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.

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

Erskine Bowles

Bowles, Erskine

Achievements: 19th White House Chief of Staff (1997-1998), under President Clinton. 18th Administrator of the Small Business Administration (1993-1994). President, University of North Carolina system (2005-2010)

Chapter: Upsilon

Kingman Brewster Jr

Brewster, Jr., Kingman

Achievements: Former President, Yale University (1963-1977); US Ambassador to the United Kingdom (1977-1981)

Chapter: Eta, 1941

DOD: November 8, 1988

Chamberlin, Prof. J. Edward, O.C.

Achievements: Author, "If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories? Finding Common Ground" and other books. University Professor Emeritus, Department of English, Center for Comparative Literature. (University of Toronto). 1984 named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in English Literature. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Societry of Canada.

Chapter: Sigma Epsilon, 1964

Dahmer, John R.

Achievements: Elected as a member of the House of Commons of Canada in 1988, however, he was terminally stricken with pancreatic cancer and never saw the first day of the 34th Canadian Parliament. Dahmer's widow received a severance that was used to establish the John Dahmer Community Involvement Scholarship at Lakeland College. Prior to running for office, he was a director at Lakeland College.

Chapter: Mu Theta, 1961

DOD: (September 5, 1937 – November 26, 1988)

Father John Denning

Denning, Father John

Achievements: C.S.C, President of Stonehill College. Undergraduate Chapter Phi, 1979/1980.

Chapter: Beta Tau, 1980

Distler, Ph. D., Theodore A.

Term: Phi Alpha from 1947-1948. 1941-1954, President of Franklin & Marshall College. Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Alumni Honoree, 1959.

Chapter: Epsilon/Phi, 1922

DOD: April 7, 1991

Duryee, William Rankin

Achievements: Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Honoree, 1985. Namesake of the William R. Duryee Award for Academic Achievement. Pioneer in cancer treatment.

Chapter: Eta, 1927

DOD: November 11, 1905 - December 19, 2000

Elliot, Rt. Rev. George

Achievements: Suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Toronto from February 2001 until his retirement in April 2013.

Chapter: Theta Xi, 1972

Dr Ricky Gregg

Grigg, Richard “Ricky”, PhD.

Achievements: Pioneer of Big Wave Surfing; Professor Emeritus of Oceanography at University of Hawaii, Author, Big Surf, Deep Dives and the Islands. Winner, 1966 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational, named as the best surfer in the world by Surfer Magazine in 1967 1965 Aquanaut aboard the NASA-sponsored Sealab II

Chapter: Mu, 1958

DOD: May 21, 2014

Harrington, Conrad

Achievements: Chancellor, McGill University, 1976 to 1983. Became the Executive Vice President of the Royal Trust Company in 1954. In 1965 he was added to the company's Board of Directors. 1986 Member Order of Canada

Chapter: Alpha Psi

DOD: May 12, 2000

Arden Haynes

Haynes, Arden

Achievements: Former Chairman and CEO, Imperial Oil Ltd.; the Ninth Chancellor of York University (1994-1998)

Chapter: Pi Epsilon, 1951

Huston, PhD (Honorary), Henry A.

Achievements: Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award, 1956. The first year they were awarded. In 1903, he was the author of the Indiana Fertilizer Law, which in later years served as the model for many other state fertilizer laws. He received a Doctorate of Science Degree from Purdue University in 1931. He discovered phosphoric acid tests.

Chapter: Lambda, 1879

DOD: April 1858-May 1957

Illidge, Paul D.

Achievements: Phi of the Theta Xi Chapter in 1973. Over a 26-year career as a teacher he taught English and History at two leading independent and three public high schools, including Upper Canada College and Pickering College. He wrote the screenplay for 'Head On', the Canadian entry at the 1981 Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals. He has written fifteen books, including: The Shakespeare Novels: King Lear, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Bleaks (nonfiction memoir, 2014), and RSKY BZNS (nonfiction memoir, 2020).

Chapter: Theta Xi, 1974

Junker, Ph.D., Andrew

Achievements: Founder Brain Actuated Technologies Inc. (BAT). Project Brainfingers Transforms brain and body electrical potentials from the forehead into hands-free computer controls which can be customized to each individual's needs. Brainfingers can give a voice to people who are non-verbal or who have limited expressive language, and may be appropriate for individuals with severe and multiple disabilities.

Chapter: Theta, 1965

Dr Alfred Kinsey

Kinsey, Dr. Alfred

Achievements: Founder, Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction. Author, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), and co-author of Edible Wild Plants of Eastern North America (1943) (original draft written in 1920).

Chapter: Lambda

DOD: June 23, 1894 - August 25, 1956

Sadleir, Richard Hay

Achievements: Co-founder Trent University in Peterborough where he served as Dean of Men, Head of the English Department, Vice President and Acting President. Upper Canada College Principal (1975-1988).

Chapter: Theta Xi, 1949

DOD: February 12, 2021

Summers, Ph. D., Edward

Achievements: Currently the President and CEO The Thinkubator, “Bringing Power to Bronx Youth Voices”, Past: Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at Long Island University, Inaugural Executive Director of the Brooklyn Education Innovation Network, Chief of Staff and Director of the Kelly Adirondack Research Center at Union College, Assistant to the President of Marist College, and professor of Political Science and Public Administration

Chapter: Nu Delta, 2004

Henry Suzzallo

Suzzallo, Henry

Achievements: Former President, University of Washington (1915 to 1926)

Chapter: Phi Lambda

DOD: August 22, 1875 – September 25, 1933

Troubetzkoy, Prince Alexis Sergeevich

Achievements: Author notable for his works on Russian history. Served as the headmaster of Selwyn House School, Appleby College and the Toronto French School in Canada. He was born as a Prince of the Trubetskoy family, He taught at Bishop's College School and served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 8 years. He served as the Executive Director of the Tolstoy Foundation 1992-95. He also helped the International Orthodox Christian Charities gain the release of two of their workers taken hostage.

Chapter: Alpha Psi, 1957

DOD: March 6, 1934 - January 22, 2017

Watson, Mark

Achievements: While with the New York State Energy, Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Managed the Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Protection Program (2008-2016) Managed all projects related to acid deposition and mercury pollution. (2000-2008) Supervised the country's largest high-efficiency, low-emitting wood heat research program. Initiated a multi-million dollar climate change research program in New York State.

Chapter: Gamma, 1978