This Week in DKE History October 4th - October 10th

October 4, 1922

The United States Postal Service issued an 11-cent stamp to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rutherford B. Hayes (Delta Chi-Cornell University) (Honorary).  The postage stamp was issued in the home town of Brother Hayes, Fremont, Ohio.  The issue was designed by Clair Aubrey Houston, with the engraving modelled after a photograph taken by prominent Civil War photographer, Mathew Brady.

October 4, 1890

John N. Irwin (Pi-Dartmouth College) is nominated by President Harrison as the ninth Governor of the Arizona Territory.  Brother Irwin served in that capacity until April 18, 1892.  Brother Irwin had been the ninth Governor of the Idaho Territory between March 5, 1883 and December 20, 1883.  Additionally, he served as the Ambassador to Portugal between 1899 and 1901.  His tenure as Governor of the Idaho Territory was brief as he had to return home to undergo surgery to correct problems with his eyes.  An unusual aspect of his tenure was that Brother Irwin returned most of his salary claiming he could not in good conscience accept the unearned pay.  The action received widespread newspaper coverage due to its rarity as most political appointees of the day took all monies they could collect without question.  Apparently, it also created a problem with the Treasury Department which was unsure how to handle the situation.  Initially, the Department attempted to place the returned money in the “Conscience Fund” but this resulted in a protest from Brother Irwin who do not wish the returned salary to be associated with monies returned by guilt-ridden criminals.  Eventually, the returned funds were credited to the public debt.

October 4, 1989

The Canada Postal Service issued a postage stamp depicting the painting of Lawren Harris (Alpha Phi- The University of Toronto). Brother Harris is one of the Canadian Group of 7 who pioneered painting in Canada. Brother Harris is acknowledged as the leader of the Group and the financial backbone of the Group. 

October 5, 1887

At the 41st Convention of the Fraternity held in Chicago, the naming as Beta Alpha of the revived Chapter at the University of North Carolina was rescinded. It was moved and seconded that the matter of the nomenclature of Beta of Columbia and Beta of North Carolina be referred to the two chapters, that they choose a third party as arbitrator, and that the decision of the three be final.  At the October 1888  Convention of the Fraternity held in Cincinnati, it was resolved that the Columbia Chapter be allowed to choose for themselves a Chapter name.  It was also noted that the Columbia Chapter had shown “an utter disregard for the authority” of the Convention by refusing to elect an arbitrator.It was decided that the University of North Carolina Chapter would be given the name of Beta, and that the Columbia Chapter would be known and designated by the name of Beta Beta.  (That Chapter later changed its designation to Gamma Beta.)  At the 1913 Boston Convention, the Minutes reflect the following:  “Brother Royal, the delegate from Beta, North Carolina, requested that a new Charter be issued to the Chapter in its present name, as the only Charter now in its possession, had been issued to them as Beta Alpha and the name thereafter changed.”

October 5, 1901

Rufus W. Stimson (Xi-Colby College) is appointed the President pro tempore by the Board of Trustees of Connecticut Agricultural College (later the University of Connecticut).  Brother Stimson was made President on July 16, 1902 and served in that capacity until 1908 when he became the Director of Smith Agricultural School in Northhampton, Massachusetts.  In 1911, Brother Stimson became the State Supervisor of Agricultural Education for Massachusetts, a position he held until his retirement in 1938.  In 1939, at the age of 71, Brother Stimson received an appointment as a Research Specialist in Agricultural Education in the United States Office of Education for the purpose of writing a history of agricultural education.  Brother Stimson died at age 71 on May 1, 1947.

October 5, 1986

Craig McCaw (Sigma Rho-Stanford University) purchases the wireless operations (cellular and paging) from MCI Communications Corp. for $122 million and changes the name of the company to “McCaw Cellular Communications”. By 1981, Brother McCaw was an active purchaser of cellular licenses and pioneered the use of SS7 signaling across cellular networks, so that dialing and routing information could be switched into a single national network.  The new system was named “Cellular One”.  In 1990, Brother McCaw earned $54 million, making him America’s highest paid Chief Executive Officer.  By 1994, AT&T had purchased all of the shares of McCaw Cellular for a total purchase price of $15.3 billion.  At the time, this was the second largest merger in U.S. history.  Brother McCaw presently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., and the Friends of Nelson Mandela Foundation.

October 5, 1986

George Zinn (Theta-Bowdoin College) joined Microsoft as a financial analyst.  Subsequently, Brother Zinn was the assistant Treasurer of Microsoft and the Chief Financial Officer of the Intellectual Property & Licensing Division of Microsoft.  Since 2004, Brother Zinn as served as Vice President and Treasurer for Microsoft.  In that role, Brother Zinn is responsible for the management of the $49 billion assets of Microsoft.  Brother Zinn described his role as being “in charge of risk management for the company”.  In 2009, Brother Zinn was recognized by Treasury & Risk Management Magazine as one of the ten most influential people in finance.  In addition to his role at Microsoft, Brother Zinn serves on the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) Investment Advisory Board.


October 6, 2000

Rho Beta Chapter is founded at University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia.  When founded, the Chapter was refused recognition by the local IFC and the Chapter has operated that way ever since.


October 6, 2005

The first scholar was named as the Delta Kappa Epsilon Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The efforts to establish a $1 million endowed professorship started in 2000 when Edward “Tee” Baur (Beta-University of North Carolina) made a lead gift of $100,000.  Under the leadership of Brother Baur and other alumni of the Fraternity, $820,000 was raised and was matched by a grant from the State of North Carolina of $334,000.  Brother Baur stated that the idea first came to him when he served on the Board of Visitors of the University in the late 1990s:  “I was talking with the DKE alumnus about a way to link the fraternities closer to the University in a meaningful way.”  “I thought this would be a great way for people to give to the [University’s] Carolina First Campaign, but to be a part of a smaller campaign they could relate to as well.”  Brother Baur was the principal of Baur Properties, the real estate firm in St. Louis founded by his father in 1954.  Baur Properties was responsible for the development of the Maryville Center, a 100-acre office park in West St. Louis County which included 850,000 square feet of office space.  In 1997, the company was sold to Duke Realty Investments Inc. of Indianapolis.  Brother Baur has also served on the Board of Trustees of Maryville University.


October 7, 1853

Phi Chapter appointed a committee to confer with the other Chapters regarding a song book.  Each Chapter was to provide at least two songs and to select from all of the songs “a proper number & to have them printed & bound in suitable form”.  There is a similar note in the November 3, 1855 Minutes of the Phi Chapter.  A January 2, 1856 Resolution at the First Convention stated that:  “The various Chapters of the Fraternity be requested to forward their songs to the Φ Chapter to be published and distributed to different Chapters.”  “The Songs of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity” was published on March 30, 1857.  A total of 24 sons were published, including a “Smoking Song” by J.H. Gilmore (Upsilon-Brown University), a Song sung to the air “Vive l’Amour”, the “Initiation Song” sung to the air of “Benny Havens, O!”, a “Song” sung to the air of “Alabama Forever”, a “Parting Song” with words by A.C. Trippe (Rho-Lafayette College) sung to the air of “Auld Lang Syne”, and “Io Triumphe” sung to the air “America”.  According to a March 30, 1857 letter from Mother Phi, each Chapter was required to buy 50 copies at 50₵ each.  Subsequent editions were published in 1863, 1885, 1887 and 1904.

October 7, 1869

Eugene Hale is made an Honorary Member of the Fraternity through Theta Chapter of Bowdoin College.  Brother Hale served as a Senator from Maine between March 4, 1881 and March 3, 1911.  Brother Hale also served in the United States House of Representatives (1869-1879).  Although he declined the post of United States Secretary of the Navy in the administration of Rutherford B. Hayes (Delta Chi-Cornell University) (Honorary) and had previously declined a Cabinet appointment under President Ulysses S. Grant, Brother Hale performed constructive work of the greatest importance in the area of naval appropriations, especially during the early fights for the “New Navy”.  Two vessels were named the U.S.S. Hale in his honor.  The U.S.S. Hale (DD-133) was a Wickes-class destroyer launched in 1919 and transferred to the Royal Navy as H.M.S. Caldwell in 1920 and to the Royal Canadian Navy in 1940.  The U.S.S. Hale (DD-642) was a Fletcher-class destroyer launched in 1943 and transferred to Columbia as ARC Antioquia in 1961.  Brother Hale died at age 82 on October 27, 1918.


October 7, 1869

James G. Blaine was elected as an Honorary member of the Theta Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon.  Brother Blaine was the 31st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (March 4, 1869-March 4, 1875), the 28th United States Secretary of State (March 7, 1881-December 19, 1881), the 31st United States Secretary of State (March 7, 1889-June 4, 1892), a member of the United States House of Representatives from Maine’s 3rd District (March 4, 1863-July 10, 1876), and United States Senator from Maine (July 10, 1876-March 5, 1881).  He placed second to Rutherford B. Hayes (Delta Chi-Cornell University) (Honorary) in the nomination to be the Presidential candidate at the 1876 Republican National Convention and was the unsuccessful Republican candidate in the Presidential elections of 1884.

October 7, 1939

We honor the accomplishments and the foresight of Harvey Cushing (Phi-Yale University) who died this day at age 70.  Brother Cushing is often referred to as the “Father of Modern Neurosurgery”.  Brother Cushing developed many of the basic surgical techniques for operating on the brain and introduced a non-invasive way to measure blood pressure into North America.  His most famous discovery, “Cushing’s Disease” is caused by a malfunction in the pituitary gland.  Brother Cushing was awarded the 1926 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for his book on Sir William Osler.  In 1930, Brother Cushing was awarded the Lister Medal for his contributions to surgical science.  In 1968, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 45 cent postage stamp in his honor as part of the Great Americans series.

October 7, 1985

The Board of Directors of the Fraternity gave official Colony status to a group of petitioners from Indiana University.


October 7, 2006

The U.S.S. George H.W. Bush (C.V.N. 77) is christened as the tenth and final Nimitz-class supercarrier of the United States Navy.  The vessel is named for George H.W. Bush (Phi-Yale University) who was a naval aviator during World War II.  The call sign for the vessel is “Avenger” after the TBM Avenger aircraft flown by then-Lieutenant George Bush.  Construction on the vessel commenced in 2003 and was completed in 2009 at a cost of $6.2 billion.  The home port for the vessel is the Naval Station at Norfolk, Virginia.


October 8, 1918

We honor the achievements and the life of James B. McCreary (Kappa Psi-Cumberland University) who died this day at age 80.  Brother McCreary served as the 27th Governor of Kentucky between August 1875 and September 1879 and as the 37th Governor of Kentucky between December 12, 1911 and December 7, 1915.  Brother McCreary also served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Kentucky 8th District between March 4, 1885 and March 3, 1897 and as a U.S. Senator from Kentucky between March 4, 1903 and March 3, 1909.  After graduating from law school at Cumberland University, Brother McCreary was commissioned as the only Major in the 11th Kentucky Calvary, serving under Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan.  Brother McCreary was captured by Union forces at the Battle of Buffington Island on July 18, 1863, was taken to the 9th Street Prison in Cincinnati and was later transferred to Fort Delaware and then to Morris Island, South Carolina.  In late August, 1863, Brother McCreary was released as part of a prisoner exchange program and taken to Richmond, Virginia.  In the October 1911 (Vol. 29, no. 3) edition of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Quarterly, it was stated that:  “… Kappa Psi had Senator James B. McCreary who, as prisoner of war when Major of the Confederacy, was exchanged by reason of his DKE pin.”  The Governor’s Mansion in Kentucky was constructed during the second gubernatorial term of Brother McCreary.


October 8, 1963

Ira B. Harkey Jr. (Tau Lambda-Tulane University) won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. Brother Harkey was the Editor of the Pascagoula, Mississippi Chronicle.  The Pulitzer Prize was awarded for the anti-segregation editorials written by Brother Harkey surrounding the admission of James Meredith to the University of Mississippi at Oxford, Mississippi in 1962.  Brother Harkey later taught journalism at Ohio State University and the University of Alaska before joining the staff at Columbia University.

October 9, 1915

The Council of the Fraternity adopted the “Rituals and Rules for Chapter Meetings and Initiations” prepared by the Ritual Committee composed of Herbert Hartwell Gibbs (Mu-Colgate), Carlisle J. Gleason (Sigma-Amherst College), and Richard Billings (Sigma-Amherst College). The “Black Book” as it became known was published to incorporate what had been adopted.

October 9, 1965

We honor the memory and the athleticism of Gilbert Colgate Jr. (Phi-Yale University) who died this day at age 65.  Brother Colgate won a bronze medal in the two-man bobsleigh event at the 1936 Winter Olympics.  He was one of five children of Gilbert Colgate Sr. and the grandson of William Colgate who founded what is now known as the Colgate Palmolive Company.

October 10, 1964

Don Schollander (Phi-Yale University) won four Gold Medals and set three world records in swimming at the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo.  At the time, this was the most medals won by any American since Jessie Owens in 1936.  In 1964, Brother Schollander earned the James E. Sullivan award as the top amateur athlete in the U.S., as the AP Athlete of the Year, and as the ABC’s Wide World of Sport’s Athlete of the Year.

Brother Schollander was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1965 and, in 1983, was one of the first group of inductees into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.  He is also a member of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.  In 1968, Brother Schollander won a Gold Medal in the 4 x 200 meter freestyle relay and a silver medal in the 200 meter freestyle.  Brother Schollander is the author of two books – Deep Water (1971) and Inside Swimming (1974).

October 10, 1987

This date marks the dedication of The William E. & Carol G. Simon Wing of the David Bishop Skillman Library at Lafayette College.  William E. Simon (Rho-Lafayette College) was a major contributor to the addition to the Library and, as well, donated $500,000 to endow a scholarship fund.  Brother Simon had been honored by the College with an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1973 and delivered the commencement address to the Class of 1976.  In 1979, Brother Simon was chosen by the Alumni Association of Lafayette to receive the George Washington Kidd Class of 1836 Award in recognition of his distinguished attainments in the field of public service as the head of the Federal Energy Office and as Secretary of the Treasury.

October 10, 1989

John Weinmann (Tau Lambda-Tulane University) is appointed as the United States Ambassador to Finland.  Brother Weinmann served in that capacity until August 29, 1991.  Brother Weinmann also served as Chief of Protocol of the White House (1991-1993), was the U.S. Commissioner General for the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition, and was the Chief Delegate of the United States to the Bureau of International Expositions in Paris.  Brother Weinmann has been a member of the Tulane Board of Administrators since 1981 and has served as the Chair of the Board, as well as the Chair of the Development Committee.  He formerly served as President and Director of Waverly Oil Company, Chairman of the Board and director of Eason Oil Company, director of the American Life Insurance Company of New York, and a member of the Metropolitan Area Committee and the Council for a Better Louisiana.  In 2002, Brother Weinmann received the Tulane Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus award.

October 10, 2007

We honor the memory and the considerable contribution to Canadian business by Alfred Powis (Tau Alpha-McGill University) who died this day at age 77.  In 1950, Brother Powis joined Noranda Mines.  He rose to become its President and Chief Executive Officer in 1968 and Chairman in 1977.  Brother Powis was inducted as a member of the Order of Canada (1984), the Canadian Business of Hall of Fame (1995), and the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame (1997).  A gift of $500,000 from the Noranda Foundation was made to McGill University to honour Brother Powis.  Under his direction, the assets of Noranda increased from $700 million in 1968 to $11 billion in 1995.  From 1970 through the mid-1980s, Noranda opened or acquired more than 40 mines.  Under the leadership of Brother Powis, Noranda diversified to include both Noranda Forest and Noranda Energy.  Brother Powis served as the Chair of the Mining Association of Canada (1974-1975), was a co-founder of the Business Council on National Issues, and was a key advisor in the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Negotiations.

October 10, 2009

The Association for Conflict Resolution awarded the Peacemaker Award to Ambassador John W. McDonald (Delta Pi-University of Illinois) at its 9th Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  Brother McDonald was nominated for the honor based on his work on peace-building projects around the world during his diplomatic career, his co-founding of an organization that focusses on conflict resolution in nation and international ethnic conflicts, and his career achievements in supporting creative conflict-transformation projects.  In 1992, Brother McDonald co-founded the Institute for Multi-Tract Diplomacy based in Washington, D.C.  Through that organization, Brother McDonald has worked on creative conflict transformation projects in Cyprus, Israel/Palestine, Georgia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, East Africa, Liberia, Nepal, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Jordan, Libya, India, Pakistan and Kashmir.  In 1982, Brother McDonald founded “Global Water” to address international drinking water and sanitation issues.  Between 1978 and 1983, Brother McDonald carried out a wide variety of assignments for the State Department in the area of multilateral diplomacy.  He was the President of the INTELSAT World Conference called to draft a treaty on privileges and immunities; the leader of the U.S. delegation to the U.N. World Conference on Technical Coordination Among Developing Countries (1978); Secretary General of the 27th Colombo Plan Ministerial Meeting; head of the U.S. Delegation which negotiated a U.N. treaty against the Taking of Hostages; U.S. Coordinator for the U.N. Decade on Drinking Water and Sanitation; Head of the U.S. Delegation to  UNIDOIII in New Delhi (1980); Chairman of the Federal Inter-Agency Committee for the U.N.’s International Year of Disabled Persons (1981);and  U.S. Coordinator and Head of the U.S. Delegation to the U.N.’s World Assembly on Aging (1982). From 1947 to 1974, Brother McDonald held various State Department assignments in Berlin, Frankfurt, Bonn, Paris, Washington D.C., Ankara, Tehran, Karachi and Cairo.  Brother McDonald was appointed Ambassador by President Carter and twice by President Reagan to represent the U.S. at various U.N. World Conferences.