Henry Tourner Asher

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Henry Tourner Asher
Born 1892
Woodburn, Kentucky, U.S.
Died March 5, 1963
Occupation Founder of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated; Attorney

Henry Tourner Asher (1892 – March 5, 1963) was a founder of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.[1] In The Story of Kappa Alpha Psi, the primary book of history for the fraternity, Asher is said to have been "an untiring civic, community and religious worker," and was actively involved in many community service organizations.[2]


Early life[edit]

Asher was born in Woodburn, Kentucky in 1892.[1] He moved to Bloomington, Indiana, and attended Bloomington High School, graduating in 1910.[1]

Founding of Kappa Alpha Psi[edit]

Asher enrolled in Indiana University Bloomington, where he met Elder Watson Diggs. Asher and the other founders of Kappa Alpha Psi officially formed the fraternity on January 5, 1911.[2] Asher stayed active with the fraternity, becoming an early member of the Detroit Alumni chapter (circa 1920) and attending Grand Chapter Meetings.[2]

Later life[edit]

In June 1914, Asher graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree.[2] He served as a teacher for one year at the Lincoln Institute (now Lincoln University of Missouri) in Jefferson City, Missouri.[2] Asher, in 1915, enrolled in graduate school at the University of Illinois.[2] He later enrolled at the University of Minnesota, and graduated from there in 1917 with a Master of Arts degree.[2] In 1928, he received a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the Detroit College of Law.[2]

During his life, Asher was a member of several community service organizations, such as the local YMCA, NAACP, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.[2] He served as a teacher, as well as an official of his church.[2]

Asher died on March 5, 1963 at the Veterans Hospital. Among those who attended his funeral was Founder Ezra Dee Alexander.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Founder: Henry Tourner Asher". Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Official Website. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Bryson, Ralph J. (2003). The Story of Kappa Alpha Psi: A History of the Beginning and Development of A College Greek Letter Organization 1911-1999. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 

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