William A. Scroggs
|William A. Scroggs|
William A. Scroggs
|Born||William Alexander Scroggs
November 27, 1896
|Died||March 14, 1984
San Diego, California
|Resting place||Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego|
|Known for||Founding Father and first President of the Alpha chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi fraternity|
|Spouse(s)||Eula T. Washington (m. 1929; w. 1984)|
|Children||Bill Scroggs Jr.
|Awards||Honorary Life Grand President of Kappa Kappa Psi
Distinguished Service to Music Medal
Beyond Kappa Kappa Psi, Scroggs was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, a member of Delta Sigma Alpha agricultural fraternity (now called Collegiate 4-H), and president of the college orchestra.
Kappa Kappa Psi
In 1919, Scroggs, a member of the Oklahoma A&M band, approached band president A. Frank Martin with plans for an honorary band fraternity. Martin agreed to help with the fraternity's creation and was selected, along with Scroggs and eight other members of the band, to serve as a founding member of the fraternity by band director Bohumil Makovsky. At the first meeting of the fraternity, Scroggs was elected President of the local chapter and elected Grand Editor and Assistant Secretary and Treasurer of the national organization.
Scroggs served as a member of the constitution and bylaws committee of the new fraternity.
In 1947, Scroggs conducted the first piece ever performed by the National Intercollegiate Band: "Semper Fidelis" by John Philip Sousa. At the 1947 National Convention, Scroggs abdicated his succession to the office of Grand President, having presided over the 1922 convention in the absence of Martin. He was honored by the delegation by being named the first Honorary Life Grand President of the Fraternity.
In 1957, a committee led by Scroggs at that year's National Convention established the William A. Scroggs Founder's Trophy, an award that is given to the most outstanding chapter in the nation every biennium. He received the Distinguished Service to Music Medal in 1967 for his service to the fraternity.
Scroggs married Eula T. Washington on August 29, 1929. The couple had two children: William Alexander Scroggs Jr. and Susan Scroggs.
William Scroggs died on March 14, 1984, and is buried with his wife at Greenwood Memorial Park in San Diego.
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