About Willamette University

Notable Willamette Alumni

  • James Albaugh ’72, former CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Dave Bertholf ’90, MAT’92; Larry Conley MAT’99; Hendrea Ferguson MAT’95; Elisa Schorr ’01; Kevin Zerzan ’89, MAT’90; winners of Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards
  • Claire Bonilla ’95, senior director, Microsoft’s disaster management team
  • Douglas Bosco ’68, JD’71, former U.S. Representative from California
  • Patrick Carman ’88, best-selling children’s book author
  • Wallace P. Carson, Jr. JD’62, former Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice
  • Veerinder Chawla MBA’90, CEO and founder, The Tao of Tea
  • Daryl Chapin ’27, co-inventor of the first practical device for converting sunlight into power (solar cells)
  • James Cuno ’73, president and CEO, the J. Paul Getty Trust
  • Paul DeMuniz JD’75, former Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice
  • Sam Farr ’63, U.S. Representative from California
  • Mark Hatfield ’43, former U.S. Senator and Oregon Governor
  • Liz Heaston ’99, first woman to score in a college football game
  • Noah Horton ’02, co-founder of software company Involver, named one of the Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 by Inc. magazine
  • Jay Inslee JD'76, Washington Governor
  • Cal Lee ’70, assistant head coach, University of Hawaii football, one of the most successful U.S. high school football coaches
  • Alex Mandl ’67, non-executive chairman, Gemalto (digital security company) and named “One of America’s Most Powerful Businessmen” by Forbes
  • Adam Messinger '94, Chief Technology Officer for Twitter
  • Dale Mortensen ’61, 2010 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, professor of economics at Northwestern University
  • Lisa A. Murkowski ’79, JD’85, U.S. Senator from Alaska
  • G. Richard Olds ’72, founding dean, School of Medicine, University of California, Riverside
  • Bob Packwood ’54, former U.S. Senator from Oregon
  • Norma Paulus JD’62, former Oregon Secretary of State, first woman to hold statewide elected office in Oregon
  • Gerald Pearson ’26, co-inventor of the first practical device for converting sunlight into power (solar cells)
  • Katie Pierce ’05, 2007 Teach for America Teacher of the Year
  • Punit Renjen MM’86, chairman of the board for Deloitte LLP
  • Otto R. Skopil, Jr. ’41, LLB’46, senior judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Robert Smith '53, former U.S. Representative from Oregon
  • Vic Snyder ’69, former U.S. Representative from Arkansas
  • Nick Symmonds ’06, U.S. Olympic runner
  • Mitch Taylor ’83, senior director, Solar at Applied Materials Inc., long-time veteran of Intel, owns nine patents for ion implementation equipment and microprocessor architecture
  • Marie Watt ’90, contemporary Native American artist
  • Loren Winterscheid ’48, former medical director, University of Washington Medical Center, and assistant dean for clinical affairs, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Steven Wynne '74, JD'77, executive vice president of global marketing for JELD-WEN