Sorority recruitment has just ended for many universities. Being a sorority sister means hard work maintaining the expected grade point average, attending chapter meetings, taking on leadership roles, and working on your chapter’s philanthropy.
I am proud to call them my Kappa Delta sisters. Here are a few notable women who have a KD Lady attached to their names:
- Pearl Buck – one of the most famous writers of her time and won Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for her bestselling novel’ The Good Earth’. Pearl S. Buck was awarded Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938.
- Georgia O’Keefe – She is one of the most famous American artists and recipient of the highest national honor ‘The Medal of Freedom’ awarded to her by President Gerald R. Ford.
- Joan Lowery Nixon – was a famous author specializing in fiction and mystery for children and young adults. She had written more than one hundred books and is four times winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Awards.
- Bonnie Jeanne Dunbar – Dunbar has spent more than 1208 hours (50 days) in Space. She is one of the most experienced female astronauts in the world. Her space missions include; STS-89, STS-50, STS-71, STS-32, and STS-61. She won five Space Flight Medals. Dunbar was inducted into the Women In Technology International (WITI) Hall of fame. She is one of only five in the world holding this honor.
- Claudia Kennedy – now retired, she is the first female to reach the rank of three star general in the US Army.
- Kathleen Babineau Blanco – She was the 78th Governor of Louisiana and the first female elected for this position.
- Margret Holland Sargent – She was one of the most famous Portrait artists, based in Los Angeles. She has painted more than 300 oil portraits including portraits of Tennessee Williams, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Margret Thatcher.
- Trischa Zorn – Blind by birth, Trischa is a champion swimmer. She has won 55 medals in Paralympic games, more won than by any other athlete in that category in the world. Out of the 55 medals, 41 are gold medals.
- Debbie Maffett Wilson – crowned Miss California, she won the Miss America title in 1983.
- Ali Landry – now a television personality, she won Miss USA in 1996.
- Brooke Anderson – an Emmy and Peabody award-winning TV host and journalist.
- Patricia “Sister” Wood Barnes – turned her Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls from sharing with family members into a multimillion dollar corporation.
- Ruth Johnson Colvin – founder of Literacy Volunteers of American and an inductee of the National Women’s Hall of Fame and earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
- Lynne Martin Doughtie – named Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in business.
- Suzy Spafford Lidstrom – her Suzy’s Zoo products won the National Cartoonist Society Greeting Card Award in 1996.
- Patricia Polito Miller – co-founder of Vera Bradley Designs.
- Cara Mund – crowned Miss America 2018.
- Gloria Ray – established the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She was the first president of the Southeastern Conference Women’s Athletic Directors.
- Lara Von Seelen Spencer – is a co-anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America and host for the Great American County Channel and HGTV’s Flea Market Flip.
- Janet Marie Smith – renowned architect and urban planner. She oversaw upgrades to Dodger Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Fenway Park and Turner Field. Her preservation of historic Fenway Park placed the ballpark on the National Historic Register.
- Leigh Anne Tuohy and her husband, Sean, who adopted Michael Oher, an at-risk teenager, encouraged him to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional football player. Their story was the basis of the book and blockbuster film, The Blind Side.
This is just a sample of the Kappa Deltas that honor our creed, ‘Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful, and highest.’