Kappa Alpha Psi® in the Pittsburgh Area
Founder Marcus Peter Blakemore was a charter member of the Pittsburgh (PA) Alumni Chapter and was instrumental in the establishment of the Beta Epsilon Chapter. He was one of the two Founders who pawned his watch to help raise the Fraternity’s incorporation fee. Founder Blakemore was one of the first three freshmen initiates of Kappa Alpha Nu. He later entered the Dental School of the University of Pittsburgh, from which he graduated with the DDS degree in 1923. In 1949, Blakemore became the first Black to receive the MS degree in Prosthetic Dentistry from the University of Pittsburgh Dental School. Founder Blakemore maintained his practice of dentistry in Pittsburgh for 35 years until his death, October 9, 1959.
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