This Week in DKE History September 20th - September 26th

September 20, 2004

We salute the life and accomplishments of Townsend Hoopes II (Phi-Yale University) who died this day at age 82.  Brother Hoopes served as the assistant to the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (1947-1948) and as staff aide to three Secretaries of Defence (1948-1953).  After working in the private sector for a number of years, Brother Hoopes returned to public service as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for International Affairs in 1964 and, from 1965 to 1967, was the Principal Deputy for International Security Affairs at the Pentagon.  Brother Hoopes served as the Under Secretary of the Air Force at the Pentagon (1967-1969).  After leaving government, Brother Hoopes became a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  From 1973 to 1986, Brother Hoopes was President of the Association of American Publishers.  Brother Hoopes served as Co-Chairman of Americans for SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) and was a Director of the American Committee on U.S. Soviet Relations.

September 21, 1967

George A. Gale, Q.C. (Alpha Phi-University of Toronto) is appointed the Chief Justice of Ontario, the highest judicial position in the Province.  Brother Gale retired in that capacity in 1976.  In 1969, Brother Gale was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from York University and, in 1977, became a Companion of the Order of Canada.  Upon his retirement, Brother Gale joined the Ontario Law Reform Commission as Vice-Chair. Born in Quebec City, he moved to Vancouver as a youth.  In 1973, Brother Gale donated a trophy for a competition which is today known as the Gale Cup Moot, which recognizes skill in legal arguments by Canadian law students.

September 21, 1993  

September 21, 1993


September 21, 1993

The first episode of NYPD Blue appeared.  The TV series was created by Steven Bochco and David Milch (Phi-Yale University).  The series was inspired by the relationship of Brother Milch with Bill Clark, a former member of the New York City Police Department, who eventually became one of the show’s producers.  The series ran from September 21, 1993 to March 1, 2005 and remains the longest running one hour drama series of ABC.  In 1982, Brother Milch wrote a script for Hill Street Blues and later worked five seasons on that series as Executive Story Editor and then Executive Producer.  Brother Milch earned two Writers Guild Awards, a Humanitas Prize awarded for writing in film or television intended to promote human dignity, meaning and freedom, and an Emmy for his work on Hill Street Blues. From 2002 to 2006, Brother Milch produced Deadwood for HBO.  In addition to receiving two Emmy Awards for this production, Brother Milch also received two Edgar Allan Poe Awards which are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America to honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, television, film and theatre, The awards to Brother Milch were made for the best episode in a television series teleplay (1994) and the best episode in a television series teleplay (1995).

September 22, 1945

Harold Hitz Burton (Theta-Bowdoin College) begins his service as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Brother Burton served in that capacity until October 13, 1958 when he was succeeded by Potter Stewart (Phi-Yale University).  After graduating from Harvard Law School, Brother Burton practiced law until he was elected Mayor of Cleveland in 1935.  In 1940, Brother Burton was elected to the United States Senate as a Republican. Brother Burton met fellow Senator Harry S. Truman and they became friends. At the instigation of Vice President Truman, Brother Burton served on the “Special Committee to Investigate the National Defence Program” which monitored the war effort during World War II.  Brother Burton was the last serving member of Congress appointed to the Supreme Court.  According to the papers of Chief Justice Earl Warren, Brother Burton was influential in bringing about the Supreme Court's unanimity in the landmark desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education.The Main Avenue Bridge in Cleveland is named in his honor.

September 22, 1958

We honor the memory and accomplishments of Raymond G. Hughes (Kappa-Miami of Ohio), who died on this day at age 85.  Brother Hughes was a Professor of Physics and Chemistry (1898-1904) and the Dean of College of Liberal Arts (1908-1911) at Miami.  Brother Hughes served as President of Miami University (1911-1927) and then served as the President of Iowa State College (1927-1936).The Chemistry Building at Miami University is named to honor Brother Hughes who was the first Professor of Physics and Chemistry at that University.

September 23, 1909

T. Lee McClung (Phi-Yale University) is appointed by President Taft as the 22nd Treasurer of the United States.  While at Yale, Brother McClung was on the Varsity baseball team and played in every football season in his four years at Yale.  Brother McClung was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1963.  On December 15, 1904, Brother McClung was appointed Treasurer of Yale University.


September 23, 1930

Edward Feely (Beta Phi-University of Rochester) presented his credentials to Bolivia as the Ambassador.

September 23, 1972

The U.S.S. Robert E. Peary (D.E. 1073) is commissioned.  The ship is named to honor Robert E. Peary (Theta-Bowdoin College) the first man to reach the North Pole.  The ship was a Knox-class frigate and was the third United States Navy war ship to be named after Brother Peary.  The ship was built at Lockheed Ship Building and Drydock Company in Seattle, Washington.  The vessel was decommissioned on August 7, 1992.

September 23, 2000

Sebastian Bea (on the right in the photograph) (Theta Zeta-University of Berkeley) wins a silver medal in the Men’s Coxless Pairs at the 2000 Summer Games held in Australia.  In the same event in 1997, Brother Bea was part of the World Championship Team.  Brother Bea is the son of Carlos Bea who competed for Cuba in the 1952 Olympics in basketball.  Brother Bea is now Director, Credit Suisse Institutional Sales in San Francisco. 

September 24, 1906
On this day, the Devil’s Tower National Monument near Hulett, Wyoming was declared the first United States National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt (Alpha-Harvard University).  The 1977 Spielberg movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, used the tower as a plot element and as the location of the climactic scene at the end of the movie.

September 24, 1992
We honor the life and career of Paul Tully (Phi-Yale University) who died on this day at age 48.  At the time of his death, Brother Tully was the Political Director of the Democratic National Committee.  Former President Clinton described Brother Tully as “a dear friend and trusted advisor”.  While at Yale, Brother Tully was named to the 1967 all-league football team, along with Brothers Brian Dowling and Calvin Hill.  Brother Tully was a defensive tackle on the team.


September 25, 1909

We honor the life and the legacy left by William Bayard van Rensselaer (Alpha-Harvard College) who died this day at age 47.  Brother van Rensselaer was the Vice President of the New York State National Bank and the Union Trust Company of Albany.  In memory of her husband, Mrs. van Rensselaer donated the van Rensselaer Manor House outside of Albany, New York to the State of New York.  What has been preserved is the Great Hall of the house.  Imperiled by an expanding railroad, family members sought to have the entire building relocated but, in 1895, the mansion was dismantled and partially reassembled on the campus of William’s College where “van Rensselaer Hall” served as a fraternity house (Sigma Phi Fraternity) until 1973 when it was demolished.

September 25, 1937

We honor the memory and accomplishments of William Henry Crocker (Phi-Yale University) who died this day at age 76.  Brother Crocker founded and later became President of Crocker National Bank.  Brother Crocker was a University of California regent for nearly 30 years and funded the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory’s second cyclotron.  In 1986, Crocker National Bank and Crocker Investment Co. merged with Wells Fargo Bank.   When the Crocker family home was destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Brother Crocker donated the property to the City.  Grace Cathedral now sits on that site.  The Crocker Middle School in Hillsborough, California is named in his honor.

September 25, 1968

Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg (Theta Zeta-Berkeley University) is born.  Prince Friso was the second son of former Queen Beatrix and the late Prince Claus of the Netherlands.  Prince Friso was a member of the Dutch Royal Family but, after his marriage in 2004, was no longer a member of the Dutch Royal House so was not in succession to the Dutch throne.  Brother Friso studied mechanical engineering at Berkeley and later obtained an engineering degree in aeronautical engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.  Prince Friso was a cofounder of the MRI Centre in Amsterdam and a founding shareholder of WizzAir, the largest low-cost airline in Eastern Europe.  Prince Friso was working as the Chief Financial Officer for a uranium enrichment company, URENCO.  On February 17, 2012, Brother Friso was buried under an avalanche in Lech, Austria, while back-country skiing.  Sadly, he died of his injuries on August 12,2013

September 25, 1997

Peter Crisp (Phi-Yale University) steps down as Chairman of Venrock Associates, a limited partnership funded by members of the Rockfeller family and related institutions that invest in technology-based venture capital.  Brother Crisp was formerly the Vice Chairman of Rockefeller Financial Services Inc. and served as an associate of the Rockefeller Family for 45 years.  He was a founding and managing partner of Venrock Associates, serving as its President from May 1980 through March 1997 and as its Chair from June 1995 through September 1997.  Brother Crisp is also a member of the Board of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, American Superconductor Corporation, as well as several other private companies.

September 25, 2011

Moulton “Moe” Cook passed away quietly at his home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on September 25, 2011, after a brief illness. Moe graduated from Druid High School in Tuscaloosa in 1962 and attended college in Texas.  He served his country with distinction in the U.S. Army, including a tour in Vietnam.  For over 40 years Moe was a treasured employee and initiated member of Psi Chapter at the University of Alabama. During his tenure with Psi, Moe helped nearly a thousand brothers on their road to becoming young men, and considered this his life’s calling, second only to being a loving father and husband.  In 1997, the United States Senate celebrated Moe’s lifetime of service to his family, his country, and Delta Kappa Epsilon, by flying an American flag atop the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.  That flag remains on permanent display at the Deke house. One of Moe’s favorite Bible verses comes from Ecclesiastes 1:8, “the eye is not satisfied merely with seeing.”  Moe saw deeply into life, but more importantly, he made sure those who knew and loved him did so as well, and they are better, men and women as a result.


September 26, 1931

The central portion of the building ultimately known as Kreger Hall was constructed on the campus of Miami University for use as a chemistry building.  The building was originally named Hughes Hall to honor Raymond M. Hughes (Kappa-Miami University) who was the President of Miami University between 1911 and 1927.  In 1968, the building was renamed in honor of Clarence W. Kreger (Kappa-Miami University), a professor of chemistry who developed many of the technical programs that led to the creation of the School of Applied Science.  Kreger Hall anchors the Central Quad in the older section of the campus and faces north onto the green space containing “The Hub”.  It sits on an access with the Administration Building to its north and Upham Hall on the east side of the green.  Upham Hall is named to honor Alfred A. Upham (Kappa-Miami University), who was a successor to Brother Hughes as President of Miami University and who served as President between 1928 and 1945.


September 26, 2012

Dr. John Finley (Phi Gamma-Syracuse University) publishes his book “Hockeytown Doc – A Half-Century of Red Wings Stories from Howe to Yzerman”.  In the book, Brother Finley reflects on nearly five decades with the Detroit Red Wings, including stories about hockey greats Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom.