Most Likely to Succeed

[Note: this is an expansion of an article that appeared in the Fall 2004 issue of Company]


Alan Alda
Fordham University '56

Don Ameche
Marquette University '29

"Jerry the Dentist"
Peter Bonerz
Marquette University High '56
Marquette University '60

Andre Braugher
St. Ignatius College Prep (Chicago) '80

Actor and Comedian
Chris Farley
Marquette University '86

CSI Capt. Jim Brass
Paul Guilfoyle
Boston College High '67

Home Alone
John Heard
Gonzaga College High (Washington, D.C.) '64

Captain Kangaroo
Bob Keeshan
Fordham University '49

The Producers
Nathan Lane
St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City) '74

Bill Murray

Bill Murray

Chris O'Donnell

Chris O'Donnell

Law and Order Actor
Michael Moriarty
University of Detroit High School and Academy '59

Bill Murray
Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.) '68

Bob Newhart
St. Ignatius College Prep (Chicago) '47
Loyola Chicago '52

Batman Forever's
Chris O'Donnell
Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.) '88
Boston College '94

Mark Russell
Canisius High (Buffalo) '50

"Love and War" Actor
Jay Thomas
Jesuit High (New Orleans) '66

Best Actor
Denzel Washington
Fordham University '77

George Wendt
Campion Jesuit High (Prairie du Chien, Wis.) '66
Rockhurst University '71

Television and movie actor
John McGiver
Fordham University '37


President/CEO of Raytheon
Daniel P. Burnham
Xavier University '68

Sherwin Williams CEO
Christopher Connor
Walsh Jesuit High (Stow, Ohio) '74

Chairman, Adobe Systems
Charles Geschke
Xavier University '62 & '63

L.L. Bean owners
John, James, and Leon Gorman
Cheverus High (Portland, Maine) '49, '50, '52

CEO of Verizon Wirelss
Dennis Strigl
Canisus College '74

Chicago Cubs General Manager
Jim Hendry
Spring Hill College '77

Applebee's Restaurant Chair & CEO
Lloyd Hill
Rockhurst University '85

Anheuser-Busch President
August Busch IV
Saint Louis University '87

President/CEO, Fifth Third Bank
George Schaefer, Jr.
Xavier University '74

St. Louis Cardinals President & CEO
Mark Lamping
Rockhurst University '80

Chair, President,
CEO, Oppenheimer Funds

John Murphy
Boston College High '67

Inventor of the modern ATM
Don Wetzel
Jeusit High (New Orleans) '46

Chairman, CEO of PepsiCo International
Michael White
Boston College High '70


Government New York Representative
Michael McNulty
College of the Holy Cross '69

President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Georgetown University '68

Former Congressman, Mayor of Milwaukee
Tom Barrett
Marquette University High '72

Ohio Congressman
& House Majority Leader

John A. Boehner
Xavier University '77

President of Nicaragua
Enrique Bolanos
Saint Louis University '62

Two-term Maine Governor
Joseph Brennan
Cheverus High (Portland, Maine) '52

Oakland Mayor
Jerry Brown
St. Ignatius College Prep (San Francisco) '55
Santa Clara University '59

Former Senior White House Advisor
Pat Buchanan
Gonzaga College High (Washington, D.C.) '56
Georgetown University '61

Kentucky Senator, ballplayer
James Bunning
Xavier University '53

Former Pennsylvania Governor
Robert Patrick Casey
Scranton Prep '49
College of the Holy Cross '53

Former President
Bill Clinton
Georgetown University '68

Former Congressman
House Majority Whip

Tony Coelho
Loyola Marymount University '64

Florida Congressman
Jim Davis
Jesuit High (Tampa) '75

Former Alabama Senator
Jeremiah Denton
Spring Hill College '46

Mayor of Miami
Manny Diaz
Belen Jesuit Prep (Miami) '73

Illinois Senator
Dick Durbin
Georgetown University '66 & '69

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

Former Prime Minister of Belize
Manuel Esquivel
Loyola University New Orleans '62

Vice Presidential Candidate
Geraldine Ferraro
Fordham University Law '60

Former House Speaker
Tom Foley
Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) '46

Bill Clinton's Press Secretary
Dee Dee Myers
Santa Clara University '83

San Francisco Mayor
Gavin Newsom
Santa Clara University '89

Former Congressman
Henry Hyde
Georgetown University '47
Loyola University Chicago Law '50

Nebraska Governor
Mike Johanns
Creighton University '74

Virginia Congressman
James Moran
College of the Holy Cross '67

Massachusetts Senator
John Kerry
Boston College Law '76

Vermont Senator
Patrick Leahy
Georgetown University '64

Kentucky Congressman
Ken Lucas
Xavier University '70

Former Senate Majority Leader
George Mitchell
Georgetown University '61

Former New Orleans Mayor
Marc Morial
Jesuit High (New Orleans) '76
Georgetown University '83

Former Alaska Governor
Frank Murkowski
Seattle University '55

Arizona Governor
Janet Napolitano
Santa Clara University '79

Mayor of Baltimore
Martin O'Malley
Gonzaga College High (Washington, D.C.) '81

Former Speaker of the House
Tip O'Neill
Boston College '36

Clinton Chief of Staff
Leon Panetta
Santa Clara University '60
Santa Clara University Law '63

President of Peru
Alejandro Toledo
University of San Francisco '71


Johnnie Cochran
Loyola Marymount University '62

Washington State Attorney General
Christine Gregoire
Gonzaga University '77

Illinois Attorney General
Lisa Madigan
Georgetown University '88
Loyola University Chicago Law '94

Lisa Madigan

Lisa Madigan

Supreme Court Justice
Antonin Scalia
Xavier High (New York) '53
Georgetown University '57

Robert Shapiro
Loyola Marymount University '68

Supreme Court Justice
Clarence Thomas
College of the Holy Cross '71


Media New York Times Sportswriter
Dave Anderson
Xavier High (New York) '47

NBC Today Weekend Coanchor
Campbell Brown
Regis University '91

New York Times Editorial Page Editor
Gail Collins
Marquette University '67

New York Times Senior Editor (retired)
William Connolly
University of Scranton '59

National Review Associate Publisher
Jack Fowler
College of the Holy Cross '82

National Catholic Reporter publisher
Tom Fox
Marquette University High '62

National Public Radio Correspondent
Linda Gradstein
Georgetown University '85

Hardball host
Chris Matthews
College of the Holy Cross '72

ABC Sports Commentator
Jim McKay
Loyola College in Maryland '43

Host of The McLaughlin Group
John McLaughlin
Boston College '61

President of CBS Sports
Sean McManus
Fairfield Prep '73

Former Commonweal editors
Peter & Margaret O'Brien Steinfels
Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.) '59 (Peter)
Loyola University Chicago '63 (Peter and Margaret)

CBS White House Correspondent
Bill Plante
Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.) '55
Loyola University Chicago '59

Al Roker
Xavier High (New York) '72

NBC News Senior VP
Tim Russert
Canisius High '68
John Carroll University '72

Former Press Secretary
Pierre Salinger
University of San Francisco '47

TV Talk Show Host
Tom Snyder
Marquette University High '54

News Anchor
Mary Alice Williams
Creighton University '71


New York Met Tenor
Charles Anthony
Loyola University New Orleans '52

Pearl Bailey
Georgetown University '85

Bing Crosby
Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) '20

Harry Connick, Jr

Harry Connick, Jr.

Composer, son of J. Paul Getty
Gordon Getty
St. Ignatius College Prep (San Fransisco) '51

Harry Connick, Jr.
Jesuit High (New Orleans) '85

Jazz pianist
Ellis Marsalis
Loyola University New Orleans '86

Public Service

FCC Commissioner
Kathleen Abernathy
Marquette University '82

U.S. Small Business Administration Director
Hector Barreto
Rockhurst University '83

Former Secretary of Education
Bill Bennett
Gonzaga College High (Washington, D.C.) '61

Army Brigadier General
Vincent Brooks
Jesuit High (Sacramento) '75

Commanding General in Iraq
George Casey
Boston College High '66

Former Commerce Secretary
William Daley
St. Ignatius College Prep (Chicago) '66

National Cancer Institute Director
Andrew C. von Eschenbach
Saint Joseph's University '63
Georgetown University '67

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Anthony Fauci
Regis High (New York) '58
College of the Holy Cross (Medicine) '62

Catholic Relief Services President and Executive Director
Ken Hackett
Boston College High '64

San Francisco Chief of Police
Heather Fong
University of San Francisco '79

Kathleen Abernathy

Kathleen Abernathy

Gene Kranz

Gene Kranz

Heather Fong

Heather Fong

Boston Police Commissioner
Kathleen O'Toole
Boston College '76

Former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
Joseph Califano, Jr.
Brooklyn Prep '48
College of the Holy Cross '52

Former Secretary of Commerce
Mickey Kantor
Georgetown University '68

Former NASA Director of Mission Operations
Gene Kranz
Saint Louis University '54

Ambassador to Singapore
Franklin Lavin
Georgetown University '79 & '85

Former U.S. Surgeon General
Antonia Novello
Georgetown University '75

NASA Administrator
Sean O'Keefe
Loyola University New Orleans '77

Joseph O'Neill
St. Ignatius College Prep (San Francisco) '71

Former CIA Director
George Tenet
Georgetown University '76

Arab American Institute President
James Zogby
Le Moyne College '67


Jesuit Preacher
Walter Burghardt
Xavier High (New York) '31

Walter Burghardt, SJ

Walter Burghardt, SJ

Ft. Wayne�South Bend Bishop
John D'Arcy
Boston College High '49

Yale Divinity School Dean
Harry Attridge
Boston College High '64

Archbishop of Miami
John Favalora
Jesuit High (New Orleans) '54

Belleville (Illinois) Bishop
Wilton Gregory
Loyola University Chicago '69

Washington, D.C., Cardinal Archbishop
Theodore McCarrick
Fordham Prep '49

Jesuit Theologian
John Courtney Murray
Xavier High (New York) '20

Cincinnati Archbishop
Daniel Pilarczyk
Xavier University '65 & '75

Cleveland Bishop
Anthony Pilla
John Carroll University '61 & '67

Bishop of Biloxi
Thomas Rodi
Georgetown University '71

Former Bishop of Fairbanks
Michael Kaniecki, SJ
University of Detroit Mercy '53

Yakima (Washington) Bishop
Carlos Sevilla, SJ
Gonzaga University '60
Santa Clara University '67

Madeville (Jamaica) Bishop
Gordon Bennett, SJ
Loyola High (Los Angeles) '64
Loyola Marymount University '79

Vatican Cardinal
J. Francis Stafford
Loyola College in Maryland '54


Chicago Bulls Former Player and Coach
Bill Cartwright
University of San Francisco '79

Soccer Player
Brandi Chastain
Santa Clara University '91

Brandi Chastain

Brandi Chastain

Yankees Pitcher
David Cone
Rockhurst High '81

Former Boston Celtics Guard
Bob Cousy
College of the Holy Cross '50

Olympic swimmer
Ian Crocker
Cheverus High (Portland, Maine) '00

Buffalo Sabres Hockey Player
Chris Drury
Fairfield Prep '94

Knicks and Magics Center
Patrick Ewing
Georgetown University '85

Bills and Chargers Quarterback
Doug Flutie
Boston College '85

Retired San Diego Charger Quarterback
Dan Fouts
St. Ignatius College Prep (San Francisco) '69

Miami Heat
Brian Grant
Xavier University '94

Cleveland Cavaliers
Tyrone Hill
Xavier University '90

NBA Hall of Famer, Celtics Guard
K. C. Jones
University of San Francisco '56

Legendary Green Bay Coach
Vince Lombardi
Fordham University '37

New York Giants Owner
Wellington Mara
Loyola School (New York) '33
Fordham University '37

NFL Hall of Famer
Gino Marchetti
University of San Francisco '52

NFL Hall of Famer
Ollie Matson
University of San Francisco '52

USA Soccer Team Forward
Brian McBride
Saint Louis University '96

USC Basketball Coach
Frank McGuire
Xavier High (New York) '33

New York Jets Quarterback
Ken O'Brien
Jesuit High (Sacramento) '78

Sub�Four Minute Miler
Tom O'Hara
Loyola University Chicago '64

Penn State Football Coach
Joe Paterno
Brooklyn Prep '45

Tampa Bay Devil Rays Coach
"Sweet" Lou Piniella
Jesuit High (Tampa) '61

Memphis Grizzlies Forward
James Posey
Xavier University '99

Minnesota Twins pitcher
Brad Radke
Jesuit High (Tampa) '91

Former Detroit Lions Strong Safety
Ron Rice
University of Detroit High School
Academy '90

Former NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
University of San Francisco '50

College and Pro Football Hall of Famer
Alex Wojciechowicz
Fordham University '38

NFL Hall of Famer, Celtic Center
Bill Russell
University of San Francisco '56

Former Miami Dolphins Coach
Don Shula
John Carroll University '51

Don Shula

Don Shula

Cleveland Cavaliers Coach
Paul Silas
Creighton University '64

Green Bay Packers
Bob Skoronski
Fairfield Prep '51

Tampa Bay Devil Rays Pitcher
Blake Stein
Spring Hill College '95

Utah Jazz Great
John Stockton
Gonzaga University '84

Boston Bruins Head Coach
Michael Sullivan
Boston College High '86

NFL Commissioner
Paul Tagliabue
Georgetown University '62

Olympic Medalist Swimmer
Eric Vendt
Boston College High '99

New England Patriots
Mike Vrabel
Walsh Jesuit High (Stow, Ohio) '93

Cleveland Browns Offensive Lineman
Paul Zukauskas
Boston College High '97


Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros

William Peter Blatty
Brooklyn Prep '46
Georgetown University '50

Sandra Cisneros
Loyola University Chicago '76

Tom Clancy
Loyola Blakefield (Towson, Md.) '65
Loyola College in Maryland '69

Suspense Writer
Mary Higgins Clark
Fordham University '79

Billy Collins
College of the Holy Cross '63

Pulitzer Prize�Winning Historian
Will Durant
St. Peter's Prep '03
Saint Peter's College '07

Author and Playwright
John Guare
Georgetown University '60

Pulitzer Prize�Winning Historian
David Kennedy
Seattle Prep '59

Mystic River Author
Dennis Lehane
Boston College High '83

Crime Writer
Elmore Leonard
University of Detroit Jesuit High and Academy '46
University of Detroit Mercy '50

That Champion Season playwright
Jason Miller
University of Scranton '61

Author, Communications Theorist
Walter Ong, SJ
Saint Louis University '41

Pulitzer Prize�Winning Historian
Garry Wills
Campion High (Prairie du Chien, Wis.) '51

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