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famous delta zeta sisters

Here they are! The initiates of Delta Zeta who have found fame, fortune or notoriety in some shape or fashion. Special thanks to Tracy Bank for compiling this information!

Wondering about a celebrity who's NOT on this list? Try the DZ Urban Legends Debunked page.

* Denotes Flame Eternal


Entertainment

Joy Behar, Queens College; Comedian & TV personality; "The View" daily TV show with Barbara Walters (lives in New York City)

Nanette Fabray, Alum Initiate Ð Actress; Trustee of House Ear Institute; worked to bring sign language and captions to television (lives in Los Angeles, CA)

Florence Henderson, University Ca/LA (Aluma Initiate); Actress "The Brady Bunch" and spokesperson for the hearing impaired (lives in Los Angeles, CA)

Marsha Wallace, Parsons College; Actress; "The Bob Newhart Show", "The Simpsons", Celebrity spokesperson for Saks Fifth Avenue "Fashion Targets Breast Cancer" (lives in Los Angeles, CA)

Gail Patrick Jackson (Velde)* (Margaret Fitzpatrick) Howard College; Actress in movies with Cary Grant and Gary Cooper, produced the Perry Mason Show; 1962 Woman of the Year

Pat Priest, University of CA/LA; Actress in "The Munsters" movies as the pretty blonde cousin; legacy of U.S. Treasurer Ivy Baker Priest (see sisters under Government/Law)

Edith Head (Ihnen)* first female head of a movie studio costume design department; winner of eight Academy Awards for costume design including "The Sting" with Paul Newman/Robert Redford; named one of ten outstanding Greeks during the 1976 Bicentennial; 1968 Woman of the Year


Arts

Francis Taylor Williams, Randolph-Macon Woman's College; Sculptress; creator of "Melissa" plate series (lives in Newport Beach, CA)

Phyllis Briggs Inselman Heyliger, Northwestern Oklahoma State; watercolor artist who has been featured in movies and on the cover of former President Jimmy Carter's book (lives in Colorado Springs, CO)

Edna Mae Will Burnam Nauman, CA State University-Chico; International published composer of piano music for students; 1992 Woman of the Year (lives in Sacramento, CA)

Ethel Mae Bishop Gullette; University of Minnesota; concert pianist; 1982 Woman of the Year (lives in Essex, CT)

Esther Glewwe Stassen*; Alum Initiate; wife of Presidential Candidate Harold Stassen; noted as instrumental in the founding of the United Nations (lived in Saint Paul, MN)

Patricia Hurd, Northwestern; Lyric Operatic Soprano with Chicago Symphony

Violet Hensen Anderson* University of Tennessee; famous watercolor artist and poet; donated a 1993 limited edition print of Delta Zeta National Headquarters as a fund raiser for the Foundation


Athletics

Kay Yow, East Carolina; head women's basketball coach at North Carolina State University; USA Women's Basketball Olympic Team coach; received John & Nellie Wooden Award for Top Women's College Basketball Coach in the nation in 2000; 1987 Woman of the Year (lives in Cary, NC)

Vee Sharkarian Toner*; University of Pittsburgh; Internationally known swimming and tennis champion; one of the first women to umpire at the National Open and Wimbledon; first American woman named as Chair Umpire at Wimbledon; elected to Sports Hall of Fame; Donated a bequest for Pitt's Emergency Loan Fund and for scholarship funds for the varsity marching band and athletics; 1969 Woman of the Year

LeAnn Danner Eisenreich, Central Missouri State; World Class Roller Skater; fundraiser; Eisenreich Foundation of Tourette's Syndrome (lives in Kansas City, MO)


Authors

Kristina Ackley Baumler, Wittenberg University; PR MGR for Network Solutions "the dotcom people;" Author; 100 Top Ten Internet Job Sites/Get Wired, Get Hired in Today's New Job Market (lives in suburban Washington, DC)

Zenith Jones Brown* (a.k.a. Leslie Ford) noted mystery writer; Murder is the Payoff

Elizabeth Harler VanSteenwyk of Knox College; author of best-selling teen-age and young adult fiction; My Name is York, A Traitor Among Us

Jean (Haley) Harper, University North Dakota; Author of Chicken Soup for the Women's Soul and speaker; one of the first women airline captains for United Airlines; 1998 Woman of the Year (lives in Denver, CO)

Georgina Jinkinson Bonesteel; Iowa State University; author of seven quilting books; hosts popular quilting programs on PBS Television (lives in Hendersonville, NC)

Rachel Mason Peden* Epsilon; author; Rural Free, A Farmwife's Almanac of Country Living, The Land, The People; featured columnist for the Indianapolis Star; 1972 Woman of the Year

Edithann Cooper Graber, Northwestern University; author of a recently published novel, Maggie (lives in Breckenridge, CO)

Kelley Janousek, Western Michigan; Asso. Librarian Cal. State U-Long Beach; Author of United State Supreme Court Decisions: The Literature from 1980-1995 (lives in Huntington Beach, CA)

Jean Hickstom Liles; University of Alabama; Senior Food Editor Southern Living/Oxford House; author of 10 cookbooks; named one of 31 Top Women Graduates of Alabama (lives in Birmingham, AL)

Miriam E. Mason Swain; Epsilon; author of children's books from the 1930s to 1960s; 1966 Woman of the Year

Mary Dranga Campbell; Epsilon; author of Dog Guides for the Blind; 1956 Woman of the Year


Broadcasters

Barbara Meshad Dooley, Auburn University; radio talk show host "The Barbara Dooley Show;" motivational speaker and author of Put Me In Coach about her life with husband Vince Dooley, former U of GA head football coach (lives in Athens, GA)

Joan Dondrea Lowry, Baldwin-Wallace College; Cleveland Talk Show host; Board member of the Better Hearing Institute; former Delta Zeta Foundation President; 1995 Woman of the Year; (lives in Cleveland, Ohio)

Kelly McCarthy Acebal, Florida State; Morning talk show host on WNDB radio, Daytona Beach, FL, "Morning Drive with Dave & Kelly" (lives in Daytona Beach)

Jeanne Hirsch Blaylock, William Jewell; Television Reporter 1st News, UTLV-12 Jacksonville Fl; developed breast cancer awareness program called "Buddy Check 12;" 1994 Woman of the Year (lives in Jacksonville, FL)

Meryl Lin McKean, Central Missouri State; medical reporter/WDAF TV Fox Affiliate in Kansas City, Mo.; Emmy award winner (lives in Leawood, KS)


Business

Jenny Hudson, University of Alabama, Sr. Producer of Reader's Digest Music/Home Entertainment Division; received four gold records and named one of the top 31 women graduates of Alabama

Shelia Howell Partin, University of Houston; owns Sheila Partin's Sweet Sourdough Bread, Inc; sold in over 100 stores in Texas and served on TWA and Continental Airlines; 1999 Woman of the Year (lives in Houston, TX)

Sue Hastings Bohl, Northwestern University; President of the Bohle Company, a public relation firm; 1993 Woman of the Year (lives in Sherman Oaks, CA)

Margaret Edsel Fitch, Oklahoma State University; United Nations consultant in home economic program throughout the world; only U.S. citizen ever elected president of the International Federation for Home Economics; 1971 Inductee of Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame; 1975 Woman of the Year (lives in El Reno, OK)

Carolyn Lee Wills, Georgia State; founder of Carolyn Lee Wills & Associates Public Relations firm; special events planner; 1976 Woman of the Year (lives in Atlanta, GA)


Education

Marilyn Kritzman; Northern Michigan University; Special Assistant to VP for Student Affairs, Western Michigan University; Chosen one of Top Ten Business Women of the American Business Women's Association; (lives in Portage, MI)

M.J. "Micki" Farmer VanDeventer; Oklahoma State University; Adjunct Professor of Journalism at University of Oklahoma; Director of Publications and Editor for the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City; author of Western Design and Native American Style; recent inductee into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame (lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Lucile Crowell Cooks* Miami University; Served on Board of Regents, Miami University; President Emerita of the National Historical Museum; 1973 Woman of the Year

Dr. Minner Caddell Miles, University of Alabama; first woman professor to teach in the Alabama School of Commerce & Business Administration; Past International President of Federation of Business and Professional Women; named one of the Top 31 Graduates of Alabama (see plaque on campus)

Elizabeth Baker Devereau; Ohio State University; retired Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Marshall University of Medicine; Past National President Delta Zeta Sorority; 1984 Woman of the Year (lives in Huntington, WV)

Marcia Earl Humpal; Baldwin-Wallace College; music teacher & therapist for special learners; co-author of "Together as Friends" video; (lives in Olmsted Falls, OH)

Dana McMillan; Central Missouri State; Director of Early Childhood Programs at the Learning Exchange; author of books focused on developmentally appropriate activities for young children; 1990 Woman of the Year

Mildred Freburg Berry; Iowa; one of the first scholars to focus her research on language disorders in children; Mildred Berry Distance Classic run/walk is held each year at the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders in her honor; 1951 Woman of the year


Government/Law

Honorable Yvonne Kauger; Chief Justice, Oklahoma Supreme Court; received the American Judicature Society's Heritage Award; 1989 Woman of the Year (lives in Edmond, OK)

Ivy Baker Priest (Stevens) Alpha Chi; United States Treasurer; California State Treasurer (look for her name on old money)

Maurine Brown Neuberger* University of Oregon; U.S. Senator from Oregon 1961-66; sponsored Wildlife Preservation Bill; first woman senator elected in her own right; teacher of American government at Boston University, Radcliffe Institute and Reed College

Shelley Levine Berkely, UNVL; Regent of U of Nevada System; Deputy Director-Nevada State Department of Commerce; 1991 Woman of the Year; (lives in Las Vegas, NV)

Beverly Baldwin Burnsed, Florida State; former member of Fla. State legislature and Assistant Secretary of State; 1983 Woman of the Year


Military

Brigadier General Barbara Campbell Fast, Central Missouri State University; Associate Deputy Director of Operations, Military Support, National Security Agency (NSA); 2000 Woman of the Year (lives in Washington, DC area)

Colonel Michele "Mitzi" Manning (Retired); Eastern Michigan University; USMA Former Commander-Western Sector, United States Military Entrance Processing Command; Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Women Veterans; National Chaplain-Women Marines Association (lives in Alexandria, VA)


Science/Medicine

Dr. Carolyn Leach Huntoon; Northeastern State University of Louisiana; Astronaut Director of NASA; leading scientist in space travel; 1977 Woman of the Year (lives in Houston, TX)

Janet White Doak, University of Ca/LA; Ex. VP of House Ear Institute (one of our National Philanthropies); named 1999 Fund Raiser of the year by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the National Society of Fundraising Executives (lives in Los Angeles, CA)

Dr. Mary Hill Fulstone,* University of Ca/Berkeley; Nevada's Mother of the Year in 1950; Nevada's Doctor of the Year in 1961; Distinguished Nevadan by University of Nevada in 1963; called a "true Nevada pioneer woman"; 1950 Woman of the Year