Born of Greek parentage in Constantinople, Turkey, Dean Alfange, Class of 1922, immigrated to America with his parents at the age of 3. The family settled in Central New York and he graduated in 1918 from Utica Free Academy. During his time on College Hill, he joined ELS and soon became a recognized campus leader earning the nickname "the Senator." Winner of the McKinney Prize for public speaking and captain of the Debate Team, he graduated from Hamilton Phi Beta Kappa, with honors in philosophy, and went on to earn an LL.B. degree from Columbia Law School in 1925. Settling in Manhattan to practice law, he achieved prominence in the Greek-American community during his early years as national president of AHEPA, the principal civic and fraternal organization of Greek Americans. Throughout his life, he was active in New York State politics. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Democrat in 1941, and was the candidate of the American Labor Party for governor in 1942. When the party moved sharply to the left in 1944, he broke away, together with prominent labor leaders and intellectuals, and became a founder of the state's Liberal Party. He also devoted himself to community affairs, serving as president of the LaGuardia Memorial House, a settlement house in East Harlem, for more than 40 years.