My Own Personal Collection of Kappa Kappa Gamma History
The Badge of Merle Beeman, 1916
This absolutely stunning matte gold badge with small diamond and attached Masonic guard was a gift from my husband that thrilled me beyond belief.
Clara Merle Beeman was initiated as a charter member of the Gamma Alpha chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at Kansas State University on September 23, 1916.
Clara Merle Beeman was born on May 11, 1894 in Chicago, Illinois to William J. Beeman and Clara Cordilia Parks Beeman. Her mother passed away when Merle was only six years old, and then her father died when she was ten. She was then raised by relatives, listed in census reports as being a niece in the household of D.O. and Emma Coe. Merle graduated from Topeka High School in 1913 and Kansas State University in 1917. She married William Herbert Robinson on February 18, 1920. Clara Merle Beeman Robinson passed away on March 31, 1989 in Topeka, Kansas, at the age of 94.