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Frank Freyer, Class of 1899— A Glimpse Into the Life of a Founder of Kappa Sigma

It takes a special kind of strength, grit and bravery to be United States Navy Captain, leading ships and crews of men across deep sea waters. Becoming the Naval Governor of Guam and the Chief of Staff for the Peruvian Navy, it takes all the above and more: fellowship, leadership, scholarship and service — qualities that only a Kappa Sigma brother could truly know.

Frank Freyer, however, isn’t just a Kappa Sigma brother who went on to gain titles pertinent to America’s defense force and history.

He was also the founder of the Kappa Sigma chapter for Georgia Tech.

Establishing traditions of good character, honor, ambition and respect, Freyer paved the foundation and built the pillars of fellowship upon which the fraternity rests today.

Once Georgia’s leaves turned gold in the fall of 1898, Freyer transferred to the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1902. But he never let go of his Kappa Sigma brotherhood, as that is where he found his penchant for leadership roles and positions.

It all began with his serving as an ensign on USS Olympia in 1903, later serving on the USS Missouri while it was visiting Japan as part of the Great White Fleet. Several years go by and Freyer found himself stationed on the USS Oregon and then transferred to the Naval Base Guam.

Serving as an assistant to the Commandant from 1910 to 1911 built for him the resume he needed to finally become acting governor of the island.

The Kappa Sigma blood burned in him, as he didn’t take the position of power lightly, but as a chance to be good and do good for the community he was in.

By 1918, Freyer was ready to take work as an assistant to the Judge Advocate General of the Navy in Washington, D.C and begin to help Peru restructure its naval forces.

The Kappa Sigma brother remembered his days of becoming a founder of a fraternity, leading men to become better students, brothers, sons, fathers and husbands one day. Even more so, he taught them all to be role models that achieved their goals and set new dreams and that is exactly the embodiment he took on for Peru.

Assigned Chief of Staff for the Peruvian Navy the following year, Freyer rebuilt the naval tactics and the education of the country, not leaving Peru until the vision of a bright future was in sight.

And as a Kappa Sigma, Freyer knew the importance of celebrating community and culture— of finding beauty in difference among all kinds of walks of life just like each brother had back at the fraternity.

It is from this value that Freyer celebrated Peruvian art, collecting over 1,000 works that are now on display at several museums including the Newark Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Columbus Museum of Fine Arts, the Toledo Museum of Art and the Denver Art Museum, under the name of the “Frank Barrow Freyer Collection.”

For his service and work, Freyer received the Order of the Sun from the Congress of the Republic of Peru, the nation’s highest and most prestigious award.

Freyer went on to command the ships USS Procyon and USS Trenton, before finally retiring. Throughout it all, he never forgot his roots.

Because when it comes down to it, the Kappa Sigma brotherhood would never have been the same without Freyer and Freyer would never have been the same without Kappa Sigma.