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  • Ivan Chandler Dresser (1896 - 1956)
    Ivan Dresser (Ivan Chandler Dresser; July 3, 1896 – December 27, 1956) was an American athlete who competed mainly on the 3000 meter team. He was a 1919 graduate of Cornell University and a member of...
  • Oscar Gustave Mayer, Jr (1914 - 2009)
    Mayer, Oscar Gustave Age 95, passed away on Monday, July 6, 2009, at HospiceCare Inc. He was born in Chicago, IL, March 16, 1914, the son of Oscar Gottfried and Elsa (Stieglitz) Mayer. Oscar entered ...
  • Victor L. Butterfield (1904 - 1975)
    Victor L. Butterfield (February 7, 1904 – November 19, 1975) was an American philosopher and educator who served as the eleventh President of Wesleyan University from 1943–1967. Early life and educ...
  • Thomas C. Hennings, Jr., U.S. Senator (1903 - 1960)
    Thomas Carey Hennings, Jr., a Representative and a Senator from Missouri; born in St. Louis, Mo., June 25, 1903; attended the public schools; graduated from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., in 1924 ...
  • Franchot Tone (1905 - 1968)
    Blue-blood, stage-trained actor Franchot Tone made his film debut in 1932. Owing to his upper-class poise and polish, Tone was pigeonholed as a tuxedoed, cafe society sophisticate in a host of mostly M...

The Sphinx Head Society is the oldest senior honor society at Cornell University. Sphinx Head recognizes Cornell senior men and women who have demonstrated respectable strength of character on top of a dedication to leadership and service at Cornell University.[3] In 1929 The New York Times held that election into Sphinx Head and similar societies constituted "the highest non-scholastic honor within reach of undergraduates."

Notable alumni