Alumni Profiles

From Pakistan to New York Finance
Ahsam Rahim '11 took a path to a finance career that began in his native Islamabad, Pakistan, led him to Grinnell College in Iowa, and landed him in New York City. Read the article on the Grinnell College site. View the video below.

Grinnell's Monuments Man

George Leslie Stout, a student at Grinnell College from 1915 to 1917, was so taken by drawing that he took up a career in art. That career choice would lead to his involvement in creating a military unit that saved countless works of art from destruction. 

Walker Hancock, Lamont Moore, George Stout (second from left), and two unidentified soldiers (either end) in Marburg, Germany, 1945 June/unidentified photographer. Thomas Carr Howe papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Stout’s World War II military unit was known as the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section. It’s the subject of The Monuments Men, a new movie that opened Feb. 7, 2014, and that stars George Clooney as Frank Stokes, a character based on Stout. The Smithonian Institute's online Archives of American Art has an oral history interview with Stout and an exhibit of some his personal artifacts from his wartime mission in Europe. And, at least according to Yahoo Movies, star Clooney evidently is related by family to Grinnell alum StoutStout supposedly is the Hollywood star's second cousin, three times removed.

Making the Grade as an Excellent Teacher
Bryan Lake '02 and his path to a presidential award for excellence in teaching.

Previous Profiles
Who's the Sexiest Man of 2013? Would you believe it's Grinnell's own Kumail Nanjiani '01? Do you think he's sexy? 
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The $10 Microscope: About Kenji Yoshino '11 and his invention...  and how you can make your own in 20 minutes.

On the Rights of the American Voter: Abby Rapoport '08 appears as a roundtable guest in two segments of MSNBC's "Up with Steve Kornacki." View the videos.

What's the Word: Grant Faulkner '87 inspires nearly a half-million would-be novelists — more than 150 of them in Grinnell — to write 50,000 words during a 30-day international writing marathon, the largest event of its kind. Read all about it.

Our Quintessential Polymath. Bennett Bean '63 has an exhibit of furniture on view in Philadelphia's Gravers Lane Gallery. Read more.

Our Famous Jazzman. Herbie Hancock '60, Grinnell alumnus and revered jazz figure, is among five artists to receive the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors. Read more.  

One Year, One Emmy. One year out of Grinnell and Kyle Espinosa '12 has an Emmy to his name. “I’m working on making more slime for prime time!" says the video developer for the Nickelodeon television channel. Read more.  

Our Public Intellectual. Sam Tanenhaus ’77 is the country’s archjournalist. Read more.