Bro Pro-Files: Gregg Doherty (NY-DE ’55 )


In San Diego, the opportunity to get involved in the community abounds. Everywhere you look there is an organization, group, event or cause looking for motivated men and women to join the effort.

By the looks of his resume, I think Brother Gregg Doherty has likely been a part of most of them.While he is quick to dismiss his voluntary efforts and compliment the work of his friends and colleagues instead, Brother Doherty has done more than his fair share for his country, community, university and fraternity.

His engagement with his local community goes back to his time as an undergraduate at Syracuse University where he was initiated into the New York Delta chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Like many other active members, he was also engaged in university affairs as a member of the Goon Squad, Traditions Committee, a football team manager (where he earned a varsity letter), and was elected by his peers to be class Treasurer both his Junior and Senior year.

After college, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy serving in active duty for four years and inactive duty reserve for an additional eleven years.

After the Navy, he returned to serve the fraternity in the late 1950’s as the Province Chi Archon for two terms. In this roll, he had the unique and historic honor of overseeing the initiation of the fraternity’s first African American member to the California Epsilon Chapter at Occidental College.

Staying true to his collegiate roots, he remained engaged with his university alumni associations while in California as a board member for the Syracuse University Varsity Club, member of the San Diego Chapter of the Syracuse University Alumni Club, a member of the Syracuse Football Club and participated in the organization of five class reunions, even serving as the Master of Ceremonies for the event in the year 2000.

However, he has not been limited by his academic ties. Brother Doherty lists an impressive array of civic engagement that goes beyond both SAE and Syracuse.

In various capacities, he has served the Maritime Museum, San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Ambassadors Committee, America’s Cup, Point Loma Association, Navy League of the United States, San Diego Aerospace Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Zoological Society, San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum (USS Midway), Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, San Diego Crew Classic, San Diego Military Advisory Council, Super Bowl XXXII, Suzuki Rock ‘N Roll Marathon, and the San Diego Bowl Game Association (Holiday Bowl and Poinsettia Bowl).

Asked what he would recommend for young alumni looking to find their place in the world - “get involved and network, network, network!” Sage advice, but Brother Doherty will be a tough act to follow.

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