​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.

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 2013
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