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New York City: Connections with Georgetown University

This guide identifies people, places and events that connect New York City and Georgetown University

Alumni with Connections to New York City

  • Agar, John. C'1876, G'1888 (M.A.), G'1889 (Ph.D.), Honorary Degree 1910

Chair of the student committee which selected Blue and Gray as the colors for the crew team. 

Founding member of the Board of Regents in 1914. 

Moved to NYC after graduation where he worked as an attorney, was a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation and a minority stockholder of the New York Times Company

  • Barrymore, John (attended Prep Division 1895-1898)

His father’s address when he enrolled is given as 161 W 97th Street, New York City. Acted in plays as a student.

Noted stage and screen actor


  • Blatty, William Peter. C’1950

Born in New York City

Writer, director and producer. Best known for his 1971 novel, The Exorcist


  • Blewett, Robert L.  L’1902

Pitched for the New York Giants


  • Blozis, Alfred C.  C’1941

While a student played on the football team and held multiple word records for the shot put.

After graduation, played football for the New York Giants


  • Collier, Robert. C’1894

Born in New York City

Wrote the words to our Alma Mater while a student

Editor and publisher (Collier’s Weekly)


  • Coscia, Anthony R. F’1981

Chair of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 2003-2011


  • Dinnies, Charles and George. C’1817

From New York City

Georgetown’s first graduates


  • Ewing, Patrick Jr. C’1985

Played basketball for the New York Knicks 1985-2000


  • Gigante, Louis. C’1954

Born in Manhattan

Priest and Bronx community activist


  • Guare, John. C’1960

Born in Queens

Playwright and screenwriter. Best known for The House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation


  • Hagerty, Jack (attended 1923-1926)

Georgetown Football Coach 1932-1948

Georgetown Athletic Director 1949-1969

Played football for the New York Giants


  • Jeffries, Hakeem. G’1994

Born in Brooklyn

House Minority Leader 2023-


  • Legget, William (attended 1815-1818)

Born in New York City

Noted journalist


  • Nast, Conde. C’1895

Born in New York City

Publisher (Vogue, Vanity Fair, etc.)


  • O’Brien, Joseph Patrick. G’1895, L’1897

New York City Mayor, 1933


  • O’Donovan, Leo J., S.J.  C’1956

Born in New York City

Georgetown University President 1989-2001


  • Shea, William A.  L’1931

Born in Manhattan

Lawyer and Owner of the New York Mets. Shea Stadium in Flushing Meadows –Corona Park, Queens, New York (1964-2008) was named for him


  • Reiner, Carl. Student in the School of Foreign Service 1943. Honorary degree 2012

Born in The Bronx

Actor, comedian, director, screenwriter, and author. Was awarded 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor


  • Tenet, George J. C’1976

 Born in Flushing

CIA Director 1996-2004


  • Williams, Alford J.  L’1925

Born in The Bronx

Aviation pioneer



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