BROTHER PERCIVAL HALL
Percival Hall’s reputation at Gallaudet is among the most eminent. Even with becoming the second President of the University in 1910 at 38 years old, this was not his greatest feat. He already had achieved something greater nine years before. Because he could see that there was no elusive men’s club or any official fraternity of the University where men could gather and proposer, he established this very Fraternity on January 4, 1901, along with three undergraduate students. It was great struggle that he had went through to get Kappa Gamma established, with much struggle due to the precedents — the other two unofficial fraternities of the University had been disbanded by President Edward Miner Gallaudet for hazing reasons. Percival Hall was one of the minority of the Faculty who were willing to become an official Faculty advisor to the new Fraternity.
He was born in 1872 and attended Harvard before he received his Masters at the Gallaudet Normal School in 1893. He died in 1953.
It is because of him, we are present today.
Brother Gregory Hlibok
Entered Kappa Gamma in 1988 right before the ‘Deaf President Now’ (DPN) movement begun. He was one of the four leaders of the movement along with Brother Timothy Rarus that successfully ousted a hearing president of Gallaudet and installed a deaf president. This sparked in a new generation of disability rights movement. For his work and dedication during the movement, he was honored as “Person of the Week” by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) T.V. Channel. Upon his graduation from Gallaudet, he went on to receive a law degree from the New York University. With the law degree, he became an attorney for the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), pushing for the equal rights of the disabled people out there. Just recently in October of 2010, he was promoted to the position as the Chief of Disability Rights Office in FCC.
Brother Frederick Schreiber
A native of Brooklyn, Frederick Schreiber was deafened by spinal meningitis at age 6. He graduated from Gallaudet College in 1942, and became actively involved in local, then national, Deaf politics. At the NAD’s 1964 convention, he was elected Secretary-Treasurer, an unpaid position. At the 1966 convention, the position of Executive Director was created, and Schreiber was unanimously elected. His salary was half of what he’d been earning as a printer, but he accepted the challenge. He set out to rebuild the NAD into a financially solvent, strong, visible, more democratic organization. He advocated and lobbied on Capitol Hill, secured federal grants and contracts to benefit the community, spearheaded a national census of the deaf population, and founded the NAD Broadcaster—and made other numerous and far-reaching changes. His legacy endures.
Brothers Donald Padden, Earl Roberts, Paul Baldridge, Roy Holcomb, and Hal Weingold (left to right)
The 1943 Gallaudet’s men basketball team entered the annual Mason Dixon tournament with a pitiful record of 4-11. They were seeded eighth and because there were only seven locker rooms, the team had to change clothes in the hallway in plain view of their opponents. That was when the legendary “Iron Men” bonded and vowed to exact revenge on the basketball court. They defied odds when they defeated the second seeded Randolph-Mason by a score of 48-39. In the upcoming game, the Gallaudet players luxuriated in the newly-acquired locker room and defeated American University 45-40. Suddenly, they found themselves in the Championship game against University of Delaware and defeated them ever so narrowly in the overtime period. The Iron Men played every second in the tournament without any substitution. The remarkable five men were: Paul Baldridge, Roy Holcomb, Don Padden, Earl Roberts, and Hal Weingold. The Associated Press recognized the skill and valor of these men by picking the five men for its all-conference, all-star team. Their glory is steeped in the rich history of Gallaudet University, and their feats are still commended by various people across the nation today.
Brother Dr. Robert Davila
A native of California, Brother Dr. Robert Davila graduated from the California School for the Deaf, Berkeley. He attended Gallaudet College from 1948 to 1953 and was admitted to the Kappa Gamma Fraternity in February of 1950. He received his Ph.D in Educational Technology from Syracuse University. He served as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education from 1989 to 1993 during the administration of President George H.W. Bush. This is the highest government position ever held by a Deaf individual in the history of the United States. After his stint in the U.S. government, Brother Dr. Davila served as the CEO of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York until his retirement in 2006. After the ‘Unity For Gallaudet’ protests in 2006 left Gallaudet University with no President, Brother Dr. Davila was called upon to become the 9th President of the University. During his term in office, he rejuvenated Gallaudet and instilled a higher sense of scholastic rigor to the academic culture of the university. On December 31, 2009, at the ripe age of 77, Brother Dr. Davila retired for good and left Gallaudet in good hands. He will be always remembered as one of the greatest deaf soldiers to ever grace the Earth.