List of University of Utah people

List of University of Utah people

Notable Alumni

George Albert Smith
Harold B. Lee


* Anson Vasco Call II - First Mayor of Afton, Wyoming (served nine terms) graduated with the first class in 1875
* David N. Sundwall - Executive Director, Utah Department of Health and former Assistant Surgeon General
* E. Jake Garn - former U.S. Senator, R-UT, and Astronaut
* Frank Moss, former U.S. Senator, D-UT
* Karl Rove - Chief political strategist and adviser to George W. Bush attended the University of Utah but never graduated.
* Robert Foster Bennett - U.S. Senator, R-UT
* Ross "Rocky" Anderson - former Mayor, Salt Lake City
* Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. - Current Governor of the State of Utah


* George Albert Smith - former President, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
* David O. McKay - former President, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
* Harold B. Lee - former President, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
* Gordon B. Hinckley - former President, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
*Thomas S. Monson - President, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
* Cecil O. Samuelson - President, Brigham Young University; Latter-day Saint General Authority


* Fawn Brodie - Historian and author.
* LeConte Stewart - American artist primarily known for his landscapes of rural Utah, later became head of the Art Department at the University of Utah from 1938 to 1956
* Orson Scott Card - Science fiction author
* Robison Wells - Novelist
* Shelby Steele - Author and columnist, research fellow at the Hoover Institution
* Vern Bullough - Historian and Sexologist
* Wallace Stegner - American novelist
* Terry Tempest Williams - Author, environmentalist

cience and Engineering

* Alan Kay - Computer scientist, recipient of the Turing Award
* Bui Tuong Phong, inventor of the Phong reflection model and the Phong shading interpolation method
* Henri Gouraud, inventor of Gouraud shading
* Calvin Quate - one of the inventors of the atomic force microscope
* Ralph Hartley - Co-founder of Information Theory (along with Shannon and Hamming), inventor of Hartley Transform and Hartley Oscillator
* Robert Jarvik- Inventor of artificial heart
* Wilbert L. Gore - co-inventor of Gore-tex fabrics


* Keene Curtis - Stage, Film and Television Actor
* Bill Marcroft - Radio and television broadcaster; Former play by play radio announcer for the Utah Utes.
* Bob Trumpy - Former NFL tight end and current Sports broadcasting color commentator
* Bronzell Miller - Actor, NFL player
* Joseph Kearns - Radio, Film and Television Actor
* Mills Lane - Famous television judge and legendary boxing referee
* George Ouzounian (aka Maddox) - Humorist (attended but did not graduate)


* Sterling M. McMurrin - Former E.E. Erickson Professor of Philosophy and U of Utah administrator, U.S. Commissioner of Education, Mormon philosopher


* Alan Ashton - Co-founder of WordPerfect Corp.
* Dave Checketts - American businessman, founder Sports Capital Partners
* David Neeleman - JetBlue founder, chairman and former CEO
* David McGowan - Co-founder of Murray Park Dental also good big brother
* Edwin Catmull - Co-founder of Pixar
* J. Willard Marriott - Founder, Marriott International
* James H. Clark - Founder, Silicon Graphics
* John Warnock - Co-founder of Adobe Systems
* Nolan Bushnell - Founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese
* Stephen R. Covey - Business author, consultant


* Alex Smith - San Francisco 49ers Quarterback, 1st overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.
* Andre Dyson - NFL pro-bowl defensive back
* Andre Miller - NBA player, NCAA All-American
* Andrew Bogut - Milwaukee Bucks forward, 1st overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft left early for the NBA and did not graduate.
* Arnie Ferrin - Former NBA player, four-time NCAA All-American
* Marvin Fleming - NFL tight end, won 5 Super Bowl rings in the 1960s-70s
* Larry Wilson - NFL Hall of Fame member and All-Pro free safety
* Terry Nofsinger - NFL quarterback for St. Louis in 1960s
* Ed Pine - NFL center for San Francisco 49ers
* Eric Weddle - safety for the San Diego Chargers
* Billy McGill - All American basketball player and NBA
* Alan Holmes - All American basketball player
* Charles K. Monfort - Chairman and CEO of the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball
* Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala - former NFL running back
* Chris Shelton - MLB baseball player (1B)
* George Seifert - former NFL head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and the Carolina Panthers
* Jamal Anderson - Former NFL pro-bowl running back
* Jordan Gross - Carolina Panthers offensive lineman
* Keith Van Horn - Former NBA player
* Kevin Dyson - Former NFL wide receiver
* Kim Smith - Sacramento Monarchs, 4 Time Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, 13th pick of 2006 WNBA Draft
* Luther Elliss - Former NFL all-pro defensive lineman
* Michael Doleac-NBA player
* Mike Anderson - Baltimore Ravens running back and 2002 NFL Rookie of the Year.
* Scott Mitchell - back-up quarterback to Dan Marino on the Miami Dolphins and later started at QB for the Detroit Lions
* Shona Thorburn - Minnesota Lynx 7th Overall pick of 2006 WNBA Draft
* Steve Smith - Carolina Panthers pro-bowl wide receiver
* Tom Chambers - Former NBA all-star
* Norm Chow - College Football Coach UCLA, Offensive Coordinator
* John Madsen - wide receiver Oakland Raiders


* Ted Bundy - Notorious serial killer briefly attended Utah's law school prior to his arrest and conviction for kidnapping in 1975.

Notable Faculty

* Mario Capecchi - 2007 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
* Maud Babcock - The first female member of the university's faculty
* Jan Harold Brunvand - Emeritus Professor of English, a well-known American folklorist and urban legends researcher
* Charles E. Dibble (1909–2002) - Distinguished Professor of Anthropology (1939–78), noted Mesoamericanist scholar
* Henry Eyring - Renowned theoretical chemist and twenty-year dean of the graduate school

See also

University of Utah


* Notable Alumni and Faculty

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