Owl Club (Harvard)

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The clubhouse

The Owl Club is a men's only final club at Harvard College, founded in 1896. Its clubhouse is located at 30 Holyoke Street in Cambridge, in close proximity to Lowell House. It ought not be confused with its homonymous Owl Club, established at the Cape of Good Hope in the year 1894 and first placed under the honorary stewardship of Prince Alexander of Teck, later Major-General Alexander Augustus Frederick William Alfred George Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone, and reputedly one of the oldest gentlemen's club of the British Empire.[1]

The Owl Club[edit]

The Owl Club is one of eight final clubs at Harvard, including the Porcellian Club; the A.D. Club; the Fly Club; the Delphic Club; the Phoenix SK Club; the Fox Club; and the Spee Club. The club participates in "punch season" every fall with the other final clubs and elects sophomores and juniors to become members.

Early history[edit]

The 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, and on 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 “The Owl Club”. The club had become informally known as the Owl as an abbreviation of its Greek name, Αvλòζχαι’‘Εχπωμα.

Notable members[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ W. E. Ranby, The Owl Club [1], Cape, 1952
  2. ^ Howe, Mark Anthony De Wolfe (1922). Memoirs of the Harvard Dead in the War Against Germany, Vol 3. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 
  3. ^ "Widener's Wish Fulfilled". The New York Times. 4 October 1912. 
  4. ^ Curt Sampson (2005). The Slam: Bobby Jones and the Price of Glory. Harvard University Press. 
  5. ^ "Robert G. Stone Jr. '45-'47, Who Led Panel That Picked Summers as Chief, Dies at Age 83", The Harvard Crimson, Thursday, April 20, 2006
  6. ^ Student Council of Harvard College (1915). Harvard University Register, vol 42. 
  7. ^ "Sorry Clubbie", The Harvard Crimson, Wednesday, May 26, 1965
  8. ^ http://www.pac-12.org/ABOUT/Staff/LarryScott.aspx
  9. ^ "Charles Veley". Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Oakland Athletics Executive Bios". Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
    • William (Stampy) Von Furgleton, '02 — CEO, Wrekthul Brands, Ltd.
  • Owl Club of Harvard College, Membership Directory, 1998, Puritan Press, New Hampshire
  • "OWL CLUB, INC., THE., Summary Screen", The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts, William Francis Galvin, Secretary Of The Commonwealth, Corporations Division

Further reading[edit]

Coordinates: 42°22′17″N 71°07′07″W / 42.3715°N 71.1187°W / 42.3715; -71.1187