Nixon Memorial Dedicated at Whittier College

Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - May 22, 1997

Contact: Kristin Tranquada (562) 907-4974

Reference: 96-97/61


Former President's College Fraternity Honors its Co-Founder and Most Famous Alumnus

Whittier College's Orthogonian Society, a fraternal organization co-founded in 1930 by Richard M. Nixon, honored its most famous member today with the dedication of a memorial monument in his honor. The 4-foot-high granite monument was unveiled this morning on the north lawn of the Whittier College campus.

Nixon graduated summa cum laude from Whittier College in 1934, with a bachelor's degree in history. The text of the monument pays tribute to Nixon's service as founding president of the Orthogonian Society, student body president (1933-34) and member of the Whittier College Board of Trustees (1940-1968), as well as his U.S. presidency.

Current and alumni members of the Orthogonian Society contributed the $15,000 needed to build the monument. The society's current members also provided the labor for excavating and landscaping the monument site.

Participating in today's ceremony were Dr. James L. Ash, Jr., president of Whittier College; Anthony R. Pierno, chair of the Whittier College Board of Trustees; Clinton O. Harris, Whittier College trustee and Nixon's classmate, friend and fellow Orthogonian alumnus; David Stimler, Whittier College senior and past president of the Orthogonian Society; and Kevin C. McGlynn, a 1993 alumnus of Whittier College and the Orthogonian Society, and chair of the Nixon Memorial Fundraising Committee.

The Orthogonians are one of nine student societies at Whittier College (five for women, four for men). Nixon co-founded the society with his friend Dean Triggs, and although he was only a freshman, Nixon was elected the group's first president. He also composed the lyrics of the Orthogonian song, the last two lines of which appear on the monument: "Brothers together we'll travel on and on, worthy the name of Orthogonian."

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is a four-year, independent liberal arts college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member institution of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Orange County.

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