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  • Added 10/10/10 - The Kansas Beta sections of Washburn yearbook for more than 100 years have been scanned and are available herefor 1906-1952 and here for 1952-2009. (Thanks to Tony Ahrens '1543' for his help with these.) (Google email account required, we'll get these moved to the main site eventually)

Kansas Beta Chapter - Washburn University

The Kansas Beta Chapter at Washburn University was chartered in 1910. In its first century, nearly 1,600 men have signed the Bond. The rollcall of Washburn Phis includes a list of men who have distinguished themselves in a wide variety of fields. A short summary of their accomplishments includes:

  • 300+ members of the military, 10 killed in service to our country and 2 POWs
  • 133+ men elected into SagamorePhi_Delta_Theta_Crest.jpeg
  • 63 surgeons, physicians and dentists
  • 57+ Washburn student body and class presidents
  • 29 Washburn scholarships endowed by or named for Phis
  • 23 largest pledge class initiated (January 1943)
  • 21 federal, state or military judges, including two Kansas Supreme Court justices
  • 21 scholarships received from the Phi Delta Theta Foundation
  • 20 members of a state senate or state house of representatives
  • 19 recipients of Washburn's Distinguished Service Award
  • 15 members of the Washburn Board of Regents
  • 13 Gold Stars
  • 11 Silver Stars
  • 10 Community Service citations
  • 12 honorary Washburn degrees granted to Phis
  • 12 members of the Washburn Athletic Hall of Fame
  • 10 housemothers
  • 9+ bank presidents/CEOs
  • 5 General Headquarters trophiesKS_Beta_Triangle.JPG
  • 5 campus buildings or facilities named for Phis
  • 5 service academy graduates - 2 Naval Academy, 2 Air Force Academy and 1 from West Point
  • 3 Kansas City trophies
  • 3 generals -- 2 Army and 1 Air Force, plus at least 10 full colonels or Navy captains
  • 2 recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross
  • 1 member of Congress
  • 1 Kansas Secretary of State
  • 1 Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives
  • 1 Majority Leader of the Kansas House of Representatives
  • 1 Minority Leader in the Kansas Senate

Greek Social Societies at Washburn

by Martha Imparata, originally printed in the Washburn Alumni magazine, Summer 2004

WU_Student_Activities.jpgThe year 1903 saw great change for Washburn. The college had a new president (Norman Plass), a new building (Crane Observatory), two new schools (Law and Medical) and the first Greek letter societies. The Sigma Delta Psi sorority was established January 5, 1903, followed closely by Beta sorority and the Delta Phi Fraternity. All three were local societies, not part of national organizations. One of the women who founded Beta was Annie B. Sweet, who along with other members of her family later gave thousands of dollars to Washburn.

Delta Phi was the only fraternity until 1906, when Kappa Theta, another local, was organized. Beta and Sigma Delta Psi were the only sororities until 1910, when Kappa Kappa Chi was established. With these local social socieities, it was clear that Washburn students had an independent spirit. Some of the students also had a sense of humor. During the 1907-08 school year, a co-ed Greek organization appeared, perhaps in defiance of the gender segregated Greek and literary societies of the time. It was called Pi Iota Gamma Fratority (PIG), perfect blend of fraternity and sorority. There were five members -- three women and two men. The officers' titles indicated that the "fratority's" main purpose was to poke fun at the Greek system. Mildred Guild and Bess Renwick were the Chief Big Eater and Aiding Chief Big Eater, respectively. Other officers were Holder of the Grub, and Surgeon-at-Arms. Needless to say they did not have a house. Just a few years later the yearbook reported that PIG was defunct. The reason...? It starved.

In 1909 Kappa Theta went national and became the Gamma Nu chapter of Kappa Sigma. In 1910 Delta Phi became the Kansas Beta chapter of Phi Delta Theta. Both fraternities are still active [note-Kappa Sigma closed in 2008] making them the oldest national fraternities at Washburn.

The Washburn sororities took a little longer to go national, but two of them hold the record for the longest continuously active Greek organizations at Washburn. Sigma Delta Psi, founded in 1903, became the Alpha Upsilon chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta in 1914, and Beta Sorority, also founded in 1903, beca me the Upsilon chapter of Alpha Phi in 1916. These two chapters, along with Phi Delta Theta, celebrated 100 years of existence in 2003.

In 1912, Alpha Delta, another local fraternity, was organized. Alpha Delta never went national, and it is the only local Greek organization remaining at Wasburn.

For several years, fraternity and sorority organizations were evenly matched at three until 1917-18 when Sigma Alpha Iota, an honorary sorority for music majors, became more active as a social society. It differed from other honorary Greek organizations in that for about seven years the women had their own house, and for even longer they had representation on Panhellenic (founded in 1917) and were pictured in yearbooks as part of the social sororities.

In 1920 Kappa Kappa Chi, a local sorority since 1910, became affiliated with Delta Gamma and another sorority, Pi Beta Tau, was founded. Also that year, some law students organized Phi Alpha Delta as a social fraternity with a house, and the Interfraternity Council made its first appearance. In 1922, the new Pi Beta Tau sorority became affiliated with the national Zeta Tau Alpha. Thus, within 20 years of the beginning of Greek activity at Washburn, all four of the current sororities and three of the current fraternities had become established and have been active ever since.
The Delta Gamma House at Washburn

During the 1920s and 1930s, many of the Greek traditions were being developed such as Homecoming with its parade and house decoration competitions, intramurals and frequent dances and formals, such as Fireman's Ball, Barn Party, and the Bowery Brawl. In later years each house also developed a relationship with one or more charities or fundraising events as a way of developing leadership skills and character.

The first Greek fraternities and sororities had houses off campus, but in the 1920s some began to move on campus. The oldest sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, was the first to build a house on the west side of campus in 1922. Alpha Phi quickly followed in 1923. Zeta Tau Alpha also moved on campus in 1923, but instead of building, occupied the former MacVicar home. Zeta Tau Alpha eventually built a new house next to Alpha Phi in 1930. Delta Gamma, the last sorority to move to campus, built a house south of Zeta Tau Alpha on 19th Street in 1937, completing sorority row.

The 1966 tornado shortened sorority row considerably, however. All of the sororities suffered serious damage, but only Alpha Phi and Zeta Tau Alpha were able to rebuild. Delta Gamma and Kappa Alpha Theta located in houses just west of campus on MacVicar Avenue. After several moves, Alpha Delta fraternity also located on MacVicar.

Phi Delta Theta was the first fraternity located on campus, building a house on the east side in 1927, which it still owns and occupies. Alpha Delta also built a house on the east side of campus in 1929, but it stayed only until 1942. It sold the building to the university, which it operated as a men's dorm until Kappa Sigma purchased it in 1947. The newest fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, was established first as a Men's Club in spring of 1950, but that fall sought membership as a colony of this national fraternity. They currently located on 17th Street. [Note-They have since moved into the former Kappa Alpha Theta house on MacVicar.] Tau Kappa Epsilon and Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternities, both established at Washburn in the 1960s, are no longer active.

Chapter of fraternities and sororities founded on historically black campuses also have a long history at Washburn. Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority was first included in the 1930 yearbook, but its Epsilon chapter had been established at Washburn in 1923. Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity first appeared in the 1938 yearbook where it was reported that the Rho chapter had been established in 1921, but had not come under supervision of the college until 1932. During the 1940s and 1950s, Omega Psi Phi, and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternities and the Delta Sigma Theta sorority joined the other two. Kappa Alpha Psi celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1971. Although these chapters became inactive in the 1980s, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority chartered the Epsilon chapter again at Washburn in March 2002. The alumni of Delta Sigma Theta plan to begin a nine-month process in September to become active on campus again.

Delta Phi Roots

As early as 1887, there was a debate at Washburn about the "the advisability of introducing fraternities." The student newspaper, the Argo, concluded in an editorial "that fraternities tend to produce factions and factions will inevitably destroy college spirit." In 1889 a group of young men petitioned Phi Delta Theta to form a colony but never received a formal answer. There were encouraged in their efforts by William Allen White, then an undergraduate member of the Kansas Alpha chapter. In 1903 Delta Phi was founded making it the first fraternity at Washburn. One year later, the faculty adopted rules to govern Greek organizations. The rules required such organi
Delta Phi Chapter circa 1908
zation to have faculty approval, that the faculty would determine the eligibility to membership, that there should be no more than one fraternity or sorority for every 30 students and that no student could join until they had lived on campus for one year and completed at least 20 hours of college credit.

Initially, Delta Phi was a secret society and limited membership to juniors and seniors. The Fraternity did not remain secret for long and quickly established a record of campus leadership and academic excellence. The 1904 "Kaw" shows that its colors were maroon and white and its flower was the carnation. Among its members was one of the first Rhodes Scholars, Frank M. Mohler '96' in 1905. Following his studies at Oxford, Mohler eventually settled in Springfield, Massachusetts where he taught history at Springfield College and served as head tennis coach for two seasons. Two other Washburn Phis would be finalists for the Rhodes scholarship years later, Howard B. Myers '157' in 1922 Ozell Trask '256' in 1929.

Another ea
Arthur J. Carruth, Jr.
rly member, Robert Stone '32', was a member of the Washburn Regents and went on to become Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives in 1915. James McClure '4' would become a judge in Topeka and serve on the Topeka School Board. Warren Crumbine '27' and Cecil Lowe '60' were among the founders of Sagamore in 1912. To this day, Sagamore remains Washburn's most prestigious honor society. Another Delta Phi member was Arthur J. Carruth '5'. The 1908 "Kaw" observed he was the "editor of the best Review ever published" and that he "will enter newspaper work next year." Carruth went on to become a Topeka newspaperman and served on the Washburn Board of Regents from 1941 to 1960. In 1960 a new dormitory was named for him. Carruth Hall was torn down in 1999 to make way for the Living Learning Center.

Delta Phi applied to Phi Delta Theta for a charter on November 10, 1908 in advance of the Pittsburgh Convention. The application included letters of support from Washburn President Frank Sanders, Kansas Alpha President Grove Dolmar, Kansas Governor E.W. Hoch and Kansas Supreme Court Justice Henry Mason among others. For reasons lost to history, that application was not approved.
Headstone on the grave of Dr. Glenn Millice '1' in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Battle Creek, Iowa

Delta Phi ultimately received its charter as the Kansas Beta Chapter on August 11, 1910 at the Fraternity's Niagra Falls Convention. Walter Havighurst in From Six at First describes the Niagra Falls Convention as "disorderly" as "careless and carefree" members overindulged in the "social elements" of the Fraternity.

The Kansas Beta Chapter was formally installed on September 30, 1910 with 39 men signing the Bond led by Glenn Saxon Millice. Millice played football at Washburn and was known as "Blondy" for his flowing locks of blond hair. A history of Kansas written in the 1940s identified him as the best punter in the history of the state and he also has the distinction of having caught the first pass ever thrown by a Washburn quarterback. At least one history of college football identifies it as the first pass ever thrown. Millice represented Delta Phi at the 1908 Pittsburg Convention and the 1910 Niagra Falls Convention. He would go on to become a physician and practiced in Castana and Cushing, Iowa, before moving to Battle Creek, Iowa with his wife Agnes. He practiced in Battle Creek for 41 years before retiring. Brother Millice entered the Chapter Grand on January 3, 1968. A scholarship for pre-med students at Washburn bears his name.

The newly formed Kansas Beta Chapter initiated _ as its first pledge in . The first member to affiliate from another chapter was William A. Snyder. Brother Snyder transferred to Washburn in 1911 after three years at Miami University where he was a member of Ohio Alpha.

Founding of Kansas Beta as reported in the Scroll, Volume XXXV (1910-1911)

(Source: link)

Washburn College and Kansas Beta

Washburn College is situated in Topeka, Kansas, the capital city. It is in the center of a prosperous country, which is steadily advancing in its development, growth and prosperity. Since its foundation it has steadily and rapidly developed until it stands today a university in all but name. The college includes five schools—liberal arts, fine arts, medical, law and engineering schools. The faculty of the college numbers over 100. The student enrollment is 900. The campus is the prettiest in the state and includes 160 acres, well wooded and drained. The library numbers over 20,000 volumes. The college is on both the Rockefeller and Carnegie foundations.

In 1889 a body of young men in attendance at Washburn petitioned Phi Delta Theta for a charter; that petition was never refused, simply pigeon-holed. A new local society bearing the name Delta Phi was organized in 1903, and after becoming firmly established it applied for a charter. Those who were petitioners are a remarkably strong body of men, drawn from the best families of Topeka and the state. The opening presented to Delta Phi at Washburn was an exceptionally good one, and by taking advantage of it the Fraternity made its alread y strong position in Kansas impregnable.

Since 1888, all new chapters of Phi Delta Theta have almost uniformly been established in the growing state universities and technical schools, though a few largely endowed universities not on state foundations have been chartered. Since the establishment of Massachusetts Beta at Amherst twenty-two years ago no chapter of the Fraternity has been established in a college of letters and arts. The granting of the charter to Washburn College was therefore significant.

One consideration which made it wise for Phi Delta Theta to acquire a second chapter in Kansas is that the fraternity system is undoubtedly on trial and is under fire at the present time. Particularly is this true of the state institutions depending on legislative action for the lifeblood of their appropriations. At any time the fraternities are liable to he attacked in the legislatures, which are often composed of well meaning men but usually men who are uninformed about fraternities. In states like Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, where the fraternity system is strong, and where numerous colleges are yearly giving their quota of Greek-letter men to the body politic, the danger to our chapters in the state universities is remote. But in states where our only chapter is in the state university, such as Colorado, Nebraska, Wisconsin, the danger of adverse legislation is always present. Kansas Alpha recognized this danger and demanded a sister chapter in her commonwealth. And in that demand the chapters at Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska joined. To have refused to heed this demand would have been to leave Kansas Alpha in a position of peril.

- Charles F. Lamkin, P.G.C
The Delta Phi Society
The Delta Phi local society, which was chartered by Phi Delta Theta on August 11, 1910, was organized on October 2, 1903. The founders were six in number—three Topeka men and three from without the city. There were at that time no secret societies in the college and while at first there was considerable opposition, the local organization soon grew strong by its wise choice of men and the support of the president of the college, Norman Plass, a Zeta Chi.

During the first three years of the society's existence only juniors and seniors were admitted, and a very strong organization resulted, which continued in its development and grew stronger with each passing year. During the whole seven years of the local's existence it maintained a high place in college activities, athletic and scholastic. It furnished more athletes to represent Washburn than any other organization in the college. The men have gained a reputation all over the west for their athletic ability. The famous '07 football team which held a just claim to the championship of the Missouri Valley included six Delta Phis in its regular lineup.

Delta Phi has furnished a large number of orators and debaters who have represented Washburn in inter-collegiate and in one case inter-state contests. Among its members is one who obtained a Rhodes scholarship.

Washburn College - Campus View (The Scroll, 1910)
Some three years ago Delta Phi decided to take active steps to gain a charter from a national fraternity, as we felt that the college and our local would stand the test. In looking over the roll of fraternities and judging by neighboring chapters and the reputation of its members, we decided on Phi Delta Theta as our goal. Since that time an active campaign has been waged which culminated in the granting of the charter.

The total roll of the local was 65, of whom 39 have been initiated into Phi Delta Theta.

At this time it is only fitting that mention be made of Robert Stone, '89, who was initiated into Phi Delta Theta in October, 1910. Brother Stone was a member of the organization in Washburn that petitioned Phi Delta Theta in 1889. He was received into the membership of Delta Phi at an early date and has been of great help in the work of gaining a charter.

A note system was early adopted by Delta Phi and by the exercise of thrift and energy a house was finished in 1909, at a cost of about $8,000. It is one of the finest houses on College Hill. In addition, the society invested in College Hill real estate and the chapter owns three lots thereon.

The house is situated at the corner of Boswell and Euclid avenues, just opposite the campus and within fifty yards of the home of the president of the college. The lot is 75 by 150 feet, and faces the campus. The large house has seventeen rooms, in addition to the attic, which is to be used as a sleeping apartment. The outside appearance of the house is very attractive. The first story is shingled from the concrete foundation to the floor of the Second story. Above the dark stained shingles to the cornice the walls are of stucco of a light gray shade. The roof is of a low gable effect with light trimming and the large outside chimney gives individually to the house. Inside, the rooms are finished in mission style and are large and comfortable. In the basement is a spacious room, arranged after the suggestions of Brother F. R. Cowles, and exceptionally well suited to the purpose of initiations and chapter meetings.

- Arthur C. Banta, Kansas Beta, '11
The Installation
On Friday morning, September 30, 1910, the installing party for Kansas Beta arrived at Topeka and were at once taken in autos to the Delta Phi house. The officers and visitors from a distance in attendance were as follows: C. F. Lamkin, P. G. C.; T. A. Davis, H. G. C.; E. C. Henderson, chapter house commissioner; Fred R. Cowles, president of Zeta province; S.R. Owens of Missouri; J.S. Morrison, R.H. Bradshaw and C.N. Cofer of Westminster; H.K. Owens and H.H. Cain of Nebraska; G.F. Kimbrough and J. G. Lamb of Colorado; A.C. Moses of Chicago. C.M. Tames of Brown, C.T. Franklin of Lehigh, M.C. Haldeman of Dickinson, and Berger, Charles, Ward, Welsh and others of Kansas.

On arrival at the house, C.F. Lamkin, P.G.C., formally took possession in the name of the Fraternity and declared the house and grounds to be the property of Phi Delta Theta to be held by him in trust for the Kansas Beta chapter, soon to be instituted. Immediately after luncheon the officers and visitors repaired to the chapter room and the initiation of thirty-one Delta Phis present was begun, two at a time. The initiation was officered as follows: President, C.F. Lamkin; reporter, E.C. Henderson; warden, T.A. Davis; assistant warden, H. H. Berger; chaplain, Fred R. Cowles; secretary, W.R. James; historian,. A. Lamb; reader of the Bond, J.S. Morrison. The actual initiations continued all Friday afternoon and night and Saturday morning. Brothers Lamkin and Henderson alternated as president, Brothers Davis and Cowles as warden and Brothers Cowles and Moses as chaplain. Full paraphernalia was used, the same set that was on display at the Niagara Falls convention, and the ritual was complied with in all details. Probably no chapter has ever been more impressively initiated.

The formal installation and proclamation of the chapter took place at 2:30 p. m. on Saturday, October 1. The newly initiated men, Topeka Phis and visitors were assembled in the commodious lounging room of the house, which was properly arranged for a chapter hall. Suitably robed, and under the escort of Brother H.H. Berger, the installing procession entered.

The exercises were opened by Brother T.A. Davis delivering the charge to the chapter. Brother C.M. James presented the chapter banner, and Brother J.S. Morrison, nephew of Robert Morrison our beloved founder, presented the Bond which his immortal uncle wrote. The Bond was accepted on behalf of the new chapter by Glenn Millice, Kansas Beta, '11, a man well known to all Phis who were at Niagara and Pittsburg.

The charter was then presented by C.F. Lamkin, P.G.C., and duly accepted by Kansas Beta, after which Brother E. C. Henderson delivered the charge to the chapter. Brother F.R. Cowles then impressively installed the officers of the new chapter. The P. G. C. then called on Brother T.I.M. Hamilton, Illinois Delta, '73, head of the claim department of the Santa Fe Railroad, to speak for the Topeka alumni and his address was noteworthy. The Phis then adjourned to the lawn in front of the house, while the P.G.C. from the upper porch proclaimed the establishment of the Kansas Beta chapter, and as he concluded the proclamation the wardens ran the Phi Delta Theta flag to the top of the staff.

Kansas Beta entertained the visitors with a banquet on Saturday night. About seventy were present. At this function it was the pleasure of the Phis to meet Dr. Saunders, president of Washburn College, whose after-dinner speech was most welcome and appreciated. The speech was full of expressions of good will to the Fraternity and of good wishes for the newly made chapter, and was productive of renewed pledges of fealty to him and the college on the part of the Washburn men present, and they gave evidence to their president, of their loyalty, by great applause to all of his utterances regarding the cooperation of the president and the chapter. This chapter recently pledged itself for $600 toward some of the needs of the college and therefore President Sau
"Not on the initiation program" as the Chapter's initiation included someone's car being stopped by the Topeka Police
nders felt that there was true sincerity in the applause which he received.

The banquet over, there were still eight Delta Phis to be brought into the light of Phi Delta Theta and when these ceremonies were completed it was time for rest, But while it might have been time for rest, no rest came. The army and navy, both strongly represented, became estranged about bed time and open war was soon declared. The first assault of the army, owing to the absence of Colonel Haldeman, resulted in a repulse and the cutting off of the forces of General Lamkin. Reinforcements led by Captain Davis rescued the commander and drove the navy for refuge to the sleeping porch. Guerila warfare and intermittent bombarding of the navy's position kept up through the night until the time for the departure of the visitors was at hand, when peace was declared, hostilities ceased and army and navy joined in cheering the new chapter and in extending thanks for generous hospitality and boundless courtesy.

Not the least pleasant of the many enjoyable features of the installation was the receipt by Kansas Beta of congratulatory messages from many members and chapters of our great Fraternity and particular enthusiasm was shown when one was received from Ohio Theta signed by Robert Hall Morrison, son of Founder Robert Morrison. Night letters and telegrams were also received from Illinois Alpha, Delta and Zeta; Iowa Alpha; Indiana Alpha, Gamma and Epsilon; Massachusetts Alpha; Michigan Alpha; Missouri Gamma; New Hampshire Alpha; New York Beta; Ohio Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Zeta, Eta and Theta; Quebec Alpha; South Dakota Alpha Vermont Alpha; Wisconsin Alpha.

To say that I am delighted with the personnel of our new chapter and with Washburn College only mildly expresses my earnest conviction that we have greatly strengthened our Fraternity in chartering Kansas Beta.

- Charles F. Lam Kin, P. G. C.

Chapter House

KS_Beta_Chapter_House.JPGThe Chapter remained in its original leased house at 1624 Boswell Avenue at the corner of Boswell and Euclid in College Hill until 1927. That year the Chapter moved into its newly constructed house on the east side of the Washburn campus. The limestone structure was designed to accommodate 30 men and cost approximately $40,000 ($488,000 in 2009 dollars). Two years later Alpha Delta, having failed to affiliate with a national fraternity, moved into its new house next door that it had constructed at a cost of $48,000. The AD's moved off campus in 1942 and their former house was used as a men's dormitory before Kappa Sigma purchased it in 1947; Kappa Sigma ceased operating in 2008 and the house is currently vacant. The old Phi Delt house on Boswell was briefly occupied by a sorority, Beta Sigma Omicron, before a fire forced them out.

Over the years, small renovation projects and upgrades became a regular feature of chapter life. For example, in 1948 the sleeping dorm on the third floor was converted into a four-man room for law students and dubbed "Legal Eagles Nest." That same year, linoleum was laid in the hallway on the second floor. In a harbinger of things to come, the November 1948 Scroll reported that "Plans are underway to affix an iron fire escape ladder to side of the house up to the windows on the third floor. The project is long overdue."

History is also filled with examples of the Kansas Beta Mothers Club stepping into make the house a home KS_Beta_Renovation_Plan.JPGaway from home. In 1939 the Mothers Club helped to provide a then state of the art RCA Victor combination radio phonograph. Its purchase was aided by Phi Delt Charles Jermane whose store in Seneca, Kansas "extended such liberal terms on the elaborate purchase."

The Chapter house was one of the few buildings on campus to survive relatively unscathed by the 1966 tornado. The Chapter occupies the house to this day as the only fraternity located on the campus itself. Time has not been kind to the house. For the nearly two decades, the Chapter has struggled to maintain the building in the face of both tougher safety standards and undergraduates' desire for modern accommodations. The Chapter recently completed a nearly $2 million capital campaign, led by a generous gift from Ron Richey '578', to thoroughly modernize and renovate the house. Renovations are scheduled to be completed in time for the Fall 2011 semester.

Notable Kansas Beta Alumni

In its nearly hundred year history, members of the Chapter have distinguished themselves by excelling in a variety of fields including medicine, commerce, military service, law and politics.

  • Carlos Antequera '1408' - Co-founder and president, Netchemia
    Coach Ernest Bearg
  • Ernest E. Bearg '75' - Head football coach, Nebraska (1925-1928); Head basketball coach, Nebraska (1926); Head football coach, Washburn (1918-1919, 1929-1935); Washburn Athletics Hall of Fame (1973); Nebraska Football Hall of Fame (1988)
  • David C. Beeder '624' - Washington Bureau Chief, Omaha World-Herald (1985-1997)
  • COL Harwood O. Benton '93' - Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest military honor, for heroism during World War I; also served in WWII and Korea; president of Oberlin State Bank
  • Merle Blair '756' - "Voice of Washburn Sports" (1961-1981); Chairman, Washburn Board of Regents; president and CEO of Topeka Area Chamber of Commerce; Member of the Washburn Athletics Hall of Fame
  • Don Bobo ‘861' - Former chief executive officer, Jefferson Wells International
    Brig Gen Arthur Champeny
  • Karl M. Bowman, MD '39' - Former chief of psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital in New York
  • Ryan Bradbury '1430' - Superintendent of schools, Madison Virgil USD 436
  • Ken Calwell '1241' - Chief marketing officer of Wendy's International, former executive vice president for Domino's Pizza
  • Brigadier General Arthur S. Champeny ’91' - Only man in U.S. history to receive the Distinguished Service Cross in three separate conflicts: World War I, World War II and Korea
  • Dr. John Davis, Jr. '377' - Sports editor of the Scroll for 52 years, renowned optometrist, prominent supporter of track and field, and owner of one of the largest private autograph collectionsin the world
  • Dr. Richard E. Davis '523' - Founder of Kansas City Masterpiece ; former dean, North Dakota School of Medicine; 2006 recipie
    Dr. Rich Davis, Creator of KC Masterpiece
    nt of the Nance-Miller Award for his contribution to the free enterprise system
  • Brigadier General Clarence T. "Curly" Edwinson ’324' - Flew 30 missions as a WWII fighter pilot; Commander, 42nd Air Division, U.S. Air Force; All conference running back at Washburn and member of the Washburn Athletics Hall of Fame
  • Dennis J. Eskie '951' - Founder of Dennis J. Eskie & Associates, developer of more than 50 shopping centers across the United States
  • Ned N. Fleming '129' - Chairman and CEO of Fleming Foods, once the largest supplier of packaged goods in the U.S.
  • John F. Hayes '438' - Majority Leader of the Kansas House of Representatives (1975-1977)
  • Donald R. Heath '95' - U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia (1952), Vietnam (1952-1955), Lebanon (1955-1957) and Saudi Arabia (1958-1961)
  • Justice Harold S. Herd '441' - Kansas Supreme Court (1979-1993), Kansas Senate Minority Leader (1969-1973), Mayor of Coldwater, Kansas (1950-1954), Instrumental in the disbarment of Fred Phelps
  • Lloyd L. Hughes '449'- President and CEO of the Rhode Island Hospital (1973-1985)
  • John F. Kilmartin, Jr. '434' - Former chairman and CEO of Mervyn's Department Stores
    Brig Gen "Curly" Edwinson
  • James P. Lagerberg '655' - Washburn Board of Regents (2006-Present); Retired president of Capital Iron Works
  • Justice Tyler C. Lockett '696' - Kansas Supreme Court (1983-2002)
  • Joe Lovewell '350' - Technology pioneer at Stanford Research Institute; recipient of an honorary doctorate of laws from Washburn Law School
  • Terry McAdam '483' - Beloved Washburn mathematics and statistics professor, recipient of the University's Distinguished Service Award, author of "Very Much Alive" (1955) describing his life as a paraplegic
  • Charles D. McAtee '591' - Marine Corps officer, FBI agent, attorney and director of Kansas penal institutions during the last executions held in Kansas
  • William P. McComas '597' - Chairman and CEO (1998-2004), Full House Resorts - Developer of hotels, resorts and casinos
    Ron Richey, CEO of Torchmark Corp.
    throughout the U.S. (stock quote: FFL)
  • Joseph W. Morris '461' - Senior Partner, Gable & Gotwals (1984-Present); General counsel of Shell Oil (1978-1983); Chief Judge, Eastern District of Oklahoma (1974-1978); Dean, University of Tulsa College of Law (1972-1974)
  • Paul J. Morrison '1135' - Kansas Attorney General (2007-08), District Attorney of Johnson County, Kansas (1990-2007)
  • Leo W. Mulloy '333' - Leader of the effort to repeal prohibition in Kansas during the late 1940s
  • David Neiswanger '54'- President of Neiswanger Co. Inc., a real estate firm; President of the Topeka Chamber of Commerce; Instrumental in bringing Forbes Field, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and the Veterans Administration Hospital to Topeka; Chairman of the Washburn University Board of Trustees; Chairman of Menninger Foundation
  • Randy D. Parsons '1060' - Former special agent in charge, FBI Los Angeles office
  • Mike Racy '1265' - Vice president, National Collegiate Athletic Association, head of Division II athletics
    Judge Joseph Morris
  • Ronald K. Richey '578' - Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Torchmark; second largest living donor to Washburn
  • Brigadier General Howard Searle '58' - Assistant Division Commander, 35th Infantry Division, Korean War
  • Warren W. Shaw '241' - Member of the Kansas State House (1951-1957); Candidate for Kansas Governor (1956); Municipal court judge; member of Eisenhower's staff during World War II; member of the Washburn Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Jim Slattery '1016' - U.S. Representative from 2nd District of Kansas (1983-95); Candidate for Kansas Governor (1994), Candidate for U.S. Senate (2008)
  • Robert Stone '32' - Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives (1915)
  • Bob W. Storey '777' - Chairman Washburn Board of Regents (2007-2009), Kansas State Senate (1968-1976)
    Kansas Sec of State Ron Thornburgh
  • Damian L. Strohmeyer '1196' - Sports Illustrated photographer whose work has been featured on the cover of the magazine more than 50 times (see it here)
  • Colonel Leroy W. Stutz '853' - U.S. Air Force pilot, shot down on his 85th mission in Vietnam spending 2,284 days as a prisoner of war including time at the "Hanoi Hilton"
  • Judge Ozell M. Trask '256'- Appointed by President Nixon as a Federal Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1969-1984)
  • Ron Thornburgh '1247' - Kansas Secretary of State (1995-2010)

Recipients of the Topeka Alumni Association's "Phi of the Year" Award

Each year since 1941, the Topeka Phi Delta Theta Alumni Association has honored a member of Phi Delta Theta, regardless of chapter, as its Phi of the Year.

1941 - Robert Stone
Robert Stone, Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives, 1941 Phi of the Year

1942 - David Neiswanger
1945 - Charles L. Davis, Jr.
1946 - John Davis, Jr.
1947 - Paul Gibson
1948 - Warren W. Shaw
1949 - George Snyder, Jr.
1950 - George Greenwood
1951 - Glen Cogswell
1952 - Terry McAdam
1953 - L.C. Barnett
1954 - Howard Hunter
1955 - Ralph Glenn
1956 - Ed Love
1957 - Robert Taggart
Brig Gen Howard Searle, 1962 Phi of the Year

1958 - Arthur J. Carruth, Jr.
1959 - Frederick G. "Ted" Weidling
1960 - Ned Flemming
1961 - Steve Hall
1962 - Howard S. Searle
1963 - William M. Martin
1964 - William Simpson
1965 - Charles Holman
1966 - David M. Neiswanger
1967 - Jack Greenwood
1968 - Merle Blair
1969 - David Prager
1972 - Jack Dicus
1973 - Balfour S. Jeffrey
Jack Dicus, Chairman of Capitol Federal Savings, 1972 Phi of the Year

1974 - Judge James McClure
1975 - James Waugh
1976 - Herb Hoover
1977 - Jerry Eaton
1978 - Art Markendorf
1979 - Edwin P. Carpenter
1980 - Gene M. Olander
1981 - D.L. Smith
1982 - Lanny Kimbrough
1983 - Bob Bourdette
1984 - Jim Slattery
1985 - Douglas S. Wright
1986 - George F. Farrell, Jr.
1987 - Mike Van Dyke
1988 - Rich Hayse
1989 - Mark Ward
Rich Hayse, President, Kansas Bar Assoc., Phi of the Year 1988

1990 - David C. Carpenter
1991 - Pat McCrite
1992 - Bill Wallace
1993 - Jim Turner
1994 - Oliver Samuel
1995 - Butch Schroeder
1996 - James W. Parrish
1997 - Ross T. Hendrickson
1998 - Devin P. Sutherland
1999 - Robert Taggart
2000 - Phil Thacher
2001 - Scott W. Holloman
Ross T. Hendrickson, Phi of the Year 1997

2002 - Kent Pellegrino
2003 - Jesse D. Borjon
2004 - Clint Whitney
2005 - Joe Herold
2006 - Chris R. Hill
2007 - Rick LeJuerrne
2008 - Ryan Mohwinkle
2009 - James G. Clarke
2010 - J. Patrick Birkbeck, MD
2011 - Ron Thornburgh

Pin.JPGActive Phi of the Year Award

Given each year by the active Chapter, the Active Phi of the Year recognizes the outstanding undergraduate member. The recipient is entitled to wear the pin of former province president Ed Love '432' until the following year when the prior year's winner selects the new Active Phi of the Year. The award is made each year at Founder's Day. (If you or someone you know won the award and we have not listed them please add that information here.) [UNDER DEVELOPMENT]

1957 - Merle Blair
Judge Jan Leuenberger, 1958 Active Phi of the Year

1958 - Jan Leuenberger
1959 - Norman Stalker
1960 - Jerry Wittmer
1961 - Tom Levely
1962 - Bob Tietze
1963 - Don Bobo
1964 - Gordon Hibbard
1978 - Mark Thorne
1979 - Al Ross
1980 - Eric Layton
1981 - Jim Wright
1982 - Rick Boeh
Daniel Usera, 2007 Active Phi of the Year

1995 - Chris Jones
1996 - Major Brian J. Bigham
1997 - Nathan D. Vander Hamm
1998 - Rick McCaffrey
1999 - Erik Striker
2000 - Travis Marvin
2001 -
2002 -
2003 -
2004 - Brian Holloway
2005 - Robert Bauer
2006 - Phil Sanders
2007 - Daniel Usera
2008 - Brady Rothrock
2009 - Robert Toeller
2010 - Tony Ahrens
2011 - Chris Huber
2012 - Patrick Towle
2013 - Derek Shreve
2014 - Luke Warnken
2015- Benjamin Talley
2016- Blake Murray

Washburn Student Body and Class Presidents

During the last century, more than 50 Washburn Phis have been either president of their class or student body president. [UNDER DEVELOPMENT]

1906-07 - Pliny T. Snyder (senior class)
Dr. Pat Birkbeck, WSA President, 1993-94

1906-07 - Quinton "Skeet" Adams (freshman class)
1907-08 - Raymond R. Ufford (sophomore class)
1908-09 - Harold H. Tice (senior class)
1910-11 - David Neiswanger (freshman class)
1910-11 - Glenn S. Millice (senior class)
1911-12 - David Neiswanger (freshman class)
1911-12 - Cyrus Monroe (senior law students)
1911-12 - Cecil Lowe (junior class)
1912-13 - Howard S. Searle (sophomore class)
1912-13 - Warren J. Crumbine (senior class)
1913-14 - Frank W. Peers (sophomore class)
1913-14 - John N. Maynard (junior class)
1914-15 - Donald D. Welty (junior class)
Jesse Borjon, WSA President, 1996-97

1914-15 - Frank W. Peers (sophomore class)
1914-15 - Morris B. Sanders (senior class)
1914-15 - Louis L. Larrick (senior law students)
1915-16 - Ernest E. Bearg (senior class)
1917-18 - Ronald Finney (freshman class, never initiated)
1917-18 - John W. Parkinson (junior class)
1917-18 - John Troxell (sophomore class)
1919-20 - Lynn Smith (freshman class president)
1919-20 - Armin D. Weiskirch (law president)
1921-22 - William A. Neiswagner (senior class)
1921-22 - John "Doug" McEachron (freshman class)
1922-23 - Ernest E. Bearg (senior class)
1922-23 - Olin D. Buck (junior class)
1922-23 - Robert Myers (freshman class)
1923-24 - Donald O. Welton (class)
1923-24 - Harold A. Carr (freshman class)
1923-24 - Olin D. Buck (student council)
1932-33 - Marion Flick (law school)
1935-36 - Guy Ward (law school)
1939-40 - Arlon Wilson (law school)
1939-40 - Glen Cogswell (freshman class)
1942-43 - Glen Cogswell (student council)
1943-44 - Harry Snyder (senior class)
1943-44 - Terry McAdam (junior class)
1945-46 - Lynell Hughes (student council)
1946-46 - William Herron (junior class)
1947-48 - Bob Fisher (senior class)
1950-51 - William H. "Bill" Told (junior class)
1951-52 - Bud Herrick (student council)
1951-52 - Larry Petree (freshman class, never initiated)
1952-53 - Kenny Vaughn (sophomore class)
1957-58 - ?? (junior class)
1959-60 - Mike Harper (freshman class)
1960-61 - ?? (freshman class)
1961-62 - ?? (sophomore class)
1962-63 - ?? (sophomore class)
1966-67 - James S. Summers (sophomore class)
1966-67 - Robert J. Guthrie (freshman class)
1973-74 - Thomas A. DeVore
1984-1985 - Michael R. Brooks
1990-91 - John F. Mugler
1993-94 - J. Patrick Birkbeck, MD
1996-97 - Jesse D. Borjon
2002-03 - Jonathan Schmucker

Washburn Homecoming Royalty

Washburn began celebrating homecoming in the early 1920s. Over the years the concept of homecoming royalty has changed with the times. For the first several years the only men eligible to be crowned homecoming king were football players. During this period, four men were elected "campus favorites." Sometime later the concept of "Hobo King" was conceived where men grew short beards and wore tattered clothes. In the 1960s an "Ugly Man Competition" was held to raise money for charity with each vote costing a penny. Chuck Birdsong '765' was the winner in 1960 out-raising his closest competitor by a margin of 2 to 1.

Homecoming 1996 - Phis Chris Jones (far left) and James Clarke (far right)
1960 - Steve Loveless (Hobo King)
1973 - Jack Jensen, MD (King)
1978 - Mark Thorne
1992 - Ross T. Hendrickson
1995 - Rob King
1996 - Chris Jones
1996 - James G. Clarke
1999 - Rick McCaffrey
1999 - Nathan D. Vander Hamm
2002 - Jonathan Schmucker
2002 - Tim Watts (King)
2007 - Kyle Sissom
2010 - Lucas Mullin (King)
2013 - Patrick Barry
2013 - Patrick Towle

Sagamore Members

Sagamore_Society.jpgThe Sagamore Society is Washburn's most elite and prestigious honor society for men.
Criteria for membership includes a demonstration of leadership abilities, sound character, scholarship and service to the university.
Sagamore was founded in 1912 by six juniors including Phis Warren Crumbine and Cecil Lowe. As of this writing, 133 Phi Delts have been initiated into Sagamore. (Sources: Washburn and Sagamore)

1912 - Warren J. Crumbine
1912 - Cecil E. Lowe, MD
John F. Kilmartin, Jr.

1913 - Brig Gen Howard S. Searle
1913 - David Neiswanger
1913 - Morris Sanders
1914 - John Maynard
1915 - Donald Welty
1915 - Frank Peers
1916 - LTC Harwood O. Benton
1917 - Brig Gen Arthur S. Champeny
1921 - Earl H. Loomis
1922 - Howard Myers
Mark B. Hutton

1923 - Olin Buck
1925 - Robert Myers
1926 - Milton C. Smith
1926 - Eldredge Miller
1927 - Donald B. Myers
1928 - Judge Raymond A. Trapp
1928 - Charles Elliot, Jr.
1928 - Justice Henry F. Mason
1929 - J. Richard Hunter
1929 - Warren W. Shaw
1930 - Judge Ozell Trask
1933 - Marion Flick
Andrew W. Hutton

1934 - Dan Emrich
1935 - John McCullough
1936 - Joe Henry Fee
1937 - Jack M. Campbell
1937 - Ned Gilbert
1939 - Charles L. Davis, Jr.
1940 - Paul Breitweiser
1947 - Robert Taggart
1941 - David Neiswanger
1942 - John F. Kilmartin, Jr.
Roger Pettit

1943 - John A. Lowe
1943 - Glenn Cogswell
1946 - Wilbur H. Stover
1946 - William L. Herron
1947 - Terry McAdam
1947 - Robert Taggart
1949 - Barton L. Griffith, PhD
1950 - Jerry Reichart
1952 - Elwin F. Cabbage
1952 - Arthur L. Harper, Jr.
Mark Heyka

1954 - Floyd Nick Cossman
1955 - George M. Davis
1955 - James D. Bowen
1956 - George W. Snyder, Jr.
1956 - Hal H. Lockett
1956 - Laurence S. Pitcher
1956 - John Pearman
1957 - Merle Blair
1957 - Judge Jan Leuenberger
1957 - Wally Reid
Roger Hiatt

1958 - Arthur J. Carruth, Jr.
1958 - Lanny Kimbrough
1958 - Ray Stewart
1958 - Tom Swain
1959 - Franklin K. "Buzz" Crews
1959 - Bill J. Evans
1959 - Harland Reiger
1960 - Jerry Wittmer
1960 - Tony Hansan
1960 - Rollard F. Clarkson, Jr.
John H. Stauffer, Jr.

1961 - Ward Summerville
1962 - Robert W. Richmond
1963 - Ed Love
1963 - Steve Wallace
1964 - George Greenwood
1965 - David Nelson
1966 - Steve Kruse
1966 - Fred Eberhart
1966 - Roger Hiatt
1967 - Roger Pettit
Chuck Cordt

1967 - Brad Slease
1968 - Dick Geis, MD
1968 - Robert Gladfelter
1971 - Thomas A. DeVore
1969 - Arthur Markendorf
1973 - J. Anthony Ware, MD
1973 - Charles S. Joss, MD
1973 - Mit Winter
1975 - Andrew Hutton
1975 - Mark Hutton
Dr. Gary Benton

1975 - Craig C. Blumriech
1976 - John H. Stauffer, Jr.
1977 - Richard E. Greene
1979 - Albert M. Ross, IV, MD
1980 - Justice Harold S. Herd
1980 - Gary S. Benton, MD
1980 - William B. Geissler, MD
1981 - Charles. S. Cordt
1981 - K. David Hanzlick
1981 - Timothy L. Blackburn
Ken Calwell

1981 - Paul C. Sullivan
1982 - Jim Slattery
1982 - Richard Boeh
1982 - Patrick J. Meikel
1982 - Richard Kline
1982 - Patrick Meikel
1982 - Brad Stanley
1983 - Douglas Bogia
1983 - Mark Heyka
1983 - Patrick McGinnis
Mike Racy

1983 - David Wurth
1984 - Ken Calwell
1985 - Timothy T. Holmes
1985 - Sean K. Rook
1985 - Timothy A. Day
1987 - Mike Racy
1987 - David J. Barry
1989 - Theron L. Sims, Jr.
1989 - Kyle J. Steadman
1990 - Mitchell Peterson
1992 - Kevin Givens
Duane M. Randle

1992 - George H. Evans, MD
1993 - J. Patrick Birkbeck, MD
1993 - Jack Dicus (honorary, KS Alpha)
1995 - Scott J. Hartmann
1996 - Michael A. Brock
1996 - Duane M. Randle
1997- James G. Clarke
1997 - Nathan D. Vander Hamm
2002 - Jonathan Schmucker
2001 - CPT Adam L. Johnson
2007 - Daniel Usera
2008 - Brady J. Rothrock
2009 - Sheldon Warmington
2010 - Tyson Sterling
2010 - Lucas Mullin

Washburn Regents

As undergraduates and alumni, Washburn Phis have consistently been leaders. At least fifteen Phis have served as Regents of the University. Two current members of the Board, James Lagerberg and Bob Storey, are Phis. [UNDER DEVELOPMENT]

  • Merle Blair
  • Charles S. Elliott, Jr.
    Current members of the Washburn Board of Regents (L-R) James Lagerberg '655' and Bob Storey '777'
  • Arthur J. Carruth, Jr.
  • Ralph Glenn
  • George Greenwood
  • George A. Guild
  • Charles S. Joss, MD
  • James P. Lagerberg
  • David Neiswanger
  • Frank A. Ripley
  • Charles A. Steele
  • Robert Stone
  • Bob W. Storey
  • Wayne T. Stratton
  • Frederick G. Weidling
  • Douglas S. Wright


Recipients of Washburn's Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is given to recognize outstanding alumni who have made personal and professional contributions to society. The criteria includes exemplary support to the Washburn Alumni Association and the Association community, service to mankind, distinguished themselves in their career, and/or brought honor to Washburn University through their accomplishments.
Since the award's 1949 inception, a total of 194 awards have been made with 19 going to Washburn Phis. (Source: Washburn Alumni Association)

Recipients of Washburn's GOLD Award

The Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award honors recent graduates who demonstrate leadership in career or civic endeavors and loyalty to Washburn University. The GOLD award is one of the highest honors that Washburn University bestows on its young alumni.
Since the award's 1997 inception, two Washburn Phis have received the award. (Source: Washburn Alumni Association)

  • J. Patrick Birkbeck, MD (2002)
  • Jonathan Schmucker (2010)

Members of the Washburn Athletic Hall of Fame

Washburn_W.JPGThe Washburn Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 1970. Since that time, 99 men and 16 women have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Twelve Washburn Phis are counted among its members. (Source: Washburn Athletics)

Merle Blair, "Voice of Washburn Sports"

Recipients of Honorary Degrees

At least twelve Phis have received honorary degrees from Washburn including two Kansas Alpha Phis: Jack Dicus and Stan Stauffer. [UNDER DEVELOPMENT]

  • Robert Stone - honorary doctorate of laws, 1926
    William Neiswagner
  • Frank M. Mohler - honorary doctorate of laws, 1933
  • William Neiswagner - honorary doctorate of laws, 1951
  • David Neiswagner - honorary doctorate of laws, 1957
  • Amb. Donald R. Heath - honorary doctorate of laws, 1958
  • Joe Lovewell - honorary doctorate of laws, 1965
  • Brig. Gen. Howard S. Searle - honorary doctorate, 1967
  • Dr. Charles S. Joss - honorary doctorate, 1980
  • Hon. Joseph W. Morris - honorary doctorate of laws, 1981
  • Ronald K. Richey - honoary doctorate of commerce, 1989
  • John C. "Jack" Dicus - doctor of Humane Letters, 2000 (Kansas Alpha)
  • Stan Stauffer - honorary doctorate, 2001 (Kansas Alpha)

Washburn Inter-Fraternity Scholarship Trophy

Over the years, the Chapter has built an enviable record of scholastic achievement. The records are incomplete, but during the period between Fall 1963 and the Spring of 1982 Kansas Beta won the IFC Scholarship Trophy every single semester. This record was recognized by General Headquarters nine times with the Fraternity's Sound Learning Award in 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1981 and 1982. [UNDER DEVELOPMENT]

  • Fall 1963
  • Spring 1964
  • Fall 1964
  • Spring 1965
  • Fall 1965
  • Spring 1966
  • Fall 1966
  • Spring 1967
  • Fall 1967
  • Spring 1968
  • Fall 1968
  • Spring 1969
  • Fall 1969
  • Spring 1970
  • Fall 1971
  • Spring 1972
  • Fall 1972
  • Spring 1973
  • Fall 1973
  • Spring 1974
  • Fall 1974
  • Spring 1975
  • Fall 1975
  • Spring 1976
  • Fall 1976
  • Spring 1977
  • Fall 1977
  • Spring 1978
  • Fall 1978
  • Spring 1979
  • Fall 1979
  • Spring 1980
  • Fall 1980
  • Spring 1981
  • Fall 1981
  • Spring 1982
  • 1983
  • 1985

Intramural Titles

Called the Studebaker trophy beginning sometime in the 1930s.





Kansas City Trophy


The Kansas City Trophy was first presented in 1929 and was original ly sponsored by the Cleveland Alumni Club. In 1958, sponsorship was taken over by the Kansas City Alumni Club. The trophy is awarded to the most outstanding chapter on a small campus. The Kansas Beta Chapter has received this honor three times.

  • 1956
  • 2003
  • 2004

Gold Star Awards

The Gold Star Award is the top award presented for overall excellence in chapter operations. Guideline areas used in determining eligibility include scholarship, chapter management, alumni relations, fraternity life, and information available from the province president, General Headquarters staff representatives, and university administrators. Kansas Beta has won the Gold Star on 13 occasions. (Source: GHQ)

  • 1956
  • 1965
  • 1977
  • 1981
  • 1983
  • 1984
  • 1993
  • 1999
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2008
  • 2014

Silver Star Awards

The Silver Star Award is an honorable mention excellence award with slightly less demanding criteria than of the Gold Star Award. Qualification for this award still requires excellence in overall operations with slightly lower requirements needed in scholarship, chapter management, alumni relations, and community service. Kansas Beta has won the Silver Star on 11 occasions. (Source: GHQ)

  • 1964
  • 1968
  • 1982
  • 1985
  • 1986
  • 1992
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2009

General Headquarters Trophy

The General Headquarters Award was awarded for the first time in 1929 by Arthur R. Priest, first Executive Secretary of Phi Delta Theta. The award was created so “greater excellence may be developed in chapters and a feeling of greater unity may grow in the Fraternity.” The award is based on organization within the respective chapter through promptness in the submission of reports to the General Headquarters. (Source: GHQ)

  • 2001
  • 2003
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2008
  • 2014

Biggers Ritual Award

The Hayward S. Biggers Ritual Award is awarded to the chapters which demonstrate quality ritual performance in accordance with the laws of the Fraternity. The award was established in memory of Hayward S. Biggers who served as Member-at-Large of the General Council from 1962-65, Editor of Publications from 1950-65, and author of “I Believe in Ritual.” The first presentation of the award was made in 1990. (Source: GHQ)

  • 1993
  • 1995
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2014

Recruitment Recognition AwardsMembership Recruitment Awards are presented to chapters in recognition of their outstanding recruitment efforts during the academic year. (Source: GHQ)

  • 2001
  • 2003
  • 2008

Community Service Trophy Citation
Recognition for excellence in service to the community and charity organizations. (Source: GHQ)
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009

Washburn Phis Killed in the Defense of Our Country. In coelo quies est.

Ten Washburn Phis gave the ultimate measure of devotion for our country. If you know of a Phi killed while serving our nation that we have missed please add them.

  • George M. Allen '346' - World War II
  • Theodore L. Cook '510' - World War II
    Memorial at General Headquarters to Phis killed in WWII
  • Ensign Dale O. Gillan '459' - U.S. Navy, World War II, Lost at sea February 11, 1944 in the Pacific
  • LT (jg) Richard C. Glenn '393' - U.S. Navy, World War II; survived the attack on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor; lost at sea in 1942 aboard the USS Juneau
  • LT (jg) Whitney C. Keys '439' - U.S. Navy, World War II; killed while flying as part of a carrier task force in the Pacific in 1943
  • LT (jg) Theodore Rhodes '404' - U.S. Navy, World War II; killed while serving aboard the destroyer USS Duncan during the Battle of Cape Esperance in the Pacific
  • LT Lawrence A. Schmidt '699' - U.S. Air Force; killed in the crash of his B-47 stratojet bomber near Cresco, Nebraska on April 6, 1956

Three Washburn Phis serving on active duty died during the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919. In total, four Washburn Phis are known to have fallen victim to this virulent strain of the flu including public health officer Edward A. Ingham '23'.

  • LT Glenn E. Haughey '13' - U.S. Army Medical Corps (1918)
  • Louis L. Larrick '76' - U.S. Navy, Great Lakes Training Base (1918)
  • Carl C. Searle '73' - U.S. Army medical reserve (1918)

Washburn Phis Held as Prisoners of War

Two Washburn Phis kept the faith honorably serving as prisoners of war.

  • LT Robert L. "Bob" Richmond, USAAF - As the co-pilot of a B-26 Marauder assigned to the 387th Bombardment Group
    The Prisoner of War Medal
    Brother Richmond was shot down over Germany on March 2, 1945. Three of the six members of his crew bailed out only to spend the remainder of World War II as prisoners of war. Upon his return home he attended Washburn where he was initiated as Bond number 541 in 1946. Undoubtedly, no Kansas Beta pledge has ever found the trials of pledgeship so easy to tolerate. After leaving Washburn, Brother Richmond spent 26 years as an entertainer and radio station executive and then 13 years as an executive with Pizza Hut. He entered the Chapter Grand on March 16, 2002.

  • Colonel Leroy W. Stutz, USAF - After beginning his college studies at Washburn where he was initiated as Bond number 853 in 1960, Brother Stutz transferred to the U.S. Air Force Academy graduating with the class of 1964. On December 2, 1964, Colonel Stutz was shot down on his 85th mission over Vietnam spending 2,284 days as a prisoner of war including time at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton." Stutz was one of at least 11 Phi flyers to have been held as POWs during the war. He returned home in March 1973 during Operation Homecoming. He remained in the Air Force until his retirement in June 1994 having served on active duty for 30 years.

Washburn Phis in Uniform

More than 300 Washburn Phis have joined a different band of brothers to serve our country in uniform. More than 50 are known to have served in World War I while the 1944 Kaw states that more than 200 Washburn Phis were in the armed forces during World War II. The tradition of Washburn Phis serving our nation dates back to days soon after the founding of the chapter and World War I. Colonel Harwood Benton '93', who was then a lieutenant, won the Distinguished Service Cross in France's Argonne Forest for rescuing two comrades by crossing an open field under enemy machine gun fire. Recently, at least eight Kansas Beta Phis have served in the uniform during the global war on terrorism including Lt. Colonel Theron "Buddy" Sims '916', Major Brian Bigham '1409' and Captains Adam Long '1455', Phil Kaberline '1468', Raymond Hanson '1510', Lieutenants Tyler Abel '1539' and Kyle Sissom '1536' and SGT Marc Limon '1493.'

We have made every effort to record the service of our brothers. If you know of a Phi who served, either during peace or wartime, not listed here please add them.

  • Jack E. Adams, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Neil A. "Bill" Addington, USMC - U.S. Marine Corps, World War II
  • Eugene Allison, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Earl A. Anderson, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • **LT Willis "Bill" Anton, USN** - U.S. Navy, World War II, later became president and owner of Topeka Tent & Awning, member of the board of directors of Stormont-Vail Hospital and Security Benefit, president of WU Alumni Association (1973-74)
  • LT James B. Armstrong, USAF - U.S. Air Force, member of the Strategic Air Command
  • Charles D. Babcock, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Paul R. Beatty, USAF - U.S. Air Force
  • Earl Beeler, Jr. - U.S. Coast Guard, World War II
  • Fred W. Beerbohm, USA - Battery A, 130th Field Artillery, World War I; later the director of research, development and purchasing for the Seymour Packaging Company
  • Oliver D. Bennett, Jr. - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Willard E. Benson, USMC - U.S. Marine Corps, World War II
  • Herbert M. Bentley, Jr., USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • LT Gerald D. Benton, USA - U.S. Army, World War I
  • COL Harwood O. Benton, USA - Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest military honor, for heroism during World War I; served as military governor of Pusan, South Korea from 1945 to 1948; served more than 37 years including service in World War I, World War II and Korea
  • Harwood O. Benton, Jr., USAAF - U.S. Army Air Forces, World War II
  • Major Brian J. Bigham, USA - Commanded a company in the 25th Infantry Division (2003-2005); recently completed an assignment with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Capt Theodore B. Boller, USAF - U.S. Air Force (retired)
  • Keith V. Bossler, USN - U.S. Navy
  • James D. Bowen - U.S. Army, World War II; now an insurance agent in Pittsburg, Kansas
  • David Sheldon "Shelly" Bowers, USN - U.S. Navy shore fire control offi cer at the battle for the Island of Yap and the invasion of the Philippine Islands at the battle of Leyte Gulf; later an attorney in Ottawa, Kansas and Montpelier, Vermont
    Colonel Leroy Stutz spent 2,284 days as POW during Viet Nam.
  • Gordon E. Bowers, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II; later president of the Topeka Board of Realtors
  • LT Karl L. Bowman, USA - U.S. Army Medical Corps, World War I
  • Lt. Commander Dennis E. Branson, USCG - U.S. Coast Guard
  • David C. Breeder - Public relations officer during Korean War, later the Washington Bureau chief of the Omaha World-Herald
  • Paul B. Breitweiser, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II; later a member of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • James M. Brier, III, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • John C. Brier, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • James Arthur Budge - left Washburn to fight in World War I
  • Hugh Buff, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II; later the chief of staff and chief of medicine at Mercy Hospital, San Diego
  • Lt. Earl J. Bush, USA - Field Artillery, Kansas Army National Guard
  • Richard "Jack" Byrd, USMC - U.S. Marine Corps, World War II; later chairman of the Kansas Corporation Commission; founder of Anderson & Byrd, LLP with fellow Phi Robert "Bob" Anderson
  • James R. Cables, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Robert D. Caplinger, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • LT (jg) Charles T. Carman, USN - U.S. Navy World War II; later a physician, professor and dean at the University of California, San Francisco
  • Jack Caldwell, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Charles C. Calvert, USA - U.S. Army, World War I; later owned and serves as president of Summerbell Steel Products and Summerbell Steel Products Company in Los Angeles
    Richard C. Glenn '393', graduated from Annapolis in 1941, survived the attack on the Pearl Harbor. He perished at sea in 1942.
  • Willis B. Carothers, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Ray H. Calihan, USA - Private, U.S. Army, World War I; Later the founding partner of Calihan, Brown, Burgardt, Wurst & Daniel in Garden City
  • Don Cavanaugh, USAF - U.S. Air Force, Vietnam; Spent 30 years with Merrill Lynch retiring as a first vice president
  • Clarence G. Carlile, USA - Private, U.S. Army, World War II
  • Vernon D. "Pete" Carpenter, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Rupert Carroll - Korean War
  • Brigadier General Arthur S. Champeny, USA - Only man in U.S. history to receive the Distinguished Service Cross in three separate conflicts: World War I, World War II and Korea
  • LT Harry J. Champeny, USA - Field Artillery, World War I
  • Edmond B. Champman, Jr., USMC - U.S. Marine Corps, World War II, later became an attorney
  • Harold O. Chapman, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Colonel Robert L. Chesnut, USA - Judge advocate general, U.S. Army Reserve
  • Colonel Roland F. Clarkson, Jr., USAF - Vice Commander, Twenty-third Air Force; Commander, 317th Airlift Group
  • John W. Cofer, USCG - U.S. Coast Guard, South Pacific, World War II
  • LT Arthur J. Collins, Jr., USA - U.S. Army, World War II, later president and CEO of Hutchinson National Bank (1957-1983)
  • LT Elmer E. Conklin, Jr., USMC - U.S. Marine Corps; later a lawyer in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Franklin K. Crews, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II; later chief investment officer of Beech Aircraft
  • LT (jg) Charles L. Davis, Jr., USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • LTC William I. Davis, USAAF - As a lieutenant during World War II became an ace flying the P-52 Mustang, later a lieutenant colonel in the reserves; inducted into the Topeka High School Hall of Fame
  • Lt. Vernon Day, USA - U.S. Army, World War I
  • Captain Richard C. DeLong, USAAF - Army Air Corps pilot in World War II, went on to fly for United Airlines for 30 years and then became captain of the San Diego Padres plane
  • Colonel Jerry A. DeMoney, USA - U.S. Army colonel, retired; now with SRI International
  • Joseph C. Denney - World War I veteran; later became a physician
  • Jules V. Doty, Jr. - World War II veteran; later formed a law practice with Thomas E. Gleason '565' and then served as a judge and member of the Kansas Corporation Commission
  • Devere Dove, Jr., USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • John J. Doyle, USN - Naval Academy graduate, served in World War II, later worked for IBM for 40 years
  • Sgt. Joseph F. Drapalik, USAAF - Staff Sergeant, 9th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, World War II
  • Warren W. Dunaway - World War I
  • Jack Dycus, USAF - Air Force pilot during World War II and Korea, career pilot with Eastern Airlines retiring as a captain
  • Ralph K. Earp, USA - U.S. Army, World War II; later became an orthopedic surgeon
  • Colonel Bennett Eddy, USAF - Flew over 50 missions as a World War II B-17 "Flying
    Brig Gen C.T. "Curly" Edwinson callsign Rupert Red One. Brother Edwinson was an all conference running back at Washburn. In 1952, he won a gold medal in skeet shooting in international competition.
    Fortress" bomber pilot, also served in Vietnam and commanded the Air Force ROTC unit at the University of Kansas
  • Brigadier General Clarence T. "Curly" Edwinson, USAF - Flew 30 missions as a WWII fighter pilot; Commander, 42nd Air Division, U.S. Air Force; All conference running back at Washburn
  • Otto G. Elble - World War I, later an official in the Department of Veterans Affairs serving on the Board of Veterans Appeals during World War II
  • John P. Elden, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II; later a documentary filmmaker for National Geographic and also worked for Hallmark
  • Lt. Colonel Mike D. Elrod
  • Herman D. Ewers, USA - After earning a masters in business at Harvard served in the Red Cross in France during World War I (1917-1918) then a private in the Infantry (1918)
  • Theodore M. Flick, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Lt. Commander Cheney I. Floyd, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II; owned Floyd & Floyd Abstracting Company in Ness City, Kansas
  • Harold Geiger, USA - Headquarters Company, Kansas Army National Guard
  • David R. Gilman, USN - Served two tours in the Navy including time on the USS Boxer; later an attorney
  • LT (jg) Richard C. Glenn, USN - Left Washburn after one year to attend the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis where he graduated twelfth in a class of 376 in 1941; survived the attack on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harborl; lost at sea during the Battle of Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942 while serving aboard the light cruiser USS Juneau
  • Robert V. Goble, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Marc Goodrich, USN - U.S. Navy pilot, World War II
  • Woodley D. Gordon, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Commander Malcolm N. Gray, USN - Dropped out of Washburn to enlist in the Navy in 1941 and eventually rose to the rank of commander; owned Gulf Beach Travel Service in Madeira Beach, Florida in his retirement
  • Clark A. Gray, USA - U.S. Army, World II
  • Philip A. Gray - World War I
  • John Greeley, Jr., USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Norman M. Grove, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Barton L. Griffith, USA - U.S. Army officer during World War II serving as a special investigator in counter-intelligence; recalled to active duty during the Korean War helping the Army develop the PsyWar School at Fort Bragg
  • Jeffrey R. Gutting, USA - U.S. Army National Guard, World War II
  • LT William M. Hall, USAAF - Pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces, World War II; later a vice president with Merchants National Bank (1948-1989)
  • Seaton F. Hamill, USA - U.S. Army
  • Delmas L. Haney, USA - U.S. Army, World War II; later an attorney in Hays, Kansas and a delegate to the 1952 Republican National Convention
  • Jack M. Hart, USA - U.S. Army, World War II; President, JM Hart Printing Company; Pizza Hut franchisee; member of the Washburn Endowment Board of Trustees
  • Lewis A. Hasty - Captain during World War I and World War II, also served in the Kansas House of Representatives representing Wichita
  • Robert R. Hasty, Corporal, Aviation, Kansas Army National Guard, World War I
  • LT Dennis Hawver, USAF - U.S. Air Force; cadet commander of the Air Force ROTC at Washburn
  • Edgar L. Hay, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • CPT John F. Hayes, USA - U.S. Army, World War II; later became an attorney in Hutchinson, served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1953-1955 and from 1967-1979 and was Majority Leader from 1975-1977
  • LT Glenn E. Haughey, USA - U.S. Army Medical Corps, died of influenza at Camp Oglethrope, Georgia in 1918
  • LT Leo E. Haughey, USA - U.S. Army Medical Corps, World War I
  • LT Donald R. Heath, USA - Served in the Army during World War I, later became an ambassador
  • LT Stewart E. Hedrick, USN - Navy fighter pilot during World War II, Member of Fighter Squadron 31 (VF-31), Recipient of the Air Medal
  • Charles Heilmann, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II; Municipal court judge in El Dorado for 40 years
  • LT Harold S. Herd, USN - Served aboard the USS Rio Grande and the USS
    Cache in the Pacific, went on to become the Minority Leader in the Kansas State Senate and a Justice on the Kansas Supreme Court
  • Ensign William L. Herron, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • LT Gordon M. Hibbard, USAF - U.S. Air Force
  • Major Chris R. Hill, USAF - Currently the Communications Flight Commander for the 190th Air Refueling Wing at Forbes Field in Topeka
  • William L. Holloman, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Herbert H. Hoover, USA - Awarded the Bronze Star in World War II; later co-owner of Palace Clothing Company in Topeka and president of Downtown Topeka, Inc.
  • James Howard, USA - U.S. Army Reserves
  • CDR William L. Huggins, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II; represented the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad in Washington after the war
  • Lloyd L. Hughes, USA - U.S. Army counterintelligence in Japan and the Marshall Islands during World War II; later president and CEO of the Rhode Island Hospital
  • Joseph Hull, USA - U.S. Army, World War I; worked for the Meade Insurance Company
  • Captain Howard Hunter, USA - U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps, World War II; Vice Chairman, Hutchinson National Bank
  • Theodore M. Hussey, USA - U.S. Army Air Force, World War II, flew on a B-29 out Saipan during the war
  • George M. Ireland, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • J. Warren Jackman, USAF - U.S. Air Force judge advocate general
  • Archibald W. Jarrell, USA - Corporal, Battery A, First Kansas Field Artillery, World War I
  • Major Dean H. Jones, USAF - Served as a forward air controller in Vietnam
  • Captain Wayne H. Jones, USAF - Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Captain Adam L. Johnson, USA - served two tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Dudley C. Johnson, USAAF - Corporal, 6th Bombardment Group, World War II; later an accountant and cashier at Fidelity Bank
  • Ralph Johnson, Jr., USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Sydney L. Johnson, Jr. USAF - U.S. Air Force
  • Gilbert L. Jordan, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Captain Philip S. Kaberline, USA - served in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 1st Infantry Division; currently Commander of E Company, 208th Financial Management Company, 10th Sustainment Brigade Troops Battalion in Mannheim, Germany
  • LTC John F. Kaster, USA - served in the field artillery with the 139th Infantry Division, World War I; served as a lieutenant colonel during World War II; Juvenille Court Judge in Shawnee County, Kansas
    Major Chris Hill is currently the Communications Flight Commander for the 190th Air Refueling Wing.
  • John F. Kilmartin, Jr., USN - Navy veteran of World War II
  • Captain Gale E. Krouse, USN - Presiding judge of the U.S. Court of Military Review for the Navy and Marine Corps (1972-1974)
  • J. Keith Lagerstrom, USN - U.S. Navy, World II and Korea
  • Louis L. Larrick, USN - Joined the Navy after working at his father's bank; died from influenza at the Navy's Great Lakes Training Base in 1918
  • Colonel Burrell H. Landes, Jr., USMC - Recipient of the Silver Star in Vietnam
  • Thomas G. Lavely, USA - U.S. Army
  • William R. Lentz, USMC - Marine Corporal in World War II, went on to become a family doctor in Topeka for more than 50 years
  • Major Donald H. Linton, USA - U.S. Army Field Artillery
  • Tyler C. Lockett, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II; later a Kansas Supreme Court justice
  • Earl H. Loomis, USA - Sergeant, U.S. Army, World War I
  • Ed Love, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Joe Lovewell, USN - Navy supply officer during World War II
  • John A. Lowe, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Homer B. Lowther, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • **Kimber E. Macht, USCG** - U.S. Coast Guard, spent his entire career with IBM in California
  • LT James G. Maniotis, USN - U.S. Navy fighter pilot, World War II; later became a physician and rancher in Stephenville, Texas
  • Monte E. Manuel, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • LT Kent M. May, USAF - U.S. Air Force
  • James F. Marr, USA - U.S. Army
  • Charles A. Martin, Jr., USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Lee R. Meader, USA - U.S. Army, World War II; later became an attorney representing labor unions
  • Richard C. Meador, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Walter R. Meckel, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II; served in the U.S. Navy Reserve for more than a decade
    CAPT Charles D. McAtee fought in Korea and later was an FBI agent and director of Kansas prisons.
  • Larry G. Menegay
  • Captain Gregg A. Moser, USAF
  • Captain Charles D. McAtee, USMC - Marine Corps officer in Korean War, FBI agent, attorney and director of Kansas penal institutions during the last executions held in Kansas
  • Arthur F. McCarty II, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • LT John E. McCullough - Attorney at the war crimes trials in the Philippines following World War II; went on to become general counsel of the Frisco Railroad
  • Robert J. McFarland, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Frank D. McGrew, Jr. - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Lt. Commander George H. Mikesich, USN - U.S. Navy
  • Brett L. Miller, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Bruce W. Miller, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Wilton D. Miller, USA - U.S. Army, World War II; later became an attorney
  • William Miller, USA - U.S. Army Medical Corps, spent more than 30 years as a practicing pediatrician
  • LT Arthur "Sandy" Mills, III, USAF - U.S. Air Force, Korea; President, Topeka Blue Print Company
  • Donald W. Miner, USA - 35th Infantry Division, U.S. Army
  • Ray E. Morgan, USA - U.S Army, World War II
  • John "Jack" Morrissey - U.S. Merchant Marines
  • Leo W. Mulloy, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • David M. Neiswanger, USN - U.S. Navy officer during World War II, participated in the invasion of Normandy, France during D-Day
  • Henry W. Noeller, USA - U.S. Army World War II; later a family practice doctor
  • George O'Brien, USA - U.S. Army, World War I
  • Robert K. Osborn, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Henry D. Overstake, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II; later worked in the oil business in Denver
  • LT Ellis Parker, USAF - U.S. Air Force; awarded the distinguished flying cross in Vietnam
  • LT Eliphalet T. Patee, USA - U.S. Army, Medical Corps, World War I
  • Frank Peers, USA - U.S. Army Ambulance Corps, World War I
  • Bernard Peterson, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Commander Edwin R. Phelps III, USN - U.S. Navy officer who flew more than 100 combat missions in Vietnam, later commanded VA204 (the "River Rattlers") from 1981 to 1983
  • Gordon L. Pickup, USN - Flight operations officer aboard the USS Midway during World War II
  • Robert L. Poltera, USA - Private, U.S. Army, World War II
  • Richard D. Puhr, USA - U.S. Army
  • LTC Keith F. Quail, USA - Fought with 5307th Composite Unit (provisional), better known as Merrill's Marauders, in World War II; after the War he returned to practicing law in Arizona and was president of the Arizona Bar Association in 1956-1957
    LT Bob Richmond (2nd from left) pictured with his B-26 crew. Brother Richardson spent the closing days of World War II as a POW.
  • Melvin R. Quinlan, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II, later an attorney
  • Paul E. Rabe - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Jack B. Rader, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Max W. Regier, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • LTC Homer E. Rhoads, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II; later a lieutenant colonel in the Army; Retired director of maintenance, Fairfax County Public School District (Virginia)
  • Lloyd H. Rice, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • LT Robert L. "Bob" Richmond, USAAF - Co-pilot of a B-26 Marauder shot down over Germany on March 2, 1945 spending the remainder of World War II as a prisoner of war; spent 26 years as an entertainer and radio station executive and then 13 years as an executive with Pizza Hut
  • Lt. Colonel Harland K. Rieger, USAF - U.S. Air Force attorney
  • Frank A. Ripley, USAAF - 379th Aerial Squadron, World War I
  • Prescot A. Ripley, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • William H. Robertson, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Major William D. Roehig, USAAF - Aide to Lt. General Millard F. Harmon, Pacific Army Air Forces Chief, World War II
  • Sgt. Ralph M. Rohrer, USA - U.S. Army Infantry, World War I
  • Major Thomas J. Rollheiser, USAF - U.S. Air Force pilot; later executive vice president of Valentine-Radford Advertising and CEO of Swanson, Rollheiser, Holland Advertising
  • Glen Romig, USN - U.S. Navy
  • Robert F. Romig, USMC - U.S. Marine Corps, World War II
    Col Burrell Landes (R) with Marine Corps Commandant Gen James Conway (L)
  • James Rupert, USAF - U.S. Air Force
  • Kenneth D. Rupp, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Ralph M. Rymph, USA - U.S. Army, served in the 124th Cavalry during World War II; later the senior minister of the Bradenton First Congregation of the United Church of Christ
  • Morris Sanders - Medical Corps, World War I
  • John K. Schmit, USN - U.S. Navy; later an executive with Blakely & Co. and Travelers Insurance
  • Austin D. Schnacke Jr., USMC - U.S. Marine Corps, World War II
  • Carl C. Searle, USA - U.S. Army medical reserve; died of influenza in 1918 shortly after being admitted to Johns Hopkins Medical School
  • Brigadier General Howard Searle '58' - Assistant Division Commander, 35th Infantry Division, Korean War
  • Lt. Colonel Howard E. Sellards, USAF - Medical Corps, World War II; posthumously awarded the Air Medal in 1945
  • James T. Sellards, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Wilbur R. Senne, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • LTC Warren W. Shaw, USA - U.S. Army, World War II, staff judge advocate general in the headquarters of General Eisenhower
  • LT. Charles J. Sheetz, USA - U.S. Army Medical Corps, World War II
  • William J. Sheppard, USA - U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, later an assistant to Secretary of State Dean Acheson
  • John N. Sherman, Jr., USA - U.S. Army, World War II, later an attorney in Chanute, Kansas
  • Lt. Colonel William J. Shumpes, USAF - U.S. Air Force attorney
  • Clement H. Silvers, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Lt. Colonel Theron L. "Buddy" Sims, Sr., USAF -Volunteered to return to active duty after the 9/11 terrorist attacks; Buddy began his military career as a Marine Corps rifleman in 1962 and won the Distinguished Flying Cross in Vietnam as a forward air controller in 1969
  • CPT James E. Smith, USA - U.S. Army, West Point graduate
  • John D. Smith, USA - U.S. Army
  • John L. Smith, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Harold G. Spielman, USA - 130th Field Artillery, World War I; later a prominent architect in Los Angeles
  • Joe B. Springer, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Frank B. Steinkirchner, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Jack B. Stephenson, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Timothy W. Stock - Kansas Army National Guard; currently an attorney in Topeka
  • Wilbur H. Stover, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Captain Wayne T. Stratton, USAF- Judge advocate, U.S. Air Force (1958-1961); later a prominent attorney, chairman of the Washburn Board of Regents and president of the Topeka Board of Education
  • Vernon A. Stroberg, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II, later a member of the Kansas House of Representatives and the Kansas Corporation Commission
  • Colonel Leroy W. Stutz, USAF - U.S. Air Force pilot, shot down on his 85th mission in Vietnam spending 2,284 days as a prisoner of war including time at the "Hanoi Hilton"
  • Thomas G. Swain, USA - U.S. Army
    CPT Phil Kaberline says goodbye to his wife and unborn child before deploying to Iraq
  • Colonel Mark E. Swantrom, USMC - Marine Corps veteran of Desert Storm, currently a director with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Lt. Colonel Doug E. Tauscher, USAF - U.S. Air Force (retired)
  • LT Glenn B. Tabor, USA - U.S. Army Air Corps, World War II
  • Robert C. Taggart, USMM - U.S. Merchant Marines, World War II
  • Basil O. Temple, Jr., USAAF - Private, U.S. Army Air Corps, World War II
  • Ross E. Thompson, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Martin E. Titus, USMC - U.S. Marine Corps, World War II
  • Louis Tomlinson, USA - U.S. Army Medical Corps, World War I
  • Raymond A. Trapp - World War II veteran; associate district court judge in Kay County, Oklahoma
  • Clark S. Ullom, USA - U.S. Army, World War II; later an attorney in Johnson County, Kansas
  • Ernest V. Yingling, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Colonel Merrill J. Waite, USAF - U.S. Air Force (retired)
  • Justin Walker, USN - U.S. Navy
  • William A. Walton, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Guy E. Ward - World War II veteran, later county attorney for Republic County, Kansas and then an attorney in Beverly Hills
  • Bruce M. Warner, USA - U.S. Army, World War II
  • Charles W. Warner, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Gary E. Watson, USN - U.S. Navy; worked the Bank of Louisiana and Farm Credit for 17 years before retiring in 2000
  • LT (jg) Walter H. Weidling - U.S. Navy doctor, World War I
  • Daniel W. Welty, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Sgt. Donald Welty, USA - Quartermaster Corps, World War I
  • Frank Welty, USA - U.S. Army, Field Artillery
  • LT Richard D. Wenger, USAF - U.S. Air Force, Vietnam
  • Norman L. Wilson, USN - U.S. Navy SeaBees (1948-1950); owned Wilson Florist in Topeka
  • LT (jg) Fred T. Wilkin, Jr., USN - Executive officer aboard the USS Pinto (1944-1946); later president of the Kansas Land Title Association
  • Lt. Colonel Sanford L. Willits- Aviation pioneer, World War I flyer, member of theCivil Aeronautics Administration
  • Paul S. Wise, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II; later president of the American Mutual Insurance Alliance
  • Colonel Loyd R. Wolfe, USA - U.S. Army, Lieutenant during World War I, retired as a colonel in Kerrville, Texas
  • Arthur T. Woodman, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Keith E. Zarker, USN - U.S. Navy, World War II; later earned an MS from the University of Kansas and worked for Shell Oil
  • Bruce E. Zeil, USMC - U.S. Marine Corps (retired)

In addition to serving in uniform, Washburn Phis have found other ways to serve our nation. John W. Steenbock '1298', a 1989 Washburn graduate, is a member of the U.S. Air Force's senior executive service. Brother Steenbock is the
Director - Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

caduceus.gifWashburn Phis in Medicine

The Chapter counts no less than 63 surgeons, physicians and dentists among its alumni. The line of Phi doctors began with Dr. Glen Millice '1' and continues through to Dr. Pat Birkbeck '1372'.

  • Wilton R. Anderson, DO - Family practice, Bella Vista, Arkansas
    Dr. John Davis
  • John D. Armstrong, II, MD - Radiologist, Professor, National Jewish Teaching Hospital, Denver,Colorado
  • Timothy M. Badwey, MD – Orthopedic surgeon; Clinical assistant professor of medicine, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine
  • Gary S. Benton, MD - Thoracic surgeon, Hays, Kansas
  • Timothy L. Blackburn, MD - Director, Department of Nuclear Medicine, St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City
  • Karl M. Bowman, MD - Chief of psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital in New York; Director of the Langley Porter Psychiatric Clinic at the University of California, San Francisco (1954-1964), Superintendent of the Alaska Psychiatric Institute (1964-1967)
  • J. Patrick Birkbeck, MD - Cardiologist, Stormont-Vail, Topeka
    Dr. Karl Bowman
  • Samuel J. Bradfield, MD - Physician in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • B. Hugh Buff, MD - Former chief of staff and chief of medicine at Mercy Hospital, San Diego
  • Charles T. Carman, MD- Pulmonolgist, professor of medicine and dean at the University of California, San Francisco; Chief of staff, U.S. Veterans Hospital San Francisco (1967-1977)
  • Harry H. Cook, III, DDS, MS - Oral Surgeon, Topeka, Kansas
  • John Davis, OD - Optometrist, Topeka
  • Richard E. Davis, MD - Former dean, North Dakota School of Medicine
  • William B. Davis, MD - Medical Director and Cardiologist, Mobile Physician Services,
  • Joseph C. Denney, MD - World War I veteran and physician in Independence, Kansas
  • Robert J. Dockhorn, MD - Founder and chief medical officer of airPharma, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Ralph K. Earp, MD - Orthopedic surgeon, Mexico, Missouri
    Dr. Tim Badwey
  • Richard L. Eder, MD - Geriatrics specialists, Hayward, Wisconsin
  • George H. Evans, MD – Family practice, Stormont-Vail, Topeka
  • Edward D. Funk, MD
  • Dick A. Geis, MD - Sports medicine and preventive care, Topeka
  • William B. Geissler, MD - Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Chief, Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgery, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Glenn E. Haughey, MD - Physician, killed in World War I
  • Leo E. Haughey, MD - Physician in Burlingame, Kansas
  • John D. Hallewell, MD - U.S. Air Force physician
  • Elmer Hill, MD - Physician in Walla Walla, Washington
  • Steven D. Hinshaw, DO - Family practice, Waurika, Oklahoma; President, Oklahoma Osteopathic Association (2004-2005)
  • Jack E. Jensen, MD - Orthopedic surgeon
    Dr. William Geissler
  • Dr. Myron Johns
  • Ralph S. Johnston, MD - Surgeon in chief, Santa Fe Hospital, La Junta, Colorado; President, Colorado Medical Association (1942)
  • Charles S. Joss, MD - Surgeon
  • William R. Lentz, MD - Family doctor in Topeka for more than 50 years
  • Cecil E. Lowe, MD - Physician in Mobridge, South Dakota
  • John A. Lowe, MD - Physician in Mobridge, South Dakota
  • James G. Maniotis, MD- Family practice, Stephenville, Texas for 30 years; Navy fighter pilot in World War II
  • Dr. William J. Miller - practiced as a pediatrician for more than 30 years, president of the joint staff at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, Oregon
  • Glenn S. Millice, MD
    Dr. Jack Jensen
  • Donald P. Morrison, MD
  • David B. Nelson, MD, MSc - Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics; Chief, Ambulatory Services, Georgetown Medical Center
  • Richard E. Nichols, DDS - Dentist, Crow Hill Family Dentistry, Bailey, Colorado
  • Henry W. Noller, MD - family practice in St. Louis, veteran of World War II
  • Eliphalet T. Patee, MD - Seattle-area physician, served in Medical Corps during World War I, help found Washington Gamma Chapter
  • Albert M. Patten, Jr., MD - Denver, Colorado
  • Larry S. Pitcher, DDS - Dentist, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Frank J. Price, MD - Psychiatrist and chief of administration at Eastern Tennessee State Hospital
  • Edward L. Ptacek, DVM - Malakoff, Texas
  • William J. Robb, MD - Physician in Denver, Colorado
  • Albert M. Ross, MD - Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Albert M. Ross, IV, MD - Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City
  • Morris B. Sanders, MD - Urologist, Yale School of Medicine
    Dr. George Evans
  • Richard V. Schowengerdt, PhD - Psychologist
  • Richard B. Slease, MD - Chief, Hematology, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Delaware
  • Wallace B. Smith, DDS - Dentist, Kansas City, Kansas / Faculty, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry
  • Robert T. Stoffer, MD
  • Eldon W. Tice, MD - Surgeon in Los Angeles for more than 30 years
  • Frederick L. Thompson, DO - Practiced in Herrington and Caldwell, Kansas where he was also a member of the school board
  • Louis M. Tomlinson, MD - Harveyville, Kansas; recognized as an early automobile expert and enthusiast in the 1920s, served as a major in the Army Medical Corps in World War I, was a vice president in the First National Bank of Harveyville, Kansas
  • Dennis D. Wade, DC - Chiropractor, Topeka, Kansas
  • J. Anthony Ware, MD - Vice president, cardiovascular research, E. Lilly & Company; formerly the Olson professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Walter H. Weidling, MD
    Dr. Robert Slease
    - Physician in Topeka
  • Thomas K. Wilson, DMD - Oral Surgeon, Salina, Kansas
  • Steven F. Young, DDS - Faculty, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry (retired)
  • Major Steven R. Zierber, MD - Radiologist, U.S. Air Force

Though not physicians by training, two additional Phi Delts deserve mention among this group, Edward A . Ingham '23' and Lloyd L. Hughes '449'. After graduating from Washburn, Brother Ingham earned a masters degree from MIT in 1914. He then joined the faculty at MIT becoming a nationaly recognized expert in the emerging field of sanitation and public health. In 1917, Ingham moved to California making a stop at the Chapter on his way to a new job as a public health officer. In 1919, he succumbed to the great influenza pandemic. (Source: Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, January-June 1919)
Dr. John David Armstrong, II

Lloyd L. Hughes earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Washburn as well as a masters in health administration from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. An Army veteran of World War II, Brother Hughes served in counterintelligence in the Marshall Islands and Japan. After the War, he was the assistant general counsel of Kansas Corporation in Topeka and superintendent of the University of Wisconsin Hospital before joining Rhode Island Hospital. There he served as the hospital’s assistant director, deputy director, executive director and executive vice president, before being named the hospital’s president in 1973. He served as president and CEO of Rhode Island Hospital for 12 years, until his retirement in 1985. During his tenure, the Rhode Island Hospital grew into a major regional healthcare provider and a key teaching hospital for Brown University. Brother Hughes was married to Isabel Neiswanger Hughes, the sister of one of his chapter brothers, for 56 years. He entered the Chapter Grand in July 2003.

Finally, while the Alpha Delta's are deservingly proud of several members of the Menninger family among their ranks, they filled their board of directors with Phi Delts. David Neiswanger '54' was its long-time chairman. He was joined by fellows Phis: Ned Fleming '121', Dr. Paul R. Harvey (Indiana University), Nelson T. Hartson (Washington University) and Stan Stauffer (University of Kansas).

Washburn Phis in Politics and Government

Republican-and-Democrat-symbols.jpgWashburn Phis from both political parties have been elected or held positions of significant responsibility at local, state and national level. For many their interest in politics begins while in college. The December 1938 Scroll reported "The Kansas gubernatorial campaign increases in intensity as election day draws near. With Judd Austin '413' acting as president of the Washburn College Young Democrats and Ned P. Gilbert '383' as president of the campus Republican group, the Fraternity is kept alive to the pertinent issues in the campaign." Altogether, on at least three different occasions Washburn Phis have headed both the college Democrats and Republicans during the same year.

The line of Washburn Phis in elected office began with Robert Stone '32', a founding father of the chapter, with his election as Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives in 1915. Seventeen other Washburn Phis have followed Brother Stone serving in either the Kansas House or Senate. Another Washburn Phi, Larry Gish '638', served for eight years in the Oklahoma State House. Two Kansas Beta Phis have been elected to state-wide office in Kansas. Ron Thornburgh '1247', a Republican, was elected secretary of state in 1994 and re-relected in 1998, 2002 and 2006. Paul Morrison '1135', a Democrat, was elected attorney general in 2006.

  • Robert A. Anderson '450' - Kansas State Representative (1953-1960), Co-founder of Anderson & Byrd, LLP with fellow Phi Jack Byrd (Republican)
  • F. Steadman Ball '190' - Kansas Senate (1945-1949, 1961-1979), Kansas State Represenative (1957-1959), Chairman of Kansas Senate Judicary Committee (1963-1973), Chairman of the Kansas Legislative Council (1961-1965, 1969-1971) (Republican)
  • George M. Brewster '200' - Kansas State Representative (1939-1940); assistant state insurance commissioner for eight years (Republican)
  • Richard E. Buck '480' - City Council, Placentia, California
  • Glenn Cogswell - Nominee for Kansas lieutenant governor (1958), Shawnee county judge (1951-1957), Judge, Chairman of the Kansas Bar Asociations, Law partners with Frank Miller (Kansas Alpha) (Republican)
  • Charles L. Davis, Jr. '430' - Kansas State Representative (1957-1958); founder of Davis Unrein Biggs & Head, LLP (Republican)
    Congressman Jim Slattery '1016'
  • Grover L. Dunn '41' - Four term Kansas State Representative from Arkansas City (1943-1949); President of the Union State Bank; Original member of the Board of Directors of Kansas Blue Cross (Republican)
  • Lawrence "Larry" L. Gish '638' - Oklahoma State Representative (1983-1991) (Democrat)
  • Lloyd W. Grothusen '266' - Kansas State Representative (1969-1970) (Republican)
  • Tayor Grover - Mayor of Alton, Kansas
  • Ralph M. Hope '230' - Kansas State Represenative (1945-1946) (Republican)
  • Michael G. Harper '840' - Chief of staff to Senator Nancy Kassebaum; Senior advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan (Republican)
  • Lewis A. Hasty '67' - Kansas State Representative (1921-1923) (Republican)
  • John F. Hayes '438'- Kansas House of Representatives (1953-1955, 1967-1979), Majority Leader of the Kansas House (1975-1977); Member of the Kansas Judicial Council (1973-1977), Commissioner on Uniform State Laws (1975) (Republican)
  • Donald R. Heath '95' - U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia (1952), Vietnam (1952-1955), Lebanon (1955-1957) and Saudi Arabia (1958-1961)
  • Harold S. Herd '441'- Kansas State Senate (1965-1972), Senate Minority Leader; Mayor of Coldwater, Kansas (1950-1954) (Democrat)
    Attorney General Paul Morrison '1135'
  • Ronald R. Hein '1020' - Kansas State Senator (1977-1984), Kansas State Representative (1975-1977) (Republican)
  • Richard C. Kline '1192 - Assistant Commissioner, Kansas Juvenile Authority; Deputy Secretary, Kansas Department of Corrections; Director, Shawnee County Department of Corrections (1983-1986); Deputy Director, Shawnee County Department of Corrections (1980-1983)
  • Harold P. Lowe '159' - Shawnee County Treasurer; later executive vice president of Estes & Company, a municipal bond firm
  • Charles D. McAtee '591' - Director of Kansas penal institutions during the last executions held in Kansas; Assistant United States Attorney for Kansas; Candidate for Congress and attorney general (Republican)
  • Paul J. Morrison '1135' - Kansas Attorney General (2007-08), District Attorney of Johnson County, Kansas (1990-2007) (Democrat)
  • Howard B. Myers, PhD '157'- Director, Division of Social Research, Works Progress Administration during FDR's New Deal
  • Richard E. Pringle '560' - Assistant Attorney General of Kansas, Kansas Securities Commissioner
  • Warren W. Shaw '241' - Kansas State Representative (1951-1957); Candidate for Kansas Governor (1956); Topeka judge; member of the Washburn Athletic Hall of Fame (Republican)
  • John N. Sherman, Jr. '423' - Kansas State Representative (1955-1956), County Attorney Neosho County (1951-1955), City Attorney Chanute, Kansas (1960-1970), President, City Attorneys Association of Kansas (1969)
  • Jim Slattery '1016' - Kansas House of Representatives (1973-1979); U.S.
    Former President Harry Truman visits the Chapter in 1960.
    Representative from 2nd District of Kansas (1983-95); Candidate for Kansas Governor (1994), Candidate for U.S. Senate (2008) (Democrat)
  • Robert Stone '32' - Member of the Kansas House of Representatives (1905-1917); Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives (1915) (Republican)
  • Bob W. Storey '777' - Chairman Washburn Board of Regents (2007-2009), Kansas State Senate (1968-1976) (Republican)
  • Vernon A. Stroberg '356' - Kansas State Senate (1953-1960), Navy Veteran of World War II, founder of the Sizemore law firm, County attorney for Havey County, Kansas, and member of the Kansas Corporation Commission (1970-1974) (Republican)
  • Robert C. Taggart '521' - Kansas State Senate (1961-1968), Kansas House of Representatives (1957-1960) (Republican)
  • Ron Thornburgh '1247' - Kansas Secretary of State (1995-2010) (Republican)
  • Jason Ward '1398'- Mayor of Tonganoxie, Kansas (2010-present); City Council Member (2005-2010); president of the Council for two years
  • G. Arlon Wilson '391' - Managing Director, Kansas City Crime Commission in the 1950s; FBI Agent (1940-1946)
  • Douglas S. Wright '1012'- Mayor of Topeka, Kansas (1983-89) (Republican)

Washburn Phis on the Bench

Washburn Phis have a long-tradition of excellence as members of the bar. The tradition can be traced to Robert Stone '32', a founding father of the Cahpter, who helped found Washburn Law School in 1903. During the past nearly one hundred years at least 21 have been elevated to the bench.

  • Judge Glen D. Cogswell '431' - Juvenile and probate judge in Shawnee County (1951-57); nominee for Kansas lieutenant governor (1958); chairman of the Kansas Bar Association
  • Judge Jules V. Doty, Jr. '503' - Kansas district court judge (1983-1995), member of the Kansas Corporation Commission (1968-74), Candidate for Kansas Attorney General (1961)
  • Judge David K. Fromme '816' - Administrative law judge, Social Security Administration, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Judge Wendell L. Garlinghouse '251' - Topeka judge
  • Wesley K. Griffin '1147' - Administrative law judge, Wyandotte County, Kansas
  • Robert A. Hasty - Municipal court judge, Wichita, Kansas
  • Judge Charles Heilmann '340' - Municipal court judge in El Dorado, Kansas for 40 years (1959-1989); served in the Navy during World War II, owned an insurance company and was a sociology professor at Wichita State University for 35 years
    Justice Harold S. Herd '441'
  • Justice Harold S. Herd '441' - Kansas Supreme Court (1979-1993), Kansas Senate Minority Leader (1969-1973), Mayor of Coldwater, Kansas (1950-1954), Served on the Kansas Supreme Court during the disbarment of Fred Phelps
  • Judge Robert Hudkins '275' - Probate judge in Emporia, Kansas
  • Judge William L. Huggins '161' - Presiding judge of the Kansas Court of Industrial Relations; author of Kansas Industrial Act and the book Labor and Democracy (1922)
  • Judge John F. Kaster '122' - Juvenile court judge in Shawnee County, Kansas; served in both World War I and World War II rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel
  • Captain Gale E. Krouse '378'- Presiding judge on the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals (1972-1974)
  • Justice Tyler C. Lockett '696'- Kansas Supreme Court (1983-2002); District court judge in Wichita (1977-1983); Judge, common pleas court (1971-1977)
  • Judge Jan W. Luenberger '742' - District Court Judge, Shawnee County, Kansas
  • Judge James A. McClure '4' - District Court Judge, Shawnee County, Kansas; member of the Topeka School Board (1929-1941); McClure Elementary in Topeka is named for him
  • Judge Cyrus M. Monroe '35' - California Superior Court judge, appointed by Gov. Earl Warren in 1948
  • Judge Joseph W. Morris '461'- Senior Partner, Gable & Gotwals (1984-Present); General counsel of Shell Oil (1978-1983); Chief Judge, Eastern District of Oklahoma (1974-1978); Dean, University of Tulsa College of Law (1972-1974)
  • Judge James T. Pringle, Jr. '1117' - District Attorney of Cowley County; District Court Judge, Cowley County, Kansas
  • Judge Warren W. Shaw '241' - Topeka municipal court judge before he left the bench in 1942 to serve as a staff judge advocate general in General Eisenhower's headquarters; later a state representative and candidate for governor
  • Commissioner William N. Shepherd '860' - Family court judge, Sacramento, California
  • Judge Raymond A. Trapp '229' - Assocaite District Court Judge, Kay County, Oklahoma
  • Judge Ozell M. Trask '256'- Appointed by President Nixon as a Federal Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1969-1984)

Several Washburn Phis have served as pro tem judges including Michael E. Francis '1024' and Mark W. Krusor '1055'. A judge pro tem is not a regular judge, but someone (usually a lawyer) who is brought in to serve temporarily as a judge with the consent of the parties.

Among Washburn's most distinguished Phi lawyers was Warren W. Shaw '241'. Brother Shaw was a prominent attorney, state representative and candidate for governor in 1956. In 1995, the Topeka Bar Association honored Shaw by naming its most prestigous award for service to the legal profession in his honor. (Source: Topeka Bar Assocation) Brother Shaw's pledge brother, William Dumars '243', was also a very successful attorney. After having his own law practice he became assistant city attorney for Topeka and ended his career as reporter and historian for the Kansas Supreme Court.

Washburn Phis have held most every imaginable legal office in the state of Kansas. This group is highlighted by Paul Morrison '1135' who was elected Kansas attorney general after seventeen years as district attorney of Johnson County, Kansas. Other notable attorneys in this group include: Wendell L. Garlinghouse '251', Special Assistant Attorney General of Kansas and later a law partner of former Judge Warren Shaw '241'; Guy E. Ward '346', county attorney for Republic County, Kansas; Frank D. Hedrick '355', county attorney for Johnson County, Kansas (1941-1942) (the position was later renamed district attorney); Vernon A. Stroberg '356', county attorney of Harvey County, Kansas; John R. Nimocks '362', city attorney of Palo Alto, California; Willis A. Shattuck '371', county attorney for Hildebrand County, Kansas; Frank E. Daily '372', county attorney for Commanche County, Kansas; James R. Hoover '384', first city attorney for Prairie Village, Kansas; Richard E. Pringle '575', Kansas securities commissioner and assistant attorney general of Kansas; Thomas L. Medill, Jr. '621', county attorney for Nemaha County, Kansas; Don Cashman '824', city attorney for Hiawatha, Kansas; Jan D. Miller '1022', Seward County prosecutor and counsel to the Seward County board of commissioners; James H. "Skip" Herd '1087', county attorney for Commanche County, Kansas; James T. Pringle '1117', county attorney for Cowley County, Kansas; Richard E. Green '1145', assistant city attorney, Seattle, Washington and Todd E. Love '1232', chief prosecutor, City of Topeka.

Washburn Phis in Banking

There is a long tradition of Washburn Phi Delts in banking with at least eight rising to be president or CEO. CoreFirst Bank & Trust (formerly Commerce Bank & Trust and Commerce State Bank) holds a special position for many Washburn Phis. The bank currently counts two Washburn Phi Delts among its top executives plus at least one branch manager. Over the years, dozens of Phis have worked for the bank while in school. For Gary Fadely '790' his time at Commerce was more than just a part-time job. Brother Fadely started with the bank as a teller on the day Commerce opended its opened its first branch in 1959 and stayed for nearly four decades rising to be its second most senior executive.

  • Harwood O. Benton '93' - President, Oberlin State Bank
  • J. Patrick Birkbeck, MD '1372' - Member of the Board of Directors, Dennison State Bank
  • Arthur J. Collins '396' - Chairman, President and CEO of Hutchinson National Bank & Trust Company
  • Douglas V. Duey '973' - President, Cass County Bank,Plattsmouth, Nebraska
  • Asa P. Dean '312' - Vice President, Great Falls National Bank (1941-1963)
    Commerce State Bank, circa 1959
  • Grover L. Dunn '41' - President of the Union State Bank; Four term Kansas State Representative; Original member of the Board of Directors of Kansas Blue Cross
  • Gary D. Fadely '790' - Executive Vice President, CoreFirst Bank & Trust
  • John F. Fager '1399' - Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer,CoreFirst Bank & Trust
  • George W. Greenwood '140' - Chairman of the Board, Topeka Savings Association
  • William B. Greiner '1184' - Chief Investment Officer, UMB Bank
  • John F. Hayes '438' - Member of the Board of Directors, Central Bank and Trust Company and Waddell & Reed Group of Funds
  • Jeffrey D. Hiestand '1359' - Senior Vice President, CoreFirst Bank & Trust
  • Onis L. Lemon '854' - Senior Vice President, CoreFirst Bank & Trust; Vice chairman of the Credit Bureau of Topeka and Treasurer of Mission Township
  • Howard Hunter '386' - Vice Chairman, Hutchinson National Bank
  • John E. Merriam '150' - President, Central National Bank
  • Donald B. Myers '232' - Vice President and Senior Trust Officer, First New Haven National Bank
  • Louis A. Myers '245' - Vice President, First State Bank
  • Frank A. Ripley '89' - Member of the Board of Directors of Merchants National Bank; also served on the boards of Stormont-Vail Hospital and the Washburn Board of Regents
  • George W. Snyder, Jr. '209' - President, Topeka State Bank; Member of the Kansas Real Estate Commission
  • Pliny T. Snyder '2' - Cashier, State Bank of Zenith; Shareholder in the State Bank of Sylvia
  • Edward W. Sourk '998' - Senior Vice President, Hiawatha National Bank
  • Robert C. Taggart '521' - Board of Directors, American Home Life Insurance Company
  • Alfred E. Van Petten '353' - President of Pioneer Mortgage Company in the 1930s
  • Kenneth A. Vaughn '705' - President, First National Bank of Burlington, Kansas
  • Frederick G. Weidling '351' - Senior Vice President, First National Bank of Topeka
  • Darrell E. Werner '612' - Senior Vice President, Boatmen's Bank

Washburn Campus Buildings Named for Phis

Stauffer Commons is named for Kansas Alpha Phi Stan Stauffer and Madeline Stauffer

Six different facilities on campus have been named for Phis. Two facilities, Stauffer Commons in the Living Learning Center and the the Stauffer Mass Media Lab in the basement of Henderson Learning Resources, were both endowed by generous gifts from members of the Stauffer family.

A misperception exists that Benton Hall, home of the University's School of Applied Studies and the Division of Continuing Education, is named for a Phi. Benton Hall is named for Otis L. Benton. Mr. Benton's son was a Phi, Colonel Harwood O. Benton '93'. Otis Benton held interests in several Kansas banks, a real estate company and an investment company. He was an 1884 graduate of Washburn College and a trustee of the University for many years but was not a member of Phi Delta Theta.

  • Carruth Hall - Named for Arthur J. Carruth, Jr.
  • Stauffer Mass Media Lab - Named for John H. Stauffer, Jr. and Kathy Stauffer (Kathy is a Kappa Alpha Theta), located in the basement of Henderson Learning Resources Building
  • Stauffer Commons - Named for Kansas Alpha Phi Stan Stauffer and Madeline Stauffer
  • Joss Reading Lounge - Named for Dr. Charles S. and Dorris Firestone Joss, located on the second floor of the Mabee Library
  • Larrick Memorial - Named for Larry L. Larrick, located near Benton Hall
  • Richey House - Home of the Kansas Beta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta

In addition to the four campus facilities named for Phis, McClure Elementary School in Topeka is named for Judge James A. McClure '4'. Judge McClure was a member of Delta Phi and a founding father of the Chapter. In addition to being a district court judge in Shawnee County, hee was a member of the Topeka School Board from 1929 to 1941.

Flemming Place at 10th and Gage in Topeka is named from Ned N. Fleming '129'. He was initiated at Kansas Beta in 1918 and affiliated with the Pennsylvania Zeta Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania in 1921. Fleming was the CEO of Fleming Companies, Inc. once the largest food distribution company in the country. Fleming was a past president of the Topeka Chamber of Commerce. He served on several boards of several groups including the Midwest Research Institute and the Menninger Clinic. Fleming entered the Chapter Grand on January 24, 1990. Fleming's former home, the Fleming Mansion, was relocated from 10th and Gage in 2004 and is now located at 6th and Wannamaker.

Washburn Scholarships, Awards and Major Gifts Endowed by Phis

From Dr. Glenn Millice, a founding father of the chapter, to Ron Richey, the University's second largest living donor, Washburn Phis have generously supported their alma mater over the years. At least 29 different Washburn scholarships were endowed by Phi Delts. (Source: Washburn)

  • Richey Scholarship - Awards are based on academic achievement, extra-curricular involvement, and leadership and service to the community
    Washburn President Jerry Farley at the Richey Scholarship Luncheon. Phi and former Washburn Dean Al Dickes is shown (bottom left).
  • Free Society of GNIP-GNOP - Established by nine Kansas Beta Phis in 1947; recognizes the best note and comment at Washburn Law School
  • Dr. Glenn S. Millice Scholarship - Scholarship for pre-med students
  • John and Ruth Stauffer Scholarship - Scholarship for single mothers (John is a Kansas Alpha Phi)
  • Stan Stauffer/Yellow Freight Scholarship - Awarded to juniors or seniors pursuing careers in transportation (Stan was a Kansas Alpha Phi)
  • Oscar S. Stauffer Endowed Scholarship - Established by Stan and John Stauffer (both are Kansas Alpha Phis and longtime supporters of Washburn)
  • Athur J. Carruth, Jr. Scholarship - Awarded to able, worthy and deserving students
  • Class of 1914 David and Isabel Neiswanger Scholarship - General scholarship
  • James M. Caplinger Endowed Scholarship Fund - Law school scholarship
  • Dr. Charles S. & Doris F. Joss Scholarship - Awarded to pre-med students
  • Charlotte M. & Warren W. Shaw Scholarship Fund - Awarded to pre-med and pre-law students
    Kristen Wheeler receiving the GNIP-GNOP Award for best note at Washburn Law in 2006.
  • John F. Kilmartin Business Leaders Scholarship Fund - Awarded to business students
  • Paul and Margaret Lovewell Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to needy, worthy full-time student
  • Michaud, Cordy, Michard, Hutton & Hutton Tort Law Scholarship - Phis Mark Hutton and Andrew Hutton endowed this Law School scholarship
  • Congressman Jim Slattery Law Scholarship Fund - Awarded to full-time law students
  • Warren J. Crumbine Scholarship Fund - Awarded to young men to Topeka
  • Dr. Cecil E. Lowe Memorial Scholarship - General scholarship
  • David C. Beeder Mass Media Scholarship - Awarded to mass media students
  • Floyd Nick Cossman Freshman Scholarship Award - Awarded to the first year law student with the highest grades
  • Ralph F. Glenn Law Scholarship - Awarded to any qualified law student.
  • Finnup Scholarship Fund - Endowed by Frederick Finnup and his sister Isabel Finnup for students from Finney County, Kansas; he also donated a new library in Finney County
  • Donald D. Welty Memorial Scholarship - General scholarship
  • Frank A. Ripley Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to worthy and needy full-time students.
  • Ned N. Fleming Excellence in Teaching Award - celebrates the professor who achieves the most in the classroom.
  • Terry and Ann McAdam Mathematics Scholarship - Awarded to the best junior mathematics major.
  • Harold S. Herd Law Scholarship - Awarded to deserving law students.
  • James G. Clarke STEM Scholarship - Awarded to students majoring in the sciences, technology and mathematics.

In addition to these scholarships, Washburn's School of Business is home to the Clarence W. King Endowed Chair in Finance. Brother King was initiated as Bond number 196 on October 8, 1923.

Recipients of the McAtee Scholarship

Brady Rothrock (R) receives the first ever award of the McAtee Scholarship from James Clarke

In 2009, the young alumni of the chapter created the Charles D. McAtee Scholarship and endowed it with a $50,000 fund. The scholarship is administered by the Phi Delta Theta Education Foundation with award decisions made by a board of Kansas Beta Phis comprised of James Clarke (chairman), Rick McCaffrey (vice chairman), Jesse Borjon, Nate Vander Hamm and Ryan Mohwinkle.

The McAtee scholarship follows in the footsteps of the Robert Morrison Scholarship funded by Rick McCaffrey. Jonathan Schmucker and Andrew Gower received scholarships in 2002 and 2003, respectively. The McAtee scholarship is awarded annually at the Topeka Founders Day dinner in April. Kansas Beta is one of less than 30 Phi Delta Theta chapters with its own fully endowed scholarship fund.

2009 - Brady J. Rothrock
2010 - Briton Alexander
2011 - Kameron Hertel
2012 - Patrick Towle
2013 - Patrick Barry & Mario Garcia

Phi Delta Theta Foundation Scholarship Recipients


The Phi Delta Theta Foundation has awarded more than $3.2 million in scholarships and fellowships to over 2,000 students during its 50-year history. The Foundation has also provided nearly $7.0 million to support the educational programming of the Fraternity.

Twenty Washburn Phis have collectively received an estimated $50,000 in scholarships over the last half century from the Phi Delta Theta Foundation. With the creation of the McAtee Scholarship, two members of the Chapter are now eligible for Foundation scholarships each year. (Source: Phi Delta Theta Foundation)

Kansas Beta Housemothers
Jewell "Mom" Cox

Mrs. Helen M. Thompson
Mrs. Aten - 1935
Mrs. E.R. Stover - 1936
Mrs. Atwood Alexander - 1937
Mrs. O.L. Horner - 1952
Mrs. W.E. Walters
Mrs. Dana L. Anderson - 1959
Mrs. Ralph Young - 1962
Mrs. Mary Chamberlin - 1963
Mrs. Jewell Cox -
Mrs. Savage
Mrs. Meats-2017-Present


Entrepreneurs and Executives

  • Richard Davis, MD - Founder of Kansas City Masterpiece
  • Matthew Parrott, PhD '1420' - Owner, Snap Fitness
  • Frank A. Ripley - President, Ripley Laundry Company
  • John H. Stauffer, Jr. - Chairman and CEO, Title Midwest
  • George A. Steele - President and Chairman of United Telephone Company of Indiana

Kansas Beta Through the Years

Founding Years and the Great Depression (1910 - 1941)

First Kansas Beta Chapter house (The Kaw, 1916)

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Henry Mason as a mentor to many members of the chapter. He died shortly before the chapter house was completed and the library was originally dedicated to him.

During the late 1910s at least a few members of the Chapter were part of Washburn's Prohibition Club. There is no record of an anti-prohibition club or an organized effort to repeal prohibition. But we have our suspicions.

In the late 1940s, Leo W. Mulloy '333' helped lead the effort to repeal prohibition in the State.
Described as "Handsome, popular, and a brilliant speaker," Mulloy had graduated from Washburn Law School before becoming a public-relations man. executive director of the KLCC...
Prohibition in Kansas: a history
By Robert Smith Bader, p 244

Stone and Carruth helped save the University in 1940. - Washburn through the Years, page 89

Washburn Goes to War (1941-1945)

1941 George Markey took first sixth place at a ski meet in Crawford Notch, NH making him Washburn first skier to compete for the school.

War years – “the Phi Delt house in its new incarnation was Farragut Hall, the Kappa Sig house was Merrimac Hall At the same time stairs became ladders, floors became decks, windows became portholes, and all was very nautical.” – Washburn Through the Years p 99

The Phi Delts leased a small house located at 1415 W. 17th Street setting about fixing the place up. The men of the chapter also bought $1,400 in War Bonds earning the attention of Evan Griffith, state executive manager of the State War Finance Committee. Mr. Griffith presented the chapter with a Naza helmet taken in North Africa.

Allison, Hughes, Love, Gray went to Kansas City for training for the Signal Corps in 1942 they erected a sign over their hotel room door that read "Kansas Beta Phi Delta Theta Alumni Club."

The Post-War Period (1945-1960)

Times of Change (1961-1979)

The 1980s and 1990s**

December 15, 1984
A judge Friday prohibited a Washburn University fraternity house from having a Christmas tree for the next four years. The order came as part of an agreement in which 10 members of Phi Delta Theta fraternity pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges each after two Scotch pine trees were chopped down at the Topeka Country Club. Assistant District Attorney Ken Smith of Shawnee County said the fraternity had a tradition of stealing Christmas trees for its house, which he called a misrepresentation of the Christmas spirit. Each of the students pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and criminal damage to property. Associate District Judge Matthew Dowd placed them on probation for one year and dismissed three felony charges and one misdemeanor count against the students.

Kansas did not allow sale of liquor "by the drink" (on-premises) until 1987.

The Immortal Six, donated by the Fall 1993 Pledge Class, flanked by two of the three knights

Kansas Beta Begins its Second Century

A Phi Delta Theta family tradition: James M. Sims '1556' (center) with his grandfather Theron L. "Buddy" Sims, Sr. '916' (L) and uncle Theron L. Sims, Jr. '1318'. Not pictured James M. Sims '1338'.