June 26, 2017
Wright, Fraternity Brother
In the fall of 1957, the members of Phi Delta Theta went through the logs and discovered that Frank Lloyd Wright had been a pledge of the group while he was a student.
I was a student at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, as was my older brother, who was a member of Phi Delta Theta. In the fall of 1957, the fraternity was celebrating 100 years on campus. The members of the fraternity went through the logs and discovered that Frank Lloyd Wright had been a pledge of the group while he was a student. They thought it would be quite the thing to invite him to their gala dinner and celebration. They were amazed when he accepted! He was, after all, nearly 90 years old.
Much to the excitement of the fraternity, he attended and was seated on the dais. He was alert and engaged, it was reported; but he didn’t eat much. In photographs it was discovered that a fork was under the table in front of him. Was that a reason for the light diet?
Virginia Richards Schwerin
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