Notable Alumni

Whitman graduates lead fulfilling lives and serve the world in significant ways. The following former Whitties are among those who have become public figures: 

  • Matthew Ames '70, Director of Research, Mayo Clinic
  • Ingrid Backstrom '00, internationally ranked free skier
  • Dirk Benedict '67, actor
  • Margie Boule '73, journalist
  • Walter Brattain '24, Nobel laureate in physics
  • Ralph Cordiner '22, CEO of General Electric
  • Ryan Crocker '71, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq
  • William O. Douglas '20, Supreme Court Justice
  • Richard Elmore '66, Harvard University scholar
  • Kathrin Ford '97, poet
  • John Fulton '90, author
  • W. Michael Gillette '63, Oregon Supreme Court justice
  • Shane Johnson '98, actor
  • Craig Lesley '67, novelist
  • Rob Manning '80, chief engineer, Jet Propulsion Lab
  • John Markoff '71, New York Times journalist
  • Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenberger '97, NASA Teacher Astronaut
  • Jim Robart '69, U.S. federal judge
  • John Stanton '77, founder, Western Wireless
  • Laura Valaas '06, member, U.S. Nordic ski team
  • Adam West '51, actor
  • Gordon Winston '50, Williams College economist
  • Gordon Wright '33, Stanford University historian