Alpha Beta

University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, January 16, 1915

Alpha Beta began as local sorority Theta Phi, which Gertrude Branson Mitchell organized. The alumnae chapter of Theta Phi had been established in 1914, and 11 of their members were initiated with the charter group. In 1947-48, Alpha Beta worked out an interesting system for making sure each senior got in safely after closing hours. When the first senior came in, she would wait up for the next senior and so on until all were home. The chapter had several homes before moving to their newly-built home in 1964. The building committee included alumnae who were serving as national officers: Helen "Danny" McGrew McDowell, Ferne Gater Bonomi-Davis, Catherine Leslie Iten, Virginia Rosenberg Stafford and Virginia Lee Nelson. Mrs. Nelson resigned to write Loyally, and was replaced by Theodora Papakostas Mastrogany. They worked closely with long-serving advisors Helen Tygret and Jean Myers Buxton. The chapter has an oil painting of Founder Eugenia Tucker Fitzgerald by Georgina Hobson Hendricks, which is a copy of the original that was painted for the Centennial Convention. Grand Council members include Catherine Leslie Iten, Joan Perry Boatright and Former Grand President Virginia Rosenberg Stafford who served as an NPC Alternate Delegate and on thee 150th Anniversary Committee. Virginia Lee Nelson was editor of The Adelphean, authored Loyally, Volumes I and II, and served as Grand Historian. Ferne Gater Bonomi-Davis served as Adelphean Editor and Georgina Hobson Hendricks served as an international officer for many years. Sherri Winter Steckroth, Amanda Sloan and Brandy Boyle Lafeyette have served in many ways. Sarah Snell Harder was Alumna of the Year in 1989. Barb Timmerman Ehrmann is a long-serving House Corporation member and her mother, Barbara Wick Timmerman, served before her.