Omicron Chapter of Delta Delta Delta was installed at Syracuse University on October 30 & 31, 1896 by Sarah Idea Shaw Martin, Tri Delta's founder.
She was assisted by Edith M. Wait, Bertha Jackson, Loraine Thomas and Emily Lucia from the Beta Chapter (St. Lawrence University); and by Annie Sherburne, Eta Chapter (University of Vermont), and Mabel Terry, Gamma Chapter (Adrian College in Michigan).
The new Tri Deltas had been a local women’s Fraternity since 1895 known as Chi Alpha, organized by M. Josephine Brown (Mrs. B.W.) and Ethel Estelle Embury for the purpose of securing a Charter in a National Fraternity. The women choose to petition for acceptance into Delta Delta Delta because of its fine reputation and dynamic presence on other campuses. The initiation service took place at the home of Josephine Brown (Mrs. B.W.) on Crouse Avenue during the afternoon of October 30, 1896 followed by an evening reception at the home of Ethel Embury. Installation of officers took place the next day followed by an installation banquet at the Hotel Vanderbilt attended by representatives from all of the other fraternities at Syracuse University.
Evelyn F. Allen, Mary Josephine Brown, Ethel E. Embury, Anna J. Hollis, Daisey A. Boon, Bessie B. Stinard, Ethelberta Timbrell, Mary G. Maltby, Alberta Perry, Agnes Reed, Patty N. Brailey, Clara B. Johnson, Maud Southworth, Ruth Ward, Bertha Whitman, Maud Winters.
Mrs. D. Corbin, Mrs. F. Holzworth, Mrs. F. Losey
Omicron Chapter has initiated over 2,500 members since its’ founding 120 years ago.
The chapter has produced campus leaders in all of the student organizations including Student Asembly, National Panhellenic Association, Onondagan yearbook editors, NCAA athletics, the Daily Orange. Members have gone on to serve in each of the professions. From the earliest times, our members have been University professors, doctors, Syracuse University Trustees, lawyers, noted authors, politicians, artists, journalists, and businesswomen. Omicron Chapter members have been local and National leaders in civic and philanthropic organizations.