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History

The Lambda Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated was founded Friday evening, February 20th, 1920 on the campus of Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by John Milton Lee and Edward Hampton Smryl.

The Lambda Chapter was established February 20, 1920 at Temple University by Founder John Milton Lee and Brother Edward Hampton Smyrl (Epsilon Chapter initiate). B.H. Brown, a high-ranking student in the school of dentistry became the Chapter’s first Polemarch. Early members pursued degrees in the medical fields including F.L. Brown and G.W. Clinton, standout dental students; C.S. Wooding, referred to as a “satellite” in medicine; A.S. Hawkins, one of the best students in pharmacy, Norman Glenn, a pharmacist who had performed creditably as a lieutenant in World War I and B.C. Calloway a student at Penn State University. 

The Lambda Chapter was instrumental with the chartering several chapters in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, including the Delta Eta Chapter Philadelphia Citywide Chapter in 1952. Both Chapters developed and maintained a close relationship being the only two chapters within the City of Philadelphia. Unfortunately, due to low membership starting in 1962, the Lambda Chapter was inactive until it was reactivated in 1983. This period of Lambda Chapter’s inactivity was perpetuated because Temple University students seeking membership were initiated through the Delta Eta Chapter. Joseph Nicholson, Brad Larkin and other Temple University Brothers initiated through the Delta Eta Chapter were a driving force behind the reactivation of the Lambda Chapter in the early 80s.


In Spring of 1984, the first Lambda Brothers in close to 30 years were initiated which reignited the flame of the Legendary Lambda Chapter. The Lambda Chapter has and continues a tradition providing great programming for the Temple University community including the Minority Organization Showcase (MOS) and the John Milton Lee Scholarship Ball.