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.

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Gillan, Barth H.

Term: Phi Alpha # CXXXV from 2014-2016. Member of The Worthy. Distinguished Service Award Honoree, 2022.

Chapter: Alpha Psi, 1985

Halperin, Stephen M.

Achievements: The Circle of Zeta Psi Magazine Editor (1999-2004). Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award (2010)

Chapter: Beta Tau, 1984

Harper, Stephen S.

Achievements: Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award, 2012. James J. Carey Leadership Award 2021.

Chapter: Iota, 1965

Heydon, Wright, D.

Achievements: Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award Honoree 1963.

Chapter: Epsilon, 1911

DOD: 1890-1973

Hilger, MD., Leslie G.

Achievements: Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award (2019)

Chapter: Mu, 1965

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Hunter, M. David

Term: Phi Alpha from 2005-2006 Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award 2017. Zeta Psi Executive Director (2006-2016).

Chapter: Iota Alpha, 1980

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

Jewett, Thomas R. “Tom”

Achievements: Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award (2018)

Chapter: Psi, 1961

Kirkland, Alfred D.

Term: Phi Alpha from 1970–1971, Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award 1971. 1952 Stanford Football team captain, a Defensive Tackle, he was the glue of the “How Boys,” Stanford’s unlikely participant in the 1952 Rose Bowl game.

Chapter: Mu , 1952

DOD: July 27, 1930-August 30, 2012

Littell, Daren R.

Achievements: James J. Carey Leadership Award (2008)

Chapter: Phi Lambda, 2006

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Ljunglin, James J.

Term: Phi Alpha from 1989–1991. Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award 1993. James J. Carey Leadership Award 2010. Member of The Worthy. Henry Elliot Volunteer of the Year Award 2013

Chapter: Pi, 1957

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Mann, Les

Term: Phi Alpha # CXXXVI from 2016-2018. Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award 2020

Chapter: Phi Lambda, 1973

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McElroy, Gregory E.

Term: Phi Alpha # CXXXI from 2006-2008. James H. McLaughlin Interfraternity Award 1986. Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award 2011. Zeta Psi Executive Director ( August, 1972-1996). James J. Carey Leadership Award 2020. Henry Elliot Volunteer of the Year 2022.

Chapter: Phi, 1970

McKnight, Bill “Landru”

Achievements: 2022 James J. Carey Leadership Award Honoree

Chapter: Theta Xi, 1980

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McNeilllie III, George G.

Term: Phi Alpha from 1997-1999. 6th President of the Zeta Psi Foundation of Canada (1985). Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award 2004.

Chapter: Theta Xi, 1973

Mootz, Gary

Achievements: Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award (2015)

Chapter: Pi Sigma, 1963

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Motley, Arthur Harrison “Red”

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

Nicholson, J. Corey

Achievements: 12th President of the Zeta Psi Foundation of Canada (2012-2018). James J. Carey Leadership Award (2012). Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award (2018).

Chapter: Theta Xi, 1979

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Nunez, Andrew

Term: Phi Alpha # CXXXIV from 2012-2014. Zeta Psi Executive Director (1995-1998). Distinguished Service Award Honoree, 2022.

Chapter: Iota Alpha, 1994

Pederson, Scott

Achievements: 2018 James McLaughlin Interfraternal Award Honoree.

Chapter: Psi, 1989

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Pruce, Alex

Achievements: 2021 Douglas P. Donaldson Young Alumni of the Year honoree.

Chapter: Psi, 2013

Purdy, Harry, L., MD.

Achievements: Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award Honoree 1962

Chapter: Sigma Epsilon 1926

DOD: 1901- 10/21/1974

Rice, Alan

Achievements: Big Ten champion and an All-American Wrestler for the University of Minnesota. In 1956 he won double national titles in Greco-Roman and freestyle. Placed fifth at the 1956 Olympics and was coach of the 1972 USA Greco-Roman Olympic team. Namesake of the "Alan Rice Leadership Award" of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2011. Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award 1999, Zeta Psi Red Grange Athlete of the Year Award 2013.

Chapter: Alpha Beta

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Rothberg, Jay L.

Term: Phi Alpha from 1985–1987. Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award 1995 James J. Carey Leadership Award 2011

Chapter: Delta Chi, 1969

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Rumsey, Ralph S.

Term: Phi Alpha from 1980–1982. James H. McLaughlin Interfraternity Award 1992. Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award 1996.

Chapter: Xi, 1965

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Shuhany, Richard G.

Term: Phi Alpha from 1987–1989 Distinguished Service Award 2002

Chapter: Mu Theta, 1968

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Sims, David L.

Term: Phi Alpha from 2004-2005. Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award 2009.

Chapter: Sigma, 1976

Smith, Jr. James Somers

Achievements: 1957 Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award. Son of Past Phi Alpha, J. Somers Smith, Sigma, 1887.

Chapter: Sigma, 1912

DOD: November 16, 1889 - January 29, 1972

Spohn, John

Achievements: James J. Carey Leadership Award (2016)

Chapter: Pi, 1981

Steiny, Homer J.

Achievements: 8th President of the Zeta Psi Educational Foundation (1956-1959). From 1959 until 2018, the Phi Alpha of the Fraternity and President of the Educational Foundation offices were held by the same Brother concurrently. 1961 Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award Honoree.

Chapter: Mu, 1915

DOD: February 23, 1892 - May 31, 1974