Did You Know...
While considered a small fraternity at 85,000 initiated members, Delta Kappa Epsilon has arguably achieved the most of any men's fraternity in North America. The breadth and depth of our members' achievements are unmatched by any other fraternity:
 
  • Dekes have earned more U.S. Medals of Honor and more Olympic gold medals than any other fraternity. 

  • Our DKE alumni have gone to the moon, changed the face of modern public air transportation, and shifted the landscape of both the NHL and the NFL sports leagues.

  • Dekes have been commissioners of Major League Baseball, directors of the CIA, inductees of the NBA Hall of Fame, recipients of Stanley Cup rings, and Chiefs of Staff of the US Army.

  • Dekes have helmed the countries of both America and Cuba (yes, 6 Dekes have been presidents of those countries, and 4 Dekes have been vice presidents). 

  • Dekes have helped govern both Chinese royal dynasties and Japanese national infrastructure. 

  • Dekes have won Emmy awards, produced Hollywood movies, and been part of the Canadian Group of Seven artists.

  • Dekes founded Time Magazine, Xerox, FedEx, Southwest Airlines, Chase Manhattan Bank, the Cleveland Browns, Howard Johnson Hotels, Wrigley's, Bausch and Lomb Opticals, The Weather Channel, and Procter and Gamble. 

  • Dekes designed the Golden Gate Bridge, discovered the North Pole, and counted down New Year's Eve for millions of television viewers each year. 

  • Dekes have been Dutch royalty, music composers, award winning actors, and eminent authors of both American and Canadian literature. 

  • Dekes have owned the New York Yankees,  the Atlanta Braves, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Minnesota Vikings, the Minnesota Twins, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  

  • A Deke is considered the Father of American Football.

  • Teddy bears were named after a Deke.

  • Dekes have presided over the Nuremberg Trials, the US Supreme Court, and the Ontario Supreme Court. 

  • And Abraham Lincoln's son is a Deke.   Maybe your son could be a Deke one day, too.
 
We have more interesting DKE facts and trivia for you below.
Did you know:
the DKE coat of arms is rich
in symbolism and history.

If you're a history buff, you will definitely notice Egyptian mythology and other interesting nuances in our Delta Kappa Epsilon coat of arms.
 
The lion, keys, chevron, stars, hearts, chain, winged disk, diagonal lines, and the radiating eye are all precious symbols to us at DKE.
 
The greek phrase is 'Friends, from the heart, forever'.
Dekes fought on both sides of the US Civil War.
While America was torn asunder by terrible conflict in the 1800's, men of Delta Kappa Epsilon fought for both the North and the South. Dekes even faced each across the battlefield.
 
One particularly famous battle was at Cold Harbor, Virginia, in June of 1864. Here, a northern Deke, Lt. Edwin S. Rogers, was fatally wounded.  He was found and cared for by a Southern Deke, who knelt by his side in those last hours of Lt. Rogers' life.
 
The story has tremendous significance to our Deke brotherhood, as it exemplifies the high ideals and brotherly affection that our society aspires to.
 
You can read the story of the Cold Harbor battle in our DKE poem here.
"Then close beside the Yankee dropped the rebel to his knee, And their hands were clasped together in the grip of D K E. "I'm from Theta," said the Yankee, and he tried to raise his head; "I'm from Psi, in Alabama," were the words the rebel said. "Brothers from the heart forever" - nothing more was left to say, Though one was clad in Northern blue and one in Southern gray."
Famous chef, Ming Tsai, is a Deke

Brother Ming Tsai is a Yale Deke who has earned an Emmy award for this culinary influence on television. 
 
Ming's TV series, 'Simply Ming', is known for his fusion of eastern and western flavours.  Each episode revolves around a specific staple food called the 'Master Recipe'  (e.g. chicken broth), and from there Ming explores the different culinary experiences that can flow from the right combination of ingredients and preparation.
Xerox was founded by a Deke.
Rochester Deke, Joseph Wilson, founded the Xerox Corporation in the 1960's using the xerography technology that he helped develop with his colleague, Chester Carlson.
 
Joseph also fought to racially integrate Xerox in the 1960's, where Americans still resisted the idea of blacks working with fights.
 
The city of Rochester in New York named a high school in Bro. Wilson's honour.
Time Magazine, 
The Gap,
The Weather Channel,
Diner's Club,
and the Cleveland Browns
were all founded by Dekes.
Yale Deke, Briton Hadden, is the co-founder of Time Magazine.
 
Berkley Deke, Donald Fisher, founded Gap Inc.
 
Virginia Deke, Frank Batten, founded the Weather Channel
 
Rhode Island Deke, Alfred Bloomingdale, founded the Diner's Club.
 
Ohio Deke, Paul Brown, founded the Cleveland Browns football club.
A Deke is the only coach to have earned the Triple Gold Club of Hockey.
Bro. Mike Babcock, an Ontario DKE, has earned gold medals in Olympic hockey, IIHF Junior World Hockey, and the NHL Stanley Cup.
 
No other hockey coach in history has achieved this trifecta of lifetime accomplishments.
 
A Deke is the 'Father of American Football'.
In the 1870's, Walter Camp was a Yale Deke who fully transitioned US football from English rugby rules to their own 'line of scrimmage'.

In English Rugby, a dead ball was put back into play using a contested 'scrummage' or scrum, where opposing teams clash and contest the ball for possession. Walter Camp proposed to replace this with a new approach where the team last controlling the ball will start the play uncontested; and that this approach use a 'line of scrimmage'.

Walter Camp further developed American innovations including the four-down limit, the points system, the snap back from center, and the 7-4 line-backfield arrangement.
Dekes have forever influenced the landscape of NFL football.
Coach Thomas Wade Landry, DKE class of 1948 University of Texas, was an industrial engineer. Tom was also an army aviator who flew combat missions in WWII. 

Tom's love for football translated into a celebrated career in the NFL.  He coached defense beside Vince Lombardi with the NY Giants.  
In 1960, he became the first head coach of the Dallas Cowboys,
a job he truly loved because he stayed with the Cowboys for 29 seasons.

Tom Landry finished his career with a 250-162-6 record,
the 3rd greatest coaching record in American football history.  
DKE was founded in 1844 by 15 undergraduate men at Yale.  These founding Dekes believed that other campus societies did not equitably represent the spectrum of men and their many backgrounds.  Specifically:  that other societies made recruit selections based more on money and family status than on actual merit of individual character and integrity.
 
These 15 men decided that the proportioned balance of gentleman, scholar, and jolly good fellow would be the qualities by which they would select new members.
 
A Deke was the Secretary of State for the Chinese Qing Dynasty Empire.

Dekes have also been governors of Alaska, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Louisiana, New York, Alabama, and Minnesota.
Gaston Caperton, Beta - Governor of West Virginia 
Mark Dayton, Phi, U.S. Senator and Governor, Minnesota
John Chafee, Phi - Secretary of the Navy, Governor of Rhode Island, U.S. Senator
Murphy J. "Mike" Foster, Zeta Zeta - two-term Governor of Louisiana
Tony Knowles, Phi, two-term Governor of Alaska
George Pataki, Phi, Governor New York
Don Siegelman, Psi, Governor Alabama
Liang Tun Yen, Phi - Secretary of State, Chinese (Qing Dynasty) Empire
 
A Deke was president of Cuba
when it was still a democracy.
Long before Cuba became communist, Marcio Menocal served as the country's president during World War I. President Menocal was a big supporter of private sector and business, and did much to build the Cuban economy during wartime. 

President Menocal also hosted the first international DKE conference in Cuba. He commissioned a private train to bring Dekes to south Florida, from where they yachted across to Havana, each Deke receiving a gold-trimmed boxed of cigars.

President Menocal joined DKE at the Cornell chapter in 1886.
A Deke designed the Golden Gate Bridge
Bro. Charles Ellis was a structural engineer from our Wesleyan DKE chapter.  
 
Ellis was the chief designer of the Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco to Marin County. 
 
A Deke designed the Dewey Decimal System
Massachusetts Deke, Melvil Dewey, was a librarian who designed the decimal system for classifying books in 1876.
 
The decimal system implements relative location and relative index as a type of directory structure to help librarians and students store and retrieve massive volumes of books in their librares.  
 
The Dewey Decimal System has been used extensively here at the University of Alberta as the preferred way to catalog our voluminous tomes in Cameron, Rutherford, and other campus libraries.
Southwest Airlines was founded by a Deke.
New Jersey brother, Herb Kelleher, joined DKE in Connecticut at our Wesleyan chapter.  Herb majored in English and minored in philosophy.
 
Herb took his liberal arts background, moved to Texas, and envisioned ways to improve air travel for Americans.  His concept for an airline work culture and serice model was drawn on a napkin in San Antonio.  Herb turned that concept into reality in 1971 when he founded Southwest Airlines.
 
Southwest focuses on low airfares, eliminating unnecessary services, and increasing service to secondary airports.
 
There is a Deke flag at the North Pole.
Bowdoin Deke, Robert Peary, is a famous explorer who contributed tremendously to the eminence of American exploration.
 
In 1886,  Bro. Peary proposed a plan to the National Academy of Sciences for how to cross the Greenland ice cap. He championed multiple expeditions that approached the north pole from various directions.
 
In 1909, Robert Peary reached the north pole, and placed a DKE flag as one of five banners at the top of the world.
A Deke brought two DKE flags to the moon, leaving one there, and bringing one back to earth...
Texas Bro. Alan Bean isn't a typical astronaut, at least not for that original era.  

Alan is an artist and a quiet man, and he was surprised when NASA chose him to pilot the landing module for Apollo 12. 
 
The original liftoff of the Saturn V rocket could have gone bad, as it was struck by lightning.  But Alan knew how to restore the system telemetry, and he corrected the flight before disaster struck.

Brother Alan brought two Deke flags to the moon, leaving one there, and bringing the second flag home to give to the Deke Club in NYC.  
Six U.S. presidents are Dekes.
Well. really only five.  (FDR was the sixth Deke president, but we kicked him out of DKE because of dishonorable things).
 
Gerald Ford, Rutherford B. Hayes, Theodore Roosevelt, George Bush Sr. and George Bush Jr. are the five Deke presidents.
 
And yes, four Dekes have been US vice presidents, too.
A Deke was both a Japanese baron and the designer of Japan's national railway system
Japanese Deke, Hirai Seijiro, was chosen by his country to be one of the first to study out of Japan. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he initiated into DKE. 
 
After graduating with his degree in civil engineering, Brother Seijiro   worked for the U.S. government before becoming a railway engineer in the Colonization Bureau for Hokkaidō in 1881. In 1882 he was appointed chief of the railway for the Mining and Railway Bureau forHokkaidō. He later became the chief engineer of the Osaka Railway Company.  Seijiro later joined the government of Japan, where he was advanced to the position of president of the Imperial Government Railways in 1904. When the railway became presided by a cabinet minister in 1908, he was appointed the vice president.
FedEx was founded by a Deke
DKE class of 1963, Yale University:

Frederick W. Smith wrote a paper for his economics professor.  He suggested that using a hub-and-spoke logistics model could provide package delivery service to metro centers faster than any direct-flight logistics model could.  

His professor gave him a 'C' on the paper, saying it was 'not feasible'.

Fred took the C grade, and went on to create FedEx and Federal Express using that same hub-and-spoke business model. 
The first CIA Director was a Deke
Ohio Deke, Sidney Souers, was the founding director of the US Central Intelligence Agency.

President  harry Truman appointed Brother Souers in 1946.  Souers was the director of US Naval Intelligence at thetime, where he had been advocating for a unified intelligence system for the country.
 
Brother Souers went on to also lead the National Security Council of the USA, and then to be the president's special consultant on military and foreign affairs.
 
Canada's 'Mark Twain' is a Deke
William Ormond Mitchell was a famous Canadian writer who has been described as the 'Canadian Mark Twain'. William passed away in 1998. His works included Jake and the Kid and Who Has Seen the Wind. 

Several DKE brothers from the U of Alberta were lucky enough to study under W.O. Mitchell in the late 80's and 90's. 
Premier George Drew, a Toronto Deke, led the Ontario Progressive Conservative Dynasty 

George A. Drew was an influential Canadian politician and Ontario premier.

George is considered the father of the Progressive Conservative Party, where he built a political dynasty in Ontario that lasted 42 years, from 1943 to 1985.
 
George joined DKE during his years at the University of Toronto, after which he served as a colonel in the Canadian Forces. 
 
Hotel magnate, Howard Johnson,
is a Deke

Howard Johnson founded the famous chain of hotels and restaurants of the same name in 1935. His business savvy and commitment to maximum value to his customers earned him an industry hall of fame membership. He served in WWI, and made it through the Great Depression before starting the famous 'HoJo' chain. 
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne is a Deke
Bro. Nathaniel is an American Deke brother who wrotes novels and short stories that influenced the world.
 
His stories revolved around romanticism themes, including 'The Scarlet Letter', and 'The House of the Seven Gables'.
 
Bro. Hawthorne also wrote 'Young Goodman Brown', 'The Blithdale Romance', and 'Twice-Told Tales'.
 
Actor Billy Crudup is a Deke

You may know him from the films 'Watchmen', 'Public Enemies', 'Almost Famous', 'Big Fish'.  You may also recognize his voice from the 'Priceless' Mastercard commercials that have aired since 2005.
 
Bro. Billy Crudup is a very private and humble man.  He actively avoids the public eye and the limelight that goes with being a celebrity.