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Alumni of Distinction

Young, talented students from around the world come to Pacific to experience a vibrant, student-centered learning environment. Once they graduate, they leave prepared to practice their professions at the highest level, engage in international affairs, and lead global businesses and organizations. Here are a few alumni who have left indelible marks throughout their careers.

Khushwinder Gill '06, Principal
In a time when low test scores and a lack of physical activity are major issues for school children across the country, 2006 Pacific graduate Khushwinder Gill implemented successful afterschool programs to combat both. The school principal was awarded "Principal of the Year" by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 14., 2011, which included $10,000 to help support the programs that she helped establish at the school.

Yoshiaki Onishi '04, Composer
From Emmys to a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement, musicians from University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music have won some of the most prestigious awards in the music industry. Following in that tradition, celebrated composer Yoshiaki Onishi was named a Guggenheim Fellow in April 2018. A conductor deeply engaged in promoting the music of today, he is one of the founding members of Ensemble Exophonie Tokyo and currently its Artistic Director/Conductor/Composer Associate. In 2011, he received the Gaudeamus Prize, one of the most prestigious awards given to young composers, for his composition "Départ dans..." at Gaudeamus Music Week in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on Sept. 11, 2011. The work was selected from nearly 400 compositions.

José Hernández '85, Astronaut

The son of migrant farm workers, José Hernández went from dreaming under the stars to actually reaching them. The 1985 Pacific graduate and former NASA astronaut was one of seven crew members aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on Aug. 28, 2009, when it launched into space. Hernández served as a flight engineer and operated the shuttle's robotic arm. As a child, he helped pick strawberries and cucumbers alongside his family in fields throughout the Central Valley. Born in French Camp and raised in Stockton, Hernández attended Pacific through the Community Involvement Program, a scholarship program for first-generation, underrepresented students, and earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He later received a master's degree in electrical engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dr. Arif Alvi '84, President of Pakistan
Dr. Arif Alvi was elected Pakistan's 13th president on Sept. 4, 2018. One of the founding members of the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and an ally of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Dr. Alvi is also a dentist and orthodontist who graduated from the Dugoni School of Dentistry's Orthodontics program in 1984. In addition to his involvement in politics, Dr. Alvi has served the profession of oral health care in numerous ways. He became a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 1997. He is a past president of the Pakistan Dental Association and was the primary author of the association's constitution. 

Scott Boras '77, '82, Sports Agent
Scott Boras is one of the most powerful people in Major League Baseball. The former minor league outfielder has negotiated some of the game's biggest contracts, including a 10-year, $252 million contract for Yankees' infielder Alex Rodriguez. At Pacific, Boras was known as "Scotty B" and was an outfielder and captain of Pacific's baseball team. After knee injuries ended his career while playing in the minor leagues, Boras went on to earn a pharmacy degree in 1977 from Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and a law degree from Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1982. Shortly after working as a lawyer in the pharmaceutical defense department of a Chicago law firm, he negotiated his first multimillion-dollar contract.

Larry Groupé '79, Composer
Larry Groupé has composed music for countless films, earning awards and praise for his work. Among his accolades, the 1979 Pacific graduate has received two Emmys for the documentary scores for "Jonas Salk: Personally Speaking," and "Residue." He also was nominated for an Emmy for the score to the television series "Mind of a Married Man." His work has also appeared in feature films, including "Straw Dogs," which was released in September 2011. Other films featuring Groupé's music include "Nothing but the Truth," "Resurrecting the Champ" and "The Contender." Over his career, the San Diego resident has composed, conducted and produced more than 80 CD recordings. Groupé's music has also been performed by a number of symphony orchestras.

Dave Brubeck '42, Pianist and Composer (1920-2012)
The late Jazz icon Dave Brubeck was a world-renowned pianist and composer of jazz and classical music whose experimentation with unexplored time signatures introduced millions of listeners to jazz. A 1942 graduate of Pacific, Brubeck achieved extraordinary success throughout his music career, including the Dave Brubeck Quartet's highly acclaimed album "Time Out" (1959), which sold more than one million copies. He was designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, inducted into the California Hall of Fame, and received Kennedy Center Honors and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award among his many accolades. While attending Pacific, he met his future wife, Iola Whitlock, who would later become his business manager and his primary lyricist. A plaque can be found inside the Faye Spanos Concert Hall marking the spot where Dave first met Iola when they were both students at Pacific.

Pacific alumni continue to make an impact in their communities and careers in every walk of life.

Business

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Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific John C. Beyer, '62 former Chair and CEO of Nathan Associates
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Scott Boras '77, '82 Sports agent; founder, Scott Boras Corp.
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Jaclyn Rann Cohen '91 Senior Vice President of programming and acquisitions for TV Land and Nick at Nite
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific  Rebecca Jacoby '83 Senior Vice President of Operations, Cisco
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Constance X. Rishwain '79 President of UGG Australia
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Alex Spanos ‘48 Owner, Los Angeles Chargers, founder A.G. Spanos Companies, philanthropist
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Allan Zaremberg ’78 President, California Chamber of Commerce
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Steven D. Strauss '92 Small business expert: President and founder of The SelfEmployed; author of 17 books, including "Small Business Bible"; syndicated columnist for USA Today's weekly "Ask an Expert."

Education

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John G. Red Horse '62 former dean of Liberal Arts and Co-Principal Investigator of Indian Child Welfare Certificate Program, University of Minnesota Duluth
Lawrence Scadden ‘66 Senior Program Director, National Science Foundation Program for Persons with Disabilities, retired
Chauncey Veatch ‘70 2002 National Teacher of the Year
Frederick A. Wentworth '77 San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools, 1991-2010; former President of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association
 Robert M. Widney 1862 (1838-1929) Founding father and first President of the Board of Directors of the University of Southern California, also founded Los Angeles's first Chamber of Commerce. 

Engineering and Technology

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Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Rear Admiral Paula C. Brown '82 Deputy commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and deputy chief of the Civil Engineers (retired)
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Jose Hernandez ‘85 Former NASA astronaut, mission specialist STS-128
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Ramzi Haidamus '87 Former president of Nokia Technologies
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific George Tchobanoglous '58  International expert in wastewater treatment, water reuse and solid waste management

Entertainment

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Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Dean Butler '79 Actor, documentary film producer
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Robert Culp ’49 (1930-2010) Actor
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Jamie Lee Curtis '80 Golden Globe award winning actress
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific David Gerber ‘50 (1923-2010) Emmy and Peabody Award winning television executive and film producer
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Ken Kercheval ‘57 Actor
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Janet Leigh ‘47 (1927-2004) Actress
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Darren McGavin ‘48 (1922-2006) Actor
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Robert Ulrich '76 Award-winning casting director, Owner, Ulrich-Dawson Casting-Casting for Glee, The Mentalist, CSI
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Jo Van Fleet '40 Tony and Academy Award-winning actress

Government and Public Service

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Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific  Dr. Arif Alvi '84 13th president of Pakistan and accomplished orthodontist
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific John Doolittle '78 Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives (1991-2009)
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Peter Knudsen ‘66 Utah State Senator, Dist. 17 (1999-present)
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Bill Lockyer '86 32nd Calif. State Treasurer, former Calif. Attorney General
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific George Moscone ‘53 California State Senator (1967-76),  37th mayor of San Francisco

Health Sciences

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Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the PacificLawrence "L.B." Brown PharmD '99 President-Elect, American Pharmacists Association (2014-15); Associate Dean, Chapman University School of Pharmacy
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Jannet Carmichael PharmD '81 Pharmacy Executive, Veteran's Affairs Sierra Pacific Network; former President, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (1992-3) 
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Derric DesMarteau DDS ’80 (1951-2009) former Team Dentist to the Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific William Dorfman DDS ‘83 ABC-TV’s Extreme Makeover Dentist, Founder, Discus Dental
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Arthur Dugoni DDS '48 Dean Emeritus, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Past President: ADA, ADA Foundation, AADS, CDA.
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Brig. Gen. Gerald Dieter Griffin '71 Chair of the U.S. delegation of the Interallied Confederation of Medical Reserve Officers, which advises NATO on the development of military medicine, pharmacy and security policy, expert in emergency and military medicine 
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Captain Boyd Robinson DDS ‘76 Dentist to U.S. Presidents, former Chairman of Presidential Support Team

Humanitarian and Religion

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Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Martín Burt '80 founder and CEO of Fundación Paraguaya, has served as Chief of Staff to the President of Paraguay, Vice Minister of Commerce and Mayor of Asunción
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Dolores Huerta '10 (Honorary Degree) Labor Leader/Civil Rights Activist, co-founded the National Farmworkers Association with César Chávez
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Tom Mohr '86 Deputy Chief of Party for Project HOPE, Kazakhstan
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Sakena Yacoobi '77 founder Afghan Institute of Learning, Nobel Peace Prize nominee (2005), National Endowment for Democracy Award for Democracy (2005), Opus Foundation Unsung Heroes Award (2014)

Law

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Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Robert Buccola ’83 Personal Injury attorney, Rated by SuperLawyers.com (2004-14)
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Connie Callahan ’75 Judge, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Morrison England '77, '83 Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Calif.
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific John Gerrard ’81 Judge, U.S. District Court for the State of Nebraska
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific James W. Hardesty ’75 Nevada Supreme Court Justice
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Theodore B. Olson ‘62 Attorney, 42nd Solicitor General of the United States
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Johnnie Rawlinson ’79 Judge, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Ronald B. Robie '67 Associate Justice, California Third District Court of Appeals
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Arthur G. Scotland '74 Presiding Justice, Calif. Third District Court of Appeals, retired

Music

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Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Dave Brubeck ’42 (1920-2012) Jazz musician, founder, The Brubeck Institute
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific David Giovannoni ’76 President, AudiGraphics, Inc., Grammy Award Winner 2006 (Best Historical Album)
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Larry Groupé '79 Award-winning composer (Scores include The Contender, Resurrecting the Champ, Straw Dogs)
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Chris Isaak ‘80 Rock musician and actor

Natural Sciences

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Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Terry Maple '68 Former President/CEO of Zoo Atlanta, behavioral research scientist, educator and author

Olympians

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Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Craig Healy DDS ‘86 Olympic Athlete, Sailing Champion
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the PacificJennifer (Joines) Tamas ‘03 Olympic Silver Medalist, Women's Volleyball (2008)
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Jayne McHugh ‘82 Olympian, Women's Volleyball (1988)
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Alex Obert '16 Olympian, Men's Water Polo (2016)
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Elaina Oden ‘90 Olympic bronze medalist, Women's Volleyball (1992)
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Bradley Schumacher ‘97, ‘05 Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Swimming (1996) and Water Polo team participant (2000)

Sports

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Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Pete Carroll ‘73, ‘78 NFL head coach, Seattle Seahawks
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Dell Demps '92, '98 General Manager, New Orleans Pelicans
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Tom Flores ‘59 Former NFL head coach and general manager
Malia Kamisugi ‘98 Nationally-ranked open ocean outrigger canoe racer
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Eddie LeBaron ‘50 (1930-2015) former All-American football player and sports executive
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Gary Nelson ‘68 USF Golf Coach/Player, U.S. Senior Open
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Michael Olowokandi ‘98 First Overall Pick, 1998 NBA Draft, played for LA Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics

Writing and Journalism

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Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Matt de la Peña '96 best-selling author of young adult novels and children's books; first Latino author to receive prestigious Newbery Medal.
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Sharon Ito '82 former Television anchor, newscaster, KXTV and KCAL
George Knapp '77 Investigative journalist, won two Peabody awards, 19 Emmy Awards and the AP Mark Twain Award for best news writing
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Steve Martini ’74E attorney and best selling Novelist
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Patrick McDowell '81 Southeast Asia Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswire
Opens external site in new browser window; site not necessarily endorsed by the University of the Pacific Kate Moses ’84 co-founder Salon.com, novelist

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