July 19th - July 25th

July 19, 1947

Kenneth C. Royall (Beta-University of North Carolina) is appointed by President Truman as the 56th United States Secretary of War.  Brother Royall served in that capacity until April 27, 1949 when he was replaced by Gordon Gray (Beta-University of North Carolina) who served in that capacity until April 12, 1950

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July 19, 1954

Dr. Donald T. Fraser (Alpha Phi-University of Toronto) dies at age 66.  Brother Fraser was one of the leaders in the development of the prevention of diphtheria with 27 papers on the topic published between 1920 and 1950.  Brother Fraser was also given credit for the development, in great part, of the courses of instruction which are presently used in hygiene and preventive medicine at the University of Toronto Medical School.  In 1956, the Graduates Organization of the School of Hygiene at the University of Toronto established a fund in memory of Brother Fraser who was a Professor of Hygiene and Preventative Medicine at the University of Toronto.  As well, the Donald T. Fraser Memorial Lecture is given yearly at the University of Toronto in his honor.  On his return to Canada after World War I, Brother Fraser joined the Connaught Laboratories as a bacteriologist.  He became a lecturer in the Department of Hygiene and Preventative Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1920, a full Professor in 1932, and the Head of the Department of Hygiene and Preventative Medicine in 1940.  Brother Fraser was President of the American Association Immunologists (193839). 

July 19, 2004

C. William Rainey (Delta Phi-University of Alberta) is appointed as the President of Vonage Canada Corp.  Previously, Brother Rainey had senior positions at GT Group Telecom Inc., TELUS, and Royal Trust Company.  Vonage Canada offers local and long distance phone service for flat rates under various plans.

July 20, 2007

The television series Mad Men premiered on the American cable network AMC.  Bryan Batt (Tau Lambda-Tulane University) plays Salvatore Romano in the series.  On Broadway, Brother Batt has appeared in La Cage aux Folles, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, Saturday Night Fever, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sunset Boulevard, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats and Starlight Express.

July 21, 1938

We salute novelist Owen Wister (Alpha-Harvard University) who died this day at age 78.  At Harvard, Brother Wister was the editor of the Harvard Lampoon.  Brother Wister’s most famous work remains the novel, The Virginian (1902).  The novel was widely regarded as being the first “cowboy novel” and was reprinted 14 times in eight months.  The novel is dedicated to his friend and classmate, Theodore Roosevelt (Alpha-Harvard University) in a dedication that reads:  “To Theodore Roosevelt.  Some of these pages you have seen, some you have praised, one stands new written because you blamed it, and all, my dear critic, beg leave to remind you of their author’s changeless admiration.”  Since 1978, the University of Wyoming Student Publications has released the annual literary and arts magazine, Owen Wister Review.  Within the western boundary of the Grand Teton National Park, the 11,490 foot mountain is named Mt. Wister in his honor.  A street in La Mesa, California is also named in his honor.

July 22, 1853

In conjunction with the Convention held in New Haven at Brewster’s Hall, Mother Phi issued the “Songs of Delta Kappa Epsilon”.  The six songs were “Marching Song” (Air-“Jolly Dogs”); Campaign Song (Air-“Lauriger”); “The Peeler’s Defeat” (Air-“Little Brown Jug”); “Pipes and Punch”, “Marching Song (Air-“Marching Through Georgia”),  and “Io Triumphe” (Air-“America”).  Some of those songs are still sung today and have been repeated in subsequent publications of Fraternity Songs.

July 22, 1956

David A. Crawford (Psi-University of Alabama)(Rho Delta-University of Wisconsin)(Honorary) dies at age 68. Brother Crawford was appointed as the President and Chairman of the Board of Pullman Car & Manufacturing Corp. in 1929 and was to remain as Chair until 1947 when he retired.  Brother Crawford also was a member of the Board of Directors of General Steel Castings Corporation, American Telephone & Telegraph Company, Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Co., Montgomery Ward and Co., and the Bell Telephone Company, and a Trustee of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Corporation and the Pullman Manual Training School.

July 22, 2001

Clark T. Randt Jr. (Phi-Yale University) is appointed by President George W. Bush (Phi-Yale University) as the United States Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. Brother Randt served in that capacity between July 23, 2001 and January 20, 2009 and is therefore the longest-serving U.S. Ambassador to China.  Prior to serving in that capacity, Brother Randt was Governor and First Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.  A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Brother Randt is a recognized expert on Chinese law, and is currently a special adviser to Hopu Investment Management, a Chinese private equity fund.  Brother Randt is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

July 23, 1920

Julian Wheeler Curtiss (Phi-Yale University) become the President of A.G. Spalding Company.  Brother Curtiss joined the Company after graduating from Yale in 1879, became the Secretary of the Company (1885) and continued as President until 1933 when he then became Chairman of the Board, a position he held until 1938.  On a trip to London in 1892 to buy leather to make footballs, Brother Curtiss was introduced to the game of golf.  He brought home $400 worth of equipment and started the first manufacture of golf equipment in the United States. It is said that Brother Curtiss, far more than any other man, made golf an American game. In 1894, Brother Curtiss got the Spalding Company to make its own golf clubs and, in 1898, the molding of “gutta-percha” balls was begun in the Company’s Massachusetts factory. In 1908, Brother Curtiss got the revolutionary Spalding dimple marking by buying the basic idea from an Englishman. In 1893, the “Spalding Golf Guide” was added to the Spalding Athletic Library to provide an instruction manual of the game.  Brother Curtiss arranged for Harry Vardon to tour the United States and Canada and to play a number of matches. In 1892, with his brother and others, he started the Fairfield Country Golf Club which is today known as the Greenwich Country Club. Brother Curtiss served as the first President of the Club (1892-96 and 1921-34). Brother Curtiss was affiliated with the Amateur Athletic Union and became Treasurer of the American Olympic Committee.  It was said that, together with Walter Camp (Phi-Yale University) and others, Brother Curtiss was responsible at the turn of the 20th Century with popularizing golf in the United States and making it a central part of American culture.  With James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, Brother Curtiss designed the first basketball.  From 1902 to 1911, Brother Curtiss served as graduate coach of the Yale crew team, turning out five championship outfits and, from 1918 to 1924, Brother Curtiss refereed many of the foremost crew races in the eastern part of the United States.  Brother Curtiss was the first President of the Greenwich YMCA and served on the Greenwich Board of Education (1913-37) and was its Chairman (1924-37). Brother Curtiss died on February 17, 1944 at age 86.

July 23, 2009

We salute the contributions made to the insurance industry by Richard S. Holson Jr. (Delta Kappa-University of Pennsylvania) who died this day at age 83.  Brother Holson served as President and Chairman of Guaranty Trust Life Insurance Company starting in 1967 when he became President.

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July 24, 1916 

John Hessin Clarke (Beta Chi-Case Western Reserve) is appointed as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  Brother Clarke served in that capacity until September 16, 1922.  After moving to Cleveland, Brother Clarke became active in Democratic Party politics and, at the Party’s convention in 1903, was nominated as the Democratic candidate for the United States Senate. In 1914, Brother Clarke was in the middle of primary campaign as part of his second run for a United States Senate seat when he was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.  In June 1916, a vacancy arose on the Supreme Court when Associate Justice Charles Evans Hughes resigned to accept the Republican nomination for President. President Wilson approached Brother Clarke and submitted his name to the Senate on July 14.  After resigning as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court , Brother Clarke pursued the goal of trying to the convince his fellow citizens that the United States should join the League of Nations.  In October 1922, Brother Clarke became the President of a new organization, the League of Nations Non-Partisan Association.  Brother Clarke became a Trustee of Western Reserve University. A Resident Hall, Clarke Tower, is named in his honor on the Case Western Reserve campus.  The 11storey residence hall is in the North Residential Village of the University.

July 25, 1850

Upsilon Chapter is founded at Brown University.  The Charter was issued to the six Charter members, the Constitution of the Chapter was adopted in October 1850, and was revised in 1851.  At first, the meetings were held in the room of one of the members on Dorrance Street.  Rooms were then secured at 21 South Main Street in Providence but the records regarding those meetings were lost when the rooms were destroyed by fire in 1899.

July 25, 1853

The “Delta Kappa Epsilon Polka” is published by the Xi Chapter of the Fraternity and is deposited with The Library of Congress.  The Polka appears to be the first of many songs dedicated to Delta Kappa Epsilon that have been published.  The cover sheet also shows the Crest of the Fraternity at the time which featured an ear rather than three stars under the crossed keys.  The margin for the publication shows the Greek letters for the Chapters that were in existence at the time. The Greek letters of the various chapters then in existence are set out but the alternating order appears to be Phi, Theta, Xi, Sigma, Gamma, Xi, Upsilon, Beta, Chi, Delta, Alpha, Omega, Kappa, Zeta, Eta and Lambda.  It appears that either traditional dating of the formation of Chapters has been incorrect or that the understanding of the Upsilon chapter at the time as incorrect.

July 25, 1926

Robert Todd Lincoln (Alpha-Harvard University) dies this day at age 83.  Brother Lincoln is the only one of the children of President and Mrs. Lincoln to live to adulthood.  In the Fall of 1860, when Brother Lincoln arrived at Harvard, the student body was predominantly Republican and a November 16, 1860 article in the New York Times noted that Brother Lincoln “within the past week, grown vastly in popularity with his fellow students and the townspeople generally”. When Brother Lincoln pledged the Fraternity, he is said to have written to his father for permission to join and it is said that his father sent his agreement back to Harvard in a letter.  Unfortunately, the letter does not survive.  After the assassination of his father, Brother Lincoln moved to Chicago where he practiced law.  Brother Lincoln moved to Washington in 1881 when President James Garfield asked him to serve as Secretary of War.  When President Garfield was assassinated, Brother Lincoln stayed on to the end of the term of President Chester Arthur before returning to Chicago.  At the request of President Benjamin Harrison, Brother Lincoln served as the U.S. Minister to England, also known as the Ambassador to the Court of St. James.  Brother Lincoln served in that capacity between 1889 and 1893.  Brother Lincoln was mentioned as a possible candidate for President or Vice-President at the Republican National Conventions of 1884 through 1892 but he did not seek either nomination.  Brother Lincoln became counsel to the Pullman Palace Car Company which built railway passenger cars, sleeper cars and dining cars.  Brother Lincoln became Acting President of the Company in 1897 when founder George Pullman died and then was elected its President in 1901.  Brother Lincoln retired as President of the Pullman Company in 1911 but remained as Chairman of the Board until 1922.  Brother Lincoln’s last major public appearance on behalf of the family was on May 30, 1922, when he joined President Warren G. Harding, Chief Justice William Howard Taft and more than 50,000 people at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.  Brother Lincoln was pictured on the cover of Time Magazine on March 8, 1926, less than four months before his death.

July 25, 1943

The Cannon-class destroyer escort U.S.S. Cooner is launched by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company at Kearny, New Jersey.  The ship as sponsored by Mrs. I. Cooner, the mother of Bunyan Randolph Cooner (Beta-University of North Carolina) who had won the Navy Cross for gallant service in the Battle of Midway.  He was killed on May 16, 1942.  The Navy Cross was awarded posthumously to Brother Cooner for his service as a pilot of the carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron 3 attached to the U.S.S. Yorktown during the Air Battle of Midway.  The citation states that Ensign Cooner “... took part in dive-bombing attacks against Japanese Naval Forces in the Battle of Midway.  Disregarding the extreme danger from intense anti-aircraft fire and enemy fighter opposition, he vigorously and with heroic determination pressed him attacks against the Japanese invasion fleet, thereby contributing in great measure to the glorious and decisive victory of our forces”.  During the Battle, Brother Cooner was credited with direct hits on a Japanese aircraft carrier and a cruiser.