Congratulations ΘΦΑ, Condolences ΑEΠ

Theta Phi Alpha was founded on August 30, 1912 at the University of Michigan. The organization celebrates Founders’ Day on April 30th, but this gives me an opportunity to apologize. The post a few back about legacies, at first omitted the fact that Theta Phi Alpha has two sets of sisters among its founders.  They are May C. and Camilla Ryan and Katrina and Dorothy Caughey, in whose home the organizational meeting took place. Congratulations, Theta Phi Alpha!

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Condolences to the brothers of Alpha Epsilon Pi on the loss of their brother Gene Wilder. Wilder, under his birth name of Jerome Silberman, was an initiate of the fraternity’s chapter at the University of Iowa. Wilder was a comedic genius and his mastery of the field will be sorely missed. Lucky for us that his performances are available to us, so that when our inner Veruca Salt comes out, and we shout, “I want it now,” Wilder can magically appear as Willy Wonka, Leopold Bloom, Jim, “the Waco kid,” or any of his other roles, and we can laugh with pure abandon.

Gene Wilder when he was known by his given name Jerome Silberman,

Gene Wilder when he was known by his given name Jerome Silberman,

The letter released by Wilder's family after his death.

The letter released by Wilder’s family after his death.

 

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Sorority “Babies”? Pshaw!

Most of my twitter feed consists of fraternity and sorority accounts. And while I have seen hardly any of the “All but two U.S. Presidents…” graphics this year, thanks in great part to Dave Westol’s efforts, I am seeing some of those pesky references to sorority “babies.”

Yes, sorority “babies,”  the women who have just made a commitment to be a member of a National Panhellenic Conference organization. Yes, the young women who have graduated from high school, who have applied and been accepted to colleges, and who have done a tremendous amount of curricular activities, volunteer hours, and studying to get there. Some groups of these highly accomplished young women, once they accept sorority bids, will be known as “babies.”

How did this happen? Until the late 1990s, the women who made a commitment to join an NPC organization were known as “pledges.” At that time, the approach of a new century, the effort was made to change the terminology associated with women who wanted to join the NPC organizations. “Rush” became “recruitment.” “Rushee” became “Potential New Member” or “PNM.” “Pledge” became “New Member.” 

It appears that some chapters did not enjoy the term “New Member” and chose to substitute something else, with something that defined the relationship with a little more emphasis on status, or lack thereof. Babies are the most helpless among us and need assistance for all their daily needs. They’re usually cute and irresistible, but I don’t think the term’s usage in this instance came from that quality.

We, collectively, are shooting ourselves in the foot by calling the women who want to become dually initiated members of our organizations “babies” or any derivative, i.e., “baby upsilons, “baby omegas,” “baby psis.”  I doubt anyone would call any of their organization’s founders a “baby,” least of all to her face, as is being done to some of the women who will follow in those founders’ footsteps.

The women who are wearing the new member pins of  the NPC organizations are planning to trade it in for an official badge. We need to help them become members who will value the history of the organization, who will reflect credit upon it, and who will support it with their time, talents, and treasure for the rest of their lives. Our collective futures depend on it.

Theta Phi Alpha Founders

Theta Phi Alpha Founders

The Alpha Gamma Delta Founders

The Alpha Gamma Delta Founders

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sigma kappa founders

(Sarah) Ida Shaw Martin, Delta Delta Delta Founder

(Sarah) Ida Shaw Martin, Delta Delta Delta Founder

The four Kappa Alpha Theta Founders

The four Kappa Alpha Theta Founders

The founders of Delta Phi Epsilon

The founders of Delta Phi Epsilon

Sigma Delta Tau Founders and Ritualist

Sigma Delta Tau Founders and Ritualist

Four members of the Holt House Committee along with the painting of Pi Beta Phis 12 founders.

Four members of the Holt House Committee along with the painting of Pi Beta Phis 12 founders.

Phi Sigma Sigma founders

Phi Sigma Sigma founders

The pictures are the ones I could easily find in my media library. I am in no way singling these organizations out. I am merely suggesting that unless our members want to refer to these founders as “babies” then no women who join the organizations in 2016 should be referred to as babies.

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“First” Follow-Ups

Yesterday’s post was about a Pi Phi, Marguerite Lindsley (Arnold), who was the first female full-time Park Ranger, according to some sources. It was so fun to see Tri Delta’s post about Herma Anderson Baggley, who is considered first by other sources.

As with “firsts” there are often some caveats. Late yesterday afternoon, I saw a post about Herma Anderson Baggley on Tri Delt’s page. The passage below is from a Park Service history and includes information about the clothing the women wore when working at the Park, since there weren’t “official” uniforms for women in the 1920s and 1930s. ( https://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/workman4/vol4c.htm).

Albright hired Isabel D. Bassett as a guide at Yellowstone in 1920. This started a trickle of women into the service. Marguerite Lindsley (Arnold) and Frieda B. Nelson were hired in 1925; Frances Pound (Wright), 1926; and Herma Albertson (Baggley) in 1929.

Bassett was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College and she did part-time work. Albertson was a Tri-Delta from the University of Idaho. I could not find information about the educational background of Nelson or Pound.

I started down a rabbit hole when I read that Lindsley was mentioned in a Time magazine article about President Coolidge and his family’s visit to Yellowstone. Did Lindsley let the First Lady know that they shared membership in Pi Beta Phi? Seeing Tri Delta’s post made me imagine the Tri Delta and Pi Phi talking about their membership in NPC organizations.

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In any event, it’s wonderful to know that at least two of the earliest female Park Service employees, doing jobs traditionally done by men, were #amazingsororitywomen!

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Today is Women’s Equality Day. This morning, in Nashville, Tennessee, a statue by Alan LeQuire, will be unveiled at Centennial Park. It honors the women who worked for women’s equality in Tennessee and the pivotal role the state had in the fight for women’s suffrage. The women featured in the statue are: Anne Dallas Dudley of Nashville; Abby Crawford Milton of Chattanooga; J. Frankie Pierce of Nashville; Sue Shelton White of Jackson; and Carrie Chapman Catt, the national suffrage leader who helped direct the states suffragists.

Dudley was educated at Ward’s Seminary and Price’s College for Young Ladies, both in Nashville. Pierce was educated at the McKee School, a mission school for African Americans and Roger Williams University in Nashville. White graduated fron Georgie Robertson Christian College (now Freed-Hardeman University) and West Tennessee Business College. The non-Tennessean in the statue, Carrie Chapman Catt, was one of the first female graduates of Iowa State University. Catt was a  member of Pi Beta Phi.

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It’s #NationalDogDay according to twitter. That reminds me that on the last Sunday of August last year we acquired a min-pin, Max (the Menace). Amazingly, he’s still here, despite having destroyed an expensive shoe that had been worn for six hours. He also likes to annihilate rug padding, paper, and anything with fiberfill. We love him nonetheless. His older doggie “sister” tolerates him, and together, they keep us on our toes. (They each have a few beds around the house. This is a favorite and they refuse to let the other have it, so they end up sharing it.)

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100 Years of National Park Service and an #amazingsororitywoman

Today is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. President Woodrow Wilson, a Phi Kappa Psi, signed the National Park Service Organic Act on August 25, 1916. I’d like to tell you about an #amazingsororitywoman named  Marguerite “Peg” Lindsley (Arnold). She was the first woman to be hired as a full-time permanent Park Ranger. I “discovered” her only this past weekend as I was searching for something in a 1927 Arrow. This morning, as I was seeking a topic for today’s post, I discovered that today is the Centennial of the Park Service. Sometimes topics and people find me.

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Marguerite “Peg” Lindsley, the daughter of Chester A. Lindsley, the Superintendent of Yellowstone Park, was born at Mammoth Hot Springs in 1901. She grew up in Yellowstone. She was home-schooled until she went to Montana State College (now University) in Bozeman. When the Montana Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi was installed on September 30, 1921, she was among its charter members.

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Marguerite  is in the second row,  third from the left.

During the summers, when she was in school, she  served as a Yellowstone Park seasonal worker. She gave tours on the Park’s geology and wildlife. Her post-graduation plans included medical school, but she was not accepted. Instead, she enrolled in program in bacteriology at the University of Pennsylvania. She took a  job in a laboratory near Philadelphia.

As fascinating as the work in bacteriology was, she heard the call of Yellowstone and in a move that was uncharacteristic for women of the day, she gathered her pennies and purchased a used Harley Davidson motorcycle equipped with a side-car. She and a friend traveled the 2,500+ miles from Philadelphia to Yellowstone disguised as men. They camped out along the way, too. Remember that in the 1920s, there was no highway system. That trip must have been an adventure!

The Harley (Photo courtesy of the National Park Service)

The Harley (Photo courtesy of the National Park Service)

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The Arrow article noted that Lindsley was the first woman to receive the rank of permanent membership in the National Park Service, although a few women had previously served in part-time employment.

On April 17, 1928, she married Everett LeRoy (Ben) Arnold, a National Park Service Ranger, and she had to give up her full-time employment as married women of the day were often required to do. She continued working at Yellowstone on a seasonal basis. The Arnolds had a son. Marguerite Lindsley Arnold died in 1954.

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But I Wanted My Daughter To Be My Sister

Sorority recruitment is upon us. On some campuses, it is akin to an Olympic competition. However, prior to the establishment of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC)  in 1902, recruitment was like the Wild West. There were no across the board rules and regulations and any compact that may have been agreed upon on a particular campus was only as good as the paper it was written on. They didn’t call the process “Rush” for nothing.

A woman who is going through NPC sorority recruitment who has a mother, grandmother, or sister who was initiated into that group is considered a legacy. Some organizations also include other relatives and step-relatives in the definition of legacy. Therefore, it is possible for a woman to be a legacy to several chapters. 

Several of the 26 NPC organizations each have a pair of real sisters among their founders. Alpha Gamma Delta has Marguerite and Estelle Shepard. Helene and Adriance Rice founded Alpha Sigma Tau. Frances and Almira Cheney belong to Alpha Xi Delta and Clara and Emma Brownlee founded Pi Beta Phi. Only one organization, Theta Phi Alpha, has two sets of sisters among the founders – May C. Ryan and Camilla Ryan (Sutherland), and Katrina Caughey (Ward) and Dorothy Caughey (Phalan).

Some founders of NPC groups had younger sisters who followed in their footsteps and joined the organization their sister helped create. These sisters were the first legacies to be initiated. It took about 17 years, give or take a little, from the founding of an organization for the first daughter to be initiated into the organization. Having a sister, mom, or grandmother at one’s initiation is a very special occasion.

However, the sad fact is that not everyone’s daughter, granddaughter, or sister is going to end up wearing the pin of their legacy organization(s). There are a whole hosts of reasons why this might happen. Perhaps the number of legacies going through was too large to invite everyone back for more than one day.  Perhaps it wasn’t a good match. Perhaps the woman going through recruitment wanted to follow her own heart. 

Whatever the reason, dreams sometimes die when a new member opens a bid card and on it is an organization other than the one to which her mother, grandmother, or sister belong. And the dream that dies is usually the one belonging to the relative(s) of the new member.

To the ones who suffer hurt on Bid Day, my advice is to change the dream. The experience your daughter, granddaughter, or sister will have in any of the 26 NPC groups is essentially the same. And chances are very good that if she dedicates herself to the organization, she will leave it with the same feelings and love for her organization that you have for yours. In the end, isn’t that what you want for her?

Enjoy giving her things with her letters or symbols. Send her flowers after initiation. Revel in your time with her and the chapter at Parent’s Weekend, Homecoming, and Mom’s Weekend, or anytime you visit her. If the chapter has a Mom’s Club, get involved.

Yes, feeling sadness when a dream dies is normal.  If your legacy was raised with your sorority songs being sung to her when she was a baby, to helping with alumnae club or chapter advising, to touring your organization’s chapter house on campus visits, then the hurt will sting a little more. Don’t let your hurt affect your legacy’s experience. Let her enjoy it just as you enjoyed yours. Genuinely support her. Help her leave her chapter on graduation day feeling the same love for her organization as you do for yours. That is one of the greatest joys you can give her during her time at college.

The graphic that Delta Gamma posted on May 24, the date NPC was founded.

The graphic that Delta Gamma posted on May 24, the date NPC was founded.

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Oh, Those Olympians!

The list of Olympians who are members of fraternity and sororities has been updated several times since it was first posted. It’s at http://wp.me/p20I1i-2Dv. I appreciate the emails that came my way about GLO members who weren’t yet recognized. 

Sister Madonna Buder, an 86-year-old triathlete who has been the subject of a Nike ad running during the Olympics, is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She is an initiate of the chapter at Washington University in St. Louis.  The “Iron Nun” as she is known, is the current record holder as the oldest person to finish an Ironman Triathlon, a feat that happened in 2012 when she was 82.  See the ad at http://news.nike.com/news/unlimited-youth-sister-madonna-buder. She is certainly an #amazingsororitywoman!

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The Boys of ’36, a PBS American Experience episode, is the story of the University of Washington crew team. The men won the  gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Two of the men, Robert “Bobby” Moch and Donald Hume were initiates of the Phi Gamma Delta chapter at the University of Washington. The episode can be viewed at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/boys36/player/.

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Jesse Owens, Alpha Phi Alpha, also competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and won four gold medals. This post, from the blog Letters of Note, appeared on my facebook feed and it brought tears to my eyes. See  http://www.lettersofnote.com/2016/08/tell-him-about-his-father.html.

Owens was a 1935 initiate of the Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha at the Ohio State University. Earlier this year, a film, RACE,  was released and it is now available on dvd. See http://www.apa1906.net/celebrating-the-life-and-legacy-of-brother-jesse-owens.

Luz Long and Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics.

Luz Long and Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics.

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A Saluki and Zeta Phi Beta Throw the Hammer

It was also brought to my attention that Mary Gen Ledecky, Katie’s mom, is a Pi Beta Phi, as is golfer Matt Kuchar’s mom.

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Olympic Connections

Michael Phelps has made history Two women named Simone made their marks, and there was a meteor shower to boot.

For the past two days, we’ve gone outside at 4 a.m. to see what we could see in the night sky. On Thursday morning it was nothing, although my husband insists he did see one shooting star. When my internal alarm clock woke me ten minutes before the noisy one, I almost went back to sleep. I am glad I didn’t. This time sat on our neighbors back porch (they’re not home) which has a more unobstructed view of the sky. There were enough shooting stars to make it worthwhile.

Those who are the watching the Olympics or following along on social media have their eyes on some shooting stars, too. Michael Phelps is amazing and has the medals to prove it, making him the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. “What does that have to do with this blog?” you ask. Well, he was raised by a sorority woman. Debbie Phelps is a Phi Mu from Fairmont State.

The Fall 2009 Aglia cover, courtesy of Phi Mu

The Fall 2009 Aglaia cover, courtesy of Phi Mu.

 

And how about those two Olympians named Simone?  

Cele Hoffman Eifert (a Gamma Phi Beta Facebook friend)
 

So how many girl babies are gonna be named SIMONE this year after Olympic Gold medalists Simone Biles and Simone Manuel???

Things have been going super well for Olympians named Simone!

Simone Manuel became the first African American swimmer to win a gold. There is a sorority woman, Alia Atkinson, a Sigma Gamma Rho, who is swimming for Jamaica. She and a past Olympian, Maritza Correia McClendon, are helping their sorority with its Swim 1922 partnership with USA Swimming.

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We are focused on water safety. Read the latest article promoting our partnership with USA Swimming. Sigma Gamma Rho and Swim 1922 are making a splash across the country! ‪#‎SGRho‬ ‪#‎SigmaGammaRho‬‪#‎Swim1922‬

 

Through its Swim 1922 program, Sigma Gamma Rho and USA Swimming have teamed up to provide swimming and water safety classes to children from minority groups. The rate of drowing among black children aged 5 to 19 is more than five times greater than the rate for white children.

Swim 1922 reminded me of a program that is taking place in Carbondale, Illinois, where I live. An outdoor community pool opened this year, after decades, more likely half a century of talk. The Executive Director of the Carbondale Park District, Kathy Renfro, is a Rotarian, and a past President of the Rotary Club to which I belong. She and her board saw the project come to life over the last five or so years. It became a reality because of her vision and her belief that a community swimming pool would help the community in so many ways.

I learned about this special program learn to swim one night when I happened upon the Park District meeting on community access tv. It’s a partnership between the Park District and the Saluki Masters Swim Club. Fourteen members of the club provided eight free lessons to each of the 30 participants.

Congratulations to the graduates of our last Adult Learn to Swim class of the summer. Swimmers ranged in age from 23-80, proving that you are never too old to learn to swim! We are proud of you!

CARBONDALE — It was a celebration Thursday for some adults who proved you’re never too old to learn a new skill.

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“How Do We Rate?” Sorority Ranking in the 1930s

Louise Leonard, an Alpha Gamma Delta, served her organization in many ways, as Quarterly Editor, Grand President, and National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) delegate, to name a few. She served as NPC Chairman from 1926-28. Eighty years ago, she wrote something that resonates as well today as it did back then. “How Do We Rate?” is its title. It was published in several NPC member magazines. Note that when she wrote it, there were 23 NPC groups, today there are 26.  Sorority recruitment has started on some campuses and the sentiment of this is as true today as it was eight decades ago.

Last spring, when fall rushing plans were already in the air, there came to my desk by chance one of the prevailing booklets which are prepared for the information and edification of the presumably uninformed rushees who invade the campuses each fall. Persons will disagree concerning the details of what should go into such booklets, but it has always seemed to me that fraternity good taste is as valuable a requisite as personal good taste. Therefore it was with a distinct shock that I read among the ‘Do you knows’ of this booklet, prepared by a chapter of a fraternity other than my own, the startling query ‘that ____ fraternity ranks first of all the N.P.C. fraternities because of ___ .’  The reasons, which could easily be refuted by one with a Panhellenic background, I omit since the identity of the fraternity in question is not pertinent to the present discussion. 

A universal besetting sin of the human race is talking too much. Most of us love to talk and it is impossible to talk a great deal and not have a goodly amount of that talk worthless. With some of us a stronger designation must be used, dubbing our words harmful or even vicious. This is especially true in any superficial discussion of the relative rating of the NPC groups….

Each of the twenty-three N.P.C. fraternities is founded on ideals which dedicate its members to service and to honor and uprightness in all human relationships. Each fraternity was founded because it was felt that within its circle, deep friendship and high endeavor could be more easily fostered than without the bond of ritual. One fraternity could not possibly give membership to all who wished it and retain the close association which is an essential for the forwarding of its highest aims, It would all seem very simple then to think that one fraternity being good, and there being plenty of students to fill the ranks of twenty-three fraternities, the twenty-three would be just what was needed. And, since the problems of all twenty-three must be approximately the same, there would out of this similarity of purpose grow a solidarity which would tend toward cooperation and understanding among the individual chapters of those fraternities in working together. But the usual picture is quite different. There are campuses on which a really Panhellenic spirit prevails–where those chapters that, through some turn of the wheel, are undergoing a lean period are really given a helping hand, sympathy expressed for their present hard luck, and their good points enlarged upon in conversation . In general the campuses after rushing remind one who views them with a discerning eye very much of battle fields whereon national, chapter, and individual reputations lie torn in shreds without regard to truth or consequences, so long as the letter of the college Panhellenic rules is preserved. Theoretically everyone deplores the methods used in rushing, but we all go on year after year building up a more elaborate and complicated and devastating system of competition which completely undermines and at least temporarily annihilates the finer qualities of interfraternity relationships. Nothing in the whole system is more vicious than the complete lack of reticence in making statements which can not be proved by facts. It would indeed be a brave national officer who would undertake to prove the assertion that her fraternity was the “best” or “first,” for she knows .there is no such listing.

It is beneath the dignity of any fraternity woman to make such a statement concerning her own fraternity or to make derogatory remarks concerning the national or local rating of any other fraternity

A college Panhellenic should be a constructive body engaged in a progressive program of real value to its members and the general college community. There should be fostered a spirit of confidence in the integrity and fair play of all its members. Keen though competition is, it should be carried on without questionable methods and statements. It should not be necessary for any group to be forced into methods of which it disapproves in order to preserve its existence.

If all twenty-three N.P.C. fraternities would earnestly apply themselves to the task this change could be brought about. How does a fraternity “rate”? “first,” “best,” “Big Six,” and on and on? It rates by its members truly living the ideals of the fraternity, by their being contributing members in the better activities of the campus and their home communities, by remembering that there is a culture which is supposed to be acquired through a colIege education and intellectual contacts that is more than a veneer. It rates by actually being and not saying it is. In fraternity as in all else-“What you are thunders so loud I can not hear what you say.”

Louise Leonard at her typewriter.

Louise Leonard at her typewriter.

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On Beta Theta Pi’s Founders’ Day, Olympian Eddie Eagan

August 13, 1839, was Commencement Day at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Five days earlier, on August 8, at the first official meeting, eight young men established Beta Theta Pi, the first men’s fraternity founded west of the Allegheny Mountains. The men, “of ever honored memory” were John Reily Knox, Michael Clarkson Ryan, David Linton, Samuel Taylor Marshall, James George Smith, Charles Henry Hardin, John Holt Duncan, and Thomas Boston Gordon. The first three were members of the Class of 1839, at a time when there were no female students at Miami. 

The chapter became inactive in January 1848 due to the “Snowball Rebellion.” Erasmus D. McMaster, Miami’s president, wanted to rid Miami of fraternities; a decree was handed down banning the fraternities. The students rebelled. A heavy snow aided in the protest. The main entrance of Old Main was blocked off and at least a dozen huge snowballs found their way to the first floor. McMaster was livid! He was determined to expel the men involved. At the time of McMaster’s edict, they were the only two national groups on campus. The second chapter of Alpha Delta Phi had been founded at Miami in 1833. 

On the following evening, the rebellion continued. Doors were nailed shut, and Old Main was filled with snow. McMaster cancelled classes for a week and began disciplinary proceedings. All but nine seniors and five juniors were expelled from the University. 

Three of the men were admitted to Centre College in Kentucky and founded Beta’s Epsilon chapter. That spring, the two remaining members left. The Alpha chapter did not come back to life until 1855. Miami University’s decision to fire McMaster due to the loss in critical revenue resulted in a change of course for the institution regarding Greek-letter organizations. The story of Miami University’s role in the history of the fraternity movement is a rich one, but it will have to wait until another day. Happy Birthday to the first of the Miami Triad!

Eddie Eagan while at Yale.

Eddie Eagan while at Yale.

Since we seem to be caught up in Olympics, fever I offer you Edward Patrick Francis “Eddie” Eagan, a Beta who was a member of the University of Denver and Yale University chapters of Beta Theta Pi. Just as he experienced two Beta chapters, he also experienced the winter and summer Olympics. Eagan won the gold at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics in the 178-pound boxing category and a gold in bobsledding at the 1932 Lake Placid Olympics. After Yale, Eagan went to Harvard Law School and then to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He served in both World War I and World War II, lived and is buried in Rye, New York.

Two Olympic torches grace Eddie Eagan's gravestone.

Two Olympic torches grace Eagan’s gravestone.

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