About Us

On this page you'll find various information about the Beta Charge of Theta Delta Chi.


Known on campus as "Thumpty," the Beta Charge prides itself on the individuality and charisma of its members. Its brothers are not bound by athletics or academics, but rather a sense of uniqueness, a love of fun, and an informality and openness that is not always associated with the Greek world.

Early History

Theta Delta Chi was founded nationally on October 31, 1847 at Union College as the eleventh secret fraternity. The Beta Charge was founded on January 11th, 1870, five years after the founding of Cornell. The six Beta Founders are pictured below:

A. B. C. Dickinson

A. N. Fitch

W. H. Tallmadge

Fox Holden

W. H. Corbin

F. E. Wadhams

The Beta House

The brothers of Theta Delt have had many homes over the years, but have settled in the house at 800 University Ave, built in 1928 with the generous help of Waldo Franklin "Ag" Tobey, a prominent lawyer from Chicago. No expense was spared with the construction of the house, which is a large English Tudor structure. Oak paneling, imported Italian stone, stained-glass windows, and slate roofs are only a few of the features of the beautiful Beta house, which is still recognized as one of the finest fraternities houses in the nation.

Beta Charge Today

Beta Charge is currently enjoying a financial, structural, and organizational upswing. The Charge is experiencing more growth than it has seen in years, with the last few pledge classes bringing in significant numbers.

Famous Alumni

  • Albert "Uncle Pete" W. Smith, 1878 - Dean of Cornell Law School, acting President of Cornell
  • John A. Dix, 1883 - Governor of the State of New York
  • Ernest W. Huffcut, 1884 - Dean of Cornell Law School
  • Stanton Griffis, 1910 - Chairman of Board of Paramount Pictures and Madison Square Garden
  • Stan Lomax, 1923 - President of Sports Broadcasting Association
  • Dr. Park Elliot Dietz, 1970 - Forensic psychiatrist whose cases included John Hinckley, Jr. and Jeffrey Dahmer
  • Dr. Lance A. Gentile, 1971 - Emmy Award winner for writing on the medical series "ER"
  • C. Evan Stewart, 1974 - Cornell Board of Trustees, Chair of Cornell University Council
  • Jeffrey Berg, 1979 - Cornell Board of Trustees
  • Alan J. Cohen, 1981 - 2 term mayor of Ithaca, NY.