Presidents of the United States

  • 19th President, Rutherford B. Hayes, Delta Chi
  • 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, Alpha
  • 38th President, Gerald R. Ford, Omicron
  • 41st President, George H. W. Bush, Phi
  • 43rd President, George W. Bush, Phi

Vice Presidents of the United States

  • Theodore Roosevelt, Alpha
  • Gerald R. Ford, Omicron
  • George H. W. Bush, Phi
  • J. Danforth Quayle, Psi Phi

Justices of the United States Supreme Court

  • Harold H. Burton, Theta
  • John Hessin Clarke, Beta Chi
  • Potter Stewart, Phi

Newspaper publishers and editors

  • Otis Chandler, Sigma Rho, Publisher, Los Angeles Times
  • Norman Chandler, Sigma Rho, Publisher, Los Angeles Times
  • Rance Crain, Psi Phi, Publisher, Crain Communications
  • William Randolph Hearst, Alpha, Publisher, Hearst Newspapers
  • Richard J. V. Johnson, Omega Chi, Publisher, Houston Chronicle
  • Eugene Pulliam, Psi Phi, Publisher, Indianapolis Newspapers, Inc.
  • Whitelaw Reid, Kappa, Editor-in-chief, New York Tribune
  • Ogden Reid, Phi - New York Tribune
  • James C. Quayle, Psi Phi, Chairman, Huntington Newspapers, Inc
  • Briton Hadden, Phi, Co-Founder of Time Magazine

Agency heads

  • Rear Admiral Sidney W. Souers, Kappa - first director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Sargent Shriver, Phi - First Director of the Peace Corps

Businessmen

  • John Hay Whitney, Phi - New York Herald Tribune, Ambassador to England, art collector
  • John F. Akers, Phi - Past President of I.B.M.
  • Edward Bausch, Beta Phi - Bausch & Lomb Opticals
  • Alfred R. Berkeley III Eta - Former NASDAQ president
  • Alfred Bloomingdale, Upsilon - Founder of Diner's Club
  • Lawrence Bossidy, Mu - Chairman of Honeywell
  • James Boorman Colgate, Mu - Colgate-Palmolive
  • Charles Sterling Bunnell, Phi - CitiBank
  • Angus R. Cooper, Psi - chairman of Cooper / T. Smith Corporation
  • Donald Fisher, Theta Zeta - Founder and Past Chairman of Gap Inc.
  • James Gamble, Lambda - Procter & Gamble
  • Philip H. Geier, Jr., Mu - CEO of Interpublic Group from 1980–2000
  • Howard Heinz, Phi - H. J. Heinz Company
  • Walter Hoving, Upsilon - Tiffany & Co.
  • Howard B. Johnson, Phi - Howard Johnson's and Ground Round
  • Herb Kelleher, Gamma Phi - Southwest Airlines
  • Craig McCaw, Sigma Rho - McCaw Communications, cellular telephones
  • John Pierpont Morgan, Jr., Alpha - financier
  • Barry W. Ridings, Mu - Managing Director of Lazard Freres & Co.
  • Frederick W. Smith, Phi - FedEx
  • Dean Witter, Jr., Phi - Dean Witter Reynolds (Now part of Morgan Stanley)
  • William Wrigley III, Phi - Wrigley Company
  • Joseph Wilson, Beta Phi - Xerox
  • Theodore J. Forstmann, Phi - financier, subject of the book and movie Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco
  • William W. Crocker, Phi - Crocker National Bank
  • Robert Lehman, Phi - Lehman Brothers
  • Frank Batten, Eta - Founder Weather Channel
  • Matthew Borden, Phi - Industrialist
  • Roger K. Deromedi, Gamma - CEO, Kraft Foods

Political figures

  • Dean G. Acheson, Phi - Secretary of State underHarry S. Truman, Architect of Cold War Foreign Policy
  • Nathaniel Banks, Sigma - Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
  • Albert J. Beveridge, Psi Phi - U.S. Senator, Indiana
  • James G. Blaine, Theta - Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, presidential candidate, United States Secretary of Stateunder James Garfield and Chester Arthur.
  • Gaston Caperton, Beta - Governor of West Virginia 1989-1997
  • John Chafee, Phi - Secretary of the Navy, Governor of Rhode Island, U.S. Senator
  • Chris Coons, Sigma - U.S. Senator, Delaware
  • Royal S. Copeland, Omicron - U.S. Senator of New York 1923-1938
  • Mark Dayton, Phi, U.S. Senator and Governor, Minnesota
  • George A. Drew, Alpha Phi - Premier of Ontario, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, Leader of the Opposition
  • Keith Falconer Fletcher - Massachusetts legislator
  • Murphy J. "Mike" Foster, Zeta Zeta - two-term Governor of Louisiana
  • Gordon Gray, Beta - Assistant secretary of war under Harry Truman
  • Lister Hill, Psi - U.S. Senator of Alabama 1938-1969
  • Tony Knowles, Phi, two-term Governor of Alaska
  • Robert Todd Lincoln, Alpha - Secretary of War, son of Abraham Lincoln
  • Bob Livingston, Tau Lambda - United States House of Representatives, Louisiana
  • Henry Cabot Lodge, Alpha - Senate Majority Leader
  • Russell B. Long, Zeta Zeta - Senate Majority Whip, Democrat from Louisiana
  • Nicholas Longworth, Alpha - Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
  • Mario García Menocal, Delta Chi - President of the Republic of Cuba
  • J. Danforth Quayle, Psi Phi - Vice-President of the United States (1989–1993), US Senator and Representative (Indiana)
  • William Simon, Rho - Secretary of the Treasury
  • Ted Stevens, Theta Rho, U.S. Senator, Senate Pro Tem, Alaska
  • Robert Taft, Jr., Phi - Republican Senator from Ohio, author of modern Labor Law
  • John De Witt Warner, Delta Chi - United States House of Representatives, New York
  • Thomas F. Eagleton, Sigma - U.S. Democratic Senator Missouri, VP Candidate 1972
  • George Pataki, Phi, Governor New York
  • Don Siegelman, Psi, Governor Alabama
  • Michael M. Wood, Phi - U.S. Ambassador to Sweden
  • Clark T. Randt, Jr., Phi - longest serving U.S. Ambassador of China
  • Robert Bacon, Alpha - US Secretary of State
  • Peter F. Schabarum, Theta Zeta - American football player, member of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors from 1972 to 1991
  • Larz Anderson,Alpha - U.S. Ambassador to Japan and Belgium
  • Donald S. MacDonald, Alpha Phi - former Canadian Minister of Finance, and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

Sports and entertainment

  • Tex McCrary, Phi, Radio/TV personality, led the recruitment of Dwight Eisenhower for President
  • Jack Agrios, Delta Phi - Chairman of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics Committee 2001
  • William Bartholomay, Delta Epsilon - Former owner of the Atlanta Braves
  • Dana X. Bible, Iota - College Football head coach at University of Texas, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Texas A&M, Louisiana State and Mississippi College
  • Clinton W. Blume, Mu - pitcher New York Giants, 1922 World Series, President, Real Estate Board of New York, 1955
  • Paul Brown, Kappa - Hall of Fame Football Coach & Founder of the Cleveland Browns and owner of the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Walter Camp, Phi - Father of American Football
  • Dick Clark, Phi Gamma - hosted American Bandstand
  • Billy Crudup, Beta - actor
  • Hugh Culverhouse, Psi - owner of Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Michael Eben, Alpah Phi - former Toronto Argonauts player
  • James Elder, Alpha Phi - Olympic Gold Medalist Equestrian Team (1968)
  • Justice George A. Gale, Alpha Phi - former Chief Justice of Ontario
  • Marcus Giamatti, Phi - actor
  • A. Bartlett Giamatti, Phi - Commissioner of Major League Baseball
  • Harry Hamlin, Theta Zeta - actor
  • Haygood Hardy, Alpha Phi - Pianist and Composer
  • Lawren Harris, Alpha Phi, - Canadian artist and member of the Group of Seven
  • Calvin Hill, Phi - Professional Football Player for the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins, and the Cleveland Browns.
  • Charles Ives, Phi - composer
  • Robert Trent Jones, Delta Chi - Famed Golf Course Designer
  • Robert J. Kelleher, Epsilon - Hall of Fame tennis player and official
  • Troy Kinney, Phi - artist
  • Thomas W. Landry, Omega Chi - coach of Dallas Cowboys
  • Angelo "Hank" Luisetti, Sigma Rho - one of the most famous college basketball players of all time
  • Michael Macari, Epsilon Rho - Film Producer (The Ring)
  • Joe Paterno, Upsilon - Penn State football coach
  • David Milch, Phi - writer and producer
  • Bob Pettit, Zeta Zeta - National Basketball Association All star and hall of famer.
  • Cole Porter, Phi - composer
  • Don Schollander, Phi - won four gold medals in swimming in the 1964 Summer Olympics
  • Dr. Charles Snelling, Alpha Phi - former Canadian Skating Olympian
  • George Steinbrenner, Epsilon - owner of the New York Yankees
  • Matt Stover, Alpha Omega - Placekicker for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League.
  • Patrick Turner, Alpha Phi - former Canadian Olympian
  • Frankie Albert, Sigma Rho - football player, invented bootleg play, Coach San Francisco 49ers
  • Sebastian Bea, Theta Zeta - Crew, Olympic Silver Medalist 2000 Men's Pair w/o Coxswain
  • Boris Zelkin, Mu - Emmy Award winning composer
  • Larry Kelley, Phi - 1936 Heisman Trophy winner
  • Josh Zuckerman, Zeta -  Actor
  • Wheelock Whitney, Jr., Owner Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins
  • James Russell, Tau - 4-Time NESCAC Pole Vault Champion
  • J. Burton Rix, Pi - Football and basketball coach at Texas, SMU, and Miami
  • Howard Hawks, Delta Chi - film director, producer and screenwriter
  • Richard Weinberger, Beta Tau - 2012 Olympic Open Water Long Distance Swimming Silver Medalist

Other famous Dekes

  • Alan Bean, Omega Chi - Apollo astronaut, fourth man on the moon
  • Edward Bellamy, Theta Chi - author
  • William J. Bland, Lambda - Rhodes Scholar and first American President of the Oxford Union
  • Dale Chihuly, Kappa Epsilon - glass artist
  • Julian Hawthorne, Alpha - author, journalist
  • Sutemi Chinda, Psi Phi - Secretary of State of the Empire of Japan (The Washington DC Cherry trees were presented by him and his wife on behalf of the people of Japan in 1912)
  • Harvey Weir Cook, Psi Phi - Aviation pioneer, Indianapolis Airport named in his honor
  • Melvil Dewey, Sigma - devised the Dewey Decimal System
  • Charles Alton Ellis, Gamma Phi - designed the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau, Theta Zeta - Second son of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
  • Robert Paul Hastings, Alpha - Director of the Hastings College of Law, San Francisco in 1885-1890
  • Paul M. Hebert, Zeta Zeta - Judge United States Military Tribunals in Nuremberg
  • Stanley King, Sigma - was the eleventh president of Amherst College. He held that position from 1932 to 1946.
  • Frank Nesmith Parsons, Pi - Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, 1902-1924
  • Robert E. Peary, Theta - first man to reach the North Pole
  • Calvin Plimpton, Sigma - President of Amherst College and American University of Beirut
  • Baron Hirai Seijirō, Psi Omega - President, Japanese Railways
  • Oscar Tang, Phi - New York financier and philanthropist. Current Head of the Board of Trustees for Phillips Academy.
  • Ming Tsai, Phi - Chinese-American fusion cuisine chef, restaurateur, and Emmy Award-winning television personality
  • Yung Wing, Phi - Chinese Diplomat to the United States. Founder of the Chinese Educational Mission in 1872.
  • Liang Tun Yen, Phi - Secretary of State, Chinese (Qing Dynasty) Empire
  • Chung Mun Yew, Phi - Director of Chinese Railroads, Chinese (Qing Dynasty) Empire