This Week in DKE History September 6th - September 12th

September 6, 1928

A building formerly part of the Oxford Female Institute and the Oxford Hotel in town was designated as Morris Hall in honor of its owner Alpheus K. Morris (Kappa-Miami University) who was the acting President of the University (1945-1946).  Morris Residence Hall on campus was designated in his honor on November 1, 1969.

September 6, 1982

The Gerald R. Ford President Museum is opened in Grand Rapids, Michigan to house the Presidential records of Gerald R. Ford (Omicron-University of Michigan).  Unlike most other presidential libraries and museums, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is located in two separate buildings, approximately 130 miles apart.  The Presidential Library is located at 1000 Beal Avenue on the north campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where Brother Ford was a student and star football player.  The Presidential Museum is located in Grand Rapids at 303 Pearl Street N.W. near the Pew Campus of Grand Valley State University.  The Museum was dedicated on September 18, 1981 with a celebration attended by President and Mrs. Reagan, President José López Portillo of Mexico, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau of Canada, Sunao Sonido, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Japan, former French President Valéry Giscard d”Estaing, and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.  Entertainer Bob Hope served as Master of Ceremonies at the dedication.  There is a replica of a Oval Office at the Museum and a section of the Berlin Wall stands in the Lobby of the Museum.  The Library and Museum is sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, whose mission is to support historical exhibits, educational programs, conferences, research grants, and awards.  The Foundation also sponsors the William E. Simon Lectures in Public Affairs which are named to honor Brother Simon (Rho-Lafayette College).  Following the death of Brother Ford on December 26, 2006, and the death of Betty Ford on July 8, 2011, Brother Ford and Mrs. Ford were interred on the Museum grounds in Grand Rapids.

September 7, 1918

George Brown Martin (Iota-Center College) is appointed as a United States Senator representing Kentucky to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Senator Ollie James.  Brother Martin served until March 3, 1919 but did not seek election for the full term.  While in Congress, Brother Martin served as Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Agriculture.  Until he died on November 12, 1945 at age 69, Brother Martin practiced law in Callettsburg, Kentucky.

September 7, 2001

We salute the accomplishments of Samuel W. Murphy Jr. (Gamma Phi-Wesleyan University) who died this day at age 75.  Brother Murphy served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Gulf Corp as well as General Counsel of RCA Corp.  At Gulf Oil, Brother Murphy guided the company through its takeover by Chevron Oil.  After his retirement, Brother Murphy continued his pro bono representation of death row inmates and received the Thurgood Marshall Award for his representations.

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September 7, 2009

Steven Mehos (Mu-Colgate University) was hired to lead the leveraged finance business of Macquarie Group Ltd., the Australian investment bank.  Brother Mehos serves as the Senior Managing Director of Macquarie Capital (USA), Senior Managing Director of Macquarie Capital, and Managing Director at Barclays Capital.  Between 1993 and 2001, Brother Mehos was the managing director at Lehman Bros. and, between 1989 and 2002, was a commercial banking officer at Marine Midland Bank.

September 8, 1935

We salute the accomplishments and the life of Edward (“Ted”) Coy (Phi-Yale University) who this day at age 47.  After being a star football player at Yale, Brother Coy taught at Phillips Academy in Andover when he was approached by the newly-formed Hotchkiss Board of Trustees to head the newly-formed Hotchkiss School.  Brother Coy served as the first Headmaster at Hotchkiss between 1892 and 1904.  Coy Hall at Hotchkiss is named in his honor.

September 8, 1985

We honor the accomplishments and the career of John Enders (Phi-Yale University) who died this day at age 88.  Brother Enders has been called “The Father of Modern Vaccines”.  In 1954, Brother Enders as awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the ability of poliomyelitis viruses to grow in cultures of various types of tissue.  It was this technique that Jonas Salk used to develop the polio vaccine in 1952.  Brother Enders led a team that successfully tested a measles vaccine which proved to be completely effective in preventing measles.  Brother Enders was named as Time Magazine’s “Man of the Year” in 1961.  In 1963, Brother Enders received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Brother Enders had Honorary doctoral degrees from 13 universities.

September 9, 1988

A. Bartlett Giamatti (Phi-Yale University) was appointed as the Commissioner of Major League Baseball Owners.  Previously, Brother Giamatti was the President at Yale and the President of the National League.

September 10, 1974

Anthony G. Skorupski (Phi Chi-Rutgers University) was elected as Executive Secretary of the Fraternity.  Brother Skorupski served in that capacity until June 30, 1977.

September 10, 1984

We salute the career and accomplishments of Jerome Clarke Hunsaker (Sigma Tau-M.I.T.) who died this day at age 98.  Brother Hunsaker taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a number of years and became the head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in September 1933.  In 1917, Brother Hunsaker became a member of the Joint Army and Navy Technical Board formed to create an aircraft program.  He was President of Goodyear Zeppelin Corporation, which was established to construct dirigibles for the military.  Brother Hunsaker designed the first modern airship built in the United States, the C and D Class Navy Airship, and the Curtiss NC Flying Boat.  Brother Hunsaker served on the Board of Trustees of Science Service (now the Society for Science & The Public) between 1955 and 1958.  It is said that Brother Hunsaker was one of the original members of the “Majestic 12”, which is the code name of the secret committee of scientists, military leaders and government officials supposedly formed in 1947 by executive order of President Truman to investigate the UFO activity in the aftermath of the Roswell Incident. Gordon Gray (Beta-University of North Carolina) as Secretary of the Army and Sidney Souers (Kappa - Miami University) as the first Director of the Central Intelligence Group and the first Executive Secretary of the National Security Council were also said to be members of the “Majestic 12”.

September 10, 2009

We honor the life and accomplishments of Frank Batten (Eta-University of Virginia) who died this day at age 82.  Brother Batten was the founder of the first nation-wide 24-hour cable weather channel, The Weather Channel.  His media company, Landmark Media Enterprises, owned nine daily newspapers, more than 50 weekly newspapers, television stations in Las Vegas and Nashville, and a national chain of classified advertising publications.  Until 2008, the company was one of the largest privately held media companies in the United States.  In 2008, the company sold the Weather Channel to two private equity firms for nearly $3.5 billion.  Brother Batten also served as Chairman of the Associated Press (1982-1987).  Brother Batten became the first Rector of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia as well as serving on the Boards of the College of William and Mary and Hollins College.  Brother Batten served as the Vice Chairman of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.  Brother Batten made significant gifts to various schools and institutions including $32 million to the Harvard Business School, $60 million to the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, $32 million to Old Dominion University, $100 million to the University of Virginia to establish the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and $2 million to Hollins College.

September 11, 1919

William Randolph Hearst (Alpha-Harvard University) instructed Julia Morgan to begin the design for what would became Hearst Castle at San Simeon, California.  While never completed, by 1947, Brother Hearst and Ms. Morgan had created an estate of 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways.  The estate appeared on the cover of the August 26, 1957 edition of Life Magazine and the U.S. Postal Service issued a postal card picturing San Simeon on September 20, 1988.

September 11, 2001

David O. Campbell (Phi Chi-Rutgers University) was killed when the World Trade Centre was hit by an airplane piloted by terrorists.  Brother Campbell was a senior Vice President at Keefe Bruyett and Woods and was survived by his wife Cindy and their two sons.

September 12, 1881

We honor the military service of Ambrose Burnside (Upsilon-Brown University) (Honorary) who died this day at age 57.  The distinctive style of facial hair now known as sideburns is derived from his last name.  Brother Burnside obtained an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy in 1843 and graduated in 1847.  He was commissioned into the U.S. Artillery but resigned his commission in 1853 to devote his time and energy to the manufacture of the rifle that bears his name, the Burnside Carbine.  At the outbreak of the Civil War, Brother Burnside was a Brigadier General in the Rhode Island Militia.  Brother Burnside conducted successful campaigns in North Carolina and East Tennessee but was defeated in the Battle of Fredericksburg and the Battle of the Crater.  Brother Burnside also served as a U.S. Senator from Rhode Island (March 4, 1875 to September 13, 1881).  Brother Burnside was the 30th Governor of Rhode Island (May 29, 1866 to May 25, 1889).  In 1871, the National Rifle Association chose Brother Burnside as its first President.  There is an equestrian monument in Burnside Park, Providence, Rhode Island honoring Brother Burnside.  While always popular, the military reputation of Brother Burnside was less than positive, as he was known for being obstinate, unimaginative, and unsuited both intellectually and emotionally for high command.  However, he did have great sideburns.

September 12, 1918

William J. Bland (Lambda-Kenyon College) was killed instantly by artillery fire near Euvezin, France.  Major Bland commanded the First Battalion of the 356th Division.  Brother Bland was the first graduate of Kenyon College to be the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship and, while at Oxford, Brother Bland became the first American to be elected President of the Oxford Union Debating Society.  An American Legion Post in Kansas City is named in honor of Brother Bland and a memorial to him was elected there.

September 12, 1997

The United States Postal Service issued a postage stamp honoring Charles Ives (Phi-Yale University).  Brother Ives was the Official State Composer of Connecticut, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1947 for his Third Symphony.

September 12, 2013

The Board of Directors awarded Colony status to the group at the University of Texas who are reviving our  Omega Chi Chapter there.