Alpha Delta Gamma
|Alpha Delta Gamma|
|Founded||October 10, 1924|
Loyola University Chicago
|Motto||"Γνωσθεντες εφ Φιλων"|
Known to Friends
|Colors|| Scarlet Red|
|Publication||Alphadelity, History of ADG, Mark of Honor|
|Philanthropy||Habitat for Humanity|
|Chapters||33 chapters; 12 active|
|Nickname||ADGs, G's, Alpha Delts, Delts|
|Headquarters||946 Sanders Drive|
St. Louis, Missouri
Alpha Delta Gamma (ΑΔΓ), commonly known as ADG, is an American Greek-letter Catholic social fraternity and one of 75 members of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). Based on Christian principles and the traditions of the Jesuit Order of the Catholic Church, Alpha Delta Gamma was founded at Loyola University Chicago on October 10, 1924, as a response to the unwillingness of most national fraternities to colonize at Catholic colleges and universities. Since its founding, Alpha Delta Gamma has expanded conservatively to keep a small but strong brotherhood; thus, the fraternity has chartered 33 chapters in its long history. Today, Alpha Delta Gamma operates 14 active chapters at private and public colleges across the United States, stretching from Los Angeles, California, to New York City, New York.
Alpha Delta Gamma was founded at the Lake Shore campus of Loyola University Chicago on October 10, 1924, by four students: Francis Patrick Canary, John Joseph Dwyer, William S. Hallisey and James Collins O'Brien, Jr. According to the Alpha Delta Gamma National Web Site, "In effect, they wanted a fraternity founded upon Christian ideals of true manhood, sound learning, and the unity of fraternal brotherhood. These ideals decreed the purpose of Alpha Delta Gamma when it first came into being. And so the foundation was set, Alpha Delta Gamma was on its way to becoming a city walled!"
In 1926, members of the local organization Delta Theta at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, contacted the Alpha chapter at Loyola University Chicago, requesting permission to affiliate with the then existing fraternity. Their request was granted and, on October 26, 1927, Alpha Delta Gamma officially charted its Beta chapter, becoming a national fraternity. The fraternity continued expanding to other Catholic colleges and universities and adopted the descriptive "National Catholic-College Fraternity." This was eventually changed to "National Catholic Social Fraternity" when the organization began expansion to non-Catholic colleges and universities.
Alpha Delta Gamma has remained a small national fraternity, with a total of thirty-two collegiate chapters, fourteen of which are active. Most chapters are located at Catholic universities, but there are no religious requirements for membership.
- Beta – Saint Louis University; St. Louis, Missouri
- Zeta – Rockhurst University; Kansas City, Missouri
- Kappa – The Catholic University of America; Washington, D.C.
- Lambda – Loyola Marymount University; Los Angeles, California
- Xi – Bellarmine University; Louisville, Kentucky
- Rho – Thomas More College; Crestview Hills, Kentucky
- Psi – Barry University; Miami Shores, Florida
- Alpha Delta – Cabrini College; Radnor, Pennsylvania
- Alpha Epsilon – LaGrange College; LaGrange, Georgia
- Alpha Eta – McKendree University; Lebanon, Illinois
- Alpha Iota – Felician College; Lodi, New Jersey
- Alpha Kappa – Marian University; Indianapolis, Indiana
- Alpha – Loyola University Chicago; Chicago, Illinois
- Gamma – DePaul University; Chicago, Illinois
- Delta – St. Mary's College; Moraga, California
- Epsilon – Loyola University New Orleans; New Orleans, Louisiana
- Theta – St. Norbert College; De Pere, Wisconsin
- Eta – Quincy University; Quincy, Illinois
- Iota – Regis College; Denver, Colorado
- Mu – Spring Hill College; Mobile, Alabama
- Nu – University of San Francisco; San Francisco, California
- Omicron – University of San Diego; San Diego, California
- Pi – Marquette University; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Sigma – St. Mary's University of Minnesota; Winona, Minnesota
- Tau – Northern Kentucky University; Highland Heights, Kentucky
- Upsilon – Saint Joseph's University; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Phi – Merrimack College; North Andover, Massachusetts
- Chi – St. Cloud State University; St. Cloud, Minnesota
- Alpha Beta – Philadelphia University; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Alpha Gamma – Chestnut Hill College; Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania
- Alpha Zeta – York College; York, Pennsylvania
- Alpha Theta – University of Texas at Austin; Austin, Texas
- Alpha Lambda – Clarkson University; Potsdam, New York
These names and additional famous Alpha Delts are listed on the Alpha Delta Gamma National Fraternity website.
- Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court (Epsilon chapter)
- Joseph Paul Clayton, former President and CEO of DISH Network Corporation (2011-2015); former CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio (2001–04), chairman of Sirius XM Radio (2004–08); President and CEO of Frontier Communications (1997–99) (Xi chapter)
- Edward Derwinski, former United States Congressman from Illinois; first United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Alpha chapter)
- John (Jack) Grundhoffer, former CEO and Chairman of US Bank (Lambda chapter)
- Nathan H. Lents, Scientist, Author, Science Communicator (Beta chapter)
- Walter J. Ong, Jesuit, cultural and religious philosopher, historian (Zeta chapter)
- Michael R. Quinlan, former Chairman and CEO of McDonald's Corp. (Alpha chapter)
- Patrick Wayne, actor (Lambda chapter)
- Hunter Wendelstedt, Major League Baseball umpire (Epsilon chapter)
- Harry Wiggins, former State Senator of Missouri (Zeta chapter)
- Phil Woolpert, Head Basketball Coach, University of San Francisco Dons (Lambda chapter)
- J. Skelly Wright, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Epsilon chapter)
Notable honorary members
- George Brett, Hall of Fame baseball player
- de Lesseps Story Morrison, Mayor of New Orleans and Ambassador to the Organization of American States
- Babe Ruth, Hall of Fame baseball player
- Carl Sandburg, poet
- Victor H. Schiro, Mayor of New Orleans
- Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States of America
-  Archived September 8, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
-  Archived July 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
-  Archived July 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- "National History of Alpha Delta Gamma". 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2007-10-10.
- "List of National Chapters of Alpha Delta Gamma". 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-07-11. Retrieved 2009-12-18.
- Alpha Delta Gamma National Fraternity website
- "The Babe: One of Our Most Famous Alums".
- "Harry S. Truman Post-Presidential Papers". Truman Library. Retrieved 2015-04-23.