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Gene Kelly (Eugene Curran Kelly)

genekellySchool: University of Pittsburgh
Chapter: Pennsylvania Mu
Graduated: 1933

A very famous Entertainer, Kelly earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1933. Kelly was a dance instructor who made it to Broadway and then to Hollywood in time to become a top musical star during the 1940s and ’50s. Kelly’s euphoric, puddle-splashing dance from Singin’ In the Rain is one of the iconic moments of 20th-century Hollywood. Kelly was a major exponent of 20th century filmed dance, known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks and the likeable characters that he played on screen. Although he is probably best known today for his performance in Singin’ in the Rain, he dominated the Hollywood musical film from the mid 1940s until its demise in the late 1950s. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Kelly among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking at No. 15.

John F. Kennedy


jfkHonorary Alumnus Initiate
Chapter: Massachusetts Lambda

One of Phi Kappa Theta’s more prominent alumni’s, he was married to Jacqueline Kennedy and became the thirty-fifth President of the United States. In 1960 he became the youngest person ever to be elected as President of the United States, and the second youngest, after Theodore Roosevelt, to serve. Kennedy served from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. The Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the, the Space Race, the American Civil Rights Movement and early events of the Vietnam War took place during his presidency.

Paul Allen

paulallenSchool: Washington State
Chapter: Washington Alpha Delta
Initiated: 1975

With Bill Gates, he formed Microsoft. Allen regularly appears on lists of the richest people in the world; as of 2007 Forbes ranks him the fifth richest American [1], worth an estimated $18.0 billion. He is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc. (his private asset management company) and chairman of Charter Communications. Allen also has a multibillion dollar investment portfolio which includes large stakes in DreamWorks Animation SKG, Digeo, Oxygen Media, real estate holdings and more than 40 other technology, media and content companies. Allen also owns two professional sports teams: The Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association.

Dan Devine

dandevineSchool: Missouri Columbia
Chapter: Missouri Kappa Upsilon
Graduated: 1965

Devine was a football coach who served as head coach at three colleges and also served for four years as head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1971 to 1974. During his final coaching stint, he led the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to the 1977 national championship.

Edward Kirchner

edkirchnerSchool: Ohio State
Chapter: Ohio Gamma Theta
Graduated: 1935

Recipient of the "Brother of the Century Award” at the 1989 Centennial Convention, Brown University.





Other Famous Phi Kaps

  • Government
    • Eugene McCarthy - U.S. Senator, Minnesota (1959-1971), U.S. Congressman (1949-1959)
    • Eligio "Kika" de la Garza, II - US Congressman, 15th Congressional District (1965-1997) (Texas)
    • Richard J. Hughes - Governor of New Jersey (1962-1970); Chief Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court (1973-1979)
    • John J. Barton - Former Mayor of Indianapolis (1964-1968)
    • Joseph M. Barr - Former Mayor of Pittsburgh (1959-1970)
    • Alfonso J. Cervantes - Former Mayor of St. Louis (1965-1973)
    • Paul Hardy - Former Lt. Gov. of Louisiana (1988-1992), Secretary of State Louisiana (1976-1980)
    • Peter J. Fay - Supervisor, Library of Congress
    • Robert Bennett - Majority Whip, Ohio State Senate
  • Business
    • Paul Allen - Co-Founder Microsoft, Owner of Portland Trail Blazers & Seattle Seahawks
    • Paul Galvin - Founder Motorola
    • Paul Allaire - Former President, Chairman and CEO, Xerox
    • Ronald L. Zarrella - Former Chairman and CEO, Bausch & Lomb Inc., 2001-2008
    • Mike Eckert - CEO of Pathfire, Former President of The Weather Channel
    • James J. Clerkin, Jr. - President, General Telephone
    • Charles E. Arch - President, Blistex, Inc.
    • Pierre F. Lavedan - Vice-President of General Dynamics
    • John Lobbia - CEO of Detroit Edison
    • Thomas Patton - President, Republic Steel
    • Peter A. Peterson - Vice-President of Bristol Myers
    • Richard Stegmeier - President and CEO, Union Oil of CA
  • Media
    • Ed McMahon - Actor: Announcer Tonight Show, Host Star Search
    • Bob Hope - Actor/Comedian and Famous United Service Organizations Performer (Honorary)
    • Sean Stephenson - Therapist, Lecturer, and Author
    • Keegan-Michael Key - Comedian: MADtv, Key & Peele
    • Brian Baker - Actor: Sprint PCS Commercials
    • Jim Rowe - National Editor, Wathing Post
    • Frank Starzel - Former Head of the Associated Press
    • John B. Cotter, Jr. - Editor, Washington Post
  • Sports
    • Ray Meyer - DePaul Men's Basketball Coach, 1945 NIT Championship, Basketball Hall of Fame
    • Ed Macauley - AP Player of the Year, All-American at St. Louis University, Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Played for: St. Louis Hawks, Boston Celtics, NBA All-Star
    • Jim Stillwagon - Lombardi Trophy and Outland Trophy Winner @ Ohio State University, CFL All-Star
    • Bob Aspromonte - (3rd Baseman) Brooklyn Dodgers/ LA Dodgers, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, & New York Mets
    • Paul Giel - (Pitcher) New York/San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Athletics
    • Ed Don George - Professional Wrestler and Promoter, Member of Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum
    • John Engel - 1931 NCAA Division I Wrestling National Champion (118 lb. Division)
    • Dale Rohr - Vice President, Kansas City Royals
    • Vince Dooley - Former head football coach and athletic director at the University of Georgia.
    • Ken Bailey - Controller of National Basketball Association
  • Academia
    • Patrick Ellis - Former President of LaSalle University (1977-1992) and The Catholic University of America (1992-1998)
    • Gary A. Thobidau - Former President of University of Wisconsin
    • Rev. William C. McInnes - Former President of Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (1977-1989), University of San Francisco (1972 to 1977) and Fairfield University (1964 to 1973)
    • Brother Joesph Burke - Former President of LaSalle University
  • Religion
    • Pope John Paul II - 264th Pope (Honorary)
    • Theodore Edgar McCarrick - Archbishop Emeritus of Washington
    • John Krol - Archbishop of Philadelphia
    • Cardinal Donald Wuerl - Archbishop of Washington
    • His Eminence John Wright - Worcester, MA
    • Ralph Rohner - Dean, Catholic University Law School
    • Most Rev. Bernard J. Flanagan in Worcester, MA
    • His Eminence John Krol in Philadelphia, PA
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