In 1909, three friends met at 22 Joy St. in Boston to establish their new fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha. 112 years later, Lambda Chi brothers all over the world comprise over 180 chapters and strive to embody the Five Pillars: Equal Membership, Timeless Leadership, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Total Health, and Strength through Service. In pursuit of these qualities, many brothers have achieved great success after their time in the fraternity.
Harry S. Truman
Truman was born in Missouri and a World War I veteran, but is mainly remembered as the 33rd President of the United States. His administration is most known for implementing the Berlin Airlift and the Marshall Plan to rebuild the economy. He is also responsible for the Truman Doctrine which aimed to contain the spread of communism. During his tenure as president, Truman became an honorary member of Lambda Chi Alpha.
A celebrated and accomplished basketball coach, Brown is the only coach in basketball history to win both an NCAA national championship and an NBA title. He is also the only coach in NBA history to lead 8 teams to the playoffs. He earned his place in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. Brown became an honorary Lambda Chi while coaching at UCLA.
Chesney is an American country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, musician and record producer. He is well known for producing hit singles and achieving notoriety in the world of Country music. He has received six Academy of Country music awards and nine awards from the Country Music Association. Before he was selling out venues, Chesney attended East Tennessee State University where he joined Lambda Chi Alpha, graduating in 1990.
Blackmun began his career at Harvard University, where he studied law and joined Lambda Chi Alpha. Later, Blackmun served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1970-1994, after being appointed by then-president Richard Nixon. His most notable work as a justice was being the author of the Court’s opinion in the famous Roe v. Wade case.
Rasmussen is a notable alumnus of DePauw University, where he was a member of Lambda Chi and graduated in 1954 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He went on to become a sports broadcaster for various organizations, culminating in the founding of ESPN, a sports television network that is renowned today.
Gordon Stanley “Mickey”’ Cochrane was an American professional baseball player, manager and coach. During his time in Major League Baseball, he was a catcher for the Philadelphia Athletics and Detroit Tigers, and is considered to be one of the best catchers of all time. Cochrane got his start as a multi-sport athlete at Boston University, where he was a Lambda Chi member and played baseball, basketball and football. After college he chose to pursue baseball full time and achieved a successful athletic career.
John Quiñones is a correspondent for ABC news and current host of the hit TV show, What Would You Do? He has spoken at length about his early life and experience as a Mexican-American family of migrant farmworkers. He attended St. Mary’s University as an undergraduate, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, and later received his Master of Arts from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
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