Rear Admiral [Ret.] James J. Carey

James J. Carey – Omega Chapter – Northwestern University, 1960

Navy Admiral, Federal Agency Chairman, Elected Leader of Military Admirals and Generals

Photo of James J. Carey.Jim grew up in a small town in central Wisconsin, Berlin, WI, where he was President of his High School Senior Class of 1956, lettered in 3 varsity sports, and was an Eagle Scout. He attended Northwestern University from 1956 – 1960, graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration [Marketing]. He was an Interfraternity Council leader at Northwestern and was elected Phi of his chapter in 1959. Upon graduation in 1960, Jim’s first job was in Chicago, soon to be interrupted with advice from the Draft Board that he was soon to be drafted into the Army. He joined the U.S. Navy the following week, attended Officers Candidate School in Newport, RI from April-August 1962 and was then commissioned an ENSIGN and assigned to USS TOPEKA [CLG-8], homeported in Long Beach, CA. Duty aboard TOPEKA in Vietnam followed with further details in his Legacy Project video linked below.

Photo of James J. Carey.In the late 1960s, Jim decided it was time to “give back to Zeta Psi” and he began service as a Regional Director for 8 chapters, visiting them once a year and advising and counseling to help them grow and succeed. He was invited to join the Zeta Psi International Board of Directors in the 1970ss where he served for over a quarter century and held every elected office except Gamma Alpha. He received every Grand Chapter Award that Zeta Psi provides, culminating with his reception of the Distinguished Service Award in 2001.  Jim was elected Phi Alpha CXXIV in 1995 and served as Zeta Psi’s Chief Executive Officer until 1997. The Grand Chapter Rear Admiral James J. Carey Leadership Award is named in his honor.

During his several career paths, Jim was also selected for promotion to Rear Admiral in the U.S. NAVY, was elected as the Grand Commander and C.E.O. of the Knights Templar Worldwide Order, was elected National President of the Assn. of the U.S. Navy, was Commander of 10,500 Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guardsmen in Readiness Command Region SIX at the Washington Navy Yard during Operation DESERT STORM, and was elected to 12 successive terms as National Chairman of the Military Flag & General Officers’ Network, where he continues to serve as National Chairman Emeritus. Further details on Jim’s life and career path and how it all interweaves with Zeta Psi are discussed in detail in his Zeta Psi Legacy Project video embedded below. Jim’s steady and constant advice to all in Zeta Psi has been “you will get out of Zeta Psi in direct proportion to what you put into Zeta Psi”. Good advice for all Zetes, both present and future, to live by.

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