NAU Sig Presidents~Admin.~Faculty~Staff

Dr. John Oscar "J. O." Creager, Ph.D., BETA PHI CHAPTER, ARIZONA 1897
President of NAU 1919~1920 (then named Northern Arizona Normal School)   
Initiated into Sigma Chi as an alumnus at the installation of the Beta Phi Chapter at the University of Arizona on April 23, 1921 (Sigma Chi records).

Born in Indiana in 1872, John Oscar Creager attended Ohio State, Lebanon University, and Yale, where he received his B.A. in
1897 and his M.A. in 1899. He pursued graduate studies at Harvard, before teaching in private schools and at the University School in Cleveland, Ohio. Creager also studied teacher training methods in Europe and at the University of Chicago. He held positions as President of Lebanon University, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Wyoming, and Wyoming State Commissioner of Education.

He accepted an appointment as the President of the Northern Arizona Normal School [NANS] for the 1919-1920 academic year. Creager--who restored order and confidence to the campus after [President] Dr. Blome's ouster--resigned after only one year because the altitude had affected his son's health.  He moved to Tucson and joined the faculty of the University of Arizona as Director of the School of Education. In 1925, he received a Ph.D. from New York University and became Dean of the College of Education at his new alma mater. Creager remained interested in the progress of NANS, returning to Flagstaff for occasional visits and as a speaker. He and Mrs. Leoti Creager were generous donors to both the Boy Scouts and to the NANS library.  Dr. Creager died a few months after retiring from New York University in 1943.

Source: "Condensed from Platt Cline, Mountain Campus: The Story of Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff: Northland Press, 1983), chapter IV."  See also:

James Franklin Walker, A.M., ALBION 1896
Vice President (Principal/Registrar) & Math Professor


Dr. Rufus B. von KleinSmid, Ph.D., BETA PHI CHAPTER, ARIZONA 1904 

Initiated into Sigma Chi as an alumnus at the installation of the Beta Phi Chapter at the University of Arizona on April 23, 1921 (Sigma Chi records).

Guest Lecturer 

Delivered NAU Commencement Addresses in 1916, 1919, & 1920

President - University of Arizona 1914-1921

President - University of Southern California 1921-1946

John Woolf "Jack" O'Connor, ARKANSAS 1925
Public Relations/Writing Instructor at NAU, 1931-1934 (then named Arizona State Teachers College-Flagstaff).

Born in Nogales, Arizona.  Big Game Hunter-Outdoorsman-Writer-Conservationist-Native Arizonan
Long-time Writer for Sports Afield, Field & Stream, & Outdoor Life magazines. World Renown & Prolific Author on Big-Game Hunting.  Arizona Protective Game Association.
His Sigma Chi son, Bradley O'Connor IDAHO 1959 is a trustee for the Jack O'Connor Hunting Heritage & Education Center, Lewiston, Idaho.

Dr. George H. Yard, M.D., BETA PHI CHAPTER, ARIZONA 1953

Physician/Director - Campus Health Center

Zeta Omicron Chapter's First Chapter Advisor

Dr. Alexander J. "Lex" Lindsay, Jr., Ph.D., COLORADO STATE & DENVER 1952
Beta Tau & Delta Iota Chapters
Anthropology Associate Professor
Archaeologist & Anthropologist - Museum of Northern Arizona

Archaeologist of the original Old Town Flagstaff (at the base of Mars Hill along the railroad).

Guy Monthan, Jr., B.F.A., M.A., NEW MEXICO & SYRACUSE 1947 (last name pronounced Mon'-tan)
NAU Professor Emeritus, Advertising & Commercial Art 1969-1991

Assisted Zeta Omicron Chapter at NAU with the lay-out & production of the 1975 Derby Day booklet.

Born in Tucson, Arizona, his family ranched at Vail, Arizona.  His uncle, Oscar Monthan, a pilot and aeronautics engineer, was honored with the naming of Davis-Monthan Air Field witch later became Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.  Guy Monthan Jr. was born in Tucson and graduated from Tucson High School in 1942. He attended University of Arizona for one year before he enlisted in the Navy's V-12 Officer Training program which brought him to Albuquerque, NM, for a short period in 1943. He became a commissioned officer in 1944 and was deployed as an engineering officer on an LCI in the South Pacific during WWII. After the war he attended Syracuse University on the G.I. Bill and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. He then attended Arizona School of Photography in Tucson. From 1950 to 1968 he worked as a commercial artist in a series of retail stores from May Company to Robinson's Department Stores, ending with a nine-year stint as Advertising Manager at C.H. Baker Shoes in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, CA. While in Los Angeles he received a Masters of Arts Degree at Cal-State University. In 1968 he accepted a teaching position in charge of the Advertising Program at Shoreline Community College in Seattle, WA. In 1970, Guy accepted a teaching position in Advertising Art and Design at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He later established photography as a fine arts course at NAU. In the early 1970s he teamed up with his wife, Doris Born Monthan, an established writer and editor, to publish three books and numerous articles for the American Indian Art Magazine. All three books received various awards for excellence in photographic design and innovative approach to the contemporary contributions of American Indian art and artists. In 1975, their book "Art and Indian Individualist" received the Rounce and Coffin Club Award of Los Angeles as well as the Border Regional Library Association Award for one of the best southwest books of the year. The "Art and Indian Individualist" was considered a landmark book that identified a breakthrough movement in contemporary Indian art. The book explored 17 Indian artists who have since become household names such as R.C. Gorman, Fritz Scholder, Allan Houser, Michael Naranjo, and Hellen Cordero. In 1986, their book "The Pueblo Storytellers" received the Arizona Daily Star Award as well as the Border Regional Library Association Award for one of the 10 best Southwest books of the year. His art and photography was represented in many shows throughout the United States as well as in publications such as Arizona Highways, American Indian Art and the National Geographic Magazines. In 1996 he had a one-man show at the Northern Arizona University Art Gallery. A number of his photography, paintings, and other media are in permanent collections around the country. Over a 20-year period, 1961 to 1981, Guy was a juror of major art shows throughout the western United States from Pasadena, Los Angeles, and Yuma to Tucson and Dallas. In November 2005, Doris and Guy Monthan were presented an award at the National Meeting of the Friends of the Creche for their groundbreaking book "Nacimientos" on Nativity Scenes by American Indian Artists.  Brother Guy entered the Chapter Eternal in 2006.

Dr. Philip E. Bartow, Ph.D., NORTHERN ARIZONA 1958

Production Management & Information Systems 1966-1967

Dr. Thomas J. Vanderhoof, Ph.D., NORTHERN COLORADO 1959

Director - Counseling Center

Dr. Grant E. Smith, Ed.D., ARIZONA 1969

Dr. Harry E. Westerhaus, Jr., Ph.D., KANSAS 1953


Gary Walker, ARIZONA STATE 1961

NAU Athletic Director 1984-1986

Dr. Robert H. Williams, Ph.D., UTAH 1968

Professor, Marketing, NAU College of Business

Dr. Donald G. Arganbright, Ph.D., IOWA STATE 1962

Director, School of Forestry

Jon Leon Torn

Dr. Jon Torn, Ph.D., NORTHERN ARIZONA 2005

Communications Prof.

Dr. Craig Van Syke, Ph.D., CENTRAL FLORIDA 1981

Dean, College of Business 2012-