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Vanderbilt University

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION

Founded by Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1873. Acquired Peabody College in 1979 after that institution became mired in financial difficulties.

Location:
Nashville, TN

Founding Date:
1873

Team:
Commodores

Radio Station:
WRVU FM 91.1

Enrollment:
11,000

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

STUDENTS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Charles E. Adair
Business
26-Dec-1947   Partner, Cordova Ventures
Bill Alexander
Politician
16-Jan-1934   Congressman from Arkansas, 1969-93
Lamar Alexander
Politician
3-Jul-1940   US Senator from Tennessee
John Amaechi
Basketball
26-Nov-1970   Only openly gay ex-NBA player
Paul S. Atkins
Government
1958   Securities and Exchange Commission
Ed Averett
Computer Programmer
?   Prolific Odyssey 2 game programmer
James Bacchus
Politician
21-Jun-1949   Congressman from Florida, 1991-95
Edward Barnard
Astronomer
16-Dec-1857 16-Feb-1923 Self-taught scientist
Carin M. Barth
Business
c. 1962   President of LB Capital, Inc.
Samuel W. Bartholomew, Jr.
Attorney
6-Jul-1944   Partner, Adams and Reese
Robin Beard
Politician
21-Aug-1939 16-Jun-2007 Congressman from Tennessee, 1973-83
Theodore Bilbo
Government
13-Oct-1877 21-Aug-1947 Archangel of white supremacy
Roy Blount, Jr.
Author
5-Oct-1941   Humorist
David Boaz
Activist
29-Aug-1953   Cato Institute
Richard W. Bolling
Politician
17-May-1916 21-Apr-1991 Congressman from Missouri, 1949-83
Dennis C. Bottorff
Business
c. 1944   CEO of First American, 1991-99
Stuart Bowen
Government
1958   Iraq Inspector General
Joe Bob Briggs
Critic
27-Jan-1953   B-movie film reviewer
David Brinkley
Journalist
10-Jul-1920 11-Jun-2003 The Huntley-Brinkley Report
Cleanth Brooks
Critic
16-Oct-1906 10-May-1994 The Well Wrought Urn
Mack Brown
Football
27-Aug-1951   Head Coach, UT-Austin
William J. Cabaniss
Business
c. 1942   US Ambassador to Czechia, 2004-06
Bill Campbell
Politician
25-May-1953   Mayor of Atlanta, 1994-2002
Brian E. Carlson
Diplomat
1947   US Ambassador to Latvia, 2001-04
Rosanne Cash
Country Musician
24-May-1955   Rhythm and Romance
Frank G. Clement
Politician
2-Jun-1920 4-Nov-1969 Twice Governor of Tennessee
Steve Cohen
Politician
24-May-1949   Congressman, Tennessee 9th
Prentice Cooper
Government
28-Sep-1895 18-May-1969 Governor of Tennessee, 1939-45
Lee Cruce
Politician
8-Jul-1863 16-Jan-1933 Governor of Oklahoma, 1911-15
Donald Davidson
Poet
8-Aug-1893 25-Apr-1968 Agrarian, Southern American poet
Karl Dean
Politician
20-Sep-1955   Mayor of Nashville
Kim Dickens
Actor
18-Jun-1965   Joanie Stubbs on Deadwood
James Dickey
Poet
2-Feb-1923 19-Jan-1997 Deliverance
Jimmie Dodd
Talk Show Host
28-Mar-1910 10-Nov-1964 Winsome Mickey Mouse Club host
K. Terry Dornbush
Business
1933   US Ambassador to the Netherlands, 1994-98
David F. Dyer
Business
c. 1949   CEO of Tommy Hilfiger, 2003-06
James O. Eastland
Politician
28-Nov-1904 19-Feb-1986 US Senator from Mississippi, 1943-78
Linda Ellerbee
Journalist
15-Aug-1944   "And so it goes."
Hiram Wesley Evans
Activist
26-Sep-1881 Sep-1966 KKK Imperial Wizard, 1922-39
David N. Farr
Business
1955   CEO of Emerson Electric
Mark L. Feidler
Business
c. 1955   COO of Bellsouth, 2005-07
Sam Feist
Journalist
21-Jan-1969   CNN Washington Bureau Chief
Russell M. Flaum
Business
c. 1950   EVP at Illinois Tool Works
Duncan U. Fletcher
Politician
6-Jan-1859 17-Jun-1936 Congressman from Florida, 1909-36
Joseph W. Folk
Politician
29-Oct-1869 29-May-1923 Governor of Missouri, 1905-09
Charles M. La Follette
Politician
27-Feb-1898 27-Jun-1974 Congressman from Indiana, 1943-47
Vince Foster
Attorney
15-Jan-1945 20-Jul-1993 Deputy White House Counsel for Clinton
Thomas Frist, Jr.
Business
c. 1939   Co-Founder of HCA
John Nance Garner
Politician
22-Nov-1868 7-Nov-1967 US Vice President, 1933-41
Willie Geist
TV Personality
3-May-1975   Way Too Early with Willie Geist
Julia S. Gibbons
Judge
23-Dec-1950   6th Circuit Court of Appeals
Ellen Gilchrist
Author
20-Feb-1935   In the Land of Dreamy Dreams
Mitch Glazier
Lobbyist
1966   EVP at RIAA
Al Gore
Politician
31-Mar-1948   US Vice President under Clinton
Tipper Gore
First Lady
19-Aug-1948   Estranged wife of Al Gore
Amy Grant
Singer/Songwriter
25-Nov-1960   Christian rocker
John R. Hall
Business
c. 1933   CEO of Ashland, 1981-96
Matthew J. Hart
Business
c. 1953   CEO of Hilton Hotels
Charles O. Holliday, Jr.
Business
1948   CEO of DuPont, 1998-2008
Allan Hubbard
Economist
8-Sep-1947   George W. Bush economist
Robert P. Hunter
Activist
23-Aug-1940   Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Orrin H. Ingram II
Business
5-Jul-1960   CEO of Ingram Industries
Victoria B. Jackson
Business
c. 1955   CEO of Victoria Belle, Inc.
Claude Jarman, Jr.
Actor
27-Sep-1934   The Yearling
Randall Jarrell
Poet
6-May-1914 14-Oct-1965 The Woman at the Washington Zoo
Duncan Jones
Film Director
30-May-1971   Moon
Mickey Kantor
Government
7-Aug-1939   US Secretary of Commerce, 1996-97
Ric Keller
Politician
5-Sep-1964   Congressman from Florida, 2001-09
Richard Kelly
Politician
31-Jul-1924 22-Aug-2005 Congressman snagged in ABSCAM sting
Jim Kever
Business
c. 1952   Voyent Partners LLC
Peter D. Kinnear
Business
c. 1947   CEO of FMC Technologies
Lawrence N. Kugelman
Business
c. 1942   CEO of Health Plan of America, 1986-92
Leonard Lance
Politician
25-Jun-1952   Congressman, New Jersey 7th
Fritz G. Lanham
Politician
3-Jan-1880 31-Jul-1965 Congressman from Texas, 1919-47
J. Hicks Lanier
Business
c. 1940   CEO of Oxford Industries
Ted Lazenby
Business
c. 1931   LNC Corporation
Jeff B. Love
Attorney
c. 1949   Locke Liddell & Sapp
J. Bernard Machen
Educator
26-Mar-1944   President, University of Florida
Delbert Mann
Film Director
30-Jan-1920 11-Nov-2007 That Touch of Mink
Harlan Mathews
Politician
17-Jan-1927   US Senator from Tennessee, 1993-94
Mark P. Mays
Business
c. 1963   CEO of Clear Channel
James C. McReynolds
Judge
3-Feb-1862 24-Aug-1946 US Supreme Court Justice, 1914-41
Ann S. Moore
Business
c. 1949   CEO of Time Inc.
Stanford Moore
Chemist
4-Sep-1913 23-Aug-1982 Amino-acid analyzer
James H. Morgan
Business
c. 1947   CEO of Krispy Kreme
Roy Neel
Government
c. 1948   Al Gore's Chief of Staff, 1993-94
Mark Noll
Historian
1946   Christian historian
Doug Parker
Business
c. 1962   CEO of US Airways
Tom Parker
Judge
19-Aug-1951   Justice, Alabama Supreme Court
James Patterson
Author
22-Mar-1947   Along Came a Spider
W. Robert Pearson
Diplomat
1943   US Ambassador to Turkey, 2000-03
Alice M. Peterson
Business
c. 1952   Syrus Global
Charles Plosser
Economist
19-Sep-1948   President and CEO, Philadelphia Fed
Bill Purcell
Politician
25-Oct-1953   Mayor of Nashville, 1999-2007
Benjamin Quayle
Politician
5-Nov-1976   Congressman, Arizona 3rd
John Crowe Ransom
Poet
30-Apr-1888 4-Jul-1974 God Without Thunder
Arthur F. Raper
Sociologist
8-Nov-1899 10-Aug-1979 The Tragedy of Lynching
Amy Ray
Singer/Songwriter
12-Apr-1964   The Indigo Girls
Catherine B. Reynolds
Philanthropist
c. 1957   Prominent benefactor
William Bradford Reynolds
Government
21-Jun-1942   Reagan administration
Grantland Rice
Sports Journalist
1-Nov-1880 13-Jul-1954 Sportswriter, Idolmaker
Phyllis B. Riggins
Business
c. 1953   Managing Director, Bluffview Capital
Jim Sasser
Politician
30-Sep-1936   US Senator from Tennessee, 1977-95
Andrea Saul
Government
1981   Romney press secretary
Dinah Shore
Singer
29-Feb-1916 24-Feb-1994 See the U-S-A in a Chev-ro-let
Molly Sims
Model
25-May-1973   Delinda Deline on Las Vegas
Richard H. Sinkfield
Attorney
27-Aug-1942   Partner, Rogers & Hardin
John W. Snyder
Government
21-Jun-1895 8-Oct-1985 US Secretary of the Treasury, 1946-53
David B. Speer
Business
6-Apr-1951 17-Nov-2012 CEO of Illinois Tool Works, 2005-12
William T. Spitz
Business
c. 1951   Investment Manager for Vanderbilt, 1985-2007
John R. Steelman
Government
23-Jun-1900 14-Jul-1999 Truman's Chief of Staff
David A. Stonecipher
Business
c. 1940   CEO of Jefferson-Pilot, 1993-2004
David M. Szymanski
Business
c. 1957   Retailing Studies Professor
George W. Tamke
Business
c. 1948   Partner, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Allen Tate
Poet
19-Nov-1899 9-Feb-1979 Mr. Pope and Other Poems
Peter Taylor
Author
8-Jan-1917 2-Nov-1994 A Summons to Memphis
Fred Thompson
Actor
19-Aug-1942   Actor turned Senator from Tennessee
Jack Thompson
Attorney
25-Jul-1951   Video game decency barrator
Park Trammell
Politician
9-Apr-1876 8-May-1936 Governor and Senator from Florida
Hans von Spakovsky
Government
11-Mar-1959   FEC Commissioner
Richard F. Wallman
Business
1951   CFO of Honeywell, 1999-2003
Robert Penn Warren
Poet
24-Apr-1905 15-Sep-1989 First US Poet Laureate
Jack Watson
Government
?   Carter's Chief of Staff
Linda E. Watt
Diplomat
c. 1951   US Ambassador to Panama, 2002-05
Curtis R. Welling
Business
c. 1949   CEO of AmeriCares
David M. Wilds
Business
c. 1941   Managing Partner, 1st Avenue Partners
J. Lawrence Wilson
Business
2-Mar-1936   CEO of Rohm and Haas, 1988-99
Spence L. Wilson
Business
10-Nov-1942   President, Kemmons Wilson, Inc.
Muhammad Yunus
Business
28-Jun-1940   Banker to the Poor

TEACHERS AND PROFESSORS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Sidney Altman
Chemist
7-May-1939   Proved enzyme role of RNA
Samuel W. Bartholomew, Jr.
Attorney
6-Jul-1944   Partner, Adams and Reese
David Blackbourn
Historian
1-Nov-1949   Populists and Patricians
Alfred Blalock
Doctor
5-Apr-1899 15-Sep-1964 "Blue baby" operation
Jack Bogle
Business
8-May-1929   Founder, The Vanguard Group
Stanley Cohen
Scientist
17-Nov-1922   Nerve and skin cell growth factors
Jim Cooper
Politician
19-Jun-1954   Congressman, Tennessee 5th
Donald Davidson
Poet
8-Aug-1893 25-Apr-1968 Agrarian, Southern American poet
Karl Dean
Politician
20-Sep-1955   Mayor of Nashville
Max Delbrück
Scientist
4-Sep-1906 10-Mar-1981 Molecular structure of viral genes (phages)
Larry Diamond
Government
2-Oct-1951   Foreign policy expert
Albert Gore, Sr.
Politician
26-Dec-1907 5-Dec-1998 US Senator from Tennessee, 1953-71
Paul Greengard
Scientist
11-Dec-1925   Signal transduction in the nervous system
Harry R. Jacobson
Doctor
c. 1947   Vice Chancellor for Health at Vanderbilt
Kent A. Jordan
Judge
24-Oct-1957   3rd Circuit Court of Appeals
James T. Laney
Educator
24-Dec-1927   President of Emory University, 1977-93
Horace Harmon Lurton
Judge
26-Feb-1844 12-Jul-1914 US Supreme Court Justice, 1910-14
James C. McReynolds
Judge
3-Feb-1862 24-Aug-1946 US Supreme Court Justice, 1914-41
Roy Neel
Government
c. 1948   Al Gore's Chief of Staff, 1993-94
Richard H. Sinkfield
Attorney
27-Aug-1942   Partner, Rogers & Hardin
Earl W. Sutherland, Jr.
Scientist
19-Nov-1915 9-Mar-1974 Hormones mechanisms (cyclic AMP)
Robert Penn Warren
Poet
24-Apr-1905 15-Sep-1989 First US Poet Laureate

ADMINISTRATORS AND TRUSTEES

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Michael L. Ainslie
Business
c. 1944   CEO of Sotheby's, 1984-94
Dennis C. Bottorff
Business
c. 1944   CEO of First American, 1991-99
Gordon Gee
Educator
2-Feb-1944   President, Ohio State University
John R. Hall
Business
c. 1933   CEO of Ashland, 1981-96
Alexander Heard
Educator
14-Mar-1917 24-Jul-2009 Chancellor of Vanderbilt University, 1963-82
Martha R. Ingram
Business
c. 1936   Chairman of Ingram Industries
Harry R. Jacobson
Doctor
c. 1947   Vice Chancellor for Health at Vanderbilt
J. Hicks Lanier
Business
c. 1940   CEO of Oxford Industries
Horace Harmon Lurton
Judge
26-Feb-1844 12-Jul-1914 US Supreme Court Justice, 1910-14
Stanford Moore
Chemist
4-Sep-1913 23-Aug-1982 Amino-acid analyzer
Catherine B. Reynolds
Philanthropist
c. 1957   Prominent benefactor
Richard H. Sinkfield
Attorney
27-Aug-1942   Partner, Rogers & Hardin
William T. Spitz
Business
c. 1951   Investment Manager for Vanderbilt, 1985-2007
Deborah Taylor Tate
Government
1956   FCC Commissioner
William H. Vanderbilt
Politician
24-Nov-1901 14-Apr-1981 Governor of Rhode Island, 1939-41
J. Lawrence Wilson
Business
2-Mar-1936   CEO of Rohm and Haas, 1988-99
Joe B. Wyatt
Educator
c. 1935   Chancellor of Vanderbilt University, 1982-2000

COACHES

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Bear Bryant
Football
11-Sep-1913 26-Jan-1983 Legendary Alabama head coach
Phillip Fulmer
Football
1-Sep-1950   Head Coach, University of Tennessee
Jeff Lebo
Basketball
5-Oct-1966   Head Coach, Auburn University
Charles McClendon
Football
17-Oct-1923 6-Dec-2001 LSU Head Coach, 1962-79
Bill Parcells
Football
22-Aug-1941   The Big Tuna
Buddy Ryan
Football
17-Feb-1934   Retired NFL Coach
Kevin Stallings
Basketball
1-Oct-1960   Vanderbilt Head Coach
Wallace Wade
Football
15-Jun-1892 7-Oct-1986 Alabama and Duke Head Coach
Ken Whisenhunt
Football
28-Feb-1962   Former Coach, Arizona Cardinals


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