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Lambda Chapter

Columbia University
Founded: May 8, 1910
Status: In-Active


Chapter History

Columbia University was founded as King's College in 1754 and renamed Columbia College in 1784. Presently its graduate schools enroll approximately three quarters of the 28,000 students at Columbia. Lambda Chapter was established at Columbia through the efforts of William E. Byers, Marietta '08. It was installed on May 28, 1910. The early chapter had a great deal of difficulty coping with the high rents of New York City. In 1919 the chapter settled at 625 W. 113th Street. In 1930 it moved to 524 West 114th Street. After World War II the chapter was located at 424 W. 116th Street. The chapter newsletter was "Lambda News."

The Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Pi began as a colony, known as Sigma Theta, and was installed on June 1, 1928. Rennie D'Angelo was a leader of the colony and early Alpha Kappa Pi chapter. Upon the merger of Alpha Kappa Pi and Alpha Sigma Phi, the initiates of the Alpha Kappa Pi chapter were added to the roll of Lambda Chapter.

Charles E. Hall, Columbia '13, served as the first Executive Secretary of Alpha Sigma Phi. Five other Lambda Chapter alumni served as Grand Council or Grand Prudential Committee members of Alpha Sigma Phi. Seven alumni, Ambrose Day, Columbia '20, Irvin D. Foos, Columbia '14, William Grunden, Columbia '28, Charles Hall, Columbia '13, Paul Bickel, Columbia '10, Ralph Hawkins, Columbia '16, and Joseph Johnson, Columbia '23, have received the Delta Beta Xi Award. The roster of Lambda Chapter contains 442 names.

High housing costs and limited size of incoming classes from which to draw rush materials due to the impact of the draft during the Korean Conflict weakened the chapter and contributed to its closure in 1959.

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