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Oregon Gamma

Willamette University*

Founding date: 6/3/1944

Installing Officer:
Grand Vice President Ruth Barrett Smith, Iowa Gamma

Installation at Oregon Gamma

A local group, Beta Chi, was formed in 1919. The group officially became a chapter of Pi Beta Phi on June 3, 1944. Formal initiation and installation took place at the First Methodist Church in Salem and Grand Vice President Ruth Barrett Smith, Iowa Gamma, presided over the ceremony. The formal Installation Banquet was held the night of June 3 in the Mirror Room of the Marion Hotel. There were 110 members and alumnae seated at the tables decorated in the color scheme of wine and delphinium and valerian, flanked by pink and blue candles. Customary Pi Phi songs were sung throughout the banquet by an Oregon Gamma trio of women, and the banquet was concluded with the traditional Loving Cup Ceremony, which is a ceremony no longer recognized by Pi Beta Phi. 

The chapter relinquished its charter in 2021. 

Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award Winners from Oregon Gamma

  • Dr. Addyse Lane-Palagyi (1993)‚Äč