List of Duquesne University people – Profilbaru.Com

This is a list of notable persons affiliated with Duquesne University, including alumni, current and former faculty members, and students.

Notable alumni


  • Tom Atkins – actor, Lethal Weapon, The Rockford Files, Harry O, Oz[1]
  • Carl Betz – actor, The Donna Reed Show, Judd for the Defense
  • Peter Brunette – film critic (The Hollywood Reporter) and film historian
  • John Clayton (1976)[2] – NFL writer and reporter for ESPN
  • Werner Herzog[3] – filmmaker (did not officially graduate)
  • Bill Hillgrove (1962)[4] – sports journalist, radio personality, broadcaster
  • Jesse Joyce – stand-up comedian and writer
  • Mark Madden[5] – former World Championship Wrestling commentator, writer, ESPN Radio personality
  • Terry McGovern[6] – film actor, television broadcaster, radio personality, voice-over specialist, and acting instructor
  • Nick Perry[7] – radio-TV personality, infamous after being indicted in scandal involving rigging of Pennsylvania Lottery
  • Joe Starkey – writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; ESPN Radio personality
  • Tim J. Sullivan (1994)[8] – deputy sports editor for the New York Post


  • Alan N. Braverman – Senior Executive Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel of The Walt Disney Company, 2003-present
  • Pat Dudley (MA) – President and marketing director of Bethel Heights Vineyard
  • Ed Grier[9] – President of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California
  • Stanley R. Gumberg – real estate developer[10]
  • Tom Tribone – founder and CEO of Guggenheim Global Infrastructure Company


  • Most Rev. Richard Henry Ackerman – Bishop of Covington (Kentucky), 1960-1978; attended the Second Vatican Council
  • Most Rev. Daniel DiNardo (1969)[11] – Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (2006-present)
  • Most Rev. Ralph Leo Hayes – Bishop of Helena (1933-1935), Rector of the Pontifical North American College (1935-1944), and Bishop of Davenport (1944-1966)
  • Most Rev. Vincent Leonard – Bishop of Pittsburgh (1969-1983)
  • Zola Levitt – Messianic Jewish teacher, author, and television host
  • Adam Joseph Cardinal Maida (1964)[2] – Cardinal, Archbishop of Detroit (1990-present)
  • Thomas L. Thompson (1962) – Biblical theologian, closely associated with the Biblical minimalism movement
  • Most Rev. David Zubik (1971)[12] – Bishop of Green Bay (2003-2007), Bishop of Pittsburgh (2007-present)


  • Mike Basrak[13] – played center and linebacker for NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Joe Beimel[14] – relief pitcher for Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Leigh Bodden – NFL defensive back, New England Patriots
  • Boyd Brumbaugh – former NFL player and first-round draft pick
  • Donn Clendenon (1978)[15] – MLB player for Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets; 1969 World Series MVP
  • Chuck Cooper[16] – first African American player to be drafted into the NBA
  • Mickey Davis – former NBA player for Milwaukee Bucks
  • Aldo Donelli[17] – player and head coach in NFL; member of United States National Soccer Hall of Fame
  • Al Federoff, Major League Baseball player
  • Candace Futrell[18] – WNBA player
  • Chip Ganassi[19] – former professional racecar driver; current professional race team owner
  • Sihugo Green[20] – NBA player (1957; 1959-1966)
  • Korie Hlede[21] – WNBA player
  • Mike James[22] – professional basketball player, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards; has won one NBA Championship
  • Shawn James – professional basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv[23]
  • Ray Kemp – professional football player, first African-American to play for Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Stefan Lundberg[2] – professional soccer player for Pittsburgh Riverhounds
  • Barry Nelson – former NBA player
  • Norm Nixon[24] – professional basketball player for Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, 2-time NBA champion and 4-time All-Star
  • Cumberland Posey[25] – Negro league baseball player, manager, and team owner; Baseball Hall of Famer
  • Dave Ricketts – former MLB player
  • Dick Ricketts[26] – NBA’s first overall pick in annual player draft (1955); also played Major League Baseball
  • Art Rooney[2] – Pittsburgh Steelers founder and former owner, member of Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Dan Rooney[2] – Pittsburgh Steelers president and chairman, member of Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Jimmy Smith[27] – former MLB player; won one World Series
  • Dwayne Woodruff[28] – defensive back for NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers (1979-1990), won one Super Bowl; founding partner of Woodruff, Flaherty & Fardo law firm (now Flaherty Fardo, LLC); currently Judge of Court of Common Pleas in Pittsburgh

Politics and law

  • Donald A. Bailey – politician and lawyer[29]
  • Derrick Bell[30] – legal theorist
  • Mark Ciavarella – Disbarred former Luzerne County judge following the Kids for cash scandal.
  • Anthony Colaizzo – Democratic member of Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1989-1999
  • Father James Cox[31] – Roman Catholic priest, labor activist, and presidential candidate
  • Bob Cranmer[32][33] – County Commissioner of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 1995-1999; former Chairman of Republican Party of Allegheny County
  • Henry Ellenbogen – Pennsylvania Congressman (1933-1938)[34]
  • Gerald Feierstein (M.A. c:a 1975) – diplomat[35]
  • Joseph M. Gaydos (1947)[36] – Pennsylvania delegate to U.S. House of Representatives; first Slovak-American elected to Congress
  • General Michael V. Hayden (1967) (1969)[2] – retired United States Air Force General; former Director of CIA[37]
  • Ernest Kline – Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, 1971-1979; dropped out because of inability to pay[38]
  • Catherine Baker Knoll – Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania[39]
  • Thomas Patrick Melady (1970)[2] – diplomat and professor at the Institute of World Politics
  • Charles Owen Rice – Roman Catholic priest; labor activist
  • Karen Garver Santorum – wife of U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania
  • Thomas E. Scanlon – Congressman (1941-1945)
  • Bud Shuster – Congressman (1972-2001)
  • William S. Stickman IV – Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Terry Van Horne (1968) – member of Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1981-2000[40]
  • Samuel A. Weiss – judge and Congressman (1941 to 1946)


  • Joseph Carl Breil – first person to compose a score specifically for a motion picture
  • Jared DePasquale – composer
  • Gene Forrell – composer and conductor
  • Henry Mazer – conductor and recording artist for Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra[41]
  • Sammy Nestico – composer and arranger of big band music
  • William Schultz (1950)[2] – President and CEO of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
  • Bobby Vinton (graduated 1956; honorary Doctorate in Music in 1978)[2] – “The Polish Prince,” recording artist, called most successful love singer of rock era


  • Ray DiPalma (1966) – poet and visual artist
  • Keith Donohue – novelist; Director of Communications for National Historical Publications and Records Commission
  • Linda O. Johnston – author of mystery and romance novels
  • Jerome Loving (MA) – professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin[42]
  • Sean Parnell – author of Outlaw Platoon[43]


  • George Delahunty – physiologist, endocrinologist, and Lilian Welsh Professor of Biology at Goucher College
  • Dennis Fitch – member of flight crew of United Airlines Flight 232 that crash-landed in Sioux City, Iowa in 1989, credited with saving 185 of 296 aboard, cited as example of benefits of Cockpit Resource Management
  • Constance Flanagan – professor of civil society and community studies[44]
  • Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow – nurse and professor
  • Jenna Morasca – model
  • Monique Samuels – television personality, The Real Housewives of Potomac
  • Laurie Trok – graphic artist

Notable faculty

  • Dr. Francesco Cesareo – Renaissance historian, President of Assumption College (former Dean of the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts)
  • Jerry Clack – Professor of Classical Languages[45]
  • Radhika Gajjala – communications and a cultural studies professor
  • Samuel John Hazo – author of poetry, fiction, essays and plays (Emeritus McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English)
  • James Houlik – tenor saxophonist (Professor of Saxophone and Chair of Woodwinds)
  • Dr. Patrick Juola – expert in field of computer linguistics and security, credited with co-creating original biometric word list (Professor of Computer Science)
  • Maureen Lally-Green – Judge on Superior Court of Pennsylvania (Adjunct Professor at School of Law)
  • Aaron L. Mackler – conservative rabbi (Professor of Theology)
  • Cardinal Adam Maida – Archbishop of Detroit 1990-2009 (former adjunct Professor of Theology at School of Law)
  • Magali Cornier Michael – feminist literary theorist (Associate Professor of English and co-director of Women’s and Gender Studies program)
  • Dr. John E. Murray – author of Murray on Contracts; former dean of University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Villanova University School of Law (University Chancellor and Professor of Law)
  • James Purdy – scholar of digital rhetoric
  • John Walker – concert organist, choirmaster, recording artist (Adjunct Professor of Organ and Sacred Music (1997-2006))
  • Dr. Cyril Wecht – forensic pathologist
  • Dr. Michael Welner – forensic psychiatrist

Heads of Duquesne University

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 as the Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost by a group of Spiritan priests under the leadership of Father Joseph Strub.


Name Tenure Title 1. Rev. William P. Power 1878-1885 Rector of the Pittsburgh Catholic College 2. Rev. John S. Willms 1885-1886 3. Rev. John T. Murphy 1886-1899 President of the Pittsburgh Catholic College(In 1911, the school achieved university status.) 4. Rev. Martin A. Hehir 1899-1931 President of Duquesne University 5. Rev. Jeremiah J. Callahan 1931-1940 6. Rev. Raymond V. Kirk 1940-1946 7. Rev. Francis P. Smith 1946-1950 8. Rev. Vernon F. Gallagher 1950-1959 9. Rev. Henry J. McAnulty 1959-1980 10. Rev. Donald S. Nesti 1980-1988 11. Dr. John E. Murray, Jr. 1988-2001 12. Dr. Charles J. Dougherty 2001-2016 13. Dr. Ken Gormley Appointed

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References for notable alumni

References for heads of Duquesne University

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