The Founders

Professor Frank Coleman (1890 - 1967)

Professor Frank Coleman was born on July 11, 1890 in Washington, D.C. Cheerful and known to be quite the young philosopher, he participated in various extra-curricular activities, and was known among his friends for his writing acumen. His display of scholarly leadership at M Street High School gained him the trust and cooperation of many of his peers. Early on, he took a strong interest in physics, taking his curiousities of science from the stage of graduation with honors to the classrooms of Howard University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

Once in the collegiate arena, he supported his passion for science with uncanny displays of commitment to his work, indulging himself like no other student. The faculty within the science department were eager to assist Coleman in his pursuits to discover further scientific truths. It was in this environment that in the fall of 1911, he and fellow Juniors Edgar Love and Oscar Cooper solicited the guidance of Dr. Ernest Everett Just to found the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In 1913, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree - his academic record there so outstanding, he was at once made an instructor in Physics.

“While never acquiescing nor ceasing to protect against the many wrongs which are perpetrated against us in many localities, we are willing at this time to lay aside all personal differences and to enter with singleness of purpose into the business of fighting against a common enemy, believing that those who wish to enjoy the rights and advantages of full citizenship should be willing to bear the burden, risk and dangers and perform the duties of full citizens.”

To augment his teaching capacities, Professor Coleman sought and received a Master's of Science from the University of Chicago, and invested further energies to attain a degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. Preparing his Doctoral thesis, Professor Coleman was called away from his studies by the outbreak of war. 

Professor Coleman would answer the call to arms and enlisted to fight in the first World War. He was stationed at Des Moines, Iowa, where would be recieve the rank of first lieutenant. After faithfuly serving his term, Coleman was honorably discharged and returned to Professorship at Howard University. 

His early enthusiasm of his undergrad years would be seen as only a preamble to the commitment to which he displayed, engaging himself as chairman of the Board of Athletic Control. Aside from carrying on his work as an educator, Professor Coleman was a member of the Boys Committee of the Washington, D.C. YMCA, a Prince Hall Mason, an American Legionnaire and a Congregationalist.