The Fraternity's Oldest Alumnus Award
The Delta Beta Xi Award is given for sustained alumni service to the Fraternity, generally over a period of at least ten years. While potential criteria for the award are as varied as our brotherhood, general criteria include years of service, type of service, and significant achievements. To be inducted as part of a class, a brother must receive at least 2/3 of the points possible from the judges (past Delta Beta Xi recipients) and must be in the top ten among all the nominees for that particular year.
In 1938, Frank F. Hargear, UC-Berkeley 1916, proposed establishing an alumni award for outstanding service to the Fraternity in the name of the Alpha Chapter's successor organization, Delta Beta Xi. The Grand Council adopted the suggestion in 1938. One hundred Brothers were selected when the award was created. In each subsequent year, the Grand Council may select up to ten men to receive the Delta Beta Xi Award.
This coveted honor recalls the period from 1864 to 1875 when members of Delta Beta Xi secretly pledged their allegiance to Alpha Sigma Phi. Their courage kept the traditions of the Fraternity alive despite a faculty ban on the organization.
The special key that is presented to each recipient is a replica of the Delta Beta Xi Badge worn by members of Alpha Chapter from 1864-1875. Only award recipients of Delta Beta Xi may wear it. The key is worn on the left lapel of a suit jacket.
Nominations for the Delta Beta Xi Award are due on April 15 each year. Below are the most recent Delta Beta Xi Award recipients.
Alex J. Bauer, Purdue '05
Daniel R. Bauer, Rensselaer '94
Denis J. Beaudoin, Ohio Wesleyan '01
Mark S. Bundy, Illinois '77
Joseph E. Dropp, III, Slippery Rock '99
Don E. Goforth, UNC-Charlotte '79
Eric R. Graven, Westminster '75
Arthur B. Keys, Jr., Bethany '64
James W. Lane, Murray State '99
Bryan D. Macer, Indiana '02
Ron C. Merrell, Alabama '64
Wesley R. Owen, Iowa State '87
Joseph M. Ponder, Murray State '00
John D. Ridenour Jr., Salisbury '03
Marcus L. Schreiber, Central Michigan '04
Bill R. Doyle, Penn State '77
Benjamin N. Gross, Murray State '97
Brian K. Thomas, California '06
Elwood G. Lassiter, Presbyterian '68
Glen D. Olson, Bowling Green '92
Mark E. Stone, Trine '73
James A. Vanek, Michigan '98
William B. Weber, Jr., Toledo '76
George R. Whitfield III, Murray State '04
John P. Asendorf, Bowling Green '91
Robert D. Braun, Toledo '58
Thomas G. Carr, Barton '75
Brandon R. LaCourciere, Lawrence Tech '04
Steven J. Latour, Central Michigan '04
Ronald E. Graham, Oklahoma '74
Richard X. McKenna, Westminster '81
T. Patrick O'Toole, McDaniel '04
Kyle A. Pederson, Iowa State '01
Richard E. Porter, Illinois '67
To see a list of the rest of our Delta Beta Xi recipients, click here.