Tau Sigma Sigma

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Tau Sigma Sigma started as a social/service fraternity at East Carolina University in 1935, making it the first true fraternal organization at ECU. The Chapter was founded by Dr. Beecher Flanagan. In 1936, the Chapter became Tau Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi under the direction of then President Bruce Simmons and Dr. Flanagan. It was pure coincidence that Tau Chapter kept part of the original name. Simon S. Shearer of the Omicron Chapter, the National President at the time, personally came down to assist with the installation of Tau Chapter.

According to the 1936 Tecoan (ECU's Yearbook), the following members and officers were listed:

Tau Sigma Sigma 1935


  • President: Bruce Simmons
  • Vice President: Roy Barrow
  • Secretary: Howard Aman
  • Fratres in Facilitate: Dr. Beecher Flanagan

Brothers: (Top to bottom, left to right)

  • Bruce Simmons '36
  • Hyatt Forrest '36
  • Robert Down '36
  • Jimmie Carr '36
  • George Willard '36
  • Elmer Smith '37

  • Francis Sinclair '37
  • Judson White '37
  • Dirward Stowe '37
  • Howard Aman '38
  • Roy Barrow '38
  • Lester Ridenhour '38

Colors: Purple and White

Flower: Carnation

All but 3 members of the original Tau Sigma Sigma would eventually become Brothers of Tau Chapter, most of which joined the following year as Charter members.

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