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Notable Alumni


Helen Hardin ’61, (deceased) internationally known Native American Artist, significantly impacted contemporary Native American and American art through stylized use of mimbres and pueblo figures and designs.


Jack Domme ’79, CEO of Hitachi Data Systems, one of Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”

Steve Maestas,'81, Principle Maestas and Ward, Albuquerque

Gary Samuel ’85, CEO, Welbourne Investment Management Group, Melbourne, Australia


Fr. Michael Demkovich, OP, ‘72 is the Gerald Vann Visiting Lecturer in Catholic Thought and Life at Blackfriars, Oxford, the founding director of the Dominican Ecclesial, and author of Introducing Meister Eckhart (Ligouri, 2006).

Rev. Dr. Ed Roden-Lucero ’73, pastor of San Juan Diego Church, El Paso, and co-founder of Project ARRIBA, the only living wage job-training program in the country that graduates participants for employment that pays a family-sustaining living wage.


Jesse Tyler Ferguson ’94, Emmy-nominated actor, star of ABC television’s Emmy-award winning
series, Modern Family.

Mike Judge ’80, creator of the animated television series Beavis and Butt-head, King of the Hill and The Goode Family

Esther Reyes ’85, an Emmy award-winning television director, producer, and writer. Producer of
The Amazing Race in its first Emmy-winning season.


Dr. Dennis Jett ’63, professor in the Penn State School of International Affairs, served as the U.S. ambassador to Mozambique and Peru.

Asha Pillai, M.D., ’86, a researcher in bone marrow transplantation at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and founder of Purogati, a foundation to support pediatric cancer treatment and blood banking in India.


Colonel Mike Mullane ’63, astronaut, engineer, weapons systems officer, and retired USAF officer. Col. Mullane flew three missions into space as a NASA mission specialist.

Scholars and Scientists

Ramon Gutiérrez ’69, Preston and Sterling Morton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of US History at the University of Chicago, is one of the nation’s leading Latino scholars and the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship (“genius” grant).

Michael Olivas ’68 (deceased), recipient of the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Houston Law Center and Director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at UH, is a national authority on immigration law.

Rubén Rumbaut ’65, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of California Irvine, is an internationally known scholar of immigration and refugee movements and a leading expert on immigration in the United States.

Donald C. Wunsch ’79, Ph.D. EE, MBA, PE, FIEEE is the Mary K. Finley Missouri Distinguished Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and was elected IEEE Fellow for “contributions to hardware implementations, reinforcement and unsupervised learning.”
Asha Pillai, M.D., ’86, NIH-funded physician-scientist (T-K-R pathways) focused on innate immunity, alloregulation, and immune tolerance leading to the development of novel techniques to apply innate immunity in immunotherapy and transplantation at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Pillai has been active in international humanitarian efforts in India and Africa including founding of Purogati, a 501c3 to support pediatric cancer treatment and blood banking in India.

Michael Murphy ’90 was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies after graduation and went on to play in the minors for eight organizations, including the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, and Colorado Rockies. He is the founder and operator of Mike Murphy Baseball, the number one baseball and softball academy in Northern California.