Notable Alumni

  • John E. Andrus, Class of 1862
    Yes, the guy Andrus Field and PAC (look at the marble above the main doors) is named after. Served as Wesleyan Trustee from 1889 to 1934 and as Treasurer of the University from 1892 to 1902. His family foundation, the SURDNA Foundation, continues active support of Wesleyan, including projects like the Public Affairs Center and the Student Center.
  • George W. Davison, Class of 1892
    As in Davison Art Center and Davison Health Center. Served as a Wesleyan Trustee from 1912 to 1953 and served as President of the Board from 1928 to 1943. The Arts Center, the print collection, the infirmary, and many other Wesleyan landmarks were contributed by him during his board service.
  • John Bell Scott, Class of 1881
    The campus center building was named in his honor, John Bell Scott Memorial. You can see the original inscription on the outside of the building above the main doors. Interesting historical note is that the architect who designed the building also designed our chapter house.
  • Walter Guyton Cady, Brunonian class of 1895
    In 1921, while a member of the Wesleyan science faculty, he invented the quartz crystal oscillator used in watches. His lab was in… (you guessed it) the John Bell Scott Memorial laboratory.
  • William Butler Davis, Class of 1894
    Wrote the words and music to the Alma Mater. Check out his commemorative plaque on the steps of North College.
  • Harvey B. Gram, Class of 1927
    Received the Distinguished Alumnus award in 1977. The restored foyer of Olin Library is dedicated to him, and his wife, in recognition of their support of the library expansion completed in 1986. In 1972 he inaugurated the Johnston Lemon Scholarships for women at Wesleyan which continues to this day.
  • Robert Ludlum, Class of 1951
    Famous author of The Bourne Supremacy and many other works.
  • William Wasch, Class of 1952
    Former Wesleyan Trustee. The Wasch Center on Lawn Ave. is named after him.
  • Robert G. McKelvey, Class of 1959
    Former Wesleyan Trustee, former President of both the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity’s international organization the Alpha Delta Phi Society’s organization.
  • William B. Blakemore, Class of 1965
    The ABC correspondent. Served as an Alumni Trustee from 1986-1989.
  • John Perry Barlow, Class of 1969
    Founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and former lyricist for the
    Grateful Dead.
    Check out his home page at http://www.eff.org/~barlow/barlow.html. And here are the songs he’s written.
  • Michael S. Roth, Class of 1978
    Appointed the 16th President of Wesleyan University in 2007. A professor of history and humanities since 1983, and a recognized curator and author. He is noted for founding the Scripps College Humanities Institute in Claremont, CA, as a center for intellectual exchange across disciplines, for his scholarly leadership in the arts community as associate director of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, and for enhancing the academic excellence, national reputation and financial strength of California College of the Arts (CCA).
  • Monica Louwerens, Class of 1995
    Miss Mississippi 1995, and a finalist for Miss America 1995.

Alpha Delts from other chapters include both Teddy Roosevelt and FDR; the late David Packard (as in Hewlett-Packard); Chief Justices of the Supreme Court Salman Chase and Harlan Amherst; plus Justices Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry B. Brown, William Day, and George Shiras, Jr.; researcher William H. Masters (of Masters & Johnson); and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Governor of Maine, President of Bowdoin and decorated hero of the civil war.