History of Triangle


  • Founders

Edwin B. Adams
Wilbur G. Burroughs
Stanley G. Cutler
Ruby O. Harder
Theron R. Howser
Robert Emmett Keough
Thomas E. Lowry
Milton H. McCoy
Meryl S. Morgan
Ernest B. Nettleton
Raymond C. Pierce
Franklin N. Ropp
Arthur Schwerin
Charles M. Slaymaker
Charles E. Waterhouse
Emil A. Weber

FoundingFathers

Standing left to right: Slaymaker, Morgan, Pierce, Harder, Howser, Keough, Schwerin, and Nettleton, Seated: Ropp. Lowry, McCoy, Weber, Adams, and Cutler. Not pictured: Burroughs and Waterhouse.


  • National Organization

April 15 is historic in the annals of Triangle Fraternity, the annual Founders Day. On that date in 1907, the band of 16 students constituting the Founders obtained incorporation papers from the State of Illinois. Before the incorporation papers could be applied for, however, there had to be some kind of organization. The Founders, all junior civil engineering students at the University of Illinois, for the most part had known each other since they were freshmen. In the fall of 1906, four students—Stan Cutler, Milton McCoy and Meryl Morgan, and Emil Weber—started discussions about establishing a Civil Engineering club. As the group developed and added members over the next few months, they decided to become a fraternity with plans to rent a house and live together during their senior year, 1907-1908. Just ten years after Triangle’s formation, Founder Arthur Schwerin was looking through his college mementos and found a picture that brought the beginnings of Triangle vividly to his memory:

This is a flashlight that was taken March 8, 1907, and is, as far as I know, the only picture that was ever taken of the original charter members of TRIANGLE…Our constitution was adopted the latter part of February, 1907, and the meeting at which this picture was taken was held in McCoy’s room for the purpose of selecting a name and also for the election of officers.

A large number of names had been suggested, but Transiters, Eads, Transit and Level, and Triangle seemed to meet with the most favor. Finally it narrowed down to a choice between Eads and Triangle, and the latter won out. It was decided to call the Illinois Chapter “Eads”, because even at that time, we had visions of a fraternity which was to extend beyond the horizon of our own school, and take in all of the large engineering schools of the country.

Shortly after this meeting three additional men were taken in as charter members. Borden left soon after this picture was taken, and never signed the constitution, thus leaving sixteen men, as stated in our history, as the charter members.”

Triangle’s beginnings came from the desire of some congenial college friends to extend their friendship, not only through college, but also for life. It was in the fall of 1906 that sixteen civil engineering juniors at the University of Illinois began the association that became Triangle Fraternity. These Founders based their organization on the principles of honor, friendship, character, brotherhood, courage, and ideals. They developed their plans quickly, and on April 15, 1907, incorporated Triangle in the State of Illinois. The date of incorporation has been designated as Founders’ Day, and Triangle appropriately celebrates it every year at each chapter.


  • National Chapters

School

Chapter

Date Installed

Years Active

Notes

1

University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign ill April 15, 1907 1907–present founding chapter

2

Purdue University pur April 8, 1909 1909–present

3

Ohio State University os February 2, 1911 1911–present

4

University of Wisconsin–Madison wis February 7, 1913 1913–present

5

University of Kentucky ky October 31, 1920 1920–1983, 2005–present

6

University of Cincinnati cin August 6, 1921 1921–2005, 2014–present

7

University of Iowa ia May 7, 1922 1922–1948

8

University of Minnesota minn October 29, 1922 1922–present

9

Illinois Institute of Technology ar May 26, 1923 1923–present originally installed as Armour Institute of Technology

10

University of Missouri mo October 25, 1924 1924–1933

11

University of Michigan mich February 21, 1925 1925–1971, 1975–1995, 2007–present

12

University of Kansas kan January 8, 1927 1927–present

13

Missouri University of Science and Technology mom December 10, 1927 1927–present originally installed as Missouri School of Mines

14

Pennsylvania State University ps March 3, 1928 1928–present

15

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology sdm September 27, 1930 1930–present

16

Northwestern University nu May 25, 1935 1935–1987

17

Marquette University marq April 24, 1937 1937–present

18

University of Louisville lou March 22, 1941 1941–present

19

Cornell University cor April 18, 1942 1942–1985

20

Michigan State University msu January 8, 1955 1955–present

21

Clarkson College cl November 16, 1957 1957–1970

22

University of California, Los Angeles ucla December 7, 1957 1957–present

23

University of Nebraska–Lincoln neb March 16, 1963 1963–2011

24

Iowa State University is April 25, 1964 1964–2011 recolonizing since 2013

25

Kansas State University ks September 7, 1964 1964–present

26

Oklahoma State University oks November 21, 1964 1964–1995

27

Milwaukee School of Engineering msoe January 23, 1965 1965–present

28

Rochester Institute of Technology rit February 4, 1967 1967–2010

29

Colorado State University csu May 27, 1967 1967–2006, 2012–present

30

Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology rose May 4, 1968 1968–present largest active chapter

31

University of Colorado colo April 26, 1969 1969–1972

32

University of Pittsburgh pitt April 4, 1970 1970–2001, 2007–present

33

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee uwm April 11, 1970 1970–present

34

University of Toledo tol May 22, 1971 1971–present

35

Mississippi State University miss November 11, 1972 1972–1987

36

University of Oklahoma ok November 18, 1979 1979–present

37

Virginia Polytechnic Institute vpi April 19, 1980 1980–1996

38

University of Connecticut conn March 27, 1982 1982–1998

39

University of Texas at Arlington uta September 27, 1986 1986–2000

40

Texas A&M University tamu April 9, 1988 1988–1999, 2007–2009

41

Michigan Technological University mtu April 16, 1988 1988–2006, 2012–present

42

Trine University tsu April 15, 1989 1989–2008 originally installed as Tri-State University

43

University of Akron akr November 2, 1991 1991–1997

44

Northern Illinois University niu October 9, 1993 1993–2006

45

University of Maryland, Baltimore County umbc June 4, 2005 2005–present

46

University of Houston hou April 19, 2008 2008–present

47

University of California, Berkeley cal April 24, 2010 2010–present

48

University of California, San Diego ucsd February 11, 2011 2011–present

49

University of North Carolina at Charlotte char April 30, 2011 2011–present

50

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona cpp May 7, 2011 2011–present

51

University of California, Irvine uci September 29, 2012 2012–present

52

Florida Atlantic University fau September 7, 2013 2013–present

53

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College psb February 28, 2015 2015–present

54

Virginia Commonwealth University vcu April 11, 2015 2015–present

55

University of Utah utah April 25, 2015 2015–present possessors of Rattle III

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