Kappa Delta Pi remembers John Brademas, Jr., an American politician and educator. As a Democratic representative from Indiana from 1959 to 1981— serving as Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1981—Brademas was a champion of education and the arts. Among other legislative accomplishments, he sponsored bills that nearly doubled federal aid for elementary and secondary education in the mid-1960s, and that created the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities. After his political service, he became the 13th president of New York University, serving from 1981 to 1992. He received more than 50 honorary degrees and was invited to the KDP Laureate Chapter in 1990.
Kappa Delta Pi mourns the loss of David Tyack, a distinguished member of our Laureate Chapter since 1997. Tyack joined Stanford University in 1969 and was the Vida Jacks Professor of Education, Emeritus. He was a social historian of education and dedicated much of his scholarship to the American public school system. An influential researcher, Tyack wrote more than 10 books as well as numerous papers. Colleagues, friends, and former students regarded him as a great scholar and a man of immense social conscience who cared deeply about the public education system.
The Honorary Laureate Chapter was established in February 1924 to honor men and women who had made outstanding contributions to the development of professional education. John Dewey was the first nominee. Since 1924, more than 250 eminent educators have been named to Kappa Delta Pi’s Laureate Chapter. Albert Einstein, Margaret Mead, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jean Piaget, and George Washington Carver were all notable Laureates. Membership is limited to 60 living scholars.
Dr. David C. Berliner, KDP Laureate Representative
Regents Professor of Education Emeritus
Arizona State University
Meet members of the current KDP Laureate Chapter.
Read about the life and work of all of the current and former members of the KDP Laureate Chapter.