Pride : Notable Alumni
Norman Bridwell (Herron 1949, Honorary Doctor of Letters, 1994) is an author and illustrator who created the beloved children's character Clifford the Big Red Dog, the leading figure in a series of children's books and later a popular PBS (Public Broadcasting System) television program.
Vija Celmins (Herron 1961) is an internationally renowned painter and printmaker whose works can be found in collections worldwide, from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Tate Museum in London. She was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1997 in recognition of her body of work and her creative influence.
Senator Dan Coats
Dan Coats (Law 1971) has enjoyed a stellar career in public service,
including the U.S. House of Representatives (1981-88), the U.S. Senate
(1988-1999), the U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany
(2001-2005), and is currently again a U.S. Senator for Indiana (2011-present).
» U.S. Senator for Indiana website
Rob Day (Herron 1984) is a renowned illustrator whose works have adorned
magazine covers (including Time, Esquire, GQ, Entertainment Weekly,
Smithsonian, Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated's famed swimsuit issue) as
well as album and CD covers. His client list has included figures not only
in the entertainment industry but editorial, advertising, corporate and
publishing fields, as well.
» View Rob Day's official website
Shari Lynn Himes
Shari Lynn Himes (Liberal Arts 1987) is a filmmaker and playwright who has
worked on film crews (Malcolm X, TV's ER) throughout her career. She was
the first manager of the Legacy Theater at the Indiana State Museum in White
River Park. Her award-winning short film A Song for Jade was a
semifinalist for the 2004 20th Century Fox Searchlab competition. She
specializes in museum theater and created the play Life on the Avenue, which
was featured at the 2004 Annual Association of Museums Conference and Expo.
Bill Peet (Herron 1936) carved out a unique and dynamic career as an author
of children's books and as a screenwriter and illustrator for Walt Disney
studios. Peet spent 27 years working for Disney, highlighted by his work on
such scripts as 101 Dalmatians and The Sword In the Stone. He also wrote 34
children's books during his long and storied career.
» View Bill Peet's official website
Dan Quayle (Law 1974) served as the 44th Vice President of the United States
under President George H.W. Bush. During his political career, Quayle was a
two-term U.S. representative and two-term U.S. Senator. He writes a
nationally syndicated newspaper column and is the author of three books,
Standing Firm, The American Family: Discovering the Values that Make Us
Strong and Worth Fighting For.
» View bio from Quayle's website
Mark Roesler (Law 1982) is an attorney who has taken his career as a
celebrity agent to new lengths: past death! He has helped families of such
deceased entertainment and sports figures as Babe Ruth, Marilyn Monroe,
Elvis Presley and Princess Diana by protecting the intellectual property
rights of those American and international icons' public personas. He also
has advised or testified on behalf of such living celebrities as Bill Cosby,
Muhammad Ali, Jeff Gordon, Bill Gates and Hugh Hefner.
» View Mark Roesler's official website
David Wolf (Medicine 1982), an Indianapolis native who also holds a degree in engineering from
Purdue-West Lafayette, put both his medical and
engineering training to good use at NASA as a member of the astronaut corps.
He served as a flight surgeon with the United States Air Force and has been a
member of three space missions, including a stint as an American
representative on Russia's Mir space station and was part of the assembly
teams that helped build the international space station. He was NASA's
"Inventor of the Year" in 1992.
» View NASA bio
Trischa Zorn (Law 2005) is the most decorated Paralympian in the history of the Games, and has earned 55 swimming medals (41 of them gold) and holds eight world records. Zorn retired as a competitive athlete after the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, and was elected to carry the U.S. flag in the closing ceremonies of the Games. She was an alternate to the 1980 U.S. Olympic team and was nominated as a candidate for the Sports Illustrated's "Woman of the Year" in 1988. She formerly taught in Indianapolis and plans to use her training in law school to become a youth advocate.