Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mystery Solved

A friend of mine did a little Google prying and found the origin of my grandfather's tie pin!

Wiki's got the answer:

Phi Beta Pi Medical Fraternity
Founded March 10, 1891, at the West Pennsylvania Medical College (now a department of the University of Pittsburgh) as an anti-fraternity society. It was originally known as Pi Beta Phi but changed its name because of an existing sorority with the same name.
Badge is a diamond of gold with emerald points and pearl edges. A black enamel center with gold skull and pelvis and the letters "ΦBΠ."

My grandfather was an OBGYN so it makes complete sense for him to have been in a Medical Fraternity. :)

Not quite as mysterious as an Ivy League secret society as I had first conjectured, but still a neat piece of history.

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