THE ALPHA TAU OMEGA FRATERNITY AND THE GAMMA BETA CHAPTER.
JUST after the close of the war when everything was in a
state of turmoil three students of the Virginia Military
Academy thought it would be an admirable plan to organize a
national fraternity which should act as a connecting link
between the North and the South.
The idea was carried out, and the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity was formed on September 11, 1865, at Richmond, Virginia. The chapter at the Military Institute, of course, became
the most active and the first in importance.
Although intended as a national organization, it was not
until quite recently that many chapters were established in
Northern Colleges; and the main idea or plan of the first
members bids fair to be carried out even beyond their
The government of the Fraternity consists of three departments, viz., a Congress of delegates from colleges, which
meets twice a year; the Grand Officers of the Fraternity, and
a High Council consisting of five members chosen from the
Fraternity at large by the Congress; and the Worthy High
Chancellor, who acts judicially and settles all disputed
The Fraternity's official organ is the " Alpha Tau Omega
Palm," which was established in 1880 and stands high among
the fraternity publications. Since 1888 the magazine has
been published in New York, but before that time was published in several other places. There are a number of Alumni
associations all of which are in a prosperous condition, the
one in Washington being the principal. There are forty-five
active chapters and the Gamma Beta of Tufts is almost the
youngest of them.
The Gamma Beta chapter was established in 1893; and
since then its growth has been marvellous, and at the present
time it is in a very flourishing and solid condition both financially and in numbers. It is the only chapter of "Alpha
Tau" in Massachusetts, although there are chapters in Maine,
Vermont, and Rhode Island. In October, 1895, an Alumni
association to be called the Boston Alumni Association was
founded, and has its headquarters in Boston.
ALPHA TAU OMEGA
Beta Washington & Lee University1865
DeltaUniversity of Virginia1868
Lambda Cumberland University1868
OmegaUniversity of the South1877
Alpha Beta University of Georgia1878
Alpha DeltaUniversity of North Carolina1879
Alpha EpsilonAlabama State College1879
Alpha ThetaEmory College1881
Alpha Iota Umhlenburg College1881
Alpha Mu Adrian College1881
Alpha Nu Mt. Union College1882
Alpha OmicronSt. Lawrence University1882
Alpha Rho Lehigh University1882
Alpha TauSouthwest Presbyterian University1882
Alpha UpsilonPennsylvania College1882
Alpha PhiSouth Carolina College1882
Alpha ChiTrinity College1883
Alpha PsiWittenberg College1883
Beta BetaSouthern University1885
Beta EpsilonTulane University1887
Beta ZetaUniversity of Vermont1887
Beta EtaWesleyan College, Ohio1887
Beta ThetaCornell University1887
Beta IotaGeorgia School of Technology1888
Beta KappaHillsdale College1888
Beta MuWoorster University1888
Beta OmicronAlbion College1889
Beta PiVanderbilt College1889
Beta RhoMarietta College1890
Beta TauLovell University1890
Beta Psi Leland Stanford, Jr., University1890
Beta UpsilonMaine State College1891
Beta PhiWofford College, S. C.1891
Beta DeltaUniversity of Alabama 1885
Beta OmegaState University, Columbus1888
Gamma AlphaColby University1892
Gamma BetaTufts College1893
Gamma GammaRose Polytechnic Institute1893
Gamma DeltaBrown University1894
Gamma EpsilonAustin College1895
Gamma ZetaUniversity of Illinois1895
GAMMA BETA CHAPTER OF ALPHA TAU OMEGA: ESTABLISHED IN 1893.
Instructor FRANK GEORGE WREN, '94.
CLASS OF 1896.
FRANK FAY EDDY,
DAVID FRANCIS DILLON,
EUGENE FRANCIS CORIDON,
GEORGE FRANCIS MAGUIRE.
CLASS OF 1897.
DANIEL FRANCIS CROWLEY,
MAX ALARIC PLUMB,
WALTER DAVIS HALL,
STEPHEN CLARENCE MITCHELL,
GEORGE EDWARD RICHARDSON,
HOWARD IRVING RUSSELL,
FREDERICK MORSE RANDLETT.
CLASS OF 1898.
GEORGE ALEC HARWOOD,
EDMUND MERRITT FRENCH,
HENRY EVANS BATES,
CLASS OF 1899.
BARZILLAI ALBERT RICH,
CHARLES EDWARD GOUGH,