This Week in DKE History December 29th - January 4th

December 29, 1921

At the Convention held in the Drake Hotel in Chicago with Brother Tracy C. Drake (Psi Omega-R.P.I.) as host, the Constitution was amended to create the office of Honorary President.  Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, John Hessin Clarke (Beta Chi-Case Western Reserve) was elected as the first Honorary President of Delta Kappa Epsilon.

December 29, 2011

We applaud the corporate leadership shown by Norborne Berkeley Jr. (Phi-Yale University) who died this day at age 89.  In 1975, Brother Berkeley was appointed as the President of Chemical Bank and Chemical NY Corporation (now JP Morgan Chase).  Brother Berkeley served as President of the Bank until January 1, 1982.  Brother Berkeley was appointed by President Gerald R. Ford (Omicron-University of Michigan) and then served two administrations on the U.S. Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations.  Brother Berkeley had an LL.B. degree from the University of Virginia and his papers are housed at the University Library there.

December 30, 1920

The first American College Fraternity Convention held off the North American Continent was held in Havana, Cuba under the auspices of President Menocal of Cuba (Delta Chi-Cornell University).  The special train that had left Pennsylvania Station on December 26, made stops in Philadelphia, Savannah and Key West, before setting sail on the ship “Governor Cobb”.  The Convention souvenir was an inlaid box containing 25 Cuban cigars.  300 of the boxes were made and one is available for viewing at the International Headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The three other boxes known to exist are housed at Cornell University, at the Phi Alpha Chapter (The University of British Columbia), and with a Brother from Phi Psi Chapter (Depauw University)

December 30, 1932

Delta Phi Chapter is founded at University of Alberta.  The petitioning group was Phi Alpha and the Petition received in 1931 was from its 26 members.  The Annual Message of 1931 from the Council of the Fraternity contained the following: “A likely fraternity under the name of Phi Alpha at the University of Alberta, has obtained the approval of all of our Canadian Chapters as a first requirement for seeking a charter.  This group has also filed a petition signed by its twenty-six active members, eight of whom graduate this year.  The Deke Alumni sponsoring this group believe that it is to the distinct advantage of the Fraternity to have a Chapter in Alberta.  We have interviewed these representatives and have assured them our careful consideration.”  The 1932 Convention Minutes reflect the following:  “The Council has carefully considered this application and believes that a chapter at Alberta would materially strengthen the position of the other Chapters and DKE generally in the Dominion of Canada, which would mean the strengthening of Delta Kappa Epsilon as an International Fraternity.  We wish to state that this approval does not mean that the Council has receded from the conservative position it has held for some years past on the matter of addition of new Chapters.” The photograph shows the Charter Class and local alumni on the occasion of the chartering of our most Northern Chapter.

December 30, 1995

Colin Shepherd (Tau Alpha-McGill University) is knighted to become Sir Colin Shepherd.  Brother Shepherd was a British Member of Parliament for Hereford from October 1974 until his defeat at the May 1997 election.  In 1989, Brother Shepherd was appointed to serve as Regional Representative of the British Isles & Mediterranean Region on the International Executive of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association which involves 16,000 parliamentarians from across the British Commonwealth.  Brother Shepherd was subsequently elected International Treasurer of that organization at the same time as being elected Chair of the United Kingdom Branch.  In 1993, Brother Shepherd was elected as the Chair of the International Executive for a three-year term.  Brother Shepherd served between 1990 and 1997 as Chair of the British-Canadian Parliamentary Group.  Since leaving Parliament, Brother Shepherd has continued his association with Commonwealth activities, including have cofounded the “Friends of the Commonwealth – Foundation” in 1997.  Brother Shepherd is now the Chair of the Trustees of the Foundation.

December 31, 1948

Russell Long (Zeta Zeta-Louisiana State) is first elected as a United States Senator from Louisiana.  Brother Long served in that capacity to January 3, 1987.  Brother Long served as the Senate Majority Whip between January 3, 1965 and January 3, 1969 and was the Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance between January 3, 1965 and January 3, 1981.  In 1966, at the request of former National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle, Brother Long and Congressman Hale Boggs used their influence to pass legislation that allowed for the merger of the American Football League and the National Football League.  In exchange for ensuring the passage of the legislation, Brother Long and Congressman Boggs requested that the next NFL expansion franchise be awarded to New Orleans.  On November 1, 1966, Rozelle, Boggs and Long joined in announcing that New Orleans had obtained the franchise which became the New Orleans Saints.

December 31, 1954

W.W. “Dutch” Elder (Epsilon-Williams College) retired as the Secretary of the Council of the Fraternity.  Brother Elder was presented with a station wagon upon his retirement and was paid the “princely” sum of $300 per month as a pension.  Brother Elder had served as an employee of the Fraternity since 1930.

December 31, 1972

Dick Clark (Phi Gamma-Syracuse University) produced and hosted “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”, the first of an ongoing series of special broadcasts on New Year’s Eve from Times Square in New York City.  Brother Clark was the full time host on a show later renamed American Bandstand.  American Bandstand was first aired nationally on August 5, 1957.  On that day, Brother Clark interviewed Elvis Presley.  American Bandstand was a major success, running daily Monday through Friday until 1963 and then weekly on Saturdays until 1987.  Brother Clark received the following awards:  Emmy (1979, 1983, 1985 and 1986), Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award (1994) and the Peabody Award recognizing outstanding achievement in radio broadcasting (1999).  Additionally, Brother Clark was inducted on to the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1976), into the National Radio Hall of Fame (1990), into Broadcasting Magazine Hall of Fame (1992), into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1993), and into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame (1993).

December 31, 1979

Morgan J. Davis (Omega Chi-University of Texas) died at age 81.  After leaving university, Brother Davis became a field geologist with Humble Oil.  Eventually, he became Chairman of the Company.  As head of Humble Oil, Brother Davis made a gift on behalf of the Company to Rice University of a 30,000-acre tract which the company owned on the north shore of Clear Lake.  That tract was subsequently offered to the Federal Government as the site for the Houston Space Center.  Brother Davis was a member of the “Suite 8F Group”, a group of influential business and political leaders who met in that room in the Lamar Hotel in Houston from time to time.  Members of the group included Lyndon B. Johnson and John Connally.  The group was influential in convincing Washington to establish the Manned Spaceflight Center which was renamed the Johnson Space Center in 1973, a month after the former President’s death.  Humble Oil had been founded in 1911 and, by 1917, had 217 wells and a daily crude oil production of about 9,000 barrels.  At the end of 1949, the company was operating 9,928 wells.  In 1958, Humble Oil and Standard Oil of New Jersey consolidated domestic operations.  Brother Davis became the President of Humble Oil in 1957.  In 1960, Brother Davis was named as the President of Standard Oil of New Jersey.  In 1963, Brother Davis retired as the Chairman and Chief Executive Office of Standard Oil.  On July 14, 1980, the Morgan J. Davis Centennial Chair in Petroleum Geology was established by the Board of Regents of the University of Texas.  Brother Davis also served as Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (1961-63) and as a Director of the First City National Bank of Houston.  Brother Davis was President of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (1952 53) and President of the Geological Society of America (1968 69). 

December 31, 2001

Kenneth L. Wolfe (Phi-Yale University) retired as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hershey Foods Corporation, the leading North American manufacturer of quality chocolate and non-chocolate confectionary products and chocolate-related grocery products.  Brother Wolfe served as Vice President and CFO (1981-1984), Senior Vice President (1984-1985), and President and COO (1985-1988) of Hershey.

December 31, 2008

Reuben Mark (Alpha Alpha-Middlebury College) retired from the Board of Directors of Colgate-Palmolive Company after serving 22 years as the Chairman and after serving as the CEO for 23 years (1984-2007).

January 1, 1931

Brown Bros. and Company merged with Harriman Brothers & Company and W.A. Harriman & Company to form Brown Bros. Harriman & Co.  When the merger was announced in the December 22, 1930 issue of Time Magazine, it was noted that 11 of the founding partners were graduates of Yale University.  Included as founded partners were Prescott Bush (Phi-Yale University), the father and grandfather of future Deke Presidents, Ray Morris (Phi-Yale University) and Thatcher M.  Brown Sr. (Phi-Yale University).  Brown Bros. Harriman & Co. had been founded in 1818 and is the oldest and largest private bank in the United States.

January 1, 1973

Dick Clark (Phi Gamma-Syracuse University) first wished the world “Happy New Year” on the “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”.  This was the first in an ongoing series of special broadcasts from Times Square in New York City.  Brother Clark was part of the show and wished the World “Happy New Year” every year since 1973, except for 2000 when the show had been preempted by “ABC 2000 Today” and in 2005 when Brother Clark was recovering from a stroke. Even though Brother Clark’s voice is silenced, his memory will live on. On behalf of all of Delta Kappa Epsilon:


January 1, 1995

George E. Pataki (Phi-Yale University) (Honorary) is sworn in as the 53rd Governor of New York.  Brother Pataki served in that capacity to December 31, 2006.  Previously, Brother Pataki served as the mayor of Peekskill, New York (1981-1984), as a member of the New York State Assembly from the 91st District (January 1985-December 31, 1992), and member of the New York State Senate from the 37th District (January 1, 1993-December 31, 1994).  In September 2007, President George W. Bush (Phi-Yale University) appointed Brother Pataki as a United States delegate to the 2007 United Nations General Assembly Session.  The Governor George E. Pataki Leadership and Learning Centre located in Peekskill, New York, is named in his honor.  The Centre is designed to educate school children on government, using as an example the public service of Brother Pataki.

January 1, 2001

Joseph “Joe” Hagin (Lambda-Kenyon College) is appointed by President George W. Bush (Phi-Yale University) as the White House Deputy Chief of Staff.  Brother Hagin served in that capacity until July 20, 2008.  Brother Hagin aided George H.W. Bush (Phi-Yale University) during his unsuccessful GOP Presidential nomination campaign in 1979.  When Brother Bush became Vice-President in 1981, he selected Brother Hagin as his personal aide.  Brother Hagin was also appointed to head the Vice-President’s Legislative Affairs.  Brother Hagin served in that capacity until 1985 when he left the White House to be Public Affairs Director for Federated Department Stores, the owner of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.  After the 1988 presidential campaign, Brother Hagin served as the Appointments Secretary to President George H.W. Bush.  In the 2000 presidential campaign, Brother Hagin aided George W. Bush (Phi-Yale University) as Deputy Campaign Manager.  After leaving the White House, Brother Hagin served as Interim CEO of Jet Support Services, Inc.  In April 2009, Brother Hagin co-founded Command Consulting Group which is an international security and intelligence consulting firm, headquartered in Washington, D.C.  While at the White House, Brother Hagin picked up the Dubya nickname “Big Joe”.

January 2, 1917

Henry W. Keyes (Alpha-Harvard University) takes office as the 56th Governor of New Hampshire.  Brother Keyes served in that capacity until January 6, 1919.  He took office as a United States Senator from New Hampshire on March 4, 1919 and served in that capacity until January 3, 1937.  After graduation from Harvard, Brother Keyes became a successful cattle breeder, and was credited with introducing the Holstein-Friesian breed into the United States.  Brother Keyes died on June 19, 1938 at age 76.

January 2, 1956

Richardson Dilworth (Phi-Yale University) is elected as the 91st Mayor of Philadelphia.  Brother Dilworth served in that capacity until 1962. Brother Dilworth was at the forefront of the post-World War II reform movement in Philadelphia that led to the adoption of a modern City Charter that consolidated city and county offices and introduced civil service examinations on a broad scale to replace much of the existing patronage system. Brother Dilworth had run for Governor of Pennsylvania but had lost a close election in 1950. Brother Dilworth resigned as Mayor in 1962 to launch a second bid for Governor which was also unsuccessful.  In 2011, the Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service was established to annually recognize the contributions of an outstanding public employee whose work performance embodies excellence in public service.  Brother Dilworth died on January 23, 1974 in Philadelphia at age 75.

January 2, 1995

We salute the accomplishments and contributions to business of Hulbert S. Aldrich (Phi-Yale University) who died this day at age 87.   Brother Aldrich was the President and a Director of New York Trust Company, the 9th largest bank in New York City when, in 1959, its directors decided to merge with Chemical Corn Exchange Bank, then the City’s 4th largest bank.  Brother Aldrich became Vice Chair and a Director of the new bank, the Chemical Bank of New York Trust Company.  While at Yale, Brother Aldrich earned baseball letters in 1928, 1929 and 1930 and also participated in football.  Brother Aldrich was also a long-time director and President of the Greer School.

January 3, 1887

Daniel B. Lucas (Eta-University of Virginia) is appointed by Governor Emanuel Willis Wilson to serve in the the United States Senate to represent West Virginia.  However, the Legislature of West Virginia later elected Charles J. Faulkner to the Senate to replace Brother Lucas.  On December 11, 1889, Brother Lucas was appointed to the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and served as President of the Court during his service.  During the Civil War, Brother Lucas had served with General Henry A. Wise in the Kanawha Campaign of 1861.  Late in the War, he escaped a blockade of Virginia to aid his college friend John Yates Beall who had been arrested as a spy.  Brother Lucas left Richmond on January 1, 1865, crossed the Potomac River through the ice in a small skiff, was not allowed to assist in the defense of his friend who was later executed.  Brother Lucas then spent several months in Canada prior to returning to West Virginia to attempt to practice law.  However, he was not able to resume his career until 1870 when restrictions on ex-Confederates in the practice of law were lifted.  Brother Lucas served in the West Virginia Legislature from 1884 to 1887.  Brother Lucas was also a poet.  He composed his most famous poem, “The Land Where We Were Dreaming”, shortly after the surrender of General Lee at Appomattox.  His work often earned him the epithet “The Poet Laureate of the Lost Cause”.

January 3, 1911

The Council of the Fraternity moved from a small room occupied for a number of years at 1135 Broadway to larger quarters at 30 Broad Street in New York and established the General Headquarters and business offices of the Fraternity there.  The building at 30 Broad Street was demolished in 1932 and was replaced by a 48‑storey building.

January 3, 1941

Harold Hitz Burton (Theta-Bowdoin College) takes office as a United States Senator from Ohio.  Brother Burton served in that capacity until September 30, 1945 when he was appointed by President Truman to serve as an Associate Justice with the Supreme Court of the United States.  Brother Burton played quarterback for the football team at Bowdoin. His Deke roommate was Owen Brewster who later served as a United States Senator from Maine.  After World War I. Brother Burton returned to the practice of law in Cleveland, taught at Western Reserve University Law School, became a member of the Ohio House of Representatives in 1928 and was elected Mayor of Cleveland in 1935.

January 3, 1947

We salute the journalism career of Ogden Mills Reid (Phi-Yale University) who died this day at age 65.  On the death of his father, Whitelaw Reid (Kappa-Miami University), Brother Reid became the editor of the New York Tribune.  In 1924, Brother Reid purchased the New York Herald and created the New York Herald Tribune, for which he was the President and Chair (1924-1947).  His former home at 15 East 84 Street in New York now houses the Institution for the Study of the Ancient World of New York University.

January 3, 1957

We salute the contributions to banking and mining of William Chapman Potter (Sigma Tau-Massachusetts Institute of Technology) who died this day at age 82.  Brother Potter was trained as a mining engineer and became General Manager of Guggenheim Exploration Company in Mexico and then the Chairman of the Board of Kennecott Copper Corporation.  Brother Potter became Chair of the Board of Guaranty Trust in 1921 and served in that capacity to 1946.  He was a director of Guaranty Trust until January 1957.  Brother Potter was a life member of the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

January 3, 1963

Don Edwards (Sigma Rho-Stanford University) is first elected to the United States House of Representatives from the California 10th Congressional District.  Brother Edwards served in that capacity to January 3, 1995 when he did not seek re-election to the 104th Congress.  Brother Edwards served on the House Judiciary Committee and was the Chair of the House Subcommittee on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights for 23 years.  The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is named after him as a result of his efforts to establish the Refuge.  Brother Edwards was the recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Award in 2002 from the American Bar Association’s Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section.  The Section noted that it is rare and heroic to find:  “ … a public leader who, following conscience and principle, actually leads in a direction contrary to prevailing winds”.

January 3, 1973

George Steinbrenner (Epsilon-Williams College) led a group of investors to purchase the New York Yankees from CBS Broadcasting Inc.  Before purchasing the New York Yankees, Brother Steinbrenner was the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the American Ship Building Company which, by 1972, at yearly gross sales of more than $100 million.  Under the ownership of Brother Steinbrenner, the New York Yankees won the World Series in 1977, 1978, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009.Brother Steinbrenner received a number of awards over the years.  In 1992, he was presented with Tampa’s most prestigious service award, Outstanding Citizen of the Year.  In August 2009, a new high school in Lutz, Florida, was named in his honor. The Yankee’s spring training facility in Tampa was renamed George M. Steinbrenner Field in March 2008.  The entrance to the new Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has been named for Brother Steinbrenner and his family.  A life-sized bronze statue of Brother Steinbrenner was placed in front of that stadium in January of2011.

January 3, 1973

F.H. “Pete” Stark Jr. (Sigma Tau-M.I.T.) is elected as a member of the United States House of Representatives from the 13th District in California.  Brother Stark was the longest serving member of Congress from California, as well as being the fifth most senior member of Congress overall when he was defeated in the Democratic primary in 2012. Brother Stark now resides in Maryland.

January 3, 2011

Mark Dayton (Phi-Yale University) assumed office as the 40th Governor of Minnesota.  Brother Dayton previously served as a United States Senator from Minnesota from 2001 to 2007.  Brother Dayton graduated cum laude from Yale, where he played goalie for the varsity hockey team.  Brother Dayton was elected as state auditor of Minnesota in 1990, and served in that capacity between 1991 and 1996. Brother Dayton was reelected as Governor in 2014. 

January 3, 2000

Kurt Kufeld (Delta Phi-The University of Alberta) is appointed as the Vice President, Cross Platform Services of Inc.  Brother Kufeld works and lives in Seattle, Washington.

January 4, 1883

Edward Sandford Martin (Alpha-Harvard University) became the first literary editor of the first publication of Life Magazine.  Brother Martin served in that capacity until late 1883, when he became a law student at the University of Rochester.  While at Harvard, Brother Martin was one of the founders of the Harvard Lampoon which was first published in 1876. Brother Martin also wrote editorial columns for Scribner’s Magazine, Harper’s Weekly and Harper’s Monthly.We have Brother Martin to thank for this reflection of the Thanksgiving holiday:  “Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”