Greetings Brothers!

This week the Committee would like to present to some and introduce to others Brother Victor Claude Smith who was initiated at Camp Howard. He was a charter member and the first basileus of Zeta chapter and is credited with writing Zeta chapter’s first oracle entry in 1921. He would leave Union as the valedictorian with a perfect record and matriculate to MIT, where he would go on to earn a second Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Science degree, and a Doctor of Science degree, distinguishing him as the first Black graduate of MIT with a ScD. Smith is believed to be the first African-American to graduate as a chemical engineer in the United States ( Please make time to read the attached articles from the August 1921 and June 1926 Oracles.

Read More – VCSMith_Aug1921Oracle

Read More – VCSmithGammaTuftsJumbo_Jun1926Oracle

Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!

3rd District History and Archives Committee
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