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William Alexander Scroggs

Founder of Kappa Kappa Psi

 

 

Born November 27, 1896, Stillwater native William Scroggs earned a degree in Commerce and Marketing from Oklahoma A&M College in 1922. 

During one fateful summer break from OAMC, Brother Scroggs had the dream that would become Kappa Kappa Psi. Brother Scroggs was honored as the first president of the Alpha chapter, and was elected as vice president in the chapter's second year. After seeing his vision become reality, he and Raymond Shannon established the Beta and Gamma chapters in the fall of 1920.

After his graduation, Brother Scroggs briefly taught in Muskogee before beginning work as an insurance agent, first in Sand Springs, then in Denver, CO, and finally in San Diego, CA. He worked in the insurance field for approximately 50 years.

Brother Scroggs continued a high level of involvement with the national organization for many years. As a member of the Grand Council, he served in the following capacities: Grand Editor and Assistant Secretary,1919-23; Grand Secretary, 1923-26, 1927-29, and 1937-39; Grand 2nd Vice-President, 1939-41; and Grand 1st Vice-President, 1941-47. He also served as the District XI (California-Arizona) Governor from 1942-49.

The 1947 National Convention in Stillwater saw three major events occur, all centered around Brother Scroggs. First, he was given the honor of conducting the first piece ever performed in concert by the National Intercollegiate Band, John Philip Sousa's Semper Fidelis. Second, Brother Scroggs abdicated his advancement to the office of Grand President. Having presided over the 1922 National Convention in the absence of A. Frank Martin, he wished to give "one more brother" the chance to lead the Fraternity. In response to this gesture, the delegation responded with the third major event: a unanimous resolution to make Brother Scroggs the Honorary Life Grand President of the Fraternity. The first brother so honored, he remains one of only three individuals to bear this title.

At the 1957 National Convention, a special committee led by Brother Scroggs created the William A. Scroggs Founder's Trophy, to be given to the nation's outstanding chapter. Brother Scroggs received the Distinguished Service to Music Medal in 1967 for his service to the Fraternity.

In his personal life, Brother Scroggs was highly involved in civic activities. He was a prominent Shriner and a leader of local civic clubs and political groups. He was remembered as a deeply religious man. He and his wife Eula had two children, William Jr. and Susan.

Brother Scroggs passed away March 14, 1984 at the age of 87. He is entombed with his wife Eula in San Diego, CA.

 

Collegiate Activities

1914-15 Division II Sub-Freshman
  ROTC (C Company, 1st Battalion)
   
1915-16 Military Band (Pvt., Cornet)
  Commerce & Marketing Freshman
   
1916-17 Military Band (Cpl., Cornet)
  Band President
   
1917-18 College Band (Cornet)
  Delta Sigma Alpha
  Agricultural Extension Scholarship Winner
   
1918-19 Military Band (Pvt., Cornet)
   
1919-20 FOUNDER, KAPPA KAPPA PSI
          Constitution & By-Laws Committee
          President, Alpha Chapter
  College Band (Cornet)
  Regimental Band (Cpl.)
  Delta Sigma Alpha
         
1920-21 Kappa Kappa Psi (Chapter Vice President)
  Band Secretary-Treasurer
  College Band (Cornet)
  Delta Sigma Alpha
  Commerce & Marketing Major
   
1921-22 Kappa Kappa Psi
  Kappa Kappa Psi Yearbook Editor
  Band Secretary-Treasurer
  College Band (Cornet)
  Orchestra
  Delta Sigma Alpha
  Alpha Kappa Psi
  Commerce Club
  Omega Literary Society
  Billy Club
  YMCA