, president, and board chairman of Allis-Chalmers; trustee of Carroll College; board chairman of the Medical College of Wisconsin; director of Northwest Mutual Life Insurance Company, Marshall & Ilsey Bank, and Universal Oil Products Company. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1983.
  • Mark Suwyn, 1967 Ph.D. Inorganic Chem., CEO of NewPage Corp.; former chair and CEO of Louisiana-Pacific Corp., 1996–2004; former executive at International Paper and E.I. DuPont; members and former chair of the WSU Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Julian Chang, 1998 B.A. Bus. Adm., Founder of
  • Justin Esch, Co-Founder of J&D Foods-makers of Baconsalt & Baconnaise.
  • Clint Cole, Co-Founder of Heartstream, creator of first Automatic External Defibulator (AED) for commercial use. Also co-founder of Digilent, a local Pullman electronics manufacturer.

Government, law & politics



  • Robert Higgins, 1957 B.S. Pharm., Navy Rear Admiral, Deputy Surgeon General, & Medical Corps chief. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2002.
  • Dale Noyd, decorated captain and fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force who gained worldwide attention when he became a conscientious objector to protest the Vietnam War.
  • Robert D. Russ (1933-1997), 1955 B.A. Bus. Adm., Four-star general in U.S. Air Force. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1992.
  • Ross Greening, Colonel in U.S. Air Force. Captained the Hari Kari-er in the Doolittle Raid of Japan.
  • Bhaps Mahal, First Lieutenant Muth Indian Army. Most notable for his achievements as an undercover inspector against Shiv Sena(RSS) terrorists in the early 1990s.
  • James Fleming, Colonel in U.S. Air Force. Helicopter pilot. Medal of Honor recipient for life-saving actions at Duc Co, South Vietnam in 1968.

Science, space & technology

Sports & athletics

Notable faculty

Notable regents


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