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Oberlin College

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION

Founded 1833 by Presbyterian ministers John Shipherd and Philo P. Stewart, as Oberlin Collegiate Institute. In 1835 it opened admission to blacks, the first college in America to do so. In 1837 women were first admitted, again becoming the first college in America to do so. In 1850 it changed its name to Oberlin College.

Location:
Oberlin, OH

Founding Date:
2-Sep-1833

Team:
Yeomen

Enrollment:
3000

Official Website:
http://www.oberlin.edu/

STUDENTS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Peter Baker
Journalist
c. 1964   Washington Post reporter
Thomas A. Balmer
Judge
1952   Justice, Oregon Supreme Court
Alison Bechdel
Cartoonist
10-Sep-1960   Dykes to Watch Out For
Eric Bogosian
Actor
24-Apr-1953   Talk Radio
Ira S. Bowen
Astronomer
21-Dec-1898 6-Feb-1973 Debunked nebulium
Avery Brooks
Actor
2-Oct-1948   Sisko on Star Trek: DS9
Blanche K. Bruce
Politician
1-Mar-1841 17-Mar-1898 US Senator, former slave
William T. Butler
Doctor
c. 1932   Baylor College of Medicine
John Cazale
Actor
12-Aug-1935 12-Mar-1978 Fredo in The Godfather
Tracy Chevalier
Novelist
1962   Girl with a Pearl Earring
Yvette Clarke
Politician
21-Nov-1964   Congresswoman, New York 11th
Patrick L. Clawson
Government
30-Mar-1951   Washington Institute For Near East Policy
Rachel Cline
Author
?   What to Keep
Stanley Cohen
Scientist
17-Nov-1922   Nerve and skin cell growth factors
Marc Cohn
Singer/Songwriter
5-Jul-1959   Walking In Memphis
Johnnetta B. Cole
Educator
19-Oct-1936   President of Spelman College, 1987-97
Richard N. Current
Historian
5-Oct-1912 26-Oct-2012 The Lincoln Nobody Knows
Martin L. Davey
Politician
25-Jul-1884 31-Mar-1946 Governor of Ohio, 1935-39
Michael Duffy
Journalist
7-Sep-1958   TIME reporter
Lena Dunham
Actor
13-May-1986   Tiny Furniture
Wallace J. Eckert
Astronomer
19-Jun-1902 24-Aug-1971 First scientist hired by IBM
Adrian Fenty
Politician
7-Dec-1970   Mayor of Washington DC, 2007-11
Lee Fisher
Politician
7-Aug-1951   Lt. Governor of Ohio, 2007-11
Nancy Giles
Actor
17-Jul-1960   China Beach
William Goldman
Novelist
12-Aug-1931   Marathon Man
Melissa Fay Greene
Author
30-Dec-1952   Praying for Sheetrock
Jerry Greenfield
Business
14-Mar-1951   Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc.
Erwin Griswold
Attorney
14-Jul-1904 19-Nov-1994 US Solicitor General, 1967-73
Richard Haass
Government
28-Jul-1951   President, Council on Foreign Relations
David M. Halperin
Scholar
2-Apr-1952   One Hundred Years of Homosexuality
Martin Harwit
Astronomer
9-Mar-1931   Helium-cooled rockets and infrared spectroscopy
Jacob Heilbrunn
Journalist
c. 1965   They Knew They Were Right
Walter W. Heller
Economist
27-Aug-1915 15-Jun-1987 Council of Economic Advisers, 1961-64
Ed Helms
Comic
24-Jan-1974   The Daily Show
Edward Everett Horton
Actor
18-Mar-1886 29-Sep-1970 Prolific 1930s comedic actor
Robert M. Hutchins
Educator
17-Jan-1899 17-May-1977 President, University of Chicago, 1929-51
Bill Irwin
Actor
11-Apr-1950   My Blue Heaven
Robert Jervis
Historian
1940   The Illogic of American Nuclear Strategy
John Kander
Composer
18-Mar-1927   Top Broadway composer
Fred Kaplan
Columnist
?   Slate columnist
Robert Kuttner
Editor
17-Apr-1943   The American Prospect
Christopher J. LaFleur
Diplomat
c. 1950   US Ambassador to Malaysia, 2005-07
John Mercer Langston
Politician
14-Dec-1829 15-Nov-1897 First black Congressman elected from Virginia
Henrietta Swan Leavitt
Astronomer
4-Jul-1868 12-Dec-1921 Cepheid variable
Rex Lee
Actor
7-Jan-1969   Lloyd on Entourage
John Mack
Psychiatrist
4-Oct-1929 27-Sep-2004 A Prince of Our Disorder
Michelle Malkin
Columnist
20-Oct-1970   Syndicated conservative columnist
Michael E. Marks
Business
31-Dec-1950   CEO of Flextronics, 1994-2006
Rollo May
Psychologist
21-Apr-1909 22-Oct-1994 Love and Will
John McEntire
Drummer
1970   Tortoise
George Herbert Mead
Philosopher
27-Feb-1863 26-Apr-1931 Pragmatist, social behaviorist
Daniel N. Mendelson
Business
c. 1964   President of Avalere Health
J. Hillis Miller
Critic
5-Mar-1928   Deconstructionist literary critic
Robert A. Millikan
Physicist
22-Mar-1868 19-Dec-1953 Determined the charge of an electron
Lloyd N. Morrisett
Administrator
2-Nov-1929   President, Markle Foundation, 1969-98
Tony Musante
Actor
30-Jun-1936   The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
James C. Napier
Government
9-Jun-1845 21-Apr-1940 Founder of Nashville One-Cent Savings Bank
Merton J. Peck
Economist
17-Dec-1925 1-Mar-2013 Council of Economic Advisers, 1968-69
Liz Phair
Singer/Songwriter
17-Apr-1967   Exile in Guyville
John Wesley Powell
Geologist
24-Mar-1834 23-Sep-1902 Exploration of the Colorado River
Charles B. Purvis
Doctor
14-Apr-1842 14-Dec-1929 Pioneering African-American physician
Willard Van Orman Quine
Philosopher
25-Jun-1908 25-Dec-2000 Two Dogmas of Empiricism
David Rees
Cartoonist
1972   Get Your War On
Edwin O. Reischauer
Diplomat
15-Oct-1910 1-Sep-1990 US Ambassador to Japan, 1961-66
Marcie B. Ries
Diplomat
c. 1950   US Ambassador to Albania, 2004-07
Carl Rowan
Columnist
11-Aug-1925 23-Sep-2000 Chicago Sun-Times columnist
William A. Rugh
Diplomat
10-May-1936   US Ambassador to Yemen, 1984-87
Charles Sawyer
Government
10-Feb-1887 7-Apr-1979 US Commerce Secretary, 1948-53
Jack Schaefer
Novelist
19-Nov-1907 24-Jan-1991 Shane
David Schlesinger
Journalist
15-Apr-1960   Editor-in-Chief of Reuters
William F. Schulz
Activist
14-Nov-1949   Director, Amnesty International, 1994-2006
Allan H. Spear
Politician
24-Jun-1937 11-Oct-2008 President, Minnesota Senate, 1993-2001
Roger W. Sperry
Scientist
20-Aug-1913 17-Apr-1994 "Split brain" hemispheric neurophysiology
Lucy Stone
Activist
13-Aug-1818 18-Oct-1893 American Women's Suffrage Association
Julie Taymor
Film Director
15-Dec-1952   Across the Universe
John Vinocur
Journalist
?   International Herald Tribune correspondent
George Vradenburg
Attorney
14-Mar-1943   Strategic Advisor for AOL Time Warner
Thornton Wilder
Novelist
17-Apr-1897 7-Dec-1975 The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Pete Williams
Politician
10-Dec-1919 17-Nov-2001 US Senator snagged in ABSCAM
Wendell Willkie
Politician
18-Feb-1892 8-Oct-1944 Defeated by Roosevelt in 1940

TEACHERS AND PROFESSORS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Loren Eiseley
Anthropologist
3-Sep-1907 9-Jul-1977 The Firmament of Time
Charles Grandison Finney
Religion
29-Aug-1792 16-Aug-1875 Second Awakening
John Gardner
Novelist
21-Jul-1933 14-Sep-1982 Grendel
bell hooks
Sociologist
9-Sep-1952   Ain't I A Woman
Oscár Jászi
Sociologist
2-Mar-1875 13-Feb-1957 The Dissolution of the Habsburg Monarchy
Robert A. Millikan
Physicist
22-Mar-1868 19-Dec-1953 Determined the charge of an electron
Donald J. Pease
Politician
26-Sep-1931 28-Jul-2002 Congressman from Ohio, 1977-93
Sheldon Wolin
Philosopher
4-Aug-1922   Politics and Vision

ADMINISTRATORS AND TRUSTEES

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Charles Grandison Finney
Religion
29-Aug-1792 16-Aug-1875 Second Awakening
Lee Fisher
Politician
7-Aug-1951   Lt. Governor of Ohio, 2007-11
Erwin Griswold
Attorney
14-Jul-1904 19-Nov-1994 US Solicitor General, 1967-73
Marvin Krislov
Educator
c. 1960   President, Oberlin College
Lloyd N. Morrisett
Administrator
2-Nov-1929   President, Markle Foundation, 1969-98
William E. Stevenson
Diplomat
25-Oct-1900 2-Apr-1985 US Ambassador to the Philippines, 1962-64

COACHES

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
John Heisman
Football
23-Oct-1869 3-Oct-1936 Namesake of the Heisman Trophy


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