Paul Allen

Washington State University
Washington Alpha Delta – 1975

+ Bio

He is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc. (his private asset management company) and chairman of Charter Communications. Allen also has a multi billion 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. 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.

Brother Allen was honored at our 2017 Biennial Convention in Washington D.C. with the Man of Achievement Award.


Gene Kelly (Eugene Curran Kelly)

University of Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania Mu – 1933

+ Bio

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

Honorary Alumnus Initiate
Massachusetts Lambda

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One of Phi Kappa Theta’s more prominent alumni, 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 Space Race, the American Civil Rights Movement and early events of the Vietnam War took place during his presidency.


Dan Devine

University of Missouri
Missouri Kappa Upsilon – 1965

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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

The Ohio State University
Ohio Gamma Theta – 1935

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

Other Famous Phi Kaps

+ Government

  • Joseph M. Barr - Former Mayor of Pittsburgh (1959-1970)
  • John J. Barton - Former Mayor of Indianapolis (1964-1968)
  • Robert Bennett - Majority Whip, Ohio State Senate
  • Alfonso J. Cervantes - Former Mayor of St. Louis (1965-1973)
  • Eligio "Kika" de la Garza, II - US Congressman, 15th Congressional District (1965-1997) (Texas)
  • Peter J. Fay - Supervisor, Library of Congress
  • Paul Hardy - Former Lt. Gov. of Louisiana (1988-1992), Secretary of State Louisiana (1976-1980)
  • Richard J. Hughes - Governor of New Jersey (1962-1970); Chief Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court (1973-1979)
  • Eugene McCarthy - U.S. Senator, Minnesota (1959-1971), U.S. Congressman (1949-1959)

+ Business

  • Paul Allaire - Former President, Chairman and CEO, Xerox
  • Paul Allen - Co-Founder Microsoft, Owner of Portland Trail Blazers & Seattle Seahawks
  • Charles E. Arch - President, Blistex, Inc.
  • James J. Clerkin, Jr. - President, General Telephone
  • Mike Eckert - CEO of Pathfire, Former President of The Weather Channel
  • Paul Galvin - Founder Motorola
  • Pierre F. Lavedan - Vice-President of General Dynamics
  • John Lobbia - CEO of Detroit Edison
  • Tom Moore - Co-Founder ROCS Entry-Level Staffing
  • Thomas Patton - President, Republic Steel
  • Peter A. Peterson - Vice-President of Bristol Myers
  • Richard Stegmeier - President and CEO, Union Oil of CA
  • Ronald L. Zarrella - Former Chairman and CEO, Bausch & Lomb Inc., 2001-2008

+ Media

  • Brian Baker - Actor: Sprint PCS Commercials
  • John B. Cotter, Jr. - Editor, Washington Post
  • Bob Hope - Actor/Comedian and Famous United Service Organizations Performer (Honorary)
  • Keegan-Michael Key - Comedian: MADtv, Key & Peele
  • Ed McMahon - Actor: Announcer Tonight Show, Host Star Search
  • Thomas Mignone - Feature Film Director and Screenwriter - DOOM Inc.
  • Jim Rowe - National Editor, Wathing Post
  • Frank Starzel - Former Head of the Associated Press
  • Sean Stephenson - Therapist, Lecturer, and Author

+ Sports

  • Bob Aspromonte - (3rd Baseman) Brooklyn Dodgers/ LA Dodgers, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, & New York Mets
  • Ken Bailey - Controller of National Basketball Association
  • Ed Don George - Professional Wrestler and Promoter, Member of Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Vince Dooley - Former head football coach and athletic director at the University of Georgia.
  • John Engel - 1931 NCAA Division I Wrestling National Champion (118 lb. Division)
  • Paul Giel - (Pitcher) New York/San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Athletics
  • 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
  • Ray Meyer - DePaul Men's Basketball Coach, 1945 NIT Championship, Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Dale Rohr - Vice President, Kansas City Royals
  • Jim Stillwagon - Lombardi Trophy and Outland Trophy Winner @ Ohio State University, CFL All-Star

+ Academia

  • Brother Joesph Burke - Former President of LaSalle University
  • 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)

+ Religion

  • Most Rev. Bernard J. Flanagan in Worcester, MA
  • His Eminence John Krol - Archbishop of Philadelphia
  • Ralph Rohner - Dean, Catholic University Law School
  • His Eminence John Wright - Worcester, MA
  • Biship Zubik