List of Vassar College people Last updated October 02, 2019
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notable faculty and alumni of . Vassar College Vassar College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York. Founded in 1861 by Matthew Vassar, it was the second degree-granting institution of higher education for women in the United States, closely following Elmira College. It became coeducational in 1969, and now has a gender ratio at the national average. The school is one of the historic Seven Sisters, the first elite women's colleges in the U.S., and has a historic relationship with Yale University, which suggested a merger before they both became coeducational institutions. Notable alumni Academics Heloise Hersey, class of 1876 – professor of literature  Emily Jordan Folger, class of 1879 – co-founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library Edith Clarke, class of 1908 – America's first female professor of electrical engineering Ruth Wendell Washburn, class of 1913 – educational psychologist Mildred H. McAfee, class of 1920 – president of Wellesley College and first director of WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) Caroline F. Ware, class of 1920 – professor of history at American University and a New Deal activist Mary Bunting, class of 1931 – microbiologist and president of Radcliffe College Winifred Asprey, class of 1938 – pioneering mathematician and computer scientist Nancy Nichols Barker, class of 1946 – professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin Jean Briggs, class of 1951 – anthropologist and expert on Inuit languages  Barbara W. Newell, class of 1951 – first female chancellor of the State University System of Florida, president of Wellesley College Margaret Dauler Wilson, class of 1960 – professor of philosophy at Princeton University Marcia P. Sward, class of 1961 – executive director of the Mathematical Association of America Ellen Rosand, class of 1961 – musicologist, historian, and opera critic Sau Lan Wu, class of 1963 – particle physicist and the Enrico Fermi Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Susan W. Coates, MA 1968 – psychologist, Columbia University M. R. C. Greenwood, class of 1968 – health scientist, president of the University of Hawaii Nancy Dye, class of 1969 – president of Oberlin College Jo Ann Gora, class of 1969 – president of Ball State University Vera Schwarz, class of 1969 – Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University Eugenia Del Pino, class of 1969 – developmental biologist; first Ecuadorian citizen to be elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences (2006) Erica Funkhouser, class of 1971 – poet, professor at MIT Christopher W. Morris, class of 1971 – professor and chair of philosophy at the University of Maryland Gloria Cordes Larson, class of 1972 – politician and president of Bentley University Judith Malafronte, class of 1972 – mezzo-soprano on the faculty at Yale University, winner of the Grand Prize at the International Vocal Competition ´s-Hertogenbosch Michael Kimmel, class of 1972 – sociologist; distinguished professor of sociology at the Stony Brook University; spokesperson of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) Darra Goldstein, class of 1973 – founding editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture; professor at Williams College Anthony Apesos, class of 1975 – painter and professor of fine arts at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University Francisco Xavier Castellanos, class of 1975 – Director of Research at the NYU Child Study Center. Jane Margaret O'Brien, class of 1975 – professor of chemistry and president emerita of St. Mary's College of Maryland Richard L. Huganir, class of 1975 – professor and Director of the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience; investigator with Howard Hughes Medical Institute Iris Mack, class of 1975 – writer, speaker, former MIT professor Jeffrey Schnapp, class of 1975 – former director of the Stanford Humanities Lab, faculty director at metaLAB (at) Harvard Rochelle Lieber, class of 1976 – professor of linguistics at the University of New Hampshire and co-editor in chief of the Language and Linguistics Compass Jyotsna Vaid, class of 1976 – professor of psychology at Texas A&M University Carole Maso, class of 1977 – novelist and essayist, professor of literary arts at Brown University Jamshed Bharucha, class of 1978 – former president of Cooper Union; cognitive neuroscientist Seamus Ross, class of 1979 – dean and professor at the iSchool at the University of Toronto; Founding Director of HATII John Carlstrom, class of 1981 – professor at the University of Chicago, MacArthur Award-winning astrophysicist Sarah Barringer Gordon, class of 1982 – Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania Heinz Insu Fenkl, class of 1982 – author, associate professor of English and Asian Studies at SUNY New Paltz Matthew Koss, class of 1983 – solid-state physicist and professor Mark Burstein, class of 1984 – executive vice president of Princeton University; president of Lawrence University Rebecca Reynolds, class of 1984 – poet, administrator and professor at Rutgers University Keith Scribner, class of 1984 – novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter, essayist and professor at Oregon State University Alison Boden, class of 1984 – author, dean of religious life and the dean of the chapel at Princeton University. David B. Allison, class of 1985 – distinguished professor, Quetelet Endowed Professor of Public Health, UAB Andrea McCarren, class of 1985 – television journalist and educator, first teacher of broadcast journalism at Harvard University Tina Campt, class of 1986 – professor of women's studies at Barnard College Jennifer Summit, class of 1987 – professor of English, former chair of the Stanford University English Department Anne Brodsky, class of 1987 – professor in psychology and gender and women's studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Seamus Carey, class of 1987 – president of Transylvania University Steven A. Cook, class of 1990 – Hasib J. Saabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations Greg Hrbek, class of 1990 – author and professor, Writer-in-Residence at Skidmore College Christina Maranci, class of 1990 – researcher, writer, translator, historian, and professor at Tufts University Maria Fadiman, class of 1991 – ethnobotanist and associate professor of geosciences at Florida Atlantic University Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas, class of 1991 – associate professor of ethics and society at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School Daniel Alexander Jones, class of 1991 – award-winning performance artist and playwright; assistant professor of theatre at Fordham University Sarah Churchwell, class of 1991 – professor of American literature and public understanding of the humanities at the University of East Anglia Kate Moorehead, class of 1992 – Episcopal priest and the tenth dean of St. John's Cathedral and the Diocese of Florida Matt Donovan, class of 1995 – poet, winner of a Whiting Award, chair of the creative writing department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design Erica Field, class of 1996 – economist, professor at Duke University, and winner of the Elaine Bennett Research Prize Emily Berquist, class of 1997 – assistant professor of history at California State University, Long Beach, writer, and historian Ross Benjamin, class of 2003 – translator of German literature John Figdor, class of 2006 – Humanist Chaplain at Stanford University Jean Schneider, class of 1921 – Pulitzer Prize for History winner; research associate of Leonard D. White Ida Hill, class of 1901 – archaeologist, classical scholar and historian Alice D. Snyder – Vassar College English professor Anita Florence Hemmings, class of 1897 – Vassar College's first African-American graduate Belle Turnbull, class of 1904 – award-winning poet  Molly Nesbit, class of 1974 – modern and contemporary art historian  Michael Witmore, class of 1989 – Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library  Heloise Edwina Hersey (1855-1933) was an American scholar of Anglo-Saxon language and literature. A graduate of Vassar College and the first female professor of Anglo-Saxon studies in the United States, she was appointed at Smith College in 1878. Emily Jordan Folger, was the wife of Henry Clay Folger and the co-founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library. During her husband's lifetime, she assisted him in building the world's largest collection of Shakespeare materials. After his death in 1930, she funded the completion of the Folger Shakespeare Library to house the collection, remaining involved with its administration until her death in 1936.
Folger Shakespeare Library is an independent research library on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in the United States. It has the world's largest collection of the printed works of William Shakespeare, and is a primary repository for rare materials from the early modern period (1500–1750). The library was established by Henry Clay Folger in association with his wife, Emily Jordan Folger. It opened in 1932, two years after his death. Activists and philanthropists Mary Louise Frost, class of 1866 – peace activist, editor Mary Boyce Temple, class of 1877 – preservationist and philanthropist Marion Cothren, class of 1900 – suffrage and peace activist, children's author Gertrude Gogin, class of 1908 – YWCA national secretary for girls' programs, 1918-1927 Eleanor Fitchen, class of 1934 – landmarks and environment in New York State Sylvia McLaughlin, class of 1939 – environmental pioneer Patsy Bullitt Collins, class of 1942 – prolific donor and philanthropist June Jackson Christmas, class of 1945 – founder of community psychiatric program Harlem Rehabilitation Center Anne Hendricks Bass, class of 1963 – philanthropist, art collector, documentary filmmaker Phyllis Lambert, class of 1947 – philanthropist and member of the Bronfman family Elizabeth Cushman Titus Putnam, class of 1955 – conservationist and winner of the Presidential Citizens Medal Barbara Coombs Lee, class of 1969 – activist and president of Compassion & Choices Jonathan Granoff, class of 1970 – president of the Global Security Institute Jessie Gruman, class of 1975 – author, founder and president of the Washington-based Center for Advancing Health Urvashi Vaid, class of 1979 – political activist Simon Greer, class of 1990 – president and CEO of Nathan Cummings Foundation, president and CEO of the Jewish Funds for Justice Ilyse Hogue, class of 1991 – president of NARAL Pro-Choice America Ronit Avni, class of 2000 – award-winning filmmaker, founder and executive director of Just Vision Emily Kunstler, class of 2000 – activist and documentary filmmaker Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque, class of 2000 – founder of Journalists for Human Rights Mary Louise Frost Ormsby (1845–1931), later Mary Frost Evans, was an American writer, editor, and educator involved in the peace movement. Mary Boyce Temple was an American philanthropist and socialite, active primarily in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She was the first president of the Ossoli Circle, the oldest federated women's club in the South, and published a biography of the club's namesake, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, in 1886. She also cofounded the Tennessee Woman's Press and Author's Club, the Knoxville Writer's Club, and the Knox County chapter of the League of Women Voters. She represented Tennessee at various international events, including the Paris Exposition of 1900 and at the dedication of the Panama Canal in 1903. Marion Benedict Cothren (1880–1949) was an American suffrage and peace activist, lawyer, and children's author. Adventurers and athletes Alice Huyler Ramsey, class of 1907 – first woman to cross the continent driving a car Ethan Zohn, class of 1996 – Survivor: Africa winner and philanthropist Alice Huyler Ramsey was the first woman to drive across the United States from coast to coast on August 7, 1909. Ethan Zohn, is a motivational speaker, a former American professional soccer player, and a reality television series contestant who won $1,000,000 on Survivor: Africa, the third season of the reality TV series Survivor. He also appeared on the All-Stars edition of the show. After winning Survivor he co-founded Grassroot Soccer, which uses soccer to raise money and awareness to fight HIV/AIDS. Artists and architects Patty Prather Thum, class year unknown (19th century) – painter and art critic Ruth Maxon Adams, class of 1904 – architect Margaret Burnham Geddes, class of 1929 – architect and urban planner Elizabeth Bauer Mock, class of 1932 – influential advocate for modern architecture in the United States Linda Nochlin, class of 1951 – pioneer in the field of feminist art theory Mira Lehr, class of 1956 – artist Nancy Graves, class of 1961 – first woman to solo at the Whitney Museum of American Art Margaret McCurry, class of 1964 – architect Michael Portnoy, class of 1993 – multimedia artist, choreographer, musician, actor and curator Mary Ping, class of 2000 – New York based fashion designer Clancy Philbrick, class of 2008 – contemporary artist Alexa Meade, class of 2009 – uses the human body as a canvas Ruth Inge Hardison – sculptor, artist, and photographer; studied music and creative writing Ruth Starr Rose – artist, lithographer, and serigrapher Elizabeth Coffin, class of 1870 – first person in the United States to receive their Master of Fine Arts Terry deRoy Gruber - Photographer and author Patty Prather Thum was an American artist from Louisville, Kentucky known for her landscapes, paintings of roses, and book illustrations. She studied art at Vassar College and the Art Students League of New York and maintained a portrait and landscape studio in Louisville for 35 years. She taught art, illustrated books and magazines, served as the president of the Louisville Art League, and was the art critic for the Louisville Herald until 1925. Ruth Maxon Adams (1883–1970) was an American architect. Margaret Burnham Geddes was an American architect, urban planner, and activist who worked in Providence, Rhode Island. She designed several early modernist houses in southern New England with partner J. Peter Geddes and worked as a planner for the Providence Redevelopment Agency and as an independent planning consultant. Business Mary F. Hoyt, class of 1880 – first woman to receive a position in the United States federal civil service Louise Seaman Bechtel, class of 1915 – head of the first children's book department in an American publishing house (Macmillan Co.) Martha Firestone Ford, class of 1946 – billionaire, chairman of majority owner of the Detroit Lions, boardmember Henry Ford Health System Martha Rivers Ingram, class of 1957 – chairman of Ingram Industries, multi-billionaire Nina Zagat, class of 1963 – co-founder of Zagat Survey Geraldine Laybourne, class of 1969 – creator of Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite; CEO of Oxygen Media Paula Madison, class of 1974 – president of KNBC Ken Kaess, class of 1976 – CEO of DDB Worldwide Robert Friedman, class of 1978 – president of Classic Media, New Line TV, and AOL, Interactive Marketing & TV Phil Griffin, class of 1979 – president of MSNBC Lurita Doan, class of 1979 – founder of New Technology Management, Inc. James B. Rosenwald III, class of 1980 – co-founder and managing partner of Dalton Investments LLC Pamela Mars Wright, class of 1982 – Trustee of Vassar College, heir to the Mars fortune Mitch Feierstein, class of 1983 – investor, banker and writer Yannis Vardinoyannis, class of 1984 – billionaire; founding member of the Greek Super League and was elected president in 2007; executive vice chairman of the independent oil refinery Motor Oil Hellas Ken Levine, class of 1988 – co-founder of Ghost Story Games (formerly known as Irrational Games) and led to the creation of the " BioShock series". Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn, class of 1989 – owner of Salon 94 Ian Gerard, class of 1990 – co-founder and CEO of Gen Art Caterina Fake, class of 1991 – founder of Flickr Elisabeth Murdoch, class of 1992 – CEO of Shine Limited, daughter of Rupert Murdoch Jon Fisher, class of 1994 – entrepreneur Lee Zalben, class of 1995 – founder of Peanut Butter & Co. Elisa Strauss, class of 1998 – proprietor of Confetti Cakes, a top New York City-based bakery specializing in custom designed cakes Scott Kauffman, CEO of MDC Partners Katia Beauchamp, class of 2005 – founder and Co-CEO of Birchbox Yu Liu (or Eric Liu), class of 2008 – founder of One Cloud Technologies, later acquired by Alibaba Group  Mary Francis Hoyt , a Vassar College graduate, was the first woman to receive a position in the United States federal civil service which was followed by hundreds of thousands of women filling these government positions. She was a centenarian.
United States federal civil service is the civilian workforce of the United States federal government's departments and agencies. The federal civil service was established in 1871. U.S. state and local government entities often have comparable civil service systems that are modeled on the national system, in varying degrees. Louise Seaman Bechtel was an American editor, critic, author, and teacher of young children. She was the first person to head a juvenile book department established by an American publishing house. Drama, film, and television Frances Sternhagen, class of 1951 – Tony Award-winning actress Zuzana Justman, class of 1954, documentary filmmaker and writer Toni Grant, class of 1964 – psychologist and radio host Rebecca Eaton, class of 1969 – award-winning executive producer of on PBS; listed among Masterpiece magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" (2011) Time Margaret Lazarus, class of 1969 – Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ann Northrop, class of 1970 – journalist and activist; co-host of TV news program Gay USA Meryl Streep, class of 1971 – Academy Award-winning actress Mary Nissenson, class of 1974 – Peabody award-winning TV news reporter Eben Fiske Ostby, class of 1977 – animator, vice president of software at Pixar Chip Reid, class of 1977 – CBS Chief White House Correspondent Phil Griffin, class of 1979 – president of MSNBC Lloyd Braun, class of 1980 – media executive, president of ABC (2002–2004) Marion Lipschutz, class of 1980 – film director and co-founder of Incite Pictures Hung Huang, class of 1984 – fashion figure, publisher; listed among Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" (2011)  Jon Tenney, class of 1984 – actor Sakina Jaffrey, class of 1984 – actress Yvonne Welbon, class of 1984 – documentary filmmaker Andrew Zimmern, class of 1984 – chef and TV personality Lisa Kudrow, class of 1985 – Emmy Award-winning actress Jonathan Littman, class of 1985 – multiple Emmy Award-winning producer; president of Jerry Bruckheimer Television Hope Davis, class of 1986 – actress Dan Bucatinsky, class of 1987 – actor, writer, and producer Paul Zehrer, class of 1987 – film and television director, writer, producer, and editor Saar Klein, class of 1989 – Academy Award-nominated film editor Tanya Wright, class of 1989 – actress Carlos Jacott, class of 1989 – actor and writer John Gatins, class of 1990 – Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, and Real Steel Flight  Jonathan Karl, class of 1990 – ABC News Senior Political Correspondent Erika Amato, class of 1991 – singer, actress Noah Baumbach, class of 1991 – Academy Award-nominated writer, director Benjamin Busch, class of 1991 – actor, author, Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Stacy London, class of 1991 – television host, author, and magazine editor Jason Blum, class of 1991 – producer of films, including Academy Award-winning Whiplash Eddie Schmidt, class of 1992 – Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Catherine Kellner, class of 1992 – actress and producer Judd Ehrlich, class of 1993 – director and producer Monica Macer, class of 1993 – writer and producer Carrie Kei Heim, class of 1994 – child actress, now an attorney Erin Daniels, class of 1995 – actress Lecy Goranson, class of 1996 – actress Ethan Zohn, class of 1996 – winner and philanthropist Survivor: Africa Jessi Klein, class of 1997 – comedian Angela Goethals, class of 1999 – actress Marguerite Moreau, class of 1999 – actress Jonathan Togo, class of 1999 – actor Matthew Newton, class of 1999 – actor Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, class of 2000 – two-thirds of the devised theatre company The Debate Society  Justin Long, class of 2000 – actor, Apple Computer spokesperson Bradford Louryk, class of 2000 – Broadway artist and actor Penny Lane, class of 2001 – documentary director and producer, ; assistant professor at Our Nixon Colgate University Alexa Alemanni, class of 2002 – actress Adnan Malik, class of 2003 – Pakistani actor and filmmaker Julia Weldon, class of 2005 – actress Jonás Cuarón, class of 2005 – co-writer of Gravity Grace Gummer, class of 2008 – actress Sasha Velour, class of 2009 – winner of RuPaul's Drag Race (season 9) Jeff Davis – writer and creator of police procedural drama and Criminal Minds MTV's Teen Wolf Aviva Drescher – Season 5 cast member on The Real Housewives of New York City Kerri Green – actress, director Lisa Lassek – film producer and editor Jay Severin – commentator and talk radio host Sandy Stern – film producer, known for his work on the films , Pump Up the Volume , and Being John Malkovich Saved! Lisa Zane – actress Roger Wolfson – screenwriter; wrote for the TV series , Fairly Legal , Saving Grace , The Closer , and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Century City Thomas Dean Donnelly – screenwriter of films such as and an upcoming adaption of the Sahara video games Uncharted Tom Gorai – film producer Alysia Reiner – actress in Orange is the New Black Lester Lewis, television writer and television producer, The Larry Sanders Show Lilli Cooper, class of 2012 – actress in SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical Music Elizabeth Bristol Greenleaf, class of 1917 – collector of folk songs Jane O'Leary, class of 1968 – musician and composer Jamie Broumas, class of 1981 – jazz singer, vocal instructor and arts administrator Jonathan Elliott, class of 1984 – Classical composer Drew Zingg, class of 1981 – guitarist for Steely Dan Joseph Bertolozzi, class of 1981 – composer and musician with works ranging from full symphony orchestra to solo gongs Amy Powers, class of 1982 – Emmy-nominated lyricist, songwriter and producer Alan Licht, class of 1990 – guitarist, composer, writer and, journalist Erika Amato, class of 1991 – singer (Velvet Chain) Linda Lister, class of 1991 – soprano, soloist, professor at the University of Evansville Howard Fishman, class of 1992 – singer, guitarist, bandleader and composer Rachael Yamagata, class of 1996 – singer-songwriter Jamie Christopherson, class of 1997 – musician known for scoring movies and video games Amanda Forsythe, class of 1998 – award-winning soprano; particularly admired for her interpretations of baroque music and the works of Rossini Sam Endicott, class of 1999 – singer ( The Bravery) and John Conway, class of 2000, keyboardist in The Bravery Brian Grosz, class of 1999 – alt-folk musician, member of Skabba the Hut Hayley Taylor, class of 1999 – singer-songwriter and actress whose songs have been featured on many popular television shows, including How I Met Your Mother, Royal Pains, and Pretty Little Liars The Hazzards – ukulele-based band, best known for their cult hit single "Gay Boyfriend" Victoria Legrand, class of 2003 – singer ( Beach House) Genghis Tron, classes of 2005 and 2006 – band composed of Vassar graduates MS MR, class of 2010 – pop duo composed of Max Hershenow and Lizzy Plapinger Politics and law Harriot Eaton Stanton Blatch, class of 1878 – suffragette and daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton Ōyama Sutematsu, class of 1882 – first Japanese woman to earn a college degree Crystal Eastman, class of 1903 – co-author of the Equal Rights Amendment Inez Milholland, class of 1909 – suffragist; known as the martyr of the women's suffrage movement Elinor Morgenthau, class of 1913 – Democratic party activist and spouse of Henry Morgenthau, Jr. Catherine Bauer Wurster, class of 1926 – urban housing reformer Katherine Elkus White, class of 1928 – Democratic Party politician and diplomat, who served as Mayor of Red Bank, New Jersey (1951–1956), chairwoman of the New Jersey Highway Authority (1955–1964), and United States Ambassador to Denmark (1964–1968) Lydia Stevens, class of 1939 – Connecticut House of Representatives (1988, 1990) as a Republican, president of the Greenwich Broadcasting Company Emily W. Sunstein, class of 1944 – campaigner, political activist and biographer Patricia M. Byrne, class of 1946 – U.S. Ambassador to Burma Frances Farenthold, class of 1946 – Texas State Legislator and human rights activist Julie Finley, United States ambassador Pauline Newman, class of 1947 – Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Anne Armstrong, class of 1949 – first female Counselor to the President; Ambassador to the United Kingdom (1976–1977); recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Selwa Roosevelt, class of 1950 – Chief of Protocol of the United States for almost seven years (1982–1989)—longer than anyone has ever served in that position. Sylvia Bacon, class of 1952 – judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia; considered by both Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan as a potential nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States, at a time when no women had yet been appointed to the Court Sarah Goddard Power, class of 1957 – Democratic Party activist and University of Michigan Regent Patricia Fleming, class of 1957 – first director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) Pamela Ann Rymer, class of 1961 – Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Julia Donovan Darlow, class of 1963 – attorney and member of the University of Michigan Board of Regents Diana Gribbon Motz, class of 1965 – Associate Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Margaret Milner Richardson, class of 1965 – IRS commissioner (1993–1997) Bobbie Kilberg, class of 1965 – Republican operative who has worked for Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, president and CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. Susan Combs, class of 1966 – Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Linda Fairstein, class of 1969 – prosecutor in the "Preppie Murder" trial of Robert Chambers and head of sex crimes unit in the Central Park jogger case; author Catherine Abate, class of 1969 – New York state senator, president and CEO of the Community Healthcare Network Margarita Penón Góngora, class of 1970 – First Lady of Costa Rica (1986–1990); advocate and promoter of the principal Gender Equality Law approved by Congress in 1989 Betsy McCaughey, class of 1970 – 72nd Lieutenant Governor of New York (1995–1998), influential critic of Bill Clinton's healthcare proposal Linda R. Greenstein, class of 1971 – legislator and politician, New Jersey State Senate, 14th district Robert H. Edmunds, Jr. – Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court Vicki Miles-LaGrange, class of 1974 – first African-American female to become a United States Attorney Richard W. Roberts, class of 1974 – Judge, United States District Court for the District of Columbia Nancy Killefer, class of 1975 – government consultant Jeffrey Goldstein, class of 1977 – Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance (2010–2011), managing director of the World Bank Alison Renee Lee, class of 1979 – South Carolina Circuit Judge in the Fifth Judicial Circuit and is a nominee for United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. Rick Lazio, class of 1980 – Congressman ( Long Island), executive vice president ( JPMorgan Chase) Bala Garba Jahumpa, class of 1980 – Gambian politician and diplomat Lee A. Feinstein, class of 1981 – U.S. Ambassador to Poland (2009–2012). Benson Whitney, class of 1982 – U.S. Ambassador to Norway Cheryl Kagan, class of 1983 – Maryland House of Delegates from 1995 to 2003 Marc Thiessen, class of 1989 – White House speechwriter (2004–2009) Alfonso H. Lopez, Class of 1992 – Virginia State Delegate Deborah L. Wince-Smith – president of the Council on Competitiveness Michael Wolff (journalist), class of 1975 – author of Fire and Fury Science and medicine Alice G. Bryant, class of 1885 - otolaryngologist and inventor Christine Ladd-Franklin, class of 1869 – psychologist Ellen Swallow Richards, class of 1870 – chemist Ellen Churchill Semple, class of 1882 – geographer Antonia Maury, class of 1887 – astronomer Margaret Floy Washburn, class of 1891 – psychologist Ruth Benedict, class of 1909 – anthropologist Edith Banfield Jackson, class of 1916 – behavioral pediatrician Mary Calderone, class of 1925 – physician Harriet Guild, class of 1920 – physician Grace Hopper, class of 1928 – computer scientist Grace Lotowycz, class of 1938 - botanist; alpinist; Women Airforce Service Pilots Marian Koshland, class of 1942 – immunologist who discovered that the differences in amino acid composition of antibodies explains the efficiency and effectiveness with which they combat a huge range of foreign invaders Vera Rubin, class of 1948 – astronomer Beatrix Ann (McCleary) Hamburg, class of 1944 – first African American admitted to Vassar; psychiatrist, medical researcher Lois Haibt, class of 1955 – computer scientist Heather Lechtman, class of 1956 – materials scientist and archaeologist; Director of the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology (CMRAE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Macarthur Award winner Olga F. Linares, class of 1958 – anthropologist and senior researcher at STRI Patricia Goldman Rakic, class of 1959 – neuroscientist Bernadine P. Healy, class of 1965 – cardiologist; Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (1991–1993), dean of Ohio State University Medical School; president of the American Red Cross (1999–2001) Ellen Kovner Silbergeld, class of 1967 – engineer Alice F. Healy, class of 1968 – psychologist Claudia L. Thomas, class of 1971 – surgeon, helped form the Students' Afro-American Society (SAS) and pushed for the Black Studies program at Vassar Anne B. Young, class of 1969 – neuroscientist Jeffrey Brenner, class of 1990 – founder and executive director of Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers; 2013 MacArthur Award ("Genius Grant") winner Maria Fadiman, class of 1991 – ethnobotanist Writers Patricia Buckley Bozell – author and publisher Elizabeth Williams Champney, class of 1869 – author of Three Vassar Girls series Mary Harriott Norris, class of 1870 – author and dean of women Maria Brace Kimball, class of 1872 – educator, elocutionist, writer Eva March Tappan, class of 1875 – author Jean Webster, class of 1901 – author of Daddy Long Legs Agnes de Lima, class of 1908 – author of Our Enemy the Child Elizabeth Page, class of 1912 – author of The Tree of Liberty (1939) Edna St. Vincent Millay, class of 1917 – Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Nora Benjamin Kubie, class of 1920 – children's writer Lois Long, class of 1922 – writer for The New Yorker Angelica Gibbs, class of 1930 – short story writer for The New Yorker and novelist Marie Rodell, class of 1932 – literary agent and author who managed the publications of much of environmentalist Rachel Carson's writings, as well as the first book by Martin Luther King, Jr Mary McCarthy, class of 1933 – novelist, critic Elizabeth Bishop, class of 1934 – Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950 Eleanor Ruggles (1916-2008) class of 1938, biographer  Ruth Stiles Gannet, class of 1944 – author of the series My Father's Dragon Shana Alexander, class of 1945 – first woman staff writer and columnist for magazine Life Sue Kaufman, class of 1947 – author best known for the novel Diary of a Mad Housewife Charlotte Curtis, class of 1950 – New York Times editor  Alexandra Ripley, class of 1955 – writer best known for (1991), the sequel to Scarlett Gone with the Wind Jane Kramer, class of 1959 – journalist for The New Yorker Mary Oliver, class of 1959 – poet; won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize Gloria Guardia, class of 1962 – novelist and critic Barbara McMartin, class of 1964 – mathematician who became an environmentalist and author of books on the Adirondack Mountains Penelope Casas, class of 1965 – food writer, cookbook author and expert on the cuisine of Spain Reggie Nadelson class of 1966 – mystery novelist and biographer Lucinda Franks, class of 1968& – Pulitzer Prize winner, writer for the New York Times and The New Yorker Sally Gibson, class of 1968 – author, archivist and heritage consultant Mindy Aloff, class of 1969 – editor, journalist, essayist, and dance critic Jane Smiley, class of 1971 – Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Esther Friesner, class of 1972 – prolific science fiction and fantasy author Paula Volsky, class of 1972 – fantasy author Marian Thurm, class of 1974 – author of short stories and novels, has taught Creative Writing at Yale and Columbia Elizabeth Spires, class of 1974 – award-winning poet and children's book writer Paco Underhill, class of 1975 – environmental psychologist and business writer Judith Regan, class of 1975 – controversial publisher Michael Gross, class of 1975 – writer and editor Avery Cardoza, class of 1977 – writer, gambler and publisher Lucette Lagnado, class of 1977 – journalist and novelist Janet McDonald, class of 1977 – writer of young adult fiction Michael Specter, class of 1977 – award-winning journalist for The New Yorker and The New York Times Leonard Steinhorn, class of 1977 – author of The Greater Generation: In Defense of the Baby Boom Legacy; political analyst Victoria Strauss, class of 1977 – fantasy and science fiction author Josip Novakovich, class of 1978 – writer and professor Eric Marcus, class of 1980 – non-fiction writer Melissa Holbrook Pierson, class of 1980 – writer and essayist of non-fiction Peter Spiegelman, class of 1980 – crime fiction author and former Wall Street executive Ned Balbo, class of 1981 – award-winning poet Heinz Insu Fenkl, class of 1982 – award-winning writer, editor and translator Kimberly Quinn, class of 1982 – journalist, commentator and magazine publisher and writer Matthew Kauffman, class of 1983 – journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Hartford Courant A. V. Christie, class of 1985 – award-winning poet David Oliver Relin, class of 1985 – journalist and co-author of the controversial New York Times bestselling book, Three Cups of Tea Scott Westerfeld, class of 1985 – author of the Uglies series, among other novels  Thomas Beller, class of 1987 – author Evan Wright, class of 1987 – author, best known for Generation Kill Mariah Fredericks, class of 1988 – author Adam Langer, class of 1988 – author Elizabeth Gaffney, class of 1988 – novelist and editor Sydney Pokorny, class of 1988 – writer, editor, columnist and activist Rebecca Stead, class of 1989 – award-winning author of children's literature Andy Towle, class of 1980 – blogger and media commentator, editor-in-chief of magazine Genre Richard Miniter, class of 1990 – investigative journalist and bestselling author Jen Van Meter, class of 1990 – comic book writer best known for her Oni Press series as well as series at Marvel and DC Comics Hopeless Savages Nunzio DeFilippis, class of 1991, and Christina Weir, class of 1992 – husband and wife comic book writing team Greg Rucka, class of 1991 – comic book writer Daphne Kalotay, class of 1992 – novelist, short story writer, and professor Meghan Daum, class of 1992 – author, essayist, and journalist Sarah Gray Miller, class of 1993 – editor in chief of lifestyle and decorating magazine Country Living Megan Crane, class of 1994 – novelist Katherine Center, class of 1994 – author Andrew J. Porter, class of 1994 – short-story writer, associate professor of English at Trinity University Joe Hill, class of 1995 – novelist, ; son of Heart-Shaped Box Stephen King Jeremy Jackson, class of 1995 – author of several novels and cookbooks Ryan Singel, class of 1995 – blogger, co-founder of Contextly and Threat Level Carolyn Mackler, class of 1995 – author Jeremy Kaplan, class of 1996 – editor in chief of Digital Trends Rachel Simmons, class of 1996 – author Taije Silverman, class of 1996, poet Owen King, class of 1999 – author; son of Stephen King Melissa Walker, class of 1999 – author Stephen Motika, class of 1999 – poet, editor, and publisher Jesse Ball, class of 2000 – poet and author Shaenon K. Garrity, class of 2000 – webcomics writer and artist Aimee Friedman, class of 2001 – writer of young adult fiction Alexandra Berzon, class of 2001 – Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Shelby Bach, class of 2008 – author M.J. Alexander Augusta Clawson Geri Doran – award-winning poet Michael Scharf – poet and critic Jane Mead – writer Delia Sherman – fantasy writer and editor Kimberly McCreight – author and lawyer Rosianna Halse Rojas – writer, video blogger, social media manager and online personality Attended, but did not graduate Anthony Bourdain ( graduated from ), chef, writer The Culinary Institute of America Janet Cooke, journalist forced to return a Pulitzer Prize for a fabricated story (claimed to have had a degree but did not)  Mike D (Michael Diamond), rapper ( Beastie Boys) Jane Fonda ( graduated from ), actress The Actors Studio Katharine Graham ( graduated from the ), publisher of University of Chicago The Washington Post Anne Hathaway ( graduated from ), actress New York University Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis ( graduated from ), George Washington University First Lady Mark Ronson DJ Curtis Sittenfeld ( graduated from ), author Stanford University Anne-Marie O'Connor, ( graduated from ), journalist, award-winning author of "The Lady in Gold, the Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer" University of California at Berkeley Neil Strauss ( graduated from ), author and journalist Columbia College Rachael Yamagata ( graduated from ), singer Northwestern University Raph Korine ( graduated from ), reality TV personality (Big Brother 2017 UK) the University of Exeter  Fictional
As a famous and historically important college, Vassar has attracted much attention in fictional works. A partial list of cultural references to Vassar can be found here:
Vassar College in popular culture. Faculty Physics and Astronomy Department Political Science Department Other departments Alida Avery, Physiology and Hygiene Harriet Isabel Ballintine, Athletics and Physical Education Mark Dion, visiting lecturer Liza Donnelly, The New Yorker staff cartoonist; American Culture and Women's Studies Louise Holland, Academic, philologist and archaeologist Geoffrey A. Jehle, Economics Abby Leach, Greek Richie Moller, Coach of the Soccer team Joseph Nevins, Geography Aaron Louis Treadwell, Zoology Related Research Articles , the art and literary magazine of Harvard College, is the oldest continuously published college art and literary magazine in the United States. The magazine was founded by Charles S. Gage and William G. Peckham in 1866 and, except for a hiatus during the last years of World War II, has published continuously since then. In 1916, The Harvard Advocate The New York Times published a commemoration of the Advocate's fiftieth anniversary. Fifty years after that, Donald Hall wrote in The New York Times Book Review that "In the world of the college – where every generation is born, grows old and dies in four years – it is rare for an institution to survive a decade, much less a century. Yet the Harvard Advocate, the venerable undergraduate literary magazine, celebrated its centennial this month." Its current offices are a two-story wood-frame house at 21 South Street, near Harvard Square and the University campus. References ↑ Thwing, Charles F. (1895). "What Becomes of College Women". . North American Review 161 (468): 546–53. JSTOR 25103613. ↑ Sullivan, Joan (2016-08-12). "Anthropologist Jean L. Briggs' books on Inuit became classics". The Globe and Mail . Retrieved . 2016-08-21 ↑ Beaton, Gail M. (2012). Colorado Women: A History (book). Boulder, Colorado: University Press of Colorado. ISBN . 978-1607321958 ↑ "Molly Nesbit - Art Department - Vassar College". art.vassar.edu . Retrieved . 2017-05-07 ↑ "Honoring the Bard - Vassar, the Alumnae/i Quarterly". vq.vassar.edu . Retrieved . 2018-12-03 ↑ "Eric Liu on the Launch of Alibaba Language Services | Slator". Slator. 2016-06-21 . Retrieved . 2017-01-10 ↑ Borton, James. " Magazine licensing red-hot in China." . Retrieved on October 21, 2010. Asia Times ↑ "John Gatins Biography". Tribute Entertainment Media Group. 7 January 2013 . Retrieved . 8 January 2013 ↑ Bronski, Peter (October 2011). "Room for Debate". This Is Vassar: The eNewsletter for Alumnae/i & Families. Vassar College . Retrieved . December 7, 2014 ↑ Negri, Gloria (20 July 2008). "Eleanor O'Leary, 92; was biographer, book reviewer". The Boston Globe . Retrieved . 15 September 2019 ↑ Yoffe, Emily (September 1999). "First at the Times". The Washington Monthly. 31 (8). Archived from the original on 2010-12-04. ↑ Stone, Kevin. "A Conversation with Scott Westerfeld" . Retrieved . 4 May 2012 ↑ THE PLAYERS: It Wasn't a Game - The Washington Post ↑ Who is Raphael 'Raph' Korine? Big Brother 2017 finalist - all you need to know
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