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 (pictured right), and/or as designated by a white carnation boutonniere worn on their lapel.

Members of the OWC present at the 2014 Convention

Members of the OWC present at the 2014 Convention

Members of the Order

  • 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