List of Tau Kappa Epsilon brothers

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Tau Kappa Epsilon brothers (commonly referred to as Tekes)[1] are individuals who have been initiated into Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) Fraternity. The fraternity was founded by the five men of Joseph Lorenzo Settles, James Carson McNutt, Clarence Arthur Mayer, Owen Ison Truitt, and Charles Roy Atkinson on January 10, 1899, at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.[2] Members traditionally initiate into a chapter during their collegiate career, although honorary members may not necessary have attended a university or college.[3]

The list of Tau Kappa Epsilon brothers spans over multiple careers including politics, business, athletics, and entertainment. Among the most recognized include U.S. President Ronald Reagan who was the recipient of the Order of the Golden Eagle, the fraternity's highest honor.[4] Other widely recognized political figures include former West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, who at the time of his death was the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress, and former Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who while running for president launched a TKE-specific website and visited Tekes on the campaign trail.[5][6][7]

Dozens of top CEOs and university presidents have also made the list such as Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, and Steve Forbes of Forbes magazine, who was the fraternity's 250,000th initiate.[8] Numerous athletic and music superstars are also Tekes including NFL quarterbacks Terry Bradshaw, Phil Simms, and Aaron Rodgers, Olympians Douglas Blubaugh, Sim Iness, and Johnny Quinn, and singers Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, and the Everly Brothers.

Federal government and military[edit]

President of the United States[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Ronald Reagan Iota / Eureka College 40th President of the United States, 33rd Governor of California, actor [9][10][11]
President Ronald Reagan official portrait
Ronald W. Reagan

U.S. Senate[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Robert Byrd Alpha-Pi / George Washington University U.S. Senator from West Virginia (1959–2010), U.S. Representative from West Virginia (1953–1959) [9][12][13]
Lester C. Hunt Alpha / Illinois Wesleyan University U.S. Senator from Wyoming (1949–1954), 19th Governor of Wyoming (1943–1949) [9][11]
Roger Jepsen Beta-Xi / Arizona State University U.S. Senator from Iowa (1979–1985), Lieutenant Governor of Iowa (1969–1973), Iowa State Senator (1966–1968) [9][11][14]
Richard Stone Lambda-Iota / Florida State University U.S. Senator from Florida (1975–1980), U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Central America (1983–1984), U.S Ambassador to Denmark (1991–1993) [9][11]
Senator Robert Byrd official portrait
Robert C. Byrd

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Bob Barr Beta-Sigma / University of Southern California U.S. Representative from Georgia (1995–2003), Libertarian Party, nominee for the 2008 presidential election, Grand Prytanis (Grand President) of Tau Kappa Epsilon (2013–2015) [9][11][15]
William K. Brewster Epsilon-Eta / Southwestern Oklahoma State University U.S. Representative from Oklahoma (1991–1997) [9][11]
Robert Byrd Alpha-Pi / George Washington University U.S. Representative from West Virginia (1953–1959), U.S. Senator from West Virginia (1959–2010) [9][12][13]
Quico Canseco Epsilon-Alpha / Saint Louis University U.S. Representative from Texas (2011–2013) [9][11][16]
Jeffrey Paul Hillelson Beta-Theta / University of Missouri U.S. Representative from Missouri (1953–1955), Regional Administrator of the GSA (1969–1974) [11]
George Evan Howell Gamma / University of Illinois U.S. Representative from Illinois (1941–1947) [11]
William H. Hudnut III Gamma-Psi / Butler University U.S. Representative from Indiana (1973–1975), 45th Mayor of Indianapolis (1976–1992) [9][11]
Joe Knollenberg Gamma-Omega / Eastern Illinois University U.S. Representative from Michigan (1993–2009) [9][11]
John R. Miller Beta-Mu / Bucknell University U.S. Representative from Washington (1985–1993) [9][11]
Sid Morrison Alpha-Gamma / Washington State University U.S. Representative from Washington (1981–1993), Washington State Senator
(1975–1980), member of the Washington House of Representatives (1967–1975)
[9][11][17]
Richard Neal Kappa-Iota / University of Hartford U.S. Representative from Massachusetts (1989–present) [11][18]
Earl Pomeroy Xi-Pi / Valley City State University U.S. Representative from North Dakota (1993–2011) [9][11][19]
Carl Pursell Delta-Pi / Eastern Michigan University U.S. Representative from Michigan (1977–1993) [9][11][20]
Jimmy Quillen Pi-Gamma / East Tennessee State University U.S. Representative from Tennessee (1963–1997) [9][11]
Mark Schauer Omega / Albion College U.S. Representative from Michigan (2009–2011) [9][11][21]
Billy Tauzin Mu-Zeta / Nicholls State University U.S. Representative from Louisiana (1980–2005) [9][11][22]
Wes Watkins Beta-Gamma / Oklahoma State University U.S. Representative from Oklahoma (1977–1991, 1997–2003) [9][11][23]
Daniel Webster Beta-Pi / Georgia Institute of Technology U.S. Representative from Florida (2011–present) [9][11][24]
Bob Barr pictured around 2008
Bob Barr
Representative Quico Canseco official portrait
Quico Canseco
Representative Joe Knollenberg official portrait
Joe Knollenberg
Representative Daniel Webster official portrait
Daniel Webster

U.S. Courts[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
John R. Gibson Beta-Theta / University of Missouri Federal Circuit Judge with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (1982–2014) [9][11]
James Keith Singleton Jr. Nu / University of California, Berkeley Federal District Judge with the United States District Court for the District of Alaska (1990–present) [9][11]
Charles E. Whittaker Alpha-Phi / University of Kansas U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1957–1962), Federal Circuit Judge with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (1956–1957) [9][11][13]

Agency executives and ambassadors[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Ray Chambers Theta-Zeta / Rutgers University–Newark United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria, named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world [9][11][25]
Ryan Crocker Alpha-Theta / Whitman College U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2011–2012), Iraq (2007–2009), Pakistan (2004–2007), Syria (1998–2001), Kuwait (1994–1997), and Lebanon (1990–1993), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom [9][11][26]
Jeffrey Paul Hillelson Beta-Theta / University of Missouri Regional Administrator of the General Services Administration (1969–1974), U.S. Representative from Missouri (1953–1955) [11]
William G. Hyland Alpha-Kappa / University of Pennsylvania Director of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1974–1975), Deputy National Security Advisor (1975–1977) [9][11]
Daniel R. Levinson Beta-Sigma / University of Southern California Heads the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2004–present) [9][15][27]
Brian D. Montgomery Gamma-Upsilon / University of Texas at Austin Deputy Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary (2003–2005), Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner (2005–2009) [9][11][28]
Edmund C. Moy Lambda / University of Wisconsin–Madison 38th Director of the United States Mint (2006–2011), Vice President Corporate Infrastructure, L&L Energy, Inc., Grand Prytanis (Grand President) of Tau Kappa Epsilon (2011–2013) [9][11][29]
Alan C. Nelson Nu / University of California, Berkeley 12th Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (1982–1989) [9][11]
James W. Pardew Beta-Psi Colony[a] / Arkansas State University U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria (2002–2005) [9][11]
Joseph J. Sisco Delta / Knox College Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (1965–1969), Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1969–1974) [9][11]
Richard Stone Lambda-Iota / Florida State University U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Central America (1983–1984), U.S Ambassador to Denmark (1991–1993), U.S. Senator from Florida (1975–1980) [9][11]
Brian Wansink Lambda-Chi / Wayne State College Executive Director of USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (2007–2009) [9][11][30]
Earl Anthony Wayne Nu / University of California, Berkeley U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (2011–2015) and Argentina (2007–2009), Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs (2000–2006) [9][11]
Ryan Crocker official portrait as a Secretary of State employee
Ryan Crocker
Daniel R. Levinson official portrait as a Department of Health and Human Services employee
Daniel R. Levinson
Earl A. Wayne official portrait as ambassador to Mexico in 2011
Earl A. Wayne

Military and uniformed services[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Earl E. Anderson Rho / West Virginia University General, U.S. Marine Corps, youngest active duty Marine ever promoted to the rank of 4-star General, recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Distinguished Flying Cross [31]
David P. Fridovich Delta / Knox College Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Commander of Special Operations Command Pacific (2005–2007), Director of the Center for Special Operations for U.S. Special Operations Command (2007–2010), Deputy Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (2010–2011) [9][32][33]
Frank J. Jirka Jr. Delta / Knox College Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, president of the American Medical Association (1983–1984), served during World War II and was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart after being wounded in the Battle of Iwo Jima, which resulted in both legs being amputated below the knee [9]
Irving P. Krick Nu / University of California, Berkeley One of the U.S. Air Force meteorologists who provided forecasts for the Normandy Landings in 1944, started the first private weather business in the United States in 1938 [9][34]
Hugh M. Milton II Alpha-Omicron / New Mexico State University Major General, U.S. Army, Assistant Secretary of the Army (1953–1958), United States Under Secretary of the Army (1958–1961) [9][34]
Dan C. Ogle Iota / Eureka College Major General, U.S. Air Force, served as the 3rd Surgeon General of the United States Air Force (1954–1958) [9][34]
Joseph W. Ralston Delta-Xi / Miami University General, U.S. Air Force, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1996–2000), Supreme Allied Commander of NATO (2000–2003) [9][13]
Jerry R. Rutherford Delta-Mu / Pittsburg State University Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Commanding General of V Corps (1992–1995) [9]
Tim Vakoc Theta-Rho / St. Cloud State University Chaplain, U.S. Army, first chaplain to die of wounds sustained during Operation Iraqi Freedom [9][35]
Charles Whittington Pi-Psi / University of Southern Mississippi Major General, U.S. Army, Director of the International Security Assistance Force (2011–2012), First Army Deputy Commanding General of Operations (2015–present) [9][36]
R. C. Williams Alpha-Pi / George Washington University Rear Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service, Chief Medical Officer of the Farm Security Administration (1936–1942) and Assistant Surgeon General (1943–1951) [34]
Earl E. Anderson official portrait from the U.S. Marine Corps
GEN Earl E. Anderson
David P. Fridovich official portrait from the U.S. Army
LTG David P. Fridovich
Joseph W. Ralston official portrait from the U.S. Air Force
GEN Joseph W. Ralston

NASA[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Andrew M. Allen Kappa-Upsilon / Villanova University Lieutenant colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, NASA astronaut [9][13]
Gerald P. Carr Beta-Sigma / University of Southern California Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, NASA astronaut, Commander of Skylab 4 [9][13][37]
Steven W. Squyres Scorpion / Cornell University Principal Investigator of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission and chair of the NASA Space Science Advisory Committee [9][38]
Gerald P. Carr official portrait from NASA
Gerald P. Carr

State and local government[edit]

Governors[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Mike Huckabee Beta-Psi / Arkansas State University 44th Governor of Arkansas (1996–2007), 2008 Republican presidential candidate, host of Huckabee on Fox News (2008–2015), host of The Mike Huckabee Show radio program (2012–2013), 2016 Republican presidential candidate [9][39][40]
Lester C. Hunt Alpha / Illinois Wesleyan University 19th Governor of Wyoming (1943–1949), U.S. Senator from Wyoming (1949–1954) [9][11]
George M. Leader Pi / Pennsylvania State University 36th Governor of Pennsylvania (1955–1959) [9][11]
Frank B. Morrison Alpha-Lambda / Kansas State University 31st Governor of Nebraska (1961–1967) [9][11]
Mike O'Callaghan Alpha-Delta / University of Idaho 23rd Governor of Nevada (1971–1979) [9][11]
Albert Rosellini Chi / University of Washington 15th Governor of Washington (1957–1965) [9][11][41]
John G. Rowland Kappa-Upsilon / Villanova University 86th Governor of Connecticut (1995–2004) [9][11]
Martin J. Schreiber Zeta-Zeta / University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee 39th Governor of Wisconsin (1977–1979) [9][11]
Mike Huckabee speaking to a gathering at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco
Mike Huckabee

State government[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
André Bauer Rho-Omega / University of South Carolina 87th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina (2003–2011) [9][11][42]
Bob Butterworth Gamma-Theta / University of Florida 33rd Florida Attorney General (1987–2002) [9][11][43]
Pete Cenarrusa Alpha-Delta / University of Idaho Secretary of State of Idaho (1967–2003), member of the Idaho House of Representatives (1951–1967) [44]
Tom Dempsey Kappa-Nu / Rockhurst University Missouri State Senator (2009–2015), President Pro Tempore of the Missouri Senate (2013–2015) [9][11]
Jimmy Fitzmorris Theta-Mu / University of New Orleans 46th Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana (1972–1980) [9][11]
Charles Foti Theta-Mu / University of New Orleans Louisiana Attorney General (2004–2008) [9][11]
James Allen Graham Beta-Beta / North Carolina State University 13th North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture (1964–2000) [9][11]
Jay Paul Gumm Epsilon-Theta / Southeastern Oklahoma State University Oklahoma State Senator (2002–2010) [9][11]
David Hartley Alpha-Chi / University of Louisville Member of the Ohio House of Representatives (1973–1998) [9][11]
Walter Jenny Omicron-Phi / University of Oklahoma Secretary of the Oklahoma Democratic Party (2005–2009), served as legal counsel for several state agencies [45]
Roger Jepsen Beta-Xi / Arizona State University Lieutenant Governor of Iowa (1969–1973), Iowa State Senator (1966–1968), U.S. Senator from Iowa (1979–1985) [9][11][14]
Jim Kyle Beta-Psi / Arkansas State University Tennessee State Senator (1983–2014) [46]
James E. Long Beta-Beta / North Carolina State University 9th North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance (1985–2009) [9][11]
Dave Mejias Pi-Omega / University at Albany, SUNY Member of the County Legislature of Nassau County, New York, Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in 2006 [47]
Jean-Paul Morrell Upsilon-Alpha / Spring Hill College Louisiana State Senator (2009–present), member of the Louisiana House of Representatives (2006–2008) [48]
Sid Morrison Alpha-Gamma / Washington State University Washington State Senator (1975–1980), member of the Washington House of Representatives (1967–1975), U.S. Representative from Washington (1981–1993) [9][11][17]
Allen Paul Gamma-Pi / Parsons College Indiana State Senator (1986–2014) [9][11]
Eric Skrmetta Beta-Phi / Louisiana State University Louisiana Public Service Commissioner (2009–present) [49]
Daniel Webster Beta-Pi / Georgia Institute of Technology Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and longest serving Florida legislator, U.S. Representative from Florida (2011–present) [9][11][24]
André Bauer
Bob Butterworth
James Allen Graham
James E. Long

Mayors[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
William H. Hudnut III Gamma-Psi / Butler University 45th Mayor of Indianapolis (1976–1992) which is the city's longest serving mayor, U.S. Representative from Indiana (1973–1975) [9][11]
Sly James Kappa-Nu / Rockhurst University 54th Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri (2011–present) [9][11]
Don Jones Beta-Zeta / Louisiana Tech University 13th Mayor of Bossier City, Louisiana (1984–1989), National President of the Junior Chamber International (1982–1983) [50]
Watkins Overton Mu / Carroll University 40th and 47th Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee (1928–1939, 1949–1953) which is the city's longest serving mayor, Tennessee State Senator (1927) [11][51]
Joe Reardon Kappa-Nu / Rockhurst University 28th Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas (2005–2013) [9][11]
Victor H. Schiro Theta-Mu / University of New Orleans 55th Mayor of New Orleans (1961–1970) [9][11][52]
Terry Schrunk Zeta-Kappa / Portland State University 40th Mayor of Portland, Oregon (1957–1973) [11]
Mayor Sly James speaking at a fundraiser benefiting Project Homeless Connect in 2014
Sly James

Native American government[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Gregory E. Pyle Epsilon-Theta / Southeastern Oklahoma State University Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (1997–2014) [9][11][53]

Canadian government[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Gary Doer Zeta-Iota / University of Manitoba 20th Premier of Manitoba (1999–2009), Canadian Ambassador to the United States (2009–2016) [9][11][54]

Business and industry[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Marc Benioff Beta-Sigma / University of Southern California Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Salesforce.com [9][55][56]
Edward C. Droste Epsilon / Iowa State University Co-founder of Hooters [9][13][57]
Aaron Fechter Lambda-Alpha / University of South Florida Invented the Whac-A-Mole [9]
Steve Forbes Grand Chapter[b] Editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, president and CEO of Forbes Inc. [8][9][59]
Alan Gershenhorn Epsilon-Omicron / University of Houston Executive Vice President and CCO of UPS (2014–present) [9]
James Goodnight Beta-Beta / North Carolina State University CEO of the SAS Institute (1976–present) [9][60]
Bruce S. Gordon Psi / Gettysburg College Corporate Director of CBS, Northrop Grumman, and Tyco International, President of the NAACP (2005–2007) [11]
Conrad Hilton Alpha-Omicron / New Mexico State University Founder of Hilton Hotels [9][13][61]
James M. Kilts Delta / Knox College Chairman and CEO of The Gillette Company (2001–2005) [9][13][62]
Hilton Koch Mu-Zeta / Nicholls State University Owner of Hilton Furniture, former owner of the Houston Comets (2007–2008) [9][63]
Gary LaBranche Omicron / The Ohio State University President and CEO of the Association for Corporate Growth (2008–present), Grand Prytanis (Grand President) of Tau Kappa Epsilon (1997–1999) [9][64][65]
Harry J. Lloyd Beta-Theta / University of Missouri Former President and CEO of House of Lloyd, founder and developer of Loch Lloyd [9]
W. Alan McCollough Delta-Upsilon / Missouri Valley College CEO of Circuit City (2000–2006) [9][13][66]
Sean McLaughlin Epsilon / Iowa State University Chief meteorologist for MSNBC (2004–2006) and KPHO in Phoenix, Arizona (2009–present) [67]
Charles W. Moorman Beta-Pi / Georgia Institute of Technology CEO of Amtrak (2016–2017) and Norfolk Southern Railway (2005–2015) [9]
Robert Nardelli Zeta-Theta / Western Illinois University Chairman and CEO at Chrysler (2007–2009) and Chairman, President, and CEO at The Home Depot (2000–2007) [9][13][68]
Howard Schultz Theta-Iota / Northern Michigan University CEO of Starbucks (1987–2000, 2008–2017) [9][69][70]
Andrew C. Taylor Gamma-Tau / University of Denver Chairman and CEO of Enterprise Rent-A-Car (2001–present) [9]
Kenny Troutt Beta-Chi / Southern Illinois University Carbondale Founder of Excel Communications [9][71][72]
Charles Rudolph Walgreen Jr. Upsilon / University of Michigan Former President (1939–1963) and Chairman (1963–1976) of Walgreens [9][70][73]
Miles D. White Alpha-Zeta / Purdue University Chairman and CEO at Abbott Laboratories (1999–present) [9][74]
Marc Benioff in 2013
Marc Benioff
Steve Forbes
Steve Forbes
James Goodnight
James Goodnight
Gary A. LaBranche
Gary LaBranche
Howard Schultz talking to the media at the Vancouver Waterfront Station location, celebrating 20 years of Starbucks in British Columbia
Howard Schultz

Education[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Fred Carter Xi-Iota / University of Central Florida President of Francis Marion University (1999–present) [9][75]
Scott Cowen Delta-Gamma / University of Connecticut President of Tulane University (1998–2014) [9][76][77]
John E. Cribbet Alpha / Illinois Wesleyan University Chancellor of the University of Illinois (1979–1984) [9]
Ryan Crocker Alpha-Theta / Whitman College Dean of Texas A&M University's The Bush School of Government and Public Service (2010–2011), former U.S. Ambassador [9][11][26]
Roger J. Fritz Alpha-Epsilon / Monmouth College President of Willamette University (1969–1972) [9]
Gregory L. Geoffroy Alpha-Chi / University of Louisville President of Iowa State University (2001–2012) [9][76][78]
William Howarth Gamma Colony[a] / University of Illinois Professor emeritus at Princeton University [9][79]
Arnold R. Kilpatrick Epsilon-Mu / University of Louisiana at Monroe President of Northwestern State University (1966–1978) [9][80]
Harold Lasswell Eta / University of Chicago Professor of law at Yale University, President of the American Political Science Association (1955–1956) [9][81]
Edward D. Miller Alpha-Mu / Ohio Wesleyan University Dean of the Medical School at Johns Hopkins University and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine (1997–2012) [9]
William Muse Epsilon-Upsilon / Northwestern State University President of the University of Akron (1984–1992), President of Auburn University (1992–2001), Chancellor of East Carolina University (2001–2003), and Grand Prytanis (Grand President) of Tau Kappa Epsilon (1977–1979) [9][11][82]
B. D. Owens Delta-Nu / Northwest Missouri State University President of Northwest Missouri State University (1977–1984) [9][83][84]
Joseph J. Sisco Delta / Knox College President of American University (1976–1980) [9]
Hoke L. Smith Delta / Knox College President of Towson University (1979–2001) [9]
Harold D. Lasswell
Harold D. Lasswell

Discoverers and researchers[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
William Alfred Fowler Omicron / The Ohio State University Nuclear physicist, astrophysicist, and recipient of the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physics [13][85]
E. Lee Spence Gamma-Delta / University of Miami Pioneer underwater archaeologist, discoverer of the Confederate submarine Hunley [9]
Dr. E. Lee Spence with KM17 Diving Helmet
E. Lee Spence

Athletics[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Jim Crane Delta-Lambda / University of Central Missouri Current owner of the Houston Astros [9][86]
Tom Gorman Epsilon-Lambda / University of Missouri–Kansas City Former MLB pitcher for the New York Yankees (1952–1954) and the Kansas City Athletics (1955–1959) [9][13]
Steve Korcheck Alpha-Pi / George Washington University Former MLB catcher for the Washington Senators (1954–1955; 1958–59) [9][87]
Duane Kuiper Beta-Chi / Southern Illinois University Carbondale Former MLB second baseman for the Cleveland Indians (1974–1981) and the San Francisco Giants (1982–1985) and an Emmy award-winning baseball commentator [9][88][89]
Jim Northrup Zeta-Delta / Alma College Former MLB outfielder for the Detroit Tigers (1964–1974), Montreal Expos (1974), and Baltimore Orioles (1974–1975) [9][90]
Richie Scheinblum Theta-Kappa / LIU Post Former All-Star MLB Outfielder for the Cleveland Indians (1965, 1967–1969), the Washington Senators (1971), the Kansas City Royals (1972, 1974), the Cincinnati Reds (1973), the California Angels (1973–1974), and the St. Louis Cardinals (1974) [9]
Bill Skowron Alpha-Zeta / Purdue University Former MLB first baseman from 1954–1967 [9][91]
Preston Ward Beta-Omega / Missouri State University Former MLB player for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1948), Chicago Cubs (1950 and 1953), Pittsburgh Pirates (1953–1956), Cleveland Indians (1956–1958), and Kansas City A's (1958–1959) [9]
Bill Skowron playing for the New York Yankees in the 1950s
Bill Skowron

Basketball[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Lou Carnesecca Theta-Sigma / St. John's University Basketball coach for St. John's University (1965–1970, 1973–1992) and the American Basketball Association New York Nets (1970–1973); elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992 [9][92]
Jim Harrick Beta-Nu / Marshall University Basketball coach for Pepperdine University (1979–1988), UCLA (1988–1996), the University of Rhode Island (1997–1999), and the University of Georgia (1999–2003) [9]
Digger Phelps Epsilon-Zeta / Rider University ESPN College GameDay analyst (1993–2014) and former Notre Dame head basketball coach (1971–1991) [9][13][88]
Maurice Stokes Delta-Phi / Saint Francis University NBA power forward/center for the Rochester/Cincinnati Royals (1955–1958) who is depicted in the 1973 film Maurie [92]
Joe Tait Alpha-Epsilon / Monmouth College Former announcer/commentator for the Cleveland Cavaliers [9][88]
Digger Phelps on ESPN
Digger Phelps

Football[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Danny Abramowicz Mu-Zeta / Nicholls State University NFL wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints (1967–1973) and San Francisco 49ers (1973–1974) [93]
Ron Acks Gamma / University of Illinois NFL linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons (1968–1971), New England Patriots (1972–1973), and Green Bay Packers (1974–1976) [9][93]
Alex Agase Gamma / University of Illinois NFL guard and linebacker for the Cleveland Browns (1948–1951) and Baltimore Colts (1953), 3× All-American (1942–1943, 1946), head football coach for Northwestern University (1964–1972) and Purdue University (1973–1976) [9][93][94]
Pete Barbolak Alpha-Zeta / Purdue University NFL offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1949) [93]
Mike Barry Beta-Chi / Southern Illinois University Carbondale NFL offensive line coach for the Detroit Lions (2006–2008) [93]
John Beasley Nu / University of California, Berkley NFL tight end for the Minnesota Vikings (1967–1973) and the New Orleans Saints (1973–1974) [9][93]
Tom Beer Epsilon-Phi / University of Detroit AFL tight end for the Denver Broncos (1967–1969), NFL football player for the Boston Patriots (1970) and New England Patriots (1971–1972) [9][13][93]
Jeff Bower Pi-Psi / University of Southern Mississippi Head football coach for University of Southern Mississippi (1990–2007) [9][13]
Terry Bradshaw Beta-Zeta / Louisiana Tech University NFL quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1970–1983), 4× Super Bowl champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV), 2× Super Bowl MVP (XIII, XIV), Fox Broadcasting Company football analyst [9][93]
Jim Cheyunski Iota-Zeta / Syracuse University NFL linebacker for the Boston/New England Patriots (1968–1972), the Buffalo Bills (1973–1974), and the Baltimore Colts (1975–1976) [9][93]
Randy Clark Delta-Eta / Northern Illinois University NFL tackle for the St. Louis Cardinals (1980–1986) and the Atlanta Falcons (1987) [9][93]
Jim Cole Zeta-Delta / Alma College Head football coach for Alma College (1991–2012) [9][95]
Ben Davis Iota-Phi / Defiance College NFL cornerback for the Cleveland Browns (1967–1973) and the Detroit Lions (1974–1976) [9][13][93]
Bob Dees Beta-Omega / Missouri State University NFL defensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers (1952) [93]
Fred Dryer Gamma-Lambda / San Diego State University NFL defensive end for the New York Giants (1969–1971) and the Los Angeles Rams (1972–1981), actor [9][93][96]
Brett Faryniarz Gamma-Lambda / San Diego State University NFL linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams (1988–1991), the San Francisco 49ers (1993), the Houston Oilers (1994), and the Carolina Panthers (1995) [93]
Perry Fewell Delta-Iota / Lenoir-Rhyne University NFL defensive backs coach for the Washington Redskins (2015–2016) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (2017–present) [93]
Joe Fields Theta-Lambda / Widener University NFL guard for the New York Jets (1975–1987) and the New York Giants (1988), 2× Pro Bowl selection (1981–1982), 3× All-Pro selection (1981–1982, 1985) [9][93]
Charlie Gainor Alpha-Sigma / University of North Dakota NFL defensive end for the Chicago Cardinals (1939) [93]
Kevin Gilbride Tau-Eta / Southern Connecticut State University NFL offensive coordinator for the New York Giants (2007–2013), 2× Super Bowl champion (XLII, XLVI) [9][93][97]
Jim Grabowski Gamma Colony[a] / University of Illinois NFL running back for the Green Bay Packers (1966–1970) and the Chicago Bears (1971) [9][93]
George S. Halas Gamma / University of Illinois Founder of the NFL, owner and coach of the Chicago Bears [9][93][98]
Graham Harrell Sigma-Xi / St. Norbert College NFL quarterback for the Green Bay Packers (2010–2012), Super Bowl XLV champion [9][93][99]
Jim Hart Beta-Chi / Southern Illinois University Carbondale NFL quarterback for the St. Louis Cardinals (1966–1983) and the Washington Redskins (1984), 4× Pro Bowl selection (1974–1977) [13][88][93]
Bill Hempel Mu / Carroll University NFL tackle for the Chicago Bears (1942) [93]
Frank Hertz Mu / Carroll University NFL end for the Milwaukee Badgers (1926) [93]
Tony Kaska Alpha / Illinois Wesleyan University NFL fullback for the Detroit Lions (1935) and the Brooklyn Dodgers (1936–1938) [93]
Chris Keating Beta-Upsilon / University of Maine NFL linebacker for the Buffalo Bills (1979–1984) and the Washington Redskins (1985) [9][93]
Mark Kellar Delta-Eta / Northern Illinois University NFL running back for the Minnesota Vikings (1976–1978) [9][93]
Keith Krepfle Epsilon / Iowa State University NFL tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles (1975–1981) and the Atlanta Falcons (1982), first Eagle to ever catch a touchdown in the Super Bowl (Super Bowl XV) [9][93]
Stan Kuick Omega / Albion College NFL guard for the Milwaukee Badgers (1926) [93]
Jake Kupp Mu-Zeta / Nicholls State University NFL guard for the Dallas Cowboys (1964–1965), the Washington Redskins (1966), and the New Orleans Saints (1967–1975), inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame in 1991 [9][93]
Wally Lemm Mu / Carroll University NFL head coach for the Houston Oilers (1961, 1966–1970) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1962–1965) [93]
Marv Levy Zeta / Coe College NFL head coach for the Kansas City Chiefs (1978–1982) and the Buffalo Bills (1986–1997) [9][88][93]
Warren McVea Kappa-Nu / Rockhurst University NFL running back for the Cincinnati Bengals (1968–1969) and the Kansas City Chiefs (1969–1973) [9][93]
Derland Moore Mu-Zeta / Nicholls State University NFL defensive tackle/nose tackle for the New Orleans Saints (1973–1985) and the New York Jets (1986) [93]
John Neidert Alpha-Chi / University of Louisville NFL linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals (1968), the New York Jets (1968–1969), and the Chicago Bears (1970) [93]
Rick Norton Gamma-Sigma / University of Kentucky NFL quarterback for the Miami Dolphins (1966–1969) [93]
Gerry Philbin Epsilon-Chi / University at Buffalo NFL defensive end for the New York Jets (1964–1972) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1973), Super Bowl III champion [9][93]
Jim Prestel Alpha-Delta / University of Idaho NFL defensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns (1960), the Minnesota Vikings (1961–1965), the New York Giants (1966), and the Washington Redskins (1967) [9][93]
Johnny Quinn Grand Chapter[b] NFL wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills (2007), Green Bay Packers (2008), and the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2010) of the CFL, United States Olympian for the bobsled in the 2014 Winter Olympics [9][100]
Jim Reid Beta-Upsilon / University of Maine Head football coach for Virginia Military Institute (2006–2007), University of Richmond (1995–2003), and University of Massachusetts Amherst (1986–1991) [9]
Aaron Rodgers Sigma-Xi / St. Norbert College NFL quarterback for the Green Bay Packers (2005–present), MVP of Super Bowl XLV, 6× Pro Bowl selection (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014–2016), 2× first-team All-Pro (2011, 2014) [9][93]
John Schneller Lambda / University of Wisconsin–Madison NFL end for the Portsmouth Spartans/Detroit Lions (1930–1933) [93]
Phil Simms Mu-Sigma / Morehead State University NFL quarterback for the New York Giants (1979–1993), 2× Super Bowl champion (XXI, XXV), TV commentator, and CBS football analyst [9][88][93]
John L. Smith Alpha-Chi / University of Louisville Head football coach for Kentucky State University (2016–present) and former head football coach for Fort Lewis College (2013–2015), University of Arkansas (2012), Michigan State University (2003–2006), and University of Louisville (1998–2002) [9][13]
Ed Sparr Mu / Carroll University NFL tackle for the Racine Tornadoes (1926) [93]
Festus Tierney Theta / University of Minnesota NFL guard for the Minneapolis Marines (1923–1924) and the Milwaukee Badgers (1925) [93]
Danny Villanueva Alpha-Omicron / New Mexico State University NFL placekicker/punter for the Los Angeles Rams (1960–1964) and the Dallas Cowboys (1965–1967), founder of Univision and Telemundo [9][93][101]
Laurie Walquist Gamma / University of Illinois NFL quarterback for the Chicago Bears (1922, 1924–1931) [9][93]
Erik Wilhelm Tau / Oregon State University NFL quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals (1989–1991, 1993–1995, 1996–1997) [9][93]
Tom Wittum Delta-Eta / Northern Illinois University NFL punter for the San Francisco 49ers (1973–1977) [9][93]
Doug Wyatt Mu-Zeta / Nicholls State University NFL defensive back for the New Orleans Saints (1970–1972) and the Detroit Lions (1973–1974) [9][93]
Terry Bradshaw
Terry Bradshaw
Fred Dryer
Fred Dryer
Kevin Gilbride at the New York Giants training camp
Kevin Gilbride
George S. Halas pictured on a baseball card
George S. Halas
Graham Harrell at the Green Bay Packers training camp in 2011
Graham Harrell
Wally Lemm while football coach at Lake Forest in 1959
Wally Lemm
Phil Simms at Rams Park in 2004
Phil Simms
Aaron Rodgers playing the Carolina Panthers in 2014
Aaron Rodgers

Olympics[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Douglas Blubaugh Beta-Gamma / Oklahoma State University Wrestler who won a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in the welterweight class in freestyle wrestling [9][102]
Sim Iness Beta-Sigma / University of Southern California Discus thrower who won a gold medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics and broke the Olympic record multiple times [9][55]
Johnny Quinn Grand Chapter[b] Member of the four-man bobsled team for the 2014 Winter Olympics, former NFL and CFL wide receiver [9][100]

Soccer[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Shea Salinas Gamma-Mu / Furman University Professional soccer player for the San Jose Earthquakes (2012–present) [9][103][104]

Wrestling and Boxing[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Ole Anderson Theta-Rho / St. Cloud State University Professional wrestler and a founding member of The Four Horsemen [9]
Douglas Blubaugh Beta-Gamma / Oklahoma State University Two-time AAU champion, three-time All-American, Pan-Am gold medalist, 1960 Olympic gold medalist, 1960 AAU World's Outstanding Wrestler, and wrestling coach for Indiana University [9][102]
Charlie Haas Iota-Rho / Seton Hall University Professional wrestler best known for his appearances with WWE in the 2000s and Ring of Honor in the 2010s [9][105]
Roy Jones Jr. Tau-Psi / University of West Florida WBC, WBA, IBF, WBF, IBO, NBA, and IBA light heavyweight championship professional boxer [9][106][107]
Paul Wight Jr. Xi-Beta / Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Professional wrestler also known by his in-ring name "The Big Show" [9][102]
Roy Jones Jr. posing with an M-249 and M-4 during a visit to the 720th Advanced Skills Training flight
Roy Jones Jr.
"The Big Show" at a SmackDown/ECW live event in Wisconsin
Paul Wight Jr.

Entertainment[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Ken Albers Alpha-Mu / Ohio Wesleyan University Singer for the Four Freshmen quartet [9][96][108]
T. J. Allard Gamma-Zeta / Hartwick College Radio personality and television host best known for winning Fox's Good Day Live New York City talent search in 2004 [109]
Ross Barbour Beta-Rho / University of Akron Singer for the Four Freshmen quartet [9][96][108]
Tex Beneke Beta-Tau / Florida Southern College Saxophonist, singer, and bandleader associated with groups such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra [9]
Eric Bloom Kappa-Zeta / Hobart and William Smith Colleges Lead singer of Blue Öyster Cult [13][96]
Irv Brown Delta-Delta / University of Northern Colorado Radio sportscaster for the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche [9][110]
Connie Codarini Theta / University of Minnesota Bass singer and founding member of the Four Lads quartet [9][96]
Paul Comi Beta-Sigma / University of Southern California Actor who starred in films such as Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), The Towering Inferno (1974), and Howard the Duck (1986) [9][55]
Chris Cox Pi-Lambda / University of Nevada, Las Vegas Dance music record producer, remixer, and DJ [9]
Fred Dryer Gamma-Lambda / University of Northern Colorado Actor best known for playing Sgt. Rick Hunter in the television series Hunter (1984–1991), former NFL defensive end [9][93][96]
Brian Duffy Grand Chapter[b] Celebrity chef known for appearances on Bar Rescue [9][111][112]
Dan Duryea Scorpion / Cornell University Actor best known for playing villain roles and starred in films such as The Woman in the Window (1944), Scarlet Street (1945), and Winchester '73 (1950) [9]
Don Everly and Phil Everly Gamma-Rho / Indiana State University The Everly Brothers, among the first ten artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [9][96][113]
Arthur Ferrante and Louis Teicher Epsilon-Sigma / University of Central Oklahoma Pianists for the Ferrante & Teicher duo [9][13][96]
Bob Flanigan Beta-Rho / University of Akron Singer for the Four Freshmen quartet [9][96][108]
Myron Floren Beta-Sigma / University of Southern California Accordionist on The Lawrence Welk Show (1950–1980) [9]
Travon Free Delta-Theta / California State University, Long Beach Writer for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (2017–present) and The Daily Show (2012–2015), 2-time Emmy Award winner [9][114][115]
Johnny Grant Beta-Sigma / University of Southern California Radio personality and producer, honorary mayor of Hollywood (1980–2008) [9][55]
Glen Gray Alpha-Pi / George Washington University Jazz saxophonist and leader of the Casa Loma Orchestra [9]
Merv Griffin Gamma-Delta / University of Miami Host of The Merv Griffin Show and creator of the game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune [9][13][116]
Robby Hauldren Beta-Sigma / University of Southern California Musician for the Louis the Child duo [9][55]
Glenn Hetrick Omicron-Upsilon / York College of Pennsylvania Make-up effects artist and judge on Face Off [117]
Ron Jeremy Gamma-Lambda / San Diego State University Adult actor [118][119]
DeWayne Jessie Epsilon-Sigma / University of Central Oklahoma Actor best known for his portrayal of Otis Day in Animal House (1978) [9][13]
Stan Kenton Gamma / University of Illinois Pianist and bandleader who created Stan Kenton Band Clinics [9][120]
Andrew Lauer Gamma-Lambda / San Diego State University Documentary filmmaker and actor best known for playing Charlie on Caroline in the City (1995–1999) [9][13][96]
Mark Madden Nu-Phi / Duquesne University Talk-show host best known for his work as color commentator for World Championship Wrestling (1994–2001) [121]
Willie Nelson Nu-Xi / Stephen F. Austin State University Country music songwriter and singer [9][13][96]
Christian I. Nyby II Alpha-Delta / University of Idaho Television director [9]
Jameson Parker Kappa / Beloit College Actor best known for playing A.J. Simon in the television series Simon & Simon (1981–1989) [9][13][96]
Les Paul Gamma-Delta / University of Miami Guitarist and pioneering electric guitar inventor, best known for association with the Gibson Les Paul [9][96][122]
Elvis Presley Beta-Psi / Arkansas State University Rock 'n' Roll pioneer, actor [9][13][123]
Robert Rockwell Gamma / University of Illinois Actor best known for playing Philip Boynton in the television series Our Miss Brooks (1952–1956) and the film of the same name, Our Miss Brooks (1956) [9][13]
Frank Scott Delta-Psi / North Dakota State University Musician of the piano and harpsichord for The Lawrence Welk Show (1956–1969) [9]
Dave Sheridan Nu-Omega / William Paterson University Actor best known for playing Officer Doofy in Scary Movie (2000) [9][13][96]
Anish Shroff Iota-Zeta / Syracuse University ESPN on-air host and commentator [124]
Stephen Sommers Beta-Sigma / University of Southern California Screenwriter and film director best known for The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001) [9][55]
Danny Thomas Gamma-Nu / University of Toledo Entertainer and founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital [9][13][125]
Danny Villanueva Alpha-Omicron / New Mexico State University Founder of Univision and Telemundo, former NFL placekicker/punter [9][93][101]
Corey Warning Zeta-Pi / Culver-Stockton College Musician, lead singer of the Graduate [126]
Mark Watters Beta-Sigma / University of Southern California Music composer for film and television, winner of six Emmy Awards [9][55]
Lawrence Welk Alpha-Xi / Drake University Musician and hosted The Lawrence Welk Show (1951–1982) [9][13][127]
George Wendt Kappa-Nu / Rockhurst University Actor best known for playing Norm Peterson in Cheers (1982–1993) [128]
Robert Wuhl Epsilon-Omicron / University of Houston Actor best known as the creator and star of Arliss (1996–2002) and for playing newspaper reporter Alexander Knox in Batman (1989) [9][13][96]
Steven Zhu Beta-Sigma / University of Southern California Electronic musician [9][55]
The Everly Brothers in 1970
The Everly Brothers
Dan Duryea from the trailer for the film "Winchester '73"
Dan Duryea
Ron Jeremy receiving the "Positive Image Award" at the "Free Speech Awards" Annual Bash Event in Los Angeles in 2009
Ron Jeremy
Willie Nelson getting ready to perform in support of Farm Aid in 2009
Willie Nelson
Les Paul performing at Iridium Jazz Club in New York City in 2008
Les Paul
Elvis Presley promoting Jailhouse Rock
Elvis Presley
Lawrence Welk and singer Norma Zimmer from the Lawrence Welk television program in 1961
Lawrence Welk
George Wendt at the 41st Emmy Awards in 1989
George Wendt

Writers[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
James Blish Alpha-Eta / Rutgers University Science fiction and fantasy writer best known for the Cities in Flight series (1950–1962) and his series of Star Trek novelizations, credited with creating the term gas giant [9][129]
Robert Coover Beta-Chi / Southern Illinois University Carbondale Fabulation and metafiction writer best known for The Public Burning (1977), co-founded the Electronic Literature Organization [9][129]
William Least Heat-Moon Beta-Theta / University of Missouri New York Times bestselling travel author best known for Blue Highways (1982) [9][129][130]
James C. Logan Xi / Washington University in St. Louis Co-authored legal volumes for Missouri Practice Methods, authored leading law articles, and Grand Prytanis (Grand President) of Tau Kappa Epsilon (1953–1957) [129]
Bruce Maccabee Zeta-Mu / Worcester Polytechnic Institute Author and researcher best known for technical articles and books on UFOs [56]
Frederick Gale Ruffner Jr. Omicron / The Ohio State University Publisher, founded Gale Research and Omnigraphics [9]
John A. Russo Rho / West Virginia University Screenwriter for Night of the Living Dead (1968) [9][129]
William L. Shirer Zeta / Coe College Journalist, war correspondent, historian, and author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1960) [9][129]
Robert Tinnell Theta-Delta / Fairmont State University Film screenwriter, director, producer, and author best known for horror graphic novels including The Black Forest (2004), The Wicked West (2004), The Living and the Dead (2005), and Sight Unseen (2006) [129][131]
William L. Shirer in 1961
William L. Shirer

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The brother was initiated before a charter was given by TKE Headquarters, which establishes a colony as an official chapter.
  2. ^ a b c d There is no associated school with the Grand Chapter. The Grand Chapter is the supreme governing body of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity that meets for biennial international assemblies known as Conclaves where honorary initiations frequently occur.[58]

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