Zetes of Distinction

“Zetes throughout our history have achieved great things in their lives, some owing it to their membership more than others. We recognize these brothers for their work in their fields and aim to help both visitors and fellow brothers learn more about their lives and achievements.”


Les Aspin (Eta – Yale University)

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense (1993-1994)
  • Congressman (Democratic), Wisconsin: 1st District (1971-1993)
  • Professor (International Policy), Washington Center for Government, Marquette University

Jim Balsillie (Theta Xi – University of Toronto)


Dr. John Bardeen (Lambda Psi – University of Wisconsin at Madison)

  • Only person ever to win two Nobel Prizes in Physics:
    for the transistor (1956)
    for a fundamental theory of convectional superconductivity (1972)
  • Recipient, IEEE Medal of Honor (1971)

Bob Boone (Mu – Stanford University)

  • Manager, Cincinnati Reds (2001-2003)
  • Manager, Kansas City Royals (1995-1997)
  • Gold Glove Recipient (1978-1979, 1982, 1986-1989)
  • Catcher, Philadelphia Phillies – California Angels – Kansas City Royals (1972-1990)

Erskine Bowles (Upsilon – University of North Carolina)

  • System President, University of North Carolina (2006-)
  • White House Chief of Staff (1997-1998)
  • Member, Board of Directors: General Motors – Morgan Stanley

John R. Brodie (Mu – Stanford University)

  • Recipient, NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award (1970)
  • Quarterback, San Francisco 49ers (1957-1973)

Dean Cain (Omicron Epsilon – Princeton Universtity)

  • Actor, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997)

Jim Cantalupo (Alpha Epsilon – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


James J. Carey (Omega – Northwestern University)

  • Chairman, National Defense Committee, Washington D.C. (2000-)
  • Grand Master [International Chairman], Knights Templar Military Order Worldwide (2004-)
  • Grand Commander [International President], Knights Templar Military Order Worldwide (1998-2004)
  • Grand Prior [National President], Knights Templar Military Order (1995-1997)
  • Phi Alpha CXXIV (1995-1997)
  • Chairman, U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (1989-1991)
  • President, Reagan Administration Presidential Appointees Organization (1983-1988)
  • Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Career: 1961-1994)

William Comstock (Xi – University of Michigan)

  • Governor, Michigan (1933-35)
  • Member, Democratic National Committee (1924-1930)
  • Chairman, Democratic State Central Committee (1920-1924)
  • Founder & Editor, The Circle of Zeta Psi (1909-?)
  • Phi Alpha LV (1908-1909)

Benedict Crowell (Eta – Yale University)

  • Founder, Army Ordnance Association (1919)
  • Director of Munitions (WWI)
  • Assistant Secretary of War (WWI)
  • Brigadier General, U.S. Army Reserve (1916)

Gray Davis (Mu – Stanford University)

  • Governor, California (1999-2003)
  • Lieutenant Governor, California (1995-1999)

Howard Dean (Eta – Yale University)


Brian Dickson (Pi Epsilon – Manitoba University)


Henry Ford II (Eta – Yale University)


Howard “Red” Grange (Alpha Epsilon – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


William Harrison, Jr. (Upsilon – University of North Carolina)

  • Chairman, JPMorgan Chase (2005-)
  • CEO, JP Morgan Chase (1999-2005)
  • Graduate, Harvard Business School: International Senior Management Programme

Dr. John McCrae (Theta Xi – University of Toronto)

  • Author, In Flanders’ Fields
  • Lieutenant Colonel, Canadian artillery (1915-1918)

Eric Molson (Alpha Psi – McGill University)


Arthur H. Motley (Alpha Beta – University of Minnesota)

  • President, Parade Magazine (1946-1970)
  • Publisher, American Magazine (1941-1946)

Brian Roberts (Sigma – University of Pennsylvania)


William Shea (Phi – New York University)

  • Lawyer (degrees from Georgetown & Harvard)
  • Brought the Islanders to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Long Island (1972)
  • Brought the Mets to New York City (1964)

Dr. Benjamin Spock (Eta – Yale University)

  • Founder, The Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (1954)
  • Author, The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care (1946)
  • Lieutenant Cmdr. (psychiatrist), U.S. Navy Reserve Medical Corps (WWII)
  • Gold Medal Winner, 1924 Olympic Games: Rowing

Julius A. Stratton (Phi Lambda – University of Washington)


Henry Suzzallo (Phi Lambda – University of Washington)

  • President, University of Washington (1915-1926)
  • Advisor, War Labor Board (WWI)
  • Chairman, State Board of Defense (WWI)

Sir John Templeton (Eta – Yale University)

  • Knight Bachelor (1987)
  • Founder, John Templeton Foundation (1987)
  • Establisher, Templeton Growth, Ltd. (1954)
  • Rhodes Scholar, Connecticut & Balliol (1934)

Pete Wilson (Eta – Yale University)

  • Member, Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee
  • Member, President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees, National World War II Museum
  • Governor, California (1991-1999)
  • U.S. Senator (Class 1), California (1983-1991)
  • Mayor, San Diego, California (1971-1983)

Dick Wolf (Sigma – University of Pennsylvania)

  • Recipient, Emmy Award (1997)
  • Creator, Law & Order (1990)
  • Supervising Producer, Miami Vice (1988)

Mark Badagliacca (Psi – Cornell)

  • CFO, Paramount Pictures Corp

William B. Benton (Eta – Yale University)

  • U.S. Senator from Connecticut (1949-1953)
  • U.S. Secretary of State (1945-1947)
  • Publisher, Encyclopaedia Britannica (1943-1973)

William C. Buck (Tau – Lafayette)

  • Owner, Philadelphia Phillies

Charles Darling (Beta – University of Virginia)

  • Vermont, House of Representatives (1896-97)

Ken Dilger (Alpha Epsilon – University of Illinois)

  • Tight End, Colts (1995-2001) – Buccaneers (2002-2004)

Albert R. Dowden (Phi – New York University)

  • President & CEO of Volvo of North America Corp. (1974-1998)

Tom Fears (Sigma Zeta – UCLA)

  • Wide Receiver, L.A. Rams (1948-1956)

Arthur Gajarsa (Pi – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

  • Vice-Chairman, Rensselaer Board of Trustees (1998-)
  • Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Washington D.C. (1997-)

Bertrand W. Gearhart (Iota – University of California-Berkeley)

  • California, House of Representatives (1935-1949)
  • Founding member, American Legion (1919)

John Gebhardt (Phi – New York University)

  • Managing Director of PaineWebber Inc.

Richard H. Gould (Mu – Stanford)

  • 34-time NCAA Championship Tennis Coach

Conrad Harrington (Alpha Psi – McGill University)

  • Former Chancellor, McGill University (1976-1983)

Arden Haynes (Pi Epsilon – University of Manitoba)

  • Chairman and CEO of Imperial Oil Ltd.
  • Officer, Order of Canada
  • Former Chancellor, York University (1994-1998)

Paul B. Hicks Jr. (Beta – University of Virginia)

  • President, Texaco Europe

Fred M. Kirby (Tau – Lafayette College)

  • Former Chairman of the Board of Allegheny Corp.

Roy McMurtry (Theta Xi – University of Toronto)

  • Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (1985-1988)
  • Chief Justice of Ontario (1996-2007)

Percival Molson (Alpha Psi – McGill University)

  • McGill’s best “All-Round Athlete” 3 years running (1897-1900)

John E. Nelson (Chi – Colby College)

  • Maine, House of Representatives (1922-1933)

Shaun F. O’Malley (Sigma – University of Pennsylvania)

  • Chairman and CEO of Price Waterhouse (1988-1995)

Maj. Gen. James Parker (Delta – Rutgers University)

  • Congressional Medal Of Honor (1899)

Charles E. Phelps (Eta – Princeton University)

  • Congressional Medal Of Honor (1864)

George Reinhardt (Iota – University of California-Berkeley)

  • U.S. Ambassador to Italy (1961-1968)

Thomas O. Seaver (Kappa – Tufts)

  • Congressional Medal Of Honor (1892)

Maj. Gen. Charles H. Smith (Chi – Colby College)

  • Congressional Medal Of Honor (1864)

Dean G. Witter (Iota – University of California-Berkeley)

  • Founder, Dean Witter & Company (now merged as Morgan Stanley)