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Profiles of Notable Alumni

From High Plains to Lofty Heights

Some have left the high plains of Laramie far behind while others have lived and worked within the same Wyoming communities where they were born, but all the University of Wyoming’s most notable alumni have influenced society, government, and culture in remarkable ways.

UW’s notable alumni include Olympians, NASA engineers, U.S. ambassadors, and a former Vice President of the United States. From health care, to politics, to professional athletics, UW’s finest are making a difference and creating long-lasting legacies.

Thomas Albrandt - 1969

Thomas Albrandt - 1969

Thomas Ahlbrandt is vice president of exploration at Falcon Oil and Gas in Denver, Colorado, USA.


David Brooks - 1984

David Brooks - 1984

David Brooks is Chief Operating Officer at Coca-Cola Bottling Investments Group - China.


Les Brownlee - 1962

Les Brownlee - 1962

Les Brownlee was named Acting Secretary of the Army on May 10, 2003.


Jerry Buss - 1953

Jerry Buss - 1953

Jerry Buss is currently the chairman and majority owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, which he purchased in 1979.


Jerry Calkins - 1964

Jerry Calkins - 1964

Jerry Calkins has served on research and medical advisory boards for over 25 public and private organizations, and has served in leadership roles for professional societies and associations.


Dick Cheney - 1965

Dick Cheney - 1965

Dick Cheney served as the 46th Vice President of the United States from 2001-2009 under George W. Bush.


Dean Conger - 1950

Dean Conger - 1950

Dean Conger worked for National Geographic as a staff photographer and assistant director of photography for 30 years until his retirement in 1989.


Griffin Corpening - 1977

Griffin Corpening - 1977

Griffin Corpening was the chief engineer for the unpiloted X-43A jet at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California.


Melvin Cox - 1969

Melvin Cox - 1969

Melvin Cox is senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Sun Chemical Corporation.


Marcia Dale - 1960

Marcia Dale - 1960

Marcia Dale was the first nurse from Wyoming to be accepted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.


Arlen D. Davison - 1955

Arlen D. Davison - 1955

Arlen Davison served as legislative liaison to the Washington Legislature for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics, and as chair of the Department of Plant Pathology.


W. Edwards Deming - 1921

W. Edwards Deming - 1921

W. Edwards Deming is known as the father of modern Total Quality Management.


Francois Dickman - 1947

Francois Dickman - 1947

Francois Dickman was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Arab Emirates.


Brent Eastman - 1962

Brent Eastman - 1962

Brent Eastman was chair of the Committee on Trauma for the American College of Surgeons from 1990 to 1994.


David R. Emery - 1985

David R. Emery - 1985

David Emery was elected chairman of Black Hills Corporation in 2005.


Dave Freudenthal - 1980

Dave Freudenthal - 1980

Dave Freudenthal became the 31st governor of Wyoming in 2003 and was re-elected to a second term in 2006.


George C. Frison - 1964

George C. Frison - 1964

George C. Frison was Wyoming's first state archaeologist.


Harold H. Gardner - 1958

Harold H. Gardner - 1958

Harold H. Gardner is a pioneer in the creation of health maintenance organizations.


Curt E. Gowdy, Sr. - 1942

Curt E. Gowdy, Sr. - 1942

Curt E. Gowdy, Sr. was named Sportscaster of the Year by the National Association of Sportswriters and Sports Broadcasters in both 1965 and 1967.


Nancy E. Gwinn - 1967

Nancy E. Gwinn - 1967

Nancy E. Gwinn joined the Smithsonian as Assistant Director for Library Collections Management in 1984 and became Director of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries in 1997.


Jim Hageman - 1950

Jim Hageman - 1950

Jim Hageman served Wyoming for 24 years in the House of Representatives for Goshen, Platte, and Converse counties.


William Heink - 1962

William Heink - 1962

William Heink was appointed Site Director of Florida Operations of the Boeing Space Shuttle Operation at the Kennedy Space Center.


Cheryl Holt - 1986

Cheryl Holt - 1986

Cheryl Holt has published over a dozen novels, including USA Today best sellers.


Arthur H. Howe - 1969

Arthur H. Howe - 1969

Art Howe played for three major-league baseball teams during his career and then became an MLB manager for the Houston Astros and Oakland A's.


Gene Huey - 1971

Gene Huey - 1971

Gene Huey was the running backs coach for the Indianapolis Colts for more than 15 seasons, including the 2007 Super Bowl champion season.


Mark Jenkins - 1982

Mark Jenkins - 1982

Mark Jenkins wrote four books and a monthly adventure travel column for Outside magazine called "The Hard Way" for seven years.


Peter M. Johnson - 1972

Peter M. Johnson - 1972

Peter M. Johnson is president of Sinclair Oil Company's oil division..


Marilyn Kite - 1970

Marilyn Kite - 1970

Marilyn Kite was appointed to the Wyoming State Supreme Court by Governor Jim Geringer and became the first woman to hold the position.


Sarah Konrad - 2001

Sarah Konrad - 2001

Sarah Konrad is a two sport US Olympian and a two-event National Collegiate Cycling Champion.


Margaret McKeown - 1972

Margaret McKeown - 1972

Judge Margaret McKeown was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1998.


Ardis Meier - 1977

Ardis Meier - 1977

Ardis Meier is the former Chief Pharmacy Consultant for the USAF Surgeon General.


Jim Neal - 1951

Jim Neal - 1951

Jim Neal is a former Chief Counsel to the US Senate Select Committee on Undercover Operations and Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General under Bobby Kennedy.


Stephen Nicholas - 1975

Stephen Nicholas - 1975

Dr. Stephen Nicholas is the current Director of Pediatrics at the Harlem Hospital in New York City.


Jay Novacek - 1985

Jay Novacek - 1985

Jay Novacek won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys in the early 1990s, was invited to the Pro Bowl five times and was selected NFL Tight End of the Year in 1993.


Diana J. Ohman - 1972

Diana J. Ohman - 1972

Diana Ohman is currently serving as the Director of Department of Defense Schools in Europe.


Tom Osborne - 1957

Tom Osborne - 1957

Tom Osborne holds more than 60 patents and developed the first "shirt pocket" calculator.


Douglas Owsley - 1973

Douglas Owsley - 1973

Douglas Owsley is the Curator and Division Head for Physical Anthropology of the Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution.


Susan Pamerleau - 1968

Susan Pamerleau - 1968

Major General (Ret.) Susan Lewellyn Pamerleau was the first woman to command a US Air Force ROTC Corps.


Samuel C. Phillips - 1942

Samuel C. Phillips - 1942

General Samuel Phillips was the Director of the Apollo Lunar Landing Program.


Wayde Preston -1949

Wayde Preston -1949

Wayde Preston was a movie and television actor and a US Army pilot.


Peter Schoomaker - 1969

Peter Schoomaker - 1969

General Peter Schoomaker is a 4-star general and served as the 35th Chief of Staff for the US Army from 2003-2007.


Marlan Scully - 1961

Marlan Scully - 1961

Marlan Scully, the "Quantum Cowboy," is a leading national authority on lasers and quantum mechanics.


Alan K. Simpson - 1954

Alan K. Simpson - 1954

Alan K. Simpson is a former US Senator.


Milward Simpson - 1921

Milward Simpson - 1921

Milward Simpson was a US Senator and Governor of Wyoming.


Pete Simpson Jr. - 1993

Pete Simpson Jr. - 1993

Pete Simpson Jr. is a musician, actor and cast member for The Blue Man Group.


Todd Skinner - 1982

Todd Skinner - 1982

Todd Skinner was a world-renowned rock climber.


Shauna Smith - 2005

Shauna Smith - 2005

Shauna Smith is the first ever NCAA individual track-and-field champion at UW.


Gerald L. Spence - 1951

Gerald L. Spence - 1951

Gerald L. Spence is famed attorney, author and television host.


Mark Spragg - 1974

Mark Spragg - 1974

Mark Spragg is an award winning author.


Bill Stall - 1959

Bill Stall - 1959

Bill Stall is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.


Michael J. Sullivan - 1961

Michael J. Sullivan - 1961

Michael J. Sullivan is a former Wyoming governor and US ambassador.


Richard J. Taggart - 1967

Richard J. Taggart - 1967

Richard Taggart was the Executive Vice President and CFO at Weyerhaeuser.


Carol B. Tome - 1979

Carol B. Tome - 1979

Carol Tome serves as the Vice President of Corporate Services and CFO of The Home Depot.


Kevin Tripp -1978

Kevin Tripp -1978

Kevin Tripp is the Executive Vice President and President of Retail Midwest for SUPERVALU, which was acquired by Albertson's.


Sol Trujillo - 1973

Sol Trujillo - 1973

Sol Trujillo served as the Managing Director and CEO of Telstra Corporation Ltd.


Robert J. Weimer - 1948

Robert J. Weimer - 1948

Robert J. Weimer is a distinguished engineer and professor.


Richard B. Williams - 1987

Richard B. Williams - 1987

Richard B. Williams is the President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund.


Wayman C. Wing - 1947

Wayman C. Wing - 1947

Wayman C. Wing is the founder of Wayman C. Wing Consulting Engineers and a distinguished engineer.


Martha Wyrsch - 1980

Martha Wyrsch - 1980

Martha Wyrsch is President of Vestas-Americas and is current Director at Spectra Energy Facilities, LP and Greater Houston Partnership.


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