This Week in DKE History March 1st - March 7th

March 1, 1856

Mu Chapter is installed at Colgate University.  For many years, fraternities were refused entrance to the College.  In secret, eight men were initiated and became the Charter Members of the Chapter.  On Commencement Day in 1856, “the zeal of one member outstripped his respect for college authority and he flaunted his badge from the public platform”.  The 1910 Catalogue of the Fraternity then provided the following history:

“The faculty rose in arms.  They passed resolutions and DKE returned them with vigor.  The faculty threatened to expel every man in the “secret society” and were answered thus:  “Resolve that we hereby pledge ourselves individually to maintain our membership in the society until the laws of the University are so altered or amended as to allow secret societies a lawful existence in this University or we are expelled from Madison University.”  Fourteen members yielded to the intense pressure of the authorities, and offered their resignations to the fraternity, but, instead, were promptly expelled from membership.  The remaining Dekes, realizing the seriousness of the situation, preferred suicide to extinction, and agreed to disband, signing a paper which testified that they no longer belonged to the secret society, all but one man!  To the diplomacy and fidelity of John Ross Baumes, Mu Chapter, largely owes her existence today.  He refused to sign with his comrades, and though threatened with immediate expulsion, he managed to initiate from the Academy eight incoming freshmen.  Everything now was secrecy.  The Charter was deposited first in the hands of Tau Chapter, then in the keeping of a loyal Deke girl of the village.  At the close of each meeting, the Chapter was temporarily disbanded to keep within the letter of the pledge made by the Charter members, yet the work of the fraternity was done with success and with dispatch.Then slowly the light broke.  One by one the pins of the Chapter made their appearance, yet no objection came from the sanctum of the faculty and the dawn of fraternity merged into the broad day.”

March 1, 1861

The Nu Chapter of the Fraternity announced that they would be publishing an edition of “The Songs of DKE” and that they wished to “… make our selections from as large a number of Songs from each chapter as possible.”  A deadline of April 15, 1861 was given for the forwarding of songs as well for an order for the books that would be published.  The price of the publication was 50₵ for Alumni and 35₵ for undergraduate members.

March 1, 1873

Henry H. Benedict (Tau-Hamilton College) and his partner in E. Remington & Sons, viewed an invention called the “type writer” and later took the invention and developed the first modern typewriter.  Brother Benedict was a Director of the Company and he saw promise in the machine. He persuaded Company President, Phylo Remington, to acquire the rights to the device. A contract for its production and sale was entered on March 1, 1873.

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March 1, 1930

Herbert Perkins (Phi-Yale University) is appointed as the Chief Executive  Officer of International Harvester Company.  Brother Perkins had also been appointed to serve as the Business Advisor to the War Labor Policies Board during World War I and served as liaison between the War Labor Policies Board and industry in that capacity.  International Harvester Company had been founded in 1902.

March 2, 1860

Kappa Phi Chapter is founded at Troy University, Troy, New York.  The University was founded in 1858 under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  In a May 30, 1860 letter from Xi-Waterville, later Colby College, to the Alpha-Harvard Chapter congratulating Alpha on being re-established, Edward W. Hall stated:  “Kappa Phi is our latest born and hopeful sister at Troy University.”  In later publications, May 1861 is given as the date when the Chapter was founded.  These references appear to be in error.  An August 24, 1860 minute in the records of Pi Chapter (Dartmouth College) states the following:  “The Society voted that our Pi have no correspondence further with the Chapter of our Fraternity purporting to be located at Troy University until further instructions were given by the Society.”  The University closed in 1861.  The building that housed the University remained as a prominent landmark in Troy until 1969.  The site of Troy University is now occupied by the Folsom Library of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

March 2, 1909

President Theodore Roosevelt (Alpha-Harvard University) conducted his last cabinet meeting.  In attendance were fellow Dekes, Robert Bacon (Alpha-Harvard University) and George von L. Meyer (Alpha-Harvard University).

March 2, 2004

Peter C. Godsoe (Alpha Phi-University of Toronto) retires as the Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Nova Scotia.  Brother Godsoe had served in this post since 1995 and had previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Bank.  Brother Godsoe continues to serve as a corporate director of a number of the largest Canadian companies, including Barrick Gold Corporation, Sobeys Inc., Ingersoll-Rand Company, Rogers Communications Inc., Onex, and Templeton Emerging Markets Investment Trust.  In 2002, Brother Godsoe received the Order of Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.  Brother Godsoe was Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario (1996-2000) and has received honorary degrees from the University of King’s College (1993), Concordia University (1995), the University of Western Ontario (2001) and Dalhousie University (2004).  Four $20,000 scholarships for Master of Business Administration students are awarded by the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto to honor Brother Godsoe.

March 2, 2009

We salute the accomplishments on the football field as well as the accomplishments in business of Baird C. Brittingham (Phi-Yale University) who died this day at age 78.  While at Yale, Brother Brittingham had been the star center for four years on the football team as well as Captain of the team for two years.  He was named an All-American three times, and had several professional offers.  Brother Brittingham became President of Lumber Industries and founded Brittingham Inc., a family portfolio and investment company.  Brother Brittingham owned Royal Hawaiian Airlines and also partnered in ownership with Sea Life Park, Hanna Hotel, Hanna Ranch and a tropical flower farm.  A long-time thoroughbred owner, Brother Brittingham became President of Delaware Park in 1967 and Chairman of the Board in 1975.  Brother Brittingham developed a program at the University of Wisconsin for Applied Security’s Analysis.  Brother Brittingham continued to support and develop an exchange student program endowed and created by his father so that graduate students from Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden could spend one year at the University of Wisconsin studying a variety of subjects.  The Brittingham “Vikings” continue to today.

March 2, 2013

A group of 10 McGill University undergraduates  were initiated into the Fraternity to form the nucleus that will result in the revival of the Tau Alpha (McGill University) Chapter. The ten are Sean Kim, Zain Alimohamed, Cody Mazza Anthony.

March 3, 1882

The first meeting of the Advisory Council of the Fraternity met at the offices of John DeWitt Warner (Delta Chi-Cornell University) at 52 William Street, New York City.  Frank S. Williams (Nu-C.C.N.Y.) was appointed President and Charles H. Beckett (Pi-Dartmouth College) was appointed Secretary.  The idea for an Advisory Council was proposed at the 35th Convention held at Tau Chapter.  The building at 52 William Street is now occupied by a boutique hotel, Club Quarters.

March 3, 1945

Jonathan Worth Daniels (Beta-University of North Carolina) is appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to serve as White House Press Secretary.  Brother Daniels held that position in 1945 under Presidents Roosevelt and Truman.  The death of President Roosevelt was announced by Brother Daniels.  Between 1947 and 1971, Brother Daniels served as Executive Editor and Editor of the Raleigh News and Observer.

March 3, 1923

Briton Hadden (Phi-Yale University) and Henry Luce cofounded and issued the first edition of Time Magazine.  Brother Hadden was the editor for 4-1/2 of the first 6 years of the magazine and was considered by his contemporaries as the “presiding genius” of Time Magazine.  Brother Hadden’s name was removed from the masthead of Time Magazine by Henry Luce within two weeks of his death on February 27, 1929.  Mr. Luce gave little credit to Brother Hadden for his contributions.

March 3, 1925

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is established in the Pennington County, South Dakota.  Between October 4, 1927 and October 31, 1941, sculptor Gutzon Borlum and 400 workers sculpted the colossal 60 foot high carvings of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt (Alpha-Harvard University).  It was not until 1939 that the face of Brother Roosevelt was dedicated.  The Memorial hosts nearly 3,000,000 visitors a year.

March 4, 1857

LaFayette Grover (Theta-Bowdoin College) (Honorary)  became the first member of a fraternity to become a member of Congress.  Brother Grover was chosen as the first representative of Oregon to Congress but served in the 35th Congress only 17 days (February 15, 1859 to March 3, 1859).  In 1870, Brother Grover was elected as Governor of Oregon but, prior to the completion of his second term, he resigned to become a U.S. Senator by appointment of the State Legislature.  During his governorship, the State Capital and State Penitentiary were constructed.

March 4, 1862

Initially the maximum number of members to be elected in a chapter each year was fifteen, to reflect the maximum number that were admitted to the three Junior Societies at Yale.  That number was later increased to 22 and, on March 4, 1862 to 28.  The May 27, 1862 minutes of Mother Phi reflect that the number was limited to 25 but not more than 30 in each class.

March 4, 1869

James Gillespie Blaine (Theta-Bowdoin College) (Honorary) became the 31st Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Brother Blaine became an Honorary Brother on October 7, 1869. Brother Blaine served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine’s 3rd District (March 4, 1863-July 10, 1876) and as a Senator from Maine (July 10, 1876-March 5, 1881).  Brother Blaine was twice the United States Secretary of State (March 7, 1881-December 19, 1881 and March 7, 1889-June 7, 1892).  Entering into the 1876 Republican National Convention, Brother Blaine was viewed as the front-runner for the nomination.  However, he ultimately lost the nomination to the Governor of Ohio, Rutherford B. Hayes (Delta Chi-Cornell University) (Honorary).  In the 1876 Presidential contest, Brother Hayes was elected.  Brother Blaine also sought the 1880 Republican nomination for President, but lost that nomination to James A. Garfield on the 36th ballot.  In the race for the 1884 nomination, Brother Blaine defeated sitting President Chester Arthur for the nomination on the 4th ballot. However, Brother Blaine lost the election to Grover Cleveland.  While the popular vote was close with President-elect Cleveland winning by just one-quarter of one percent, the electoral votes gave Cleveland a majority of 219-182.

March 4, 1877

Rutherford B. Hayes (Delta Chi-Cornell University) (Honorary) became the 19th President of the U.S.  Brother Hayes became the first member of a fraternity to hold the office of President of the United States. Hayes was the first President to take the oath of office in the White House., was the only President whose election was decided by a congressional commission, was the first President to travel to the West Coast during his term as President, was the first President to have a telephone in the White House, and was the first President to have a typewriter in the White House The four sons of President Hayes were all members of the Delta Chi  (Cornell University) Chapter of the Fraternity.

March 4, 1881

Augustus Herman Pettibone (Omicron-University of Michigan) takes office as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the First District in Tennessee.  Brother Pettibone served in that capacity until March 1887.  During the Civil War, Brother Pettibone enlisted as a private in the Union Army in 1861 and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, Captain and Major in the 20th Wisconsin Voluntary Infantry Regiment.  Brother Pettibone was not a candidate for re‑nomination in 1886, but later served in the Tennessee House of Representatives (1897-1899).  Brother Pettibone died on November 26, 1918 at age 83.

March 4, 1891

Calvin S. Brice (Kappa-Miami University) took office as United States Senator from Ohio where he served until March 4, 1897.  Brother Brice dropped out of Miami University in 1861 to join the Union Army but was turned down because of his young age.  In the summer of 1862, Brother Brice enlisted and served three months in the 86th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Inventory, seeing action in West Virginia.  He returned to graduate from Miami University in 1863 before joining the Army again in 1864, this time as Captain to a company of volunteers he recruited for the 180th Ohio Infantry.  At the end of the War, Brother Brice had attained the position of Lieutenant-Colonel.  In 1887, Brother Brice became the President of the Lake Erie and Western Railroad.  Eventually Brother Brice netted a great fortune, laying claim to ten different railroads while spreading into numerous other businesses, including National Telegraph Company and the Chase National Bank of New York.  In 1882, he constructed the Nickel Plate Railroad which ran from New York to St. Louis. It was later sold at a great profit to William Henry Vanderbilt.  Brother Brice became involved with railroad projects in China and was a founding member of the American Asiatic Association, an organization responsible for pursuing American trade interests in China under the Open Door Policy.  The mining town of Briceville, Tennessee is named in his honor.  In addition to his business career, Brother Brice became active in the politics of the Democratic Party and served as the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee between 1889 and 1892.  Brother Brice died unexpectedly on December 15, 1898 at the age of 53.  Brice Hall, on the campus of Miami University, was the first building constructed after the Civil War (1892).  Named to honor Brother Brice, the building was demolished in the spring of 1965 to make way for a new Earth Science Building to house both geology and geography departments.  Membership in the Calvin S. Brice Society at Miami is extended to all individuals who include a provision to support Miami University posthumously, through a method such as a bequest, living trust, charitable gift, annuity, charitable remainder trust, pooled income fund account, provision in the retirement plan or IRA, life insurance policy, or remainder interest in a residence or farm.  The Society is named for Brother Brice to acknowledge his lifetime commitment to Miami University.

March 4, 1893

Charles Frederick Joy (Phi-Yale University) presented his credentials as a Republican member to the 53rd Congress.  Brother Joy served in that capacity until April 3, 1894, and then again from March 4, 1894 to March 3, 1903.  After an unsuccessful attempt to be re‑nominated in 1902, Brother Joy resumed his practice as a lawyer in St. Louis, Missouri.

March 4, 1895

Melville Bull (Alpha-Harvard University) is elected as a Republican to the 54th Congress as a U.S. Representative from Rhode Island.  Brother Bull served as a member of the State House of Representatives (1883-1885) and as a State Senator (1885-1892).  He served as Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island (1892-1894).

March 4, 1897

James Hay (Eta Alpha-Washington College – later Washington and Lee University) takes office as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s Seventh District.  Brother Hay represented the Seventh District until October 1, 1916 when he was appointed by President Wilson as a Judge of the Federal Court of Claims.  Brother Hay had served in the Senate of Virginia from 1893 to 1897.  As Chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs in the 62nd through 64th Congresses, Brother Hay was involved in the “Preparedness Movement” of 1915-1916, in response to which he drafted and pushed through the National Defense Act of 1916.  Brother Hay died on June 20, 1931 at age 75.

March 4, 1899

John Kean (Phi-Yale College) took office as the United States Senator from New Jersey.  Brother Kean served in that capacity until March 4, 1911.  Previously, he was a member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey’s Third District (March 4, 1883-March 4, 1885 and March 4, 1887-March 4, 1889).  Brother Kean lost the 1892 gubernatorial race in 1892.  Keansburg, New Jersey is named in his honor.  In 1884, Brother Kean played a key part in helping the town to obtain its first post office.  In 1973, Newark State College was renamed Kean College of New Jersey to honor the considerable contribution of the Kean family to New Jersey.

March 4, 1899

Albert J. Beveridge (Psi Phi-Indiana Asbury) (later DePauw University) started his first term as a U.S. Senator from Indiana.  Brother Beveridge served in that capacity to March 3, 1911.  Brother Beveridge was the keynote speaker at the new Progressive Party Convention which nominated Theodore Roosevelt (Alpha-Harvard University) for the Presidency in 1912.  Along with Henry Cabot Lodge (Alpha-Harvard University), Brother Beveridge campaigned for the construction of a new navy.  In 1939, the American Historical Association established the Albert J. Beveridge Award, given each year for the best English language book on U.S., Canadian or Latin American history.

March 4, 1901

Theodore Roosevelt (Alpha-Harvard University) took office as the 25th Vice President of the United States.

March 4, 1901

The Roosevelt Elk (Cervus elaphus Roosevelti) is named after President Theodore Roosevelt (Alpha-Harvard University).  The Roosevelt Elk is the state mammal of Washington and is the largest of the four surviving subspecies of Elk in North America.  The elk live in the rain forest of the Pacific Northwest and were introduced to Alaska’s Afognak and Raspberry Islands in 1928.  The desire to protect the Elk was one of the primary forces behind the establishment of the Mount Olympus National Monument (later Olympic National Park) in 1909.  Roosevelt Elk live primarily on the western slopes of the Coastal and Cascade Ranges from Northern California up to Southern British Columbia.  The largest managed herd of Roosevelt Elk is in Olympic National Park in Washington State and consists of nearly 5,000 animals.  A number of other species are named after Brother Roosevelt, including Roosevelt’s Shrew (Crocidura Roosevelti), Roosevelt’s Sable Antelope (Hippotragus niger Roosevelti), Roosevelt’s Gazelle (Gazella granti Roosevelti), and Roosevelt’s Lion (Panthera leo Roosevelti), and a Darkling Beetle (Stenormorphia Roosevelti), the Laotian Barking Deer (Muntiacus Rooseveltorum Osgood), an ant from Fiji (Pheidole (Electropheidole) Roosevelti).

March 4, 1903

William Randolph Hearst (Alpha-Harvard University) is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the New York 11th District.  Brother Hearst served in that capacity until March 3, 1907.  Brother Hearst was better known as a business magnate and newspaper publisher.  By the mid-1920s, Brother Hearst had a nation-wide string of 28 newspapers, including the Los Angeles Examiner, the Boston American, the Atlanta Georgian, the Chicago Examiner, the Detroit Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Washington Times, the Washington Herald, the New York Daily Mirror, and his first newspaper, the San Francisco Examiner.  Brother Hearst also had a number of publishing interests, including such periodicals as Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Town & Country, and Harper’s Bazaar.  Brother Hearst failed in two attempts to become Mayor of New York (1905 and 1909) and in an attempt to become Governor of New York (1906).  Beginning in 1919, Brother Hearst began to build the never-completed Hearst Castle on his 240,000-acre ranch at San Simeon, California.  The 1941 Orson Welles’ film, Citizen Kane, was loosely based on parts of the life of Brother Hearst.

March 4, 1915

James W. Wadsworth Jr. (Phi-Yale University) takes office as the United States Senator from New York.  Brother Wadsworth served in that capacity until March 1927.  Between January 1933 and January 1945, Brother Wadsworth served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the 39th District of New York and from January 3, 1945 to January 3, 1951, from the 41st District of New York.  The election of Brother Wadsworth in 1914 marked the first time there was a popular election for the U.S. Senate.  Previously, Senators had been elected by the State Legislature.  In 1921, Brother Wadsworth was considered for the post of Secretary of War.  By the mid-1920s, Brother Wadsworth was one of a handful of congressmen who spoke out forcefully and frequently against Prohibition.  In 1926, Brother Wadsworth joined the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment and made 131 speeches across the country for the Organization between then and the repeal of the legislation.  His son, James J. Wadsworth (Phi-Yale University) was appointed by President Eisenhower as United States Ambassador to the United Nations.  His son-in-law, Stuart Symington (Phi-Yale University) was the first Secretary of the Air Force and a U.S. Senator from Missouri.  Brother Wadsworth died on June 21, 1952 at age 74.  His photograph appeared on the cover of Time Magazine on December 28, 1925.

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March 4, 1920

Henry Cabot Lodge (Alpha-Harvard University) became the first U.S. Senate Majority Leader.  Brother Lodge was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Massachusetts’s 6th District (March 4, 1887-March 4, 1893) and a United States Senator from the Massachusetts (March 4, 1919-November 9, 1924).  Brother Lodge served as Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference (1918-1924) and, during his term in office, he and Senator Beveridge (Psi Phi-Indiana Asbury) (later DePauw University) pushed for the construction of a new navy.  As Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Brother Lodge led a successful fight against American participation in the League of Nations which had been proposed by President Wilson at the close of World War I.  In 1922, President Harding appointed Brother Lodge as a delegate to the Washington Naval Conference (International Conference on the Limitation of Armaments), which was the first disarmament conference in history.

March 4, 1923

Royal S. Copeland (Omicron-University of Michigan) takes office as the United States Senator from New York.  Brother Copeland held that office until June 17, 1938 when he died at age 69.  Brother Copeland served as Mayor of Ann Arbor (1901-1903) and as President of the Ann Arbor Board of Education (1907-1908).Brother Copeland was a Professor of Ophthalmology and Otology at the University of Michigan Medical School between 1895 and 1908, when he moved to New York City to take a position as the Dean of the New York Homeopathic Medical College and Flower Hospital.  He held that position until 1918 when he left to serve as President of the New York Board of Health.  During his three terms in the Senate, Brother Copeland served as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration (1933-1936) and of the Committee on Commerce (1935-1938).  Brother Copeland served as primary author and sponsor of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938.  

March 4, 1929

William DeWitt Mitchell (Phi Epsilon-University of Minnesota) is appointed by President Hoover as the 54th United States  Attorney General. Brother Mitchell served in that capacity until March 4, 1933. Previously, he had served as the 18th Solicitor General of the United States (June 5, 1925-March 4, 1929). After leaving the position of Attorney General, Brother Mitchell practiced law in New York. He was later named Chairman of the Committee on Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Chief Counsel of the Joint Congressional Committee investigating the attack on Pearl Harbor.

March 5, 1862

In a March 5, 1862 letter from Omicron to the brothers of Gamma, N.H. Winchell, the Iota of Omicron wrote to J.C. Lawver, of Nashville, Tennessee:

It is with the greatest pleasure that I embrace this opportunity to extend to you the continued good wishes of Omicron for your prosperity and to renew to you are promises of sincere and eternal fidelity to the friendship formed by the bonds which unite us to you as members of our glorious DKE and to assure you that Omicron always extends to her sister chapters, wherever they may be found, and whatever the political party they may support, whether they owe allegiance to Lincoln or to Davis, the fraternal hand of true DKE love, and give the hearty DKE grip with all the sincerity of yore, although the circumstances may the next day array them in deadly strife on the bloody field.  Of course we sincerely regret the circumstances that produce such results, but we are not debarred the pleasure of swearing continual fealty to the principle which once united us, and which are stored in the breast of every loyal DKE – the union of strong hearts and sound heads to secure to merit its due reward.  I say that we are not deprived of still striking hands as brothers, and uniting our efforts as joyously as ever in the good cause.  We hope you will be up to prosper as well as you always have to secure, notwithstanding the trials which beset you in your state.  It does not become me to allude to the causes which have brought on the trouble in our country whatever they may be, but rest assured that the Spirit of DKE still burns as brightly as ever in the hall of Omicron and she takes just as much delight in wishing well to her sisters as ever and receiving from them the evidences of their friendship.  Only once since the war broke out have we heard from the Southern Chapters and that was indirectly by means of a conference of a couple of Federal Lieutenants with some Confederate officers in the Army of the Potomac.  We were very much pleased to hear from them and to hear of their regret for the necessity which compels them to take up arms against their brothers in DKE.  Now I hope you will be able to receive this letter and present it to the boys of Gamma and to reply to me as soon as practicable.  Perhaps it would be of interest to you to know that the regular convention which was to take place in New Haven last winter has been postponed at the request of the Phi Chapter until the country becomes more settled and a better representation of the chapters may be had.  Also the catalogue which was to be issued by the Phi Chapter according to the order at the last convention has been postponed.  The DKE Songbook is just printed and issued by the Nu Chapter at N.Y.  Omicron has recently received a number of copies.

March 5, 1881

I. Wayne MacVeagh (Phi-Yale University) is appointed by President Garfield as the 36th U.S. Attorney General.  Brother MacVeagh also served as the U.S. Ambassador to The Ottoman Empire (1870-1871) and to Italy (1893-1897).

March 5, 1969

Dr. Thomas O. Paine (Upsilon-Brown University) was nominated and later confirmed by the Senate as the 3rd Administrator of NASA.  Brother Paine had been appointed Deputy Administrator of NASA on January 31, 1968.  During his time at NASA, Brother Paine was instrumental in acquiring the Apollo 11 Goodwill Messages which were left on a tiny silicon disc on the moon on which Dr. Paine’s name is also etched.  After leaving NASA, Brother Paine served as the Vice President and Group Executive, Power Generation Group, for General Electric Company, Senior Vice President for Science and Technology of General Electric Company, and the President and Chief Operating Officer of Northrop Corporation.  Brother Paine also chaired the Committee to investigate and evaluate the future of the U.S. space program in the wake of the space shuttle Challenger disaster.

March 5, 1987

John D. Macomber (Phi-Yale University) stepped down as the Chairman of Celanese Corporation.  Brother Macomber also served as President and Chairman of the Export/Import Bank of the United States, having been appointed by George H.W. Bush (Phi-Yale University).  Brother Macomber served in that capacity from 1989 to 1992.  Brother Macomber also served as Chairman of the Council for Excellence in Government and was Vice Chairman of the Atlantic Council.

March 5, 1990

We salute the theatre and movie career of Gary Merrill (Theta-Bowdoin College) who died this day at age 75.  Brother Merrill was a well-known actor during the 1940s through the 1970s.  He appeared in such movies as 12 O’Clock High (1949), All About Eve (1950), The Great Imposter (1961) and Huckleberry Finn (1974).  Brother Merrill also made guest star appearances in numerous television programs (1953-1980).  Brother Merrill is perhaps best known as the fourth husband of Bette Davis, his costar in All About Eve.  His autobiography, Bette, Rita and the Rest of My Life, was published in 1989.

March 5, 2013

Lanny J. Davis (Phi-Yale University) publishes “Crisis Tales: Five Rules for Coping with Crises in Business, Politics, and Life”.  Brother Davis rose to prominence as a lawyer in the White House Counsel’s Office where he was an aggressive, effective defender of President Clinton through a series of congressional investigations.  After serving President Clinton, President George W. Bush (Phi-Yale University) appointed Brother Davis to serve on the five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board created by the U.S. Congress as part of the 2005 Intelligence Reform Act.  In January 2012, Brother Davis launched a new public affairs firm, Purple Nation Solutions.  Previous books by Brother Davis include a memoir of his work in the White House entitled Truth to Tell: Tell It Early, Tell It All, Tell It Yourself:  Notes from My White House Education (1999) and Scandal:  How “Gotcha” Politics is Destroying America.

March 5, 2014

The Board of Directors of the Fraternity granted Colony status to a group of men at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia.

March 6, 1893

Wilson S. Bissell (Phi-Yale University) is appointed as the 36th U.S. Postmaster General by President Cleveland, who was his former law partner.

March 6, 1897

John Davis Long (Alpha-Harvard University) is appointed by President McKinley as the 34th Secretary of the Navy , having been preceded in that office by Hilary A. Herbert (Eta-University of Virginia and Psi-University of Alabama).  Brother Long also served as the 32nd Governor of Massachusetts (January 8, 1880-January 4, 1883), and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1883-1889).

March 6, 1909

George von Lengerke Meyer (Alpha-Harvard University) is appointed by President Taft as the 40th Secretary of the Navy.  Brother Meyer also served as Ambassador to Italy (1900-1905) and to Russia (1905-1907). 

March 6, 1930

We salute the considerable academic contribution made by Arthur Twining Hadley (Phi-Yale University) who died this day at age 74.  Brother Hadley served as the President of Yale University from 1899 to 1921.  When he became President, he was the first President who was not a minister of the cloth.  The candidate favored when Brother Hadley was appointed was Anson Phelps Stokes (Phi-Yale University) who had been appointed the Secretary of Yale University in 1899 and was therefore second in command to the President.  Brother Stokes was a favorite to replace Rev. Timothy Dwight as President and was said to have had the support of a majority of the Board. However, a vociferous minority insisted that an outsider was needed so that Brother Stokes was passed over. In 1913, Brother Hadley was also elected as a Director of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.

March 6, 1991

We salute the business contribution made by D. Edward Tilden (Tau Alpha-McGill University) who died this day at age 60.  After the death of his father, Brother Tilden became the President of Tilden Rent-a-Car which had 2,000 corporate-owned vehicles, 2,500 vehicles owned by independent franchise operators and was the largest rental car company in Canada.  In 1996, the fleet was sold to National Rent-a-Car.

March 7, 1893

Hilary A. Herbert (Eta-University of Virginia and Psi-University of Alabama) was appointed the 33rd Secretary of the Navy by President Grover Cleveland.  Brother Herbert was also a member of the House of Representatives from Alabama’s 2nd District from March 4, 1877 to March 3, 1893.  During the Civil War, Brother Herbert entered the Confederate Army as a 2nd Lieutenant, served as Captain of the Greenville Guards, and was later promoted to the rank of Colonel of the 8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry.  Brother Herbert was wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness on May 6, 1864.  In Congress, Brother Herbert was Chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs and was largely responsible for the increased appropriations which led to the revival of the American Navy.  As the Secretary of the Navy, Brother Herbert was able to muster support for an enlarged navy despite the Depression of 1893.  He was able to bring the fleet to some level of preparedness for the Spanish-American War.  The U.S.S. Herbert, a Wickes-class destroyer, was commissioned on November 21, 1919 in his honor.  The vessel operated as a convoy escort along the North American coast from Key West to Halifax and Iceland.  The Herbert was decommissioned at San Diego on September 25, 1945 and sold for scrap on May 23, 1946.  It received six battle stars for her World War II service.  Brother Herbert died at age 84 on March 6, 1919.

March 7, 1980

Craig J. Duchossois (Tau Lambda-Tulane University) is appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of The Duchossois Group, a privately held company headquartered in Elmhurst, Illinois.  The Company has a number of operating companies, including companies that produce garage door openers, gate operators, related access control products, advanced control and automation technology for commercial and residential markets, motion activated lighting, door chimes, wireless lighting controls, audio-visual mounting equipment and display solutions, and internet-based access control systems. The Group is comprised of companies valued in excess of $2 billion, has 6,000 employees worldwide, and has operations located in over 30 countries.  Brother Duchossois is also on the Board of Directors of Churchill Downs Incorporated and his not-for-profit Board memberships include Culver Educational Foundation, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, World Business Chicago, The University of Chicago Hospitals, and the Executive’s Club of Chicago.  Brother Duchossois is also the past Chairman of the Board of the Visitors for the United States Naval Academy. 

March 7, 1992

Major General H. Riggs Sullivan (Iota-Centre College) dies at age 73. Brother Sullivan was a Major General in the United States Air Force serving as the Representative of the Supreme Allied Commander Europe to the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.  Previously, Brother Sullivan had served at NATO as Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Allied Air Forces, Central Europe (1961-62) and as Chief of Plans Branch, Plans and Policy Division, SHAPE (1962-63).  From 1958-61, Brother Sullivan was the Commander of Cadets at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.  A West Point graduate where he was a star football player, Brother Sullivan had a distinguished combat career during World War II, with his decorations including the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and a Legion of Merit, each with one cluster.  Brother Sullivan became a Major General in 1960 at age 44.