"Look for the red vest when you are in trouble or need an answer." Lee Sherman Dreyfus, the man in the red vest, has served as an educator, a politician, and now, as a motivational speaker.
Immediately after graduating from high school, Dreyfus served at sea as a Petty Officer in the United States Navy. After serving his country, Lee's life seemed to take off. He married his sweetheart, the former Joyce Unke. They had two children, Susan and Lee Jr. He worked and went to college, eventually earning his doctorate in communications from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. From 1967-1979, Dreyfus served as Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point.
In the late 1960s the Vietnam War brought mayhem to college campuses around the country. This was the time when he acquired his visual trademark, the red vest. To quell unrest on his campus, he told his students and faculty that all they needed to do was look for the red vest when they were trouble or needed answers. He said with himself as a target, others would not get hurt. He has worn the red vest ever since.
In 1979, Dreyfus's career took a turn toward politics. He served as the Governor of Wisconsin from 1979-1983. After his term, he became the president of an international insurance company, Sentry Insurance Corporation, where he served with distinction, becoming a member of the famous "Million Dollar Round Table." In 1984, Dreyfus started his own business, Lee Dreyfus, Incorporated, where he serves as president. Now, Dreyfus is a motivational speaker, holding speaking engagements around the world.
Dreyfus is listed in both the "Who's Who in the World" and "Who's Who in America." He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a 33rd Degree Mason, a recipient of the "President's Gold Medal" through the Association of the U.S. Army and the "Distinguished Public Service Medal" from the U.S. Secretary of Defense, and numerous honorary degrees. He is a weekly columnist for the Waukesha Freeman and a national platform speaker.
Dreyfus was initiated into Washington Park Chapter DeMolay in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1940, where he served as a Master Councilor in 1943. He is a Legion of Honor recipient. Dreyfus was inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on June 24, 1994.
"For over fifty years, I have regularly thought about my Creator and His gifts of good life, family, and friends. This occurred whenever something made me aware that it was nine o'clock in the evening. This is the hour when, as a DeMolay, I learned to interrupt whatever I was doing, kneel, and bow my head in a prayer of thanks during interpolation."