Circa Mid-1930s Pictures of Chapter House Found

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Son of 1936 Michigan Alpha President Donates Historic Photos to Alumni Association


[December 16, 2009] While recently going through a collection of his father's old photos, the son, Bob Young, of Michigan Alpha's President, Robert C. Young '36, during the 1935-36 school year came across pictures of the Phi Delta Theta chapter house believed to have been taken during the mid-1930s.

While it would have been easy for Bob to just keep these photos in his family's archive forever, he decided to find out if the photos were meaningful to the owners of the fraternity house. Bob's research on the Internet enabled him to find the Alumni Association's web site and e-mail address which he used to provide us with copies of the photos.

As it turns out, Young's photos of the exterior and interior of the house have provided us with the best visual record we have of the structure from this era. All of Young's photos can be viewed in the "Historical Photos" album.

In the course of discussing the discovery of these photos, the Alumni Association learned from Bob about his father's noteworthy career in journalism. After graduating from Michigan, Young went on to a distinguished 46 year career with the Chicago Tribune.

He was present for, or reported about, many historic events. Young became a Tribune White House correspondent and was in the presidential motorcade in Dallas on that fateful November day in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

During his career, Young covered Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon before retiring as the editor of the Tribune's Washington Bureau in 1977.

Young spent his retirement years with his wife living at Leisure World in California before passing away in 2000 at the age of 85.

Thanks to the thoughtfulness of his son, the Alumni Association now knows more about the early history of our grand old chapter house as well as Young who achieved great distinction in his professional career. This find is a tremendous addition to the Alumni Association's Heritage Project.

The Alumni Association is very grateful to Robert C. Young for keeping these photos in his archive for decades. In coelo quies est, Brother Young.