Jewel Henry Arthur Callis

Often regarded as the “philosopher of the founders” and a moving force in the Fraternity’s development, he was the only one of the “Cornell Seven” to become general president. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., he was a medical consultant to the Veterans Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Jewel Charles Henry Chapman

Entered higher education and eventually became Professor of Agriculture at what is now Florida A&M University.   Described as “a brother beloved in the bonds,” Chapman was a founder of FAMU’s Beta Nu Chapter. 

Jewel Eugene Kinckle Jones

Became the first executive secretary of the National Urban League.  A versatile leader, he organized the first three fraternity chapters that branched out from Cornell—Beta at Howard, Gamma at Virginia Union University, and the original Delta at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Jewel George Biddle Kelley

Jewel George Biddle Kelley

Became the first African-American engineer registered in the state of New York. Not only was he the strongest proponent of the fraternity idea among the organization’s founders, the civil engineering student also became Alpha Chapter’s first president. 

Jewel Nathaniel Allison Murray

Pursued graduate work after completing his undergraduate studies at Howard. He later returned home to Washington, D.C., where he taught in public schools. Much of his career was spent at Armstrong Vocational High School in the District of Columbia.

Jewel Robert Harold Ogle

Had the unique privilege of serving as a professional staff member to the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations. He was an African-American pioneer in his Capitol Hill position. He proposed the fraternity’s colors and was Alpha Chapter’s first secretary.

Jewel Vertner Woodson Tandy

Became the state of New York’s first registered black architect, with offices on Broadway in New York City. The designer of the fraternity pin.  The first African American to be commissioned first lieutenant in the 15th Infantry of the New York State National Guard.  He was Alpha Chapter’s first treasurer and took the initiative to incorporate the fraternity.