September 1, 2015

International History

International Fraternity History

On the evening of November 4, 1834, 30 students – ten men from each of the three classes (freshmen, sophomores, and juniors) at Williams College – “all good men and true,” met in the Freshman Recitation Room in West College and formed the Social Fraternity known today as Delta Upsilon International Fraternity. A new era had begun.

The first 30 years were trying for the Social Fraternity, which adopted the name “Anti-Secret Confederation” (ASC) once an alliance was formed with other non-secret groups from Union College, Middlebury College, and Amherst College. The formation of the ASC led up to the Convention of 1864, which was critical for the young Fraternity. Delegates from three of its seven chapters were in attendance, but a fourth delegate was needed to establish quorum and enact legislation. Just as the group was about to discuss the formal disbanding of the ASC the delegate from the Rutgers Chapter arrived, completing the quorum. The Convention moved forward with its important discussion and legislation and officially adopted the name “Delta Upsilon,” which had already been in use by several of the chapters.

The Convention of 1879 saw another important change for Delta Upsilon. The Fraternity had always been anti-secret, actively opposing the secret societies on college campuses. Though this was a hotly debated subject, the delegates felt that it was an outdated principle and chose to adopt a principle of non-secrecy, working in harmony with the secret societies while keeping the key elements of the organization’s founding.

By the following year, DU had grown to 15 chapters in the northeast. In 1898, DU became an International Fraternity, installing its first Canadian chapter at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. After a strong period of growth around the turn of the century, the Fraternity was incorporated in the State of New York in 1909.

The chapters which had been established were consistently solid. Due to this strength the Fraternity did not lose any chapters through World War I or the Great Depression. In 1949, through the vision and generosity of Hugh E. Nesbitt, an alumnus from the Ohio State Chapter, the Delta Upsilon Educational Foundation (DUEF) was founded to provide educational scholarships to DU members. Over time, the DUEF expanded its purpose to include funding for educational programs such as the Leadership Institute and the Presidents Academy.

The late 1960s meant social upheaval and fraternities were among the institutions questioned about their relevancy. DU strongly emphasized the personal aspect of fraternity, rather than just its rituals and formalities. This was a strong argument for starting so many new chapters, with 18 chapters chartered from 1968 to 1971.

Until 1969 Delta Upsilon rented office space in New York City to serve as the organization’s headquarters. In 1969, Delta Upsilon moved to Indianapolis, Indiana to service the Fraternity’s membership more efficiently. With a gift from an alumnus from the Pennsylvania chapter, Lester E. Cox, the Fraternity Headquarters was built in the College Park area of Indianapolis, Indiana.

During the 1970s through the 1990s, issues such as drug use, alcohol abuse, sexism, racism, hazing, and other social issues came out into the open and were discussed, and actively attacked. While these are problems throughout society, Delta Upsilon has attempted to combat these issues in our chapters.

The new millennium is presenting new challenges, which must be faced. Membership recruitment and education are a continued focus. Fraternities must also deal with tough social issues, risk management and loss prevention, and more diverse demographics in an ever changing college environment. Delta Upsilon has more than 175 years of experience in the fraternity world and is planning its strategies for the years and decades to come. Delta Upsilon has always been a leader and will continue as it builds the 21st-century fraternity.

Notable Alumni

Politics and Government
Stephen Johnson Field, Williams 1837, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Daniel Bigelow, Union 1846, Pioneer lawyer, judge and legislator in Washington Territory
James A. Garfield, Williams 1856, second fraternity man to become President of the United States
Justin Smith Morrill, Middlebury 1860, United States Senator from Vermont; author of the Morrill Act
William H. H. Miller, Hamilton 1861, United States Attorney General
Daniel S. Lamont, Union 1872, United States Secretary of War
George W. Goethals, Manhattan 1877, United States Army general, chief engineer during the building of the Panama Canal
Charles Evans Hughes, Colgate and Brown 1881, Governor of New York, United States Secretary of State, Chief Justice of the United States
Charles G. Dawes, Marietta 1884, Vice President of the United States, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom; Nobel Peace Prize laureate
Arthur M. Hyde, Michigan 1899, United States Secretary of Agriculture
Arthur H. Vandenberg, Michigan 1904, United States Senator from Michigan
Joyce Kilmer, Rutgers 1908 (did not graduate), poet, journalist, editor, soldier.
Warren Randolph Burgess, Brown 1912, United States Permanent Representative to NATO
Joseph P. Kennedy, Harvard 1912, Ambassador to Great Britain, Kennedy family patriarch
Paul Douglas, Bowdoin 1913, United States Senator from Illinois
Sumner T. Pike, Bowdoin 1913, President of the Atomic Energy Commission
Kenneth B. Keating, Rochester 1919, United States Senator, New York; Ambassador to India; Ambassador to Israel; Brigadier General, United States Army
Lester B. Pearson, Toronto 1919, Prime Minister of Canada and President of the United Nations General Assembly; Nobel Prize winner for Peace
David E. Lilienthal, DePauw 1920, President of the Atomic Energy Commission
Herbert Brownell, Nebraska 1924, United States Attorney General
Clifford P. Case, Rutgers 1925, Senator from New Jersey
General David M. Shoup, DePauw 1926, Commandant of the Marine Corps, Medal of Honor recipient
Winston L. Prouty, Lafayette 1930, Senator – Vermont
Foy D. Kohler, Ohio State 1931, Ambassador to the USSR
William H. Avery, Kansas 1934, Governor, State of Kansas
Robert T. Stafford, Middlebury 1935, US Congressman and Senator, Vermont
Hugh Ellsworth Rodham, Pennsylvania State 1935, Father of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton
Joseph L. Fisher, Technology 1935, US Congressman, Virginia
C. William O’Neill, Marietta and Ohio State 1938, Governor, State of Ohio
John P. Robarts, Western Ontario 1939, Premier, Province of Ontario, Canada
George Welch (pilot), Purdue 1941, Shot down the first Japanese aircraft of the Pacific War on Dec 7, 1941. WWII triple air ace in three different fighter aircraft.
F. Ray Keyser, Jr., Tufts 1950, Governor, State of Vermont
Dr. G. William Whitehurst, Washington and Lee 1950, US Congressman from Virginia
William H. Brown, Jr., Swarthmore 1951, Parliamentarian, United States House of Representatives
John Bertrand Conlan, Northwestern 1951, US Congressman, Arizona
Alan J. Dixon, Illinois 1951, Senator – Illinois
E. Peter Lougheed, Alberta 1952, Premier, Province of Alberta, Canada
Robert P. Hanrahan, Bowling Green 1956, US Congressman, Illinois
Thomas E. Morgan, Lafayette 1958, US Congressman, Pennsylvania
John S. Herrington, Stanford 1961, US Energy Secretary
N. Lloyd Axworthy, Manitoba 1963, Member of Parliament, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Michael D. Barnes, North Carolina 1965, US Congressman, Maryland
Angus S. King, Jr., Dartmouth 1966, Governor of the State of Maine
Anthony J. Moffat, Jr., Syracuse 1966, US Congressman, Connecticut
Tommy Franks, Texas 1967, United States Army general, commander of United States Central Command,
Robert B. Reich, Dartmouth 1968, former United States Secretary of Labor
Les Aspin, Marquette 1970, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, United States Secretary of Defense
Chuck Poochigian, Fresno 1972, California State Senator (14th District)
Thomas J. Vilsack, Hamilton 1972, Governor of Iowa
Tom Riley, Stanford 1972, United States Ambassador to Morocco
John Delaney, University of Florida 1977, former mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, current president of the University of North Florida
Juan Manuel Santos, Kansas 1973, Current President of the Republic of Colombia

Jack Coombs, Colby 1906, World Series pitcher with the Philadelphia A’s
Sam Barry, Iowa 1926, Founder New York Knicks, NBA Hall of Fame coach
Ned Irish, Pennsylvania 1928, NBA Hall of Famer
Andrew Currie, Manitoba 1935, Professional football player – Regina Roughriders, Canadian Football League Hall of Famer
Leland MacPhail, Swarthmore 1939, President, National League Baseball and GM of the New York Yankees
Hugh Gallarneau, Stanford 1941, Professional football player – Chicago Bears
Horace Ashenfelter, Penn State 1949, 1952 Olympic gold medalist (steeplechase)
Frank R. Burns, Rutgers 1949, Head football coach, Rutgers University
Darrell Royal, Oklahoma 1950, Head football coach, University of Texas
Harvey Kuenn, Wisconsin 1954, Baseball player and manager
Michael White, California 1957, NFL Coach
Lou Holtz, Kent State 1958, Head football coach, University of South Carolina, NCAA Football National Champion as Coach of Notre Dame in 1988
Peter V. Ueberroth, San Jose 1959, Organizer of the 1984 Summer Olympics and Commissioner of Major League Baseball
Theodore R. Boehm, Brown 1960, Chairman, 1987 Pan Am Games organizing committee
Fred Arbanas, Michigan State 1961, Football player – Dallas Texans (AFL) and Kansas City Chiefs
Galen Hall, Penn State 1962, Former head football coach, University of Florida
Paul Flatley, Northwestern 1963, Professional football player – Minnesota Vikings
Pete Gogolak, Cornell 1964, Professional football player – New York Giants
Clark Graebner, Northwestern 1965, Professional tennis player
James D. Rodgers, Iowa 1965, Head coach – Boston Celtics
Jim Boeheim, Jr., Syracuse 1966, Head coach, Syracuse basketball
Rick Venturi, Northwestern 1968, NFL coach
Bruce Coslet, Pacific 1968, NFL coach
Thurman Munson, Kent State 1969, Professional baseball player, New York Yankees
Randy Gregg (hockey player), Alberta 1975, NHL defenseman on five Stanley Cup Championships
Mick Luckhurst, California 1979, NFL placekicker
Paul Mokeski, Kansas 1979, NBA center
Craig Bolerjack, Kansas State 1980, CBS sportscaster
Ken Margerum, Stanford 1981, NFL Receiver
Chad Little, Washington State 1985, NASCAR Driver and Commentator
Tom Burgess, Colgate 1986, Professional football player – Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg (CFL)
James A. Les, Bradley 1986, Professional basketball player
Craig Kelly, Washington 1987, Professional Snowboarder, Four Time World Champion, Three Time US Champion, Godfather of Freeriding
Mike Withycombe, Fresno 1988, Professional football player – New York Giants, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers

David Starr Jordan, Cornell 1872, First President of Stanford University
William H. P. Faunce, Brown 1880, President of Brown University
Fenton W. Booth, DePauw 1892, Dean of Howard Law School, judge of the United States Court of Claims
Harry Emerson Fosdick, Colgate 1900, Theologian, author, educator
James B. Conant, Harvard 1914, President of Harvard
John C. Warner, Indiana 1919, President, Carnegie Institute of Technology
Dr. Phillip R. Shriver, Kent State 1949, President Emeritus, Miami University
Dr. Gordon P. Eaton, Wesleyan 1951, President, Iowa State University
Dr. Paul J. Olscamp, Western Ontario 1958, President of Bowling Green State University
William R. Brody, Technology 1965, President, Johns Hopkins University
Melvin A. Eggers, Syracuse 1976, Chancellor of Syracuse University
Dr. Richard M. Cyert, Carnegie 1986, President of Carnegie-Mellon University
Selamawi Asgedom, Harvard 1999, Noted motivational speaker and author
David Frohnmayer, Oregon, President of the University of Oregon (initiated as university president in 2001)
Edward C. Prescott, Swarthmore College 1962, American Economist, Winner of Nobel Prize in Economics 2004, Professor at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business

Harry Carey, New York 1902, Early western movie actor
Edgar Bergen, Northwestern 1927, Ventriloquist and entertainer
Donald J. Wright, University of Western Ontario 1933, Member of the Order of Canada, composer, musician and educator
George A. “Banana George” Blair, Miami 1937, Champion barefoot water-skier, businessman, entertainer
Noel Stookey, Michigan State 1955, Folk singer and composer, “Paul” of Peter, Paul and Mary
Richard Threlkeld, Ripon 1960, ABC news correspondent
Alan Thicke, University of Western Ontario 1967, Actor and songwriter
Wayne Brady, University of Miami 1990, Comedian/actor
Gabriel Macht, Carnegie 1994, Actor
Pete Yorn, Syracuse 1996, Singer, Songwriter
Jason Lewis, San Diego 1993, Actor, Model

Literature and Publishing
Rossiter Johnson, Rochester 1863, Historian and novelist
Rupert Hughes, Western Reserve 1892, Historian and novelist
Stephen Crane, Lafayette and Syracuse 1894, Journalist and author; Red Badge of Courage
Joyce Kilmer, Rutgers 1909, Poet and battlefield reporter
Leland Stowe, Wesleyan 1921, Columnist and 1930 Pulitzer Prize winner
Hedley Donovan, Minnesota 1934, Editor-in chief of TIME Magazine
Austin H. Kiplinger, Cornell 1938, Publisher of the Kiplinger Letter
Dwight E. Sargent, Colby 1939, Editorialist and Editor, New York Herald Tribune
Heywood Hale Broun, Swarthmore 1940, Editorialist and author
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Cornell 1944, Editorialist and author
Richard A. Moran, Rutgers 1972, Author

Alfred P. Sloan, Technology 1895, Chairman of the board – General Motors
Clarence Francis, Amherst 1910, President of General Foods
Thomas B. McCabe, Swarthmore 1915, President of Scott Paper and chairman of the Federal Reserve Board
David Burpee, Cornell 1917, President of Burpee Seed Company
Edward P. Taylor, McGill 1922, Chairman of Canadian Breweries and President of the Argus Corp.
James S. McDonnell, Technology 1929, Chairman of McDonnell-Douglas
Semon E. Knudsen, Technology 1936, President of Ford Motor Company
Thomas Perkins, MIT 1953, prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist and founding partner, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers. Serves on the board of directors for News Corp. He owns The Maltese Falcon (yacht) – the world’s largest privately owned sailing yacht
John P. Morgridge, Wisconsin 1955, President and CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc.
John W. Rogers, Miami 1957, Chairman and CEO of United Parcel Service
Michael D. Eisner, Denison 1964, Chairman and CEO of Walt Disney Co.
John Bello, Tufts 1968, Founder of SOBE Beverage Company, President of NFL Properties from 1986–93
David C. Novak, Missouri 1974, Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands Inc., former COO at the Pepsi-Cola Company.
Chase Carey, Colgate 1976, President and CEO of DirecTV. Chase is also on the Board of Directors for News Corp.
John Thain, MIT 1977, Current CEO Merrill Lynch & Co. Former President and COO of Goldman Sachs Group Inc.; former CEO of NYSE.
Dan Nye, Hamilton College 1988, President and CEO of
Greg Skibiski, Founder, former CEO & Chairman of Sense Networks

Science and Technology
Charles F. Kettering, Ohio State 1904, Inventor and philanthropist
Laurens Hammond, Cornell 1916, Inventor of the pipeless organ
Arnold O. Beckman, Illinois 1922, Inventor of the pH meter and founder of Beckman Instruments
Linus C. Pauling, Oregon State 1922, Winner of two Nobel Prizes ; chemistry and peace
Dr. Christian B. Anfinsen, Swarthmore 1937, Nobel Prize winner for chemistry
Dr. William C. Dement, Washington 1949, Pioneer in sleep research, discovered and named REM sleep, author of many books on sleep, founder of the National Sleep Foundation, and a long time professor at Stanford University where he established one of the first university sleep laboratories.
Dr. Robert Cade, Texas, Inventor of Gatorade, Professor at the University of Florida
Col. Frederick H. Hauck, Tufts 1962, NASA astronaut
Don Francis, California 1966, Discovered link between HIV virus and AIDS, subject of And the Band Played On.
Brewster H. Shaw, Wisconsin 1967, NASA astronaut
Terry Hart, Lehigh 1968, NASA astronaut

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