Careers in Classical Studies

A classical education opens the path to fame and riches for you.

You think we are joking?

Have a look at the "classical careers" of these more or less famous people who were all trained in Greek and Latin.

Willamette University's own Classics graduates may not be rich and famous yet (after all, our Classics program was only re-started in 1998), but they are all doing quite well, as you can see here.

Classical Careers

L. Jane Addams

L. Jane Addams

  • Social activist; Born: September 6, 1860 in Cedarville, IL; Died: May 31, 1935 in Chicago, IL
James A. Baker III

James A. Baker III

  • Politician; Born: April 28, 1930 in Houston, TX
Benjamin C. Bradlee

Benjamin C. Bradlee

  • Journalist; Born: August 26, 1921 in Boston, MA
Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown

  • Politician; Born: April 7, 1938 in San Francisco, CA
Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown

  • Novelist, poet, screenwriter, and activist; Born: November 28, 1944, in Hanover, Pennsylvania
Willa Cather

Willa Cather

  • Social activist; Born: December 7, 1873 near Winchester, VA; Died: April 24, 1947 in New York, NY
Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler

  • Author & screenwriter; Born: August 28, 1888 in Chicago, IL; Died: March 26, 1959 in La Jolla, CA
Henry Roe Cloud

Henry Roe Cloud

  • Native American educator and activist; Born: December 28, 1884 on the Winnebago Reservation in Northeast Nebraska; Died: February 9, 1950 in Siletz, Oregon
William S. Cohen

William S. Cohen

  • Politician; Born: August 28, 1940 in Bangor, ME
Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby

  • Harry "Bing" Crosby; Popular singer & actor; Born: May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, WA; Died: October 14, 1977 near Madrid, Spain
Colin Dexter

Colin Dexter

  • Author; Born: September 29, 1930 in Stamford, Lincolnshire, UK
Lian Dolan

Lian Dolan

  • Radio talk show host; Born: 1966
W.E.B. DuBois

W.E.B. DuBois

  • Sociologist and social activist; Born: February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, MA; Died: August 27, 1963 in Accra, Ghana
Angie Reed Garner

Angie Reed Garner

  • Artist; Born: 1969 in Lexington, KY
Charles "Chuck" Geschke

Charles "Chuck" Geschke

  • Computer entrepreneur; Born: September 11, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Porter J. Goss

Porter J. Goss

  • Politician and former director of the CIA; Born: December 10, 1938 in Waterbury, CT
Alex Horne

Alex Horne

  • British stand-up comedian; Born: September 10, 1978, from Sussex, UK.
David Karp

David Karp

  • Fruit detective (journalist & photographer); Born: in New York, NY
Jim Manzi

Jim Manzi

  • Former CEO of Lotus Development Corp.; Born: 1952
Karl Marx

Karl Marx

  • Journalist, political economist, philosopher; Born: May 5, 1818 in Trier, Germany; Died: March 14, 1883 in London
Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

  • Author and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1993); Born: 1931
Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche

  • Philosopher; Born: October 15, 1844 in Röcken, Prussian Province of Saxony, Germany; Died: August 25, 1900 in Weimar, Germany
J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling

  • Joanne Kathleen "Jo" Rowling; Best-selling author and multimillionaire; Born: 1965
Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers

  • British author, translator, and Christian humanist.; British author, translator, and Christian humanist.; Born: June 13, 1893 in Oxford, UK; Died: August 28, 1957 in Witham, Essex, UK
Carl Schurz

Carl Schurz

  • German-American revolutionary, journalist, and politician; Born: March 2, 1829 in Liblar near Cologne, Germany; Died: May 14, 1906 in New York, NY
Lynn Sherr

Lynn Sherr

  • Journalist; ABC news correspondent; Born: March 4, 1942 in Philadelphia, PA
J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien

  • Author of the Lord of the Rings trilogy; Born: January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa; Died: September 2, 1973 in Bournemouth, Dorset, England
Ted Turner

Ted Turner

  • Billionaire philanthropist, cattle breeder, owner of a restaurant chain, and ex-media mogul; Born: November 19, 1938 in Cincinnati, OH
William Weld

William Weld

  • Former governor of Massachusetts (1991-1997); Born: July 31, 1945 in Smithtown, NY