Whitney, Mary Fuqua Turner

Initiation Date

03/12/1921

Positions held

Fraternity President

Birth Date

1902

Death Date

1999

Mary's term came during a troubled time in Kappa history. College campuses in the 1960s were very crowded, and the Soviet launch of the satellite, Sputnik, heightened academic competition. Mary's solution was to increase presence in college campus activities, while reducing non-essential Fraternity activities and simplify chapter organization. But student governments student-faculty committees questioned Fraternity autonomy, and there was enormous pressure to maintain a democratic presence on college campuses. Mary dealt with these situations with frank and honest communication, and maintained the Fraternity policies she knew to be both efficient and timeless. But she was also sensitive to the needs of the great variety of college campuses, and encouraged Chapter Presidents to be aware of and support these needs. She believed in Kappa as an atmosphere in which women could grow intellectually and socially.


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