With its far-reaching and diverse student body, it’s no wonder Wasatch Academy can boast a number of notable alumni to pass through its storied halls. Wasatch Academy prepares its students not just for the collegiate experience, but for life in an increasingly globalized world. The following are a few of Wasatch Academy’s distinguished alumni.
United States Representative Ann Kirkpatrick
United States Representative for the Arizona First Congressional District since 2009, Kirkpatrick attended Wasatch Academy in her youth. A Democrat, Kirkpatrick is known for her support of comprehensive immigration reform, though she also supports increased border patrol funding. As a strong supporter of increased benefits for U.S. veterans, Kirkpatrick is a solid proponent of education and college prep boarding schools.
Dr. Keith Reemtsma
A pioneer in the field of medical transplants, Dr. Keith Reemtsma is best known for his successful transplant of a kidney from a chimpanzee to a human woman in 1964. Dr. Reemtsma attended Wasatch Academy, greatly contributing to the community life of that college prep boarding school prior to graduating from Idaho State College and then earning his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He made medical history later at the University of Utah, where Dr. Reemtsma’s work contributed to the first implantation of an artificial heart.
A noted American filmmaker who attended Wasatch Academy, George Burdeau is known for directing and producing TV mini-series documentary “The Native Americans” and TV movies “Ann of the Wolf Clan” and “The White Man’s Gift.”
Filmmaker and producer Tim Nelson was another distinguished graduate of Wasatch Academy. With 33 years in the film industry, Nelson worked as Chairman of the Board of the Motion Picture Association of Utah and as President of his own production company, But Wait! There’s More, LLC.
Dr. Michael Adams
Major General (ret.) and Physician, Dr. Michael Adams, son of legendary American landscape photographer Ansel Adams, graduated from Wasatch Academy and recently gave a campus lecture at Liberal Hall on his famous father’s life and work. Dr. Adams was selected as “Flight Surgeon of the Year” for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe in 1969.