Notable Alumni

One of the fundamental beliefs of The Putney School is that students “work not for marks, badges, or honors; but to discover truth and to grow in human understanding and knowledge of the universe, to treasure the hard stretching of oneself, to render service.” Many of our accomplished alumni have embodied this philosophy as leaders in their respective fields, contributing their knowledge, skills and talent to make the world a better place.

Sam Amidon ’99
Musician

David Amram ’48
Composer

Tim Asch ’51
Anthropologist, filmmaker

Carlos Buhler ’72
Mountaineer

Tim Caldwell ’82
Olympic cross-country skier, son of John Caldwell

Dave Cole ’96
Sculptor

Carlton Cuse ’77
Television writer/executive of LOST

Tim Daly ’74
Actor

Lydia Davis ’65
Writer, Man Booker International Prize recipient

Thulani Davis ’61
Playwright, journalist, librettist, novelist, poet, and screenwriter

Barnaby Dorfman ’86
Inventor, technology products

Mahdi ElMandjra ’50
Moroccan futurist, economist and sociologist

Kai T. Erikson ’49
Sociologist

David Griffiths ’60
Physicist, teacher

William B. Gray
United States Attorney for Vermont

Andrea Gruber ’83
Soprano

William Hinton ’36
Author, agricultural advisor, People’s Republic of China

Joan Hinton ’39
Atomic physicist, dairy farmer in China

Lee Hirsch ’90
Filmmaker

Jeffrey Hollender ’73
CEO Seventh Generation Inc.

Reid Hoffman ’85
Web entrepreneur, co-founder of LinkedIn

Felicity Huffman ’81
Actor

Jeffrey Jones ’64
Actor

Harper Simon ’90
Singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, son of Paul Simon

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend ’69
Lieutenant Governor, Maryland

Kerry Kennedy ’77
Lawyer and human rights activist

Bill Koch ’73
Olympic cross-country skiing medalist

Mike Ladd ’88
Hip Hop Artist

Jonathan Lash ’63
Hampshire College President

Ellen Hamilton Latzen ’99
Actor

Téa Leoni (Pantaleoni) ’84
Actor

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, ’52
Journalist, critic, novelist

J. Anthony Lukas ’51
Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author

Sally Mann ’69
Fine-art photographer

Joanna Miles ’58
Emmy award-winning actress in The Glass Menagerie

Adrian Morris ’46
Painter

Errol Morris ’65
Filmmaker

Nell Newman ’78
Co-founder/owner, Newman’s Own

Heather Nova ’83
Musician and songwriter

Ken Olin ’72
Actor, director and TV producer

Bob Perelman ’64
Poet, literary critic and professor

Jonathan Piel ’57
Science journalist, past editor of Scientific American

Tyler Rasch ’06
Television personality

Noel Rockmore ’47
Painter, portraitist

Martha Rockwell ’62
Olympic cross-country ski racer

Jonathan Rosenbaum ’61
Film critic

Christopher Rowland ’81
Journalist

Demetria Royals ’73
Filmmaker

Jonathan Schell ’61
Author

Wallace Shawn ’61
Actor, playwright

Lucy Shelton ’61
Soprano

Alexis Stewart ’83
Television host, daughter of Martha Stewart

Peter Willcox ’72
Greenpeace activist, Arctic Sunrise captain

John Bell Young
American concert pianist

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