This Week in DKE History March 22nd - March 28th

March 22, 1961

R. Sargent Shriver, Jr. (Phi-Yale University) was appointed by his brother-in-law, President Kennedy, as the 1st Director of the Peace Corps.  Brother Shriver was also the 1st Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity which was created to administer the local application of federal funds targeted against poverty as part of the “War on Poverty” implemented by President Johnson.  Brother Shriver also served as the 21st U.S. Ambassador to France (April 22, 1968-March 25, 1970)

March 23, 1861

The Recording Secretary of the Kappa  (Miami University Chapter) advised the other Chapters as follows:

 “At a late meeting of our Chapter, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted – “Whereas:  finding the words ‘expelled June 5, 1855’ attached to the names of Ben B. Runkle, Y.H. Scobie, Isaac Jordan, James Caldwell and Daniel W. Cooper, and finding no copy of any letter of information to the other Chapters, nor any record of their expulsion in the Minutes.  Therefore be it resolved, 1st, that the expulsion of said gentlemen be considered null and void,  2nd, that they be considered regular graduate members, 3rd, that a copy of these resolutions be sent to each Chapter, and to the gentlemen re-instated.”

This appears to be an unsuccessful attempt to bring some of the founding members of Sigma Chi back into the fold, even though Sigma Chi, which had been founded on June 28, 1855, was well established by that time. The resolution also seems to ignore the July 30, 1855 letter that was sent by D.C. Hutchinson, the Pi of the Chapter to Mother Phi which stated in part : “It is my painful duty to inform you of the expulsion from our society of B.P. Runcle, Isaac Gordon, Theo Bell, D. Cooper, and J. Caldwell. F.S. Scobey charges against them and fully substantiated in an impartial trial. Hoping our action will meet with your approval”

March 23, 1889

Whitelaw Reid (Kappa-Miami University) is appointed the 28th United States Ambassador to France  Brother Reid was the long-time Editor of the New York Tribune.  Brother Reid was the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (1904-1912).  Brother Reid was the Vice Presidential candidate for the Republicans in the 1892 election on a slate headed by incumbent President Harrison.  The slate was defeated by the slate headed by former President Grover Cleveland.

March 24, 1896

Mark Pitman (Theta-Bowdoin College) was appointed as the first headmaster of The Choate School.  Brother Pitman served in that capacity until his death in 1905. Brother Pitman had served as Principal of Woolsey School in New Haven, Connecticut between 1872 and 1896.In the first year, six boys enrolled at Choate.Four of the six lived in Red House with the Pitmans. In addition to serving as Principal. Brother Pitman taught Latin, English, history, and science. Built in 1960, Pitman Dormitory at Choate is named in his honor.

March 24, 1926

We salute the significant contributions to education and the study of Sociology made by Albion Woodbury Small (Xi-Colby College) who died this day at age 72.  In 1892, while at the University of Chicago, Brother Small founded the first Department of Sociology in the United States.  Along with George E. Vincent (Phi - Yale University), Brother Small published the first sociology textbook in 1894:  “An Introduction to the Study of Society”.  In 1895, Brother Small established the American Journal of Sociology.  From 1905 until 1925, Brother Small served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Literature at the University of Chicago.  Brother Small served as President of Colby College between 1889 and 1892.

March 24, 2005

We salute the contributions made to the oil industry and to Denver, Colorado, made by George Caulkins (Phi-Yale University) who died this day at age 83.  In the 1950s, Brother Caulkins founded Caulkins Oil Co. in Oklahoma before moving to Denver, Colorado.  Brother Caulkins joined a small group of promoters who raised the money to create the mountain resort at Vail.  As a result of the finances organized by Brother Caulkins, the first Vail ski trails and a gondola opened in 1972.  Brother Caulkins served as the Colorado Finance Chairman for the 1980 Presidential campaign of George H.W. Bush (Phi-Yale University).  He supported the plans for the opera house in Denver, which is now named the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in honor of his wife.  On February 21, 2006, Brother Caulkins (posthumously) and his wife received the Mayor’s Cultural Legacy Award to honor their accomplishment.

March 24, 2010

Tau Chi Chapter is founded as the 27th Fraternity at Texas A&M University through the efforts of Brother Cory Crenshaw (Tau Lambda - Tulane University) This was the first colonization effort in history to have two former U. S. Presidents (George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, both Phi-Yale University) personally support the endeavor by writing letters of support to the University.  The possibility of a Chapter at the school had been discussed by the Board of Directors of the Fraternity as early as 1976.

March 24, 2012

The United States Postal Services issues two postage stamps showing the cherry blossom trees that surround the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.  The two postage stamps are entitled “Japanese Gift to America Centennial”.  In 1912, the first tree was planted by First Lady Helen Taft and the second was planted by Viscountess Chinda, the wife of Japanese Ambassador to the United States, Count Sutemi Chinda (Psi Phi-Indiana Asbury University later DePauw University).  In addition to serving as the Japanese Ambassador to the United States (1911-1914), Brother Chinda also served as the Ambassador to Germany (1908-1911) and to Great Britain (1914-1920).

March 25, 2010

Robert L. James (Mu-Colgate University) was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame.  Brother James is Chairman Emeritus of McCann Erikson Worldwide.  As its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Brother James led that company to become the largest advertising agency in the world.  The company was the first agency to have revenues exceeding $1 billion and, by 1993, the company had expanded into 99 countries.  An avid sailor, Brother James was named as the Commodore of the New York Yacht Club in 1997.  Brother James is the former Chairman of the President’s Circle of the National Academies of Sciences., the Chairman and Trustee of the National Air & Space Museum, and a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

March 25, 2012

The 20 Founding Fathers of the Auburn University Deke Colony were initiated into the bonds of Delta Kappa Epsilon. 

Tyler Alan Anderson, William Evan Barrington, Frederick Derek Brecht, Maxwell McKinley Butler,  Jeremy Russell Croom, Thomas Marshall Hadden, Jonathan Anderson Hester, William Frederick Hetherington Jr.,Evan Lamar Holder, Jaret Christopher Hulse, Joshua Benford Knight, Colton Ryne Martinez, Clint Denton McLaughlin, Thomas Vincent Moss, Paul Garrett Ogles, John William Pehr Jr, Spencer Davis Ramsey, Nathaniel Jensen Walden, Timothy Daniel White, William Jesse Wood III.


March 26, 1985

Alex Kroll (Phi-Yale University and Phi Chi-Rutgers College) is appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Young & Rubicam, one of the world’s largest advertising agencies.  Brother Kroll attended Yale University on an academic scholarship and played on the varsity football time but was expelled from Yale during his sophomore year after a “physical argument with a young associate professor”.  Brother Kroll then enlisted in the Army and served two years in the military police before finishing his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University.  While at Rutgers, Brother Kroll captained the football team, played center on the school’s first undefeated team, made seven All-American teams in 1961, and was a Henry Rutgers Scholar throughout his stay at Rutgers. Brother Kroll was the second round pick of the New York Titans in the 1962 Draft and played for the Titans (later the Jets) in the American Football League.  In 1963, Brother Kroll joined Young & Rubicam and rose to the position of Executive Vice-President, Creative Director, at the age of 33.  Brother Kroll was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1985.  At the end of 1994, Brother Kroll retired as Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam.  Under his leadership, Young & Rubicam opened the first advertising agency in Russia and China and built the largest agency network in Central and Eastern Europe.  Brother Kroll also served as the Chairman of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and the Advertising Council, the organization which produces most of the important public service advertising in the United States.  Brother Kroll developed the “Play It Smart” program which provides an academic coach to football teams and encourages the team members to set academic goals.  Brother Kroll is the recipient of the Horatio Alger Award, the NCAA Silver Medal for Excellence, the Walter Camp Distinguished American Award, and the American Jewish Committee’s National Human Relations Award.  Brother Kroll is also a member of the Rutgers Football Hall of Fame, the National College Football Hall of Fame and the Advertising Hall of Fame (1997). In 2007, Brother Kroll was named the 2007 winner of the President Gerald R. Ford Legendary Center Award, which is given to players who played the center position at the collegiate or professional levels,who made extraordinary contributions to his team during his football career, or have proven to be an exemplary citizen, philanthropist or business leader.

March 26, 2006

The movie X-Men:  The Last Stand is released.  The Associate Producer on the movie was David A. Gorder (Omicron-University of Michigan).  Brother Gorder has also been the Associate Producer of the following movies:  X-2 (2003), Fantastic Four (2005) and Rush Hour 3 (2007).  He is Producer of “Whole Lotta Sole” which was completed in 2011 and which stars Brendan Fraser.

March 27, 1912

The first of 3,000 cherry blossom trees arrived in Washington D.C.  The trees were a gift from the people of Japan and now surround the Tidal Basin.  The first tree was planted by First Lady, Helen Taft, and the second was planted by Viscountess Chinda, the wife of Japanese Ambassador to the U.S., Count Sutemi Chinda (Psi Phi-Indiana Asbury University later DePauw University).  In 1897, Brother Chinda was appointed the first Japanese Minister Plenipotentiary to Brazil, following the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1895.  Brother Chinda served as a Japanese Ambassador to Germany (1908-1911), to the United States (1911-1914) and to Great Britain (1914-1920).  Brother Chinda also served as the representative of Japan to the Paris Peace Conference in 1918. 

March 27, 1925

Alpha Tau Chapter is founded at the University of Manitoba.  The possibility of a chapter being established there was first raised at the December 27-28, 1923 Convention of the Fraternity held in Montreal.  A Petition was presented on behalf of Rho Omega Beta Society.  Amongst those speaking in support of the granting of a charter to the group were Brothers Price J. Montague (Alpha Phi-University of Toronto) and Alfred Mitchell (Alpha Phi-University of Toronto and Charles “Chuck” Remsen, a member of the petitioning group.. That Convention voted to allow two representatives from Rho Omega Beta to address the Convention and Messrs. Adamson and Smith “then entered the Convention and each gave a few words regarding the attitude of their Society towards Delta Kappa Epsilon”.  On motion by the delegate from Phi Epsilon (University of Minnesota) and seconded by the delegate from Sigma (Amherst College), the following resolution was then unanimously adopted:

RESOLVED, that the Seventy-Ninth Stated Annual Convention of Delta Kappa Epsilon recommend that the application of Rho Omega Beta of the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, be given special consideration; and, that the Council be asked to investigate the application as soon as it conveniently can; and, that it report its findings to the next stated Convention.

The Minutes of the 80th Convention of the Fraternity held December 30&31, 1924 at St. Louis, Missouri reflect that there had been a unanimous vote of more than 3/4 of the total membership of the Council of the Fraternity, and that the application had the support of the Northern DKE Association and the DKE Alumni of Canada.  Brother Sheldon P. Spencer (Phi-Yale University), a U.S. Senator from Missouri and the Honorary President of the Fraternity in 1924, spoke in favor of the application:  “... Based on the grounds of special conditions existing in Canada where only two Chapters located in the far east had been maintained for nearly one-quarter of a century without adding another Chapter in their country, and the international relations of friendship he believed were concerned.”  Messrs. Adamson, Robinson and Smith from the Rho Omega Beta Society spoke to the Convention and the recommendation of the Council that the Chapter be granted was passed by a vote with 37 of the Chapters voting in favor and 6 opposed.  The Minutes reflect that the Chapters of the Fraternity voted to approve the recommendation made by the Convention. When the Chapter was ultimately chartered, Gilbert Logie Adamson and Charles (Chuck) Remsen were initiated as Charter Members but Mr. Smith was not amongst those who were eventually initiated into the Fraternity.  Brother Adamson subsequently obtained his M.D. in 1927, and had a long and successful career as a doctor, including serving as an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba.

March 27, 1948

Lambda Delta Chapter is installed at Southern Methodist University.  The Charter to the Chapter was suspended in April 1961 and the Report of the Executive Secretary of the Fraternity to the 1961 Convention included the following:  “I regret that I must also report to you the suspension of our Lambda Delta Chapter at Southern Methodist University in May because of infraction of the University rules.  These violations included holding an illegal initiation and an unregistered, unchaperoned party.”

March 27, 1950

Native Dancer was born.  Native Dancer was one of the most celebrated and accomplished thoroughbred race horses in history and, during three years of racing, won 21 out of 22 starts.  Northern Dancer was sired by Native Dancer at Xalapa Farm which was founded in 1897 by Edward Francis Simms (Phi-Yale University).  After making his fortune in Texas in the emerging oil industry, Brother Simms returned to his native home of Paris, Kentucky to develop his passion for thoroughbred horses.

March 27, 1965

Gerald R. Ford (Omicron-University of Michigan) was elected Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.  It was noted in the March 1965 edition of the News of Omicron that Brother Ford:  “… attended the University during the Depression years and waited on tables in the interns’ dining room at the University Hospital to help earn his keep.  During his sophomore and junior years, he washed dishes to earn his meals here at the Chapter house.  During the summer months, he worked in his father’s factory, filling and labeling paint cans.  He sold blood once a month for $20 as a professional donor.”

March 27, 2010

Beta Tau Chapter is installed at University of Victoria as the only fraternity there. The Charter Members were initiated exactly 85 years after the Charter Members of the Alpha Tau - University of Manitoba were initiated. Beta Tau Chapter is the second Chapter of the Fraternity (Pi Beta at Troy University being the first) to be named to honor an individual : Brent Tynan (Phi Alpha- The University of British Columbia) who served on the Board of the Fraternity , was the Honorary President of the Fraternity in 1996, is an avid collector of Deke history , and has been the longtime President of the Phi Alpha Alumni Association of The University of British Columbia. Unsuccessful efforts had been made in the late 1980s to establish a chapter at the University of Victoria.  The Chapter was founded through the efforts of Brothers Tynan and Grant Burnyeat (Phi Alpha-British Columbia)

March 28, 1851

The first Catalogue of the Fraternity was published by the Phi Chapter.  The Catalogue consisted of a list of names and home towns of the members of the few Chapters that were then in existence.  Beside the list of names were Greek letters designating the “Rank” of each of the members.  The designations given for the various officers of a Chapter are considerably different than what is presently in existence and what has been in existence since about 1868.

March 28, 1893

John Johnston Jr. (Phi-Yale University) donates a 53-acre site in Williams Bay, Wisconsin to house the Yerkes Observatory of the University of Chicago.  At the time, Brother Johnston was a retired lawyer and real estate developer.  Subsequently, Brother Edwin B. Frost (Pi-Dartmouth College) joined the staff of the Observatory and, between 1905 and 1932, served as the Director of the Observatory.  At the time it was constructed, the Observatory contained the world’s largest telescope.

March 28, 1968

Winthrop M. Crane Jr. (Phi-Yale University) dies at age 86.  After graduation with honors in 1904, Brother Crane entered the family business as a mill hand.  Brother Crane became the President of Crane & Co. and was in that position until 1951 when he became Chairman of the Board.  Crane & Co. had made paper for the Department of Printing and Engraving for the United States Treasury as part of the firm’s longstanding contracts for the manufacture of paper for currency.  In 1965, Brother Crane established a fund to aid students pursuing a graduate education and the Zenas and Winthrop Crane Funds for Student Aid awarded over $80,000 in scholarships in 1965.  At his wedding in 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt (Alpha-Harvard College) sent a gift of flowers from the White House gardens.