Accomplished Delta Zetas

Science and Industry


  • Mercedes Bates*, Chi (Oregon State University) was the first woman corporate officer of General Mills. Ms. Bates was often referred to as “Betty Crocker” as she was the Vice President in Charge of the Betty Crocker Division; She was President of the American Home Economics Association and its foundation and was the 1970 Delta Zeta Woman of the Year.
  • Sue Hastings Bohle, Alpha Alpha (Northwestern University); President of the Bohle Company, a public relation firm; 1993 Woman of the Year; serves on the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) national board and is a member of PRSA’s College of Fellows.
  • Janet White Doak, Alpha Chi (University of California/Los Angeles); Executive Vice President of House Ear Institute (a partner under our national philanthropy for speech and hearing); named 1999 Fund Raiser of the year by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the National Society of Fundraising Executives.
  • Margaret Edsel Fitch, Alpha Epsilon (Oklahoma State University); United Nations consultant in home economic program throughout the world; only U.S. citizen ever elected president of the International Federation for Home Economics; 1971 Inductee of Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame; 1975 Woman of the Year.
  • Jean Haley Harper, Upsilon (University North Dakota); one of the first female airline captains for United Airlines; contributor, Chicken Soup for the Women’s Soul, and speaker; 1998 Woman of the Year.
  • Dr. Carolyn Leach Huntoon, Epsilon Beta (Northwestern State University of Louisiana); Director of the Johnson Space Center at NASA; leading scientist in space travel; 1977 Woman of the Year.
  • Loral Langemeier, Beta Tau (Nebraska Wesleyan University); author of The Millionaire Maker and two New York Times bestsellers, The Millionaire Maker’s Guide to Wealth Cycle Investing and The Millionaire Maker’s Guide to Creating a Cash Machine for Life. She currently acts as a financial expert on the “Dr. Phil” show, mentoring families in financial crisis, and has appeared frequently on CNN, CNBC and Fox News Channel. Visit Loral’s site at
  • Jean Wickstrom Liles; Alpha Gamma (University of Alabama); Senior Food Editor Southern Living/Oxford House; author of 10 cookbooks; named one of 31 Top Women Graduates of Alabama (see plaque on campus); 2002 Woman of the Year.
  • Shelia Howell Partin, Delta Theta (University of Houston); owns Sheila Partin’s Sweet Sourdough Bread, Inc; sold in over 100 stores in Texas. Sheila donates her bread to homeless shelters and other non-profit organizations in the Houston area. 1999 Woman of the Year.
  • Jean Baughmman Templeton, Gamma Sigma (Eastern Michigan University); CEO and Chairman of the Board of Wesfam Restaurants, Inc., a franchise of Burger King Corporation in Alabama; her company is well-known for community service and social responsibility; received Burger King’s Marketing Award for Excellence in 1996 and the North Alabama Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals’ Ethics in Business Award; 2005 Woman of the Year; past Delta Zeta Foundation Trustee.
  • Mary Vincent, Kappa Beta (Northern Kentucky University); founded several startup ventures, all with the goal of reducing climate emissions. They include: Green Star Solution, a strategic business and media consultancy firm, and Gratitude Gourmet, a sustainable food media site. She co-founded the Green Software Unconference and writes about green business and technology thought leaders on her blog.
  • Carolyn Lee Wills, Delta Delta (Georgia State University); founder of Carolyn Lee Wills & Associates Public Relations firm; special events planner; 1976 Woman of the Year.

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