List of Theta Chi members

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List of notable members of Theta Chi fraternity.

Armed Services[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
General Jimmie V. Adams Chi/Auburn Commander in Chief of US Pacific Air Forces
Major General Francis William Billado Alpha/Norwich Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard
Captain James M. Burt Alpha/Norwich U.S. Army, Medal of Honor and Purple Heart Recipient, WWII
Major General Reginald M. Cram Alpha/Norwich Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard
Major General Grenville M. Dodge Alpha/Norwich Union Army officer in the Civil War; Railroad executive, helped construct the Transcontinental Railroad
Colonel Charles Ross Greening Alpha Omicron / Washington State flew in Gen. James Doolittle’s first air raid on Tokyo in WWII
Vice Admiral George Raymond Henderson Gamma/Maine USN, a World War II-era officer
Lieutenant General H.P. (Pete) Osman Zeta Pi / Old Dominion USMC, Responsible for Toys For Tots on the Eastern Seaboard
Captain Harl Pease, Jr., Zeta / New Hampshire Army Air Corps Medal of Honor awarded posthumously on December 2, 1942, and Pease AFB named in honor of him.
General John M. Shalikashvili Gamma Upsilon / Bradley Former Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Supreme Allied Commander, Commander-in-Chief United States Military (Retired)
Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin H. Vandervoort Beta Eta / Washington College Led American airborne landings in Normandy and in Operation Market Garden in WWII
Major Harold Watson Alpha/Norwich Flew in Doolittle Raid in WWII
Brigadier General Edward Bancroft Williston Alpha/Norwich U.S. Army, Medal of Honor Recipient, Civil War
Glenn Rosenburger Delta Gamma / West Virginia Wesleyan US Marine Corp, Marine One Pilot

Arts and Entertainment[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Steven Spielberg Zeta Epsilon / CSU-Long Beach Movie Producer, Writer & Academy Award winning Director
Charles Addams Iota/Colgate Cartoonist for New Yorker Magazine & creator of The Addams Family
Edward Andrews Xi/Virginia Actor, appeared in over 50 films including Sixteen Candles and Gremlins
Matt Austin Actor, Date Movie
Steve Buckingham Omicron/Richmond Grammy Award winning music producer
Edgar Buchanan Alpha Sigma / Oregon Actor, Starred on Petticoat Junction TV series
Evan Wecksell Epsilon Theta/Tufts University Comedian, Singer/Songwriter VH1, E!, Comedy Central, Conan (talk show)
Rob Corddry Theta/UMass Screen Actor and "Senior Correspondent" on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Michael Fjordbak Delta Phi / North Texas Actor, MTV series Teen Wolf (2012 series)
Sammy Kaye Alpha Tau / Ohio Big Bandleader and Songwriter
Dr. Tait J. Martin Eta Omicron / Northwestern State Emmy Winner and CEO of The iNSiGHT Cooperative
Dan Resin Alpha Iota / Indiana Dr. Beeper in the movie Caddyshack.
Martin Rubeo Gamma Eta / Bucknell Musician and founding member of alternative rock band, Gramsci Melodic
Francis H. Striker Gamma Pi / Buffalo Writer, Co-Creator of the Lone Ranger and the Green Hornet
Phil Vassar Eta Kappa / James Madison Country Music Star
Terry Woodford Chi/Auburn Motown Records Music Producer
J.P. Godsey Radio Host, Virginia Beach, VA
Ben Silverman co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios.
John Burk Grammy Award winning Producer, President Concord Records, CCO Concord Music Group
Gregory Nicotero Zeta Lambda / Westminster Executive Producer of The Walking Dead

Business and Industry[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Paul R. Andrews Alpha/Norwich Former President and Chairman, Prentice-Hall
Ronald Batory President and COO, Consolidated Rail Corporation Conrail
James M. Barrow Assistant Vice President- Insurance, PNC Mortgage
James L. Bauchat Alpha Gamma / Michigan Former Vice President of American Tobacco Company; Former President and CEO of Sunshine Biscuits, Inc.
Patrick W. Brown Managing Director/ Corporate Architect, FedEx Freight, Harrison, AR
Jack DeBoer Beta Zeta / Michigan State Former Chairman and CEO of Residence Inns; Xerox Board of Trustees member; Cofounder, Chairman, and CEO of Candlewood Suites; Founder of Summerfield Suites; Cofounder of Cambridge Suites and Value Inn
Russell DeYoung Beta Lambda / Akron Former Chairman and CEO, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Samuel DiPiazza Alpha Phi / Alabama Global CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Stewart A. Dunn Iota/Colgate Former Senior Vice President of Merrill Lynch
Robert E. Eberly Omega / Penn State Penn State benefactor
David R. Goode Gamma Sigma / Duke Retired Chairman, President, and CEO of Norfolk Southern Corporation
Crawford H. Greenewalt Beta/MIT Former CEO of DuPont, worked on the "Manhattan Project"
Bill Grimes Delta Gamma / West Virginia Wesleyan Former President and CEO of ESPN; Former Vice President of CBS Broadcasting Group
James Haworth Epsilon Phi / Central Missouri Sears Executive Vice President; former EVP and COO of Wal-Mart; former chairman, president and CEO of Chia Tai Enterprises International
David F. Hodnik Zeta Psi / Western Illinois Former CEO of Ace Hardware
William K. Howell Omicron/Richmond Former President of Miller Brewing Company [1][2][3]
Tony Hulman Sr. Delta Pi / Indiana State Former CEO of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and other endeavors (honorary member)
Lee Iacocca Beta Sigma / Lehigh Former Chairman and CEO, Chrysler Corporation; President of Ford Motor Company
Frederick Krom Zeta Psi / Western Illinois ARX Investment Management Vice Chairman and partner; former Vice President of Morgan Stanley
David Lauren Gamma Sigma / Duke Senior Vice President of Advertising, Marketing, and Corporate Communications for Polo Ralph Lauren
Herbert E. Lister Gamma Xi / San Jose State Former President and CEO, AllState Insurance
Nick Mileti Gamma Mu / Bowling Green Former owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Crusaders, and the Coliseum at Richfield
Van Richey Alpha Phi / Alabama President and CEO, American Cast Iron Pipe Co.
Eric Schiffer CEO of 99 Cents Only Stores
Philip Rinaldi Epsilon Psi / NJIT CEO of Philadelphia Energy Solutions

Education[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
John Sloan Dickey Alpha Theta / Dartmouth Former president of Dartmouth College
Charles Dole Alpha/Norwich Former President of Norwich University
William Durden Pi/Dickinson President of Dickinson College
Michael Heyman Alpha Alpha Theta / Dartmouth Former Chancellor, University of California
Dr. Walter S. Newman Nu/Hampden-Sydney Former President of Virginia Tech
Charles H. Spooner Alpha/Norwich Former President of Norwich University
Robert A. Weygand Eta / Rhode Island Vice president for administration of the University of Rhode Island, former Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, former U.S. Representative for 2nd District of Rhode Island
Dr. David Deggs Scholar and professor at the University of Arkansas
William J. Taverner Sexologist, author and editor of sexuality texts, including the American Journal of Sexuality Education
Richard Benson Fulbright Scholarship recipient
Lee Bollinger Alpha Sigma/University of Oregon President of Columbia University

Politics and government[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
J. Michael Ball Tau / Florida Former New Hampshire State Representative - Hillsborough District 9
Marvin R. Baxter Beta Upsilon / Fresno State Current Associate Justice, Supreme Court of California
Ralph Brooks Gamma Phi / Nebraska Wesleyan Former governor of Nebraska
Dennis Cardoza Eta Tau / California State University Stanislaus U.S. Representative for 18th District of California
Theodore Christianson Alpha Pi / Minnesota Former governor of Minnesota
Robert Cupp Zeta Kappa / Ohio Northern Member of the Ohio State Supreme Court
Carl Curtis Gamma Phi / Nebraska Wesleyan Former US Senator and Representative of Nebraska
Christopher Dorworth Tau/University of Florida Former Florida Representative for 34th District of Florida
Ernest W. Gibson Alpha/Norwich Former US Senator, governor of Vermont
Tony Goolsby University of North Texas Member of the Texas House of Representatives from Dallas County, 1989-2009 [4]
Harry Hughes Alpha Psi / Maryland Former governor of Maryland
Eugene Keogh Upsilon/NYU Former US Representative, Author of Keogh Plan
Peter Lund Current Michigan Representative for the 36th District and Michigan House Majority Whip
Warren Magnuson Alpha Rho / Washington Former US Senator
William J. Murphy Zeta Upsilon / University of Hartford 221st Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
Jacob A. Preus Alpha Pi / Minnesota Former governor of Minnesota
David R. Stras Delta Psi / Kansas Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
Randall Tobias Alpha Iota / Indiana Former U.S. Global AIDS coordinator, former CEO and chairman, AT&T Communications, former chairman, president and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company, author
Fuller Warren Tau/Florida Former governor of Florida
Michael Villines Former California State Assemblyman, 29th District and Republican Leader of The House
Dan Daley Gamma Rho / Florida State Commissioner, City of Coral Springs, Florida
Chris Carr[disambiguation needed] Delta Beta / Georgia Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development

Journalism[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Radley Balko Senior Editor, Reason Magazine
Justin Breen Senior Editor, DNAinfo.com/Chicago
Blake Essig Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
Mike Greenberg Delta Iota / Northwestern University Co-host of ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning
Jay Ingram Toronto Star Journalist, Author, TV Host of several Discovery Channel Canada programs, including Daily Planet
Sean McManus President of CBS News and CBS Sports
Harry Reasoner Former news anchor of ABC & CBS, Editor of 60 Minutes
Michael J. Shaara Pulitzer Prize winner for the novel The Killer Angels which served as the basis for the movie Gettysburg
Bob Woodruff Former co-anchor of ABC's World News Tonight (recuperating from wounds sustained while on assignment in Iraq in January 2006)
Paul Zimmerman Sports Editor of the Los Angeles Times
Matt Gallagher Contributor for New York Times, and author (Gamma Omicron)

Research and Space[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Daniel T. Barry Lambda/Cornell Former NASA Mission Specialist aboard 3 Space Shuttle missions. Also appeared on the TV show Survivor: Panama.
Owen Chamberlain Alpha Theta / Dartmouth Former Professor of Physics, joined "Manhattan Project" 1942-1946, Winner of 1959 Nobel Prize in Physics
Charles E. "Buddy" Davis Chi/Auburn Apollo space program engineer
Edward G. Gibson Alpha Zeta / Rochester Former NASA Astronaut, spent 84 days aboard Skylab
Donald E. Knuth Beta Nu/Case Western Reserve University Computer Scientist and Professor Emeritus, Stanford University; Recipient of 1974 Turing Award
Dr. Hugh M. Long, Jr. Chi/Auburn 1949 Rhodes Scholarship recipient, cryogenic engineer, physics researcher

Athletics[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Brian Cardinal Alpha Delta / Purdue Former Purdue basketball player, Currently in the NBA playing for the Dallas Mavericks
Ernie Conwell Alpha Rho / Washington Professional football player, New Orleans Saints
Manny Diaz Gamma Rho / Florida State Defensive coordinator for the University of Texas
Turk Edwards Alpha Omicron / Washington State Former NFL player
Dick Fosbury Sigma / Oregon State University 1968 Summer Olympics gold medalist in the high jump and creator of the Fosbury Flop
Robert "Lefty" Grove Beta Eta / Washington College Major League Baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox (1925–1941), and inductee of the National Baseball Hall of Fame (Honorary Membership)
Tom Haller Rho/Illinois Former MLB catcher for the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers
Luke Hancock Eta Chi / George Mason Current NCAA forward for the Louisville Cardinals and formerly the George Mason Patriots. Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 Final Four
Tunch Ilkin Delta Pi / Indiana State Former NFL athlete and voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers
Ralph "Shug" Jordan Chi/Auburn Former Head Football Coach, Auburn University, 1957 NCAA National Champions
Scott "Raven" Levy Alpha Xi / Delaware Professional Wrestler, Actor, Writer
Vern Mikkelsen Beta Kappa / Hamline University Former basketball player for the Minneapolis Lakers & in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Mike "The Miz" Mizanin Gamma Kappa / Miami (OH) Professional Wrestler, Actor, Reality TV star
Mark Murphy Iota/Colgate Former All-Pro Defensive Back for the Washington Redskins, 1977–84, former Athletic Director for Northwestern University, President and CEO of the Green Bay Packers
Johnny Norlander Beta Kappa / Hamline Former professional basketball player and Hamline University NCAA Champion Basketball team with Vern Mikkelson.
Jim Parque Beta Alpha / UCLA Former pitcher for the Chicago White Sox
Matt Patricia Delta/RPI Defensive Coordinator for the New England Patriots
Jimmy "Red" Phillips Chi/Auburn Three-time NFL Pro-Bowler, All-American wide receiver at Auburn University and member of Auburn's 1957 national championship football team
Alan K. "Al" Saunders Gamma Xi / San Jose State Offensive Coordinator for the St. Louis Rams, Former Associate Head Coach & Offensive Coordinator for the Washington Redskins from 2006–2007, Former Offensive Coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs, 2001–2005, Former Head Coach of the San Diego Chargers, 1986–1988

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