This Week in DKE History April 26th - May 2nd

April 26, 1994

Leighton “Snuffy” Smith Jr. (Psi-University of Alabama) starts his service as NATO’s Commander in Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe and Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe.  In the NATO Command, Brother Smith ordered air strikes that led to the conclusion of the Dayton Accords to stop fighting in Bosnia-Herzegovina.  In 1995-1996, Brother Smith commanded the multinational implementation force that carried out the provisions of the Dayton Agreement.  Since retiring from the U.S. Navy on October 1, 1996 as a four-star Admiral, Brother Smith has served as a senior fellow at the Center for Naval Analysis, is President of Leighton Smith Associates, is Chair of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, and is a past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association.

April 26, 1995

Billy Crudup (Beta-University of North Carolina) received the Outer Critics Circle Award for the Outstanding Newcomer on Broadway for his performance in Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia”.  In 2002, Brother Crudup was nominated for a Broadway Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for his portrayal of the title character in the revival of The Elephant Man.  In 2005, Brother Crudup was nominated for Best Actor in a Play at the Tony Awards for his part in The Pillow Man.  In 2007, Brother Crudup won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in The Coast of Utopia.  Brother Crudup has appeared in a number of movies, including Sleepers (1996), Investing the Abbotts (1997), Waking the Dead (2000), Almost Famous (2000), Mission:  Impossible III (2006), as Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen (2009), as J. Edgar Hoover in Public Enemies (2009), Eat Pray Love (2010), Thin Ice (2011), Too Big to Fail (2011), The Longest Week (2012), The Watch (2012), Red Light Winter (2012), Blood Ties (2013), Rudderless (2013), Red Light Winter (2015) and The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

April 26, 2012

Nineteen service men and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan joined President George W. Bush (Phi-Yale University) for a 100-kilometer mountain bike ride in Palo Duro Canyon State Park as part of the George W. Bush Presidential Centre’s Military Service Initiative. The “W100”  highlights the bravery and sacrifice of the warriors wounded in the global “war on terror”, as well as those organizations that have made continuing commitments to those who have served the United States forces.  The W100, in 2011 was the first event for the Military Service Initiative of the Bush Centre.  Fourteen service men and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan joined President Bush (pictured on left in the photo) on the April 25-27, 2011 100-kilometer mountain bike ride.  The service men and women who participate in the rides have all suffered grievous wounds during their service with many losing limbs.

April 27, 1978

We salute the considerable accomplishments in tennis of Brother John Doeg (Sigma Rho-Stanford University) who died this day at age 70.  Brother Doeg won the U.S. Singles Tennis Tournament in 1930 and the Doubles Championship in 1929 and 1930.  In the 1930 Championship, Brother Doeg defeated Bill Tilden (Delta Kappa-University Pennsylvania) in the semi-finals before defeating Frank Shields in the Championship match.  In 1930, Brother Doeg was a member of the United States Davis Cup Team that reached the Wimbledon final in doubles with his partner, George Lott.  Brother Doeg was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1962.

April 27, 2010

Iota Chapter is revived at Centre College through the efforts of numerous Iota alumni led by Brother Matt Blevins (Iota ‘99) and Deke Headquarters staff.

April 28, 1949

Gordon Gray (Beta-University of North Carolina) is appointed by President Truman as the 2nd Secretary of the Army.  After graduation from the University of North Carolina, Brother Gray earned his law degree at Yale Law School, practiced law for two years in New York City, and then returned to Winston-Salem.  Brother Gray began his public life as an elected member of the North Carolina General Assembly in 1939, 1941 and 1947 representing Forsyth County.  Brother Gray was appointed by President Truman as Assistant Secretary of the Army in 1947 and then served as the Secretary of the Army (1949-1950).  In 1951, Brother Gray was appointed Director of the newly formed Psychological Strategy Board which planned for and coordinated government psychological operations.  At the same time, Brother Gray was serving as the President of the University of North Carolina.  In 1954, Brother Gray chaired a Committee which recommended revoking the security clearance of Robert Oppenheimer.  In 1957, Brother Gray was appointed by President Eisenhower to head the Office of Defense Mobilization.  Brother Gray also served as the National Security Advisor for President Eisenhower (1958-1961).  On January 18, 1961, President Eisenhower awarded Brother Gray the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Brother Gray served on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board under Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford.  In 1976, Brother Gray was awarded the United States Military Academy’s Silvanus Thayer Award.  Brother Gray was also the publisher of the Winston-Salem Journal, Chairman of the Board of Piedmont Publishing Company, and Chairman of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

April 28, 1951

We pay homage to the considerable contributions to education and, in particular, to Amherst College by Stanley King (Sigma-Amherst College) who died this day at age 68.  Brother King served as the President of Amherst College from 1932 to 1946.  He was succeeded by Charles Cole (Sigma-Amherst College) who served as the President of Amherst College from 1946 to 1960.  Brother Cole was succeeded by Calvin H. Plimpton (Sigma-Amherst College) who served as President between 1960 and 1971.  As President of Amherst College, Brother King was instrumental in developing the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.  King Hall on campus provides housing for students and is named to honor Brother King.

April 28, 1999

We salute the accomplishments of novelist Roderick Thorp (Nu-C.C.N.Y.) who died this day at age 63. Brother Thorp is best known for two of his novels which were adapted into movies. His 1966 novel, The Detective, was made into a 1968 film starring Frank Sinatra and its 1979 sequel, Nothing Lasts Forever, was filmed in 1988 as Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis.  Two other novels, Rainbow Drive and Devlin, were adapted into television movies.

April 28, 2013

Harry Hamlin (Theta Zeta-University of California at Berkeley) begins to appear in episodes of Mad Men as advertising executive Jim Cutler.  In addition to a number of starring roles in movies and television, Brother Hamlin was named as the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People Magazine in 1987.

April 29, 1947

We salute the contributions made as an economist by Irving Fisher (Phi-Yale University) who died this day at age 80.  Brother Fisher was one of the earliest American neo-classical economists and his work on the quantity theory of money inaugurated the school of economic thought known as “monetarism”.  Both Milton Friedman and James Tobin referred to Brother Fisher as “the greatest economist the United States has ever produced”.  Brother Fisher also produced various inventions during his lifetime, including the “index visible filing system” which was later sold to Remington Rand.  Brother Fisher edited the Yale Review (1896-1910) and was President of the American Economic Association in 1918.

April 29, 1976

We acknowledge the considerable contributions to business and finance made by Charles D. Dickey (Phi-Yale University) who died this day at age 82.  Brother Dickey was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York.  Previously, Brother Dickey was a partner in Brown Brothers Harriman Co. in charge of that firm’s Philadelphia office.  In 1932, Brother Dickey became a partner of the firm of J.P. Morgan & Co. at age 38.

April 29, 1988

James E. Bassett III (Phi-Yale University) is appointed as the President of Breeders’ Cup Ltd.  Brother Bassett served as the President, Chairman of the Board and Trustee of the Keeneland Association, a thoroughbred horse racing facility and sales complex in Lexington, Kentucky.  Races are held there, including the Blue Grass Stakes.  Most of the racing scenes for the 2003 movie Seabiscuit were shot there.  On April 24, 2009, Brother Bassett published his biography, “Keeneland’s Ted Bassett:  My Life”.

April 29, 2001

Kappa Omega Chapter is chartered at Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois. The Charter members of the Chapter were Raymond Steuert, Mark Bruton Wilson, Hattan Roni Jabban, Karl Richard Borchers II, Ibrahim Dani Jabban, Out Ita Emmanuol Henshaw II, Joshua James Niemi, Gregory King, Bryan William Duffy, Bradford C.Downey, Bryant Joseph Dyer, and Joseph E.Richards.

April 30, 1934

We salute the contributions to medicine made by Dr. William H. Welch (Phi-Yale University) who died this day at age 84.  Brother Welch was the first Dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was also the founder of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, the first school of public health in the U.S.  The medical school library at Johns Hopkins is named in his honor. In his lifetime, Brother Welch was referred to as the “Dean of American Medicine”. The research of Brother Welch was primarily in bacteriology including discovering the organism that causes gas gangrene. Brother Welch was the Founding Editor of the Journal of Experimental Medicine.  Welch Road in the vicinity of Stanford University Medical Centre is named in his honor.

April 30, 1971

On April 30, 1971, the group at the University of Dayton expressed interest and a motion was passed unanimously to make the group at the University of Dayton an official colony of the Fraternity.

April 30, 2005

We salute the accomplishments in the insurance industry of Gordon Farquhar (Phi-Yale University) who died this day at age 81.  Brother Farquhar had a long career with Aetna Life & Casualty, and served as the Chairman and President of Aetna Canada from 1974 to 1989.  Aetna Canada is a Toronto-based group of insurance companies, including The Excelsior Life Insurance Company and Aetna Casualty Company of Canada.  Brother Farquhar was on the Board of the Toronto Symphony, Toronto Redevelopment Advisory Council, and the United Way of Greater Toronto.

April 30, 2013

John Georges (Tau Lambda-Tulane University) purchases the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, the largest daily newspaper in Louisiana.  Brother Georges became the new publisher of the newspaper which was founded in 1842.  The newspaper is among the relatively few newspapers in the United States whose print circulation is growing.  Between 1909 and 2013, the newspaper was owned by the Manship family.  Prior to that, the newspaper was owned by James E. Edmonds (Chi-University of Mississippi) in partnership with Charles Manship Sr.  In 1909, Brother Edmonds sold his interest in the newspaper to become editor of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Brother Edmonds was instrumental in sponsoring the efforts of the Friars of Louisiana State University in their quest to regain the Zeta Zeta Charter.  In 1992, Brother Georges was appointed by the Governor to the Board of Regents which has the budgetary responsibility for the public higher education in Louisiana.  Brother Georges has also served as a member of the University of New Orleans Foundation, the LSU Medical Foundation, and the President’s Council of Tulane University.  Brother Georges is the Chair of Georges Enterprises which includes grocery distribution, off-shore marine sales, video and arcade entertainment, food services, and investments.  The company claims estimated sales of nearly $1 billion annually.  Brother Georges is known for his philanthropic work and for the millions of dollars he has contributed to non-profit societies, universities, museums and civic groups.  He played a significant role in recovery efforts for the University of New Orleans and its arena after Hurricane Katrina.

May 1, 1861

Kappa Phi (Troy University, Troy, New York) is chartered as the first Fraternity at Troy.  While May 1st 1861 has traditionally been the date when it was said that the Chapter was founded, an August 24, 1860 minute in the meetings of Pi-Dartmouth Chapter sets out 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 Wikipedia article indicates that the Kappa Phi Chapter was chartered March 2, 1860. Accordingly, the Chapter may have been founded earlier than 1861. Troy University was a short-lived.  The University was established in 1858 under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  A 36-acre property was purchased, including most of Mount Ida in Troy. A large building was erected.  The University opened for students on September 9, 1858, remained open for three years, and closed in 1861.  The mortgage on the property of the University was foreclosed upon and the site was purchased by the Catholic Church for a seminary.  The four-storey building was purchased by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1958 and was renamed the University Building.  The building was razed in 1969.  The Folsom Library of R.P.I. was constructed on the site in 1976.  The four tall spires and the Byzantine architecture of the original building can been seen in the attached early photograph.

The Deke Club of New York moved from its previous headquarters to the Bryant Park Studio Building, 80 West 40th Street, New York.  In the June 1901 Deke Quarterly, the following description was provided:  “This building is a large, modern structure, just completed, and built especially for studios and clubs.  It is thoroughly equipped for Club purposes, and, among other things, has a fine restaurant, where the best food in all varieties can be obtained at reasonable prices.  The Club Suite is on the sixth floor.  A move of this kind has been contemplated for some time, as a large building of this kind, provided, as it is, with all the most modern conveniences and adapted to the requirements of club-life, was much more desirable for the purposes of the Club than a small, private house, with its necessarily limited accommodations.  A cordial invitation is extended to all to visit the Club in its new home.”

May 1, 1957

We honor the life and accomplishments of Grant Mitchell (Phi-Yale University), who died this day at age 83.  Brother Mitchell was a stage actor on Broadway and a character actor in many Hollywood films in the 1930s and 1940s.  He appeared in more than 125 films between 1930 and 1948.  Brother Mitchell was the only son of John Grant Mitchell (Lambda-Kenyon College), a General in the Union Army during the American Civil War.  The paternal grandmother of Brother Mitchell was the sister of President Rutherford B. Hayes (Delta Chi-Cornell University) (Honorary).  Brother Mitchell was a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild (founding member #30).

May 1, 1964

Willard C. Gulick retired as President of International B.F. Goodrich Co., a post he had held since his election on July 28, 1947.  International B.F. Goodrich Co. was a division formed in 1946 to handle export, sales and operations of foreign affiliates.

May 1, 2006

Boris Zelkin (Mu-Colgate University) received a sports Emmy award for his competition “Teases, Bumps and Rollout”, used in the 2005 World Figure Skating Championships.  Brother Zelkin was also nominated for two other Emmys, including one for the ESPN tribute to the closing of Yankee Stadium in 2008.

May 1, 2013

The Board of Directors of the Fraternity issued a Charter for the group at Oklahoma State University, making them the Omega Mu Chapter of the Fraternity.

We honor the life and accomplishments in the banking industry of S. Sloan Colt (Phi-Yale University) who died this day at age 82.  Brother Colt was the President and Chair of Bankers Trust Company. Brother Colt was also the Chair of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.  Brother Colt became the President of Bankers Trust at age 38.  He served as Chairman of Bankers Trust from 1931 to 1956.  Brother Colt served as a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester.  Brother Colt also served as the National Head of the Fund for the Red Cross during WWII, raising in excess of $65 million. A Chair in Banking and International Finance at the Columbia Business School of Columbia University was established in his honor.

Lyman Aldrich (Chi-University of Mississippi) becomes the first non-musician to be awarded a “Brass Note” on the Memphis-Brass Note Walk of Fame.  Brother Aldrich was honored for his work in reviving Downtown Memphis and as the founder of The Memphis in May International Festival which has produced the Beale Street Musical Festival for 36 years.  He is also the founder of Memphis Music Inc. which brought the music studios in Memphis together to promote Memphis Music around world.  Brother Aldrich was the 124th honoree, joining artists such as Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Justin Timberlake, Jerry Lee Lewis, Otis Redding, W.C. Handy, Isaac Hayes, Johnny Cash, The Blues Brothers, Al Green, Carl Perkins, and The Memphis Boys.  The former vice-president of a local bank, Brother Aldrich now has his own development company and a consulting company.

May 2, 2014

The first intercontinental initiation of the Fraternity occurred at the University of Warwick, Coventry, England as ten new Brothers from the Alpha Epsilon Colony were initiated under the supervision of Eric Holland (Kappa-Miami University).  The Brothers initiated were Wil Salt, Salim Uz Zaman, Thomas A.J. Kolina, Pascal Dick, Max A. Bernstein, Jack Dulski and Martin Lausegger.  The initiation took place at Coventry Masonic Hall.