Greater Theta Chapter

of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

 

Wall of Fame

 

 

Listed on this page are some of the notable members of Theta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  Some names may be familiar, others may not be.  Brothers listed on this page were either initiated into or active with Theta. 

 

More importantly, all the gentlemen on this page have had an impact.  Not only on our dear fraternity, or our illustrious chapter, but also on the social climate in Chicago for African-Americans, and in some cases, our country and society at large.

 

Jewel Dr. Henry Arthur Callis

Alpha Chapter

Physician/Educator

Founder, Alpha Phi Alpha

Founder, Theta Chapter

Past President of Theta Chapter

Founder, Xi Lambda Chapter

6th General President, Alpha Phi Alpha

 

Alpha Chapter - December 4, 1906

Bro. Dr. Thomas A. Boger

Physician

Founder,  Theta Chapter

Founder, Xi Lambda Chapter

Theta Charter Line

Theta Initiate -  February 21, 1910

Bro. Dr. Alexander C. Browne

Dentist

"Buffalo Soldier," WWI

Founder, Theta Chapter

Theta Charter Line

 

Theta Initiate -  February 21, 1910

Bro. Dr. Gordon Jackson

Physician

Founder, Theta Chapter

Theta Charter Line

 

Theta Initiate - February 21, 1910

Bro. Dr. Roscoe C. Giles

Physician

2nd General President, Alpha Phi Alpha

Past President, Theta Chapter

Founder, Xi Lambda Chapter

 

Alpha Chapter Initiate - October 26, 1907

Bro. Dr. George C. Hall

Former Chief of Staff - Provident Hospital Chicago

 

First Honorary Member of Theta Chapter - circa 1912-1913

Hon. Bro. William Dawson

Former U.S. Congressman from Illinois

First African American to chair a Congressional committee

Founder, Xi Lambda Chapter

Theta Initiate circa 1913

Bro. Dr. Lloyd A. Hall

Chemist

Created additives to preserve food products

Founder, Xi Lambda Chapter

Theta Initiate circa 1913

Bro. Lucius McGee

Past President, Theta Chapter

10th General President, Alpha Phi Alpha

Bro. Dr. Park Tancil

Dentist/Military Officer

Theta Initiate circa 1915

Bro. Dr. Anthony W. Brooks

Dentist/Military Officer

Theta Initiate circa 1915

Bro. Dr. Samuel H. Rosenburgh

Dentist/Humanitarian

Founder, Xi Lambda Chapter

Theta initiate circa 1916

Bro. William J. Powell

Aviator/Entrepreneur/Philanthropist

"Father of Black Aviation"

Past President, Theta Chapter

Theta Initiate circa 1916

Bro. Dr. Leon Tancil

Physician

Theta Initiate circa 1917

Bro. Dr. Ulysses Grant Dailey

Physician

Past President - National Medical Association

Third Honorary Member of Theta Chapter  - circa 1917

Bro. Dr. Robert Church

Dentist/Educator

Theta Initiate circa 1918

Bro. Dr. Charles S. Johnson

Sociologist/Educator/Author

First black president of Fisk University

Author, The Negro in Chicago

Theta Initiate circa 1918

Bro. David Crosthwait

Engineer/Inventor

Created/designed heating systems for Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller Center

Theta Initiate circa 1920

Bro. Noble Sissle

Singer/Songwriter/Composer/Actor

Lyricist - "I'm Just Wild About Harry" (w/ Eubie Blake)

Theta Initiate circa 1920

Bro. Jesse Binga

Entrepreneur

Owner/Founder "The Binga Bank," the first black bank in Illinois

Fourth (and Final) Theta Honorary member - circa 1925

Bro. Frederick Robb/F.H. Hammurabi

Attorney/Historian

Author of "Negro in America: A Message to the Africans" 1928

Past President,  Theta Chapter

Theta Initiate circa 1926

Bro. Dr. Earl W. Renfro

Dentist/Aviator

First black licensed aviator in Illinois

Theta Initiate circa 1926

Bro. Charles Lane

Attorney/Activist

Past President, Theta Chapter

Theta Initiate circa 1929

Bro. John H. Johnson

Founder/Publisher, Johnson Publications

Past President, Theta Chapter

Theta Initiate - March 1, 1938

Bro. Dr. Bernard Levin

Former Professor of Dentistry

University of Southern California

First non African American to join a Black Greek Letter Organization

Theta Initiate - June 21, 1946

Bro. Clark Burrus

Former City Comptroller

City of Chicago

Theta Initiate - December 22, 1953

Bro. Dr. William A. Lester, Jr.

Professor, Department of Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley

and participant in Hubble Telescope project

Theta Initiate - October 2, 1954

Bro. Paul King

Owner/Founder UBM Construction

Past President, Theta Chapter

Theta Initiate - November 25, 1957

Bro. Thomas J. Burrell

Founder, Burrell Advertising

Past President, Theta Chapter

Theta Initiate - December, 1958

Bro. Prince Asiel Ben Israel

Activist/Restaurateur

International Ambassador Extraordinaire, African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem

Owner, Soul Vegetarian, East - Chicago

Theta Initiate - July 30, 1960

Bro. Dr. Robert Harris, Jr.

Educator

Professor of Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornel University

 

National Historian (Current)

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Theta Initiate - April 27, 1963

Bro. Morris Robinson, Sr.

Economic Development Planner

City of Evanston, IL

Theta Initiate - October, 1965

Rev. Bro. Samuel Mendenhall

Attorney/Clergy

Partner, Winston & Strawn, LLC

Commissioner, Chicago Housing Authority

Theta Initiate - May 14, 1988

   

 

Other Wall of Fame Members

Bro. Dr. Julian Lewis, First black professor (pathology) at the University of Chicago, Founder, Xi Lambda Chapter, Theta Initiate circa 1913

Bro. Ruben McCollough, Attorney, Mu Chapter Founder/Initiate, March 11, 1911

Bro. Dr. Leonidas Berry, Physician, Educator, president of the National Medical Association, Theta Initiate circa 1925

Bro. Lloyd Gaines, Student/Activist. Plaintiff in landmark Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada, a racial discrimination case in 1938, which was the first step in desegregating colleges and universities across the country.  Alpha Psi Initiate circa 1935.

Bro. George Reaves, Businessman.  General Treasurer, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  Theta Initiate, February 27, 1965.