Frank Reed Horton

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Frank Reed Horton (July 17, 1896 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania – August 28, 1966 in Easton, Pennsylvania), was a United States educator. He is best known as the founder and first national president of Alpha Phi Omega, an international service fraternity.[1]

Frank Reed Horton


Scout Executive Homestead District Council, PA, 1927–28. Horton taught history, government and English at Cedar Crest College and Muhlenberg College, both located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Author of Poetry Writing and Appreciation (1942).[2] He also was an industrial accountant for Ingersoll-Rand Company.



Joined Navy in 1918, commissioned an Ensign in 1919. As an ensign, served on the mine sweeper USS Whippoorwill shortly after World War I. Received World War I Victory Medal with Minesweeper Clasp.


As the founder and first National President (1926–1931) of Alpha Phi Omega, he provided the leadership to extend the fraternity to eighteen campuses and established the first national structure for the fraternity.

Member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity, Kappa Phi Kappa Education Honorary, and the Square and Compass (a Freemasonry college group) while at Lafayette.[3]


Numerous Alpha Phi Omega honors and award

  • Awarded the National Distinguished Service Key
  • Named National Fall Pledge Class Namesake (1966).

Among fraternity members, he is sometimes referred to as "The Lightbearer" as he was the principal founder of the organization.


  • Deputy Scout Commissioner, Easton Scout Council, PA, 1923-?
  • Scout Executive, Homestead District Council, PA, 1927–28
  • Scout Executive, Shenandoah Area Council, Winchester, VA, 1929 - 1931


  • Member, Freemasonry, 1918; Royal Arch/York Rite, 1919; Scottish Rite.
  • Member, Kiwanis (joined between 1920–22)
  • Member, Knights of Pythias (joined between 1920–22)


  1. ^ "Biography". Alpha Phi Omega founder. 2006. Retrieved 2006-05-09.
  2. ^ Poetry Writing and Appreciation
  3. ^ Alpha Phi Omega membership application

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