• Luis Alvarez

    SB'32, SM'34, PhD'36

    Nobel laureate in physics, 1968

  • Marguerite Ross Barnett

    AM'66, PhD'72

    First African American, female President of the University of Houston (1990–1992); first African American Chancellor of the University of Missouri (1986–1990)

  • Robert Bell


    Research Scientist in the AT&T Research Labs; 2003 AT&T Science and Technology Medalist

  • Isra Bhatty


    2008 Rhodes Scholar

  • Carol Moseley Braun


    First African American woman elected to U.S. Senate (Illinois), 1992–1998; U.S. Ambassador, 1999–2001

  • Jocelyn Carter-Miller


    President of TechEdVentures, Inc.; former Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer for Office Depot, Inc.; former Corporate Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of Motorola, Inc.; former Vice President in Marketing and Product Development, Mattel, Inc.

  • Anna Chlumsky


    Actress; best known for her work in the film My Girl and In the Loop

  • Ramsey Clark

    AM'50, JD'51

    Human rights activist; former U.S. Attorney General, 1967–1969

  • Robert C. Davidson, Jr.


    Chairman and CEO of Surface Protection Industries, Inc.

  • Willie D. Davis


    Pro Football Hall of Fame member, 1981; University trustee

  • Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada


    Former President of the Republic of Bolivia

  • Arnold Donald


    Chair of Missouri Botanical Garden's Board of Trustees; former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Juvenile Diabetes Research; former Chairman and CEO of Merisant Company

  • Katherine Dunham (1909–2006)


    Dancer and choreographer

  • Luther H. Foster (1913–1994)

    AM'41, PhD'51

    Former President of Tuskegee Institute (1953–1981)

  • Clare Gillis


    Freelance journalist detained in Libya in April 2011

  • Mack Gipson, Jr. (1931–1995)

    SM'61, PhD'63

    First African American to obtain a PhD in geology; founding advisor of the National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists, 1981; former consultant to NASA

  • Philip Glass


    Composer and musician

  • Katharine Graham (1917–2001)


    Former chairman of the executive committee of the Washington Post; Pulitzer Prize winner for her memoir Personal History, 1998

  • Harry Groves


    Lawyer and academic who has served as president of Central State University, dean of law faculty at the University of Malaya, and dean of Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law