1913: Omicron Chapter, Founded by a Founder

Omicron Chapter (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Senior Breakfast, 1914. Frances Haven Moss (Syracuse, 1874) can be seen farthest left.

Omicron Chapter (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Senior Breakfast, 1914. Frances Haven Moss (Syracuse, 1874) can be seen farthest left.

After the death of one of her sons, Frances E. Haven found herself quite upset and needing a way to alleviate her sadness. Her husband Charles Moss suggested that Frances attempt to open a Gamma Phi Beta chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1913, Omicron Chapter was installed and is the only chapter to be founded by a Founder.

Frances was very involved with Omicron Chapter (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) until her death in 1937. Every year, Omicron Chapter members place white roses – Frances’ favorite flower – and pink carnations on her grave, which is only a few blocks away from campus.

 

Omicron Chapter (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) picnic at Brownfields Woods.

Omicron Chapter (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) picnic at Brownfields Woods.

Pictured above: Omicron Chapter (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) juniors in 1917, including Frances E. Haven’s daughter – Alida Moss – sixth from left.