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List of Beta Theta Pi members

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of notable members of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.



Thomas A. Bartlett Willamette 1951 Rhodes Scholar; Chancellor, University of Alabama System
David Ross Boyd Wooster 1878 First President of the University of Oklahoma, Fifth President of the University of New Mexico
James Shannon Buchanan Cumberland 1885 Fourth President of the University of Oklahoma
Thomas P. Courtice Ohio Wesleyan Former president, Ohio Wesleyan
Stanley Coulter Hanover 1870 Former Dean, Purdue University
John Crecine Carnegie Mellon 1961 Former president, Georgia Tech
William H. Danforth Westminster 1948 Former president, Washington University
James J. Duderstadt Yale 1964 Former president, Washington University
Joseph Dupuy Eggleston Hampden-Sydney 1886 Former president, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Robert F. Engle Williams 1964 Nobel Prize winner, Economic Sciences
Robin Hugh Farquhar British Columbia 1960 Former president, Carleton
Carl Russell Fish Harvard 1900 Former Historian, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Thomas P. Gerrity MIT 1963 Former Dean, Wharton School of Business
William Pratt Graham Syracuse 1903 Former Chancellor Syracuse University
Andrew Dousa Hepburn Washington & Jefferson 1852 Former president, Miami University
Alexander Q. Holladay Virginia 1859[2] Former president, North Carolina State University
John S. Hougham Wabash 1846[3] Former president, Purdue University
Alfred Hume Vanderbilt[4] Former Chancellor, University of Mississippi
Charles Keeler California, Berkeley, 1893 Director, California Academy of Sciences
Deane Waldo Malott Kansas 1921 Former chancellor, University of Kansas; President, Cornell University
William Alexander Parsons Martin Indiana 1846 Former president, Tung Wen College of Peking and Imperial University of China
David T. McLaughlin Dartmouth 1954 Former president, Dartmouth College
John W. Moore Rutgers 1961 Former president, Indiana State University
Dale T. Mortensen Willamette 1961 Nobel Prize winner; Economics
Franklin David Murphy Kansas 1936 Former Chancellor, University of Kansas; Chancellor, UCLA
James Kennedy Patterson Hanover 1856 First President, University of Kentucky
Steven Sample Illinois 1958 President, University of Southern California
James M. Sellers Chicago 1917 Former president, Wentworth Military Academy
Charles N. Sims DePauw 1859 Former Chancellor Syracuse University
Edgar F. Shannon, Jr. Washington and Lee 1939 Former president, University of Virginia
George Misch Sutton Bethany 1919 Ornithologist, Artist, Author, Zoology Professor, University of Oklahoma
David Stanton Tappan Miami 1864 Former president, Miami University
George H. Whipple Yale 1905 Nobel Prize winner in 1934, Physiology or Medicine
Timothy M. Wolfe Missouri 1980 President, University of Missouri System, 2012–2015[5]

Community organizations


Charles E. Bennison Lawrence 1965 Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
Ernest Kent Coulter Ohio State 1892 Founder, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Gregory Parkes Florida State University 1986 Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Petersburg, FL

Government and politics


Vice President Schuyler Colfax
Vice President Schuyler Colfax
H.R. Haldeman, UCLA
H.R. Haldeman, UCLA
Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, UBC
Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, UBC
Senator Richard Lugar, Denison
Senator Richard Lugar, Denison
Name School, graduation Notability
Theodore Achilles Stanford 1925 Former US Ambassador to Peru
Joe Allbaugh Oklahoma State 1974 Former Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
John M. Allen Cumberland 1869 Former US Representative from Mississippi
Abram Piatt Andrew, Jr. Wabash 1892 Former US Representative from Massachusetts
William Hepburn Armstrong Princeton 1847 Former US Representative from Pennsylvania
Owen Aspinall Denison 1949 Former governor of American Samoa
Wayne N. Aspinall Denver 1919 Former US Representative from Colorado
Charles M. Bakewell California 1889 Former US Representative from Connecticut
George Thomas Barnes Georgia 1853 Former US Representative from Georgia
Lewis O. Barrows Maine 1916 Former governor of Maine
John L. Bates Boston 1882 Former governor of Massachusetts
Albert Beach Kansas 1905 Former mayor of Kansas City, Missouri
Jack Beall Texas 1890 Former US Representative from Texas
James A. Beaver Washington and Jefferson 1856 Former governor of Pennsylvania
James T. Begg Wooster 1903 Former US Representative from Ohio
Michael Bennet Wesleyan 1987 US Senator from Colorado
Thomas Warren Bennett DePauw 1855 Former US Representative from Idaho; former governor of Idaho Territory
Albert Seaton Berry Miami 1856 Former US Representative from Kentucky
Richard Whiting Blue Washington and Jefferson 1864 Former US Representative from Kansas
Thomas H. Boggs Tulane 1935 Former US Representative from Louisiana
Newton Booth DePauw 1846 Former US Senator from California; former governor of California
William Borah Kansas 1884 Former US Senator from Idaho; former chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Henry S. Boutell Iowa 1873 Former US Representative from North Dakota; former Minister Plenipotentiary to Portugal and Switzerland
Emmett Forest Branch Indiana 1896 Former governor of Indiana
Louis Jefferson Brann Maine 1898 Former governor of Maine
David Josiah Brewer Wesleyan 1955 Former US Supreme Court Justice
Donald G. Brotzman Colorado 1943 Former US Representative from Colorado
Charles H. Brough Johns Hopkins 1898 Former governor of Arkansas
Benjamin Gratz Brown Transylvania 1846 Former US Senator from Kentucky
John Young Brown Centre 1855 Former US Representative from Kentucky; former governor of Kentucky
Norris Brown Iowa 1883 Former US Senator from Nebraska
Webster E. Brown Wisconsin 1874 Former US Representative from Wisconsin
Henry A. Buchtel DePauw 1872 Former governor of Colorado
Joseph Ralph Burton Hanover 1873 Former US Senator from Kansas
John Marshall Butler Johns Hopkins 1921 Former US Senator from Maryland
William D. Bynum Indiana 1869 Former US Representative from Indiana
Joseph W. Byrns, Sr. Vanderbilt 1890 Former US Representative from Tennessee; former Speaker of the US House of Representatives
Ezekial Samuel Candler, Jr. Mississippi 1881 Former US Representative from Mississippi
Rush Clark Washington and Jefferson 1853 Former US Representative from Iowa
Frank G. Clarke Dartmouth 1873 Former US Representative from New Hampshire
Isaac Clements DePauw 1859 Former US Representative from Illinois
John Coburn Wabash 1846 Former US Representative from Indiana
Schuyler Colfax DePauw 1854 Former US Representative from Indiana; former Speaker of the US House of Representatives; former Vice President of the United States
Chuck Colson Brown 1953 Former Special Counsel to President Richard M. Nixon; indicted/convicted Watergate conspirator
Daniel Webster Comstock Ohio Wesleyan 1860 Former US Representative from Indiana
John Sherman Cooper Centre/Yale 1923 Former US Senator from Kentucky; former US Ambassador to India, Nepal and West Germany
Norris Henry Cotton Wesleyan 1923 Former US Senator from New Hampshire
William S. Cowherd Missouri 1881 Former mayor of Kansas City, Missouri; former US Representative from Missouri
William B. Cravens Missouri 1893 Former US Representative from Arkansas
Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr. Missouri 1882 Former mayor of Kansas City, Missouri
George Washington Cromer Indiana 1882 Former US Representative from Indiana
Charles Crosby Western Reserve 1897 Former US Representative from Pennsylvania
Enoch Herbert Crowder Missouri 1886 Former US Ambassador to Cuba
Lee Cruce Vanderbilt 1885 Former governor of Oklahoma
William Cumback DePauw 1853 Former US Representative from Indiana; former lieutenant governor of Indiana
John Anthony Danaher Yale 1920 Former US Senator from Connecticut
John E. Davis North Dakota 1935 Former governor from North Dakota
Donald Dawson Missouri 1932 Former aide to President Harry S. Truman; former curator of the Truman Presidential Library
Mark Lindsey De Motte DePauw 1853 Former US Representative from Indiana
Willis Van Devanter DePauw 1881 Former US Supreme Court Justice
David Dewhurst Arizona 1967 41st and current lieutenant governor of Texas
Robert Docking Kansas 1946 Former governor of Kansas; former mayor of Kansas City, Missouri
Ozro J. Dodds Miami 1861 Former US Representative from Ohio
Robert J. Dold Denison 1991 Former US Representative from Illinois
John E. Dolibois Miami 1942 Former US Ambassador to Luxembourg
Charles Douglas III Wesleyan 1964 Former US Representative from New Hampshire; New Hampshire Supreme Court Associate Justice
William O. Douglas Whitman 1920 Former US Supreme Court Justice
Adolph Dubs Beloit 1942 Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan
Anthony S. Earl Michigan State 1958 Former governor of Wisconsin
Alonzo Jay Edgerton Wesleyan 1850 Former US Senator from Minnesota
Paul Carrington Edmunds Virginia 1856 Former US Representative from Virginia
Samuel Hitt Elbert Ohio Wesleyan 1854 Former governor of the then-Colorado Territory
William Elliott Virginia 1858 Former US Representative from South Carolina
Ezekiel John Ellis Centenary 1859 Former US Representative from Louisiana
Robert Ellsworth Kansas 1946 Former US Representative from Kansas, former advisor to the president and former US Permanent Representative to NATO under President Richard M. Nixon; former Deputy Secretary of Defense under President Gerald R. Ford
Joseph S. Farland West Virginia 1938 Former US Ambassador to Dominican Republic, Panama, Iran and Pakistan
Joseph R. Farrington Wisconsin 1919 Former US Representative from Wisconsin
Wallace R. Farrington Maine 1891 Former governor of the Territory of Hawaii
Charles James Faulkner V.M.I./Virginia 1868 Former US Senator from West Virginia
W. Mark Felt Idaho 1935 Former Associate Director of the FBI; exposed the Nixon administration's corruption as "Deep Throat"
Scott Field Virginia 1868 Former US Representative from Texas
David R. Francis Washington, St. Louis 1870 Former mayor of St. Louis; former governor of Missouri; former US Secretary of the Interior; former US Ambassador to Russia; president of Louisiana Purchase Exposition
Bob Franks DePauw 1973 Former US Representative from New Jersey
William E. Fuller Iowa 1870 Former US Representative from Iowa
Samuel Galloway Miami 1855 Former US Representative from Ohio
Richard Gephardt Northwestern 1962 Former US Representative from Missouri; former US House Minority Leader
John (Jack) V. Geraghty Washington 1956 Former mayor of Spokane, Washington
John Milton Glover Washington in St. Louis 1871 Former US Representative from Missouri
Abe McGregor Goff Idaho 1922 Former US Representative from Idaho
Stephen Goldsmith Wabash 1968 Former mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana
John Brown Gordon Georgia 1854 Major General in CSA; former US Senator from Georgia; former governor of Georgia
Miles Tobey Granger Wesleyan 1842 Former US Representative from Connecticut
Levi Thomas Griffin Michigan 1857 Former US Representative from Michigan
George Blackmore Guild Cumberland 1855 Former mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
Steven Gunderson Wisconsin 1973 Former US House Representative from Wisconsin
Charles H. Haden II Oklahoma 1956 Former US Federal Judge
William T. Haines Maine 1876[6] Former governor of Maine
H. R. Haldeman UCLA 1948 Former White House Chief of Staff under President Richard M. Nixon; indicted/convicted Watergate conspirator
Benton Jay Hall Miami 1855 Former US Representative from Iowa
Charles Abraham Halleck Indiana 1922 Former US Representative from Indiana
John Hanna DePauw 1858 Former US Representative from Indiana
Michael F. Harcourt British Columbia 1963 Former premier of British Columbia; former mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia
Charles Henry Hardin Miami 1841 Former governor of Missouri
James Harlan DePauw 1845 Former US Senator from Iowa; former US Secretary of the Interior
John Marshall Harlan Centre 1850 Former US Supreme Court Justice
Henry Richard Harris Emory 1847 Former US Representative from Georgia
Louis Powell Harvey Western Reserve 1840 Former governor of Wisconsin
Mark O. Hatfield Willamette 1943 Former US Senator; former governor of Oregon
Joe Heck Penn State 1984 US Representative from Nevada; chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel
Patrick Henry Mississippi 1882 Former US Representative from Mississippi
Robert Roberts Hitt DePauw 1855 Former US Representative from Illinois
George Hoadly Western Reserve 1844 Former governor of California; former US Representative from California
Henry William Hoffman Washington and Jefferson 1846 Former US Representative from Maryland
Frank Smithwick Hogan Columbia 1924 Former New York County District Attorney; New York's prosecuting attorney for 32 years
Edward Everett Holland Richmond 1879 Former US Representative from Virginia
A. Linwood Holton Washington and Lee 1945 Former governor of Virginia
Stanley K. Hornbeck Colorado/Denver 1903 Former US Ambassador to the Netherlands
Jonas George Howard DePauw 1847 Former US Representative from Indiana
Frank Neville Ikard Texas 1932 Former US House Representative from Texas
Clifford C. Ireland Knox 1901 Former US Representative from Illinois
James Ferdinand Izlar Emory 1855 Former US Representative from South Carolina
Craig T. James Florida 1963 Former US Representative from Florida
William Marion Jardine Kansas State 1894 Former US Secretary of Agriculture; former US Ambassador to Egypt
Leslie Jensen South Dakota Former governor of South Dakota
Martin Nelson Johnson Iowa 1873 Former US Senator from North Dakota
Brereton C. Jones Virginia 1961 Former governor of Kentucky
Robert J. Kane Cornell 1934 Former president of the US Olympic Committee
David Karnes Nebraska 1971 Former US Senator from Nebraska
James P. Kem Missouri 1910 Former U.S. Senator from Missouri
William E. Kemp Missouri 1914 Former mayor of Kansas City, Missouri
Peter D. Kinder Missouri 1976 Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
William M. Kinsey Monmouth 1869 Former U.S. Representative from Missouri
William F. Kopp Iowa Wesleyan 1892 Former U.S. Representative from Iowa
Edward H. Kruse Indiana 1940 Former U.S. Representative from Indiana
Robert M. La Follette Jr. Wisconsin 1917 Former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin; former governor of Wisconsin
Joseph Rucker Lamar Bethany 1877 Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Charles B. Landis Wabash 1883 Former U.S. Representative from Indiana
Milton Slocum Latham Jefferson 1843 Former U.S. Senator from California; former governor of California
John J. Lentz Wooster 1881 Former U.S. Representative from Ohio
Fred D. Letts Iowa 1899 Former U.S. Representative from Iowa
Stephen N. Limbaugh, Sr. Missouri 1951 Judge on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri; former president of the Missouri Bar Association
Thomas G. Loeffler Texas 1971 Former US House Representative from Texas
Frank Orren Lowden Iowa 1885 Former US House Representative from Illinois; former governor of Illinois
Richard Lugar Denison 1954 Former US Senator from Indiana; knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and named an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE); recipient of Beta Theta Pi's Oxford Cup
Horace Lurton Cumberland 1867 Former US Supreme Court Justice
Ray Mabus Mississippi 1969 Former governor of Mississippi 1988–92; former, Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Secretary of the Navy, 2009–present; recipient of Beta Theta Pi's Oxford Cup
Humphrey Marshall Translyvania 1845 Former US Representative from Kentucky; former US Minister to China
James G. Martin Davidson 1957 Former US House of Representatives; former governor of North Carolina
Henry M. Mathews West Virginia 1857 Former governor of West Virginia
Courtland Cushing Matson DePauw 1862 Former US Representative from Indiana
Thomas Stanley Matthews Cincinnati 1842 Former US Senator from Ohio; former US Supreme Court Justice
John Jay McCloy Amherst 1916 Former assistant secretary of War; former advisor to presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford and Ronald Reagan; received Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction
James L. McConaughy Yale 1909 Former governor of Connecticut
John Watts McCormick Ohio 1855 Former US Representative from Ohio
James Wilson McDill Miami 1853 Former US Representative from Iowa
Joseph Ewing McDonald DePauw/Indiana 1849 Former US Senator from Indiana
William Pickney McLean North Carolina 1857 Former US Representative from Texas
William H. McMaster Beloit 1899 Former US Senator from South Dakota; former governor of South Dakota
Paul Vories McNutt Indiana 1913 Former governor of Indiana; first US Ambassador to the Philippines
Robert W. Miers Indiana 1870 Former US Representative from Indiana
Andrew Jackson Montague Richmond 1882/Virginia 1885 Former US Representative from Virginia; former governor of Virginia
J. Waldo Monteith Toronto 1927 Former member of the Canadian House of Commons
Arch A. Moore, Jr. West Virginia 1951 Former governor of West Virginia; former US Representative from West Virginia
Dwight Morrow Amherst 1895 Former senator from New Jersey; US Ambassador to Mexico
Oliver P. Morton Miami 1847 Former governor of Indiana; integral in the creation of the DePauw, Indiana and Wabash chapters of Beta Theta Pi
David C. Mulford Lawrence 1959 Former US Ambassador to India
John Mutz Northwestern 1957 Former lieutenant governor of Indiana; President of Lilly Endowment
Albinus Nance Knox 1868 Former governor of Nebraska
Bill Nelson Florida 1964, Yale 1965 Former US Senator from Florida; former State Treasurer of Florida; former US Representative from Florida; recipient of Beta Theta Pi's Oxford Cup (also see "Astronauts" section)
John Stoughton Newberry Michigan 1847 Former US Representative from Michigan
Richard D. Nichols Kansas State 1951 Former US Representative from Kansas
Don Nickles Oklahoma State 1971 Former US Senator from Oklahoma
John W. Noble Miami 1850 Former US Secretary of the Interior
Jeremiah E. O'Connell Boston 1906 Former US Representative from Rhode Island
Benjamin Baker Odell, Jr. Bethany 1877 Former US Representative from New York
Richard Buell Ogilivie Yale 1945 Former governor of Illinois
Alvin M. Owsley Texas 1912 Former US Ambassador to Romania
Bob Packwood Willamette 1954 Former US Senator from Oregon
Halbert Eleazer Paine Western Reserve 1845 Former US Representative from Wisconsin
Guy B. Park Missouri 1896 Former governor of Missouri
Richard C. Patterson, Jr. Nebraska 1909/Columbia 1911 Former US Ambassador to Yugoslavia, Guatemala and Switzerland
John M. Pattison Ohio Wesleyan 1869 Former US Representative from Ohio; former governor of Ohio
George Smith Patton Virginia Military Institute 1877 Mayor of San Marino, California, candidate for U.S. House and Senate, father of General George S. Patton[7]
Boies Penrose Harvard/Pennsylvania 1881 Former US Senator from Pennsylvania
William Perry Carnegie Mellon 1949 Former US Secretary of Defense
David Peterson Western Ontario 1966 Former premier of Ontario
Walter R. Peterson Dartmouth 1947 Former governor of New Hampshire
Bill Phelps Missouri 1956 Former US Representative from Missouri
Michael Pitfield St. Lawrence 1956 Former Canadian Senator
Henry Moses Pollard Dartmouth 1857 Former US Representative from Missouri
John G. Pollard Richmond 1891 Former governor of Virginia
Laurence Pope Bowdoin 1967 Former US Ambassador to Chad
Andrew J. Poppleton Michigan 1851 Former mayor of Omaha, Nebraska
Albert Gallatin Porter DePauw 1843 Former governor of Indiana; former US Representative from Indiana; former US Minister to Italy
George M. Pritchard North Carolina 1907 Former US Representative from North Carolina
Jacob Joseph Pugsley Miami Former US Representative from Ohio
Matthew Stanley Quay Jefferson 1850 Former US Senator from Pennsylvania; first Beta to be awarded the Medal of Honor while a colonel in the 134th Pennsylvania Infantry at the Battle of Fredericksburg, December 1862
Saul F. Rae Texas 1936 Former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations, Mexico, Guatemala and the Netherlands
Joseph Lafayette Rawlins Indiana 1874 Former US Senator from Utah
John Henry Ray Minnesota 1908 Former US Representative from New York
Henry Augustus Reeves Michigan 1852 Former US Representative from Michigan
Robert Rice Reynolds North Carolina 1906 Former US Senator from North Carolina
John J. Rhodes Kansas State 1938 Former US Representative from Arizona; former US House Minority Leader; recipient of Beta Theta Pi's Oxford Cup
Ira E. Rider St. Lawrence 1888 Former US Representative from New York
William A. Robinson Toronto 1925 Former member of the Canadian House of Commons
Charlie Rose Davidson 1961 Former US Representative from North Carolina
Arthur Rouse Hanover 1896 Former US Representative from Kentucky
Thomas L. Rubey Missouri 1885 Former US Representative from Missouri
Eugene P. Ruehlmann Cincinnati 1947 Former mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio
Daniel Schaefer South Dakota 1958 Former US Representative from Colorado
Charles Frederick Scott Kansas 1881 Regent; former Kansas State Senator; former US Representative from Kansas
Harvey David Scott DePauw 1850 Former US Representative from Indiana
Townsend Scudder Columbia 1888 Former US Representative from New York
Frederick Andrew Seaton Kansas State 1931 Former US Senator from Nebraska; former assistant secretary of defense; former US Secretary of the Interior
Phillip R. Sharp DePauw 1964 Former US Representative from Indiana
David Sholtz Yale 1914 Former governor of Florida
Scott Sifton Truman State University 1996 Member of the Missouri Senate
George G. Siebels, Jr. Virginia 1937 Former mayor of Birmingham, Alabama
Arnold Cantwell Smith Toronto 1935 Former Canadian ambassador to Egypt and the USSR
Dennis A. Smith Willamette 1960 Former US Representative from Oregon
Frank E. Smith Mississippi 1941 Former US Representative from Mississippi
John M.C. Smith Michigan 1881 Former US Representative from Michigan
Bertrand Snell Amherst 1894 Former US Representative from New York
Earl W. Snell Oregon 1907 Former governor of Oregon
C. Wilbert Snow Bowdoin 1907 Former governor of Connecticut
John Sopinka Toronto 1958 Former Puisne Justice, Supreme Court of Canada
Zack Space Kenyon 1983 Former US Representative from Ohio
William Brainerd Spencer Centenary 1855 Former US Representative from Louisiana
John M. Spratt, Jr. Davidson 1964 Former US Representative from South Carolina
William McKendree Springer Indiana 1857 Former US Representative from Illinois
William Francis Stevenson Davidson 1885 Former US Representative from South Carolina
Kevin Stitt Oklahoma State 1995 Governor of Oklahoma
Edward C. Stokes Brown 1883 Former governor of New Jersey
Kimbrough Stone Missouri 1895 Former judge of the US Circuit Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
Reginald H. Sullivan Wabash 1897 Former mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana
Howard Sutherland Westminster 1889 Former US Senator from West Virginia
Robert Franklin Sutherland Toronto 1911 Former member of the Canadian House of Commons
Mike Synar Oklahoma 1972 Former US House Representative from Oklahoma
Charles P. Taft II Yale 1918 Former mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio
Leon Taylor Denison 1907 Former governor of New Jersey
Dickran M. Tevrizian Jr. Southern California 1962 Former US Federal Judge; first Armenian-American Federal Judge
Ralph G. Thompson Oklahoma 1956 Former US Federal Judge
Hosea Townsend Western Reserve 1864 Former US Representative from Colorado
Henry St. George Tucker Washington and Lee 1875 Former US Representative from Virginia
John Turner British Columbia 1952 Former prime minister of Canada
Albert Rollen Conrad Ullman Whitman 1935 Former US Representative from Oregon
William Hanford Upson Western Reserve 1842 Former US Representative from Ohio
Willis Van Devanter DePauw 1881 Former US Supreme Court Justice
Daniel Wosley Voorhees DePauw 1849 Former US Senator from Indiana
Durbin Ward Miami 1843 Former Kentucky assemblyman; brevetted brigadier beneral during the Civil War; US attorney
George B. Ward Cumberland 1887 Former mayor of Birmingham, Alabama
John Warner Washington & Lee 1950 Former Secretary of the Navy; former US Senator from Virginia; former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC); namesake of the attack submarine USS John Warner (SSN-785)
Walter Allen Watson Hampden-Sydney 1887 Former US Representative from Virginia
E.D. Claude Weaver Texas 1887 Former US Representative from Oklahoma
Edward F. Weber Denison 1953 Former US Representative from Ohio
Adam West Whitman 1951 Mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island
Tom Wheeler Ohio State 1968 Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
Kenneth S. Wherry Nebraska 1914 Former US Senator and Senate Minority Leader
William F. Whiting Amherst 1886 Former US Secretary of Commerce
Jamie Whitten Mississippi 1933 Former US Representative from Mississippi
Benjamin Mitchell Williamson Bethany 1886 Former US Senator from Kentucky
Wendell Willkie Indiana 1916 1940 Republican Party nominee for president of the US
Charles Erwin Wilson Carnegie 1909 Former US Secretary of Defense
Joseph Gardner Wilson Miami 1846 Former US Representative from Oregon
Charles E. Winter Iowa Wesleyan 1892 Former US Representative from Wyoming; former acting governor of Puerto Rico
William W. Wirtz Beloit 1933 Former US Secretary of Labor
John Sergeant Wise Virginia 1867 Former US Representative from Virginia
Josiah Oliver Wolcott Wesleyan 1901 Former US Senator from Delaware
William B. Woods Western Reserve 1841 Former US Supreme Court Justice
Wendell Wyatt Oregon 1939 Former US Representative from Oregon
John Smith Young Centenary 1855 Former US Representative from Louisiana
Owen D. Young St. Lawrence 1894 Former US diplomat; representative to the Second Reparations Conference (SRC) in 1929 as a member of the German Reparations International Commission; "father" of the Young Plan for the fiscal rehabilitation of Germany after World War I
Philip Young St. Lawrence 1931 Former US Ambassador to the Netherlands
Eugene M. Zuckert Yale 1933 Former Secretary of the Air Force
Doug Jones Alabama 1976 Current US Senator from Alabama

Arts, entertainment, and media


Bert Andrews Stanford 1925 Washington, DC correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune; Pulitzer Prize winner
James Arness Beloit 1946 Actor, played Marshall Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke
Bix Beiderbecke Iowa (pledged 1925, not initiated) Jazz musician
Steve Bellamy Indiana University 1986 Entrepreneur, Movie Director, Entertainment Executive
George Bellows Ohio State 1905 Artist
James O'Donnell Bennett Michigan 1893 World War I correspondent; wrote for The Chicago Tribune
Bernard Berenson Boston/Harvard 1887 Art critic
Barry Bishop Cincinnati 1951 National Geographic photographer
Main Bocher Chicago 1911 Fashion designer; editor of Vogue magazine in Paris
John Boles Texas 1917 Actor, appeared in 60 films and on Broadway
Kyle Brandt Princeton 2001 Reality TV star, actor, The Real World: Chicago, Days of Our Lives
Thom Brennaman Ohio 1986 Sports broadcaster
Phil Brown Stanford 1937 Actor who portrayed Uncle Owen in Star Wars
Jim Brunzell Minnesota 1971 Professional wrestler; author of Killerbees
Percy Jewett Burrell Boston 1897 Dramatist and playwright
Robert Butler UCLA 1950 Emmy-winning director; worked on such shows as The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Twilight Zone
Byron Calame Missouri 1961 Career reporter and manager with The Wall Street Journal
Jay Chandrasekhar Colgate 1990 Actor and director, Super Troopers, Beerfest, Arrested Development
Lloyd Corrigan UC Berkeley 1922 Actor, appeared in more than 90 films including The Manchurian Candidate
Douglas Cramer Cincinnati 1953 Leading collector of contemporary art; founder of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
Jay Norwood Darling Beloit 1899 Famous political cartoonist; created more than 12,000 cartoons
John Doman Pennsylvania 1966 Film, television and stage actor; Starred as Bill Rawls in “The Wire”
Dick Durrell Minnesota 1950 Founding publisher of People magazine
Bergen Evans Miami 1924 Rhodes Scholar; television personality; Peabody Award winner for his contributions to broadcasting
Neil Everett Willamette/Oregon 1984 ESPN Sportscenter anchor
John King Fairbank Wisconsin 1929 Modern Chinese historian
Howard Fineman Colgate 1970 Journalist; former senior editor and chief political correspondent for Newsweek; editorial director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group
George Helgesen Fitch Knox College 1897 Author and journalist
Chet Forte Columbia 1957 Former TV director, ABC Monday Night Football
Sam Walter Foss Brown 1882 Poet
Pat Green Texas Tech 1995 Country music artist
Cary Guffey Florida 1994 Actor, Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Leigh Harline Utah 1929 Oscar-winning composer and conductor; best known for 1940's Best Song "When You Wish Upon a Star"
Kevin Heffernan Colgate Actor, Super Troopers
Horace Heidt UC Berkeley 1924 Popular television orchestra leader; while on the radio was one of the first broadcasters to give money away to listeners
Foster Hewitt Toronto 1925 Known as "the voice of Canadian hockey"; staple of Hockey Night in Canada
David Hirshey Dickinson 1971 Vice president and executive editor at HarperCollins Publishers
Richard Hooker Bowdoin 1945 Author of M*A*S*H
L. D. Hotchkiss Iowa Wesleyan / Iowa 1916 Former Editor-in-Chief of the Los Angeles Times
Griffin House Miami 2002 Singer-songwriter
Chuck Howard Duke 1955 Emmy-winning producer for ABC Sports; major role in the production of Wide World of Sports; member of Sportscasters Hall of Fame
Sidney Howard UC Berkeley 1912 1925 Pulitzer Prize winner for They Knew What They Wanted
Kermit Hunter Ohio 1931 Author, playwright
Russell Janney Yale 1906 Author, The Miracle of the Bells; theatrical producer[8]
Jeffrey Jones Lawrence 1968 Actor in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Devil's Advocate and Beetlejuice
Richard Karn Washington 1978 Actor, Home Improvement
Ken Kesey Oregon 1957 Author, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Laird Koenig Washington 1949 Novelist and playwright; had five plays produced on Broadway; wrote screenplay for The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
Burt Kwouk Bowdoin 1953 Actor, known for his role as Cato in the Pink Panther movies
David Lamb Maine 1962 Los Angeles Times correspondent[9]
Charles Wesley Leffingwell Knox Editor of The Living Church magazine; Episcopal priest and educator
Steve Lemme Colgate Actor, Super Troopers
Daniel Lindsay Missouri 2001 Oscar-winning director of documentary Undefeated
David Lloyd Colgate 1983 ESPN SportsCenter anchor
Pare Lorentz West Virginia 1926 Considered to be the father of the modern documentary
Norman Fitzroy Maclean Dartmouth 1924 Author, A River Runs Through It, Young Men and Fire
Karl Marlantes Yale 1967 Author of Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War
David Martin Yale 1965 Emmy-winning Correspondent for CBS, Made frequent appearances on 60 Minutes
Walter Massey MIT 1951 Stage, television and film actor in US and Canada for five decades
Les Mayfield Southern California 1982 Director, Encino Man, Blue Streak, Miracle on 34th Street
Thomas Franklin Fairfax Millard Missouri 1888 War correspondent for The New York Times
Max Morath Colorado College 1947 Ragtime pianist
Edward P. Morgan Whitman 1932 Broadcast journalist for ABC, CBS, and PBS; Peabody Award winner in 1956
William R. Moses Wesleyan 1982 Television actor
Kenyon Nicholson Wabash 1917 Playwright
Lance Norris Whitman 1984 Actor, writer
Harry Allen Overstreet California 1899 Author; received notoriety for book What We Must Know About Communism
Frank Pacelli Illinois 1948 Director, Multiple Emmy winner; directing team for The Young and the Restless
George Peppard Purdue 1952 Actor, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Blue Max, The Carpetbaggers, The A-Team
Robert Pine Ohio Wesleyan 1963 Actor, CHiPs
Robert Reed Northwestern 1954 Actor, The Brady Bunch
David Richmond-Peck Western Ontario 1996 Actor, She's The Man, Fantastic Four, Battlestar Galactica
Doug Russell Wisconsin-Oshkosh 1995 Sportswriter and Talk Show Host, WTMJ-AM and Yahoo! Sports Radio
Rivers Rutherford Mississippi 1989 Country music songwriter, composed several number one hits
Edgar F. Shannon, Jr. Washington 1928 Actor; had 120 motion picture roles including The New Adventures of Tarzan and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Terry Schnuck Tulane 1975 5-time Tony Award (c) winning producer of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including Spring Awakening, Hair, Clybourne Park, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Fun Home and others.
Albert Shaw Johns Hopkins 1884 Noted figure of American journalism; founder of American Review editor of Minneapolis Review
Steve Sholes Rutgers 1933 Member of the Country Music Hall of Fame
Jeremy Slate St. Lawrence 1952 Actor, guest-starred on nearly 100 television shows including Gunsmoke and Bewitched
Stephen Sondheim Williams 1950 Composer and lyricist, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, West Side Story
Paul Soter Colgate Actor, Super Troopers
Erik Stolhanske Colgate 1991 Actor, Super Troopers
Rich Taylor Oklahoma 1971 Vice President of Walt Disney Entertainment 1980–2007, Dean of University of Oklahoma College of Fine Arts 2007-2015
Bob Thomas UCLA 1943 Associated Press Hollywood reporter for 60 years
Jess Thomas Nebraska 1948 Operatic heldentenor internationally acclaimed for his Wagnerian roles
Erland Van Lidth De Jeude M.I.T. 1976 Actor, The Wanderers, Stir Crazy
Fred Ward Florida 1957 Photojournalist, contributor to Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Inc.
Doodles Weaver Stanford 1937 Actor and comedian
Ken Welch Carnegie Mellon 1947 Emmy-winning television writer, lyricist and composer
Robb Weller Washington 1972 Television personality, Entertainment Tonight, Win, Lose or Draw
Adam West Whitman 1951 Actor, Batman, Family Guy
Brian J. White Dartmouth Actor, Stomp the Yard
Robert Wilson Texas 1963 New York City playwright; received Obie Award winner for direction; nominated for Pulitzer Prize; National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement
John Sergeant Wise Virginia 1867 Author, The End of an Era, considered to be best book of reflections on the Civil War
Christopher Woodrow Alabama Movie producer
Paul Worley Vanderbilt 1972 Record producer; produced Own the Night 2012 Grammy-winning album of Lady Antebellum
George Bellows, Ohio State
George Bellows, Ohio State



Fred Ahern Bowdoin 1974 NHL player, California Seals, Cleveland Barons, Colorado Rockies
Ethan Allen Cincinnati 1926 Major League Baseball player; head baseball coach at Yale University
Michael Antonovich Minnesota 1973 NHL player, Minnesota North Stars, Hartford Whalers, New Jersey Devils
Frankie Baumholtz Ohio 1941 Professional basketball player; Major League Baseball player
Jim Benepe Northwestern 1986 Professional golfer
Earl Blaik Miami 1918 Head football coach, Army
Carl Blaurock Colorado Mines 1916 First American to climb all mountains over 14,000 feet in the continental US
Joe Bottom Southern California 1977 1976 Olympic silver medalist in 100m butterfly
Don Bragg UCLA 1959 1960 Olympic gold medalist in pole vault
Evan Brown (American Football) SMU 2017 Center for the New York Giants
Mike Brown Dartmouth 1957 President and general manager, Cincinnati Bengals
Dave Brundage Oregon State 1986 Minor League Baseball player and coach
George Buehler Stanford 1969 NFL player for the Los Angeles Raiders
John Bunn Kansas 1920 Key contributor to the game of basketball
Guy Chamberlin Nebraska 1916 College and pro football Hall of Famer by playing for seven teams over nine years, coaching four (4) over seven (7) years. Awards: 5x NFL champion (1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1926) and member of the all 20's NFL team.
Peter Cipollone California 1994 2004 Olympic gold medalist, rowing
Bob Clotworthy Ohio State 1954 1952 Olympic silver medalist and 1956 gold medalist in springboard diving
Roy Cochran Indiana 1941 1948 Olympic gold medalist, 400m hurdles, 4 × 400 m relay
Ron Coder Penn State 1976 NFL player for Seattle Seahawks
Don Cohan Amherst 1951 1972 Olympic bronze medalist, sailing
Eddie Collins Columbia 1907 Major League Baseball Hall of Famer who played with just two teams over 26 seasons. While at the Philadelphia Athletics and the Chicago White Sox, Eddie won Six (6) World Series. World Series MVP in 1924.
Don Coryell Washington 1947 Former coach of the San Diego Chargers
Mel Counts Oregon State 1964 Olympic gold medalist in basketball, 1964; 7th overall pick in 1964 NBA draft; played in NBA 1964–1976; won two NBA titles with Boston Celtics
Edgar Diddle Centre 1919 Legendary basketball coach at Western Kentucky University; first coach to win 1,000 games at one school
DeLoss Dodds Kansas State 1959 Athletic Director of the University of Texas at Austin
Charles Doe Stanford 1920 1920 and 1924 Olympic gold medalist, rugby
Bobby Douglass Kansas 1969 NFL quarterback, Chicago Bears
Eddie Eagan Denver/Yale 1920 Olympic gold medalist, boxing 178-lb in 1920 and bobsledding in
Keith Fahnhorst Minnesota 1974 NFL player, San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XVI & XIX Champion
Max Falkenstien Kansas 1947 Kansas Jayhawks radio announcer
John Ferris Stanford 1971 1968 Olympic bronze medalist in the 200M and 200 butterfly
Jay Fiedler Dartmouth 1994 NFL QB who played seven seasons total, and five with the Miami Dolphins. Threw for almost 12,000 yards over his career.
Dow Finsterwald Ohio 1952 Professional golfer
Jeff Float Southern California 1983 1984 Olympic bronze medalist, 4x200 freestyle relay
Travis Ford Missouri 1991 Head basketball coach for Oklahoma State University
Ken Forsch Oregon State 1969 Major League Baseball; two-time All-Star team selection; pitched a no-hitter on 7 April 1979
Bruce Furniss Southern California 1979 1976 Olympic gold medalist, 4x200 freestyle relay and 200 freestyle
Steve Furniss Southern California 1975 1972 Olympic bronze medalist, 200 IM
David Gagnon Colgate 1991 NHL player, Detroit Red Wings
George Glamack North Carolina early 1940s All American basketball with the NBL, Rookie of the Year (1942) and Champion (1946) playing for several teams.
Iñaki Gomez British Columbia 2010 2012 Canadian Summer Olympic team member
Gail Goodrich UCLA 1965 NBA player, Los Angeles Lakers
Dan Greenbaum Southern California 1992 1992 Olympic bronze medalist, volleyball
Dan Guerrero UCLA 1974 UCLA athletic director
Ed Hamm Georgia Tech 1928 1928 Olympic gold medalist, long jump
George Harrison Stanford 1961 1960 Olympic gold medalist, 4x200 freestyle relay
Dick Harter North Carolina 1952 NBA coach; first head coach for the Charlotte Hornets
Alan Helffrich Penn State 1925 1924 Olympic gold medalist, 4 × 400 m relay
Mark Jerue Washington 1982 NFL player, New York Jets
Brian Job Stanford 1968 Olympic bronze medalist, 200m breaststroke
Brandt Jobe UCLA 1989 Professional golfer
Grier Jones Oklahoma State 1968 Professional golfer
Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice North Carolina Three-time All-American; Heisman Trophy runner-up; Washington Redskins football
Jeff Kemp Dartmouth 1981 NFL quarterback for several teams, ending with the Los Angeles Rams for 5 seasons.
William Koch MIT 1962 America's Cup winner
George Kojac Rutgers 1931 1928 Olympic gold medalist, 100 backstroke, 4x200 relay
Cawood Ledford Centre College University of Kentucky basketball commentator
David Lipsky Northwestern University Professional golfer
Jerry Lucas Ohio State 1962 NBA player, 1960 Olympic gold medalist
Larry MacPhail Beloit 1910 Brooklyn Dodgers owner and general manager, introduced night games
Jim Mandich Michigan 1970 NFL player, Miami Dolphins
Steve Marino UVA 2002 Professional golfer
Kent Massey Oklahoma 1974 1996 Olympic bronze medalist, sailing
Scott McCarron UCLA 1989 Professional golfer
Charles McGinnis Wisconsin 1927 1928 Olympic bronze medalist, pole vault
John L. Miller Yale 1924 1924 Olympic gold medalist, rowing
Matt Monger Oklahoma State 1984 All Big 8 LB honors, played five seasons in the NFL including with the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl XXV.
Lowell North California Berkeley 1971 Olympic medalist, yachting; bronze in 1964 and gold in 1968
Gus Otto Missouri 1965 NFL player, Oakland Raiders
John Parker Stanford 1970 1972 Olympic bronze medalist, water polo
Bob Pearce Oklahoma 1931 1932 Olympic gold medalist, wrestling 128-lb
Pete Pihos Indiana 1945 College Football Hall of Fame, NFL player Philadelphia Eagles, six-time Pro Bowl selection
Pat Powers Southern California 1980 1984 Olympic gold medalist, volleyball
Chip Reese Dartmouth 1973 Professional poker player
Ed Rimkus St. Lawrence 1937 1948 Olympic gold medalist, bobsledding
Jamey Rootes Clemson 1988 Major League Soccer general manager, Columbus Crew, Houston Texans
I. Murray Rose Southern California 1961 Multiple Olympic medalist, three gold medals in 1956 (400 freestyle, 4x200 relay, and 1500 freestyle), two medals in 1960 (silver for 1500 freestyle, and bronze for 4x200 relay)
Edward P. Roski Southern California 1968 Owner Los Angeles Kings hockey team
Richard Roth Stanford 1969 1964 Olympic gold medalist, 400 IM
Harlow Rothert Stanford 1930 1932 Olympic silver medalist, shot put
Mike Schmidt Ohio 1971 Major League Baseball player; hit 548 home runs; member of the Hall of Fame
John Shadden Southern California 1987 1988 Olympic bronze medalist, yachting
Gary Sheerer Stanford 1968 1972 Olympic bronze medalist, water polo
Dave Shula Texas 1973 Former head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals
Kevin Shum MIT 2019 American competitive figure skater
Jerry Sichting Purdue 1979 NBA coach
John T. Smith Professional wrestler
Stan Smith Southern California 1969 Professional tennis player; winner of two major singles titles (US Open 1971, Wimbledon 1972)
Bob Stein Minnesota 1969 NFL player, Kansas City Chiefs
Kevin Still UCLA 1982 1984 Olympic bronze medalist, rowing coxed-pairs
Bill Stoneman Idaho 1966 General manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 1999–2007; Major League Baseball player
William G. Thompson California, Berkeley 1929 1928 Olympic gold medalist, rowing eight oars
Bill Tindall Washington 1965 Professional golfer
Bill Veeck Kenyon 1936 Major League Baseball franchise owner; Hall of Fame member
Rick Volk Michigan 1967 NFL player with the Miami Dolphins
Webb Wilder Oklahoma 1931 Professional golfer
Ben Wilson Heidelberg 1944 WSU Football Coach
John Wooden Purdue 1932 UCLA basketball coach



Jerry M. Blesch Centre 1960
(1956–58) /
US Naval Academy 1962 (1958–62)
Captain, US Navy (Ret.); surface warfare officer; commanding officer of guided missile frigate USS Richard L. Page (FFG-5); commanding officer of destroyer tender USS Puget Sound (AD-38); commander of Destroyer Squadron 25; (e.g., commodore of COMDESRON 25), to include acting as on scene commander of US military forces following the Soviet shootdown of Korean Air Lines Flight 007; commanding officer of battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64);[10] following retirement from the navy, served as general secretary of Beta Theta Pi;[11] namesake of the fraternity's Jerry M. Blesch General Secretary Leadership Award
George M. Browning, Jr.[12] UCLA 1952 Lieutenant General, US Air Force (Ret.); Command Pilot; fighter pilot (F-86 Sabre, F-102 Delta Dagger, F-4 Phantom II); commander, 26th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing; comptroller of the air force
Omar Bundy DePauw 1881 Major General, US Army (Ret.), initiated counter-attack that saved Paris from impending capture by the Germans in World War I; namesake of USS General Omar Bundy (AP-152)
Kenneth D. Cameron MIT 1971 Colonel, US Marine Corps (Ret.), naval aviator-astronaut; currently a NASA management astronaut; pilot for STS-37 mission aboard space shuttle Atlantis; commander for STS-56 mission aboard Discovery and STS-74 mission aboard Atlantis; currently deputy director for safety, NASA Engineering & Safety Center, Langley Research Center, Virginia (also see "Astronauts" section)
John Coburn Wabash 1846 Brigadier General, Union Army; during the Civil War, led the first Union Army troops into the city of Atlanta during the Battle of Atlanta; founder of the Wabash College Chapter
Donald L. Cromer Washington State 1958 (1954–55) /
US Naval Academy 1959 (1955–59)
Lieutenant General, US Air Force (Ret.), Master Missile Operations Officer; Master Space Operations Officer; Commander of Space Systems Division, Air Force Systems Command; 2010 recipient of Beta Theta Pi's Oxford Cup[13][14]
Mark Divine Colgate 1985 Commander, US Navy (Ret.), Special Warfare (SEAL) Officer; founder of and SEAL FIT
John Perry Edwards Kansas 1939 Ensign, US Naval Reserve, Naval Aviator during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 Dec 1941, signaling the United States' entry into World War II. While assigned to Utility Squadron ONE (VJ-1) at NAS Ford Island, was awarded the Navy Cross for piloting a JRS-1 amphibian plane, equipped only with Springfield rifles, in search for and to obtain information on Japanese naval forces following the attack on Pearl Harbor and other US military installations on Oahu[15]
Eric Erickson Cornell 1921 Technically not a member of the US armed forces, but as a Swedish national served as an intelligence agent for the US Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II; provided key information that led to the aerial bombing of Nazi oil fields by USAAF and RAF aircraft
Gerald E. Gneckow Idaho 1960 Rear Admiral, US Navy (Ret.); surface warfare officer; commanding officer of guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-36); commanding officer of guided missile cruiser USS Richmond K. Turner (CG-20); commanding officer of battleship USS Iowa (BB-61);commander of US Naval Forces South[16]
John Brown Gordon Georgia 1854 Major general, Confederate States Army; US Senator; Governor of Georgia
Terrence C. Graves Miami 1967 2nd Lieutenant, US Marine Corps, infantry officer, 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company; Medal of Honor recipient (posthumous) during Vietnam War
Dudley Jackson Hard Wooster 1893 Major General, US Army (Ohio Army National Guard); left private business to enlist as a private during the Spanish–American War; was later commissioned as an officer, commanded the 135th Field Artillery as a colonel during World War I; retired in 1936 as a major general commanding the 37th Division of the Ohio National Guard; became the first county commander of the American Legion in Ohio[17]
James Wallace Haverfield Ohio State 1939 Ensign, US Naval Reserve; surface line officer (predecessor of modern-day Surface Warfare Officer); killed aboard the battleship USS Arizona (BB-39) during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941, signaling the United States' entry into World War II; namesake of Edsall class destroyer escort, later radar picket ship, USS Haverfield (DE-393) / (DER-393)
Joe W. Kelly DePauw 1931
(1927–1928) /
US Military Academy 1932 (1928–32)
General, US Air Force (Ret.); Command Pilot; B-26 Marauder bomber pilot and Commander of 386th Bomb Group (Medium) during World War II; later flew as a B-29 Superfortress, B-50 Superfortress and B-36 Peacemaker pilot and commanded various Strategic Air Command bomber units in the late 1940s and 1950s; first four-star Commander of Military Air Transport Service in the 1960s, to include during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis[18]
Jonathan Letterman Washington & Jefferson 1845 Major and surgeon, Union Army/Army of the Potomac; medical director of the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War; known as the "father of battlefield medicine"; namesake of the former Letterman Army Medical Center, now the Letterman Digital Arts Center at the Presidio of San Francisco[19]
Frank S. Lomax Nebraska 1939
(1935–36) /
US Naval Academy 1940 (1936–40)
Ensign, US Navy; Surface Line officer (predecessor of modern-day Surface Warfare Officer); killed aboard the battleship USS Arizona (BB-39) during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941, signaling the United States' entry into World War II[20]
Daniel McCleary Miami 1844 Lieutenant, US Army; killed in 1847 during the Mexican–American War; first Beta Theta Pi alumnus to die in combat[21]
James Rogers McConnell Virginia 1910 Sergeant and fighter pilot, Lafayette Escadrille; French Croix de guerre recipient; one of the first Americans to die in World War I. Today, brothers of McConnell's fraternity, the Omicron of Beta Theta Pi, remember his exploits in song and memorialize the fallen aviator every year on March 19 with an all-day color guard and a memorial ceremony.
Thomas McGuire Georgia Tech 1944 Major, US Army Air Forces; Pilot; P-38 Lightning fighter pilot and World War II aerial fighter ace (second highest scoring US ace of WW II); posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor; previously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and three awards of the Silver Star; killed in action during a fighter sweep of the central Philippines, 7 Jan 1945; namesake of McGuire Air Force Base (now Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst), New Jersey
Marvin L. McNickle[22] South Dakota 1936 Lieutenant General, US Air Force (Ret.); command pilot; commander, 314th Troop Carrier Wing; commander, 9th Air Force; commander, 13th Air Force
Wayne Stuart Nelson Oregon 1943
(1939–42) /
US Naval Academy 1945 (1942–45)
Rear Admiral, US Navy (Ret.); Naval Aviator
Emory Jenison Pike Iowa Wesleyan 1899 (1895–97) /
US Military Academy 1901 (1897–1901)
Lieutenant Colonel, US Army; infantry officer; Medal of Honor recipient (posthumous) during World War I; the only West Point graduate to be awarded the Medal of Honor during World War I
Everett P. Pope Bowdoin 1941 Major, US Marine Corps; Medal of Honor recipient during World War II[23]
Matthew Stanley Quay Washington & Jefferson 1850 Colonel, Union Army; first Beta Theta Pi alumnus to be awarded the Medal of Honor; MOH awarded for heroic actions at the Battle of Fredericksburg, December 1862 (also see "Government and politics" section)
William B. Rosson Oregon 1940 General, US Army (Ret.), Combat Infantryman, recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross for valor during the invasion of Anzio in World War II; deputy commander of US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam; commander in chief, US Southern Command
Thomas E. Schaefer Lehigh 1953 Colonel, US Air Force (Ret.); command pilot; highest-ranking US military officer (Colonel, USAF) held captive during the 444-day Iranian Hostage Crisis at the US Embassy in Teheran, Iran, 1979–1981[24]
Andrew K. Stern Tennessee 2001 1st Lieutenant, US Marine Corps, armor officer, Bravo Company, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Regimental Combat Team, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force; posthumous recipient of the Bronze Star with Combat "V" and Purple Heart for actions in Al Anbar Province, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom; killed in action 16 Sep 2004
John Taliaferro Thompson Indiana 1881 (1877–1878) /
US Military Academy 1882 (1878–1882)
Brigadier General, US Army (Ret.), artillery officer and ordnance officer; inventor of the Thompson submachine gun (aka "Tommy Gun")
David C. Waybur UC Berkeley 1942 1st Lieutenant, US Army, Medal of Honor recipient; killed in action in Germany, 28 Mar 1945, two years after the action which earned him the MOH; recipient of the Silver Star and the Purple Heart
Paul J. Weitz Penn State 1954 Captain, US Navy (Ret.), naval aviator-astronaut; pilot, Apollo-Skylab 2 (SL-2); commander for space shuttle STS-6 mission aboard Challenger; retired from NASA as deputy director, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (also see "Astronauts" section)



Joe M. Allbaugh Oklahoma State 1974 Founder of the Allbaugh Company; Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) when in Federal government service
John Edward Anderson UCLA 1940 Founder of Topa Equities, Ltd.; namesake of UCLA Anderson School of Management
Stephen David Bechtel, Sr. California 1923 Chairman and CEO of the Bechtel Group
Bill Bowerman Oregon 1933 Founder of Nike, Inc.
Fred E. Brown, Jr. Oklahoma 1934 Retired Chairman, CEO and President of J.W. Seligman & Company
Donald Bren Washington 1955 Billionaire; owner of [[The Irvine Company
Rod Clark Oklahoma 1972 Retired President and COO of Baker Hughes Incorporated
Douglas Clayton Cornell 1982 CEO of Leopard Capital
Arthur D. Collins, Jr. Miami 1969 CEO of Medtronic 2002–2008
William Cook Northwestern 1953 Billionaire; founder of the Cook Group
David Coulter Carnegie Mellon 1971 Former chairman and chief executive officer of BankAmerica Corporation
Justin Dart Northwestern 1929 Founder of Dart Industries
Chris DeWolfe Washington 1988 CEO of
David Duffield Cornell 1962 President and CEO of PeopleSoft Inc.
Dick Durrell Minnesota 1950 Former publisher of People magazine
C. Christopher Epting Florida 1969 Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa
William Esrey Denison 1961 President and CEO, United Telecom/CEO Sprint Corp.
John Gainor Ohio 1978 CEO of Dairy Queen
Weldon B. Gibson Washington State University 1938 Executive at SRI International
Joel Hyatt Dartmouth 1972 Founder of Hyatt Legal Services
Edgar Kaiser Stanford 1965 Chairman of the Bank of British Columbia
Shahid Khan Illinois at Urbana–Champaign 1971 Owner of Illinois auto parts company Flex-N-Gate; owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars
Charles G. Koch MIT 1957 Chairman and CEO of Koch Industries
Alan Ladd, Jr. Southern California Former president of United Artists and MGM/UA entertainment
Samuel Laws Miami University 1848 Inventor of the ticker tape machine
Kenneth Lay Missouri 1967 Former chairman and CEO of Enron; indicted/convicted on charges related to Enron's financial collapse
Chris Leevers North Dakota/MSU-Moorhead 1995 Co-Owner and VP, Leevers Supermarkets
R. Conrad Leslie Miami University 1949 World renowned crop analyst
Alexander F. Mathews Virginia 1856 Early West Virginia banker[25]
Hugh McColl "North Carolina 1957" CEO of Bank of America
Steve Miller Southern California 1966 President of Dean Witter Reynolds
J. C. Nichols Kansas 1902 Real estate
Bruce Nordstrom Washington 1955 Former chairman and CEO of Nordstrom
John Opel Westminster 1948 Former president of IBM
Sam Palmisano Johns Hopkins 1973 CEO of IBM
John H. Patterson Miami University 1867 Founder of National Cash Register
William Pennington California, Berkeley 1945 Co-founder of Circus Circus Casino
Donald Petersen Washington 1946 Former CEO of the Ford Motor Company
Marvin Pierce Miami University 1916 President of the McCall Corporation; father of Barbara Bush
Mitchell Rales Miami University 1978 Billionaire; co-founder of Danaher Corporation
Steven M. Rales DePauw 1973 Billionaire; co-founder of Danaher Corporation
Steven Rogel Washington 1965 CEO of the Weyerhaeuser Company
Frank Shrontz Idaho 1954 Past Chairman and CEO of The Boeing Company
Jeffrey Skilling Southern Methodist 1975 Former CEO of Enron; indicted/convicted on charges related to Enron's financial collapse
Kenneth A. Spencer Kansas 1921 Founder, President, and CEO of Spencer Chemical Company
Warren Staley Kansas State 1965 Chairman and CEO of Cargill
Robert K. Steel Duke 1973 Former president and CEO of Wachovia
G. Kennedy Thompson North Carolina 1973 CEO of Wachovia, 2000–2008; board member of Hewlett-Packard
Sam Walton Missouri 1940 Founder of Wal-Mart
Fred Wilson MIT 1983 Venture capitalist and prominent blogger
Thornton Wilson Iowa State 1942 Chairman emeritus of the Boeing Co.
John D. Zeglis University of Illinois 1969 Former chairman and CEO of AT&T Wireless[26]



Joseph P. Allen DePauw 1959 Former astronaut; Space Flight Executive; Senior Scientist Astronaut; Mission Specialist for STS-5 mission aboard Columbia and STS-51A mission aboard Discovery
Kenneth D. Cameron MIT 1971 Management astronaut; naval aviator-astronaut; Colonel, USMC (Ret.); pilot for STS-37 mission aboard Atlantis (STS-37); commander for STS-56 mission aboard Discovery and STS-74 mission aboard Atlantis; currently deputy director for safety, NASA Engineering & Safety Center, Langley Research Center, Virginia
Bill Nelson Florida 1964 (1961–63) / Yale 1965 (1963–65) Former US Congressman (D-FL), former senior US Senator from Florida (D-FL); not a professional career astronaut, but while a US congressman representing the congressional district including Kennedy Space Center, flew as a payload specialist on Columbia (STS-61C);[27] the second sitting member of the US Congress to fly in space as part of a NASA initiative prior to the Challenger (STS-51L) disaster (also see "Government and politics" section)
Paul J. Weitz Penn State 1954 Former astronaut; naval aviator-astronaut; Captain, USN (Ret.); pilot, Apollo-Skylab 2 (SL-2); commander for STS-6 mission aboard Challenger; former deputy director, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center


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