Make-A-List Monday: Ivies and Ivy-Type Schools

This list is for MPs who were students or alumni at either the Ivy League schools (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth and the University of Pennsylvania) or a college or university that, in my subjective opinion, might as well be an Ivy school as far as selectivity, prestige, etc. I count the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels of those schools.

(And please, no complaining about which schools I deemed to be Ivy or almost-Ivy.)

Boston University
Margaret Mary Kilcoyne

University of California, Berkeley
James Nicholas Gray
Roger Lenard Jung
Kristin Deborah Modaferri
Kieran A. Murphy
Sergei Turin

University of California, Los Angeles
Michael William Negrete
Gavin Smith

California Institute of Technology
Jeremy Freeman Crocker

Carnegie Mellon University
Sean P. Friel
Andrew Karis

University of Chicago
John Andrews Cheek
Joseph Laurence Halpern
Lewis Barrett Welch Jr.

Columbia University
Steven Norman Chait
Jesus Maria De Galindez

Duke University
Sandra Hamby Prince
Bradford T. Turek

Harvard University
Kawika David Benjamin Chetron
Jenny Sun-Reisberg
Michael Jay Amico Wallace
Charles White Whittlesley

Johns Hopkins University
Sneha Ann Philip

Middlebury College
Lynne Kathryn Schulze

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Jamie Jean Laiaddee
Amy B. Sher

New York University
James Christopher Scavone (admitted there, hadn’t enrolled yet)
Susan Walsh

University of Pennsylvania
Jerry Tang

Princeton University
Matthew Kirkby Gale Jr.
Andrew Carnegie Whitfield

University of Rochester
Charlotte Heimann

Stanford University
Kawika David Benjamin Chetron (again)
Ylva Annika Hagner

University of Texas, Austin
Robert Curtis Coe

Tulane University
Thomas Hale Boggs Sr.

United States Military Academy
Maura Murray (though she transferred out)

Vassar College
Samuel Arthur Todd

University of Virginia
Paresh Jain

College of William and Mary
Thomas L. Duesterhaus
Ann Linda Riffin

Williams College
Charles White Whittlesley (again)

Yale University
Samuel Arthur Todd (again)

19 thoughts on “Make-A-List Monday: Ivies and Ivy-Type Schools

    • Peter Henderson Jr. April 15, 2014 / 6:39 am

      Well Angie Cornell University should get a honorable mention. As far as I know it’s the only Ivy League school to graduate a serial killer; Michael Ross.

      The first of his eight victims was Cornell graduate student, Dzung Ngoc Tu, 25, who was murdered just weeks before Ross graduated in 1981. Tu got her undergraduate degree from Vassar College.

      Just like you theorized in your post at first it was believed that Tu was a suicide victim. Her death was not connected to Ross until he confessed to her rape and murder years later.

      A macabre connection: Both Dzung Ngoc Tu and Christopher Ting Fung Dennis, were international agriculture majors

      The Strange Case Of Michel Ross – Cornell Alumni Magazine…/Feature2.html

      • Angie April 15, 2014 / 8:34 pm

        I’ve never heard of this guy before. Thanks for sharing! It’s really creepy reading about the details of his first murder…I’ve had classes in the lecture hall where Dzung Ngoc Tu was last seen alive, and I used to walk over the bridge that he threw her body from to get to class every day. I’m glad I didn’t know about this case when I went to school there.

        Cornell seems to have a lot of random sexual assaults for some reason. When I went there I was always getting crime alert emails about “forcible touching incidents” on the street and even creeps trying to break into women’s apartments to sexually assault them. Plus there was the “Collegetown Creeper” a few years ago…there’s even a Charley Project case possibly linked to him:

    • Meaghan April 18, 2014 / 8:21 am

      I applied at Cornell. I suppose it’s just as well that I didn’t get in.

  1. Kat April 16, 2014 / 6:41 am

    The first link wouldn’t work for me, keeps coming up 404.

  2. Cattt April 16, 2014 / 1:42 pm

    Is there anyone from University of Washington or a college/university in Washington.

    • Peter Henderson Jr. April 16, 2014 / 3:37 pm

      Hi Cattt


      Georgeann Hawkins was a student the University of Washington in 1974. She was last seen alive on June 10th when she stopped to help a seemly disabled student with his briefcase. The man she met was Ted Bundy and he bludgeoned her with a crowbar then handcuffed her.

      Bundy drove out of town onto a dirt road outside of Issaquah, dragged Georgeann out of the car into a clearing, and struck her unconscious again with the crowbar. He then took a length of cord he kept in his car and strangled her to death.

      He dragged the body some thirty feet away from the car into a small grove of trees, and there he carefully undressed her.

      Fifteen years later, on the eve of his execution, he remembered undoing a pin that had helped keep her pants closed – a detail police had kept confidential. He then had sex with Georgeann’s corpse until dawn.

      Georgann was a cheerleader and a Pierce County Daffodil Festival Princess while at Lakes High School in her home town of Tacoma, Washington.

      Described by fellow classmates as pretty, kind, and caring, she was a Lakes High School class of 1973 graduate. Tragically, it is believed by many of her long ago friends that her most admirable attributes helped lead to her abduction and murder. Georgann’s remains have never been found.

      Many of them post remembrances of her to this day – forty years after she was last seen alive.

      More recently Marizela Perez was an 18-year-old University of Washington freshman when she was seen leaving a Safeway store on Brooklyn Avenue Northeast on March 5, 2011. She has not been seen since.

      • Kat April 16, 2014 / 4:54 pm

        Holy cannollies (I say it all the time but I’ve no idea how it is spelled), how do you deal with all this? I’ve always thought he was one that was executed too early but didn’t know details like this. I hope they find her someday. And I am glad that people continue to remember her.

    • Meaghan April 18, 2014 / 8:22 am

      There’s also Donna Gail Manson from The Evergreen State College.

      • Peter Henderson Jr. April 19, 2014 / 8:44 am

        Meaghan do you think Bennington College would qualify as a Ivy-type school.?

        Probably not, its more a very liberal college known for its fine arts and creative writing, although it was listed among the top 100 private colleges in 2014. BTW, going back to a earlier blog you posted its another College vs. University that offers graduate degrees in several disciplines.

        In an event Paula Welden, 18, was a student there in 1946 and her case is a interesting one

        Paula’s case influenced Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Missing Girl.” Jackson and her husband Stanley Edgar Hyman, Bennington College professor and literary critic, lived in North Bennington when Paula vanished.

        About Paula Welden,

      • Meaghan April 19, 2014 / 10:35 am

        Casey Brooks had gotten admission to Bennington prior to her disappearance but hadn’t enrolled yet.

        In my mind, any college or university that I could definitely depend on to admit me wouldn’t be on this list. I was a respectable but not extraordinary student, with high but not super-high test scores. My test scores put me smack in the middle of Bennington’s profile. Their freshman academic profile is very good (see here) but their admittance rate is too high for this list.

      • Peter Henderson Jr. April 21, 2014 / 6:42 am

        So Meaghan the criteria for being included is that’s it at school that would not have excepted you. If so I feel sure several schools you listed should have been excluded.

      • Meaghan April 21, 2014 / 8:11 am

        I went back and looked at the academic profiles for the schools I listed. My GPA was 3.45 (although I was taking university courses) and my ACT was 28. I MIGHT have gotten into Michigan or Texas, but only if I were in-state. The rest, no way.

        The University of Michigan’s freshman profile has an average GPA of 3.82 and an average ACT of 30. The University of Texas’s profile is similar. And, being state schools, they have higher admissions standards for out-of-state applicants. Boston University’s average high school GPA and test scores are only slightly higher than my own, but they accept less than half of their applicants and I would need something besides numbers to get in.

  3. Cattt April 16, 2014 / 1:43 pm

    Ooops! I mean Washington state!

  4. anon April 17, 2014 / 2:34 pm

    it’s quite interesting how so many of these ivy leaguers are now ‘lost/injured’ missing, rather than missing under suspicious nature(s). quite intriguing.

  5. EH April 18, 2014 / 11:59 pm

    Hi Meagan, just a suggestion for a future Make-a-List-Monday: minor mothers who have disappeared with their babies/children. I always find those cases interesting.

  6. M. April 19, 2014 / 3:32 pm

    I attended one of your “almost-Ivies” and just wanted to comment to say that I’m extremely flattered that you mentioned it. 😉 It’s under-recognized.

  7. Peter Henderson Jr. April 21, 2014 / 6:43 am

    Speaking about the College of William and Mary

    Rebecca Ann Dowski, who grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York, was a senior business management major at the College of William and Mary when she was murdered along with. Cathleen Marian Thomas a native of Lowell, Massachusetts, and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis Both are suspected victims of the Colonial Parkway serial killer. Several of the suspected victims have never been found, notably Richard Keith Call and Cassandra Lee Hailey

    Some believe that Cathleen and Rebecca were killed because they were lovers, but that just happened to be the case. They were killed because they were a young couple in a secluded place. I don’t believe their sexual orientation had anything to do with it.

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