OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

OSU fraternity to donate Pauling treasures to campus library

10/03/2000

CORVALLIS - Three fraternity pins belonging to two-time Nobel Prize winner and Oregon State University graduate Linus Pauling are being donated to the campus library by Delta Upsilon Fraternity.

Delta Upsilon officials will present the pins, along with a picture of Pauling, to The Valley Library during a ceremony they are calling, "Honoring Our Brother." It will begin at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, in OSU's Memorial Union Lounge. Among the speakers at the presentation will be OSU President Paul Risser and Bob Kerr, campus Greek life coordinator.

"Linus Pauling was a founding father of the Oregon State chapter of Delta Upsilon," said Eric Lindberg, a fraternity member who is coordinating the presentation. "His initiation name into Delta Upsilon was Peewee Pauling."

Pauling was born in Portland in 1901 and after attending high school in Condon, he graduated in 1922 from OSU, then called Oregon Agricultural College. His work in chemistry, which charted the underpinnings of life itself, earned Pauling a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1954. His 1958 book "No More War" helped solidify scientific support for the nuclear test ban and led to his 1962 Nobel Peace Prize. Much of his fame in his later years came from his research into the benefits of vitamin C.

Pauling, who died in 1994 at the age of 93, was deeply involved in fraternity life while in college, Lindberg said. He was a member of the Gamma Tau Beta fraternity, which first appeared on campus in 1916. In 1922, Gamma Tau Beta was granted a charter from Delta Upsilon, making Pauling one of the founding fathers of OSU's Delta Upsilon chapter.

"Pauling came back to Portland in January of 1982 to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the fraternity," Lindberg said. "At that time, he decided to make a gift of his fraternity pins to Delta Upsilon."

Recognizing the significance of Linus Pauling's contributions to society, Delta Upsilon is now donating the pins to Special Collections at The Valley Library, Lindberg said. The pins include a Gamma Tau Beta pin, a Delta Upsilon pin, and a sweetheart pin, designed to be worn on a chain.

Special Collections at Oregon State University's Valley Library maintains and preserves the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers and the campus is the site of the Linus Pauling Institute at OSU. The institute is a national leader in research on connections between diet and health problems.