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Owl Club (Harvard)

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Owl Club (Harvard)

The Owl Club is a final club at Harvard College, founded in 1896.



Owl Club was founded in 1896 by Reginald Mansfield Johnson, Malcolm Scollay Greenough, Jr., Frazier Curtis, Preston Player, Charles Clifford Payson, Austen Fox Riggs, and Dudley Hall Bradlee, Jr. It originally went under the name Αvλòζχαι’‘Εχπωμα (meaning the Pipe and Mug), or Alpha Epsilon.

In 1901, land on the corner of Holyoke Street and Holyoke Place was purchased. In 1905, architect James Purdon of Purdon and Little drew up plans for the Georgian clubhouse. June 24 of that year the cornerstone of the present clubhouse was laid. The new building was formally opened on March 24, 1906, the tenth anniversary of the Club.

In 1916, it was voted officially to change the name from “Phi Delta Psi Club” to “Owl Club”. The club had become informally known as Owl as an abbreviation of its Greek name, Αvλòζχαι’‘Εχπωμα.

Notable members

  • Edward B. Cole ' 02 — United States Marine Corps Major, expert on machine guns, casualty at the Battle of Belleau Wood
  • Harry Elkins Widener '07 — Benefactor and namesake, Widener Library of Harvard University; casualty on the wreck of the RMS Titanic ocean liner.
  • Bobby Jones, '24 — Amateur golfer and winner of the Grand Slam in 1930; Founder of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.
  • Robert G. Stone, Jr., '45 — Former Chairman of the Harvard Corporation.
  • J. William Middendorf, III, '47 — U.S. Secretary of the Navy under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford from 1974 to 1977; U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands and Organization of American States.
  • Edward M. Kennedy, '54 - '56—U.S. Senator from Massachusetts.
  • Charles Veley, '87 — World's most-traveled man.
  • David Forst, '98 — Oakland Athletics Assistant General Manager.
  • References

    Owl Club (Harvard) Wikipedia

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