"This badge requires more of me than the world requires of other men"
~The Founders of Sigma Chi, June 28, 1855

Our Significant Sigma Chi's

The Significant Sig Award is given to a brother who has excelled greatly in their field of study or occupation. The award was introduced in 1935 by Past Grand Consul L.A. Downs at the Grand Chapter banquet in Seattle. The first seven awards were given to George Ade, Roy Chapman Andrews, John T. McCutcheon, Chase S. Osborn, James Wallington, F. Dudleigh Vernor, and Samuel P. Cowley, three of which were Purdue Sigma Chi's

George Ade
Delta Delta 1887
Election Date
1935

Because he is a great American humorist. Because he is truly Sigma Chi's modern patron saint. Because for more than 50 years he has loved Purdue University and Delta Delta Chapter. Because of his active interest in the Fraternity through the years has been an inspiration to all Purdue men and women.


John T. McCutcheon
Delta Delta 1889
Election Date
September 5, 1935

Because he is the dean of American Cartoonists. Because he has always considered it a privilege to contribute his brilliant talents to the literature of his college fraternity. Because he loves Sigma Chi sufficiently to cut short an unprecedented trip of 20,000 miles to be our toastmaster tonight.

Chase S. Osborn
Delta Delta 1880
Election Date
September 5, 1935

Because you are the greatest orator in this or any other college fraternity. Because your devotion to and confidence in college youth has lead you to contribute several millions of dollars to institutions of higher learning in this country. Because as the "iron front hunter" you have set foot on every country, large or small, in the entire world. Because your presence at this and other grand chapters proves that Sigma Chi is one of the things that you love most.

Booth Tarkington
Delta Delta 1893
Election Date
August 25, 1937

Because he is the great American Novelist. Because he is the only author twice to win the cherished Pulitzer prize. Because in 1933 he received the gold medal of the national institute of Arts and Letters for excellence of his life's work in fiction. Because in "Penrod and Sam", "Seventeen" and other works, he has given us immortal figures of youth that will serve as a permanent record of courage.

Lawrence A. Downs
Delta Delta 1894
Election Date
August 24, 1939

Because in your climb from a $60 per month rodman in the engineering corps to the chairmanship of the board of one of America's major transportation systems, the Illinois central railroad, you have never forgotten your loyalties of youth to fraternity and Alma Matter. Because the old records of the Delta Delta chronicle state the fact that you were the first member to memorize the inspiring "Ritual of the Fraternity" and initiated all Purdue Sigs until your graduation in 1894. Because as a grand trustee and as a member of the Executive committee you have rendered outstanding service to Sigma Chi.

Steve Hannagan
Delta Delta 1922
Election Date
August 28, 1948

Because in the advertising and newspaper world you are recognized as the prince of press agents. Because many of Americas most noted and popular institutions owe their fame and reputation to your genius and rare ability. Because you are carrying on so successfully the splendid traditions of Delta Delta which gave Sigma Chi such outstanding figures such as George Ade, Booth Tarkington, and John C. McCutcheon.







Chalmers W. "Bump" Elliot
Delta Delta 1947/ Theta Theta 1947
Election Date
June 21, 1967

For an outstanding record as the first player to win a full captaincy of the Michigan football team, as an all-American half back and captain of the 1947 College All-Stars, and as a most valuable player in the Western Conference. For a commendable 18 year coaching career and for guiding the 1964 Michigan eleven to the Big Ten title and convincing Rose Bowl victory.




Major General Fredric U.S.A.F., Ret.
Delta Delta 1932
Election Date
June 21, 1967

For a brilliant thirty-four year career that included engineering, budgetary, and security operations for the United States Air Force. For valor and service witch merited the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Croix de Suerre with Palm. And for a promising civilian as a Deputy Director of Administration and Chief of Resources Management for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Henry E. "Hank" Stram
Delta Delta 1948
Election Date
June 26, 1971

For inspired and innovative leadership on the gridiron in Assistant Coach roles at Purdue, Southern Methodist, Notre Dame, and Miami which lead to the head coach position of the Kansas City Chiefs and coach of the year honors while winning two league titles and a world championship.




Robert A. Griese
Delta Delta 1967
Election Date
June 28, 1973

For an outstanding career in professional football. And for a distinguished athletic record while attending Purdue University, including two seasons as a member of the basketball team and two years as an All-America quarterback of the football team. For being named the Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten Conference in 1966. For an exceptional career as the quarterback of the Miami Dolphins including being named All-Pro Quarterback and leading the team to the Super Bowl Championship in 1973.

Robert R. Friend
Delta Delta 1957
Election Date
June 30, 1977

With admiration for your outstanding accomplishments as a professional baseball player, financial management executive and county government official, most recently as a business executive, civic leader and County Controller in Pittsburg, Pa. And, in testament to your honored record as a major league pitcher for 16 years, mostly with the Pittsburg Pirates, as a 20-game winner, player representative, earned-run-average leader, and All-Star game participant.

Elliott M. Gordan
Alpha Beta/ Delta Delta 1932
Election Date
June 30, 1977

In honor of your long and eminent career in industry, most recently as Chairman and Director of the Towle Company, Silversmiths, following a diverse record of accomplishments in numerous executive posts. With admiration for your consistent achievements, from a Sloan Fellowship of Massachusetts Institute of Technology to recent service as a director of several major business and manufacturing firms.

Louis Putze
Delta Delta 1938
Election Date
1977

In recognition of your notable career in business with Rockwell International and with the Pacific Gas and Electric company, where you served as Chief Executive Officer. In tribute to your outstanding community service, and your dedication and support of your Alma matter, Purdue.







Gerald D. Hines
Delta Delta 1946
Election Date
July 12, 1979

In honor of your great success and insight as an investment builder and owner, responsible for the development of more structures than any other real estate developer in the US today, with completion of more than 220 projects with more than twenty eight million square feet in 25 cities in North America, Mexico and the Mid-East. For your perception, cost efficiency and financial integrity in these difficult times, this had led to the successful fruition of many major projects, including many major office buildings, among them the 250-acre City Post Oak and Galleria Mall in Huston, and the Three First National plaza in Chicago.

Ralph J. Weiger
Delta Delta 1949
Election Date
June 24, 1981

In acknowledgement of your successful achievements as an executive including your current position as President of Yusuf Alghanin & Sons, the largest privately owned company in the Middle East, your directorships, past and present, of numerous countries, and your former post as President and Chief Executive officer of Midas International Corporation. With recognition for your fight against alcohol abuse, your devotion to improving international relations and your dedication to many charities, including your service as Chief Crusader for the Crusade of Mercy in Chicago.

Charles R. Weaver
Delta Delta 1950
Election Date
1985

Honoring your successful career of more than thirty years in the consumer products field, as evidence by your position as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of the Clorox Company. Commending your leadership in transforming the Clorox Company from a single product subsidiary of Proctor & Gamble Incorporated, to a fully independent multi-brand company. Acknowledging your achievements with Clorox and Proctor & Gamble in the marketing of their new consumer brands in the United States and internationally.


Allen C. Menke
Delta Delta 1944
Election Date
1988

Commending your outstanding career in manufacturing mechanical products for the housing industry evidence by your position as Chairman, C.E.O. and Owner of Artesian Industries and its subsidiaries, recognizing that company's growth under your leadership of twelve years to its current sales of more than 50 million. In honor of your previous position with Borg-Warner Corporation as Group Vice President and Director of Building and Consumer Products. Recognizing also your position as Executive Vice President, Director of Trane Company. Recognizing your positions on the Board of Directors of Consolidated Papers, Inc., SPS Technologies and Styline Industries. Commending your introduction into "Who's Who" in the US and the world and into the Purdue Hall of Fame.

J. Bruce Harreld
Delta Delta 1972
Election Date
1989

In testament to your outstanding career in business and corporate management and consulting, which currently is highlighted by your position as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Kraft General Foods Corporation. In honor of your earlier offices with the firm of Dart and Kraft, which in recent years was among the top 40 companies in the Fortune 500 and which included among its enterprises Tupperware, Duracell, Hobart, Kitchen Aid, and Tombstone pizza. In recognition of your previous appointments, as Vice President for Strategy and Development of Dart and Kraft at age 32, as President of the Kraft Denture Group in gourmet and frozen foods, and earlier as an office and director of the Boston Consulting Group, management consulting firm.

James A. Everett III
Delta Delta 1986
Election Date
1990

In testament to your outstanding and fast-moving professional football career whereby, in only five seasons, you have become one of the top-ranked quarterbacks and passers in the highly-competitive National Football League. In honor of the many records you have established with the Los Angeles Rams, having achieved the highest number of passes, completions, yardage, and touchdowns, and becoming only the second player in the Rams' long and star-studded history to have passed for more than 3,000 yards. In recognition of your continued achievements in recent seasons, where you led the Rams to five come-from-behind victories and the playoffs while becoming the second highest rated quarterback in the N.F.C. for the 1989 season, and gaining the highest amount of passing yardage for the 1990 season. In tribute to your good works to help others through the Jim Everett Foundation and other charitable efforts.

Gregory J. Harbaugh
Delta Delta 1978
Election Date
1991

In testament to your noteworthy career in engineering and technical management with National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which recently placed you in the very selective ranks of citizens who have traveled in outer space as Astronauts through the successful voyage of the space shuttle Discovery in May 1991. In recognition of your previous key positions with N.A.S.A. as Chief of the Schedules and Flow Office, and in support of previous shuttle missions as Lead DPS office, shuttle planning and analysis manager, and senior flight controller interface with the engineering community. In tribute to the several achievement honors which N.A.S.A. has awarded you for outstanding performance during your career which began upon graduation from Purdue, for your experience as a commercial pilot with more than 1,000 hours flying time, and for your involvement with your alma mater as Co-Chairperson of its noted Old Masters program.

D. Kirk Fordice
Delta Delta 1956
Election Date
1992

In honor of your record of service to your state which in 1991 led the voters of Mississippi to elect you as their state's first Republican Governor in 117 years. In testament to your career in the heavy construction industry highlighted by your service as CEO of Fordice Construction Company which has grown to more than 10 million in annual sales with recognition by Engineering News Record journal for your outstanding service to the industry; and your selection and service as President of Associated General Contractors of America, the largest trade association in the construction industry with more than 32,000 member companies. In tribute to your extensive record of civic service as a director of the Mississippi Valley Flood Control branch, as Chair of the Vicksburg city building code appeals board and leadership of the county Economic Development Foundation responsible for the expansion of industries with a fourteen million dollar impact on your state, and for you recognition as economic development volunteer laureate by the Mississippi Industrial Development Council.

Bernard F. Sergesketter
Delta Delta 1958
Election Date
1994

In testament to your success in a variety of fields from business to information systems to sales to engineering, now evidenced by your position as central region vice president for AT&T with responsibility for a 10-state region of more than 1,000 employees. With respect for your varied professional endeavors as a professional speaker and co-author of a book on personal quality, and the several honors and awards you have earned for excellence in engineering and in sales from two universities and from AT&T. In tribute to your extensive record of civic service as vice chairman of the board of Illinois Institute of Technology; board member of the Ebanston Hospital Corporation, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Cradle Society; member of the Indiana University School of Business Dean's Advisory Council and vice chairman of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce.





Keith J. Krach
Delta Delta 1979
Election Date
1997

In recognition of your record of successful leadership in the fields of computer technology and robotics, demonstrated in your current position of Chief Executive Officer of Ariba Technologies following your service as Chief Operation Officer of the Rasna Corporation, a successful mechanical design automation software company. In tribute to your 10 years in various executive positions at General Motors Corporation and its General Motors Fanuc Robotics Corporation, a 180 million dollar joint venture with a Japanese firm where you served as a founding team member, general manager, and national sales manager, and became the youngest Vice President of any General Motors operating division.



Mark D. Herrmann
Delta Delta 1981
Election Date
1999

In recognition of your remarkable athletic career: as a high school football All-American and state championship basketball player; as the starting quarterback for the Purdue Boilermakers, where you were the most valuable player in the three winning bowl games, the record holder for most touchdowns, completions and total yardage, the 1980 Big Ten Most Valuable Player, and the First Team Parade All-American Quarterback; and as a successful professional football player for teams in Denver, Baltimore, and Indianapolis. In honor of your other life activities, as color analyst for the Colts radio broadcasts, investment executive for Paine Webber, church and community man, and supportive coach for your own kids' athletic teams.

James E. Dora
Delta Delta 1958
Election Date
2001

In testament to your success in a variety of fields including developing, building and providing executive leadership for the General Motels Corporation; and as a member of the Boards of Directors for American United Life Insurance Company, Bank One Indiana, and the Mayflower Corporation. With respect to your varied professional endeavors as past president of the International Association of Holiday Inns Worldwide; as a member of the Industry Advisory Board at Purdue University; and as past chairman of the President's Council at Purdue University. In tribute to your laudable service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Corporate Community Council; as a member of the Board of Educational CHOICE Charitable Trust; as a member of the Board of Directors of Indianapolis Downtown, Inc; for your leadership as Vice Chairman of Purdue University's Vision 21 Capital Campaign; and for your role in the establishment of the C.B. Smith Professorship of Hotel Management. In recognition of the honors you have received including of the honors you have received including Sagamore of the Wabash; an honorary doctorate degree from Vincennes University; and the prestigious Order of the Griffin from Purdue University.

Kenneth H. Kraft, Jr.
Delta Delta 1956
Election Date
2004

In recognition of your remarkable career in business, including serving as president and chairman of Kraft Insurance Agency, KHK Investment Company and KHK Financial Corporation; chairman of the board of Echo publishing Company; president and director of the Inglewood Daily News; and senior director of Barnett Bank of Central Florida. In appreciation of your commitment to the community, including serving as member of the board of directors of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the orange County United Way, the Winter Park YMCA and the Committee of 100 Orange County; member of the board of trustees of Winter Park Memorial Hospital, chairman of Winter Park Community Trust Fund, and Founding member of Keep Winter Park Beautiful.








Drew C. Brees
Delta Delta 2001
Election Date
2006

In recognition of your outstanding career in professional football, including your role as quarterback for the San Diego Charger, where you were selected to the 2005 Pro Bowl for your remarkable season; your recognition as the 2004 National Football League Comeback Player of the Year; your illustrious career at Purdue University where you led the team to the 2001 Rose Bowl, your recognition as the Maxwell Award winner in 2000, given to the College Football Player of the year; your selection as two-time finalist fro the Heisman Trophy; and your numerous Big Ten Conference records in passing yards, touchdown passes, total offensive yards, completion percentage, completions and attempts.

Robert Pauly Elsperman
Delta Delta 1959
Election Date
2005

In recognition of your outstanding career in the construction industry, where you began at the age of 14 as a carpenter's apprentice with the G.L. Carlton Contracting Company, and progressed to build the Carlton Corporation in an award-winning industry leader in the St. Louis area, while serving as longtime President and now as Chairman. In tribute to your notable community service, including your work with the Boy Scouts of America, the William Greenleaf Eliot Society of Washington University, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Regional Commerce and Growth Association, the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Zoo, and your role as Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board.

Thomas J. Friel
Delta Delta 1969
Election Date
2005

In recognition of your outstanding career in business, including your long and distinguished career with Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. – one of the world's premier executive search firms, where you have served as Managing Partner of the Menlo Park office in Silicon Valley; co-founder of the firm's Technology Practice; Managing Partner, Asia pacific; president of Heidrick & Struggles Ventures, the firm's division responsible for all future initiative, new business strategies, investments and alliances; and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, responsible for worldwide activities delivered through more than 50 offices located in over 32 countries.

Richard F. Smith
Delta Delta 1981
Election Date
2005

In recognition of your outstanding career in business, including your role as Chief Operating officer at GE Insurance Solutions; President and CEO for P&C Re Americas; President and CEO for GE Capital Fleet Services; President and CEO for GE Capital Modular Space. In tribute to your notable community involvement, including your Membership of Purdue Old Masters Program, Member of Dean's Advisory Council for Krannert School of Management at Purdue, Active involvement in United Way and Big Brothers Organization; and your award for Man of the Year, outstanding Young Men's Organization, 1982.

Scott M. Sperling
Delta Delta 1979
Election Date
2005

In recognition of your remarkable career in finance, including your role as Managing Director and Co-Chairman of the Management Committee of Thomas H. Lee Partners; President of TH Lee Putman Capital; Director of Fisher Scientific International, Inc.; Dertis, Inc.; Houghton Mifflin Co.; Wyndham International; Live Wire Systems, LLC and Warner Music Group, and Managing Partner of the Aeneas Group, Inc. In tribute to your outstanding community service, including your work on the Board of Trustees for Wang Center for Performing Arts and Combined Jewish Philanthropies; Advisory Board member for Harvard Business School; Executive Council for Dana Farber Cancer Institute Visiting Committee and Board. Member of Temple Shir Tikva.

Henry J. Suerth
Delta Delta 1968
Election Date
2005

In recognition of your remarkable career in business, including your role as Senior Vice President of Business Alliances and Vice President of Consumer Products for Starbucks Coffee Company; President and CEO of Hecklers Online, Inc.; President of Recoton Corporation; President and CEO of Infinity Systems, the high end audio and loud speaker division of Harman International, Inc.' and Founder and CEO of Decision Resources. In tribute to your generous community service, including your involvement as a member of the board of directors and chairman of the marketing committee for the YMCA of Greater Seattle and your work in coaching and administration for youth baseball, basketball and soccer.

Harold F. Force
Delta Delta 1973
Election Date
2006

In recognition of your outstanding career in business with the Force Construction Company, including your position as President; your creation of Force Design, Inc. an architectural and engineering firm which you founded in 1977 and now serve as Executive Vice President. In tribute to your notable community service, including your position as former Chairman and current member of the Columbus, Indiana Economic Development Board, your membership in the Indiana Chamber of Commerce; your receipt of the Distinguished Alumni Award presented by the Purdue Engineering Alumni Association; and your recognition as Engineer of the Year by the James R Eads Chapter, NSPE in 1998.

Steven Schmidt
Delta Delta 1976
Election Date
2006

In recognition of your outstanding career in business as President and Chief Executive officer with ACNielsen ; your role as Executive Vice President and President, Americas for UNH Marketing Information; your work as President of Canadian operations; Vice President, Frozen Foods Division and Vice President, Sales Development for Pillsbury Food. In tribute to your remarkable community involvement, including your work wt the Young Presidents Organization; your service to the Dean's Advisory Council of Purdue University; and your role as a member of the Board of Directors for the Steak and Shake Company.



William W. Canfield
Delta Delta 1961
Election Date
2007

In recognition of your outstanding career in business where you have served as President and CEO and Chairman, Board of Directors of TALX Corporation, your work as Founder, Noetic Technologies Corporation and your position as Founder, Financial Data Systems, Inc. In tribute to your numerous awards including the Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award for professional achievement from Purdue University, the Distinguished Alumnus Award, from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University and the Entrepreneur of the year, St. Louis Region from Ernst & Young.






Stuart C. Stock
Delta Delta 1968
Election Date
2008

In recognition of your remarkable career in law, including your current position as Partner of the Financial Institutions Group of Cobington & Burling LLP, where you also serve as Chairman of the firm's Management Committee and have represented Sterling Financial Corporation, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and National City Bank of Indiana; you past roles as Judicial Clerk for Hon. Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court and for Hon. Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; your work as a Lecture in Law at the University of Virginia School of Law; your inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for outstanding accomplishments in the field of banking law; and in tribute to your dedicated service to your community as Chairman of the pro bono program of Cobington & Burling LLP, which ranked first in an annual survey of The American Lawyer.

John Buckingham
Delta Delta 1975
Election Date
2008

In recognition of your remarkable career as a pioneer in the Medical Spa and healthcare industry, including your current role as Founder and President of Solana Med Spas, Inc.; your role as a founding board member of and Vice President of Corporate Affairs for International Medical Spa Association; your service as co-founder and faculty member of the Spa and Hospitality Management Certificate program at the University of California-Irvine, the first and only one of its kind in the United States; and your past positions as President and Chief Executive Officer of seven private and public heath care companies, including West Chemical of Princeton, New Jersey and Intoximeters of St. Louis, Missouri.

Joseph R. Kelly
Delta Delta 1966
Election Date
2010

In recognition of your remarkable career as chairman and president of Kelly and Associates Inc., a management consulting firm in Boulder, CO; your work as a chief financial officer and vice president at companies such as Vac-Tec Systems Inc., National Tube Co., and Colorado Golf and Turf Inc.; and your executive positions with the security industry firms of Merrill Lynch and Clayton Brokerage Co.


In tribute to your outstanding civic involvement, including your service as vice president of the Kenneth King Foundation, assisting the poor in Colorado. And in commendation of your numerous awards and honors among them the Danforth Leadership Award.


Mark E. Sand
Delta Delta 1973
Election Date
2010

In recognition of your remarkable career in the medical field, including your position as Chief of Staff of Orlando Health’s five-hospital system representing more than 2,000 physicians and allied health professionals; your experience as one of the busiest cardiac surgeons in Florida, delivering exceptional cardiac surgical care to thousands of patients; and your work as Lt. Col. USAF Medical Corps.


In tribute to your outstanding civic involvement, including your work as founding director of World Hope Missions Ministry providing medical and spiritual care on the Amazon River; and your service as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando.












David L. True
Delta Delta 1973
Election Date
2011

In recognition of your remarkable career at the True companies of Casper, WY, a family of companies that includes True Oil, True Drilling, Black Hills Trucking, Toolpushers Supply, Eighty-Eight Oil, Belle Fourche and Bridger Pipelines, Equitable Oil Purchasing, True Ranchers and Hilltop National Bank for which you serve as Chairman.


In tribute to your notable civic involvement including service to the Wyoming Stock Growers Assoc., Petroleum Assoc. of Wyoming, National Cattlemen’s Beef Assoc., International Association of Drilling Contractors, Independent Petroleum Assoc. of America, BLM’s Public Land Council, United Way of Natrona County, Casper Area Economic Development Alliance, Casper Petroleum Club, University of Wyoming Agriculture Advisory Council, Wyoming 4-H Foundation and Rotary.


And in commendation of your numerous awards and accolades among them recognition from Wyoming Game and Fish, the Casper Chamber of Commerce, the University of Wyoming, 4-H, Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States, Farm Bureau, and the National Western Stock Show.


Glenn R. Weckerlin
Delta Delta 1979
Election Date
2011

In recognition of your remarkable career including your current role as global director of brand and product line management for Chevron Corporation since 2004; your work as former manager of brand strategy for Chevron’s retail business in the United States from 1995 to 2000; your key role in Chevron’s award winning and highly successful “Chevron Cars” advertising campaign; your work managing the Chevron, Texaco and Caltex brands, where you are responsible for the brand management of Chevron’s alternative fuels portfolio; and your service as a frequent guest speaker at marketing conferences.


Lawrence G. McMillan
Delta Delta 1968
Election Date
2012

In recognition of your remarkable career as author of "Options As A Strategic Investment", the best-selling work on stock and index options strategies, a newsletter covering equity, index and future options which sold over 200,000 copies, and the books McMillan On Options and Profit With Options; as president of your own firm, McMillan Analysis Corp., as a former proprietary trader at two major brokerage firms; as former Proprietary Option Trader at Prudential-Bache Securities; and as former Senior Vice President in charge of the Equity Arbitrage Department at Thomson McKinnon Securities, Inc.

J. Mark Lester
Delta Delta 1975
Election Date
2013

In recognition of your remarkable career in the oil and natural gas industry as an exploration geologist and geophysicist for 33 years until your retirement in 2010 as Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s vice president of exploration, where you helped grow Chesapeake from a small company with eight employees and zero production to one that was the second largest natural gas producer in the U.S. with a market cap at more than $15 billion and 800 employees; and in honor of your part time work as an energy industry consultant from 1989-2010.


And as a tribute to your service on the boards of the Oklahoma Geological Foundation and the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.