The founding of delta kappa epsilon
On June 22, 1844 at Yale College in New Haven, Connecticut, a number of men of high character and scholastic attainment founded the first chapter Delta Kappa Epsilon. The open motto being “Kerothen Philoi Aei,” which in English means “Friends from the Heart, Forever.” The DKE pin was also created with the Greek letters of DKE on a white scroll upon a black diamond with a gold rope trim and a star in each corner, as well as the colours crimson, blue, and gold.
DKE is founded at Yale University by 15 sophomores. For membership qualifications, they decide “The candidate most favored is he who combines in the most equal proportions the gentleman, the scholar, and the jolly good fellow.” The open motto is “From the Heart, Friends Forever.”
Charles Taylor, Omicron 1865, Lieutenant in the PA Volunteers, is killed while leading his battalion in action at the Wheatfield on Day 2 of the Battle of Gettysburg. He is honored with a monument for his heroic actions.
Bill Tilden, Delta Kappa-U Penn is the greatest tennis player of his era, winning 14 majors including six consecutive US Opens in the 1920’s. Brother Tilden is elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1959
Harvey Cushing, Phi-Yale, wins the Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Brother Cushing is most famous as the “Father of Modern Neurosurgery.” He developed many of the basic surgical techniques for operating on the brain.
George H. W. Bush, Phi-Yale, is sworn in as the 41st President of the United States and J. Danforth Quayle, Psi Phi-DePauw is sworn in as the 44th Vice President. This is the first and only time that a sitting President and Vice President were members of the same Fraternity. Brother Bush is sworn in by Justice Potter Stewart, also a Yale Deke.
George W. Bush, Phi-Yale, is sworn in as the 43rd President of the United States.Terry Stewart, Phi Chi-Rutgers, is named as CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. He serves for 14
Mad Men premieres on AMC. In 8 seasons as a hit series, Mad Men stars two Deke Brothers, Bryan Batt (Tau Lambda-Tulane) as Sal Romano and Harry Hamlin (Theta Zeta-Cal) as Jim Cutler. Additionally, one of the show’s main characters, Pete Campbell, plays a Deke.
“Garden and Glass,” a museum of Dale Chihuly glass art works, opens next to the Space Needle in Seattle and quickly becomes a top attraction. Chihuly, Kappa Epsilon-Washington, is the world’s leading pioneer in glass art, and his work is displayed worldwide.
Mike Babcock, Tau Alpha-McGill, coaches the Canadian men’s hockey team to the Olympic Gold Medal. He also coaches the 2010 Gold Medal team, and wins the 2008 Stanley Cup with the Red Wings. Brother Babcock is currently head coach of the Maple Leafs
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Friends From the Heart, Forever.
he chapter started with it’s 15 founders deeming itself Phi of Delta Kappa Epsilon. Since that time, DKE has grown to over 64 chapters and initiated over 85,000 members across North America. “The Gentleman, the Scholar, and the Jolly Good-Fellow” has become our motto. The fraternity is inextricably linked to the history of the United States of America, as its members include a whopping 5 of the 44 presidents, including both George Bush’s, Rutherford B. Hayes, Teddy Roosevelt, and Gerald Ford.