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Brothers, Friends, and Parents, The advent of fall always reminds me of my first day on campus as a freshman (or “first year” as we were called at UChicago). It was particularly memorable not simply because I was away from home for the first time and in a city I didn’t know, but because of the possibilities it represented. As the fraternity starts its 175th year, the possibilities before it represent broad and increasingly complex issues. I would like to thank our Board for addressing these issues with thoughtfulness and dedication to the ideals of DKE during the annual retreat we had over three days in June. At that meeting, which was extremely productive due to the extraordinary preparation by our staff (who also deserve a tremendous thank you), a new strategic plan was adopted to guide DKE into its third century. Immediately after the Board retreat we were joined by nearly 200 fellow Dekes for two days of 175th anniversary events, culminating in a Gala banquet at the DKE Club of New York on Founders Day. The anniversary edition of The DEKE Quarterly made its debut at that event to rave reviews, and thank you to everyone who contributed to make it unquestionably the best Quarterly ever. The New York gala also kicked off DKE’s capital campaign: Strengthen Our Brotherhood & Bonds – Now and Forever. These funds will be dedicated to growing the endowment that will allow us to execute on our strategic plan. We will need every Deke to join us to meet our goal of $1.75 million and I ask that you consider DKE in your annual giving in whatever amount you can. Finally, thank you to everyone who joined us in New York City or at the numerous regional celebrations throughout the year across North America. It was extremely gratifying to see alumni and actives from so many places, generations, and chapters.

In the Bonds,

Michael Peters Delta Delta – University of Chicago ’90 Chairman, Delta Kappa Epsilon International


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PUBLISHED BY Delta Kappa Epsilon International 3001 Plymouth Road, Suite 205 Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (734) 302-4210 ΔKE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Michael Peters, Delta Delta ’90, Chairman Peter Tripp, Phi Gamma ’93, Vice Chairman Ross Wigle, Alpha Phi ’79, Treasurer Charles Jones, Eta ’56, Honorary President Craig Lengyel, Gamma ’89, Honorary President Neilson Brown, Beta ’67 Cory Crenshaw, Tau Lambda ’01 Semmes Favrot, Psi ’92 Bob Green, Eta ’69 Carl Haynes, Beta Tau ’19 Dan Johnson, Sigma Alpha ’77 Stan McMillan, Gamma ’89 John McNeil, Psi ’79 Greg Miarecki, Delta Delta ’94 Mason Morjikian, Lambda ’88 Kevin O’Bryon, Tau Lambda ’77 Terry Stewart, Phi Chi ’69 ΔKE HQ STAFF Executive Director: Doug Lanpher, Gamma ’77 Associate Executive Director: Mike Hilts, Gamma ’76 Archivist & Historian: Grant Burnyeat, Phi Alpha ’65 Director of Health & Safety Initiatives: Trey Robb Director of Chapter Services: Craig Dick, Phi Alpha ’16 Director of Alumni Services: Turner Spears, Lambda Tau ’16 Chapter Consultant: Garrett Hybarger, Delta ’18 Chapter Consultant: Jack Morton, Delta ’19 ΔKE QUARTERLY STAFF Publisher: Doug Lanpher, Gamma ’77 Co-editor: Robert Alvis, Gamma ’74 Co-editor: Kevin Cuneo, Gamma ’77 Design: Scott-Goodman Design






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HQ REPORT Greetings to all Deke Brothers! It’s been a few months now since we entered into our year of celebration for DKE’s 175th year. The gala event in New York was a lot of fun, celebrating our past and the greatness of DKE. The regional celebrations have also been great, starting with Vancouver in March, all the way up to Boston and Atlanta in September, and Minneapolis and Toronto in October. Milestone anniversaries like DKE’s 175th are always a good time to look to the future, and talk about how we can continue our legacy at all of DKE’s great chapters now and for many years to come.

I don’t know historical comparative figures, but I’m confident that 35% is far higher than in the past. Cost has definitely become a barrier which prevents many young men from joining a fraternity. And it’s a shame, because if given the opportunity to join DKE, a high percentage of these young men turn out to become excellent members of their chapters. Why? If I can make a generalization, it’s because they appreciate the opportunity given to them, and they want to repay the fraternity for giving them the chance to join an organization which provides them with lifelong benefits.

One way to address this challenge is for DKE to offer scholarships to more members. Wouldn’t it be Doug Lanpher, great if DKE could tell each chapter, “We will grant The DKE Board members and I do a lot of thinking Executive Director you scholarships so that you can waive the memabout DKE’s position in the “marketplace,” by bership dues and fees for five members of each analyzing the strengths we can capitalize on, and incoming class”? Scholarships could be based on what weaknesses we must address and shore up. This assessment is need, merit, or a combination of both. ongoing, but seems to have added importance in the turbulent times That’s a lofty goal, and even if it’s not five per chapter, what if it were faced by fraternities these days. It’s pretty clear that society and even just one, or two, per chapter? That would still be a huge step campus culture are changing dramatically. What must we do to posiforward and would help DKE acquire quality young men that would tion DKE for a successful future, so we can we remain competitive at otherwise not be joining our chapters. individual campuses and in the minds of our members and potential members? What value do we offer our members, and why should a Providing scholarships is one goal of the Deke Foundation, but we’re young man join DKE over the other chapters on campus? In fact, why not in a position yet to help on the scale we would like. To get there, should he even join a fraternity, given that there are so many other we need to build up our general fund, and identify alumni who will clubs where he can pursue his interests? help fund full or partial scholarships for a member of their chapter or any chapter. There are a lot of factors that go into the decision to join a fraternity. Finances is a big one. The cost of insurance and compliance has In conjunction with our 175th Anniversary Campaign, we are expanddriven up the price tag of joining a fraternity, so that the full, fouring our scholarship programming and seeking alumni to help us fund year outlay to join DKE is now about $1,860 (for US chapters), and scholarships for members and prospective members. I hope you’ll that does not count local dues, and room and board in the fraternity take a moment to read the Deke Foundation update on the next page house. For most students and their parents, that is a significant for more information on this initiative. amount. DKE is about at the midpoint of our competitors in this regard, and we try to offer various payment options to allow students Best fraternal wishes to all Deke Brothers. the opportunity to spread out those payments. One of DKE’s unique challenges is that as a smaller fraternity, we still have to offer the same level of chapter services and educational programming as the In the Bonds, larger organizations, which means our overhead costs are higher per undergrad member. And consider this -- approximately 35% of all students entering college today cannot afford to join a fraternity. This is due to rising costs and the changing profile of incoming students. But whatever the reasons are, it limits the universe of interested students. 4 THE DEKE QUARTERLY | FALL 2019

Doug Lanpher, Gamma ’77 Executive Director, Delta Kappa Epsilon



wo of the most important ways that the Deke Foundation can support our chapters - and the young men who want to join DKE - are through scholarships and through educational and leadership training programs. The Deke Foundation will be offering scholarships to promising students who cannot afford the full cost of membership in a fraternity. They may be working a job to pay off student loans, and they don’t have the disposable income to cover the additional cost of joining DKE. As noted in the HQ Report earlier in this issue, the cost of fraternity membership is now about $1,860 for HQ dues alone for the full four years. Scholarships provided by alumni donations to the Deke Foundation can help deserving members and prospective members afford the cost of their membership, when they might otherwise not be able to do. Our goal should be that we don’t turn away excellent young men who cannot afford to join DKE. Scholarships will enable our chapters to recruit men from diverse backgrounds and financial resources. The other type of support the Deke Foundation can provide is to host meaningful leadership training events. Through “Deke University” and our “Emerging Leaders Institute,” we are doing just that, and we want to make it possible for more promising Deke leaders to attend these events. Deke University was formerly called Brother Beta Academy, but we are expanding it in 2020 to include two additional officers. We meet in January

in Washington D.C. for a weekend of educational training seminars covering a variety of topics both specific to chapter officers, and general leadership training. The Emerging Leaders Institute is held in the summers of odd-numbered years and targets younger members, future leaders of the chapter, rising sophomores or juniors.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES FOR DEKE ALUMNI Scholarships - For a donation of $11,000, you can fund a perpetual annual scholarship to a deserving

undergraduate member from your chapter or any chapter. The scholarship will provide the student with enough funds to cover his HQ dues for the year. Your $11,000 will fund this scholarship - which can be named after you or someone you designate, in perpetuity (one scholarship per year). Deke University - For a donation of $9,000, you can fund one member of your chapter or any chapter to attend Deke University or the Emerging Leaders Institute each year, with no tuition fee. Your $9,000 will fund this tuition program, so that more undergraduates can learn how best to lead a chapter of gentlemen, scholars, and jolly good fellows. Pledge classes can come together to raise enough money for either of these programs, for instance, the “Class of 2010 Scholarship” for your chapter. The Deke Foundation is also seeking a donor or group to sponsor Deke University in its entirety on an ongoing basis, for a tax deductible donation of $400,000. A donation of this size - from an individual or a group would ensure that we could offer a high quality program every year at very low cost to our members. The donor’s chapter undergrad chapter president would have his tuition fee waived each year. This would enable us to name the Deke University President’s track after the donor or his chapter. To discuss donations in any of these categories please call Doug Lanpher, 847.899.0528 or email Donations in the form of bequests, stock transfers, etc. are always welcomed and appreciated. Checks can be mailed to Deke Foundation, 3001 Plymouth Rd., Suite 205, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. All donations to the Deke Foundation are tax deductible in the U.S. w w w.d ke.o rg





ack Morton, Delta ’19, joined the DKE staff in June as the fraternity’s newest chapter consultant. The recent graduate and business major from University of South Carolina was born in London to an English dad and an Irish mom and carries three passports. The well-traveled Brother Morton is eager to bring a solid business sense and “levelheadedness” to work guiding chapter operations. Before he pledged DKE, Morton joined the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi. He ascended rapidly to chancellor of the group, and according to Jack, also learned quickly “how to handle

the tough jobs—the ones no one else wanted—and how to manage the room.” Yet, after investing ample time in the business fraternity, Morton found another side of his character needed attention. He joined DKE as a sophomore, after an introduction to the Greek system through his year-older sister, who had joined Alpha Delta Pi at South Carolina. Seeking a little more fun and balance in his campus life, Brother Morton was attracted to DKE’s Delta chapter, a group he saw as “concerned for the well-being of its members,” and one which would “foster growth while developing myself into a gentleman and scholar the world can rely on.” As chapter consultant, Morton will act as the primary liaison between DKE International and our chapters and alumni, as well as the first line of contact with university fraternity and sorority life advisors. Brother Morton has already hit the road to visit more than 20 chapters, mainly in the northeast and midwest

U.S., as well as Canada. Brother Morton became a U.S. citizen early on, when his family relocated to the Charlotte, NC, area before Jack was in grade school. He served as captain of the high school soccer team in his senior year, a winning season highlighted by beating the ultimate state champs. Recently, he’s taken up a new sport, snowboarding, and can’t get enough of it. Claiming he’s “always up for taking on a new challenge,” Jack is excited to be in a position to guide DKE chapters in tackling their challenges, helping them reach new heights in recruitment, community service, brotherhood, or wherever they’re aiming.



he fraternity has been growing slowly for several years, but that growth comes with its share of ups and downs. On the downside, the DKE Board this summer had to close two chapters, Theta Upsilon chapter at Arizona State University and Delta



collaboration of two Deke-owned spirits businesses in Texas culminated with the release in July of an unusual concoction. Called “DKE Barrel,” the beverage was a gin made by Revolution Spirts, a distillery outside of Austin, TX founded by Aaron Day, Omega Chi ’96. In just five years of operation, Revolution has become known for introducing wild and innovative spirits. The DKE Barrel gin was aged one and a half years in a French Oak wine barrel contributed by another Deke-owned business, Becker Vineyards. It was founded by Dr. Richard Becker, Omega Chi, ’63, who has been producing award-winning wines for 20 years from 56 acres of vineyards in Fredericksburg, TX. Storing the gin in a barrel previously used to age Malbec wine has created “a flavor to be cherished like no other, with the best of both worlds coming together in one alluring liquid.” The summer release was the fifth in Revolution’s Single Barrel Series, which also included a mezcal barrel-aged gin and bourbon barrel-aged gin. 6 THE DEKE QUARTERLY | FALL 2019

Psi at Indiana University; the latter group had trouble embracing a vision for itself and failed to grow into a sustainable operation. Theta Upsilon struggled with proper management of social events and repeated risk management policy violations. Some ASU dedicated undergraduates are passionate about the possibility to engineer a turnaround and DKE staff hopes to pursue a return agreement in the near future. On the upside, the DKE Board of Directors approved three new DKE colonies in June. Nu Alpha at Northeastern University in Boston and Zeta Theta at Washington State University are new expansions for DKE, while Beta Delta at the University of Georgia is a reactivation of a chapter first chartered in 1995. Still more good news: two colonies earned their charters this summer, and Lambda chapter at Kenyon College succeeded in trimming back an original four-year suspension; it will return to campus this school year after a one-year absence. For those keeping track, these actions lift DKE totals to 50 chapters and 14 colonies. Congrats to Brother Betas at the newly chartered chapters, Stephen Roberts at Tau Beta-Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC, and Devin Byrne at Delta RhoNorth Carolina State University, Raleigh. Look for expanded stories on these two new chapters in “Road to Charter” features in the Winter 2019 issue of The DEKE Quarterly.

free association, permitting the suit to move forward. The suit challenges HYBARGER HEADS EXPANSION EFFORTS AT VANDERBILT a Harvard policy he DKE Board granted three new colonies this summer, then approved a enacted in 2017 that fourth in mid-September. It is expected to take root this fall, when DKE prohibits students chapter consultant Garrett Hybarger, Delta ’18, takes on expanded responsibilities who join singleas expansion consultant. Brother Hybarger relocated to Nashville to meet his gender organizations challenge, already underway, of grooming three large interest groups, melding from holding them into a singular and solid revitalized colony at Vanderbilt University. The new leadership positions Gamma colony expects to move into a brand new Deke house in January; the in on-campus house exterior, being built by the university, is shown in an architect’s rendering. organizations, being a captain says Kim Novak, a co-founder HAZING PREVENTION on a Harvard athletic team, of the institute as well as CEO INSTITUTE TAPS ROBB or competing for Harvard of Novak Talks, a campus FOR FACULTY postgraduate fellowships. safety consultant, and Director KE Director of Health & Lawyer for the plaintiffs, R. of Health & Safety for Pi Safety Initiatives Trey Robb Stanton Jones of Arnold & Porter, Kappa Alpha. “Trey brings the has been named to the faculty said the judge’s ruling shows that perspective of having worked as of the Interdisciplinary Institute Harvard’s policy is discriminatory a campus conduct professional, for Hazing Prevention (IIHP). “twice-over, both on the basis and now, of course, as a risk His background deepens an of the sex of the students in the management leader already decadessocial organization and the sex of for a fraternity. He rich base of the student who associates with proved himself in experience that organization.” logistics, and he the faculty knows the content.” has in public In his first year STANDARDS OF health, student on the DKE staff, EXCELLENCE UNVEILS organizations, Trey developed student SOME EARLY STARS and presented conduct, risk arly returns are in for risk management management, and fraternal Delta Kappa Epsilon’s curriculum at many DKE organizations. new Standards of Excellence chapters, in addition to IHIP is entering its 13th Program—and as hoped, addressing members at the year of promoting the they are unveiling some great annual Brother Beta Academy in involvement of a wide array achievements by DKE chapters. Washington, D.C. of leaders to address hazing Sigma Rho-Stanford’s chapter and emphasizing prevention posted 30 hours of community LAWSUIT AGAINST “rather than just responding service per Brother this past year, HARVARD MOVES to incidents.” Hazing is not mostly making bread in Challah FORWARD isolated to particular groups, for Hunger. Hard to beat, maybe, group of fraternities and IHIP notes, so prevention but there were several high sororities suing Harvard requires involvement achieving chapters, including University received some good beyond fraternity executives Delta Rho-North Carolina State’s legal news in August. Federal and campus conduct 24 hours per member for the Boy judge Nathaniel M. Gorton administrators—including Scouts, and Delta Phi-Alberta’s denied the university’s motion police, lawyers, senior 23 hours per member for a local to dismiss the lawsuit filed last university officials (right up to Anglican Church, a food bank, December. The decision affirms the chancellor), and students. and Parkinson’s Association. the plaintiffs’ claims that a “Trey has worked with the DKE HQ initiated the data Harvard policy discriminates institute for several years, collection program in April and on the basis of sex and and we agreed it was time to has received reports from about infringes on students’ rights of elevate his role to full faculty,” two-thirds of DKE chapters.





Chapters are still compiling results which will create a baseline view of how our chapters measure up in several areas, including scholarship, philanthropy and community service, recruitment, and campus leadership. The goal of the program is to understand the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of DKE chapters. The measures will allow giving recognition for successes and achievements of some chapters as well as to identify chapters that could use individualized support in specific areas.

Sigma Rho brothers overall, including (l to r) Patrick Monreal, Ian Arko and Raymond Thai, posted 900 hours of community service last academic year, mostly from making bread for Challah for Hunger, raising money and awareness for social injustice.

OTHER 175th EVENTS Minneapolis, MN, 175th Gala, Oct. 12, 2019. Also celebrating Phi Epsilon’s 130th anniversary. Open bar, appetizers, and music. Graduate Hotel Minneapolis, 6 to 11 pm. Semi-formal attire. Toronto, CA, 175th Gala, Oct. 18, 2019. All Dekes and significant others welcome. $150 PP. Suit & tie, black tie optional. Royal Canadian Military Institute, 426 University Ave., Toronto. Cocktails at 6 PM, dinner at 7 PM. Event ends by 11:30, celebration may continue at Deke house, 157 St George St.

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he fascinating stories about World War II that Eric Brunt heard from his grandfather remained sharply etched in mind, especially after Clifford Brunt died at 95 in 2013. “I regret that nobody ever recorded his stories,” said the 26-year-old Brunt, a fledgling filmmaker from the University of British Columbia. Brunt, a Phi Alpha Deke, class of 2016, studied film at UBC where he was drawn to documentaries. “I love the idea of making films that tell stories, and I was inspired by my grandfather’s memories about the people he served with during the war,” he said. In May of 2018, Brunt left his home in Victoria, British Columbia, to begin a year-long journey in which he filmed interviews with 400 Canadian veterans of World War II. “After graduation, I started saving money to start this project,” he said. He equipped a van and lived out of it for the first eight months, spending many a night camping out as he traveled from one end of Canada to the another. “I would stop in little towns and research veterans through local newspapers, veterans clubs, social media and any place I could learn about them,” he said. Brunt knew there was no time to waste as he sought out men and women, most of whom were in their nineties. “Fifty of the 400 people I interviewed have already passed away,” he said. 8 THE DEKE QUARTERLY | FALL 2019

“I found that most of the men and women were modest about their service, even the ones who’d been quite heroic during the six long years after Canada entered the war in 1939.”

Brunt used his interviewing skills to coax many of the vets to share stories that their families had never heard. “I found that most of the men and women were modest about their service, even the ones who’d been quite heroic during the six long years after Canada entered the war in 1939,” he said. A memorable meeting took place in New Brunswick after Brunt called a vet named Manley Calhoun to ask for an interview. “Mr. Calhoun said, ‘Oh, I didn’t do much. I don’t have much to say.’” But Brunt persisted and when he sat down to talk with Calhoun, who was accompanied by his wife and son, he was surprised at the emotional story the vet told. “He said that he and three buddies, who had been serving together in the 6th Anti-Tank Regiment, went into town to forage for food in an abandoned house. Suddenly, the house started getting shelled and

Brunt with Frank Krepps on Juno Beach in Normandy, France for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

Manley Calhoun of the 6th Anti-Tank Regiment.

Interviewing Robert Watkins in Winnipeg, Manitoba Left: In St. John’s, Newfoundland. From left to right: Joe Prim, 92, Merchant Navy; James Steele, 94, 59th Heavy Artillery Regiment; Elmo Baird, 99, Royal Air Force; and Rod Deon, 97, Royal Canadian Navy onboard the HMCS Ottawa II which sank three U-boats over the course of the war. Each individual represents a different branch of service in the Second World War. about him and decided to make Frank a three of the man were hit. The soldiers were loaded into part of the official delegation that went the back of a truck and quickly spirited back to camp. to Normandy for the 75th anniversary Sadly, all three of the soldiers who’d been injured died, of D-Day. Amazingly, he insisted that I and Calhoun told me he’d been feeling terrible guilt all accompany him, which I did.” those years. Every time he looked at me, he started to Brunt said the stories he mined weep, and his wife told me that he was unburdening during his year-long research will result himself for the first time in more than 60 years.” in a documentary that promises to be As Brunt’s journey continued, the weather in January rich in detail and emotion. “I’m in the turned frigid and he was no longer able to camp out or Mohawk code talker Levi Oakes post-production stage and should have sleep in the van. “I started to find lodging elsewhere the film completed by early next year,” and even spent occasional nights with DKE brothers who he said. Eric plans to pitch the documentary to the organizers of were living in various towns along my route,” he said. film festivals. “If I’m really lucky, a network such as Netflix might In Red Deer, Alberta, Brunt met Frank Krepps, who had spent much pick it up.” of the war on his motorcycle, delivering messages to various units. Either way, the year he spent talking to World War II veterans will “Frank had served at Normandy, but he told me he’d never had the remain close to his heart forever. money to return to France. The Veterans Affairs for Canada heard w w w.d ke.o rg




THE LION ROARS WITH 175TH ANNIVERSARY IN Left: Vice President Dan Quayle, Psi Phi ’69 addresses the Gala by video. Below: Alex Collado, Omega Chi ’15, led the group in several Deke songs.


hey came – Dekes of every age from the north, south, east and west – to New York City in June to celebrate Delta Kappa Epsilon’s 175th anniversary in grand style. More than 200 brothers gathered Friday night, June 21, with their wives and girlfriends at New York’s Deke Club, located at the Yale Club, for a memorable party. With music, good cheer, and ample refreshments, the celebration proved to be a perfect prelude to Saturday’s big banquet. The sunny weekend in New York attracted DKE brothers from dozens of chapters, many of whom took the opportunity to hold mini reunions with their fellow Dekes. Fifteen Dekes from Vanderbilt’s Gamma chapter and their wives, for instance, turned the 175th into a full weekend of enthusiastic touring of many of New York City’s most famous sites. Saturday’s banquet, which attracted tuxedo-clad brothers from across the U.S. and Canada, opened with the singing of the national anthems, led by acclaimed vocalist Alex Collado, Omega Chi, ’15. Alex’s beautiful voice rang out through 10 THE DEKE QUARTERLY | FALL 2019

the ornate banquet hall as he also led the group in “Son of a Deke” and other favorite songs of the fraternity. A taped message followed from former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle, a 1969 graduate of DePauw (Psi Phi), who recalled with pride his years in DKE. “Delta Kappa Epsilon is well known in our family, as my father and father-inlaw were loyal Dekes,” Quayle said. “But perhaps the greatest Deke brother I ever had the pleasure of knowing was George H.W. Bush, the man I served as vice president. A wonderful person, he embodied all the values which make DKE so great. We honor Brother Bush and all of our DKE brothers best by upholding the finest traditions of our fraternity and by continuing to strengthen the bonds between all of us.”

Master of ceremonies Doug Lanpher, Gamma ’77, introduced Michael Peters, Delta Delta ’90, chairman of DKE’s board of directors, who offered welcoming remarks. Next up was Eamon Egan, Alpha Tau ’83, who donned professorial robes and assumed the persona of one of the fraternity’s founders as he delivered a moving recitation of the origins of DKE. John McNeil, Psi ’79, a longtime member of DKE’s board of directors,

By Kevin Cuneo, Gamma ’77


stood and gave a spirited reading on John Clair Minot’s poem, “Brothers in DKE.” The poem, written 30 years after the Civil War, holds special significance for all DKE brothers as it describes how a Confederate soldier, a Deke at Alabama, cares for a Union soldier, a Deke at Bowdoin College, as he lay dying. McNeil did justice to the words and emotion of Minot, who himself was a DKE brother, class of 1896 at Theta - Bowdoin. Semmes Favrot, Psi ’79, spoke about his extensive research into the background of the soldiers described in Minot’s poem. Favrot also produced the actual pin that belonged to Lieutenant Edwin S. Rogers, the Bowdoin Deke who died in the poem. Rogers’ family loaned the pin to Favrot for the anniversary banquet. During dinner, Semmes took it around the room so that his brothers could give it close examination. Chi Mississippi’s William Morris, ’64, gave the invocation before the brothers

∆KE 175 th Anniversary Gala

Strengthen our Brotherhood & Bonds Now and Forever

Left: Jim Gray, Beta ’70, explained the crucial importance of DKE’s Strengthen Our Brotherhood and Bonds – Now and Forever fundraising campaign. Above: Mike Berryman, Gamma ’79 presents Doug Lanpher with a custom plaque honoring Lanpher’s contribution to DKE over nearly 10 years as Executive Director. Below: Eamon Egan, Alpha Tau ’83 channels one of DKE’s original founders.

dined on a sumptuous dinner of steak and chicken. A delightful addition to the fine meal were the wines provided by the award-winning vineyards of DKE Brothers Gene Pierce (Delta Chi - Cornell) and Richard Becker (Omega Chi - Texas). Pierce owns Glenora Wine Cellars, one of the most respected wineries in New York’s Finger Lakes region, and Becker

owns the reputable Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas. After dinner, Peter Grauer, Beta ’68, chairman of Bloomberg LP, gave a keynote speech that mixed wisdom with humor and common sense. Grauer’s much appreciated remarks, which earned a standing ovation from his brothers, are reprinted in this section. One of the highlights of the night was a professionally-produced video program entitled “DKE’s Greatness.” Narrated by Brother Lanpher, it offered a stunning pictorial review of many of the greatest DKE brothers through the years. The inspiring show proved so uplifting that some brothers in the room were moved to tears. w w w.d ke.o rg




Jim Gray, Beta ’70, took time to provide details of the Deke Foundation’s 175th Anniversary Fund Raising Campaign. Gray, along with the fraternity’s administrators, is leading the campaign to help position DKE for the next century. A former newspaper editor and college president, Gray has been meeting with Dekes throughout North America. In an unscripted portion of the program, John McNeil introduced Michael Berryman, Gamma, ’79, who had a special award for Lanpher, who returned to DKE as executive director a decade ago (he had also served the fraternity as executive secretary in the late 1970s), and helped steady the ship. Berryman pointed out that Lanpher, working with his board, helped stabilize the fraternity’s finances and get DKE back on track after a particularly rocky period. Lanpher, who is deeply respected by alumni and undergraduate brothers, and especially by his Gamma brothers, was presented with a handsome plaque by Berryman. The crowd raised a toast to the executive director and then concluded with a thunderous standing ovation. It proved to be another emotional highlight of the memorable program. “This was a very special night for a very special fraternity,” said Carmen Davoli, Phi Gamma ’62. “It brought many old friends together for a classy event, and I think the young Dekes enjoyed it as much as the old-timers.” Reggie Mudd, Iota ’75, who served DKE as a chapter consultant in the 1970s, said he was impressed by the 12 THE DEKE QUARTERLY | FALL 2019

All big DKE events conclude with The Lion March. Right: Artist depiction of the Theta and Psi Dekes in the famous poem. Left: New DKE board of directors member, Semmes Favrot, Psi ’79, presents and discusses the actual Rogers DKE pin.

turnout of so many Dekes and the infectious spirit of brotherhood that permeated all the of anniversary events. “I don’t see how the parties and dinner could have gone any better,” Mudd said.

“To say that a good time was had by all would be an understatement.” Before the brothers at the 175th anniversary banquet adjourned to yet another party in the Yale Club’s Tap Room, Robert Bryan, Sigma Rho ’57, led the large crowd in a rendition of the “Phi Marching Song,” the traditional musical backdrop to the iconic Lion March, which wound its way around the room. “This was an amazing night,” said Richard Lamping, Gamma ’79. “It’s certain to go down in DKE history as one of our finest hours.”

Back row: Asher Oldenburg, Psi ’20, Patrick Glodkowski, Beta Gamma ’16, Zachary Haas, Beta Gamma ’08 Front row: Lyon Crowe, Psi ’60, Adam Biernat, Beta Gamma ’04 Tom Boggia, Alpha Mu ’12, Thomas Ricardo, Beta Gamma ’06

BETA-UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA Left to right: Nat Klutz ’09, Peter Grauer ’68, Tee Baur ’68, Neilson Brown ’67, Jim Gray ’70, Berny Gray ’72

Back row: Jack Morton, Delta ’19, Mac Brewer, Delta ’17, Garrett Hybarger, Delta ’18 Front row: Chris Miller, Lambda Tau ’18, Spencer Hinton, Lambda Tau ’16, Lin Davidson, Delta Chi ’71, Charles Kerner, Delta Chi ’74

ETA-UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA: Back row: Paul Mullin, Sigma Beta ’93, Dulaney Morison, ’05, Aleco Bravo-Greenberg, ’90 Front row: Christian Burke, ’76, Charlie Jones, ’56, George Morison, ’66

GAMMA-VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY Back row: Bill Roberts ’77, John Reid ’79, Doug Polizzi ’89, Mike Hilts ’76, Kevin Cuneo ’77 Front row: Jeff Hamilton ’77, Mike Berryman ’79, Richard Graves ’79, Richard Lamping ’79

Back row: Colin Evanko, Rho ’20, Bennett Perrine, Rho ’20, Riley Wolever, Tau Alpha ’20, Drew Bard Varges, Tau Alpha ’15, Ivan Fazal Karim, Tau Alpha ’16 Front row: Carl Haynes, Beta Tau ’19, Alex Collado, Omega Chi ’15, Max Green, Omega Chi ’18, Jake Price, Omega Chi ’19, George Otey, Rho Lambda ’73 w w w.d ke.o rg




Back row: Dan Vlad, Delta Chi ’19, Amir Heidari, Beta Gamma ’21, Liran Kogan, Beta Gamma ’20, Jacob Eisner, Delta Chi ’20 Front row: Dan Johnson, Sigma Alpha ’77, Robert Ross, Sigma Alpha ’17, Walter Butler, Lambda ’68, Hewitt Heiserman, Lambda ’82

MU-COLGATE UNIVERSITY Back row: Kevin Macios ’10, Andrew Newman ’07, Mark Peck ’91, Sean Fitzmichael Devlin ’05, John Baclawski ’07 Front row: Zach Grobengieser ’07, James Placa ’07 Matt Swain ’17, Gregory Jachno ’05, Nick Katchadurian ’17

PHI ALPHA-UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Back row: Craig Dick ’15, Chris LeTourneur ’00, Duncan Wade ’19 Front row: Chris Lilly ’88, Paul Kent-Snowsell ’00, Randall Burrell ’79, Jacob Latrace ’20, Adrian Cheong ’65

PHI CHI-RUTGERS UNIVERSITY Back row: Andy Schepel ’77, Kit Byron ’69, Ahsen Malik ’19, Vald Savin ’17, Zac Csorny ’18 Front row: Robert Scheetz ’70, Jack Frost ’67, Jack Van Doren ’71, Ira Ozer ’81, Terry Stewart ’69

PHI MU-MANHATTAN UNIVERSITY Back row: Alan Swieca ’20, Christopher Connelly ’19, Ron Contreras ’17, Michael Tracey ’17, Kyaw Sithu ’17 Front row: Ramsey Parra ’20, Garcia Guillermo ’19, Robert Anzilotti ’18, Christopher Freund ’20, Tim Hebert ’20

PSI-UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA Back row: Mac Mostellar ’20, Thomas Leland ’22, James Fowler ’11, Coleman Fountain ’01 Front row: David Cooper, Sr. ’67, Charles Graddick ’67, John T. (Jack) Mostellar ’66, Percy C. Fountain ’67




We were fortunate to have Peter Grauer, Beta ’68, Chairman of Bloomberg, as the keynote speaker. Here are some excerpts from his stirring address.


oday’s college students are coming of age in a radically different environment than even a decade ago. This is a generation of “digital natives,” or kids who grew up with smartphones, WIFI and social media. We’re just now starting to understand the societal impact of this technology. What it means to grow up on screens, where conversations with friends happen over text and snapchat, and where so much social currency is placed on how you present yourself on Facebook and Instagram. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not disparaging technological advancement. I’m the chairman of a company that’s founded on the power of technology to unlock data insights that will help us solve the world’s problems. I not only embrace the digital revolution, but also count on it for the future of my company and the planet. Still, I am wary of its pervasiveness among teenagers and young adults. With a smartphone alone, you can chat with your friends, stream movies and television, listen to music, order food to your door, and more. Sounds great in theory, but when all these activities can be done without interacting with people, what’s the societal cost? Something I’ve learned over the course of my career and emphasize to the colleagues that I mentor at Bloomberg, is that soft skills are just as important as the hard skills. You can have all the degrees, certifications, and expertise to master your field, but excelling in your career requires much more. You need to be a team player, a good communicator and an Peter open-minded leader. These are all interpersonal skills that you develop during your formative years at college, as you study new ideas, collaborate with other students, participate in extracurriculars, and have your first real-world experiences. In many ways, this digital era requires college students to work harder at making these personal connections and honing these skills. When you’re able to accomplish so much online and remotely, it must be a conscious choice to put down the screens and engage face-to-face. Moreover, social media, while great for keeping in touch with friends and family around the world, can also isolate us in echo chambers. We tend to only ‘friend’ and ‘follow’ people who we know, like and who share our beliefs. This is not a productive way to move through the world. Exposure to new and different ideas than your own is crucial. If you’re surrounded only by people who share your opinions, you’ll never be able to grow and expand your mind. At Bloomberg, we’re fond of talking about diversity. Diversity of race, gender, and sexuality. But it’s just as important to have a diversity of thought. We live in such a divisive time, where the world online is too prone to devolving into tribes of single-minded thinking. It feels as if respect for the proverbial ‘other side of the aisle’ is a thing of the past. What we’ve lost is a sense of camaraderie. Where there used to

be civil debate, today there are online screaming matches that only confirm our own biases. I believe that fraternities like DKE can help us rediscover this camaraderie. They’re inherently social organizations; beyond the keg parties and formals, they give students a place to break out of the technology shell to convene with brothers from all walks of life for meals and studying, as well as chapter meetings and fundraising events. Greek life graduates are able to point to business, leadership, and philanthropy experience as they start the next chapter of their lives. Often buried in the national dialogue around Greek life is the fact that philanthropy and giving back to the communities we operate in are core tenets of fraternities and sororities alike. DKE’s own work with the USO is an important partnership that underscores our commitment not only to our brothers in the military, but also all American families that serve or have served. Because you develop these crucial interpersonal skills during college, those four years are about so much more than academics. For many students, it’s the first time in which success can be defined by more than just a high GPA. Fraternities are places where young men, who may not be the strongest students, can thrive. This was certainly the case for me while I was in college. To put it lightly, academics was not exactly my strong suit. I like to tell people that I entered UNC a ‘C student’ and, after four laborious years of study, I left a ‘C+ student.’ Our fellow DKE, president George W. Bush, said it best in his commencement address to Grauer Southern Methodist University a few years ago: “to those of you who are graduating this afternoon with high honors, awards and distinctions, I say: well done. And as I like to tell the Cstudents: you too, can be president.” We may not have graduated summa cum laude, but former president Bush and I demonstrate that the lessons from college that your transcript doesn’t cover can still take you further than you ever dreamed possible. In my own experience, I know that these lessons were learned through DKE, and I love that this is something the DKE founders embraced as they established the first chapter 175 years ago. They recognized that character is built by so much more than academic success and sought to create a space for well-rounded young men to come together in friendship. They defined the enduring traits of every DKE brother: the gentleman, the scholar and the jolly good fellow. In the past 175 years, our jolly good fellows have accomplished quite a lot. We’ve had presidents and supreme court justices, congressmen, and governors. We were the first to the north pole and on the second mission to the moon; we’ve started companies that are now amongst the most recognizable brands in the country. Each of these men shares the DKE brotherhood, which is to say they share a sense of camaraderie, curiosity, and courage.

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The combined DKE 175th and Phi Alpha 70th anniversarys culminated in a raucous Lion March.



he Canadian kickoff to DKE’s year of celebrating its 175th took place in March 2223 at the Vancouver Hyatt Regency with alumni, actives and dates numbering over 250 and representing six different chapters, including Phi Alpha, Tau Beta, Alpha Tau, Alpha Phi, Beta Tau, and Gamma. Notable Phi Alpha alumni making the trip from afar were Ben Cappellacci ’07 and Chris Young ’04, who flew in from New York and Hong Kong respectively. The highly organized program included a Toast to the Queen, a slide show spanning four decades of Phi Alpha, International Greetings by Doug Lanpher, and, in keeping with DKE tradition the Lion March with over 120 dekes. The event doubled as Phi Alpha’s 70th anniversary which gave the chapter an opportunity to announce the inaugural Grant Burnyeat Lifetime Achievement Award. 16 THE DEKE QUARTERLY | FALL 2019

The 175th in Chicago brought alumni from a wide range of chapters who were treated to a magnificent performance by Grammy winner Ben Patterson, Delta Delta ’04 (below).


he Union League Club of Chicago, an icon of class in the Windy City brought together Midwest Dekes for their celebration of DKE’s 175th anniversary on the evening of May 18, 2019. All of those attending are grateful to Dave Helverson, Delta Pi ’81, who did all of the heavy organizational work and graciously offered to use his membership to secure the Club’s Presidential Lounge, a magnificent example of the beaux-arts-style building originally constructed in 1926. Among those who joined the crowd were 10 Pi Alpha Dekes, making the trip from Columbia, Missouri to St. Louis to Chicago by train. Additional alumni from Phi Epsilon, Gamma, Delta Pi, Delta Delta, Sigma Tau, Lambda, Beta, and numerous guests swelled the crowd to well over 50. Ben Patterson, Delta Delta ’04, Grammy award winning jazz pianist, and the Ben Patterson trio with Joe Policastro on bass and Jon Deitemyer on drums provided what critics touted as the best entertainment of all the regional 175th events. DKE Executive Director Doug Lanpher presented the stirring “Greatness of DKE” slide show to a captivated crowd and Jim Gray, Beta ’70, detailed the Deke Foundation “Strengthen our Bonds Now and Forever” fundraising campaign and the progress towards the $1.75 million goal. The event certainly was a fine example of the class of DKE and provided a clear reminder of what our brotherhood can accomplish.



Dekes at the D.C. 175th represented the largest number of individual chapters of all the regional events.

n the afternoon of May 18, 2019, DKE alumni gathered to celebrate the Fraternity’s 175th anniversary in Nashville, Tennessee. The group convened upstairs at the Nashville Underground on lower Broadway near the scenic Cumberland River riverfront. DKE International’s Director of Alumni Services Turner Spears, Lambda Tau ’16, welcomed the group with introductory


pril in Washington, D.C., proved to be ideal for enthusiastic Dekes who were determined to celebrate the fraternity’s 175th anniversary in style. More than 50 DKE brothers gathered at the University Club of Washington, D.C., which has a reciprocal club membership with New York’s Yale Club, home of the DKE Club. DKE Executive Director Doug Lanpher led a group of inspirational speakers at the event, including Jim Gray and Eamon Egan, Alpha Tau ’83. Brothers from chapters ranging from such diverse geographical sites as Theta Zeta to Alpha Tau to Tau Lambda descended on the U.S. capitol for the first big DKE reunion there in decades. In all, brothers from 27 chapters gathered to toast our legendary fraternity. The planning committee included Aleco Bravo-Greenberg, Eta ’91 John Magnuson, Phi Epsilon ’91, Max Hurst, Phi Epsilon ’18, and Daniel Noonan, Pi Alpha ’18. The brothers at the D.C. gathering especially enjoyed seeing the elaborate “Greatness of DKE” visual presentation.



large, enthusiastic group turned out in early June at New Orleans’ Southern Yacht Club for what proved to be the largest regional celebration of Delta Kappa Epsilon’s 175th anniversary. DKE flags adorned the entrance to the club and stood proudly throughout the building. In keeping with the region’s rich tradition of fine food, the guests dined on crab cakes, fried oysters, coconut shrimp, and carved roast beef at Gabrielle, owned by Greg Sonnier, Tau Lambda, ’84. Special libations included selections from the famous DKE Vat, including the legendary rum punch. The popular band Zeta Zeta alums display a special DKE BRW rocked the crowd for most of the night, but the last hour of the party featured favorite DKE “pin” at the New Orleans 175th. songs, including a performance of “Tighten Up.” While most guests dressed casually for the evening, one could see plenty of polished DKE pins. Some wore new DKE blue blazers, which could be reversed to show a handsome DKEstriped smoking jacket. Most of the guests also wore their Rampant Lion alumni pins. The tri-party chairmen, Kevin O’Bryon, Tau Lambda ’77, Paul Masinter, Zeta Zeta ’83, and John Humphreys, Zeta Zeta ’80, did an excellent job in organizing the event, which attracted a crowd of more than 300. DKE Executive Director Doug Lanpher and Jim Gray flew in for the event, as they joined many of the region’s most outstanding DKE brothers and their wives for this special celebration.

The Nashville 175th was held on Broadway among numerous famous country music venues. remarks regarding the nationwide celebration and current news from International. John Teitenberg, Gamma ’95, highlighted local events, including the current renovations to Greek Row at Vanderbilt University, the Gamma Chapter’s return, and the ongoing construction of the new DKE house. He concluded by welcoming any assistance from volunteers near and far during the undoubtedly exciting year in store for DKE in Tennessee. The alumni attending represented more than six chapters, with the largest contingent from Lambda Tau, but also including members from Gamma, Beta Gamma, Iota, Delta Psi, and Tau Delta. While making new connections and enjoying a variety of food and drink, the alumni shared a variety of DKE experiences that spanned more than half a decade. After much spirited conversation, the group parted in the early evening. Some brave souls continued the comradery by venturing into the bustling Nashville nightlife. Some have not been heard from since. The event was a great opportunity to foster and celebrate the Brotherhood of DKE on the most recent of what promises many historic milestones to come! w w w.d ke.o rg




By Jeffrey C. Lowe, Tau Delta ’77

t was not uncommon in the annals of Deke galas, offering the traditional mix of memories and merriment among brothers young and old. It was rare, however, that the gathering saw many original founders come together after 50 years. Seven were on hand to usher in the chapter’s next five decades, and to enjoy the bonus of a surprise appearance by Teddy Roosevelt! Called “Celebrate Deke, Tau Delta 50 and Delta Kappa Epsilon 175,” the event attracted well over one hundred Deke actives, alumni, spouses and guests to Sewanee, Tennessee for three days of festivities February 21-23, 2019. The main cause for celebration was the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Tau Delta chapter, which was installed at The University of the South in Sewanee on February 22, 1969. But the weekend was also the first in a year-long march of toasts to the 175th Anniversary of the founding of Delta Kappa Epsilon itself. Festivities began with two speeches that shared a few select highlights from our rich DKE history. One was about the famous pin of Lt. Edwin Rogers, the soldier fatally wounded in the Civil War battle at Cold Harbor and the research that led to the rediscovery of the pin. The second address presented details on two members of the distinguished group of five Dekes who have served as Presidents of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt and Gerald R. Ford. Friday night’s entertainment was an informal dinner held in the University’s historic Convocation Hall. Alumni enjoyed reconnecting, swapping old stories, and seeing the Actives of a strong chapter enjoying themselves. The Deke 18 THE DEKE QUARTERLY | FALL 2019

At left, Tau Delta founders, all from the class of ’71; Charles “Chip” Bennett and Lance Ikard, holding the Deke flag, and Tom Moseley, right of the flag. Back row: George Sewell, Chris Rossbach, Armour Munson, and Bill Terry. Past presidents of Tau Delta (photo below), meet with current Brother Beta. (Below left) Teddy Roosevelt addressing the crowd.

bonds of friendship and comradery were certainly in evidence. Saturday included a luncheon for Alumni during which a lively discussion was held concerning ways to strengthen the Alumni Chapter and to assist the Active Chapter with badly needed repairs to the Chapter House. Brother Doug Lanpher, DKE Executive Director, was a tremendous help during these discussions. Since the “Celebrate Deke Weekend,” substantial upgrades have been made to the fraternity house and plans are being made for additional improvements. Saturday afternoon featured a very moving Tau Delta Memorial Service in All Saint’s Chapel. Four Tau Delta clergy Jeff Lowe ’77, Scott Lee ’77, Tim Holder ’77, and Lou Parsons (the widow of Mark Parsons ’77), led the service which included the reading of the Memorial List of Tau Delta Dekes, a homily honoring

the memory of our departed brothers, and Holy Communion. The grand banquet on Saturday evening featured an outstanding attendance of alumni, actives, spouses, and guests. The revelers took time to recognize the founding brothers of Tau Delta who were present, bellow with surprise when Teddy Roosevelt made an appearance, and shiver with goosebumps listening to Brother Lanpher roll through some of the impact DKE has had in the world, yesterday and today. The weekend was a great success, partly due to great work and planning by Tau Delta alumni as well as support from Brother Lanpher, DKE International staff, and DKE Historian Brother Grant Burnyeat, Phi Alpha ’65. The Gentlemen, Scholars, and Jolly Good Fellows of Tau Delta Chapter had a great time celebrating our noble fraternity.



campus, as the chapter participated in numerous events, ranging from academic-based programs to philanthropic and athletic endeavors. Every brother completed the Tightrope courses, which educated the Dekes on such topics as sexual assault, hazing and alcohol awareness. Phi Alpha supports a nighttime service to help people who do not feel comfortable walking home from the “Greek Village” to their residences. The program is called SafeWalk, and Phi Alpha Dekes volunteered to assist those in need. “We’re proud of the accomplishments of DKE’s chapter at the University of British Columbia,” said Doug Lanpher, the fraternity’s executive director. “We have many outstanding chapters in our fraternity, but Phi Alpha continues to rank at or near the top every year. Congratulations to a great group of Dekes.”

he Lion Trophy, DKE’s most coveted honor, is awarded annually to the chapter judged to be the best overall in performance. The trophy itself, designed by Tiffany, was originally presented to the last surviving founder of the fraternity, William Boyd Jacobs, Phi 1846, at the DKE Convention in 1894. The trophy was bequeathed to the fraternity by Brothers Jacobs’ family following his death in 1904. In a tight competition, DKE’s Phi Alpha chapter at the University of British Columbia emerged the winner of the 2019 Lion Trophy. It’s the second straight Lion Trophy for the highlyrespected Canadian chapter, which LION TROPHY narrowly edged Rho Lafayette, who became the fifth back to back winner Phi Alpha-University of British Columbia in 2016-2017. The question is can Phi ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS IT’S DELTA FOR DELTA, Alpha make it a “three-peat” next year Scholarship: Iota-Centre College and join Beta Phi Rochester (1988AS SOUTH CAROLINA Leadership: Rho-Lafayette University 1990) as the only chapters to attain EXCELS Operations: Psi-University of Alabama that status. Philanthropy: Phi Alpha To be sure, Phi Alpha enjoyed a t seems appropriate that this year’s banner year during the school term of Delta Award should go to DKE’s Delta 2018-19. The chapter, now 67 members Chapter at the University of South DELTA AWARD strong, experienced one of its most Carolina, which continues to make great Delta-University of South Carolina successful recruitment periods in recent strides. Since its re-founding in 2016, memory by initiating 26 new brothers. Delta has grown to 109 active members, Already, the new Phi Alpha Dekes have second highest total in all of Delta Kappa assumed position of leadership in the chapter. Epsilon. It’s continued advancement in all phases of operation Phi Alpha also successfully executed six major alumni clearly makes it DKE’s most improved chapter of 2018-19. events, bringing together brothers of all ages for special Delta has been praised by Greek leaders on South Carolina’s banquets and a year-end gala that marked DKE’s 175th campus for its outstanding performance in recruitment, anniversary. The UBC Dekes also raised $42,000 for the academics, philanthropic projects and service to the university. Canadian Cancer Society and tens of thousands more for other Though still a young chapter, Delta brothers have followed the deserving charities. The total raised during the eight years of strong example set by the founders. “The groundwork laid by the chapter’s “Stick It to Cancer” program has now surpassed our founders has been emulated by successive chapter leaders, $230,000. Phi Alpha also took the lead in 12 other Greekand they have set the chapter up to be a group of lasting growth sponsored philanthropic projects on campus, and placed first at and prosperity,” Delta members wrote in their application for the annual Diamond Ball baseball tournament. the Delta Award. DKE brothers at UBC are also scholars, as evidenced by The brothers pitched in – 100 percent – in assisting a local the election of half a dozen members to prestigious academic children’s hospital. DKE finished among the top five fraternities organizations on campus. The chapter’s overall grade-point and sororities in helping to raise more than $1 million through average is 3.0. Phi Alpha’s academic chairman organized a its Dance Marathon to benefit the children’s hospital. Delta weekly study group, called Textbook Tuesday, which is designed Dekes also raised thousands for dollars for the Relay for Life. to sustain the chapter’s academic integrity. A classroom is In recruitment, Delta sought to rush candidates who fulfilled booked each week for the brothers to gather and study with DKE’s pledge of becoming gentlemen, scholars and jolly good each other. Many upper-year students take it upon themselves to fellows. The latest class of 11 initiates compiled an overall GPA tutor younger brothers, some of whom might need an occasional of 3.5. “We have reached new heights at our chapter and are helping hand. determined to attain lofty goals that we’ve set for Delta,” stated Phi Alpha brothers became known for their leadership on Pete Smith, Delta’s Brother Beta.


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By Kevin Cuneo, Gamma ’77

is Yale friends The dapper Acheson had disdained and DKE Yale’s curriculum for “focusing on brothers knew memorizing subjects already known or Dean Acheson, not worth knowing more about,” but who became it was different at Harvard Law where one of the most he was swept away by the intellect of influential Secretaries of State Professor Felix Frankfurter. A future in U.S. history, first as a “sport,” member of the U.S. Supreme Court, as they called it. “He had such a Frankfurter, just a decade older than wonderful time at Yale that his Acheson, inspired him to get serious friends thought he had much about his studies. Acheson responded more money than what actually by rising to the top of his class and filled his pockets,” author Robert serving as editor of the Harvard Law Beisner wrote in his acclaimed Review. He planned to specialize in biography, “Dean Acheson: A Life labor law, but influential members of in the Cold War.” Harvard’s faculty convinced him to go Beisner said Acheson, who to Washington and serve as law clerk was born in 1893 and grew up in to Justice Louis Brandeis of the U.S. Middletown, Connecticut, was too Supreme Court. busy partying and making friends to hit the Acheson would remain closely tied to He’d call books at Yale. At DKE’s Phi chapter, Acheson Washington for the rest of his life. In his first term Winston Churchill was one of the most popular brothers, as president, Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed or Charles DeGaulle according to Beisner. “Even though he was Acheson as Under Secretary of the Treasury. and they would well known as a playboy and a prankster, he They clashed when Roosevelt wanted to change converse like old was bright enough to win election to Phi Beta a law by executive authority, rather than going friends. Mr. Acheson Kappa and also gained admittance to Harvard through Congress. Acheson, opposed to what would tell jokes... Law School,” Beisner wrote. In his first year in he considered a power play, resigned. In 1941. Boston, Acheson rented a house with his DKE But Roosevelt, who, according to Beisner, had brother, Cole Porter, who had also enrolled at been impressed by Acheson’s intellect and his Harvard Law. The poet Archibald MacLeish, one of Acheson’s willingness to stick to his guns, later appointed him Assistant close Yale friends, once said, “Dean was the typical son of an Secretary of State for Economic Affairs. That gave Acheson a Episcopal bishop – gay, graceful and gallant.” Porter, also well front-row seat to the increasing tensions between the United known as a social animal at Yale, remained one of Acheson’s States and Japan that led to war. In this capacity, Acheson closest friends for the following 40-plus years. oversaw the U.S. oil embargo of Japan. When Porter was expelled from Harvard, Acheson convinced During the 1940s, Acheson represented the U.S. in him to steer his talents to Harvard’s music department. negotiations which prompted the creation of the United “Everyone could see what a brilliant song writer and composer Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, the Food Cole was, and soon he was the toast of Broadway,” Acheson and Agriculture Organization, and the International Monetary said in 1924. Fund. Acheson remained in Harry S. Truman’s administration, 20 THE DEKE QUARTERLY | FALL 2019

following FDR’s death in 1945, and served in several important roles. In 1949, Truman appointed him Secretary of State, and Acheson would help shape U.S. Policy during the early years of the Cold War. Acheson enjoyed a good working relationship with Truman, who often allowed him to be the first official to speak on the record about U.S. foreign policy decisions. Although Acheson supported the containment of communism and the tenets of the Truman Doctrine, he was also a realist who recognized that the Soviet Union was not only an ideological opponent, but also a viable global power that had to be viewed as a serious geopolitical challenge to U.S. interests. Chief among these was the question of what to do with Germany and how to prevent future Soviet influence there. To this end, Acheson supported the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 1949. It was a defensive alliance geared to counter the Soviet threat to Europe while ensuring that the western part of Germany was tied firmly to the West. Although Europe was Acheson’s primary focus, he also faced questions related to international control of atomic weapons, the fall of mainland China and the retreat of U.S.-backed Nationalists to Taiwan. He oversaw the rebuilding of Japan as a cornerstone of U.S. policy in East Asia, while also keeping watch on Soviet designs on Yugoslavia, the Middle East and Asia. Senator Joseph McCarthy ultimately singled out Acheson for “losing” China to the Communists, but the by-then former Secretary would continue to influence U.S. presidents for the rest of his life. During the Kennedy administration, Acheson sat on the executive committee created to address the Cuban Missile Crisis. Later in the decade, Acheson served as an advisor to Lyndon B. Johnson on the question of how to disengage from the war in Vietnam. Throughout his life, the urbane and witty Acheson always spoke his mind. Lawrence Eagleburger, who would go on to serve as Secretary of State, recalled Acheson’s amazing intelligence. “I remember the time I sat in on a discussion that Dean was having in the Oval office with Johnson, Dean Rusk, George Ball and Robert McNamara. I listened in amazement as these titans debated the future of Vietnam. Later, I joined Acheson, who was driving his own car that day, and when I opened the door, I saw that he was crying. Tears were running down his cheeks, and I said, ‘Mr. Secretary, what in the world is wrong?’ He said, ‘Larry, I hate to tell you, but I have just told off the President of the United States.’”

Lyndon Johnson said. “He had a brilliant mind, loved life, and had more guts than just about anyone I ever knew.”

Eagleburger said he later learned from George Ball that Acheson had gone up one side and down the other of Lyndon Johnson. “They’d had a real battle, but what impressed me, and what I have seen a lot less of in later generations in Washington, is the degree to which Acheson venerated the office of the President.” Acheson’s longtime assistant, Lucius Battle, remembered his boss as a tireless worker, but said they would routinely take a break in the late afternoon. “We often had a drink – we kept scotch and bourbon in the safe – and that’s when the Secretary would let his hair down. He’d call Winston Churchill or Charles DeGaulle and they would converse like old friends. Mr. Acheson would tell jokes – he had a terrific sense of humor – and he would relate these amazing stories about his experiences with the greatest figures of the 20th century.” Married to Alice Caroline Stanley for more than 50 years and the father of three, Acheson died of massive stroke in 1971 at his family’s farm in Sandy Spring, Maryland. He was 78. “We used to tangle every once in a while, but Dean Acheson was the smartest man I ever knew in all my years in Washington,” Lyndon Johnson said. “He had a brilliant mind, loved life, and had more guts than just about anyone I ever knew.” w w w.d ke.o rg




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Alpha Phi actives heading to their formal to celebrate the end to a successful year. ALPHA PHI – UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO This past year has been one of the best in recent Alpha Phi chapter recruitment history with a total of 18 new brothers having been recruited and initiated. We are excited to see many of them taking on leadership roles in this 2019-2020 school year with some guidance from more senior members along the way. This past year we hosted our chapter’s 120th anniversary dinner with special attendance from brothers Mike Babcock, Tau Alpha ’86 and Alpha Phi’s own Thomas Wright ’76. It was a great chance for new members to hear stories of past parties, enjoy delicious cooking and other memorable events that have taken place in our chapter house. The Alpha Phi alumni board is also hosting a Toronto based 175th regional anniversary event for everyone who was unable to attend the festivities in New York over the summer.

ALPHA TAU – UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA The 2018/2019 school year seems like it went by so fast but many great things happened for Alpha Tau. The year began with our annual Alumni and Active golf tournament organized by Brother Jasper Roadley ’22. The tournament was a lot of fun and was a perfect way to bring Alpha Tau together after the summer. Later in the fall we had our annual Bid Night hosted by Alumnus Brother Ross Robinson ’71 at the Manitoba Club in downtown Winnipeg. The night was very remarkable with many stories being told and Deke songs being sung. During the following pledging period we had eight new Brothers join our Chapter. The Active Chapter of Alpha Tau frequently had social events with the Sororities of Alpha Phi and

Alpha Gama Delta. Memorable highlights included a board game night and laser tag. During the fall reading week Alpha Tau went to visit the Phi Epsilon Chapter at the University of Minnesota and to play what is becoming an annual game of hockey. The weekend was a wonderful opportunity to bond with another chapter and make new friendships. At the end of the semester a number of members from Alpha Tau graduated such as Brothers Adam Setka ’17, Grady Woodward ’20, and Donovan Dow ’21. Another notable achievement this year was when Brother Adam Salsi ’21 broke the Manitoba Men’s Junior weightlifting record for 74 kg class at the Provincial Championships, pressing 328 lbs. The school year came to a close with our year end formal held at the Millennium Centre in downtown Winnipeg. The event was a great success with speeches being made and awards being presented. Brother Eric Spagrud ’23 made a very moving speech about his experience joining DKE and

Our past annual Movember campaign surpassed expectations with a total of $5,263 raised to support awareness for men’s health issue. This year we will be aiming to raise over $6,000 through Movember and a total of $10,000 for charity in total. Last spring, we hosted a joint event with Medlife and raised just over $1400 in support of medical care in third world countries. We are excited to announce that our own brother Alireza Goli, ’20, has been elected President of Medlife this year! We are proud that Alpha Phi continues to be the biggest Fraternity chapter on the University of Toronto campus and our intramural soccer team continues to be one of the top teams in Alpha Tau actives visited Minneapolis and played a little hockey with their the league. brothers from Phi Epsilon.

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Beta Tau brothers collectively engaging in their favorite pastime: attempting to hold it together. Brother Quinn Boyko ’23 won the award for highest GPA, achieving a 4.0. However, Deke life did not end for the summer as the members of Alpha Tau frequently got together at the house. For those Brothers who spent the summer out at their cottages on or near Lake of the Woods, Alumni President Tom Downey ’85 organized a DKE lunch in Kenora, Ontario which was particularity good with the great food and memories being shared. With the school year starting up again, Alpha Tau is beginning our Rush period and hopes to make this next year another great one. BETA TAU – UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA Over the past school year, Beta Tau has seen growth among its actives with the successful initiation of 18 new members. The new members are eager to steer this chapter towards a bright future, with the guidance of a hearty core of seasoned actives who hope to instil their insight and knowledge into the new members who d0n our letters. In September, our annual Alumni BBQ turned into a great

success with many of our young alumni making sure to make the trip back to our chapter. Brother Erich Gordon ’15 made sure to regale our chapter with some great stories full of debauchery from when he was an active brother. In addition, the second annual Brent Tynan and Grant Burnyeat Night was a success. A great attendance of brothers came out to meet Brother Burnyeat ’65 and hear the man share some thoughtful words about our late brother Brent Tynan ’76 whom we miss greatly. In other news, this past year has been the most successful year for philanthropic events to date! Our chapter continued the annual tradition of raising money to support Cops for Cancer’s Tour De Rock. The philanthropy event we are the proudest of was the ‘Monopoly Affair’ which was co-hosted with the Canadian Cancer Society. Many of us wore tuxedos and played the role of the banker in a high-risk game of monopoly. In total, the charity event raised $150,000 for cancer research! The active brothers in attendance helping with the event were met with great appreciation from the crowd of almost five hundred


guests in attendance when the hosts of the event thanked the chapter in their closing remarks. The biggest stride our chapter has made this year was fundraising to afford a Chapter House! In total, our chapter has raised $270,000. In the upcoming year we are working to raise $75,000 so we will be able to get a mortgage on a house. If you would like to help us in our fundraising efforts, the President and Treasurer of the Beta Tau Alumni Association Freddy Rawji Beta Tau ’10 (frawji1844@gmail. com), and Parampaul Nahal Beta Tau ’14 ( would love to hear from you! CHI COLONY– UNIVERISTY OF MISSISSIPPI 2019 has been a challenging yet rewarding year for Chi. After returning to the University of Mississippi as a colony in the spring, we initiated two pledge classes setting up the chapter with just under 30 strong members. We are looking to double our numbers after participating in our first formal rush this fall. Our brothers currently utilize an off-campus house within five minutes from the university. All alumni are encouraged to stop by the house and get to know their newest brothers. We excitedly await our return to the old DKE house in the fall of 2020 upon termination of the current resident’s lease. Chi has recently built a relationship with Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation. The MTK Foundation is a camp for kids, as well as some adults,

not able to enjoy the everyday luxuries of life due to serious illness or mental disabilities. The brothers of Chi are looking to spend the upcoming summer volunteering at the camp and giving the campers an opportunity to enjoy those things that we take for granted. Alumni involvement with the chapter is quickly growing. We have recently set-up our Alumni Advisory Board, in addition to our Alumni Association, led by Brian Hayden ’08. Brother Albert Bienvenu ’22 leads a committee dedicated to setting up an alumni tent in our beloved Grove for all Ole Miss home football games. Lastly, we will be having an alumni luncheon on October 4th at the Beacon in Oxford. We encourage all alumni in the area to join us there for some food and the football tailgate tent later. DELTA DELTA – UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO The brothers of Delta Delta had a great year, and are looking forward to the 2019-20. The chapter welcomed 12 new members, originating from New Zealand to Chicago, and maintained a strong presence on campus. The biggest change in the coming year will be the movement of our chapter house to be considerably closer to the heart of campus, and next to UChicago’s newest dorm scheduled to open next year. The brothers are proud of their recurring participation in philanthropic Sorority events. Newly initiated brothers Marcus Gerbich-Pais, John Sweeney, EJ Karobath and Rocco Molinelli performed a mash-up of La Marseillaise and Soulja Boy at Pi Phi’s “Broadway” edition of their annual Arrowfest event, raising $600 to support literacy through education

Delta Delta alumni & actives celebrated the 30th anniversary of the chapter’s refounding at Chicago’s River Roast.

initiatives and scholarship provisions. Brother Kyleb Bello put up a comical performance at Kappa Alpha Theta’s 2019 University Cup, benefitting Cook County CASA – an organization committed to helping neglected children navigate the legal system. At Alpha Omicron Pi’s annual Alpha Games “The Bachelor” edition, brothers EJ Karobath and John Sweeney helped raise several hundred dollars to support arthritis research. The chapter plans on expanding the scope of its own philanthropic goals over the next year, with emphasis on south side Chicago charities. One can’t help but mention our wonderful alumni weekend, where brothers kicked back for a fantastic dinner at Chicago’s River Roast to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Delta Delta’s refounding and DKE’s 175th anniversary. The brotherhood shared a myriad of past stories and adventures, as well as updated alumni on where the chapter is headed. It was great to get the insight of some of the chapter’s founding fathers: Michael A. Peters ’90, Cesar Gonzalez ’90, Daniel P. Forbes ’92, and John Yung ’90, among other alumni. To top it off, Delta Delta won the Quality Cup at UChicago Alumni Weekend’s 108th IF sing

competition, a time honored celebration of our campus’ Greek Life, with alumni and actives singing smash hits, such as “Viva la DKE”, “Son of a DKE”, and “Any Kind of Man” with arms locked and wide grins – once a singing fraternity, always a singing fraternity! GAMMA IOTA – GANNON UNIVERSITY Gamma Iota hits new heights at Gannon and heads into the fall semester on the plus side of 40 brothers – the highest total since the chapter was chartered in 2015. Last spring, Delta Kappa Epsilon was also voted as Gannon’s best fraternity for its outstanding service, scholarship, and athletic prowess. Recruitment remains strong at Gamma Iota, as out of the 15 resident advisors in Gannon dormitories, seven are Dekes. “It’s a great way for our guys to meet freshmen, bring them down to the house, and see if they might have an interest in joining our brotherhood,” said Nathan Maietta, chapter president. Maietta said Gamma Iota has benefited from his participation at the DKE Brother Beta Conference in January in Washington, D.C. “That was a fantastic weekend,” Nate said. “I met so many

IOTA – CENTRE COLLEGE good guys who shared tips on The brothers at the Iota chapter methods and ideas that work of Delta Kapp Epsilon have had at their chapters. It’s helped us a very successful past couple of enormously.” years. For starters, our chapter Gannon’s Dekes piled up 264 has grown considerably in size. service hours – the most on In the fall of 2016, our chapter campus by far – and they were consisted of only 31 members. singled out by the superintenThis past spring our chapter dent of Erie public schools for grew to 54. Our goal is that the their work at Strong Vincent brothers graduating in 2020 will High School. Over the span of be able to witness their chapter several months, Dekes helped double in size before they get the students with their studies, their diplomas. cleaned up litter on the school’s Despite our growth, we campus, and even helped paint have maintained true to the several classrooms. DKE motto and only admitted Gamma Iota also continues gentlemen, scholars and jolly to assist the Friends of the Erie good fellows. Our members are Library System by gathering boxes of books and transporting them to a site where they are sold to the public. The Dekes are regular volunteers at the Barber National Institute, which assists more than 1,700 individuals with disabilities. The Dekes spend a day helping at the institute’s Beast on the Bay, an annual obstacle event on the shores of Lake Erie that attracts more than 1,400 participants. Sydney Oyatta, a Gamma Iota junior, was recently honored for the radio show he hosts on the campus station, which was name the top collegiate radio station in the U.S. “We’re having a Iota’s past performance has earned it great time spreading one of the few fraternity houses on the awesome repcampus with 9 live-in men. utation of DKE on Gannon’s campus and involved in various organizathroughout northwestern Penntions across campus. sylvania,” Maietta said. “Who Much of our fraternity is knew that living up to our motto involved in Division III athof being gentlemen, scholars letics. We have members on and jolly good fellows would be various sports teams including, this much fun!?” w w w.d ke.o rg


CHAPTER &COLONYNEWS lacrosse, swimming, cross country, track and golf. Our members perform well in the classroom. The Iota chapter has been awarded highest Greek GPA three out of the past five years, and this past year we won both ‘Best Scholarship Program’ and ‘Outstanding Greek Scholar’ which was awarded to Tim Ablondi ’20, at the annual Centre College Greek Awards. Our most proud accomplishment is what we are able to give back to our local community. Two out of the past three years we have been judged ‘Best Philanthropy Program’. This past year we went above and beyond more than doubling the amount of money we raised the previous year thanks to our philanthropy chairs Jack Perryman ’20 and Evan Thomson ’21. All the money we raise goes right back to help families in central Kentucky thanks to our signature philanthropy partner Heart of Kentucky United Way. This year is a very special year for the Iota chapter. It is our school’s 200th anniversary, our fraternity’s 175th anniversary, and our chapter’s 10th anniversary back on Centre College’s campus. As we reminisce about our past accomplishments, we are ready and eager for the future. The next item on our agenda is our annual homecoming festivities. We look forward to welcoming all Deke brothers home this year on October 1112th. If you have any questions about the schedule of events, please contact our Alumni chair Brooks Owen ’21 (brooks.owen@ KAPPA-MIAMI UNIVERSITY no report submitted KAPPA BETA COLONY – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD The men of the Kappa Beta

Mu Chi supports The Welcome Table at New Hope Church.

colony of Delta Kappa Epsilon truly exemplify what it means to be a gentleman, scholar, and a jolly good fellow. These men have been working diligently to achieve chapter status. We at Kappa Beta colony have successfully initiated 7 new brothers in the 2018-2019 school year. In this membership intake process we hope to develop traditions and focus on instilling the Objects of Delta Kappa Epsilon into our potential members. Active brothers in school offices: Brother Miguel Valente is currently working as an orientation leader, where he helps incoming students adjust to campus life. Brother Valente is also a senator of the Student Government Association here at UIS. Brother Luigi Cabantog is part of new student relations. Two of our brothers, Alex Aviles and Clayton Ellis, are currently working at the IFC. Brother Aviles also works at the Office of Internships and Prior Learning Services. Along with our current active brothers, one of our alumni, Brother Alexander Voigt of the Founding class of 2018, is currently working as a researcher at a local hospital where he examines cancer cells and other various blood illnesses. We are proud to see Alex already making such strides for our


community, and we are excited to see what he will accomplish in his future endeavors. We have been inquiring about on-campus activities to participate in to boost awareness and involvement for the Kappa Beta colony. A recent involvement expo on campus helped us reach out to over 40 men on campus along with the others who may have seen our booth. We are competing in our university’s intramural volleyball tournament. We hope to bring a good amount of competition and to meet potential new interests during this tournament. LAMBDA TAU COLONYUNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE No report submitted MU CHI- MARYVILLE COLLEGE The 2018-2019 year has been a progressive year full of accomplishments and accolades for the brothers of Mu Chi. Five new brothers were successfully initiated and Mu Chi members are excited to see them already contributing to the chapter. Mu Chi actively engages in events in the community including biweekly participation in The Welcome Table at New Hope church in which we serve the homeless and poor. In addition, several brothers are part of the school’s Bonner program

which strives to help service the community through volunteering. Mu Chi is also proud to have brothers who represent campus through Academic Mentorship, Peer Mentorship, Athletics, and prestigious STEM scholars of the school. In the past year we have had great chapter relations with Lambda Tau at The University of Tennessee as well as meetings with Beta at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The past year has also seen several Alumni events including our annual Alumni BBQ homecoming weekend and the introduction of a Woodser alumni event that proved to be a tremendous success. Our recent pledge class has proven themselves by taking an active role in the chapter. Two new brothers have already been elected to positions of Social Chair and Recruitment. We look forward to an even more exciting 2019-2020 year and the addition of many new brothers. The chapter will continue to strive to grow in its academic and philanthropic excellence as the year unfolds. OMICRON – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN The 2018-2019 year was one of the best on record for Omicron, and all of our brothers and alumni enjoyed yet another great year at Michigan. We planned and orchestrated a very successful rush, ultimately initiating 27 new brothers into our family. This year’s class is incredibly special and we are all excited to watch them develop and grow into the great people we know they will become. On Homecoming weekend- and throughout the fall football season- we welcomed back several alumni where we shared stories, explored Ann Arbor, and of course,

Pi Beta’s Founder’s Day (April 8) was celebrated with the help of 53 alumni.

watched our beloved Wolverines. Our chapter has an incredibly diverse presence in the university, with a plethora of students entering and returning in Michigan’s acclaimed engineering, liberal arts, and business schools. Beyond the classroom, most, if not all members are engaged in at least one extracurricular activity or club, and hold executive board positions across over 10 different organizations. Omicron’s biggest philanthropic achievement habitually comes from our involvement in MRelay, the University of Michigan’s chapter for Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society’s biggest program seeing thousands of events nationwide. MRelay is also our chapter’s club of choice, with over seven members currently serving on the club’s executive board, and another five getting ready to apply this fall. All 84 current active members are also members and participants in MRelay, and as a chapter paired with a sorority on campus we raised over $40,000 taking home the claim as number one team for amount of money raised. We’re back at it again this year in our everlasting fight against cancer, so if you’d like to find out more you can go to the Relay for Life website and search for the team name “Rampant Lion x KKG.” PI BETA – TROY UNIVERSITY The Pi Beta chapter of Troy University has had many ups

and downs since its establishment. The chapter is named for Oliver “Pi” Brantley, Psi 1938, who assisted in chartering the chapter at Troy on April 8, 1976. The charter was pulled due to financial circumstances in 1986 and was reinstated in 2011. Since then, the chapter has had tremendous growth within the brotherhood as well as community and university involvement. During the years of 2016 and 2017, there was an abundance of brothers who graduated or enlisted to serve the country. As a result, the active brother counts slowly dwindled. Understanding that this may result in a repeat of the events in 1986, the chapter was determined to never experience that again. For Pi Beta’s fall and spring recruitment in 2018, there were a total of 22 brother initiated. Resulting in almost a 110% increase in the chapters brotherhood. Along with this, for just fall 2019 recruitment there are currently 23 signed and committed pledges. The alumni involvement has also become a huge help in impacting the chapter as a moral boost. For the chapters Founder’s Day on April 8, 2019, there was a total of 53 alumni who participated in celebrating the chapters chartering. This was the biggest turnout of alumni since the re-founding in 2011. There was a total of $7,500 in donations due to the chapter’s improvement and growth witnessed by the alumni association, further

fueling the chapters determination. As for school involvement, Pi Beta ∆KE placed 3rd in Greek week and 1st overall paired with the Alpha Gamma Delta and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. The chapter also received a reward to honor the fraternity with the most community service overall. There was over 250 recorded hours benefitting Habitat for Humanity collectively within the brotherhood. This also resulted in the completion of the habitat house in in December along with a donation of $1,500. The amount is the biggest contribution given since 2017, which was $1,000. As for house improvements, the current house will be getting a new coat of paint, retiled, have new carpet placed, floors waxed, and professionally inspected and cleaned. All paid for by university. All of these successes have led to the brotherhood being inspired to thrive as chapter and build a reputation at Troy as gentlemen, scholars, and jolly good fellows. The Pi Beta chapter of Troy university has had quite a successful year for 2018 and is excited for what 2019 has to offer! PSI – UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA The 2018-2019 year at the Psi chapter has been one to remember to say the least. We successfully initiated 47 new members in the Fall. The recent initiates had the second highest new member GPA on campus with an average of 3.46. We had a great year in intramural in the fall; the sophomore football team made it all the way to the championship and lost in a heartbreaker, while the spring basketball team

made it to the semifinals. Our campus presence is one of the most influential at the university. We are proud to say that one of our junior members, Mac Mosteller, was elected as IFC executive VP where he helped organize the first ever University of Alabama’s National Fraternity Summit. He also won the award for Most Outstanding Junior given by The Order of Omega Honor Society. DKE is the first fraternity on campus of the University of Alabama to partner with “Crossroads Community Engagement Center” a University sponsored program that “provides resources and education on diversity and inclusion through intercultural engagement programs and training”. We had many members contribute to over 1500 service hours completed over the year. Most of the hours were in partnership with the Black Warrior River cleanup and The Regency Retirement Nursing home. It has been a good year for the Psi chapter as the house has many bright minds and is determined to keep DKE as one of the most prominent fraternities on campus.

Psi’s intramural basketball team made the semi-finals.

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CHAPTER &COLONYNEWS SIGMA KAPPA – MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY The Sigma Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon had what can only be described as a fantastic ’18-19 year; we have been working tirelessly as a collective brotherhood to build off of the momentum of our strong previous years, taking tremendous steps to improve our presence both on campus and off, as well as setting the bar for what is thought to be possible of fraternities here on Michigan State’s campus. We are pleased to announce that this past fall semester twenty-four new brothers were initiated, whilst for the spring we initiated another twelve - a feat made possible only by the collaborative efforts of the entirety of our Chapter. We rest assured that these classes will continue to lead the Sigma Kappa Chapter to new heights and preserve the marked experience of genuine brotherhood we hold so dear. The community presence of Delta Kappa Epsilon has increased significantly as well - not only in the East Lansing area but on Michigan State’s own campus - as we have hosted two successful philanthropy events which will now become annual traditions. All of

the proceeds were donated to Haven House, a local organization which provides emergency housing, meals, and counseling to struggling families. Then too, we have gone so far as to host two genuine concert events at our very own house; rapper Sheck Wes in the fall, and DJ/producer Two Friends in the spring. We arranged these performances not only to distinguish the name of DKE on campus, but also to bring together the various different houses in Greek Life which may often feel distant to one another. In addition, we celebrate the success of recent alumni who start out into the world and make their mark on such respectable fields as business, physiology, food industry management, and much more. We especially send our congratulations to Brother Carson Fick, ’15, who served a remarkable two terms as President of the Chapter, graduating with a degree in sports statistics. The impact of all of our recent alumni’s contributions are certainly felt and appreciated by every brother. All-in-all, it has proven to be a great and productive ’1819 year for Sigma Kappa. We continue to seek to surpass previously-held expectations,

Sigma Kappa hosted DJ/producer Two Friends


Tau Delta got a big turnout at their combined Tau Delta 50th & DKE 175th anniversary celebration.

and are honored to be able to pass the torch of tradition and brotherhood to younger men on Michigan State’s campus for years to come. TAU DELTA - SEWANEE: THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH This past spring we initiated eight new members into Tau Delta Chapter. DKE is represented on the football team, the rugby club, the campus fire department, the writing house, the school newspaper, and many other organizations on campus. We are proud of the diversity of activities and other organizations that our members are involved in, and for always increasing our prestige and recognition on campus. Four brothers were initiated into the Order of the Gown, the prestigious campus organization for students who have been recognized for academic excellence for over 100 years. February of this year also brought with it the very important milestone of the 50th anniversary of Tau Delta chapter, which was established on the 22nd of February, 1969. This was a weekend long event in which alumni from all eras across the 50 years of Tau Delta chapter

came back to campus to mingle with other alumni and current members of the chapter. The event was a smashing success, and helped to bridge the gaps of time and reestablish connections between the alumni and active chapter that had been somewhat lost over the years. It was fascinating to hear about what all had changed from the Tau Delta of the past, but what had also stayed exactly the same. Special thanks go to Jeff Lowe ’77, Wayne Adams ’77 and Stephen Smith ’76 for being instrumental in putting the 50th anniversary event together. The chapter received overwhelming support both socially and financially and was able to raise over $10,000 for desperately needed house renovations. The entirety of the bathroom space has now been remodeled with the help of Alex Rummell ’81. We would like to spotlight the accomplishments of one of our recent alumni, Chris Kelemen ’19 who was just hired to a CRA position, and is on track to become a stockbroker at Fidelity Investments in Denver, CO. Chris served as President of the chapter for the entirety of 2018 and will use his experience with DKE to do great things at Fidelity.


John W. McDonald, US Ambassador, retired, died peacefully on May 17, 2019 in Arlington, VA. at the age of 97. Brother McDonald joined Delta Pi at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1940, graduated with a B.A. in 1943 and a JD in 1946. He remained a Deke in his heart to the very end and deeply regretted not being able to attend the 175th Anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C. John joined the Four Powers Allied Control Council - OMGUS, Berlin, in 1947 and the U.S. Foreign Service in 1949 while at the Allied High Commission, Bonn; and in 1952 the Marshall Plan in Paris. He was a lawyer, diplomat, former international civil servant (UN-ILO), development expert and peace-builder, concerned about world social, economic and ethnic problems. He spent twenty years of his career in Western Europe and the Middle East and 16 years on UN Affairs. He graduated from the National War College (now National Defense University) in Washington, D.C. in 1967 and from 1974 to 1978 was the Deputy Director-General of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1983 he joined the newly created Center for the Study of Foreign Affairs, publishing 10 studies on foreign service topics, including the first book on Multi-Track Diplomacy. Brother McDonald received two Presidential Awards (Nixon and Reagan), the

STEPHEN PLAUCHE’ BARTLETT ZETA ZETA ’75 1954-2019 Stephen Plauche’ Bartlett passed away March 16, 2019 at home in Gulf Breeze after a brief illness with his family at his bedside. Brother Bartlett, who was originally from New Orleans, resided in Pensacola for the past thirty plus years. Employed as a financial advisor, Stephen assisted many individual, corporate, and institutional clients with their investment needs and was

State Department Superior Honor Award and was appointed twice Ambassador by Presidents Carter and Reagan. In retirement, John served from 1989 to 1991 as President of the Iowa Peace Institute, founded the NGO, co-founded and served as Chairman and CEO the Institute for MultiTrack Diplomacy ( from 1992-2017. He was Chair and member of numerous non-governmental organizations, was named in 1994 for the Nobel Peace Prize, and obtained 5 Honorary Degrees from academic institutions. The University of Illinois College of Arts and Sciences presented him with the Alumni Achievement award in 2004 and in 2006 U of I bestowed on him the University’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Brother McDonald served on numerous boards, such as the Millennium Project, wrote and edited several books and served until Spring 2019 on George Mason University’s Advisory Board of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. In November 2018, he was honored by the Global Sikh Foundation with a Plaque of Recognition from both Prime Ministers Khan (Pakistan) and Modi (India) for his concept of the Kartarpur Peace corridor linking both countries in a trust-building measure to allow all Sikhs visa-free access to the Temples of Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism 550 years ago, on both sides of the IndoPak border. It will be officially opened in November 2019.

proud to have been working with Ameriprise Financial for the last several years. Stephen graduated from Saint Stanislaus School in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and started college and joined DKE at LSU, later graduating from Loyola University in New Orleans. He will always be remembered by his brothers of Zeta Zeta as a brother and Friar who always stayed in touch. While growing up in the Garden District of New Orleans, he developed his love of fishing on numerous outings to the Rabbit Island Club with his father and various uncles who loved to fish and have a good time. In later life, his annual fishing rodeo at The Tally Ho Club with his many friends from Pensacola was always a very special time.

Stephen served on the boards of many community, Mardi Gras and Fiesta organizations. His activities included: 1992 Mayoki Indian Medicine Man, Knight in the 2004 Court of DeLuna, Fiesta of Five Flags Board of Governors, President of the Gulf Breeze Sertoma Club, founding member of the local LSU alumni club, DWG men’s group, beloved member of the IFD Supper Club and a member of the Boston Club of New Orleans and several carnival organizations in that city. Brother Bartlett will be sorely missed by all who knew him for his winning smile, his keen sense of humor, and his love of LSU football. As was said of him as a young child, “Stephen has not met a stranger yet.”

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MYSTIC CIRCLE OF ∆KE KENDALL WARD BRADFORD TAU DELTA ’82 1960-2019 Kendall Bradford died Feb. 24, 2019 at his home at the age of 58. Brother Bradford was a proud member of DKE’s University of the South chapter. He was employed at National Parks Service, Red River County Mental Health and University of Texas Medical Branch. Brother Bradford was a licensed professional counselor, a mental health manager and a member of the Episcopal Church and New Haven Missionary Baptist Church.

PETER K. RACE THETA ’52 1930-2019 Peter Race passed away peacefully on January 9, 2019. He was raised in Brookline, MA, eventually majoring in English Literature at Bowdoin where he joined DKE. Brother Race was active in Bowdoin Glee Club and the Meddiebempsters double quartet. After serving in the U.S. Army 1952-54 he married Ruth Eldridge in 1953 and lived in New Jersey, Germany, Long Island, NY, and Scituate, MA before settling in Boxford, MA for 45 years Descended from seafaring ancestors of East Boothbay, ME, Brother Race spent his entire career in the property and casualty insurance business, concluding as VP of Electric Mutual Insurance Company. He held a CPCU designation, was a past President of the Boston Chapter of CPCU and was active in Boxford town affairs, including serving more than 40 years on various school committees.

LUCIUS MCCUTCHEN BUTTS, JR. ZETA ZETA ’50 1926- 2019 Lucius Butts Jr., who died May 10, 2019, was educated in Natchez schools until he was sent to Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, Ga. He then attended Tulane University where he was initiated into Delta Kappa Epsilon. Brother Butts left Tulane in the fall of 1944 to enlist in the U.S. Navy immediately after his 18th birthday and served from 1944 to 1946. After returning as a World War II Navy veteran he graduated from Louisiana State University in February 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management. Lucius’ career included working on the


survey crew building the Johns-Manville plant, salesman for the Tom L. Ketchings Company, WNAT Radio Station and then owner of the Dr. Pepper Bottling Company. He was owner of Lucius Butts Insurance Agency for a number of years before affiliating with Byrne Insurance Agency where he was active until his death. Brother Butts was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, the Rotary Club of Natchez and the Pilgrimage Garden Club and was also a founding member of Pandella Hunting Club.

JOHN PALFFY LAMBDA ’80 1958-2019 John Michael Palffy, beloved father, loving husband, brother, and friend passed away on March 28, 2019 at the age of 60. John, as described by his family, has always been a “family man” first and foremost. In his daughters’ eyes, he will forever and always be a hero, strong and wise. This is also true of his DKE brothers. fourteen of whom gathered from around the United States to celebrate his life and legacy and attend his funeral. Brother Palffy graduated in 1980 from Kenyon College with his “brothers from the heart forever,” and went on to earn his MBA in Finance from the University of MichiganAnn Arbor, subsequently completing work towards a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University. John spent more than 30 years as an investment banker, business consultant, and entrepreneur. He began his private sector career as Vice President of Corporate Finance at Johnston-Lemon & Co. (Washington, D.C.) where he specialized in the public offerings and consolidation of financial institutions. In 1991, John formed JMP Financial, Inc., an independent boutique investment banking firm. John’s professional career truly began in Washington, D.C. where he was a Walker Fellow in Economics for the Heritage Foundation. He was recognized, while at Heritage, by the Chamber of Commerce as the “go to” expert on conservative budget policy. He was also Chief Economist to Dan Quayle through whom he first proposed legislation for price-indexed Treasury bonds. John finished his career in politics as a

senior political appointee in the Reagan Administration USDA. Brother Palffy was active in DKE since he joined the Lambda chapter in the Fall of 1975. During his college years, he gave meaning to the word “active” by being the “academic go-to guy” for others needing a bit of guidance. He always had time to shoot the breeze and help out another brother and his music party tapes live on to this day. John also traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan his Junior and Senior years to help re-activate the Omicron chapter. As a lifelong Grosse Pointer, John loved sailing on Lake St. Clair, kayaking in his backyard, playing hockey and baseball, and sunny days in the hammock with his golden retriever, Reagan. Brother Palffy lived for his family, and he always supported his daughters’ adventures and achievements.

WILLIAMS SHEPARD PLEASANTS, JR. TAU LAMBDA ’51 1929-2019 Shep Pleasants, Jr. died on April 25, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Brother Pleasants graduated from Fortier High School where he was on the football, swimming, and track teams and was a writer for the school’s newspaper “The Tarpon.” He then attended Tulane University where he obtained Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. After pursuing a business career, Shep joined his Alma Mater, Tulane, where he served for many years as a fundraising officer. Later he was a fundraising officer for Southern Baptist Hospital before starting a fund-raising consulting business. St. Martin’s and St. George’s Schools were both clients of special interest and devotion. While at Tulane University, Brother Pleasants was involved in several school organizations, and a member of DKE. He retained an intense interest in the fraternity throughout his life and was well known and respected for his leadership and work for Tau Lambda and throughout DKE. He served as a member of the vestry at Trinity Church for a number of years and in the Louisiana National Guard. Brother Pleasants will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends for his quick wit, repartee and devotion to others. He was a memorable storyteller and a devout Episcopalian.


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ACTIVES 44 * 138 27 57 89 9 31 55 44 9 61 37 13 5 9 64 45 23 33 23 52 37 31 34 27 32 49 29 31 20 19 27 45 21 66 57 9 23 8 13 34 46 43 37 20 86 11 27 53 24 10 38 27 38 19 49 30 24 23 14 28 12 * *


Figure in ACTIVES column is number of members after Spring 2019 graduation and before Fall 2019 initiation. Fall new members will be reported next issueFO or SO means recruiting is in Fall or Spring only. F or S means recruiting is year round with letter indicating the primary period.X-F indicates new * Colony just approved by the DKE Board of Directors thus there are no Actives yet. Figures will be reported next issue.X-S or X-Spring only indicates number

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THE DEKE BACKSPLASH: 175TH EVENTS Send us your recent DEKE alumni photos to and we may publish them here. Our next issue will highlight fall sports.

The NY 175th Gala was an “eye popping” event for Rho Lambda’s Tom Vizard ’71, George Otey ’74, and Fred Steb ’72 John Barriger, Sigma Tau ’49 and Doug Chalmers, Lambda ’84 helped make the Chicago 175th a big success

Lars Johnston, Phi Alpha ’01 was Master of Ceremonies at the Vancouver 175th regional event

Mike Berryman, Gamma ’77 (front and center) organized a tour of New York for Gamma Dekes before the 175th NY Gala

Kevin O’Byron, Tau Lambda ’77, John Humphreys, Zeta Zeta ’80, and Paul Masinter, Zeta Zeta ’83 organized the New Orleans 175th which proved to be the largest regional event

Jacob Eisner ’20, Lin Davidson ’71, Charles Kerner ’74, and Daniel Vlad ’19 represented Delta Chi – Cornell University at the NY Gala

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Vol.137, No.3, 175th Gala