Gamma Alpha

University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, May 15, 1943-1970

Alpha Delta Pi had the honor of being the first national sorority at Connecticut to select its own members rather than accept a local. Installation took place on Founders' Day in 1943, making it the second of three chapters to be installed during World War II. Edith Brown Corttis, Rho - Boston, was instrumental in Gamma Alpha's beginnings. Tragedy, however, struck in the summer of 1944 when Mrs. Corttis lost her life in the Ringling Brothers' Circus fire. Although devastated by the loss, the chapter persevered and acquired a permanent home in a campus dorm in 1950. The chapter was known for its spirit, being active in athletics, dramatics, and all university clubs. The chapter closed in 1970 at a time when interest in Greek life declined.