Notable Alumni

Culver alumni and alumnae are making profound differences around the world each day using the values, knowledge, and lessons learned during their time at Culver. Here are just a few Culver graduates who have made, and continue to make, amazing contributions to society.

Robert Baer
CMA 1971

Former CIA operative and author of the memoir, “See No Evil,” upon which the film “Syriana,” featuring George Clooney, was based.

Frank Batten
CMA 1945

Communications entrepreneur, founder of The Weather Channel.

Evan Bayh
Woodcraft Camp 1969

Former two-term U.S. senator and two-term governor of Indiana. He also served Indiana as Secretary of State.

Dierks Bentley
Woodcraft Camp 1988

Platinum and gold country music recording artist.

Elizabeth Bernstein
CGA 1982

Award-winning journalist and columnist for the Wall Street Journal.

David Burpee
CMA 1913

Head of W. Atlee Burpee & Co., the seed company that popularized the “War Garden” movement in World War I, which became known as “Victory Gardens” during World War II.

Edward D’Ancona
CMA 1928

Notable pinup artist of the mid-1930s to 1950s, painting glamour pictures used on calendars and in advertisements.

Kurt Elling
Summer Camp Naval Band 1985

Grammy-winning jazz performer.

Molly Engstrom
CGA 2001

Bronze and silver medal winner with the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team.

Ernest K. Gann
CMA 1930

Author and screenwriter whose work includes the novel and screenplay for “The High and the Mighty”, Disney’s “The Last Flight of Noah’s Ark,” “Fate is the Hunter” and the TV miniseries “Masada.”

Miles D. White
CMA 1973

Chairman and CEO of Abbott Laboratories. He is also Chairman of the Culver Educational Foundation Board of Trustees.

Sally Hodder MD
CAG 1972

One of the world's foremost authorities on infectious disease and the HIV-AIDS epidemic.

Hal Holbrook
CMA 1942

Oscar and Tony Award winning actor, appearing in “All The President’s Men,” “Midway,” “Capricorn One,” “Creepshow,” and his own one-man play, “Mark Twain Tonight.”

Kath Lingenfelter
CGA 1992

Television writer and producer for HBO's "Westworld," the award-winning FOX television show “House M.D.”, SyFy’s “Caprica,” the award-winning ABC show “Pushing Daisies,” and “The Leftovers,” among other programs.

Joshua Logan III
CMA 1927

Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning director and writer of Broadway productions and movies, including “South Pacific,” “Mister Roberts,” “Bus Stop,” “Camelot” and “Paint Your Wagon.”

Edmund H. North
CMA 1928

Oscar-winning screenwriter for “Patton,” and “The Day The Earth Stood Still,” which has been placed in the U.S. National Film Registry.

Roger Penske
Woodcraft Camp 1950

Auto racing legend, chairman of the board and CEO of Penske Corporation, a diversified transportation services company.

Brian Reichart
CMA 1968

President and CEO of Red Gold, LLC, a family-owned and operated tomato processing company, headquartered in Elwood, Indiana.

Ron Rubin
CMA 1968

Ron Rubin is the Minister of Tea and CEO of The Republic of Tea.

George M. Steinbrenner III
CMA 1948

Principal owner of the New York Yankees baseball team since 1973 until his death in 2010.

Hal Steinbrenner
CMA 1987

Managing general partner, co-chairperson, New York Yankees.

Jon Scieszka
CMA 1972

Award-winning author of numerous bestselling children’s books, including “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales,” “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” the Time Warp Trio series and the best-selling “Guys Read” series of books.

Gene Siskel
CMA 1963

Movie critic for the Chicago Tribune and half of the famed television duo Siskel and Ebert.