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Notable Alumni

10 Aug Notable Alumni

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When you become a UofL Card, you’re in good company. You already know about our many famous athletes — Johnny Unitas, Darrell Griffith, Angel McCoughtry and all their gifted colleagues. But many non-athlete UofL grads go on to make a big impact on their professions, their communities – even the world – too. Here are just a few celebrity Cards. You’ll recognize them, or their work, for sure.

  • Marsha NormanShe’s a famous playwright who won a Pulitzer Prize for herplay ‘night, Mother and a Tony Award for writing the book for The Secret Garden.
  • Ben SolleeHe’s a “genre bending cellist and vocalist” who playsthe cello like a rock star (you might have seen him performing at this year’s Hullabalou).
  • Donald ElbertHe headed up the team that invented AstroTurf.
  • Mitch McConnellHe’s the Senate Republican Leader, making him thehighest-ranking elected Republican in this country and a powerhouse in government affairs.
  • Bob EdwardsHe hosts a couple of interview shows bearing his name on Sirius XM radio, plus he used to be the host of NPR’s Morning Edition.


  • Christopher DoddHe’s the U.S. senator from Connecticut and a 2008 presidential candidate.
  • Ed HamiltonHe’s an internationally famous sculptor whose work includesthe bronze Civil War Memorial for African-American soldiers in Washington, D.C.
  • Howard FinemanHe’s a famous journalist, currently working as Newsweek‘s chief political correspondent.
  • Tori Murden-McClure - She was the first American and woman to row solo across the Atlantic (that’s 3,000 miles!).
  • Sharon DarlingShe also is helping make the world a better place by starting the National Center for Family Literacy.
  • Ernie AllenHe’s the president & CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
  • Bill Samuels Sr.He created the famous Maker’s Mark recipe (Kentucky’sbest-known bourbon), which his family still produces today.
  • Sue GraftonShe writes the popular “alphabet mystery series” featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone.
  • James BarnhouseHe helped design the audio systems for Epcot Center at Walt Disney World.
  • H. Charles Grawemeyer - He’s a philanthropist who wanted to make theworld a better place, so he founded UofL’s Grawemeyer Awards to help that happen.
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