Missy Marlowe BS’94, champion collegiate gymnast and Olympic competitor
Marlowe was just 17 when she competed as a gymnast at the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. She began her freshman year at the U the following January, in 1989. She went on to become the 1992 NCAA All-Around Champion.
J. Willard Marriott BA’26 and J. Willard Marriott Jr. BA’54, founder of and successor to the Marriott hospitality company
Marriott, Sr. founded Marriott International, Inc., a worldwide hospitality company that had its origins when he and his wife, Alice S. Marriott BA’27, opened a nine-seat root beer stand in Washington, D.C., in 1927; he died in 1985. Marriott, Jr. succeeded his father as chief executive officer of Marriott Corp. in 1972.
Robert “Bob” McDonald MBA’78, former head of U.S. Veterans Affairs, and of Procter & Gamble
McDonald became president and chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble in July 2009 and chair of the board in early 2010. He later served as U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs from 2014 to 2017. McDonald graduated in the top 2% of his West Point class and served as a captain in the U.S. Army for five years before joining P&G in 1980.
Bobby McFerrin ex’78, 10-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist and composer
Best known for his 1988 hit song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” (which won Song of the Year and Record of the Year honors), McFerrin is a 10-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist and composer. He has collaborated with performers including pianists Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Yo-Yo Ma.
David Oman McKay BS 1897, ninth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The ninth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1951-1970), McKay guided the post-World War II church through a critical period of transition. He was recognized with awards and honors including a Special Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Utah Alumni Association in 1970, the year he died.
L. Ralph Mecham BS’51 MPA’51, director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts for more than 20 years
Mecham served under three chief justices and occupied the position of director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts for more than 20 years, longer than any other director in the history of the office. In recognition, the primary conference facility in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building was named in his honor.
Wataru “Wat” Misaka BS’48, the first person of color in what eventually became the NBA
The 5’7” Misaka was key to the University of Utah’s miraculous drives to 1944 and 1947 national championships. Known for his speed and agility, despite his small size, he later played for the New York Knicks, becoming the only Japanese-American to have played professional basketball at the highest level in the United States. Read "That's Just How It Was
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Hanno Mottola BA’00, Utah basketball champion and former NBA player
The fourteenth all-time basketball scorer in U of U history, Mottola was the first Finnish national to play in a regular-season NBA game. He previously played as a forward for the Atlanta Hawks and joined the Finnish team Torpan Pojat in September 2009.
John Naisbitt BA’52, best-selling author, served in two presidential administrations
Naisbitt is author of the best-selling Megatrends, Global Paradox, Megatrends for Women: From Liberation to Leadership (with Patricia Aburdene), and other books, including European and Asian best sellers. A former executive with IBM and Eastman Kodak, Naisbitt served as assistant secretary of education under President John F. Kennedy and as a special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson.
David Neeleman ex’81, founder and former CEO of JetBlue Airways
Brazilian-born Neeleman co-founded Morris Air and continued as an executive after its acquisition by Southwest Airlines. After leaving Southwest, he founded JetBlue, and later left it to found the Brazilian domestic carrier Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras.
John C. Nelson MD’69 MPH’93, adviser to the National Institutes of Health
Nelson, FACOG, FACPM, is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist from Salt Lake City, Nelson is also a past president of the American Medical Association.
Martin Newell PhD’75, groundbreaking computer scientist who created the Utah teapot
The British-born Newell is perhaps best known as the creator of the Utah teapot, a significant advance in 3-D rendering. At Xerox PARC, he worked on JaM, a predecessor of PostScript. JaM stood for “John and Martin”—the John was John Warnock, co-founder of Adobe Systems. Newell retired as an Adobe Fellow at Adobe Systems.
John Nogawski BS’82, a president and chief operating officer for CBS Television Distribution
Nogawski was previously president of CBS Paramount Domestic Television, where he helmed sales efforts for first-run series including Entertainment Tonight and The Insider, as well as off-network launches for Medium, NCIS, and Frasier.
Raymond J. Noorda BS’49, former president, CEO and chair of Novell Inc.
The former president, chief executive officer and chair of Novell Inc., Noorda grew the company into a powerhouse as its CEO from 1983-1995. He is known as the “Father of Network Computing” for helping grow the emerging technology to today’s level.
Josephine “Jody” K. Olsen BS’65, former deputy director of the Peace Corps
Olsen, now a visiting professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work, served as deputy director of the Peace Corps for the previous seven years after having begun her distinguished international career in 1966 as a volunteer in Tunisia.
Josephine “Jody” K. Olsen
Gerold Ottley MFA’67, former musical director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Ottley was music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 1974 to 1999. Under his direction, the choir received honors including two Emmy Awards and two Platinum records. Just prior to his appointment with the choir, he served as the assistant chair of the U of U School of Music.