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  • Prominent W&J Alumni


With more than 13,000 living alumni, W&J has graduated leaders in almost every field, from architecture to zoology. The College boasts civic leaders like James G. Blaine (1847), who served as secretary of state and ran for president three times; as well as pioneers such as Joseph Walker, who made the first NASA x-15 flight and was the first to pilot the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle; and Jesse Lazear, who studied yellow fever in Cuba with Walter Reed.

The following is a list of notable alumni of W&J College:

Barrett Burns
, VantageScore Solutions, President and CEO, Class of 1967

Gary Churgin, The Harry Fox Agency, President and CEO, Class of 1975

Richard Clark, Merck & Co. Inc., President and CEO, Class of 1968

Lyn Dyster, Kinex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Co-Founder and Vice President of Drug Discovery, Class of 1980

Patricia Easton, Award-Winning Children’s Author, Class of 1974

Walter Flamenbaum, Paul Royalty Funds, Managing Partner,Class of 1962

Marino Garcia Jr., Mathematician and Bridge Master, Class of 1939

Did You Know?

The Current National Football League (NFL) Commissioner, Roger Goodell, is a 1981 graduate of Washington & Jefferson College.

 Melissa Hart, Pennsylvania Fourth Congressional District, Class of 1984

George Hender, The Options Clearing Corporation, Management Vice Chairman, Class of 1964

Elizabeth Hurwitz-Schwab, Little Me Childrenswear, Retired Vice President of Human Resources, Class of 1974

Ellis Hyman, CapAd Communications, Co-founder, Class of 1987

John Kern, U.S. Department of Transportation, Director, Joint Planning and Development Office, Class of 1964

David Kier, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Vice President and Managing Director of Missile Defense, Class of 1965

Joanne Ladley, Kitchen Kettle Village, Co-Owner, Class of 1974

Larry Makel, Patton Boggs LLP, Partner and Executive Director; Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc., Corporate Secretary and Director Highlands Bancshares, Inc., Co-Founder, Class of 1975

Charles Marcy, Healthy Food Holdings, Founder and President, Class of 1972

Walter Massenburg, U.S. Navy, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy Director, Naval Air Systems Command, Class of 1970

Barron McCune, U.S District Court Judge, Retired, Class of 1935

Gerald Lee Morosco, Gerald Lee Morosco Architects, PC, President, Class of 1981

Ronald Pellegrini, Adult Cardiac Surgery, UPMC, Chief, Class of 1959

Neal Pellis, NASA, Associate Director for Science Management Johnson Space Center, Associate Director of Biological Sciences, Class of 1966

Michael Pratt, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Vice Chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association, Class of 1981

Thomas Priselac, Cedars-Sinai Health System, President and CEO, Class of 1973

Philip Raskin, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Diabetes Researcher and Clifton and Betsy Robinson Chair in Biomedical Research, Class of 1962

Luke Ravenstahl, City of Pittsburgh, Mayor, Class of 2003

John Reed, Citicorp, Retired Chairman and CEO; New York Stock Exchange, Retired Interim Chairman and CEO, Class of 1960

Glenn Rice, Bridge Pharmaceuticals, Founder, CEO, and President, Class of 1978

David Ross, Atlantic Realty Companies Inc., Co-Founder and President, Class of 1978

Stephen Ross, EdCon, CEO, Class of 1974

Ronald Salvitti, Southwestern Pennsylvania Eye Center, President and Director, Class of 1959

Athena Sarris Simms, Sarris Candies, Director of Marketing, Class of 1999

Gerald Schwartzbach, Law Offices of M. Gerald Schwartzbach, P.C., Founder, Class of 1966

Gary Siverman, Division of Neonatology and Developmental Biology, Magee Women's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Chief, Class of 1978

Dennis Slamon, Division of Hematology-Oncology, UCLA, Chief, Class of 1970

William Thomas, Miami-Dade County, Circuit Judge, Class of 1991

Stephen Tily III, Delaware Charter Guarantee & Trust Company, Chairman Emeritus, Class of 1960

Sheldon Weinstein, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Branch, Retired Clinical Professor, Class of 1959

David White, Universal Hotel Liquidators, Founder and President, Class of 1977