Happy Birthday Chi Omega! (and a Snippet About Mary Love Collins)

Omega Psi at Dickinson College. It became the Delta Chapter of Chi Omega in 1907. Mary Love, a 1902 graduate is included in this photograph. She was instrumental in acquiring the Chi Omega Charter and was initiated into the chapter.

Happy Founders’ Day to Chi Omega! It was founded on April 5, 1895 at the University of Arkansas.

It is interesting to note that in the history of women’s fraternities, there is a cadre of women who played integral roles in their own organizations as well as in the National Panhellenic Conference. One of these women was Mary Love Collins. She played a major  role in Chi Omega for 62 years, serving as its National President for 42 years. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, she became a lawyer at a time when few women chose that profession. Chi Omega calls her “a brilliant administrator, author, and dedicated fraternity woman.” She was also involved in the National Panhellenic Conference serving as Chairman in 1919-21 and attending NPC meetings for decades. Moreover, she was an ambassador for Chi Omega wherever she went.

The photo is courtesy of the Dickinson College web-site.

© Fran Becque, www.fraternityhistory.com, 2012, All Rights Reserved.



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