Top 10: Notable Whitman Alumni

Hanna Ory

Credit: Alden
Credit: Alden

1. William O. Douglas ’20
Douglas was sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice in 1939. With a term lasting 36 years, he is the longest-serving justice in the history of the Supreme Court.

2. Ralph Cordiner ’22
From 1950-1958, Cordiner served as President of General Electric Corporation. He later went on to become Chairman and CEO of the company.

3. Walter Brattain ’24
Brattain was a physicist and co-inventor of the transitor, for which he won the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics.

4. Al Ullman ’35
Representing Oregon’s 2nd congressional district, Ullman served as a member of the United States House of Representatives for 24 years.

5. Lucile Lomen ’41
Lomen was the first woman to ever serve as a law clerk for a Supreme Court justice. She served under William Douglas, a Whitman alum himself.

6. Adam West ’51
West, an actor, is best known for his lead role in the 1960s TV series and film “Batman.” Since 2000, West has made regular appearances on the animated series “Family Guy,” on which he plays Mayor Adam West, a parody of himself.

7. Webb Miller ’65
Miller is a professor and computational biology pioneer. He was recently featured in Time Magazine 100, 2009: Scientists and Thinkers, amongst the most influential scientists in the world.

8. Morten Laurisden ’65
As a vocal composer, Lauridsen was previously the composer-in-residence of the Lost Angeles Master Chorale. Lauridsen’s vocal compositions are featured regularly in concerts worldwide.

9. Ryan Crocker ’71
Crocker is a former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, most recently, and previously to Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria and Pakistan. He is also a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

10. Ingrid Backstrom ’00
An internationally ranked professional skier, Backstrom has been featured in Warren Miller’s film “Impact” (2004) and was the only female to be featured as one of Powder Magazine’s Future Big Mountain Heroes in 2002.