Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University) called “Ollie” by her friends, studied piano, violin, cello and double bass. She taught at DePauw for two years while carrying on her studies. In her junior year, she left school to take teaching positions in Anderson and Franklin, Indiana. “I have found no greater happiness in my life than in Alpha Chi Omega,” she said later in life. “All I have ventured to give toward the up-building and uplifting of our fraternity has been from the depths of my heart, and has been repaid in thousandfold by my girls.”
Hazel Eckhart (Theta, University of Michigan) served as national secretary from 1925-29.
Mary Emma Griffith Marshall (Lambda, Syracuse University) served as National Secretary from 1915-25.
When Bertha Deniston Cunningham's (Alpha, DePauw University) parents decided their musically advanced daughter should continue her studies at DePauw, she had to play for Dean Howe to determine just how advanced she was. She went on to become the envy of the school’s music students because of her composing skills. She also was an accomplished performer and successful teacher in the School of Music for 10 years. Hers is the only one of five original badges that exists today.
Amy Dubois Rieth (Alpha, DePauw University) was only 15 when she entered DePauw. She studied both voice and pianoforte. She was known as “the little girl with the big voice,” and was selected to sing important roles in school productions. Amy had a quiet and straightforward manner, which belied her fondness for pulling pranks on her Fraternity sisters. Her influence on the Fraternity endured long after she left to teach music in Kansas.
Martha Baird (Zeta, New England Conservatory) was initiated in 1915. She placed first in the conservatory’s annual piano competition and then graduated summa cum laude from the conservatory's soloist program. That same year (1917), she made her debut in recital at Jordan Hall in Boston on November 17, garnering solid reviews from the arts sections of major newspapers, including The Boston Globe. She then pursued further advanced studies in Berlin, Germany with the legendary pianist Artur Schnabel. Her third and final marriage – to John D. Rockefeller Jr. – enabled her to take her philanthropic work to even greater heights. On the day of her marriage (August 15, 1951) she was given a sizable trust fund by Rockefeller, which she used to establish the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music in 1957. When her third husband died in 1960, she then redirected a significant portion of her $48 million inheritance to that fund. In operation until 1982, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music provided critical scholarship and grant support to solo artists and ensembles for a quarter of a century before it was dissolved.
Journalist Georgie Anne Geyer (Gamma, Northwestern University) won the Award of Achievement in 1968.
Advertising executive Mary Andrews Ayres (Alpha Lambda, University of Minnesota) won the Award of Achievement in 1978.
Initiated in 1916, Florence Lindahl Cooling (Iota, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) was the first recipient of the Alumnae Appreciation Award in 1983.
Portrait of 1997-2006 Foundation Trustee Shawn Donnelley (Zeta Psi, Loyola University New Orleans); she founded the Shawn Margaret Donnelley Scholarship Fund.
Mildred Estabrook Scott (Pi, University of California, Berkeley) served as National President from September 1949 until September 1953.
Mary Janet Wilson (Alpha, DePauw University) served as national president from 1896-98. She was the first alumna to serve as president of Alpha Chi Omega.