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Delta Theta

Western Michigan University

Dec 8th, 1962

Founding Date

Michigan’s fourth Alpha Phi chapter, Delta Theta at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, was installed on December 8 and 9, 1962. Delta Theta was established in the fall of 1961, and university regulations required they remain a new chapter for a full year before installation.


Initiation services for the new Alpha Phis of Delta Theta were performed on Saturday morning, December 8, by the Michigan (Theta) chapter, at their chapter house in Ann Arbor. Initiation was under the direction of Abigail Shay Bassett (Theta-Michigan), international ceremonies chairman.


That evening the initiation banquet was held in the convention hall of the Southgate Inn at Kalamazoo. Elinor Smith Davis, former acting international president, was toastmistress. The speakers were Doris R. Corbett (Beta-Northwestern), executive secretary-treasurer; Linda Whims; Marian Garfield Klein (Beta Beta-Michigan State), district alumnae chairman; Elizabeth Lichty, dean of women, and Virginia Bradford DeLong (Beta-Northwestern), collegiate secretary. 


On Sunday morning, initiates and guests attended church services at the Kanley Chapel on the Western Michigan campus. That afternoon members of Adrian (Delta Eta) chapter, arrived to present the model chapter meeting. Elinor Smith Davis (Gamma-DePauw) presented the chapter charter immediately before the start of the model meeting.


The Sunday afternoon reception, which brought to a close the installation weekend festivities, was held in the lounge of the student center and was attended by students, parents and faculty.