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ORDER OF THE WHITE CARNATION

ORDER OF THE WHITE CARNATION

Delta Chi established the Order of the White Carnation in 1975 to honor those men who have displayed meritorious and inconspicuous service. The Order is to be more than a treasured award and has become an honorary degree of the Fraternity, an open and informal degree, not secret, but honored highly.

This honor is awarded only to those men who give consistent and meritorious service to at least one, and preferable, to several chapters; who maintain frequent and consistent attendance at Delta Chi gatherings, at chapters, at regional conferences, at alumni meetings; who are in attendance at most national conventions; who make generous and consistent contributions of time, efforts, and personal funds for the good of the Fraternity, its programs and members; whose service to the Fraternity has been truly unselfish and which, for the most part, has been inconspicuous without seeking or receiving national office or recognition.

The motto of the Order of the White Carnation is the latin word “succurrri” which translated means “I ran to help” and is the appropriate response to the ritualistic cry for help.

Members of the OWC can be recognized at formal functions by the medallion worn on white ribbon around their neck, a custom lapel pin, and/or as designated by a white carnation boutonniere worn on their lapel. 

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Members of the OWC

Victor T. Johnson (Purdue, 1932) – inducted at the Convention of 1975

James C. Steffan (Ohio State, 1922) – inducted at the Convention of 1975

Douglas S. Holsclaw (Arizona, 1925) – inducted at the Convention of 1977

Marsh W. White (Penn State, Faculty) – inducted at the Convention of 1979

George W. Obear (DePauw, 1930) – inducted at the Convention of 1981

Joseph F. Lacchia (Michigan State, 1925) – inducted at the Convention of 1983

Odis K. Patton (Iowa, 1912) – inducted at the Convention of 1983

Jimmie J. Underwood (Kansas, 1951) – inducted at the Convention of 1985

Donald G. Isett (Kansas, 1928) – inducted at the Convention of 1985

J. Nick Gray (Missouri, 1956) – inducted at the Convention of 1987

Roger Steffan (Ohio State, 1913) – inducted at the Convention of 1987

Boyd Wayne Boehlje (Iowa State, 1961) – inducted at the Convention of 1990

Frank E. Thomas (Cornell, 1890) – inducted at the Convention of 1990

Jefferson Coleman (Alabama, 1929) – inducted at the Convention of 1992

Marcus G. Monk (Auburn, 1965) – inducted at the Convention of 1992

Christopher W. Johnson (Kentucky, 1977) – inducted at the Convention of 1994

Gregory F. Hauser (Michigan State, 1975) – inducted at the Convention of 1996

Fredrick B. Hammert (Oklahoma, 1960) – inducted at the Convention of 1998

Richard N. McKaig (Ball State, 1966) – inducted at the Convention of 2000

Gene A. Johnson (Oklahoma State, 1958) – inducted at the Convention of 2004

Monte L. Johnson (Ohio State, 1969) – inducted at the Convention of 2004

John G. Tunila (Connecticut, 1981) – inducted at the Convention of 2004

Michael L. Carroll (Auburn, 1971) – inducted at the Convention of 2002

Charles A. Hatch (Minnesota, 1922) – inducted at the Convention of 2006

James D. Price (Eastern Illinois, 1974) – inducted at the Convention of 2006

Edward Fusco, Jr. (Embry-Riddle, 1973) – inducted at the Convention of 2006

Kenneth L. Shepard (Long Beach, 1977) – inducted at the Convention of 2006

Keith R. Shriver (Florida, 1979) – inducted at the Convention of 2008

Russell H. Driscoll (Florida, 1957) – inducted at the Convention of 2008

Steven R. Michels (Marquette, 1987) – inducted at the Convention of 2008

Charles A. Mancuso (Florida State, 1984) – inducted at the Convention of 2010

John L. Mica (Florida, 1967) – inducted at the Convention of 2010

Donald E. LaPlante (Southern California) – inducted at the Convention of 2010

Paul W. Bohlman (Ohio State, 1970) – inducted at the Convention of 2010

John B. Harshman (Ohio State, 1907) – inducted at the Convention of 2002

Patrick F. Weber (Oklahoma, 1987) – inducted at the Convention of 2012

Patrick J. Phelan (Embry-Riddle, 1972) – inducted at the Convention of 2012

Hamilton B. Henderson (Northwest Missouri) – inducted at the Convention of 2012

Gregory J. Nelli (Embry-Riddle) – inducted at the Convention of 2014

Thomas Horowitz (Michigan State) – inducted at the Convention of 2016

John Shelby (Sacramento) – inducted at the Convention of 2016

David Weber (Cornell) – inducted at the Convention of 2018

Donald Turk (Florida) – inducted at the Convention of 2018

Steve Bossart (Kent State) – inducted at the Convention of 2018