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Dartmouth College

Alpha Eta Chapter

Dartmouth College
Founded: March 03, 1928
Status: Inactive 


Individual Awards

Distinguished Merit Award
Koop, Dr. Everett C. '34 [1993]

Delta Beta Xi
Prosser, Gwynne A. '28 [1938]

Chapter History

Sigma Alpha local fraternity was organized in March 1925 by H. R. Horton, Stowell C. Goding and George E. Gardner. It became Alpha Eta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi in chartering ceremonies at Alpha Chapter's Tomb on March 3, 1928. Grand Junior President Benjamin Clarke, Michigan 1910, was the Installing Officer. At the time of its chartering, Alpha Eta became the sixth active Alpha Sigma Phi Chapter in the "Ivy League." From 1928 through 1932, the Chapter won first place in Fraternity Scholarship at Dartmouth College each semester.

On February 12, 1936, the chapter house burned down. The men accepted a recommendation of a campus committee published in May 1936, that National Fraternity chapters at Dartmouth sever the ties to their National Headquarters. Operating as Sigma Alpha local, and without a house, the group did not pledge a single man and closed in the fall of 1936. Alpha Eta Chapter initiated 156 members.

Notable alumni include former U. S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop, Dartmouth '34, a pioneer in pediatric surgery and a famous campaigner against cigarette smoking, and Robert Maclellan, Dartmouth '28, Chairman of the Board of the Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company.

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