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​Notable Veteran Alumni

Syracuse University has long provided educational opportunities for veterans, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because of the perspective and experience service members bring to campus.

Collins speaking at Syracuse University
Colonel Eileen Collins ’78
From its leadership role in the original  G.I. Bill  to the  Institute for Veterans and Military Families  and the new  National Veterans Resource Complex , Syracuse University is a place where veterans can thrive.


  • William “Bill” F. Allyn G’59
    Chief Executive Officer and President of Welch Allyn, Inc., founded Handheld Products, Inc. and Everest VIT, served on multiple foundation boards
  • Brad Anderson ’43
    American cartoonist and creator of the comic strips  Marmaduke  and  Grandpa’s Boy
  • Louis F. Bantle ’51
    C.E.O. of U.S. Tobacco, philanthropist and humanitarian
  • Robert A. Beck ’50
    Chairman and CEO of Prudential, leader of United Way of America, influential in federal politics
  • Joseph “Beau” Biden III L’94
    Former Federal Prosecutor and Delaware Attorney General
  • Major General Franklin J. Blaisdell ’71
    Commandant of the Armed Forces Staff College, Director of Strategic Security and Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, recipient of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit
  • Bill Coghill ’72
    Vietnam veteran, recipient of two Purple Hearts, football athlete, archaeologist
  • Colonel Eileen Collins ’78
    The first woman astronaut to both pilot and then command a Space Shuttle mission
  • Major General Peggy Combs ’85
    First female general officer from upstate New York, First female Commander of U.S. Cadet Command, Joint Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Operations Officer for U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), Chief of Staff for the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission
  • John T. Connor ’36
    President and Chief Executive of Merck, 16th Secretary of Commerce,CEO of Allied Signal
  • Gerald Cramer ’52
    2006 George Arents Pioneer Medal recipient, Syracuse University’s highest alumni honor
  • David M. Crane D’80
    Legal scholar and Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court of Sierra Leone
  • Michael Crow D’85
    Arizona State University President
  • Maj. Gen. James E. Freeze G’67
    Chairman of the Board for Pinkerton Government Services, Inc., (“PGS”) and Paragon Systems, Inc
  • Marshall M. Gelfand ’50
    Started the successful entertainment management firm Rennert & Feldman, LLP
  • Alan Gerry H’13
    Founder of Cablevision Industries and Granite Associates, LP, philanthropist
  • Samuel V. Goakjian ’52
    Chairman and CEO of Consolidated Westway Group, Inc.
  • Patrice Grant ’97, ’06
    Producer/Editor for the American Forces Network (AFN), honored as one of the Veterans in Blue for the Air Force
  • Aaron Hudson ’11
    Technology Analyst for J.P. Morgan
  • Richard M. Jones ’92, G’95
    Executive Vice President of CBS, lecturer and veterans advocate
  • Bernard R. Kossar ’53, L’55
    Trustee, active Board of Advisors member, and guest lecturer at Syracuse University
  • David C. Knapp ’47
    President Emeritus of the University of Massachusetts
  • Seymour ‘Cy’ Leslie ’45
    Founder of Pickwick Records, President of CBS Video Enterprises, and Founder and Chairman of MGM/UA Home Entertainment Group
  • Donald S. MacNaughton, Jr. ’39, L’48
    President and Chief Executive Officer of Prudential, President of Hospital Corporation of America, Syracuse University College of Law trustee
  • John M. McHugh ’70
    21st Secretary of the Army
  • Jack Milton ’51
    Successful owner of Milton CAT, philanthropist, and wartime veteran
  • The Honorable Norman A. Mordue L’71
    Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient, New York State Supreme Court justice, Northern District of New York Senior Judge appointed by President Clinton
  • Daniel Patrick Moynihan H’84
    United States Senator, Ambassador to the United Nations, Ambassador to India, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy Planning and Research for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, Counselor to the President on Urban Affairs for President Nixon
  • Dr. Franklin Story Musgrave ’58
    Accomplished pilot and only astronaut to fly on all five NASA Space Shuttles
  • Bismarck Myrick G’73
    Senior Foreign Service diplomat, U.S. Ambassador to Lesotho
  • Stacy L. Pearsall ’05
    Combat photographer, author, educator, military consultant, public speaker and founder of the Veterans Portrait Project
  • Lorimer Rich ’14
    Architect who designed the Tomb of the Unknowns
  • Arthur Rock ’48
    Venture capitalist and philanthropist
  • Senator Warren Bruce Rudman ’52
    State Attorney General and later U.S. Senator from New Hampshire
  • William Safire ’51, H’78
    Nixon speechwriter, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and author
  • Colonel F. William (Bill) Smullen G’74
    Director of the National Security Studies program and Senior Fellow in National Security Affairs at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School
  • Melvin T. Stith G’73, D’77
    Former Dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Business and former Dean of the Florida State University College of Business
  • John P. White G’64, D’69
    U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs, and Logistics, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget,Chairman and CEO of Interactive Systems, Senior Vice President for National Security Research Programs for RAND, recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Public Service from the Department of Defense
  • Martin J. Whitman ’49
    Founded the M.J. Whitman LLC and authored several books. The Martin J. Whitman School of Business is named in his honor.
  • John A. Williams ’50
    Author, 1970 Syracuse University Centennial Medal for Outstanding Achievement recipient
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