Notable Alpha Delts

Notable Alpha Delts

You may have heard of several notable Alpha Delts. These impressive alumni exhibit a commitment to the betterment of one’s whole being: moral, social, and intellectual.

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  • Joseph S. Ames (F) — Johns Hopkins University, 1886, President of Johns Hopkins University
  • William Watts Folwell (F) — Hobart College, 1857, President of the University of Minnesota
  • Louis Agassiz Fuertes (F) — Cornell University, 1897, naturalist and artist
  • Daniel Coit Gilman (F) — Yale University, 1852, President of Johns Hopkins University
  • Roger Howell, Jr. (F/S) — Bowdoin College, 1958, 10th President of Bowdoin College
  • Emory William Hunt (F) — University of Rochester, 1884, President of Denison University; President of Bucknell University
  • Harry Burns Hutchins (F) — University of Michigan, 1871, President, University of Michigan (1897–1898, 1910–1920), Dean, University of Michigan School of Law (1895–1897, 1898–1910), appointed to the inaugural faculty to the Cornell University School of Law (1887–1896)
  • Robert Hutchins (F) — Yale University, 1921, President of the University of Chicago
  • Har Barry Mills (F/S) — Bowdoin College, 1972, President of Bowdoin College
  • Andrew Van Vranken Raymond (F) — Union College, 1875, President of Union College
  • Benjamin Rush Rhees (F) — Amherst College, 1883, President, University of Rochester, (1900–1935)
  • Henry Wade Rogers (F) — University of Michigan, 1874, Dean, University of Michigan School of Law, President, Northwestern University, Dean, Yale Law School
  • Eugene V. Rostow (F) — Yale University, 1933, Dean of Yale Law School, Adviser to the United States Department of State
  • Michael S. Roth (F/S) — Wesleyan University, 1978, President of Wesleyan University
  • Charles Taylor (F) — McGill University, 1952, philosopher, Rhodes Scholar and recipient of the Templeton Prize and the Kyoto Prize
  • David Truman (F) — Amherst College, 1921, President of Mount Holyoke College, Provost of Columbia University
  • Edwin Willits (F) — University of Michigan, 1855, President, State Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) (1885–1889)


  • Macdonald Carey (F) — University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1935, actor
  • Austin “Buzzy” Cohen (S) — Columbia University, 2009, Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions winner in 2017
  • Caleb Deschanel (F) — Johns Hopkins University, 1966, Academy Award-nominated cinematographer
  • Fredric March (F) — University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1920, actor
  • Chris Miller (F) — Dartmouth College, 1963, co-screenwriter, National Lampoon’s Animal House
  • Hayden Schlossberg (F) — University of Chicago, 2000, co-screenwriter, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Scary Movie 3 (rewrite)
  • Ben Stein (F/S) — Columbia University, 1966, actor and author
  • Raymond Joseph Teller (F) — Amherst College, 1970, actor and magician, of Penn & Teller
  • Franchot Tone (F) — Cornell University, 1927, actor
  • Monty Woolley (F) — Yale University, 1911, actor


  • Colin Angle (F/S) — Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989, Founder and CEO of iRobot Corporation
  • Edwin Booz (F) — Northwestern University, 1914, founder of Booz Allen Hamilton and Booz & Company
  • David Culver (F) — McGill University, 1946, Chairman and CEO emeritus of Alcan Aluminum Ltd.
  • John S. Dyson (F) — Cornell University, 1965, former Deputy Mayor of New York City, Commissioner of Commerce, Cornell University Board of Trustees
  • Eran Egozy (F/S) — Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995, Founder and CTO of Harmonix Music Systems
  • Henry Clay Folger (F) — Amherst College, 1879, President of Standard Oil and Founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library
  • William Russell Grace (F/S) — Columbia University, 1900, Founder of W. R. Grace and Company
  • David Packard (F/S) — Stanford University, 1934, Founder of the Hewlett-Packard Computer Corporation
  • Charles H. Percy (F) — University of Chicago, 1941, U.S. Senator, Chairman of Bell and Howell Corporation
  • John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (F/S) — Brown University, 1897, Director, Standard Oil, U.S. Steel, philanthropist
  • Allan Sproul (F) — University of California, 1919, Director, Kaiser Aluminum
  • Grant Tinker (F) — Dartmouth College, 1949, President of NBC
  • Walter C. Teagle (F) — Cornell University, 1900, President of Standard Oil.
  • Gerald B. Zornow (F) — University of Rochester, 1937, Chairman of Eastman Kodak

Government and Military

  • Hon. John Black Aird (F) — University of Toronto, 1945, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; Canadian Senator
  • Richard R. Burt (F) — Cornell University, 1969, U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from 1985 to 1989; U.S. Chief Negotiator in the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) with the Former Soviet Union
  • Reuven Carlyle (F) — University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1987, Washington State Representative
  • Michael N. Castle (F) — Hamilton College, 1961, Governor of Delaware; US Congressman
  • Joshua Chamberlain (F/S) — Bowdoin College, 1852, hero of the Battle of Gettysburg; received Confederate surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; Medal of Honor; Governor of Maine; President of Bowdoin College
  • Salmon P. Chase (F) — Dartmouth College, 1826, Secretary of the Treasury under President Abraham Lincoln; Chief Justice of the United States
  • Joseph H. Choate (F) — Harvard University, 1852, Ambassador to Great Britain
  • Bainbridge Colby (F) — Williams College, 1890, Secretary of State; founder of Progressive Party
  • Dwight F. Davis (F) — Harvard University, 1900, Secretary of War; donor of the Davis Cup.
  • William R. Day (F) — University of Michigan, 1870, Secretary of State
  • Larry J. Estrada (F) — University of California, Santa Barbara, 1968, Mayor of Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Charles S. Fairchild (F) — Harvard University, 1863, Secretary of the Treasury
  • James Rudolph Garfield (F) — Williams College, 1885, Secretary of the Interior
  • Frederick H. Gillett (F) — Amherst College, 1874, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Alastair W. Gillespie (F) — McGill University, 19??, Member of Canadian Parliament; Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce (Canada)
  • Alger Hiss (F) — Johns Hopkins University, 1926, clerk to fellow fraternity alumnus Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.; influential U.S. State Department official; convicted of perjury in House Un-American Activities Committee investigation into communist spying.
  • Edward M. House (F) — Cornell University, 1881, politician, Presidential adviser and diplomat
  • William Luther (F) — University of Minnesota, 1967, U.S. Congressman
  • Michael Meighen (F) — McGill University, 1960, Canadian Senator
  • Charles H. Percy (F) — University of Chicago, 1941, U.S. Senator
  • Thomas C. Reed (F) — Cornell University, 1956, 11th Secretary of the Air Force; author of At the Abyss: An Insider’s History of the Cold War
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (F) — Harvard University, 1904, President of the United States
  • Theodore Roosevelt (F) — Harvard University, 1880, President of the United States
  • Fred Upton (F) — University of Michigan, 1975, US House of Representatives, Michigan’s 4th congressional district (1986–1990), US House of Representatives, Michigan’s 6th congressional district (1990–present)
  • John S. Wold (F) — Union College, 1938, U.S. Congressman, oil man, and philanthropist

Law and Judiciary

  • Samuel Blatchford (F/S) — Columbia University, 1837, Justice, U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Henry Billings Brown (F) — Yale University, 1856, Justice, U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Salmon P. Chase (F) — Dartmouth College, 1826, Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court.
  • William R. Day (F) — University of Michigan, 1870, Justice, U.S. Supreme Court.
  • William S. Groesbeck (F) — Miami University, U. S. Representative
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes (F) — Harvard University, 1861, Justice, U.S. Supreme Court.
  • John Jay (F/S) — Columbia University, 1836, abolitionist and grandson of John Jay 1st Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court
  • Dana Porter (F) — University of Toronto, 1921, Chief Justice of Ontario.
  • George Shiras, Jr. (F) — Yale University, 1853, Justice, U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Harlan Fiske Stone (F) — Amherst College, 1894, Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court.

Literature and Journalism

  • Samuel Hopkins Adams (F) — Hamilton College, 1891, author.
  • John Perry Barlow (F/S) — Wesleyan University, 1969, poet, essayist, lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Philip Barry (F) — Yale University, 1918, author.
  • Francis Bellamy (F) — University of Rochester, 1876, author of the original Pledge of Allegiance
  • Stephen Vincent Benét (F) — Yale University, 1919, poet.
  • Richard Ghormley Eberhart (F) — University of Minnesota, 1926, poet.
  • David Eisenhower (F) — Amherst College, 1970, Author of Eisenhower at War
  • John C. Farrar (F) — Yale University, 1918, poet, publisher.
  • William Randolph Hearst (F) — Harvard University, 1885, publisher.
  • Elijah Kellogg (F/S) — Bowdoin College, 1840, young adult author and author of the once-popular monologue, “Spartacus to the Gladiators at Capua”
  • Pagan Kennedy (F/S) — Wesleyan University, 1984, author, pioneer of ’90s Zine Movement.
  • James Russell Lowell (F) — Harvard University, 1838, poet, critic, editor, and diplomat
  • Henry Luce (F) — Yale University, 1920, publisher; founder of Time–Life.
  • Robert Ludlum (F/S) — Wesleyan University, 1951, novelist
  • Chris Miller (F) — Dartmouth College, 1961, Co-author of National Lampoon’s Animal House
  • Col. Robert R. McCormick (F) — Yale University, 1903, editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune.
  • P. J. O’Rourke (F) — Miami University, author
  • Daniel Pearl (F/S) — Stanford University, 1985, journalist WSJ editor and victim of terrorism
  • Ben Stein (F/S) — Columbia University, 1966, author, humorist
  • George Templeton Strong (F/S) — Columbia University, 1838, prolific diarist
  • Scott Turow (F) — Amherst College, 1970, novelist
  • Thornton Wilder (F) — Yale University, 1920, author and playwright
  • Debby Applegate (F) — Amherst College, 1989, historian and author


  • Bishop Theodore B. Lyman (F) — Hamilton College, 1837.
  • Father Thomas Merton (F/S) — Columbia University, 1938.
  • Bishop Herbert Shipman (F) — Colgate University, 1890.

Science and Engineering

  • Frederick Madison Allen (F) — University of California, 1902, pioneer in Diabetes
  • Farrington Daniels (F) — University of Minnesota, 1910, pioneer in solar energy; Chairman, Chemistry at University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Michael Gazzaniga (F) — Dartmouth College, 1961, founder of the field of cognitive neuroscience
  • William H. Masters (F) — Hamilton College, 1938, Researcher, human sexuality.
  • Lt. Colonel Steven R. Nagel (F) — University of Illinois, 1969, NASA astronaut, Space Shuttle Discovery
  • Kenneth Ouriel (F) — University of Rochester, 1977, vascular surgeon and Chief of Surgery, The Cleveland Clinic.
  • Louis Ridenour (F) — University of Chicago, 1932, developer of radar, adviser to President Eisenhower
  • Daniel M. Tani (F/S) — Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984, NASA astronaut, Space Shuttle Endeavour, International Space Station
  • Josiah Whitney (F) — Yale University, 1839, California State Geologist and namesake of the highest peak in the continental United States, Mt. Whitney.

Sports and Athletics

  • Bernie Bierman (F) — University of Minnesota, 1915, Athlete, University of Minnesota Football Coach
  • Andy Enfield (F) — Johns Hopkins University, 1991, Head basketball coach at University of Southern California
  • Jeremy Glick (F) — University of Rochester, 1993, was one of several passengers believed to have counterattacked the hijackers of United Airlines Flight 93, on September 11, 2001. He was US National Collegiate Judo champion in 1993. He was president of the Rochester Chapter. He was a business executive with Vividence, a San Mateo e-consulting company
  • Otto Graham (F) — Northwestern University, 1944, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback. In 1999, he was ranked number 7 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, the highest-ranking player who had played in the AAFC
  • Terry Gurnett (F) — University of Rochester, 1977, as head coach of women’s soccer, won 400 Division III games setting a record.[1]
  • Jackie Jensen (F) — University of California, 1949, Athlete, former Major League Baseballoutfielder
  • Walter A. Haas, Jr. (F) — University of California, 1937, former owner of Oakland Athletics, Honorary Chairman of Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Miller Pontius (F) — University of Michigan, 1914, All Big-9 (Western Conference) Tackle in 1912, All American in 1913, First baseman and Captain of the 1914 Baseball Team (2-year letterman), Assistant Football Coach, University of Tennessee and University of Michigan
  • Richard Rifenburg (F) — University of Michigan, 1949, All American End, University of Michigan (1948), Drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Yankees (chose baseball but suffered a knee injury), Signed and played one year with the Detroit Lions, Sideline Reporter for Buffalo Bills, Sports radio host and University of Buffalo play-by-play announcer for WBEN
  • Bill Smith (F) — Hamilton College, 1980, General Manager, Minnesota Twins
  • Neil Snow (F) — University of Michigan, 1902, Michigan’s 2nd All-American Football player, Earned 10 varsity letters (Football-4, Baseball-4, Track-2), Named the 1st ever Rose Bowl MVP in the 1902 defeat of Stanford, 49-0, Named to the Michigan All Time Football Team
  • Frank Steketee (F) — University of Michigan, 1922, Half-back, punter, and kicker for the 1918, 1920, and 1921 University of Michigan Football Teams, First Freshman to be named All American in Michigan Football History, Also lettered in hockey, golf and swimming
  • Francis “Fay” T. Vincent (F) — Williams College, 1960, former Commissioner, Major League Baseball

Alumni followed by an (S) are members of the Alpha Delta Phi Society.

Alumni followed by an (F) are members of the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity.

Alumni followed by an (F/S) are members of the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity whose chapter is now part of the Alpha Delta Phi Society.