Going Greek with the NYU class of 1932

I have no idea if there’s a big Greek presence among New York University‘s gazillion students these days. But fraternities and sororities sure seem to have been popular 79 years ago.

The 1932 NYU yearbook, “The Album,” features six frats and 12 sororities, including this one. They look like a studious but smart-alecky crew.

The young women of Pi Alpha Tau come off as more serious, I think. You have to love those early-1930s permanent waves.

Lets say these seniors were 22 years old in 1932. They would be approaching their 101st birthdays this year.

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11 Responses to “Going Greek with the NYU class of 1932”

  1. rita Says:

    The Alpha Lambda Phi frat member in the second row, 4th from the left, appears to be actor and NYU graduate Norman Lloyd, now 96 years old, who played, among other roles, Dr. Auschlander in St. Elsewhere on TV and the infamous title character in Hitchcock’s 1942 film Saboteur. I’ll never forget the exciting climactic scene at the Statue of Liberty.

    • wildnewyork Says:

      That’s amazing–I’ll have to check the names later (they were listed at the bottom of the page the photo appeared on). I’d never heard of him before but wow!

  2. jayKayEss Says:

    One of those women is African-American and another one has a definite South Asian look– cool to think that minorities were already making their way at NYU in the 30s.

    • Nikki Parsons Says:

      Funny, I didn’t see it as being progressive, I just assumed they were passing. The first guy to catch my eye was top row, 2nd from the right.

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  4. Little Earthquake Says:

    I work at NYU and to the best of my knowledge, there are no fraternities or sororities. these days.

    • Kari Says:

      I graduated from NYU in ’08. There are fraternities and sororities, but they don’t have a huge presence. Some of them have a designated floor in a dorm (as opposed to a fraternity/sorority house); the ones I knew were in Lafayette.

  5. Blakeney Says:

    Those Alpha Lambda Phi’s do look like rascals. And check out the hair on the guy in the middle row, far left! Looks like the other frats put glue in his pomade. Crazy college kids!

  6. wildnewyork Says:

    I checked the list of names under the photo. (The list doesn’t ID who is who, just names each frat member by year).

    There’s no Norman Lloyd but there is a Norman Perlmutter, a sophomore at the time. Sounds like our boy, no?

  7. Lisa Says:

    I daresay Rita’s right!

    Wow, Rita– sharp eyes! (I’m a film buff, but I don’t know Norman Lloyd from Adam. Until now–)


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