Famous University of Oregon Alumni
Explore our collection of famous University of Oregon alumni, including Ann Curry, Lindsay Wagner, Patricia Dunn and Steve Prefontaine. View photos, video, full biographies and more, only at Biography.com.
Track and Field Athlete / 1951 - 1975
Steve Prefontaine is best known as the runner who once held the U.S. record in every long-distance event. He died in a car crash in 1975 at age 24.
Business Leader / 1953 - 2011
Patricia Dunn served as a director and non-executive chairwoman of Hewlett-Packard before resigning in 2006, after receiving a criminal indictment stemming from a spying scandal.
Walter H. Brattain
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profile name: Ann Curry profile occupation: Talk Show Host, News Anchor
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profile name: Lindsay Wagner profile occupation: Film Actress, Television Actress, Journalist
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profile name: Steve Prefontaine profile occupation: Track and Field Athlete
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profile name: Ken Kesey profile occupation: Journalist, Author
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profile name: Patricia Dunn profile occupation: Business Leader
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profile name: Walter H. Brattain profile occupation: Physicist
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