This Week in DKE History October 18th - October 24th

October 18, 1882

At the Providence, Rhode Island Convention, the Convention adopted a “Ritual for general meetings and initiations”.

October 18, 2002

The movie “The Ring”, starring Naomi Watts and Martin Henderson,  is released.  The movie was a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film “Ringu”.  Mike Macari (Epsilon Rho-Duke University) served as Executor Producer on both The Ring and The Ring 2.  Brother Macari was previously at Fine Line Features/New Line Cinema, where he was responsible for overseeing the development and production of projects for Fine Line Features.  Brother Macari has subsequently been the Producer on The Invisible (2007), Amusement (2008), Shelter (2010), and Haunted Temple (2012).

October 18, 2012

The Marcus Landslide Trail was officially opened in McDowell Mountain Regional Park north of Scottsdale, Arizona.  The Trail was named to honour Melvin G. Marcus (Phi-Yale University) who taught at the University of Michigan for ten years before joining the Faculty at Arizona State.  While at the University of Michigan, Brother Marcus served as the Chairman of the Department of Geography.  In 1974, Brother Marcus moved to the Department of Geography at Arizona State University where he served as Director of the Centre for Environmental Studies.  Brother Marcus served as President of the Association of American Geographers and was about  to receive the Cullum Geographic Medal of the American Geographical Society and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association of American Geographers when he died in 1997.  The 3.7 mile trail loops among the mile-long wreckage produced by a massive slump in a mountainside which shaved 1200 feet off the ridge line, releasing energy equivalent to an atomic bomb blast.

October 19, 1881

The 35th Convention held with Tau Chapter at Utica, New York created the Council of the Fraternity. While it was acknowledged that the control of the Fraternity would remain with the undergraduates, the Council was created to provide an advisory Board that could be turned to for advice. It was later the case that the control over the operation of the Fraternity was with the Council and the alumni. The Council was originally composed of 5 alumni who resided in the New York area and who were elected by the Convention for two year terms and a Secretary elected by the Council to serve at the pleasure of the Council.

October 19, 1917

The Minutes of the Executive Committee of the Council announced that the Committee on National Service had recommended the establishment of a DKE Bureau and Club in Paris in connection with the American Universities Union in Europe.  James Anderson Hawes (Phi-Yale University) served for five months as Director of the DKE Overseas Bureau and Club in France.  In 1918, the Delta Kappa Epsilon Club and Headquarters was established in the Grand Hotel in Paris and more than 400 members of the Fraternity at one time or another enjoyed the facilities available there.  During the First World War, Headquarters were also established in London at the office of H.S. Harrington, 5 Paper Building, Inner Temple, in London.  In 1918, the branch of the Deke Overseas Bureau and Club was located at 16 Pall Mall East, London.

October 20, 1915

We honor the memory and educational contributions of William Stokes Wyman (Psi-The University of Alabama) who died this day at age 85.  He was a member of the Faculty at the University of Alabama from 1852 to 1915.  Brother Stokes was Acting President of the University in 1879-1880; 1885-1886; 1889-1890, and President in 1901-1902..  Wyman Hall on campus is named in his honor.

October 20, 1928

The cornerstone was laid for the Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium at the University of Minnesota.  Cyrus Northrop (Phi-Yale University) was the second President at the University.  His 27‑year term was the longest of any President.  Mount Northrop, located in Lake County in the range of the Sawtooth Mountains in Minnesota, is named in his honor.  Brother Northrop was succeeded as President at the University of Minnesota by George Edgar Vincent (Phi-Yale University), who served as President between 1911 and 1917.  Vincent Hall, which houses the School of Mathematics on the University of Minnesota East Bank campus, is named in his honor.

October 20, 1973

We honor the lifetime of achievement of publishing giant Norman Chandler (Sigma Rho-Stanford University) who died this day at age 74.  Brother Chandler was the Publisher of the Los Angeles Times between 1945 and 1960.  Brother Chandler became General Manager in 1936, President in 1941 and, upon his father’s death in 1944, the third Editor of the newspaper.  In 1947, the newspaper had the largest circulation of any newspaper in Los Angeles and, by 1961, the Sunday edition had a circulation of more than one million copies.  After retiring as Publisher in 1960, Brother Chandler was succeeded by his son, Otis Chandler (Sigma Rho-Stanford University).  In 1940, Brother Chandler funded the construction of the Hollywood Palladium at a cost of $1.6 million.  His wife led the Los Angeles cultural revitalization in the 1950s and 1960s with the restoration of the Hollywood Bowl and the construction of the Los Angeles Music Centre, including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  On July 15, 1957, Brother Chandler appeared on the cover of Time Magazine.

October 20, 2011

Dr. S. Kern Alexander (Iota-Center College) was named as a distinguished alumni and a member of the Hall of Fame at Center College.  As an author, coauthor or editor of 30 books, Brother Alexander has served as a consultant and court expert in education litigation in 22 states.  The Distinguished Alumnus Award honors alumni of Center College who have given outstanding service to the College and/or to “humankind”.  Brother Alexander served as President of Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, Kentucky) between 1985 and 1988, as a university distinguished professor at Virginia Tech (1988-1994), and as President of Murray State University (Murray, Kentucky) between 1994 and 2006.  Since 2002, Brother Alexander has been the Excellence Professor, Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

October 21, 1968

Brothers George Friederichs  and Barton Jahncke (both Tau Lambda-Tulane University) won the Gold Medal in the Dragon Sailing Event at the 1968 Summer Olympics held in Mexico.  Their dragon class boat Williwaw was burned during Hurricane Katrina but is being restored so that it can race again.  In the Dragon class, Brother Friederichs won the 1967 World Championship, the 1965, 1966 and 1967 North American titles, and the 1966 European championship.

October 21, 1986

We honor the considerable business accomplishments of Robert D. Lilley (Beta Gamma-Columbia) who died this day at age 74.  Brother Lilley was the retired President of American Telephone & Telegraph Co.  After graduating, Brother Lilley worked as an engineer in the Virginia-Pennsylvania coal regions before joining the Bell System in 1937 as Assistant Engineer in the Western Electric Plant at Kearny, New Jersey.  Between 1965 and 1970, Brother Lilley worked in Newark as President of New Jersey Bell Telephone Co.  Brother Lilley moved to AT&T in 1968 as Executive Vice President and was named President in 1972. Brother Lilley had previously served as the President of the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company (1965-1970).  In 1967, Brother Lilley served as Chairman of the Governor’s Commission that studied civil rights disorders in New Jersey.  For his work, Brother Lilley won the National Conference of Christians and Jews Brotherhood Award in 1968   Brother Lilley was a long-time Trustee of Columbia University.  The Lilley Student Activities Center in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University is named in his honor.

October 21, 1999

We honor the memory and considerable accomplishments of Benno C. Schmidt Sr. (Omega Chi-University of Texas) who died this day at age 86.  When Brother John Hay Whitney (Phi-Yale University) formed J.H. Whitney & Company after World War II to finance entrepreneurs with business plans who were unwelcome at banks, Brother Whitney recruited Brother Schmidt as a Partner to run the company.  In 1959, Brother Schmidt became the Managing Partner.  Brother Schmidt is credited with coining the term “venture capital”.  Brother Schmidt served on a number of Boards including the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and CBS.  Brother Schmidt was a Trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art.  One of his sons, Benno C. Schmidt Jr. (Phi-Yale University) became President of Yale University and later the Dean of Columbia Law School.

October 22, 1924

Seton Porter (Phi-Yale University) founded National Distillers Products Corp.  Despite the passing of the Prohibition Act, the company founded by Brother Porter did not cease to operate as did many other liquor concerns.  The company reorganized as a company and the stockholders approved the decision to manufacture and market sacramental wine for religious services as well as medicinal and industrial alcohol.  In 1935, the company purchased the Old Crow Distillery and a 70% interest in John De Kuyper & Son Company.  In 1939, the company acquired Sunny Brook Distilling Company of Louisville, Kentucky, and Overhold Distilling Company of Pennsylvania.  The company presently employs 80-150 people, and has annual sales of $2.3 billion.  Brother Porter was featured on the cover of Time magazine on December 4, 1933.

October 22, 1997

Mark Rolfing (Psi Phi-DePauw University) rejoined NBC Sports golf coverage after 8 years with ABC Sports.  Brother Rolfing works on NBC’s coverage of the PGA Tour, including The Players Championship, as well as events such as the U.S. Open, the Ryder Cup, the President’s Cup and the rest of the golf tour covered by NBC.  Brother Rolfing began his commentating career at ESPN in 1986 and joined NBC in 1988.  Golf World’s John Hawkins named Brother Rolfing to his list of golf’s top television commentators:  “He hustles, gets good information and isn’t afraid to voice an opinion.”  Brother Rolfing played college golf at DePauw University where he was Conference Champion.  While at DePauw, Brother Rolfing was a teammate and roommate with Brother Dan Quayle.  In 1999, Brother Rolfing was inducted into the DePauw Hall of Fame.  In 2000, Brother Rolfing was inducted into the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame.  While in Hawaii, Brother Rolfing helped create the Asuzu Kapalua International Tournament.  Brother Rolfing is the host of the Golf Channel Show “Golf Hawaii”.

October 22, 2013

Doug Wilson (Mu-Colgate University) publishes his book “The World was our Stage:  Spanning the Globe with ABC Sports”.  Writing for the book began as a series of anecdotes about the amazing people that were covered in what Brother Wilson refers to as the “human drama of athletic competition”.  However, the book expanded into an historical oriented narrative told against a background of the progression of television coverage and the social and political dynamics of the times.  Brother Wilson was a producer/director for ABC’s Wild World of Sports between 1961 and 1998.  Brother Wilson’s first job in entertainment was at NBC as a page while he pursued his ambition to become a musician.  His next job came as a production assistant on American Bandstand hosted, of course, Brother Dick Clark (Phi Gamma-Syracuse University).  Brother Wilson then began work on the newly created ABC’s Wild World of Sports, first handling cue card duties and then working his way up to associate director.  In 1967, Brother Wilson directed his first sporting event, the World Water Skiing Championship in Sherbrooke, Quebec.  During his tenure at Wild World of Sports at ABC, Brother Wilson directed coverage for over 50 different times of sporting events and directed and produced some of the most historic and well-known sporting events including the 1968 Mexico City and the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, NCAA football championships, the Grand Prix in Monaco, and a number of figure skating championships.  In 2003, Brother Wilson became the first non-athlete to be inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.  In 1993, Brother Wilson was the recipient of the Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Direction.  In total, Brother Wilson won 17 Primetime Emmy Awards for directing and producing various sporting events.  Brother Wilson also served on the Directors Guild of America Eastern Directors Council from 1985 to 1995.

October 23, 1957

Frederic N. Schwartz (Phi Gamma-Syracuse University) becomes the President of Bristol-Myers.  Brother Schwartz had joined the company’s Bristol Laboratories Division in 1945, became President of Bristol-Myers in 1957 and Chairman in 1964.  Brother Schwartz was the first head of the company who was not a member of the Bristol family.  Under the leadership of Brother Schwartz, the company grew from a medium-sized pharmaceutical manufacturer into a multinational health and beauty care products company with 12,000 employees and annual sales that exceeded $400 million by 1967.  The Frederic N. Schwartz Trust has made many generous gifts over the years, including a $26.5 million gift to Brown University to establish the Eleanor Haley Schwartz Scholarship Fund benefitting female undergraduate and graduate students.  The estate of Brother Schwartz made the largest single gift from an individual to Syracuse University. The $26.8 million donation established the Frederic N. Schwartz Scholarship Fund which enhances the ability of the University to attract and support “qualified students from a wide array of socioeconomic backgrounds”.

October 23, 2009

James A. Gray III (Beta-University of North Carolina) was inaugurated as the 6th President of North Carolina Wesleyan College.  Prior to his appointment as President, Brother Gray served at the University of North Carolina as Associate Dean for External Affairs of the Kenyon-Flagler Business School and as Associate Dean for Marketing and Communications at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.  Brother Gray had previously served as the President of Manning, Selvage & Lee/U.S., the ninth largest public relations agency in the world, and as President of public relations for Brouillard Communications in New York, the corporation division of J. Walter Thompson.

October 24, 1888

The DKE Club of New York moved from 52 William Street in New York to new headquarters at 435 Fifth Avenue.  That location is now occupied by commercial premises.

October 24, 1934

The Michigan Wolverines football team beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 9‑2 in front of 20,901 Michigan fans.  The game played an important role in the life of Gerald R. Ford (Omicron-University of Michigan).  After learning that Michigan had an African-American player, the Georgia Tech football coach and athletic director refused to allow his team to play if Willis Ward was allowed to play.  Brother Ford and Ward had become friends during freshman orientation in 1932 and were roommates when the football team travelled on road games.  When Brother Ford learned that the school had capitulated to Georgia Tech and would not allow his friend to play, Brother Ford threatened to quit the team and “to make a statement and take a stand because Willis Ward was his friend”.  Ward appealed to Brother Ford and is quoted as saying, “Look, the team’s having a bad year.  We’ve lost two games already and we probably won’t win any more. You’ve got to play Saturday.  You owe it to the team.”  Brother Ford decided to play and Georgia Tech was defeated.  At the funeral for Brother Ford in December 2006, President George W. Bush (Phi-Yale University) spoke about the incident and stated:  “Long before he was known in Washington, Gerald Ford showed his character and his leadership.  As a star football player for the University of Michigan, he came face to face with racial prejudice when Georgia Tech came to Ann Arbor for a football game.  One of Michigan's best players was an African American student named Willis Ward.  Georgia Tech said they would not take the field if a black man were allowed to play.  Gerald Ford was furious at Georgia Tech for making the demand and for the University of Michigan for caving in.  He agreed to play only after Willis Ward personally asked him to.  The stand Gerald Ford took that day was never forgotten by his friend.”  Stunt 3 Multimedia LLC has prepared a CD entitled “Black and Blue – The Story of Gerald Ford and Willis Ward”.  The CD features the following caption:  “The friendship that began in the Big House lasted all the way to the White House.  This is the story of two schools, two friends, and a game that changed everything.”

October 24, 1954

Albert Dick Jr. (Phi-Yale University) died this day at age 60.  Brother Dick succeeded his father as the President of A.B. Dick Company, the American manufacturer of copy machines and office supplies in the late 19th century and the 20th century.  After licensing key autographic printing patents from Thomas Edison, the company became the world’s largest manufacturer of mimeograph equipment.  The company created the business of “quick printing” via storefront shops that printed from disposable plates on duplicators.  Starting in the 1960s, xerography began to overtake the older mimeograph technology and, eventually, the company changed its business to become a leading worldwide supplier to the graphic arts and printing industry, manufacturing and marketing equipment, and supplies for all stages of document creation.  Brother Dick was the first Chairman of the Lake Forest Hospital Board of Directors, serving between 1940 and 1951.  The Hospital sit of 25 acres had been donated to Lake Forest by Brother Dick’s parents.  The A.B. Dick Jr. Health Careers Scholarship was established in 1952 in his honor.  Brother Dick also served as the Mayor of Lake Forest (1928-1931).

October 24, 1968

Robert James “Jim” Elder (Alpha Phi-University of Toronto) wins a goal medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics in the Team Jumping Equestrian competition.  Brother Elder competed in six Olympic Games (1956 to 1984), winning one gold and one bronze medal.  Additionally, he won two Pan-Am Gold medals and one world championship Gold Medal.  In 1983, Brother Elder was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada and, in 2003, was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.  Brother Elder is an active promoter of riding for the disabled.  He was appointed Honorary Patron of the Community Association for Riding of the Disabled and an Honorary Director of the Canadian Association for Riding of the Disabled.