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Noteworthy Alumni

Prominent Missouri Military Academy Alumni

The legacy of Missouri Military Academy has lived on through our most recognized and influential alumni. Many former Colonels have seen success in their respective fields and have acted as leaders that reinforce the values and ideals instilled by their military education at the Academy. 
 
These notable alumni include businessmen, journalists, politicians and actors among others. Jeffery B. MacLellan '66 became the president and CEO of First National Bank. Robert M. White II '33 served as president and editor of the New York Herald Tribune from 1959 to 1961 while Tony Gervino '84 currently serves as editor-in-chief of Billboard. Jose Calzada '81 became senator and later governor of Querétaro, a state in central Mexico. Capt. Dale Dye '62 played a role in the film "Saving Private Ryan" and is credited for appearances in dozen of other movies and television shows. 
 
MMA is proud of all alumni and entrusts in them the responsibility of upholding our ideals. Read below for more information on some of our most noteworthy former cadets.

 

 

Howard Hughes Sr., Class of 1892

Businessman, inventor, founder of Hughes Tool Company and father of American filmmaker Howard Hughes Jr. 

Ruth Fonville, Class of 1902

The only female graduate of Missouri Military Academy. She was the daughter of Col. Fonville, MMA's third president. After graduating, she became active in the Women's Christian Temperance Union and was an accomplished cornet player.

Cody Fowler, Class of 1908

President of the American Bar Association
 
19th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1948-1951
Jess Larson (left MMA in 1920 to enlist during WW II)
First Administrator of U.S. General Services, 1949-1953
MMA Athletics Hall of Fame member who went on to become the first football All-American at the University of Missouri
 
 
 
Choirmaster at the National Cathedral
Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court
 
President and editor of the New York Herald Tribune, 1959-1961
 
President of Colorado College, 1963-1981.
 
William F. Enright, Class of 1937
Chairman at Ameribanc Inc. 
 
Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army
Successful pilot who joined the Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program (also known as Top Gun) and helped develop the original syllabus. He later went on to have a successful career in the apparel industry.
 
 
Chairman at First Financial Corp.
 
American balloonist who completed the first nonstop transatlantic balloon flight
 
Invented the 9-1-1 system
Two-time Bronze Star recipient and Air Medal for Bravery awardee. Maj. Byrd commanded the Honor Guard during the funeral of President John F. Kennedy.
 
Television and film actor
Lorenzo Zambrano, Class of 1960
Noted Mexican businessman and philanthropist. He grew his grandfather's company into one of the largest cement producers in the world and was one of the richest men on earth at the time of his deadth in 2014.
 
 
 
U.S. Marines (Ret.), film actor
Owned and operated Schupp & Snyder with his father. He retired from the Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. as senior vice president and in 2009 returned to the apparel business as president of Bobby Jones, a division of HMX.
 
Jeffery B. MacLellan, Class of 1966
Former president and CEO of First National Bank and founding member of Columbia Public Schools Foundation
A member of the Pat Metheny Group and well-known trumpeter, singer and guitarist.
 
Nardoni-Mario
Deputy Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Dept. of Treasury 
 
General Judd H. Lyons, Class of 1980
Military Deputy to the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Adjutant General of the Nebraska National Guard
 
Bolivian Extraordinary Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Japan
Senator of Querétaro, 2006-2009; Governor of Querétaro, 2009-2015; Minister of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries, and Food, 2015-Present
Editor-in-chief of Billboard, 2014-present
 
Host of popular Mexican talk show "En la Luna con Jesus Guzman" 
World-renowned composer, maestro and author
 
EO Global Chairman, 2015-2016
 
 
Ricardo Uriegas, Class of 1991
Knight to the Order of St. Michael Archangel, selected by Pope Francis on Sept. 29, 2016
 
Film actor