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John Milton Lee, born in Danville, Indiana, September 7, 1890, was graduated from the Danville High School in 1910 and entered the University of Indiana, where he completed three years of pre-medical work. In 1915, he became a student at Temple University but was compelled to leave school because of a death in the family. He enlisted in the 349th Field Artillery in March of 1918 and served overseas as a First Class Sergeant and Gunner. His battery was the first battery of Negro Artillerymen ever to open fire upon an enemy. John Milton Lee fired the first shot. He helped organize, and for several years was president of, the Fairview Gold Club, the first Negro Golf Club in Pennsylvania. Vocationally, he was engaged in several enterprises. For eight years, he conducted a successful catering business in Philadelphia; he organized and served as Vice President and Secretary of the Mutual Emergency Union, a mutual aid company in Philadelphia. He was also a member of the Board of Managers of the Columbia Community Branch of the YMCA.
Edward Giles Irvin was born in Spencer, Indiana on August 13, 1893. He graduated from Kokomo, Indiana High School in 1910 and that same year entered the University of Indiana. Founder Irvin attended the University of Indiana until 1912 when joined in World War I. Following the war he worked with Indianapolis Freeman, and in 1922 he established his own weekly newspaper called the Shining Star. Due to the success of The Shining Star he earned an editor position with Gary Sun, but passed up the opportunity to become sports editor of the Chicago Daily Bulletin. Founder Irvin was actively involved in Methodist Church of Chicago and the Masonic and Odd Fellows Lodges. Also he promoted basketball and track in many schools in Indiana. For years he also operated and organized the Afro-American Manufacturing Company in Chicago, which produced novelties, candies, and specialties. Founder Irvin was the 24th Laurel Wreath recipient. He entered the chapter invisible November 4, 1982. The Edward Giles Irvin Award of Kappa Alpha Psi is named after him and is available to Greek letter chapters for outstanding achievements.
Guy Levis Grant, born in New Albany, Indiana, was the third of thirteen children, five of whom became members of Kappa Alpha Psi. He attended public schools in that city, was graduated from Scribner High School in 1909, and later entered Indiana University. While there, he majored in chemistry, graduating with the A.B. degree in 1915. In 1920, he received the D.D.S. degree from Indiana Dental School, then a part of the University of Indiana; he practiced dentistry in Indianapolis. In 1929, he married Laura Hammons. He served as a member of the Grand Board of Directors and was the Fraternity’s Historian. In addition to his activities with Kappa Alpha Psi, Brother Grant held memberships in several civic, professional, and business organizations. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Indianapolis.
George Wesley Edmonds was born on August 13, 1890 in Vandenburgh County, Knight Township, Indiana. He graduated from Clark High School in Evansville and enrolled at Indiana University in the fall of 1910. Founder Edmonds did not return to school because he became the head of the family when his father died after contracting pneumonia in the summer of 1911. He worked on the railroads and in the coal mines of Vandenburgh County until his death on June 13, 1962 from pneumonia. After he left the university, the Fraternity lost contact with Founder Edmonds until Founder Irvin identified a photograph in January 1978 which ended the 67-year search for him.