From our first graduating class of four women in 1867 — Luthera H. Adams, Harriet H. Brown, Susan A.W. Salisbury and Mary F. Spencer — to today, Ripon alumni have achieved greatness in a variety of fields and industries, and have left an indelible mark on society. It would be impossible to list the many varied accomplishments of all of our 10,000-plus living alumni, so we’ll just list a few.
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- Frank LaFayette Anders ’06, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1906 for heroic actions on May 13, 1899, during the Philippine Insurrection
- Elda Emma Anderson ’22, helped develop atomic bomb at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico; led development of the field of health physics
- Bruno Jacob ’22, founder of National Forensic League
- Spencer Tracy ’24, legendary stage and film actor, winner of two Academy Awards
- Ann Ewing ’41, science writer who coined the term “black hole” in space terminology
- James Megellas ’42, war hero at Battle of the Bulge in World War II
- Roderick Esquivel ’49, doctor, professor, politician, former Vice President of the Republic of Panama
- Oliver E. Williamson ’54 who received a 2009 Nobel Prize in economic science
- Robert McPherson ’57, opera singer
- Richard Bartel ’58, economist, Federal Reserve and Bank for International Settlements in Basil, Switzerland
- Jon Wilcox ’58, lawyer, Wisconsin Supreme Court justice 1992-2007
- Richard Threlkeld ’59, award-winning international news correspondent, reporter, anchor and bureau chief with tenures at both CBS and ABC News.
- Peter Bock ’62, expert on artificial intelligence; NASA scientist; engineering and computer science educator at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
- Al Jarreau ’62, seven-time Grammy Award-winning jazz musician
- Major General Rudolph Ostovich, III ’63, MG, US Army (Retired)
- Cheryl Rofer ’63, Los Alamos national laboratory for 35 years; expert on nuclear topics; CEO of nucleardiner.com
- Harrison Ford ’64, leading movie actor
- Dick Bennett ’65, star-athlete turned star-coach at Eau Claire Memorial High School, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Frances Lee McCain ’66, movie actress
- Tom Bellfort ’67, sound editor who has worked on more than 80 films, won an Academy Award and an Emmy Award
- James Reed ’67, historian, consultant, educator, widely published authority on America’s role in world affairs, active in U.S. State Department’s Fulbright Program
- Rick Kammen ’68, national criminal defense lawyer
- Merline Thoma Lovelace ’68, colonel in the Air Force; author of more than 96 novels, with 12 million copies in print in 30 different countries
- Thomas Reinecke ’68, Rhodes Scholar, nano scientist at Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.
- William Chester Jordan ’69, professor of history at Princeton University
- Charles E. “Rick” Estberg ’75, Department of Defense senior intelligence officer, senior intelligence adviser, NATO, headquartered in Brussels
- Gail Dobish ’76, opera singer
- Howard Draft ’77, founder and CEO of Chicago-based Draftfcb marketing firm, leading marketing expert
- Mark Porubcansky ’77, foreign correspondent; foreign editor of Los Angeles Times newspaper
- José Miguel Alemán ’78, lawyer, director of Multibank Inc. and politician in Panama, national undersecretary of government and justice (1991); secretary of state (1999 to 2003)
- Susan Hedman ’78, Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 administrator
- Dr. Jonathan Muraskas ’78, leading expert on premature neonatalogy
- Justin Niebank ’78, winner of Grammy Awards and Country Music Awards as producer, engineer and mixer of music albums
- Jeffrey W. Bantle ’80, NASA chief flight engineer
- Al Klapmeier ’80, aircraft developer; former CEO of Cirrus Design; CEO and president of Kestrel Aircraft Co.
- Susan Bundock ’82, executive director for American History TV at C-SPAN
- Pamela Roe Durham ’82, director of the Office of Missile, Biological and Chemical Nonproliferation Bureau of International Security & Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State
- Kevin Sheridan ’82, entrepreneur; founder of three companies, including HR Solutions International; keynote speaker; New York Times best-selling author; workplace expert on employee engagement and virtual management
- Thomas J. Horvath ’84, aerospace engineer at NASA Langley Research Center
- Darell Hammond ’96, founder and CEO of KaBOOM!
- Gail Gitcho ’01, communications director for political candidates; national press secretary for Republican National Committee; co-founder of McKay-Gitcho Strategies, a political consulting firm