Notable Zetes

For over 170 years, Zeta Psi has scaffolded our undergraduate brothers to be better leaders in their careers, their communities, and in service to all humankind. We have been fortunate to have played role in the lives of countless inspirational men throughout the years. Here is a list of some Zetes who have powerfully impacted the world.

Abraham Lott

Term: Phi Alpha from 1859–1860

Chapter: Phi, 1849

DOD: 1889

Abraham Van Horn

Term: Phi Alpha from 1874–1875

Chapter: Delta, 1870

DOD: January 16, 1848 - February 7, 1905.

Ackerman , William C.

Achievements: First Tennis Coach at UCLA (1920-1950) Coached UCLA to 10 Men's Tennis Pacific Coast Conference titles; 1950 coached the Men's tennis team UCLA's first National Collegiate Athletic Assn. title in any sport UCLA 1933-1967 Director of Associated Students of UCLA, the organization that oversees all student activities; namesake of UCLA Ackerman Student Union. In 1984 he was inducted into the College Tennis Hall of Fame, and was a charter member of the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame.

Chapter: Sigma Zeta, 1924

DOD: February 15, 1988

Adner, Ph.D., Ron Y.

Achievements: Author, "The Wide Lens: A New Strategy for Innovation"

Chapter: Kappa Phi, 1993

Albert B. Carleton

Term: Phi Alpha in 1874

Chapter: Phi, 1872

DOD: (1850-1910)

Albert H. Gallatin

Term: Phi Alpha from 1881–1882

Chapter: Phi, 1859

Amasa A. Redfield

Term: Phi Alpha from 1863–1864

Chapter: Phi, 1860

DOD: May 19, 1837– October 19, 1902

Andrew Kirkpatrick

Term: Phi Alpha from 1880–1881

Chapter: Delta/Theta (Union College) 1863

DOD: October 8, 1844 – May 3, 1904

Photo of Andrew Nunez.

Andrew Nunez

Term: Phi Alpha # CXXXIV from 2012-2014. Zeta Psi Executive Director (1995-1998)

Chapter: Iota Alpha, 1994

Arboleda, Julio N.

Achievements: 8th President of the Zeta Psi Foundation of Canada.

Chapter: Chi Gamma, 1988

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Arthur Harrison “Red” Motley

Term: Phi Alpha from 1943-1945. Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award (1958). Namesake of Zeta Psi’s Red Motley Leadership Fund. General Secretary of Zeta Psi (1923-1927)

Chapter: Alpha Beta, 1922

DOD: Aug. 22, 1900 - May 30, 1984

Arthur M. Wickwire

Term: Phi Alpha from 1954-1955

Chapter: Zeta, 1920

DOD: October 5, 1897 - August 28, 1955

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Asa J. Baber

Term: Phi Alpha from 1955-1956

Chapter: Alpha Epsilon, 1928

Les Aspin

Aspin, Les

Achievements: United States Representative from 1971 to 1993, and the United States Secretary of Defense from January 21, 1993 to February 3, 1994.

Chapter: Eta, 1960

DOD: May 21, 1995

Augustus Van Wyck

Term: Phi Alpha from 1882–1883

Chapter: Upsilon, 1864

DOD: October 14, 1850 – June 8, 1922

Austen G. Fox

Term: Phi Alpha from 1890–1891

Chapter: Rho, 1869

DOD: (September 7, 1849 – May 15, 1937)

Mark Badagliacca

Badagliacca, Mark

Achievements: CFO, Paramount Pictures

Chapter: Psi, 1978

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Ball, Jeffrey R. A.

Achievements: Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award (2014)

Chapter: Theta Xi, 1979

Jim Balsillie

Balsillie, Jim

Achievements: Former Co-CEO, Research in Motion (Blackberry)

Chapter: Theta Xi

Banaszek , Casimir Joseph “Caz”

Achievements: 11 season NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers as an offensive lineman. He was an Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the 49ers in 1981, when the team won Super Bowl XVI.

Chapter: Omega, 1967

DOD: December 4, 2019

Dr John Bardeen

Bardeen, Dr. John

Achievements: Only Two-Time Nobel Prize Winner In Physics, in 1956, for the invention of the transistor and in 1972 for a fundamental theory of conventional superconductivity known as the BCS theory.

Chapter: Lambda Psi, 1928

DOD: January 30, 1991

Barokas, Ben

Achievements: Serial entrepreneur and angel Investor. Founder, AdMeld, which was sold to Google for a reported $400 million. Founder and CEO of Sourcepoint, the first content compensation platform.

Chapter: Alpha Pi, 1996

Barron, Lawrence Ira “Larry”

Achievements: Television Producer (The Amazing Race, Paradise Hotel, and Couples, among others). Founder of Syracuse's Z89FM. Inducted into the WJPZ Hall of Fame in 2012.

Chapter: Gamma, 1987

DOD: February 13, 1965 - December 23, 2020

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Barth H. Gillan

Term: Phi Alpha # CXXXV from 2014-2016 Member of The Worthy

Chapter: Alpha Psi, 1985

Bass, John R.

Achievements: American diplomat, who served as the United States Ambassador to Georgia (2009–2012), Turkey (2014–2017), and Afghanistan (2017 - 2020).

Chapter: Gamma, 1986

William Benton

Benton, William

Achievements: US Senator - Connecticut (1949–1953) and publisher of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1943–1973).

Chapter: Eta

DOD: April 1, 1900 – March 18, 1973

Bert J. Bradner

Term: Phi Alpha from 1931-1932

Chapter: Xi, 1898

DOD: February 9, 1874 - September 7, 1950  

Best, James A.

Achievements: 10th President of the Zeta Psi Foundation of Canada (2006).

Chapter: Pi Epsilon, 1997

Bethlenvalvy, Hon. Peter

Achievements: Minister of Finance for the Province of Ontario (2021- Present)

Chapter: Alpha Psi, 1982

Birchfield, John

Achievements: James H. McLaughlin Interfraternity Service Award (1994). Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award (1997). The Circle of Zeta Psi Editor. Namesake of the John Birchfield Communications Award.

Chapter: Phi, 1949