Kappa Delta Rho
|Kappa Delta Rho|
|Founded||May 17, 1905
|Motto||"Honor Super Omnia" - "Honor Above All Things"|
Middlebury Blue Princeton Orange
|Headquarters||331 South Main St.
Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Kappa Delta Rho (ΚΔΡ, also known as KDR) is an American college social fraternity, with 78 chapters (38 of which are active) spread out over the United States, primarily in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Kappa Delta Rho's open motto is Honor Super Omnia, or Honor Above All Things.
Kappa Delta Rho was founded in room 14 of Old Painter Hall at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT on May 17, 1905. It formed out of the Middlebury Commons Club, and had ten principal founders: George Edwin Kimball, Irving Thurston Coates, John Beecher, Pierce Wordsworth Darrow, Thomas Howard Bartley, Benjamin Edward Farr, Gideon Russell Norton, Gino Arturo Ratti, Chester Monroe Walch and Roy Dyer Wood.
Unusual among college fraternities, KDR's Alpha Chapter at Middlebury chose to coeducate in the early 1990s, due to a policy at the school against single-sex organizations. The chapter is once more the Alpha of the fraternity and the only chapter of the Kappa Delta Rho Society, and maintains its own traditions and a unique badge, slightly modified from the standard fraternity badge.
Kappa Delta Rho is the sole fraternity to have a chapter which co-educates within the North-American Interfraternity Conference.
The values of ΚΔΡ are: Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship, Service, and Tradition and can be seen in its Credo and Precepts. The Credo first received national recognition in the fraternity world when The Fraternity Month published it in the October 1946 issue. The author is George E. Shaw, Alpha ‘10, (1885 – 1976), Director of Kappa Delta Rho, National Historian, and the first pledge of the fraternity. The Precepts were adopted by the 95th National Convention in 2006.
Since the Beginning, wherever men have come together, there have I been.
My membership is legion. From the humble home and from the stately mansion; from the rolling farms and from the noisy factories; from the East and West and North and South have my followers come.
They who understand my meaning have followed in the footsteps of the Man of Galilee. In peace, they have been their brother’s keeper, and in the agony of war, their blood has enriched the Fields of Flanders and reddened the sands of the Pacific.
Their reward has been the Inspiration of their Youth; the Driving Power of their Manhood; the Memories of their Maturity. They have fought the good Fight and of these, my sons, I am justly proud,
Who am I? My name is FRATERNITY. And because I have given Man that which he craves, I shall endure. My sons shall neither falter nor fail. They shall add new lustre to my name.
Precepts of Kappa Delta Rho
As a Brother of the National Fraternity of Kappa Delta Rho, I have but one aim: to lead an honorable life.
To this end, I am bound by my words and actions to:
- Embrace the principles and spirit of the KDR Gentleman, treating all those I encounter with dignity and respect;
- Work diligently in the pursuit of my education, understanding that I am a student first and that the quest for knowledge is an endeavor which will last a lifetime;
- Meet all of my obligations to the Fraternity in a timely manner, so as to ensure that I am doing my share and that I am not a burden to my brothers;
- Engage in the service of mankind, not for the praise or recognition that such service may bring, but because it is the right thing to do;
- Serve as my brothers’ keeper, holding them accountable for their actions as they hold me accountable for mine, and
- Support my Alma Mater, that she may view Kappa Delta Rho as a partner in the development of her students.
I understand that my membership in Kappa Delta Rho is a lifelong privilege that is contingent upon my willingness to incorporate the values of the Fraternity into my daily life and uphold the oath I have sworn. As I speak these words I once again to affirm to my brothers, and all who hear me, that I am a KDR Gentleman and I will place Honor Above All Things.
Honor Super Omnia!
Quill & Scroll
The National Office of the fraternity publishes a semi-annual news magazine called the Quill & Scroll. First published as The Scroll in 1909 at Middlebury College, the Fraternity changed the name in 1924 after it became a national publication. Today, articles in The Quill and Scroll detail the successes of the National Fraternity, the various alumni corporations, undergraduate chapters and individual members. The articles reflect the high ideals of KDR as experienced by its undergraduates and alumni.
The Pathfinder is the KDR educational and historical manual. It is given to those who choose to pledge the fraternity so that they may understand the responsibilities of membership. It also provides them with an introduction to the way in which KDR is organized, how it operates and what the roles are of the chapter, alumni, and National Office. The manual is updated every few years by the National Office to bring it up to date with new information, policies and ideas.
Awards are given out to Chapters and individual Brothers each year at the National Convention. Chapter awards include: the Robert D. Corrie Award for Chapter of The Year, O.D. Roberts Award for Chapter Improvement, Donald C. Wolfe for Outstanding Newsletter, George E. Kimball Award for Outstanding Social Service, John L. Blakely Award for Outstanding Philanthropics, Leo T. Wolford Award for Outstanding Campus Involvement, Gino A. Ratti Award for Outstanding Alumni Relations, E. Mayer Maloney Award for Outstanding Faculty Relations, Dr. Harold Osborn Award for Outstanding Intramural Sports, & George E. Shaw Award for Outstanding Public Relations.
Individual awards are also handed out including: Outstanding Senior, Outstanding New Member, Outstanding Advisor, & the Red Rose Award. In addition, qualified Alumni may be inducted into the prestigious Ordo Honoris based upon achievements in either their career, community or their dedication to the fraternity.
Kappa Delta Rho is financially supported through undergraduate dues and by the Kappa Delta Rho Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity. The foundation raises funds from Brothers, family, and friends of KDR to financially support the educational, leadership, and character development programs undertaken by the National Fraternity. The foundation also manages both individual and collective scholarship endowments of the National Fraternity providing more than $75,000 in academic support each year to qualified members of the Fraternity.
The Kappa Delta Rho Foundation provides competitive scholarships based upon academic achievement and applications are submitted online. The foundation also serves as caretaker to several chapter specific scholarships and area of study specific scholarships that can be applied for with the same application. The foundation typically gives away more than $75,000 in scholarships with individual awards typically ranging from a minimum of $500 upwards to $2,200.
In addition to competitive academic scholarships the Foundation also gives away non-competitive New Member academic scholarships. Any Brother who received above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during his pledging semester will receive $100 from the foundation providing they submit the proper documentation.
The Kappa Delta Rho Foundations also offer scholarships for the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute and Futures Quest, both of which are educational programs run by the North-American Interfraternity Conference. The scholarships cover the full cost of registration for each program.
The Elmon Williams Leadership Academy is a multi day leadership program that occurs during each National Convention and is funded in large part by the foundation. The academy allows for all undergraduate Brothers who attend the National Convention to learn more about being an effective leader in their chapter and in the professional world.
In 2007 the KDR Foundation created the Kappa Delta Rho Wilderness Institute which occurs once a year in a different wilderness location around the country. Brothers who have been admitted to the program through an application process take part in a multi day hike that is led by an alumni mentor and experienced guide. The program is designed to provide hands on leadership programming, substance free brotherhood building activities, personal growth opportunities, and core values exploration.
List of Noteworthy alumni of Kappa Delta Rho.
- Christopher M. Myer, Iota Alpha '07 - Bassist, Shades of June
- Kevin McCove, Alpha Beta '10-Singer/Rapper, 
- Otto S. Kirschner, Beta '13 - Founder and President of K2 Ski Corporation
- Colston E. Warne, Beta '20 - Founder, Consumers Union, Publisher, Consumer Reports magazine
- Michael J. Poules, Delta '53 - President, American General Insurance Company
- Stephen Sanborn, Delta '63 - Vice President, Standard & Poors Corporation
- Archie C. West, Epsilon '36 - Vice President, Frito-Lay, Inc., Regarded as Inventor of Doritos
- Charles W. Berger, Iota '75 - Vice President, Apple Inc.
- Stephen P. Holmes, Iota '79 - CEO of Wyndham Worldwide
- Roy W. Johnson, Mu '27 - Vice President, General Electric Company
- C. Bruce Hinton, Nu '58 - Chairman Emeritus, MCA Records Nashville
- Robert J. Sinclair, Rho '53 - President, Saab-Scania of America, Inc.
- Gregory Booth, Omega '70 - CEO, Zippo
- Frank S. Ioppolo, Beta Alpha '63 - Vice President and General Counsel, Walt Disney Attractions and Disney Worldwide
- Andrew F. Barth, Nu Alpha '83 - President, The Capital Group Companies
- Nicholas M. Bonaddio, Tau '04 - CEO of numberFire
- C. Edward Ackerly, Beta '20 - 1920 Olympic Games Gold Medalist, Wrestling
- Alexander Pensler, Nu Alpha '14 - USA World Team Member, Junior Olympic Champion, 1st Team All-Ivy, All-American, Fencing
- Brysen Keith, Alpha Gamma '14 - USA Junior Olympic Team Member, Volleyball
- Daniel Bak, Zeta '10 - USA World Team Member, Junior Olympic Champion, All-American, NCAA Champion, Fencing
- George W. Eby, Zeta '34 - President, Board of Directors of the Ice Capades
- Donald F. Yenko, Zeta '51 - Race Car Driver and Muscle Car Legend, Creator of Yenko Camaro
- Patrick J. Reilly, Zeta '58 - President, Professional Golfers Association
- Harold Osborn, Eta '22 - 1924 Olympic Games Gold Medalist, Decathlon, High Jump
- Peter D. Rocca, Lambda '79 - Olympic Silver Medalist, Pan American Games Gold Medalist, Swimming
- Chuck Ealey, Pi Alpha Honorary - Former University of Toledo and CFL football player, holds NCAA record for most consecutive wins by a quarterback (35)
Military and public service
- Ari Fleischer, Alpha '82 - Press Secretary for U.S. President George W. Bush
- Lt. Col. Matt Urban, Beta '41 - Medal of Honor Recipient, Most Decorated American Serviceman
- General Richard G. Graves, Theta '55 - Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Ret.)
- John S. Fisher, Iota Honorary - Governor of Pennsylvania (Ret.)
- Charles I. Carpenter, Iota '27 - Major General, Air Force Chaplain (Ret.)
- Thomas McComb, Nu '59 - Indiana State Legislator (Ret.)
- John M. Weikert, Pi '23 - Major General/Chief of Staff and Vice Commander, Far East Air Force (Ret.)
- Eugene Louis Dodaro, Psi '73 - Comptroller General of the United States
Kappa Delta Rho has 77 chapters, 37 of which are active.
- McLane, David H. (2002). The Pathfinder (sixteenth ed.). p. 26.
- McLane, David H. (2002). The Pathfinder (sixteenth ed.). p. 16.
- "Quill & Scroll". Retrieved 2010-09-03.
- "Pathfinder". Retrieved 2010-09-03.
- "Ordo Honoris". Retrieved 2010-09-03.
- "Web Extra: Distinguished Alumni Awards 2007". Indiana University of Pennsylvania Magazine. Archived from the original on 2009-04-28. Retrieved 2007-07-09.