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Famous Overseas Alumni and Military BRATs

COL. JOHN BLAHA

SPACE SHUTTLE ASTRONAUT

Col. Blaha is a Military Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus. He was a member of class of 1960 at Gen. H. H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, Germany. He has been a Space Shuttle Mission Commander and Shuttle Command Pilot. Additionally, he has spent time on the Russian Space Station Mir.

 

DANNY WUERFFEL (1974- )

NFL QUARTERBACK

Quarterback Danny Wuerffel won the Heisman Trophy in 1996 when he played for the University of Florida. He spent 7 years in the NFL and retired in New Orleans. His home and Desire Street Ministries were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Wuerffel, son of an Air Force Chaplain, is an overseas brat and alumnus. His father stated that when he was in Europe he played soccer.

DARIN HEAMES

TELEVISION & FILM ACTOR

Darin Heames is an Overseas School Alumnus.  He was a member of the  Forest Sherman High School, Naples, Italy class of 1985.

 

DAVID ROBINSON

PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER

David Robinson currently with the San Antonio Spurs is a Navy Brat.

He attended and graduated from Robert G. Cole Jr.-SR. High School on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.


DEBORAH BRYANT

MISS AMERICA 1966

Deborah Bryant is a Military Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus. She attended General H. H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, Germany. She was a member of the class of 1963. You can find more information on Deborah Bryant at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deborah_Irene_Bryant

DEEDEE CORRANDINI

FORMER MAYOR OF SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

Deedee Corradini is an Overseas School Alumnus who lived and attended school in Lebanon and Syria for over 11 years.

Corrandi was elected the first female mayor of Salt Lake City in November of 1991. She was re-elected in November 1995. She left office in January of 2000.

She was also the President of the US Council of Mayors in 1998.

DIANA SCHACHT

Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy

Diana is a Coast Guard Brat and a 1974 graduate of Ramey High School (Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico).

DIANE HEDWIG ORLOWSKI (1944-1967)

Diane Orlowski, an overseas alumnus, attended Gen. H.H.Arnold High School in Wiesbaden , Germany in 1959-60. She was a member of the Class of 1962 at Arnold HS.

In 1967, she was killed in Vietnam and is one of eight women listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

 

DIANE MOTT DAVIDSON

AUTHOR

Diane Mott Davidson is a Navy Junior.  Her father is Admiral William Mott, retd.

Ms. Davidson is the author of series of very entertaining mystery books.  There is a General Bo character in the book and statements made about the military that could only come from a military brat.

DIANNE WIEST (1948- )

ACTRESS

Dianne Wiest, an Army Brat, graduated from Nuremberg American High School in 1964.

Ms Wiest won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress for “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986) and for “Bullets Over Broadway” (1994). She was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1989 for “Parenthood.”


DOUGLAS MacARTHUR (1880-1964)

GENERAL OF THE ARMY 

General Douglas MacArthur’s father, Arthur MacArthur, was also a distinguished Army general. The younger MacArthur, a graduate of TMI The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio , TX , graduated first in his class at West Point in 1903.

He is best known for his service in the Philippines , both during World War I and World War II.

DR. DAVID ROE

PRESIDENT CENTRAL COLLEGE, PELLA, IOWA

Dr. David Roe is an Air Force Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus. Dr. Roe is an alumnus of Ramey High School, Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico, class of 1958.

He is a Rhodes Scholar, graduate of the USAF Academy and previously retired from the USAF with the rank of brigadier general.

He was named President of Central College in Pella Iowa in January of 1998.

DR. HUNTER “PATCH” ADAMS

Dr. Patch Adams, subject of a recent movie staring Robin Williams is an Army Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus.  According to his biography he was educated in DoDDS schools in Japan and Germany. He was in Germany at Kaiserslauten  High School, KHS Class of ’62, when his father died of a heart attack.

EDDIE CHEEVER

RACE CAR DRIVER-1998 INDY 500 WINNER

Eddie Cheever is an Overseas School Alumnus. He is a 1975 graduate of the Notre Dame International School of Rome.

He was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but moved to Italy with his family, where at the age of 13, he began his racing career at the Pista d’Oro track in Rome. There he became interested in the speed of Formula 1 racing, and by the age of 18, he was testing for Enzo Ferrari at the world famous Ferrari Works.

Subsequently, Cheever became a driver in the Formula 1 circuit, participating in races all over Europe. Cheever has had over 130 Formula 1 starts. He has raced for teams like Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, and Renault.

In 1990, he moved with his wife and family back to the United States and began competing in the Indy Racing League.

During his first year back in the US, Eddie Cheever not only qualified for his first “500” race, but earned the honor of Indy’s 1990 “Rookie of the Year.”  In May of 1996, Cheever set the record for the fastest lap ever recorded in “Indy 500” history, with a speed of 236.103 mph

In 1998 he won the Indy 500.

ELIZABETH VARGAS (1962-    ) 

NEWS ANCHOR

Elizabeth Vargas, whose father was an Army officer, graduated from Heidelberg High School in 1980.

In December 2005, she was named a co-anchor for ABC World News tonight.  Following the wounding of her co-anchor, Bob Woodruff, she resigned to concentrate on her young family.  She continued as an anchor for 20/20.  Previously she was a substitute anchor on Good Morning American and other ABC news programs and specials.  She won an Emmy in 2000 for her coverage of the Elian Gonzales case.

EMMYLOU HARRIS

SINGER/SONGWRITER

EmmyLou Harris is a Marine Corps Brat. Her father, Maj. Walter Rutland “Bucky” Harris, USMC was a Marine Corps Pilot shot down and captured during the Korean War.  In the years that followed, he remained on active duty and served as a presidential command pilot in helicopters for every president from Eisenhower through Carter.

Her song, “Bang the Drum Slowly” was written about her father who passed away in 1993.

Info From The Retired Officers Association (TROA) website: http://www.troa.org/About/Press/Harris.asp

 

ERIC ZEIR

NFL QUARTERBACK

Eric Zeir attended Heidelberg High School in 1986-87. He played Quarterback for the University of Georgia and went on the play in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns.

Zeir is now a Vice President for the Banc Corp.

FAYE DUNAWAY (1940-  )

FILM ACTRESS

Faye Dunaway is an Overseas School Alumnus and an Army Brat her father was an Army NCO–this is confirmed by various biographies.

She reportedly attended Mannheim Junior High School in Germany for the 7th & 8th grades in 1953-55.

She attended and graduated from Leon High School in Tallahassee Florida in 1958 and appears in the 1956, 1957 and 1958 yearbooks from that school.

GENERAL DONALD G. COOK

USAF (Ret)

General Donald G. Cook graduated from Paris American High School in 1965.

He is a graduate of Michigan State University.  From 2001 to 2005 he was Commander, Air Education and Traing Command at Randolph AFB, TX.  General Cook retired on August 1, 2005, and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. of Ft. Worth.  (Updated Nov 2005)

GENERAL NORMAN H. SCHWARZKOPF, USA ret.

COMMANDER IN CHIEF US CENTRAL COMMAND (CINCCENTCOM).

General Schwarzkopf  is an Army Brat and Overseas School Alumnus. He attended Frankfurt American High School from 1948-49. He then moved to Heidelberg American High School where as a junior in 1950-51 he played on the school’s championship football team.

He returned to the United States and graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in 1952.


GLENN CLOSE

FILM & TELEVISION ACTRESS

Glenn Close is an Overseas School Alumnus. She lived with her father Dr William Close in Kinshasa Zaire for most of the 16 years he worked there.

Close has also stated that she hopes one day to film a movie about the Ebola epidemics in Zaire.

The source for this information is the book “The Coming Plague” by Laurie Garrett.

Glenn Close returned to the United States for high school and graduated in 1965 from Rosemary Hall, in Greenwich, Connecticut.

GREG KINNEAR

ACTOR FILM & TELEVSION

Greg Kinnear is a Foreign Service Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus. His father was an American diplomat.

Kinnear attended elementary school in Beirut relocating to Athens, Greece where he graduated from the Athens Community School as part of the class of 1981.

He is best known for the television program “Talk Soup” and film roles in “Sabrina” and “As Good As It Gets.”

He mentioned his overseas education in a 1998 Parade Magazine and as a guest on the 12/08/98 broadcast of the “David Letterman Show.”

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