Western High School Alumni of Renown

Stars of yesterday, today and
... tomorrow

Meet a few of the many successful and accomplished women and men who have been part of Western High School. This list will be updated from time to time, so come back often to learn about those who have made us proud.

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Alumni Names, Class Years, Accomplishments and Biographies

Adler, Charlotte "Cherry" Gordon

1947

Theatre and music producer. Founder: Library Theatre. Washingtonian of the Year, 1987.

 

Bakhtiar, Jim

1953

Football star at Western, Bullis Prep and University of Virginia. A life filled with achievement and adventure.

Bell, Brian

1944

Foreign correspondent and USIA representative to many countries. Star football and baseball player at Western and Washington & Lee University.

 

Benton, Thomas Hart

 

Artist. Attended Western while his father, Congressman Maecenas E. Benton, served in the US House of Representatives.

 

Byrd, Harry "Curley"

 

Western coach 1910-11. Coach, University of Maryland 1911. Became University of Md. President (1935-54) and was a candidate for Governor of Maryland in 1954.

Cacheris, Plato

1947

Nationally-known defense attorney.

 

Chew, Geoffrey F.

1940

Theoretical physicist. Professor & Department Chair, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, University of California, Berkeley. 

Clark, David A.

1961

DC City Council Member and Chairman. He dedicated himself to home rule and to fighting social injustice of all kinds.

 

Craighead, Frank Cooper

1935

Wildlife Expert.  

 

Craighead, John J.

1935

Wildlife Expert.  

Fish-Harnack, Mildred

1919

Mildred Fish - Mili to her friends. Western graduate active in resisting Hitler. Hitler personally ordered her execution.

 

Fluckey, Eugene

1929

Rear Admiral, USN. Decorated Naval officer. Awarded the CMOH and four Navy Crosses. He was a great war hero.
Author: "Thunder Below!"

 

Frost-Knappman, Linda

1961

Publishing company executive. Founder: New England Publishing Associates. Author: "ABC-CLIO Companion to Women’s Progress in America" (1994).

 

Gasch, Oliver

1924

Judge, US District Court for the District of Columbia.

Gibson, Ernest W.

1945

Lawyer, Military Officer, Vermont Legislator.

 

Glassie, Henry

1930

Attorney. Restorer of historic buildings in Washington DC. Author: "Victorian Homes in Washington" (1963).

 

Gorman, Margaret Cahill

1923

First Miss America. 1921 "Inter-City Beauty" Contest winner.

 

Gray, Ralph

1933

Editor, writer, and  photographer – National Geographic.

Gray, Tom

1961

Tom Gray is best known for his years as a founding member of The Seldom Scene 1971-1987, and the Country Gentlemen 1960-1964. Tom was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Bluegrass Music Association in 1996. He is active in traditional jazz as well as bluegrass. Tom was born in Chicago, 1941, raised in Washington D.C., and now resides in Kensington MD

 

Greer, Jane

1944

Film and TV actress. Starred in many 1940’s films.

 

Harllee, John

1930

Rear Admiral, USN (ret.). Chair, Federal Maritime Commission, 1963-69. Author.

 

Holdridge, John H.

1941

Foreign Service Officer and Ambassador to Far Eastern nations. Member, National Security Council 1969-73. Assistant Secretary of State, 1981-83.

 

Holland, Janice

1930

Artist and illustrator of children’s books. Author: "They Built a City: The Story of Washington, DC"

Howze, Charlie

1946

Charlie Howze made one art, music, his real life. Click on Charlie's bio to hear him play Duke Ellington tunes.

 

Kimmel, Husband E.

1900

Rear Admiral, USN. Commander in Chief, US Fleet & Pacific Fleet. Falsely blamed for Pearl Harbor disaster and recently exonerated in full. Campaign effort led by son, Edward R. "Ned" Kimmel, Captain, USN (ret.), Western class of 1938.

 

Kiplinger, Austin H.

1935

Editor Emeritus of The Kiplinger Letter. Co-Chair Leadership Committee of The City Museum of Washington DC.

Leps, Paul, Jr.

1958

Paul is Zucchini the Magic Clown.

 

Meyer, Sylvia

1924

Harpist with National Symphony Orchestra. Married Oliver Gasch, Western class of 1924.

 

Mulvey, Fred

 

Coach, Western High School (1941-1962).

 

Mumford, Thad

1968

Songwriter for Sesame Street. Producer and writer for many popular television shows such as M*A*S*H, ALF, and Roc.

 

Newton, Elmer S., M.D.

 

Principal, Western High 1914-1942.

 

Nordlinger, George, M.D.

1922

Professor of Surgery, George Washington University; Vice-Chair, Dept. of Surgery, GWU Medical School.

Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan

1914

Author: The Yearling, Cross Creek, and other works.

 

Robb, Irene Rice

1913

Teacher (1919-1952) and Principal (1952-59), Western High. 

 

Schreibman, Michael

1962

Musical production and concert producer. 

Scott, David R.

1949

Astronaut. He walked on the moon.

Steinem, Gloria

1952

Feminist leader. Founding editor: Ms Magazine.

 

Stout, Ernest G.

1931

Aerospace executive and airplane designer. Developed first supersonic seaplane.

 

Strong, Birney

1937

Captain, USN. Naval pilot, World War II. One of most decorated men of WWII.

 

Taussig, Joseph K.

1895

Admiral, USN. Naval Academy athlete in track & football. Served in Spanish-American War, 1907 around the world cruise of the ‘White Fleet’, WW I. Prior to WW II, was Commandant, 5th Naval district, Norfolk, Va. Retired 1945. Admiral Taussig’s father was Rear Admiral Edward D. Taussig. (ret. 1909).

 

Taussig, Joseph K. Jr.

1936

Captain, USN. Naval officer from 1941 to 1954. Awarded Navy Cross for actions as officer on USS Nevada during Pearl Harbor attack. Later served as administrative officer at Pearl Harbor and at the US Naval Academy.

 

Tong, Kaity

1965

TV news journalist. She is one of the first high-profile Asian Americans in local television. She has worked at KCRA, WABC, and WPIX. Tong was recognized by the Chinese America Arts Council for her excellence in communication. She has received a Distinguished Woman award from the Chinese American Planning Council and a Champion of Excellence Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans. A naturalized citizen, she has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for her work.

 

Wallace, Beverly

1952

Actress in TV, commercial, and corporate films. 

Whelan, William F.
“Wild Bill”

1947

Cornetist. Leader of ‘Dixie Six’ and other traditional jazz groups in Washington DC area, at The Bayou and other sites.

White, Edward H.

1948

Astronaut. First American to walk in space. Perished in fire aboard Apollo.

 

Woodmansee, Glen

1946

Trombonist with Jimmy Dorsey & other bands.

 

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