Guard of Honor

The Guard of Honor, established in 1935, is the highest award the Fraternity can bestow upon a member.

Theta Phi Alpha has great pride and respect for every Guard of Honor recipient.

The Guard of Honor symbolizes a lifetime achievement of service to the Fraternity; it is presented to alumnae members who have given long and devoted service to the national organization.

The Board of Trustees tracks all members’ service to the Fraternity and determines the award recipients.

The Guard of Honor is a guard pin of a gold Tudor rose having a sapphire center to be worn attached to a member’s badge. Each pin is numbered on the back in the order awarded to the recipient. This prestigious award is presented at National Convention during the Fraternity Night Banquet.

Guard of Honor Recipients

Pin Year Member Chapter
0 2012 Amelia McSweeney * Alpha
1 1935 Mildred M. Connely Alpha
2 1937 Evelyn Brink Lothes Epsilon
3 1937 Irene M. Doyle Beta
4 1937 Frances Best Watkins Beta
5 1937 Anna Rose Kimpel Zeta
6 1937 Dorothy Stephans Epsilon
7 1939 Flora Gilsdorf Jettinghoff-Volpe Gamma
8 1939 Edmarie Schrauder Alpha
9 1939 Otilia Leuchtweis O'Hara Alpha
10 1941 Betty Dunn Green Xi
11 1941 Selma Gilday Alpha
12 1941 Helen Ryan Quinlan Alpha
13 1946 Katherine Keliher Moran Eta
14 1946 Rose McKee Everson Nu
15 1946 Esther Burke McCormick Nu
16 1952 Mary Louise Weinheimer Steigerwald Lambda
17 1952 Mary Alice Zarger O'Brien Rho
18 1952 Aleta Bock Schneiders Pi
19 1952 Polly Choguill Walrath Lambda
20 1952 Maryellen Maher Lombardi * Pi
21 1956 Lois Barry Lynch Kappa
22 1956 Helen Nee Hutto Nu
23 1956 Marian Burnham Henterly Sigma
24 1956 Irene Devlin Delta
25 1958 Jean Hennegan Strasser Epsilon
26 1958 Marie Murphy Kappa
27 1958 Esther Cooke Martin Pi
28 1960 Betty Comer McDaniel Tau
29 1960 Tressa Beirne Manley Epsilon
30 1960 Mary McCormick DeLamar Beta
31 1962 Mary R. Ammon Kappa
32 1962 Kitty Krupp Zawistowski Sigma
33 1962 Dolores Friess Stephenson Sigma
34 1962 Mary Rose Thuman Eagan Epsilon
35 1962 Ruth Meister Thompson Epsilon
36 1964 Kathleen Price Reinhard Gamma
37 1966 Gloria J. Neises Zeta
38 1968 Mildred Nugent Eta
39 1970 Catherin Dillon Whelen Eta
40 1970 Ella Nugent Eta
41 1970 Agnes Riley Cain Epsilon
42 1970 Mary Barbara Plageman Henterly Sigma
43 1970 Betty Sulliver * Tau
44 1972 Jean Yosepian Upsilon
45 1972 Edith Somerest Hilton Eta
46 1972 Joan Vaccaro Rome Upsilon
47 1976 Jean Cusack Beta
48 1978 Mary Louise Conrad Swartz Sigma
49 1978 Laura Cooke O'Brien Pi
50 1980 Joyce Seidel Upsilon
51 1980 Susan Stark Paddock Kappa
52 1984 Nancy Semler Kappa
53 1986 Deborah J. Dobda Kappa
54 1990 Judith A. Osberger Young Tau
55 1990 Irene C. Caliendo Kappa
56 1990 Patricia Manelski Giallanza Upsilon
57 1992 Theresa M. Primosch Kinch Alpha Epsilon
58 1992 Julie M. Ince Herr Alpha Iota
59 1994 Patricia Rankin Marmaduke Sigma
60 1996 Maria Sumara Alpha Iota
61 1996 Valerie Vertin Thomas Alpha Nu
62 1996 Linda Geca Barath Alpha Xi
63 1998 Katherine A. Evans Alpha Nu
64 2000 Donna Zak Guerin Alpha Gamma
65 2000 Rebecca Dixon McLaren Alpha Mu
66 2005 Leslie Ervin Trahant Alpha Beta
67 2005 Kristin Windeshausen Henkenius Alpha Pi
68 2004 Katherine Prokupek Gaver Alpha Pi
69 2004 Diane Marciszewski Stallmann Alpha Gamma
70 2004 Elizabeth Cibulskis Eberhart Alpha Gamma
71 2008 Karen Jenkins Rubican Alpha Sigma
72 2008 Mari Ann Callais, Ph.D Alpha Beta
73 2008 Kathleen Sullivan Alpha Gamma
74 2008 Karen Fisher Alpha Nu
75 2010 Patricia Wright Seashore Alpha Nu
76 2010 Emily Del Negro Ciancio Beta Rho
77 2010 Jennifer Waggoner Kreiman Alpha Nu
78 2014 Stephanie Galendez Alpha Beta

*Awarded posthumously