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List of Duke University people


List of Duke University people

This list of Duke University people includes alumni, faculty, presidents, and major philanthropists of Duke University, which includes three undergraduate and ten graduate schools. The undergraduate schools include Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Pratt School of Engineering, and Sanford School of Public Policy. The university's graduate and professional schools include the Graduate School, the Pratt School of Engineering, the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Fuqua School of Business, the School of Law, the Divinity School, and the Sanford School of Public Policy.

Famous alumni include John J. Mack) and Pfizer (Edmund T. Pratt, Jr.) and former General Motors Corporation CEO (Rick Wagoner) as well as the first United States Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients. Notable alumni media personalities include Dan Abrams, the former General Manager of MSNBC, Jay Bilas, a commentator on ESPN, Sean McManus, the President of CBS News and CBS Sports, Charlie Rose, the host of Charlie Rose and a 60 Minutes contributor, and Judy Woodruff, an anchor at CNN. William DeVries (GME 1971–1979), was the first doctor to perform a successful permanent artificial heart implantation, and appeared on the cover of Time in 1984.

Current notable faculty include David Gergen served as an advisor to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. John Hope Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton, while William Raspberry, a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994. 19 Nobel Prize winners have been associated with the university, including one in virtually every one of the past several years.

James B. Duke established a $40 million trust fund, The Duke Endowment, in 1924, propelling the university to officially change its name in honor of his family's philanthropy.


Nobel laureates

Government, law, and public policy

Heads of State

Cabinet members and White House staff

Members of Congress




Public policy




Medicine, science and technology


Fine arts



Journalism and media


See also men's basketball players, women's basketball players, and football players.

American football





Jack Coleman


Nobel laureates



Men's basketball head coaches

Football head coaches

University Presidents

President Tenure
Brantley York 1838–1842
Braxton Craven 1842–1863
William Trigg Gannaway* 1864–1865
*Appointed president pro tempore during the break in Craven's presidency
Braxton Craven 1866–1882
Marquis Lafayette Wood 1883–1886
John Franklin Crowell 1887–1894
John Carlisle Kilgo 1894–1910
William Preston Few 1910–1924
University officially established as Duke University in 1924
William Preston Few 1924–1940
Robert Lee Flowers 1941–1948
Arthur Hollis Edens 1949–1960
Julian Deryl Hart 1960–1963
Douglas Knight 1963–1969
Terry Sanford 1969–1985
H. Keith H. Brodie 1985–1993
Nannerl O. Keohane 1993–2004
Richard H. Brodhead 2004–present

Major philanthropists

Donors who have contributed at least $20 million to the university or founding donors:

Donor Total Amount Year Purpose
The Duke Endowment $1.5+ billion[13][14][15][16] 1924–
James B. Duke $40 million
($458 million in 2006 dollars)
1924 For endowment; established The Duke Endowment later that year
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $106.5+ million 2002–2007 $46.5 for AIDS research,[17] $30 million for a new science facility and $5 million for student life initiatives,[18] $15 million for DukeEngage, a civic engagement program,[19] $9 million for undergraduate financial aid and $1 million for Fuqua students financial aid[20]
Bruce and Martha Karsh $85 million 2005–2011 For student financial aid[21][22][23]
Anne and Robert Bass $70 million 1996–2013 $20 million for the FOCUS program and various endowed chairs, $50 million for interdisciplinary research [24][25]
J. Michael and Christine Pearson $50+ million 2014 $30 million to the Pratt School of Engineering to advance engineering and science education, $15 million to the School of Nursing and $7.5 million to the Fuqua School of Business[26]
David Rubenstein $50 million 2002–2013 $13.6 million to Duke Libraries, $20.75 million to the Sanford School of Public Policy, $10 million to Duke athletics[27][28]
Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. $35 million 1999 To endow the School of Engineering[29]
David H. Murdock $35 million 2007 For "translational medicine" research by the Duke Medical School[30]
Disque Deane $20 million
($34 million in
2005 dollars)
1986 To "establish a research institute on the human future"[31]
Dr. Steven and Rebecca Scott $30 million 2013 $20 million for Duke Sports Medicine, $10 million for Duke athletic facility
Michael J. and Patty Fitzpatrick $25 million 2000 For a center for advanced photonics and communications[32]
William and Sue Gross $23 million 2005 $15 million for undergraduate scholarships, $5 million for medical students' scholarships, and $3 million to support faculty members of the Fuqua School of Business[33]
Peter and Ginny Nicholas $20+ million 1999–
$20 million for the School of the Environment and Earth Sciences;[34] $70 million pledged for the School of the Environment and $2 million pledged for Perkins library in 2003 still unpaid as of September 2010[35]
Bill and Melinda Gates $20 million 1998 For undergraduate scholarships[33]
Washington Duke $385,000
($7.9 million in 2005 dollars)
1892 For original endowment and construction
Julian S. Carr N/A 1892 Donated site of East Campus


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  14. ^ Duke Launches Initiative to Make Civic Engagement Integral Part of Undergraduate Education. Duke News & Communications. February 12, 2007.
  15. ^ Duke Endowment Awards More Than $20 Million to Duke University for Nursing School, Library, Other Priorities. DukeMed News. January 27, 2004.
  16. ^ Duke Endowment Gives Record $75 Million for Financial Aid
  17. ^ Eaglin, Adam. Duke nets $46.5M for AIDS research. The Chronicle. August 25, 2006.
  18. ^ Duke Receives $35 Million From The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Duke News & Communication. May 9, 2002.
  19. ^ DukeEngage launches. The Chronicle. February 13, 2007.
  20. ^ Gates Give $10M for financial aid. The Chronicle. February 21, 2007.
  21. ^ "Bruce and Martha Karsh Give $50 Million". December 5, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Duke given $20M to aid international students". January 30, 2008. 
  23. ^ [4]
  24. ^ $10 Million Gift for Undergrad Education
  25. ^ New Initiative Prepares Students for Society’s Challenges.
  26. ^ $30 Million Gift to Advance Engineering, Science Education at Duke
  27. ^ Duke Libraries to receive $13.6M gift, largest in history
  28. ^ Rubenstein donates $10 million to the Sanford School of Public Policy.
  29. ^ The Pratt Gift. Pratt School of Engineering. Accessed on June 25, 2006.
  30. ^ Murdock gives Duke $35M for study at Kannapolis campus. Triangle Business Journal. Accessed on September 26, 2007.
  31. ^ Articles About Duke University. New York Times. December 12, 1986.
  32. ^ The Fitzpatrick Gift. Pratt School of Engineering. Accessed on June 25, 2006.
  33. ^ a b Sue and William Gross Donate $23 Million
  34. ^ Largest Gift In Duke History Closes Campaign At Record $2.36 Billion. Duke News and Communication. January 8, 2004.
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