Richard T. Cruz – Kappa Chapter (Purdue University) – 2018 to Today
Brother Richard Cruz was elected National President in 2018 and currently still fills that role.
Donald Enstrom – Phi Chapter (Oregon State University) – 2016 to 2018
Brother Enstrom was elected National President in 2016 to 2018, serving one term in office. Brother Enstrom held various positions on the National Executive Council for over 15 years prior to his election as National President.
M. Bryant Gatrell – Gamma Alpha Chapter (University of Missouri) – 2012 to 2016
Brother Bryant Gatrell was elected National President in 2012 to 2016. Prior to his election as National President, Brother Gatrell served as National Vice-President from 2008-2012. He has served on the National Executive Council in other roles since 2000.
While an undergraduate at the University of Missouri, Brother Gatrell was a Founding Father and first Chapter President of the Gamma Alpha Chapter. He was a member of the University of Missouri men’s soccer team and spent his junior year studying abroad at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, where he was a member of the university’s football team. Brother Gatrell graduated from the University of Missouri in 1993, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with degrees in English and History. He was honored with the Holmes Award in 1993.
Upon graduation from Mizzou, Brother Gatrell attended The University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he served as an editor of the Michigan Journal of Law Reform. While in law school, Brother Gatrell studied one semester at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands. He graduated from Michigan in 1996, with honors, and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to practice investment banking law.
Kevin P. Camden – Alpha Lambda Chapter (Northern Illinois University) – 2008 to 2012
Brother Camden served as National President from 2oo8 to 2012. Initiated into Alpha Kappa Lambda in 1992, he held numerous positions in the chapter. After graduating, he volunteered on the Alpha Lambda Corporation Board, then as Chapter Advisor. In 2004, he was appointed as a Director on the NEC. He was subsequently elected National Vice-President and in 2008 was elected National President.
Prior to becoming an attorney in-house with the Teamsters, Brother Camden was a successful lawyer representing private employers in labor and employment law. His solo practice also included representing landlords, property developers, and homeowners’ associations.
He has litigated the case on behalf of management during his career as well, including boards of education, governmental units, and municipalities. He has litigated in excess of 200 grievances, scores of unfair labor practice cases before the Illinois Labor Relations Board, as well as routinely appearing in state courts and appellate courts. Brother Camden also teaches for Northwestern University School for Professional and Continuing Studies-Center for Public Safety on labor relations, discipline and discharge and federal statutory regulation as it affects police staff and command, as well as economics classes for Benedictine University online executive MBA program.
Patrick M. Allen – Phi Chapter (Oregon State University) – 2002 to 2008
Brother Patrick M. Allen has had a long-standing commitment to Alpha Kappa Lambda and served as National President from 2002 to 2008. He held many positions within the Phi Chapter and as an alumni member has served on the Phi Corporation Board. He served with the National Executive Council for over 25 years, as a director, National Vice-President, and National President.
Edward J. Wilson – Tau Chapter (Pennsylvania State University) – 1998 to 2002
Brother Edward J. Wilson served as National President from 1998 until 2002. Originally from New York, he attended Pennsylvania State University and graduated in 1970. After graduation, he worked for Procter & Gamble as a district salesman. Along with being active in the business sector, he is active in his community and with his alma mater.
William C. Porter – Alpha Beta Chapter (University of Arizona) – 1993 to 1998
Brother William C. Porter served as National President from 1993 to 1998. Brother Porter received the Holmes Award in 1964 at the 50th Anniversary National Conclave. After earning a Juris Doctorate at the University of Arizona Law School, he served the US Army through the Judge Advocate General Corps from 1968 until 1976. He served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. After returning home from the Army, he practiced law in his home state of Arizona.
Brother Porter took an active role in the Fraternity when he joined the National Executive Council in the mid-’80s. He received one of the highest awards from Alpha Kappa Lambda, the Alumni Distinguished Service Award, for his tenure as National President and his commitment to the Fraternity. He formerly served as the President of the Alpha Kappa Lambda National Education Foundation.
Thomas J. Snyder – Delta Chapter (University of Kansas) – 1989 to 1993
Brother Thomas Snyder served Alpha Kappa Lambda from 1989 to 1993 as National President. He has served on the Delta Housing Board for over 15 years and on the National Executive Council for 16 years. In 1993, Brother Snyder was honored with the Fraternity’s highest award, the Alumni Distinguished Service Award.
Brent D. Holmes – Gamma Chapter (University of Illinois) – 1987 to 1989
Brother Brent D. Holmes served the fraternity as National President from 1987 to 1989. Brother Holmes graduated magna cum laude in 1978 from the University of Illinois, College of Law. As an alumnus, he has served as President of the Gamma Housing Board and served on the National Executive Council. During Brother Holmes’ term as National President, the Fraternity began an effort rapid growth. For chartering events and alumni activities, Brother Holmes would fly his personal aircraft.
R. Keith Gilchrist – Kappa Chapter (Purdue University) – 1985 to 1987
Keith Gilchrist has been one of the longest-volunteering members of Alpha Kappa Lambda and served as National President from 1985 to 1987. While at Purdue University his campus activities included membership in the glee club, which would lead him to perform on the Ed Sullivan Show and United States President Eisenhower’s Inauguration. He graduated in 1956 with a degree in agriculture. He was elected to the Kappa Corporation Board in 1965 and volunteered for over thirty years.
Brother Gilchrist was elected to the National Executive Council in 1974 and National Secretary in 1976. He oversaw the move of the national office to Indianapolis in 1978 and would become the chairman of the National Executive Council from 1980 to 1983. Along with serving as National President he also served as the Executive Director from 1985 until 2003. He has volunteered with the Alpha Kappa Lambda Education Foundation since 1985 through today.
Outside Alpha Kappa Lambda, he served as Treasurer, Secretary and President of the Fraternity Executives Association. Brother Gilchrist has been an ever-faithful servant to Alpha Kappa Lambda and its members. This was formally recognized in 2004 when the Gilchrist Man of Character Award was named in his, and his wife Ann’s, honor.
J. Glenn Hahn – Delta Chapter (University of Kansas) – 1981 to 1985
Brother J. Glenn Hahn was National President from 1981 to 1985. He was one of the fourteen men who reactivated the chapter in 1948 at the University of Kansas. He would graduate from the University of Kansas School of Business in 1948. He was employed by the Arthur Young Firm in Kansas City until 1954 when he became associated with the firm that would later bear his name. He went on to graduate from Yale University with his L.L.M. in 1955 and his J.S.D. in 1957.
Brother Hahn was a member of the board of directors of the Logos Foundation in 1963. When the housing and membership functions became separate corporations in 1968, he became the first President of the Housing Corporation. He rejoined the National Executive Council in 1973 and was elected as Chairman to serve from 1974 to 1980. In 1976, Brother Hahn became the first Alpha Kappa Lambda member to be elected to the National Interfraternity Conference Board of Directors. He was elected to a second term and went on to be elected President.
Outside of the fraternity, he was a member and former President of the Kiwanis Club of Kansas City, past President and Director of the Silver Blades Figure Skating Club, and a member of the steering committee for the 1985 National Figure Skating Championships. Brother Hahn entered the Omega Chapter on July 18, 1999.
Rev. James Emerson, Jr. Ph.D. – Beta Chapter (Stanford University) – 1979 to 1981
Brother James Emerson served as National President from 1979 to 1981. He graduated from Stanford in 1946 and would attend Princeton Seminary. Brother Emerson was ordained by the Philadelphia Presbytery in 1949 and would serve churches in New York, New Jersey, and Denver. He would complete a Doctor of Religion and Personality at the University of Chicago in 1959. While in New York, he would serve as General Director of the Community Service Society of New York City.
In 1971, Brother Emerson was honored by United States President Richard Nixon with the National Volunteerism Award. The New York Times named him “Man in the News” for his work with the National Retirement Volunteer Program. For Alpha Kappa Lambda, he served several years as the National Chaplain and is the one most responsible for modernizing the Ritual Ceremony. Brother Emerson would serve as the General Director for Alpha Kappa Lambdas 75th Anniversary Celebrations and provided the benediction at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Brother Emerson entered the Omega Chapter on September 12, 2018.
Frederick H. Clapp – Epsilon Chapter (University of Wisconsin) – 1974 to 1979
Brother Fred Clapp served as National President of Alpha Kappa Lambda from 1974 to 1979. He would graduate from the University of Wisconsin in 1925 and three years later earn a degree in law. He moved to California in 1930 where he became a probate attorney. He concluded his private practice in 1964 after a very successful career. He would serve as the President of the Ojai Valley Rotary and the Retired Business and Professional Men’s Association. In 1969 he took command of a Red Cross relief project in his area.
Brother Clapp served on the Ojai Planning Committee and Chairman of the Personnel for the Ojai Valley School District. He had been an active member with Red Cross and on the Board of Directors of the Ventura County Symphony Society. For Alpha Kappa Lambda, he served in numerous roles on the National Executive Council. He entered the Omega Chapter in 1983.
Clarence E. Brehm – Iota (Kansas State University) – 1972 to 1974
Iota Founding Father, Clarence E. Brehm, served Alpha Kappa Lambda as the National President from 1972 to 1974. He attended Kansas State University and graduated in 1932 with a degree in architecture. He completed his M.S. work in Geology in 1938 at the University of Oklahoma. He founded and ran multiple oil fields and oil-related business ventures, C.E. Brehm Drilling & Producing, Co.
Brother Brehm was a great philanthropist and supported many youth groups including; building the 4-H building at the Mt. Vernon Fairgrounds, supporting the local YMCA, and supporting the Little League and helping them build their baseball park. He was a member of civic organizations that helped with the building of the First Presbyterian Church in his local community. His ranch, the Beau Brehm Ranch, was a pride of his spanning some five thousand acres. Even in death, his contributions can still be felt by the impact of the C.E. Brehm Public Library in Mt. Vernon, a project he and his wife pledged to support prior to his passing. The Fraternity’s undergraduate leadership award is named in his honor. Brother Brehm entered the Omega Chapter on July 9, 1980.
Robert Stuart – Gamma Chapter (University of Illinois) – 1971 to 1972
Brother Robert Stuart served Alpha Kappa Lambda as National President from 1971 to 1972. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1943. He served in as an Army Captain in the South Pacific and the occupation of Japan during World War II. He has served as an executive in the manufacturing industry retired as at the CEO of the National Can Corporation.
Brother Stuart is a long time Rotarian, past director and chairman of the Rotary Club of Chicago, and past director of the American Association for the United Nations. He was honored in 1992 by Gamma Chapter by dedicating the newly restored grand piano that sits in the Gamma Chapter house. He also received a lifetime business achievement award from the University of Illinois in 2005.
Vernon L. Heath – Gamma Chapter (University of Illinois) – 1969 to 1970
Brother Vernon L. Heath served as National President from 1969 to 1970. He attended the University of Illinois where he joined Alpha Kappa Lambda. He would graduate from there in 1928 with a degree in journalism and complete a master’s degree in political science the next year. He was an aspiring journalist and climbed the ladder at the Decatur Herald before having to leave the newspaper business to aid with his father’s ever-growing dairy, ice cream, and candy business. He would take over as President of the Heath Company in 1960. They are most famous for their Heath Candy Bar which is now produced by Hershey.
He served on education boards in Illinois both public and private, as well as in religious and charitable organizations. In the fraternity, he served as editor of The Logos, and always a dedicated alumni member in support of the national office and local chapters. The Rho chapter at Eastern Illinois University owes a great deal to Brother Heath for his time in helping with their formation. Dying just three months into his term as the National President, Brother Heath entered the Omega Chapter on November 15th, 1969.
Gail Cleland – Alpha Chapter (University of California) – 1968, 1970 to 1971
Brother Gail Cleland was the only member of Los Amigos to serve as National President of the Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda. He served the post twice; once in 1968, and again from 1970 to 1971.
He was born May 1, 1888, in Lakeview, Oregon. Because of the economy at the time, he grew up in a modest home and his first job was selling newspapers on the streets of Spokane. His parents desired a college education for their son, so he entered the University of California at Berkeley in 1905. He began his college career as a university cadet and was pressed into early duty as a guard following the great earthquake and fire that devastated San Francisco in April 1906. In his second year at Berkeley, Brother Cleland attended a Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) conference with three other students in Pacific Grove, Calif. where a discussion began concerning a house club for undergraduates with common beliefs. Upon return to Berkeley, these four students found seven more men who shared this goal of a house club, thus, The Los Amigos was formed in 1907.
In 1911, he moved to Japan on the invitation of the Japanese government as a Professor of English at the Imperial University of Sapporo. He served in this position for three years and was awarded the 5th Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Emperor. In 1915, Brother Cleland became an ordained minister in the Methodist Church. In 1936, he was commissioned by the Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, to serve on a trip around the world that made major stops including Japan, China, Russia, Germany, France, and England. He attended the XI Olympics and witnessed American Jesse Owens’ gold medal performance. As in World War I, he served his country in World War II as a Chaplain in uniform, eventually reaching the rank of Colonel. For his service, he was awarded the Army’s commendation ribbon for distinguished achievement. After returning home, he had his final religious post at San Francisco’s First Congregational Church.
He is remembered by all who knew him as a true legend. The last surviving member of the original eleven founding fathers, he entered the Omega Chapter in 1977.
Alfred B. Post – Beta Chapter (Stanford University) – 1964 to 1968
Brother Alfred B. Post served Alpha Kappa Lambda as National President from 1964 to 1968. He was initiated into Beta Chapter at Stanford in 1925 and completed his M.B.A. at Harvard University. He served the National Executive Council in various positions over the years. He was a founding member of the Logos Foundation, which was created for alumni and donors to financially support the Fraternity in the future, which today has become the Alpha Kappa Lambda Education Foundation. Brother Post entered the Omega Chapter on February 25, 1998.
Edward T. Burroughs – Zeta Chapter (University of Michigan) – 1960 to 1964
Brother Edward T. Burroughs served as National President from 1960 to 1964. He attended the University of Michigan and was initiated into Zeta Chapter. He served as Chapter President prior to graduating in 1929. He also served as the President of the Detroit AKL alumni chapter for a time before serving as National Chaplain and National Vice-President.
Brother Burroughs worked for the Michigan Bell Telephone Co. for 39 years. He retired in 1970 as the Assistant Vice President of Advertising and Public Relations. He was active in many local organizations including the Adcraft Club of Detroit, the Public Relations Society of America, and the Greater Detroit Board of Commerce. He was a founding member of the Logos Foundation, the predecessor to the Alpha Kappa Lambda Education Foundation. Brother Burroughs entered the Omega Chapter on April 19, 1982.
Dr. Ted F. Andrews – Lambda Chapter (Emporia State University) – 1951 to 1960
Brother Ted F. Andrews served as National President from 1951 to 1960 as the Fraternity’s longest-serving National President. He was a graduate of Emporia College, now Emporia State University, earned his master’s degree at the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University.
He served in the Navy Reserves, was a teacher, and a researcher. He also served as a Department Head, Dean, and President of the Kansas Academy of Science and the National Association of Biology Teachers.
Brother Andrews involvement with Alpha Kappa Lambda apart from serving four terms as National President included the hiring of AKL’s first full-time staff member, Lewis “Lou” Bacon, and serving as editor of The Logos. Ten chapters were chartered during his presidency. Brother Andrews entered the Omega Chapter on September 23, 2009.
Henry G. DeKay – Kappa Chapter (Purdue University) – 1947 to 1951
Brother Henry George DeKay served as National President from 1947 to 1951. He was born in Randolph, Nebraska in 1898 and attended Wayne State Teachers College in Nebraska. He served his country in World War I. He would serve as a high school science teacher and principal before returning to the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nebraska in 1927. He joined the faculty at Purdue University in 1929 and was initiated as an honorary member into Kappa Chapter prior to World War II.
Prior to National President, he served as National Secretary on the National Executive Council. After serving as National President he sat on the National Endowment Fund Board. He greatly aided Kappa Chapter at Purdue when they needed a house, and Brother DeKay mortgaged his own home to help finance the project. He has since helped aid in the additional stages to the Kappa house. He was honored in 1960 with Alpha Kappa Lambda’s Alumni Distinguished Service Award. Brother DeKay entered the Omega Chapter in 1987.
Joseph B. Rogers – Eta Chapter (Washington State University) – 1945 to 1947
Brother Joseph B. Rogers served as National President from 1945 to 1947. Prior to National President, he served as National Secretary and National Vice-President. After graduating from Washington State University with a B.S. and M.A. in horticulture, he began his career with the Soil Conservation Service in California in 1939. In 1947 he was transferred to Bend, Oregon to be a district and area conservationist. In 1956, he moved to Washington D.C. where he accepted the position of Personnel Officer with the Soil Conservation Service within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He taught courses at the USDA Graduate school and worked with the Correspondence Program. Brother Rogers retired in 1973 with 34 years of service to the Soil Conservation Service. He entered the Omega Chapter on November 11, 1984.
Joseph C. Blair – Gamma Chapter (University of Illinois) – 1941 to 1945
Brother Joseph C. Blair served Alpha Kappa Lambda as National President from 1941-1945. He was an active member of the National Executive Council leading up to World War II. As National President, he helped guide the fraternity and its chapters through this time. As a professor and Dean of Agriculture at the University of Illinois, he brought great pride to his family, fellow faculty, and the fraternity by way of experimentation and education. He was initiated into the Gamma Chapter as an honorary member. He entered the Omega Chapter on October 4, 1960.
Harry H. Hollis, Jr. – Kappa Chapter (Purdue University) – 1939 to 1941
Brother Harry H. Hollis, Jr. served as National President from 1939 to 1941. He was involved in the founding of Kappa Chapter at Purdue University and served as the chapters’ first President. While at Purdue, Brother Hollis was a member of the track team and served the Kappa Chapter as an alumni board member and president. He served the National Executive Council as Vice-President and Chaplain prior to his election as National President. Brother Hollis worked for the State of Indiana Department of Conservation as an engineer upon graduation. This would lead to his career with the Indiana Bell Telephone Company from 1936 to 1975. As a youth, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He was affiliated with the American Baptist Church and has been active in many church affairs. Brother Hollis entered the Omega Chapter in 2012.
Edwin A. Wadsworth – Alpha Chapter (University of California) – 1938 to 1939
Brother Edwin A. Wadsworth served as National President from 1938 to 1939. Wadsworth was a well-known architect based in San Francisco. Later in life, he moved to Colorado where he did charitable work using his career skills. He entered the Omega Chapter in the early 1980s.
Irving L. Dillard – Gamma Chapter (University of Illinois) – 1936 to 1938
Brother Irving L. Dillard, one of the most notable alumni of Alpha Kappa Lambda, served as National President from 1936 to 1938. He was a lifelong resident of Collinsville, Illinois. He was initiated into the Gamma Chapter in 1924. After his graduation, he began his journalism career with the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the paper he worked for as a paperboy in his youth. He was one of the first nine Neiman Fellows to Study at Harvard in 1938.
During World War II Brother Dillard served Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s staff and was later assigned to a unit attached to Gen. George C. Patton’s Third Army in Germany. He was awarded American, French, and British Military Honors for his service. After his honorable discharge in 1947, he attended the University of Chicago and earned a degree and studied law. He took up the post of journalism professor at Princeton University from 1963 until 1973 and in 1974 was appointed the first director of the Illinois Department of Aging.
Outside of his professional life, he had been a great alumni and supporter of both Alpha Kappa Lambda and the University of Illinois. This was never more prevalent when he received two million votes in the State of Illinois to be elected to the Board of Trustees to his Alma mater. He has various honors and honorary degrees attached to his name. In 1960 he received Alpha Kappa Lambda’s Alumni Distinguished Service Award. Brother Dillard entered the Omega Chapter on October 9, 2002.
James H. Spencer – Zeta Chapter (University of Michigan) – 1933 to 1936
Brother James H. Spencer served as National President from 1933 to 1936.
Frank A. Waring – Alpha Chapter (University of California) – 1930 to 1933
Brother Frank A. Waring was National President from 1930 to 1933. He was initiated at Alpha Chapter in 1921 and became Chapter President in 1923. He graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 1924. He worked the next four years in San Francisco for a banking firm before being award the Flood Fellowship in 1928. He would go on to complete his master’s degree and Ph.D.
Brother Waring served in Washington D.C. as an economic analyst for the Tariff Commission, where he advanced to post of the principal economic analyst. For his work on the Tariff Commission, he traveled to the Philippines to chair the Economic Survey Committee on relations between the United States and the Philippines. By Presidential appointment, he returned to the islands to serve on the Joint Preparatory Committee on Philippine Affairs.
Frederick J. Moreau – Epsilon Chapter (University of Wisconsin) – 1927 to 1930
Frederick J. Moreau served Alpha Kappa Lambda as National President from 1927 to 1930. He was a lawyer and educator by trade teaching law at the University of Kansas from 1929 to 1962. He was the dean of the law school there from 1937-1957 and acting dean of the university from 1960-1962. He would establish the Kansas Law Review in 1952. Before retiring in 1978 as Dean Emeritus of the University of Kansas School of Law, he also taught law at Hastings College of Law and Pepperdine University.
Brother Moreau was a fellow at the Columbia University Law School, a visiting professor of law at the University of Tehran, and the University of Oregon. During World War II, Moreau was a compliance commissioner for the War Production Board and was a former arbitrator for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. His works in law reviews, along with his book Kansas Practice Methods, are still available today. He was a member of the American, Kansas, and Wisconsin bar associations and was a former member of the University Club of Kansas City. Brother Frederick J. Moreau entered the Omega Chapter on February 21, 1986.
Lewis C. Reimann – Zeta Chapter (University of Michigan) – 1925 to 1927
Brother Lewis C. Reimann had the honor to serve as National President from 1925 to 1927. He joined the Fraternity as an honorary member at the University of Michigan where he played football for the 1914-1915 Wolverines and was a Big Ten Conference Wrestling Champion.
Brother Reimann had a great love for the outdoors and quickly became an expert on camp operations. He founded the Michigan Fresh Air Camp for underprivileged children, was the director for many YMCA camps and was the secretary of the Ann Arbor YMCA.
In 1927, he founded Camp Charlevoix and managed it until 1948. He would go on to become a national camp consultant for some 150 camps and worked with the American Camping Association to found the National Boys and Girls Camp Week. Throughout his years, he had also been a member of the Ann Arbor Community Chest, Ann Arbor-Washtenaw Council of Churches, and the Ann Arbor Kiwanis Club. After a prolonged illness, Brother Reimann entered the Omega Chapter on August 20, 1961.
Howard T. Beaver – Epsilon Chapter (University of Wisconsin) – 1923 to 1925
Howard T. Beaver served Alpha Kappa Lambda as National President from 1923 to 1925. He graduated from William Jewell College in 1913 and received his M. A. Degree in 1922 from the University of Wisconsin. He began work with the YMCA in 1913 as a traveling college secretary. He spent the summer of 1916 as the Army YMCA secretary on the Mexican border and with the British Army YMCA in Bombay, Baghdad, Iraq.
Brother Beaver completed graduate work and taught courses at the University of Wisconsin from 1921 to 1924. He was initiated into Alpha Kappa Lambda on May 4, 1923, as a charter member of Epsilon Chapter. He would establish Beaver Associates, Inc., a fund-raising consulting firm which he ran until his passing. Brother Beaver entered the Omega Chapter on September 14, 1962.
Harrison A. Dobbs – Alpha Chapter (University of California) – 1922 to 1923
Harrison A. Dobbs served as National President from 1922 to 1923. He completed graduate school work at Chicago, Northwestern, and Yale. Some of his accomplishments included teaching at the University of Chicago for 15 years, serving as a member of the Illinois Board of Public Welfare Commissioners, a trustee on the Board of the Hull House, and as president of the Illinois Welfare Association.
Brother Dobbs was an organizer of the American Association of Social Workers and served as chairman of the State Child Labor Committee. He served as a consultant on special studies to the United States Children’s Bureau and was a member of the planning committee for the White House’s Conference on Children in 1930.
He retired in 1958 and honored with the George Freeman Award for Distinguished Service to Social Welfare in Louisiana. He also received the Distinguished Service Citation from the Louisiana State University. Brother Dobbs entered the Omega Chapter on March 15, 1963.
William Broderick Herms – Alpha Chapter (University of California) – 1921 to 1922
Brother Herms was Alpha Kappa Lambda’s first National President. He served from 1921 to 1922. He was born September 22, 1876, in Portsmouth, Ohio. He received his B.S. from the former German Wallace College, now the Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He would earn an M.A. from The Ohio State University in 1906 and pursued graduate work at Harvard University in 1907 and 1908.
He arrived in Berkeley in 1908 as an instructor in Parasitology. While at Berkeley, he was befriended by The Los Amigos house club and when it became Alpha Kappa Lambda he was initiated as an honorary member. He would leave Berkeley very few times during his tenure, once to study in the South Sea Islands and another was when he took a commission as a Major in the Army during World War I. Brother Herms was a popular educator and honored scientist. In 1927 he served as the President of the American Association of Economic Entomologists. He served Berkeley, from 1919 until shortly before retiring in September of 1946, as head of the Division of Entomology and Parasitology. Brother Herms entered the Omega Chapter on May 9, 1949.