Omicron Kappa Upsilon
National Dental Honor Society
Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) was established at Northwestern University Dental School in 1914. The mission of OKU is “to encourage and develop a spirit of emulation among students in dentistry, and to recognize in an appropriate manner those who shall distinguish themselves by a high grade of scholarship.” Members are selected from among students who rank in the top 20% of the class during their senior year of dental school. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the profession of dentistry. Membership may
also be extended to dental school faculty and professionals who
have made a significant contribution to the art and science of
dentistry. The Pi Pi chapter was established at Howard University
by charter on May 15, 1948,as a component of the National Dental
Members of OKU and recent inductees. You may reach the Secretary of Pi Pi chapter at
From the Howard University archives: On May 15, 1948, the Secretary of Omicron Kappa Upsilon announced that a charter had been granted to Howard University College of Dentistry and, with his congratulations, advised that the chapter members proceed at once to effect an organization. A meeting was held on May 18, at which lime, in accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws of the Supreme Chapter, officers for the newly created Pi Pi Chapter were elected as follows: Percy A. Fitzgerald, President; John A. Turner,
Vice-President; and Raymond L. Hayes, Secretary-Treasurer. The other charter members
were Russell A. Dixon, C. Carnot Evans, Emmett J. Scott, and Adolphus Walton.
Installation of the chapter was held on June 2, 1948, on which occasion Dr. Erling Thoen,
Secretary-Treasurer of the Supreme Chapter, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, presented
President Mordecai W. Johnson with the charter for Pi Pi Chapter and also presented each
member with his key. The following members of the June 1948 graduating class were the
first Howard University students to be elected to the Society: Harold L. Applewhite,
Grace E. Byrd, Donald C. Fitzroy, and Herman F. Stamps. Other alumni members elected at
this time were Benjamin Day Boyd, Roland O. Groomes, Herman E. Gaskins, Joseph L. Henry,
John A. Jackson, Richard K, Otagaki, and Robert H. Thompson, Sr. The honorary member
chosen was Robert M. Hendrick, Sr.
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