Rho Sorority, Inc. was organized on November 12, 1922 in Indianapolis,
IN by seven school teachers.
Johnson - a product of the Indianapolis Public School System and
received both B.S. and M.S. degrees from Butler University. In
1923, she received her first teaching assignment and over the
years, she was promoted to principal of the largest elementary
school in Indianapolis. She was also very involved with many clubs
and organizations dedicated to community service. Ms. Johnson
retired in 1966.
Redford - A graduate of South Bend Central High School cum laude,
Indiana State Teachers College with a B.S., and Butler University
with an M.S., Ms. Redford also studied at Western Reserve in Cleveland
and Indiana University Extension. She taught one year in Terra
Haute, and thirty seven years in Indianapolis, IN. She was Grand
Epistolous, Grand Tamiochus, Financial Consultant and received
various awards and honors from Sigma Gamma Rho. Plaques are awarded
in Ms. Redford's name at each Boule for exhibits of chapter achievements.
Allison Little - Raised by a family friend because both of her
parents were killed when she was three, Ms. Little graduated from
Shortridge High School in 1915 and received a diploma from the
Indianapolis Normal School in 1918 when she began teaching. In
1928, Little moved to Los Angeles with her husband and finished
her undergraduate training at UCLA. She taught in the Los Angeles
School System until her retirement in 1967. The Mary Lou Allison
Loving Cup Award is presented at each Boule to the chapter reporting
the most successful program.
McClure - A graduate of Shortridge High School, the Indianapolis
City Normal School, Ms. McClure attended Western Reserve University
in Cleveland, OH. She won the Gregg Scholarship which she planned
to use to attend Columbia University, but due to illness, she
could not accept the scholarship. McClure was talented in art
and she helped to design the sorority pin. Ms. McClure died very
young on August 24, 1924.
Whiteside - After graduating from Shortridge High School, Ms.
Whiteside entered the Indianapolis City Normal School. In 1922,
when in training as a cadet teacher, she met the teachers who
became her best friends and founders of Sigma Gamma Rho. Ms. Whiteside
taught school until 1951 when she retired and later helped her
husband to develop a business. She also started her own millinery
business and worked with her church and various other organizations.
After the death of her husband, she ran their business from 1955
until 1957 and returned to teaching in 1959, where she remained
until her retirement in 1970.
Marbury - Like her friends, Ms. Marbury also attended Shortridge
High School and the Indianapolis City Normal School. She received
a B.S. from Butler University and a Master's from Columbia University
in New York City. Her professioinal career included teaching at
Morehouse College in Atlanta, Director of Practice Training of
teachers from Butler University, Indianapolis University, and
Indianapolis State University. She taught in the Indianapolis
School System for nine years. Ms. Marbury organized Public School
87, which grew from a 4 room portable school to 18 rooms and 24
teachers, where she was principal for 39 years until her retirement
in 1967. She married in 1929 and is the mother of two children.
She was the last living founder. She passed away on July 27, 2000
at the age of 100.
Martin - The youngest of six children, Ms. Martin attended grade
school in Indianapolis. She graduated from the Manual Traing High
School and the City Teachers Normal. Ms. Martin taught school
for over 25 years. She married twice and was a devoted wife and
hard worker in school and the sorority.
The Charter Members are the founders of Sigma Gamma Rho. The group
became an incorporated national collegiate sorority on December 20,
1929, when a charter was granted Alpha Chapter at Butler University.
More than 400 undergraduate and graduate chapters have since been
established throughout the country and abroad.