Famous Alumni

Corpus Cordis Aureum members at Commencement

Emory alumni include a U.S. vice president, a Supreme Court justice, U.S. senators and representatives, governors, university presidents, philanthropists, Pulitzer Prize winners, entrepreneurs, entertainers and an astronaut.

The university's 129,600 alumni enjoy the benefits of a vibrant network worldwide, facilitated by the Emory Alumni Association.

Here we share a few of the many contributions made by Emory graduates over the years.

Business

NameSchool and YearAchievement
Facundo BacardiLaw 1996Chairman, Bacardi Limited
Ely R. Callaway Jr.Emory College 1940Entrepreneur;
Founder, Callaway Golf Company
Charles Howard
Candler Sr.
Emory College 1898President, The Coca-Cola Company
Kenneth ColeEmory College 1976Chairman, CEO and Chief Creative Officer,
Kenneth Cole Productions
William Gisel Jr.Law 1978President and CEO, Rich Products Corp.
Robert HenriksonLaw 1972President and CEO, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.
Raymond McDaniel Jr.Law 1983President and CEO, Moody's Corp.
Duncan NiederauerBusiness 1985CEO, NYSE Euronext
Emory WilliamsEmory College 1932CEO, Sears, Roebuck, and Co.
James B. WilliamsEmory College 1955CEO, SunTrust Banks
Robert W. WoodruffEmory College 1912CEO, The Coca-Cola Company

Education

NameSchool and YearAchievement
Warren Akin CandlerEmory College 1875President and Chancellor, Emory
Ernest Cadman ColwellEmory College 1923
Theology 1927
President, University of Chicago
James W. DooleyEmory College 1899 
Business 2002
Theology 2002
Graduate School 2003
Nursing 2005
Law 2006
Public Health 2007
Graduate School 2010
Spirit of Emory
Han Wan-SangGraduate School 1964, 1967 President of three schools:
Korea National Open University,
Jangji University and
Hansung University;
President, Korean National Red Cross
Arthur Hollis EdensEmory College 1928 
Graduate School 1938
President, Duke University
Isaac Stiles HopkinsEmory College 1858President, Emory; First president of
Georgia Institute of Technology
William N. KelleyEmory College 1960 
Medicine 1963
Medical school dean and medical center
CEO, University of Pennsylvania
Howard R. LamarEmory College 1945President, Yale University
Michael L. LomaxGraduate School 1984President, Dillard University;
President, United Negro College Fund
Luis M. ProenzaEmory College 1965President, University of Akron
Henry King StanfordEmory College 1936 
Graduate School 1940
President of five schools:
Georgia Southwestern,
Georgia State College for Women,
Birmingham Southern,
University of Miami and
University of Georgia

Entertainment, Media & Publishing

NameSchool and YearAchievement
H. Jackson Brown Jr.Emory College 1963 Author, "Life's Little Instruction Book"
Kristian BushEmory College 1992"Sugarland" band member; Winner,
Grammy and Country Music Association awards
Fala ChenBusiness 2005Actor
Tinsley EllisOxford College 1977 
Emory College 1979
Blues guitarist
Kirsten HaglundEmory College 2013Miss America 2008
Louis R. HarlanEmory College 1943Pulitzer Prize winner
William Earnest
"Ernie" Harwell
Emory College 1940Legendary sportscaster
Glenda HatchettLaw 1977Host, "Judge Hatchett" TV program
Linton HopkinsEmory College 1992James Beard Award-winning chef
Patricia A. LottierPublic Health 1984CEO, "Atlanta Tribune"
Frank MainEmory College 1986Pulitzer Prize winner
Dumas MaloneEmory College 1910Pulitzer Prize winner
George H. PageEmory College 1957Creator and host, "Nature" TV program
Mike PescaEmory College 1994NPR commentator
Jordan PiousBusiness 2009Winner, "The Amazing Race"
David M. PotterEmory College 1932Pulitzer Prize winner
Amy RayEmory College 1986"Indigo Girls" band; Grammy Award winner
Adam RichmanEmory College 1996Host, "Man vs. Food" TV program
Kai RyssdalEmory College 1985Host, "Marketplace" radio program
Emily SaliersEmory College 1985"Indigo Girls" band; Grammy Award winner
Ferrol SamsMedicine 1945Novelist; Georgia Writers Hall of Fame
Claude F. SittonOxford College 1947 
Emory College 1949
Pulitzer Prize winner
Andrew SlaterEmory College 1979CEO, Capitol Records
Barbara Brown TaylorEmory College 1973Author
C. Vann WoodwardEmory College 1930Pulitzer Prize winner

Government & Politics

NameSchool and YearAchievement
Alben W. BarkleyEmory College 190035th Vice President of the United States
Sanford D. Bishop Jr.Law 1971U.S. House of Representatives
Patricia Collins ButlerLaw 1931Founder, U.S. Supreme Court
Historical Society
Katherine Anne CastorEmory College 1988U.S. House of Representatives
Joseph Maxwell
"Max" Cleland
Graduate School 1968U.S. Senate; Secretary,
American Battle Monuments Commission
Tillie Kidd FowlerEmory College 1963 Law 1967U.S. House of Representatives
Wyche Fowler Jr.Law 1969U.S. Senate;
U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Gordon GiffinLaw 1974U.S. Ambassador to Canada
Newt GingrichEmory College 1965Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
Carte GoodwinLaw 1999U.S. Senate; Time magazine's 2010
"40 under 40" list of civic leaders
Vladimer "Lado" GurgenidzeBusiness 1993Prime Minister, Republic of Georgia
Bill HaslamEmory College 1980Governor, Tennessee
Catharina HaynesLaw 1986Judge, 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
L.Q.C. LamarEmory College 1845U.S. Senate;
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice
Lee Hong-KooOxford College 1957 
Emory College 1959
Prime Minister, South Korea
Elliott H. LevitasEmory College 1952 
Law 1956
U.S. House of Representatives
James A. MackayEmory College 1940 
Law 1947
U.S. House of Representatives;
Founder, Georgia Conservancy
Sam NunnLaw 1961, 1962 U.S. Senate
Larry L. PalmerEmory College 1970U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
Ralph ReedGraduate School 1989Former leader of the Christian Coalition
Leah Ward SearsLaw 1980Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice
Yun Ch'i-HoEmory College 1893 
Graduate School 1908
Author of Korean National Anthem

Health

NameSchool and YearAchievement
Luther FischerMedicine 1899Co-founder, Crawford Long Hospital
(now Emory University Hospital Midtown)
James R. GavinGraduate School 1970 Chair, Board of Directors, Partnership for a
Healthier America; Diabetes expert
Julie LivingstonGraduate School 2001 MacArthur Fellow recipient; Public health historian and anthropologist
R. Bruce LogueEmory College 1943 
Medicine 1937
Pioneering cardiologist
Arnell PatzEmory College 1943 
Medicine 1945
Congressional Medal of Freedom recipient;
Expert in infant blindness and the use
of lasers to treat eye disease
Thomas M. RiversEmory College 1909Director, Rockefeller Institute;
Instrumental in polio vaccine development
Thomas Fort SellersMedicine 1932Director, Georgia Department of Public Health;
Developed "Sellers Stain" used to diagnose rabies
James TurpinEmory College 1949 
Theology 1951 
Medicine 1955
Founder, Project Concern International

Additional Distinctions

NameSchool and YearAchievement
Terrence AdamsonEmory College 1968 
Law 1973
Executive Vice President,
National Geographic Society
Zain AhmedEmory College 2008Founder, Global HEED
M. Lanier "Sonny" CarterEmory College 1969 
Medicine 1973
Astronaut
Brian GallagherBusiness 1992CEO, United Way of America
Robert Tyre
"Bobby" Jones
Law 1929Golf's only Grand Slam winner
Arthur B. KeysTheology 1992Founder, President and CEO of
International Relief
William KelsoGraduate School 1971Director of Archaeology, Historic Jamestowne;
Honorary Commander of British Empire (CBE)
Tiya MilesGraduate School 1995MacArthur Fellow
James B. O'NealOxford College 1977 
Emory College 1979
Co-founder and Executive Director,
Legal Outreach
Elizabeth SholtysEmory College 2007Co-founder with six friends,
Ashraya Initiative for Children

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