This Week in DKE History July 5th - July 11th

July 6, 1912

Donald Lippincott (Delta Kappa-University of Pennsylvania) set the world record of 10.6 seconds in theheats leading up to the 100 meter race for men at the 1912 Olympics in Sweden.  His time remained the world record until nine years later.  Brother Lippincott was the first record-holder over 100 meters as recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations.  In the finals, Brother Lippincott placed third in the 100 meters and second in the 200 meters.  In 1913, he equaled the word record for 100 yards at 9.6 seconds and the record for 220 yards at 21.2 seconds.  In 1915, Brother Lippincott was a member of the Penn 4 x 440 yard relay team that set a world record of 3:18.0.  Brother Lippincott also held the world record of 21.2 seconds set in 1913 for the 220 yard race on a “straight track”.  It was necessary for Brother Lippincott to pay his own way to the Olympics.  His mother attempted to stop him from travelling because she was worried about a sea voyage to Europe following so closely on the sinking of HMS Titanic only months before.  Eventually, Brother Lippincott was able to raise the sponsorship money from the University of Pennsylvania Alumni and his parents relented.  While on campus, Brother Lippincott was a leader and captain of the track team, a member of Phi Kappa Beta Junior Honorary Society, a member of Sphinx Senior Society, a head cheerleader, a member of the Board of Directors of the Athletic Association, and the President of the Class of 1915.  As a member of that Class, Brother Lippincott was instrumental in establishing the “Class of ’15 Award” which is made each year to the male student who excels both athletically and academically.  After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Brother Lippincott saw war service as a lieutenant in the Navy.  After his war duties concluded, he eventually went to work for a brokerage firm..  Brother Lippincott died on January 9, 1962 at age 68.

July 6, 1946

President George W. Bush (Phi-Yale University) is born.

July 6, 1953

Philip K. Crowe (Eta-University of Virginia) is appointed as the United States Ambassador to the new country of Sri Lanka.  Brother Crowe was later appointed as Ambassador to South Africa (April 1959-April 1961), Norway (June 1969-August 19, 1973), and Denmark (September 1973-September 27, 1975).  Brother Crowe also served as a Trustee of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

July 6, 2000

Delta Psi Chapter is founded at Indiana University.  The history of the Deke Chapter at the University stretches back to at least 1855 when the Charter for the Rho Chapter at the University was returned to Mother Phi and the Rho designation was then given to the new Chapter at Lafayette College.  The designation of Rho Chapter at the University of Indiana is noted not only in the early Minutes of Phi Chapter but also in the program for the 1855 Convention. The restoration of the Chapter took a great deal of time. References to the possibility of a Chapter at the University of Indiana are noted in the Minutes of the 1862 Convention, the 1904 Message from the Council of the Fraternity indicating that an application had been received for a Charter (as had an application from Bucknell University), the 1907 Message from the Council of the Fraternity indicating that an application had been received (along with applications from Polytechnic Institute at Worchester, Massachusetts, the University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University, and Washington and Lee University), the Minutes of the 1908 Convention which referred the application of the Emanon Club back to the Council of the Fraternity “for further consideration”, the Minutes of the November 1910 Convention where an application recommending the granting of a Charter was lost by a 21-21 vote, in the Minutes of the 1913 Convention (applications were also received from the University of Montana, Carnegie Technical Institute at Pittsburgh, the University of Missouri, and Pennsylvania State College), the Minutes of the 1913 Convention held in Boston where it was noted that the DePauw, Ohio Chapters and the Indiana Chapters were “… adverse from the student’s point of view”, in the 1921 Message from the Council of the Fraternity noting that an application had been received from Indiana University (as well as from the University of Oklahoma, Ohio Wesleyan University, Colorado Agricultural College, Purdue University, the University of Oregon, Johns Hopkins University, and Louisiana State University, all of which were turned down), and in the April 21, 1967 Minutes of the Executive Committee of the Fraternity. It was not until the October 7, 1985 Minutes of the Council of the Fraternity indicating that the petitioning group from Indiana University was unanimously accorded colony status in the Fraternity that the possibility of reviving a chapter after ONLY 130 years was viewed in a positive light. The Minutes of the March 18, 1999 Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fraternity reflect that inquiries were received from Indiana University.

July 6, 2000

Delta Tau Chapter is founded at Ohio State University. There were a number of early applications for a Charter including one received October, 10, 1853 by Phi Chapter. The Minutes of the 1906 Convention reflect the receipt of a petition from students at Ohio State and the Minutes of the 1907 Convention indicate that a granting of a charter to that University was denied.  The Minutes of the 1920 Convention also indicate that further application for a charter from that University was denied.  At the same Convention, formal applications were rejected from Johns Hopkins University, Pennsylvania State College, the University of Missouri, and Iowa State College.The colony at Ohio State University was initiated on April 29, 1999, prior to the formal installation of the Chapter a year later.

July 6, 2000

Alpha Delta Chapter is founded at Northwestern University.  The local group at Northwestern, Chi Delta Chi, had severed their ties seven years earlier from Alpha Delta Phi when that Fraternity went co-ed.  The Report of the Executive Director to the March 5, 1998 Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fraternity contained the following:  “We have a better than even chance of eventually bringing them into the fold.  They are not quite ready yet to affiliate, as the wounds of their last separation have not fully healed.”  In 2000, the local group resolved to become Alpha Delta Chapter of the Fraternity.  The group had been founded on May 20, 1903 as a chapter of Alpha Delta Phi, and became constituted as “The Wranglers, Inc.” after severing ties with Alpha Delta Phi.  The Wranglers, Inc. consented to the affiliation with Delta Kappa Epsilon and accepted designation as the Alumni organization for the new Chapter.  It was agreed that members of the Wranglers, Inc. would pay a fee of $75 to become full members of Delta Kappa Epsilon.  The recognition of the University was obtained on June 7, 2000.  The most famous of the members of the Wranglers was Otto E. Graham Jr., Class of 1944, who had been named the All-America Halfback in 1943, the All-America Basketball player in 1944, and the All-Pro Quarterback for ten straight years with the Cleveland Browns ( under the leadership of Paul Brown (Kappa-Miami University), and a member of the Pro-Football Hall of Fame.

July 7, 1912

Ralph Craig (Omicron-University of Michigan) won a Gold Medal in the men’s 100 meter track and field event at the 1912 Summer Olympics.  The final in the event suffered from seven false starts before the six athletes made a clean start.  Various events were held in Stockholm, Sweden, and it was not expected by Brother Craig would win the event.  Rather, the overwhelming favorite was Donald Lippincott (Delta Kappa-University of Pennsylvania) who had set a Word Record of 10.6 seconds during one of the heats.  However, in the final, Brother Lippencott finished third.  The next day, Brother Craig fought another battle with Brother Lippencott in the 200 meters, edging him out to win the Gold Medal in that event as well.  In March 1911, Brother Craig had set a world record by running the 40-yard high hurdles in 5.2 seconds and, in May 1911, Brother Craig tied the world record in the 220 yard dash with a time of 21.2 seconds.  Brother Craig retired from sports after the Olympics and remained retired until 1948.  In that year, he made a return to the Olympics as an alternate on the United States Yachting Team.  Although he did not actually compete, Brother Craig, at age 59, carried the American flag at the opening ceremonies in London.  In 2010, Brother Craig joined the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.  The photograph shows the competitors in the 100 meter race.

July 7, 1947

We honor the academic career and contributions made to education of John William Calhoun (Omega Chi-University of Texas) who died this day at age 76.  Brother Calhoun was appointed in 1937 as the 11th President of the University of Texas at Austin.  Brother Calhoun also served as Comptroller of the University between 1925 and1937. Brother Calhoun served as President until late 1939.  Calhoun Hall on campus which was completed in 1968 is named in his honor.  

July 7, 2000

We salute the publishing career of James C. Quayle (Psi Phi-DePauw University) who died this day at age 79.  Brother Quayle married Corinne Pulliam, the daughter of newspaper publisher Eugene C. Pulliam (Psi Phi-DePauw University).  The Quayles had four children, including future Indiana Senator and U.S. Vice President, James Danforth (“Dan”) Quayle (Psi Phi-DePauw University) who was named after one of his father’s wartime comrades and fraternity brothers.  After entering the newspaper business serving as an advertising salesman for several of the newspapers owned by his father-in-law, Brother Quayle joined the Huntington Herald-Press in Huntington, Indiana.  In 1955, Brother Quayle moved his family to Arizona to manage public relations operations at the Arizona Republic and Gazette.  In 1963, Brother Quayle became the publisher of the Huntington Herald-Press and later p urchased the newspaper.

July 8, 1912

James E. (“Ted”) Meredith (Delta Kappa-University of Pennsylvania) won a Gold Medal at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics when he ran the 800 meter race in 1:51.9 minutes.  That record would stand for 14 years.  Brother Meredith was also on the team that set a world record in the 1600-meter relay to earn a second Gold Medal.  Brother Meredith lowered the world 80-yard record to 1:52.2 in 1916 and set a world 400 meter record of 47.4 in that year as well.  Brother Meredith attended Mercersburg Academy after graduating from Media High School so his two Gold Medals were won prior to Brother Meredith entering the University of Pennsylvania in 1912. As a member of Penn track team, Brother Meredith set another world record of 47.4 seconds in the 400 meter race.  That record would not be broken until 1932.  During World War I, Brother Meredith became an aviator and flew with the Allied forces during the war.  After an unsuccessful attempt at the 1920 Olympics, Brother Meredith became the assistant track coach at the University of Pennsylvania.  In 1934, Brother Meredith unsuccessfully campaigned as a Democrat for the State Legislature.  The University granted Brother Meredith a leave of absence in 1935 to permit him to coach the Czechoslovakian track team which competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.  Upon returning to the United States, Brother Meredith accepted a job working with the Internal Revenue Service. In 1982, Brother Meredith was inducted into the U.S.A. Track & Field Hall of Fame. Brother Meredith died on November 2, 1957 at age 66. 

July 8, 1936

Henry Sewall (Gamma Phi-Wesleyan University) died this day at age 81.  He is best remembered for his experiments of immunization to snake venom which laid the early foundations for the establishment of conceptions of anti-toxic immunity.  In 1946, a biography of him, “Henry Sewall, Physiologist and Physician” was published by Johns Hopkins Press of Baltimore.  Brother Sewall was a Professor of physiology at the University of Michigan Medical School and was a member of the Medical Center Alumni Society Hall of Honor at the University.  In his honour, the Henry Sewall Professor of Medicine is awarded each year at the University.  Brother Sewall was on the faculty of the University of Michigan from 1882 to 1889 and of the University of Denver from 1890 to 1908.  In 1881, Brother Sewall founded the new Department of Physiology at the University of Michigan.  While there, Brother Sewall demonstrated that pigeons could be immunized to the venom of rattlesnakes, an observation pointing the way to the discovery of diphtheria antitoxin.  During the winter of 1889, Brother Sewall became the first resident physician at the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium.  From 1911 to 1918, Brother Sewall occupied the Chair of Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  In 1916, Brother Sewall served as President of the American Association of Physicians, in 1924, as the President of the Colorado State Medical Society and, in 1927, as the President of the National Tuberculosis Association.  In 1913, Brother Sewall received the Trudeau Medal for his scientific investigation into tuberculosis.  In 1913, Brother Sewall was awarded the George Kober Medal of the Association of American Physicians.

July 8, 1936

Avery Rockefeller (Phi-Yale University) cofounded Schroder, Rockefeller & Co. to take over the underwriting and general securities business formerly carried out by the J. Henry Schroder Banking Corporation.  Brother Rockefeller served as Vice President and, in 1961, as President of the Company.  Brothers Rockefeller founded the Wild Wings Foundation, a conservation organization with projects in Belize and the Adirondacks.  Brother Rockefeller died on May 22, 1986 at age 82.

July 8, 1983

The United States Postal Service issued a postage stamp honoring Nathanial Hawthorne (Theta-Bowdoin College) (Honorary).  The First Day Issued was postmarked in Salem, Masschusetts four days after the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Brother Hawthorne.  Brother Hawthorne was a descendant of one of the three judges at the Salem witchcraft trial in 1692, where one of the condemned women put a hex on the Hawthorne family.


July 8, 1991

We acknowledge with pride the television and film career of James Franciscus (Phi-Yale University) who died this day at age 57.  Brother Franciscus is best remembered for his title roles in two television series: Mr. Novak on NBC (1963-1966) and Longstreet on ABC (1971-1972). Brother Francisus also appeared in a number of feature films during the 1960s and 1970s, including Marooned, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, and City on Fire.

July 9, 1855

Henry L. Hitchcock (Beta Chi-Case Western Reserve) (Honorary) assumes the office of President of Western Reserve College.  Brother Hitchcock was an 1832 graduate from Yale University and also served as a Professor of Christian Theology between 1855 and 1873.In1861,Brother Hitchcock served as Mayor of the Village of Hudson, Ohio. In 1934, Western Reserve University named its Euclid Avenue library building Hitchcock Hall in his honor.  In 1964, Western Reserve University named one of its men’s residences Hitchcock house in honor of “his patience, his independence of thought and action, his skill in attracting competent colleagues, and his financial judgment”.

July 9, 1956

Dick Clark (Phi Gamma-Syracuse University) became 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 onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1976, into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1990, into the Broadcasting Magazine Hall of Fame in 1992, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in1993, and into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 1993.

July 10, 1977

Douglas M. Lanpher (Gamma-Vanderbilt University) is appointed as a Chapter Consultant for the Fraternity.  On February 14, 1978, Brother Lanpher was elected as the Executive Secretary of the Fraternity, as well as being the Secretary of the DKE Council.  After serving as Executive Secretary, Brother Lanpher left to establish a career in sales and sales management.  Brother Lanpher returned as Executive Director of the Fraternity on October 1, 2009.

July 11, 1962

We salute the business career and philanthropy of Owen D. Young (Sigma Tau-M.I.T.) who died this day at age 88.  Brother Young served as chief counsel for General Electric and became the President and Chairman of General Electric in 1922.  Brother Young served in that capacity until 1939.  In 1919, at the request of the government, Brother Young created the Radio Corporation of America (R.C.A.) to combat threatened foreign control of the struggling radio industry.  In the mid-1920s Brother Young helped found the National Broadcasting Company (NBC).  In 1928, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation.  In 1929, Brother Young was named Man of the Year by Time Magazine.  In 1981, Brother Young was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame.  He was a Trustee of St. Lawrence University (1912-1934) and served as the President of the Board (1924-1934).  The main library at St. Lawrence University is named in his honor.  Until 1946, Brother Young was a member of the New York State Board of Regents, the governing body of the New York educational system, at which time, Governor Dewey called upon him to head a state commission that laid the groundwork for the State University of New York system.  A high school in Van Hornesville, New York, is named in his honor.