Famous Betas of Achievement

With more than 200,000 initiated brothers since 1839, many influential men have worn the Beta Badge and gone on to have a large impact on society. The Fraternity is proud to claim among its members the 17th Vice President of the United States, the 17th Prime Minister of Canada, 200+ members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives – including two Speakers of the House, eight U.S. Supreme Court Justices, a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, 32 ambassadors, 50 governors to 23 states, two Canadian Premiers, six Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and seven Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees, 34 Olympic gold medalists, three Nobel Prize winners, 85 Rhodes Scholars, and many more. Scan the gallery below to discover some of these influential Betas, and click here to see a list of even more.

wooden
John Wooden, Purdue ’32
UCLA Basketball Coaching Legend

walton

Sam Walton, Missouri ’40
Founder and Chairman, Walmart

lugar

Richard Lugar, Denison ’54
U.S. Senator, Indiana

sondheim
Stephen Sondheim, Williams ’50
Broadway Composer

turner

John Turner, British Columbia ’49
Prime Minister of Canada

khan

Shahid Khan, Illinois ’70
Owner, NFL Jacksonville Jaguars

bowerman


Bill Bowerman, Oregon ’65
Co-founder, Nike

nordstrom

Bruce Nordstrom, Washington ’55
CEO, Nordstrom

backe

John Backe, Miami ’54
CEO, CBS

petersen

Donald E. Petersen, Washington ’46
CEO, Ford Motor Co.

fineman

Howard Fineman, Colgate ’70
Huffington Post, MSNBC Analyst

mortensen

Dale Mortensen, Willamette ’61
Nobel Prize in Economics

warnock

John Warnock, Utah ’61
Co-founder, Adobe Systems, Inc.

yen

Jimmy Yen, Yale 1918
Humanitarian and Worldwide Educator

mabus

Ray Mabus, Mississippi ’69
U.S. Navy Secretary; Amb. to Saudi Arabia

hook

Harold Hook, Missouri ’53
CEO, American General Corp.
President, Boy Scouts of America

nelson

Bill Nelson, Florida/Yale ’65
U.S. Senator, Florida
Astronaut

young

Owen D. Young, St. Lawrence 1894
President and Chairman, General Electric
1929 Time Magazine Man of the Year

everett

Neil Everett, Oregon ’84
Broadcaster, ESPN’s Sportscenter

mccoll

Hugh McColl, North Carolina ’57
CEO, Bank of America

schmidt

Mike Schmidt, Ohio ’71
MLB Hall of Famer

carney

Dan Carney, Wichita State ’63
Co-founder, Pizza Hut

shrontz

Frank Shrontz, Idaho ’53
CEO, Boeing

west
William Anderson (Adam West), Whitman ’51
“Batman”

cameron

Ken Cameron, MIT ’71
Astronaut

fiedler

Jay Fiedler, Dartmouth ’94
NFL Quarterback

roski

Ed Roski, Southern California ’62
CEO, Majestic Realty
Co-owner, L.A. Lakers, Kings and Staples Center

fox

Dr. Bill Fox, St. Lawrence ’75
President, St. Lawrence University

lucas

Jerry R. Lucas, Ohio State ’62
NBA Hall of Fame, New York Knicks

mulford

David Mulford, Lawrence ’59
Ambassador to India

bechtel
Stephen Bechtel Jr., Purdue ’47
CEO, Bechtel Construction

holden

Glen Holden, Oregon ’51
Ambassador to Jamaica

albaugh

Joe Albaugh, Oklahoma State ’74
Director of FEMA

javits

Eric Javits, Columbia ’52
Ambassador to the OPCW (The Hague)

hatfield

Mark Hatfield, Willamette ’43
U.S. Senator & Governor, Oregon

dolibois

John Dolibois, Miami ’42
Ambassador to Luxembourg

Arness

James K. Arness, Beloit ’46
Marshal Matt Dillon on “Gunsmoke”
 

Sample

Stephen Sample, Illinois ’70
President, University of Southern California

Peppard

George Peppard, Purdue ’52
Paul Varjak on “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
Hannibal on “The A-Team”

Bennet

Mike Bennet, Wesleyan ’87
U.S. Senator, Colorado

Smith

Stan Smith, Southern California ’69
Wimbledon Tennis Champion

Wietz

Paul Weitz, Penn State ’54
Astronaut

Reed


John Rietz Jr. (Robert Reed), Northwestern ’54
Mike Brady on “The Brady Bunch”

Murphy

Frank Murphy, Kansas ’36
Chancellor, University of Kansas & UCLA

White

Brian White, Dartmouth ’95
“Moesha,” “Stomp the Yard,” “CSI: Miami,”
“Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse”

Eccles

Spencer F. Eccles Sr., Utah ’56
Chairman and CEO, First Security Corp.

Coryell

Donald D. Coryell, Washington ’47
Coach, NFL Cardinals and Chargers

Collins

James A. Collins, UCLA ’50
CEO, Worldwide Restaurant Concepts, Inc.

Nickles

Don Nickles, Oklahoma State ’71
U.S. Senator, Oklahoma

Staley

Warren Staley, Kansas State ’65
CEO, Cargill

supertroopers

Colgate Betas: Kevin Heffernan ’91, Steve Lemme ’91, Erik Stolhanske ’91, and Jay Chandrasekhar ’90
Broken Lizard Comedy Group; “Super Troopers”

Calame

Barney Calame, Missouri ’61
Public Editor, The New York Times

Warner

John Warner, Washington and Lee ’50
U.S. Senator, Virginia

Allen

Joe Allen, DePauw ’59
Astronaut

Heckert

Richard Heckert, Miami ’44
CEO, DuPont

Holl

David Holl, Clemson ’82
President and CEO, Mary Kay, Inc.

Gephardt

Dick Gephardt, Northwestern ’62
Congressman, Missouri

Martin

Jim Martin, Davidson ’57
North Carolina Governor

Engle

Robert F. Engle III, Williams ’64
Nobel Prize in Economics

Karn

Richard Karn, Washington ’78
Al Borland on “Home Improvement”