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Library Exhibits: Famous Faces from the Fordham Archives

Of the thousands of photographs in Fordham's archives, several dozen capture the faces of some of the most famous faces in the 20th and 21st centuries. Some of the pictures are there because the person in question attended Fordham University. In this group are Alan Alda, Mary Higgins Clark, Vince Lombardi, Donald Trump, and Denzel Washington.

Many of them were recipients of Honorary Degrees. Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman, and Richard Nixon are among the United States Presidents who received degrees. Others include Robert and Ted Kennedy, Seamus Heaney, the Noble laureate poet, Irving Berlin, and Helen Hayes.

Other well-known people who graduated from Fordham include Don DeLillo (FCRH,1958), notable novelist who won the National Book Award in 1984; Joseph McCluskey (FCRH,1933) and Thomas Courtney (FCRH,1955) who won Olympic Gold Medals for track in 1932 and 1956 respectively; and Charles Osgood (FCRH, 1954), radio and television newsman. Susan Lucci, longtime star of "All My Children," and Rosalind Russell, stage and screen star, both attended Marymount College. Susan graduated in 1968 and Rosalind left college after her freshman year.

Perhaps the most unlikely celebrity who studied at Fordham is Virginia O'Hanlon, Ph.D., Graduate School of Education, who is the Virginia of "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause."


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