The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Sigma Xi
Politician members

Very incomplete list!

  Richard Arrington, Jr. (b. 1943) — of Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala. Born in Livingston, Sumter County, Ala., October 19, 1943. Democrat. University professor; mayor of Birmingham, Ala., 1979-99; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1996. African ancestry. Member, Sigma Xi; Alpha Phi Alpha. Still living as of 1999.
  Books about Richard Arrington: Jimmie Lewis Franklin, Back to Birmingham : Richard Arrington, Jr. and His Times
  Leroy George Augenstein (1928-1969) — also known as Leroy G. Augenstein — of Holt, Ingham County, Mich. Born in Decatur, Macon County, Ill., March 6, 1928. Republican. Biophysicist; university professor; member of Michigan state board of education, 1967-69; died in office 1969. Protestant. Member, Sigma Xi; Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Killed when his twin-engine plane crashed during the landing approach to Beech Airport, near Charlotte, Eaton County, Mich., November 8, 1969 (age 41 years, 247 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Lansing, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Roy H. Augenstein; married 1950 to Elizabeth Schmalfuss (1927-1998).
  Books by Leroy G. Augenstein: Come, let us play God
  John Stothoff Badeau (1903-1995) — also known as John S. Badeau — of Jamesburg, Middlesex County, N.J. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., February 24, 1903. Minister; missionary; university professor; president, American University in Cairo, 1945-53; U.S. Ambassador to United Arab Republic, 1961-64. Christian Reformed; later Presbyterian. Member, Sigma Xi; Tau Kappa Alpha. Died, from sepsis, in Jamesburg, Middlesex County, N.J., August 25, 1995 (age 92 years, 182 days). Interment at Fernwood Cemetery, Jamesburg, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Cushing Badeau (1875-1912) and Mary Lyles (Stothoff) Badeau (1875-1963); married, September 7, 1924, to Margaret Louise Hathaway (1901-1991).
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Douglas Kent Bereuter (b. 1939) — also known as Doug Bereuter — of Utica, Seward County, Neb.; Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.; Cedar Bluffs, Saunders County, Neb. Born in York, York County, Neb., October 6, 1939. Republican. Member of Nebraska unicameral legislature, 1975-78; U.S. Representative from Nebraska 1st District, 1979-2004; resigned 2004; delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1992. Lutheran. Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
Earl L. Butz Earl Lauer Butz (1909-2008) — also known as Earl L. Butz — of West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Ind. Born in Albion, Noble County, Ind., July 3, 1909. Economist; university professor; U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1971-76. Member, Alpha Gamma Rho; Sigma Xi; Sigma Delta Chi; Tau Kappa Alpha; Alpha Zeta; Kiwanis. Resigned in 1976 following a furor over a racist joke. In 1981, he pleaded guilty to income tax evasion; sentenced to five years in prison (served 30 days) and fined $10,000. Died in Kensington, Montgomery County, Md., February 2, 2008 (age 98 years, 214 days). Interment at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens, West Lafayette, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Herman Lee Butz and Ada Tillie (Lower) Butz; married, December 22, 1937, to Mary Emma Powell; uncle of Dave Butz (professional football player).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
  Grace Holmes Carlson (b. 1906) — also known as Grace Carlson — of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., November 13, 1906. Socialist. Candidate for U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1940 (Trotskyist Anti-War), 1946 (Revolutionary Workers); Socialist Workers candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1948. Female. Member, Sigma Xi; Pi Lambda Theta. Burial location unknown.
  Barry Commoner (1917-2012) — also known as "Paul Revere of Ecology" — of Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., May 28, 1917. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; biologist; university professor; Citizens candidate for President of the United States, 1980; speaker, Democratic National Convention, 1988. Jewish. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi. Died in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., September 30, 2012 (age 95 years, 125 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Isidore Commoner and Goldie (Yarmolinksy) Commoner; married to Gloria Gordon; married 1980 to Lisa Feiner.
  See also Wikipedia article
  James Bryant Conant (1893-1978) — also known as James B. Conant — Born in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., March 26, 1893. Major in the U.S. Army during World War I; chemist; university professor; President of Harvard University, 1933-53; U.S. Ambassador to Germany, 1955-57. Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi; Alpha Chi Sigma; American Philosophical Society; Council on Foreign Relations. Died in Hanover, Grafton County, N.H., February 11, 1978 (age 84 years, 322 days). Interment at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of James Scott Conant and Jennett Orr (Bryant) Conant; married to Patty Thayer Reynolds and Grace Richards.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Mortimer Elwyn Cooley (b. 1855) — also known as Mortimer E. Cooley — of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born near Canandaigua, Ontario County, N.Y., March 28, 1855. Democrat. Engineer; university professor; served in the U.S. Navy during the Spanish-American War; candidate for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1924. Member, Sigma Phi; Sigma Xi; Freemasons; American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Albert Blake Cooley and Achsah Bennett (Griswold) Cooley; married, December 25, 1879, to Caroline Elizabeth Mosely (1855-1932).
  Harvey Feldmeier (1871-1936) — of Little Falls, Herkimer County, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., August 27, 1871. Democrat. Engineer; commissioner of public works, Little Falls, 1912-36; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1912, 1928. Member, Delta Kappa Epsilon; Sigma Xi; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Elks. Died in 1936 (age about 64 years). Interment at Church Street Cemetery, Little Falls, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Maximilian Feldmeier and Elvire (d'Asnoy) Feldmeier; married, November 24, 1915, to Lela B. Lumley.
  Michael Ference, Jr. (1911-1996) — of Dearborn, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Whiting, Lake County, Ind., November 6, 1911. Democrat. University professor; scientist; vice-president for research, Ford Motor Company; member of Wayne State University board of governors, 1960-63; defeated, 1963. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi. Died in San Antonio, Bexar County, Tex., July 24, 1996 (age 84 years, 261 days). Burial location unknown.
  John William Gardner (1912-2002) — also known as John W. Gardner — of Scarsdale, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., October 8, 1912. Republican. University professor; served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, 1965-68. Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Sigma Xi; Kappa Delta Pi; American Psychological Association; Common Cause. Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964; founder of Common Cause in 1970. Died, from complications of prostate cancer, in Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, Calif., February 16, 2002 (age 89 years, 131 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Gardner and Marie Flora Gardner; married, August 14, 1934, to Aida Marroquin.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Milton Willits Glenn (1903-1967) — also known as Milton W. Glenn — of Margate City, Atlantic County, N.J. Born in Atlantic City, Atlantic County, N.J., June 18, 1903. Republican. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Atlantic County, 1950-57; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 2nd District, 1957-65. Member, Union League; American Legion; Sigma Xi. Died in Margate City, Atlantic County, N.J., December 14, 1967 (age 64 years, 179 days). Interment at West Creek Cemetery, West Creek, N.J.
  Relatives: Married 1931 to Irma M. Lambert.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  William Marion Jardine (1879-1955) — also known as William M. Jardine — of Manhattan, Riley County, Kan.; Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kan. Born in Oneida County, Idaho, January 16, 1879. College professor; agronomist; president, Kansas State Agricultural College, 1918-25; U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1925-29; U.S. Minister to Egypt, 1930; Kansas state treasurer, 1933-34; appointed 1933; resigned 1934. Congregationalist. Member, Sigma Xi; Beta Theta Pi; Alpha Zeta; Phi Kappa Phi; Gamma Sigma Delta; Freemasons; Rotary; American Forestry Association; Farm Bureau. Died January 17, 1955 (age 76 years, 1 days). Interment at Logan City Cemetery, Logan, Utah.
  Relatives: Son of William Jardine and Rebecca J. (Dudley) Jardine; married, September 6, 1905, to Effie Nebeker.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Christian Nephi Jensen (b. 1880) — also known as Christian N. Jensen — of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. Born in Ephraim, Sanpete County, Utah, June 18, 1880. College professor; president, Brigham Young College, 1913-20; Utah superintendent of public instruction, 1921-33. Member, Sigma Xi; Gamma Sigma Delta. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Jens Peter Jensen and Dorothea (Gregerson) Jensen; married, December 21, 1909, to Marian Lee Choate (1891-1976).
  Sarah Van Hoosen Jones (1892-1972) — of Rochester, Oakland County, Mich. Born in Rochester, Oakland County, Mich., June 23, 1892. Republican. Farmer; member of Michigan state board of agriculture, 1944-55; defeated, 1955. Female. Member, Zonta; Daughters of the American Revolution; Sigma Xi; Pi Beta Phi. Died in 1972 (age about 80 years). Interment at Stoney Creek Cemetery, Rochester Hills, Mich.
  Vladimir Karapetoff (b. 1876) — of Ithaca, Tompkins County, N.Y. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, January 8, 1876. Socialist. Engineer; university professor; candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 6th District, 1913; candidate for New York state engineer and surveyor, 1920, 1924; candidate for New York state senate 41st District, 1932. Christian. Member, American Association of University Professors; Sigma Xi; Phi Mu Alpha; Theta Xi. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Nikita Karapetoff and Anna (Ivanova) Karapetoff; married, August 2, 1904, to Frances Lulu Gillmor.
  Hugh Kaul (b. 1906) — of Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala. Born in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala., November 10, 1906. President-treasurer, Kaul Lumber Company; member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1939-42, 1947-50; major in the U.S. Army during World War II. Protestant. Member, Rotary; Sigma Xi. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Lanzel Kaul and Virginia Roy (Head) Kaul.
  Douglas J. LaFollette (b. 1940) — of Kenosha, Kenosha County, Wis.; Madison, Dane County, Wis. Born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, June 6, 1940. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1972; member of Wisconsin state senate 22nd District, 1973-74; secretary of state of Wisconsin, 1975-79, 1983-; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, 1988. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi. Still living as of 2000.
  Charles Davenport Lockwood (1877-1949) — also known as Charles D. Lockwood — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Stamford, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Stamford, Fairfield County, Conn., November 11, 1877. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Stamford; elected 1912; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1916 (member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee), 1920; delegate to Connecticut convention to ratify 21st amendment at-large, 1933. Presbyterian. Member, Sigma Xi; Phi Delta Phi. Died in Stamford, Fairfield County, Conn., December 6, 1949 (age 72 years, 25 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery, Stamford, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Lockwood (1843-1925) and Helen (Davenport) Lockwood (1851-1924); married, October 13, 1906, to Gertrude Bell (1880-1955).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Lee Loevinger (1913-2004) — of Minnesota; Washington, D.C.; Chevy Chase, Montgomery County, Md. Born in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., April 24, 1913. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; justice of Minnesota state supreme court, 1960-61; member, Federal Communications Commission, 1963-68. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Delta Sigma Rho; Sigma Xi; Sigma Delta Chi; Tau Kappa Alpha; Federal Bar Association; American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; American Academy of Political and Social Science. Died April 26, 2004 (age 91 years, 2 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Gustavus Loevinger and Millie (Strouse) Loevinger; married, March 4, 1950, to Ruth E. Howe.
  Donald Macnaughtan, Jr. (b. 1939) — also known as Don Macnaughtan — of New Martinsville, Wetzel County, W.Va. Born April 13, 1939. Democrat. Chemist; member of West Virginia state senate 2nd District, 1991-. Episcopalian. Member, Sigma Xi. Still living as of 1997.
  Relatives: Married to Marlene Acker.
  Philleo Nash (1909-1987) — of Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, Wis. Born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, Wis., October 25, 1909. Democrat. Anthropologist; cranberry grower; Wisconsin Democratic state chair, 1955-57; Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, 1959-61; Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1961-66. Congregationalist. Member, Sigma Xi; Theta Delta Chi. Died October 12, 1987 (age 77 years, 352 days). Cremated.
  Relatives: Son of Guy Nash and Florence (Philleo) Nash; married, November 2, 1935, to Edith Rosenfels.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Melvin Nord (b. 1918) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in New York City (unknown county), N.Y., August 3, 1918. Democrat. Lawyer; chemical engineer; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Wayne County 6th District, 1961-62. Member, Sigma Xi. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Sol Nord and Rose (Hertzoff) Nord; married to Eleanor Greenbaum.
  David Packard (1912-1996) — of Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, Calif. Born in Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colo., September 7, 1912. Republican. Co-founder and chief executive, Hewlett-Packard electronics and computer company; U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, 1969-71; director, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Crocker-Citizens National Bank, General Dynamics Corp., U.S. Steel Corp., Trans World Airways, Standard Oil of California, Caterpillar Tractor Co.; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1972; Presidential Elector for California, 1972; philanthropist. Member, Trilateral Commission; Alpha Delta Phi; Tau Beta Pi; Sigma Xi; Phi Beta Kappa. Died, in Stanford University Hospital, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, Calif., March 26, 1996 (age 83 years, 201 days). Interment at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Sperry Sidney Packard and Ella Lorna (Graber) Packard; married, April 8, 1938, to Lucile Salter.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Russell Wilber Peterson (1916-2011) — also known as Russell W. Peterson — of Wilmington, New Castle County, Del. Born in Portage, Columbia County, Wis., October 3, 1916. Republican. Textile researcher for du Pont chemical company; delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1964 (alternate), 1972 (delegation chair); Governor of Delaware, 1969-73; defeated, 1972. Unitarian. Member, American Chemical Society; Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi; Phi Eta Sigma. Died February 21, 2011 (age 94 years, 141 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Anton Peterson and Emma (Anthony) Peterson; married, June 30, 1937, to E. Lillian Turner.
  See also NNDB dossier
  Books by Russell W. Peterson: Patriots, Stand Up!: This Land Is Our Land; Fight to Take It Back
  William Cameron Sproul (1870-1928) — also known as William C. Sproul — of Chester, Delaware County, Pa. Born in Octoraro, Lancaster County, Pa., September 16, 1870. Republican. Farmer; manufacturer; journalist; member of Pennsylvania state senate 9th District, 1897-1919; resigned 1919; delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916, 1920, 1924; Governor of Pennsylvania, 1919-23; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1920. Quaker. Member, American Philosophical Society; Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi; Phi Kappa Psi; Grange; Freemasons; Elks; Union League; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Died March 21, 1928 (age 57 years, 187 days). Interment at Chester Rural Cemetery, Chester, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of William Hall Sproul and Deborah Dickinson (Slokom) Sproul; married, January 21, 1892, to Emeline Wallace Roach.
  Sproul Hall, a residence hall at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, State College, Pennsylvania, is named for him.  — The Sproul State Forest, in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, is named for him.
  Melvin Thomas (1885-1942) — of Charleston, Coles County, Ill. Born in Mason County, W.Va., May 12, 1885. Democrat. Farmer; member of Illinois state senate 34th District, 1937-41; defeated, 1940. Member, Sigma Xi. Died in Charleston, Coles County, Ill., January 31, 1942 (age 56 years, 264 days). Interment at Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston, Ill.
  Relatives: Married to Margery Helen Scriven (1886-1976).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Dale Edward Wolf (b. 1924) — also known as Dale E. Wolf — of near Wilmington, New Castle County, Del. Born in Kearney, Buffalo County, Neb., September 6, 1924. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; vice-president of pharmaceutical business for the E. I. Du Pont chemical company; Delaware Director of Development, 1987-88; Lieutenant Governor of Delaware, 1989-92; Governor of Delaware, 1992-93. Member, Freemasons; Sigma Xi; Alpha Zeta. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Harry Wolf and Irene Wolf; married 1945 to Clarice Elaine Marshall.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
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