Owl Club (Harvard)
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.
The Owl Club
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.
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.
- Roger Irving Lee '02 — physician, inventor of the Lee-White method of measuring blood coagulation, President of the American Medical Association
- 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.
- George Minot '08 — winner of the 1934 Nobel Prize in Medicine
- Robert Woods Bliss '10 — U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, founder of Dumbarton Oaks
- Hanford MacNider '11 - United States Diplomat and United States Army General
- Bobby Jones, '24 — Amateur golfer and winner of the Grand Slam in 1930; Founder of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.
- Theodore Roosevelt III, '36 — Grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt.
- Robert G. Stone, Jr., '45 — Former Chairman of the Harvard Corporation.
- Galen L. Stone, '43 - '46 — U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus.
- 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.
- Richard Darman, '64 — Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George H.W. Bush.
- Ford M. Fraker, '71 — U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia under President George W. Bush.
- Hassan Nemazee, '72 — U.S. Ambassador to Argentina under President Bill Clinton.
- Thomas Mesereau, '73 — Trial lawyer.
- David L. Weinberg, '74; Richard M. Cashin, '75; Alan W. Shealy, '75; Christopher R. Wood, '75 — Members of 1976 U.S. Olympic Crew Team.
- Andrew D. Cadiff, '77 — Director, Chasing Liberty; Producer, Home Improvement and Growing Pains.
- Scott Meadow, '77 - Educator and Venture Capitalist
- John M. Bridgeland, '82 — Director, USA Freedom Corps; Director of Domestic Policy Council.
- Thomas S. Strickler, '84 — Co-Founder, Endeavor Talent Agency.
- Larry Scott '86 - Commissioner, Pac-12
- Charles Veley, '87 — World's most-traveled man.
- Christopher Wojcik '96 — Current Head Coach of Harvard University Men's Lacrosse Team, former dual captain of Harvard University Men's Lacrosse and Soccer teams.
- David M. Forst, '98 — Oakland Athletics Assistant General Manager.
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- William (Stampy) Von Furgleton, '02 — CEO, Wrekthul Brands, Ltd.
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