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Government & Law

  • Reubin Askew (Florida State University, 1951) Governor of Florida (1971-79).
  • Alben Barkley (Emory University, 1900) Vice President of the United States (1949-53); U.S. House of Representatives (1913-27); Senator from Kentucky (1927-49, 1955-56).
  • Melvin Belli (University of California, 1929) Nationally known attorney from the 1940′s to the early 1990′s; known as “The King of Torts”.
  • James Blanchard (Michigan State University, 1964) Ambassador to Canada (1993-96) Governor of Michigan (1983-91); U.S. House of Representatives (1975-83).
  • William Brennan (University of Pennsylvania, 1928) Supreme Court Justice (1956-90).
  • Hank Brown (University of Colorado, 1961) Senator from Colorado (1990-96); U. S. House of Representatives (1980-90); current president, University of Northern Colorado.
  • Tom Carper (Ohio State University, 1968) Senator from Delaware (2001 to present); Governor of Delaware (1993-2001); U.S. House of Representatives (1983-93).
  • Tom Clark (University of Texas, 1922) Supreme Court Justice (1949-67); U.S. Attorney General (1945-49).
  • Ramsey Clark (University of Texas, 1951) U.S. Attorney General (1967-69).
  • James “Champ” Clark (Bethany College, 1873) Speaker of the U.S. House (1911-19); U.S. House of Representatives (1893-95, 1897-1921).
  • Chris Cox (University of Southern California, 1973) U.S. House of Representatives (1988 to present); White House Staff member under President Reagan (1986-88).
  • Marlin Fitzwater (Kansas State University, 1964) Press secretary for Presidents Reagan (1987-89) and Bush (1989-93); spokesman for Environmental Protection Agency (1972-80).
  • Ernest Fletcher (University of Kentucky, 1974) U.S. House of Representative from Kentucky (1998 to 2004). Current governor of the state of Kentucky.
  • Brad Henry (University of Oklahoma, 1985) current governor of Oklahoma.
  • Tim Johnson (University of South Dakota, 1969) Senator from South Dakota (1997 to present); U.S. House of Representatives (1987-97).
  • Kenneth Kraft (University of Maryland, 1973) Current Congressional staff member for Dave Hobson.
  • Blaine Merritt (Duke University, 1980) Current Majority Chief Counsel/House Committee Bill Richardson the Judiciary.
  • Donald Pease (Ohio University, 1953) U.S. House of Representatives (1977-93).
  • Bill Richardson (Tufts University, 1970) U.S. Secretary of Energy (1998-2000); Ambassador to United Nations (2001); U.S. House of Representatives (1983-97); former Clinton Cabinet Secretary; current governor of New Mexico.
  • Paul Ryan (Miami University, 1992) U.S. House of Representative from Wisconsin (1998 to present).
  • John Snow (Kenyon College, 1961) U.S. Secretary of Treasury (2002-present).
  • Henry Wallace (Iowa State University, 1910) Vice President of the United States (1941-45); U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (1933-40); U.S. Secretary of Commerce (1945-46).
  • James Mann (Illinois); Republican leader in the US House during the late 1890s; sponsored the Mann Act.


  • Arthur Avril (Ohio State University, 1924) Chairman, Sakrete.
  • George Bennett (West Virginia University, 1966) Chairman, Symmetrix.
  • Tim Boyle (University of Oregon, 1971) President, Columbia Sportswear Company.
  • John W. Braitmayer (Wesleyan University, 1957) President, Mona Industries.
  • C. Robert Brenton (Iowa State University, 1957) Chairman, Brenton Banks.
  • Thomas Cruikshank (University of Texas, 1955) Chairman, CEO, Halliburton Companies.
  • Richard FarmerDrew Carey (Miami University, 1956) Chairman, Cintas.
  • John W. Fisher (University of Tennessee, 1938) Chairman Emeritus, Ball Corporation.
  • John Harbin (University of Texas, 1939) Chairman, Lone Star Steel.
  • Jack Laughery (University of Iowa, 1957) Chairman, Hardee’s Restaurants.
  • John Ludington (Albion College, 1951) Chairman, Dow Corning.
  • Gary Michael (University of Idaho, 1962) Chairman, Albertson’s.
  • Ronald McDougall (University of Wisconsin, 1964) President, Chili’s, Inc.
  • Marno McDermott (University of Minnesota, 1960) Chairman, Dos Pesos Restaurants; Founder, Fuddrruckers and Chi Chi’s Restaurants.
  • John Nichols (University of Oklahoma, 1936) Chairman, Devon Energy.
  • Jerry Riedel Vice Chairman, Anheuser Busch.
  • Walter Samuelson (Oregon State University, 1966) President, Quintas Computer Systems.
  • Myron Ullman (University of Cincinnati, 1969) Chairman, Macy’s.
  • Richard Wagoner (Duke University, 1975) CEO of General Motors.
  • Michael Walsh (Stanford University, 1964) Chairman, Tenneco.
  • Edward Whitacre (Texas Tech University, 1964) Chairman, CEO, SBC Communications.
  • Peter Woo (University of Cincinnati, 1970) Chairman, The Wharf (Holdings) Limited.
  • Robert Wycoff (Stanford University, 1952) President, ARCO.


  • Hank Brown (University of Colorado, 1961) President, University of Colorado (2003 to present).
  • William Kirwan (University of Kentucky, 1960) Former Ohio State University President; current Chancellor University of Maryland System.
  • Martin Jischke (Illinois Institute of Technology, 1963) President, Purdue University; former President of Iowa State University.
  • Peter Likins (Stanford University, 1957) President, University of Arizona.
  • Duane Cummins (Bethany College, 1957) Dean, Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University; Former President, Bethany College.
  • Ralph Cicerone (MIT, 1965) President, National Academy of Sciences (Bethany College, 1957) Dean, Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University; Former President, Bethany College(MIT, 1965) President, National Academy of Sciences.


  • Duane Allen (Texas A & M at Commerce) Vocalist with “The Oak Ridge Boys”.
  • Peter Buck (Emory University, 1979) Lead guitarist with “R.E.M.”
  • Drew Carey (Kent State University, 1979) TV star, co producer of “The Drew Carey Show”, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and Host of “The Price is Right” (2008-present).
  • Fielder Cook (Washington and Lee, 1946) TV and Broadway director; Emmy Award winner Will Ferrell.
  • Will Ferrell (University of Southern California, 1990) Co star on “Saturday Night Live” (1995 2002) and film actor (“Old School” “Anchorman”, ‘Talladega Nights”, and “Step Brothers”.
  • Frederic Forrest (Texas Christian University, 1959) Film & TV actor; Oscar Award nominee.
  • David Gates (University of Oklahoma, 1962) Former lead singer of “Bread”; solo artist and producer.
  • Joel Higgins (Michigan State University, 1966) TV and stage actor; former star of “Silver Spoons”.
  • Matthew McConaughey (University of Texas, 1992) Film actor (“A Time to Kill”, “U 571″, “Fool’s Gold”, and “Tropic Thunder”).
  • Jim Nabors (University of Alabama, 1951) TV actor and singer; best known for “Gomer Pyle” and “The Jim Nabors Show”.
  • Jack O’Brien (University of Michigan, 1961) Broadway director; double Tony Award nominee in 2001.
  • Pat O’Brien (University of South Dakota, 1970) Co host of TV’s “Access Hollywood”; also Olympics TV host.
  • David Schwimmer (Northwestern University, 1988) TV co star on “Friends” (1994 to present) and film actor.
  • Peter Stuart (Northwestern University, 1989) Former lead singer in “Dog’s Eye View”; solo artist.
  • Dalton Trumbo (University of Colorado, 1928) Two-time Oscar winning screenwriter.

Sports | Football

  • John Elway (Stanford University, 1983) 16-year NFL quarterback with Denver Broncos; Super Bowl MVP; Heisman Trophy runner up.
  • Jim Plunkett (Stanford University, 1970) Heisman Trophy winner 1970; Super Bowl MVP; 13 year NFL quarterback.
  • Les HorvathJohn Elway (Ohio State University, 1943) Heisman Trophy winner, 1944; four year pro player.
  • Dante Lavelli (Ohio State University, 1945) Pro Football Hall of Fame; 10 year pro with Cleveland.
  • “Tuffy” Leemans (George Washington University, 1936) Pro Football Hall of Fame; eight year pro with Giants.
  • Mark Rypien (Washington State University, 1985) Super Bowl MVP; 12- year NFL quarterback.
  • Gene Washington (Stanford University, 1969) NFL director of football operations; 10-year NFL player.
  • John Lynch (Stanford University, 1993) All NFL safety with Denver Broncos.
  • Jon Ritchie (Stanford University, 1998) Fullback with the Oakland Raiders.
  • Howard Mudd (Michigan State University, 1963) NFL assistant coach; eight year NFL player.
  • Joe Avezzano (Florida State University, 1965) Dallas Cowboys assistant coach; Dallas Desparados Arena League head coach.
  • Boyd Dowler (University of Colorado, 1959) 10-year NFL player with Green Bay Packers; NFL scout.
  • Jeff Siemon (Stanford University, 1972) 10-year NFL player with Minnesota Vikings.
  • Carmen Cozza (Miami University, 1952) Former Yale head coach (1965 96); 2002 College Football Hall of Fame inductee.

Sports | Baseball

  • Branch Rickey (Ohio Wesleyan University, 1904) Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • George Sisler (University of Michigan, 1915) Baseball Hall of Fame; holds record of 257 hits in a season.
  • Eppa Rixey (University of Virginia, 1914) Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Mike Mussinab (Stanford University, 1991) Pitcher with Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees.
  • Shawn Green (Stanford University, 1996) Outfielder with Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Ed Sprague (Stanford University, 1989) 12 year major league infielder; Olympic Gold Medal winner.
  • Rick Helling (Stanford University, 1994) Pitcher with Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • A. J. Hinch (Stanford University, 1996) Catcher with Kansas City Royals and Oakland A’s.
  • David McCarty (Stanford University, 1992) Eight-year first baseman with Kansas City and other teams.
  • Mike Aldrete (Stanford University, 1983) Former 10-year major league first baseman outfielder.
  • Steve Buechele (Stanford University, 1983) Former 10-year major league third baseman.
  • Mark Marquess (Stanford University, 1969) Stanford head coach; winner of more than 1,000 games.


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Delta Tau Delta was founded in 1858 at Bethany College in present day West Virginia. Eight men, angered by a fixed vote for a prize in oratory to be given at the Neotrophian Literary Society (a forum for students to practice and demonstrate skills in poetry, public speaking and writing essays), responded by forming a secret society. The purpose of the new society, known only by the Greek letters Delta Tau Delta, was to see the Neotrophian Society returned to popular control from the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, and to form an organization of the student body drawn together by common aims, brotherly regard and desire for mutual support. Delta Tau Delta was born of the knowledge that integrity is essential. The founding principles of Truth, Courage, Faith and Power have provided a guide for both the Fraternity and its membership. Since 1858 the Fraternity has spread to nearly 200 campuses with over 120 active chapters and colonies comprised of about 6,500 undergraduate members. For over 150 years, Delta Tau Delta has in excess of 150,000 men who have become members of the Fraternity.

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