The Friar Society

of the University of Texas at Austin

The Founders

In the Fall of 1911, these men came together to start the Friar Society, an organization which would help mold the University of Texas into the institution of higher education it is recognized as today.

Curtice Rosser

Rosser was the first president of the Fourth District (North Texas) Chapter of The American College of Surgeons, 1952.

Marion J. Levy

Levy was an attorney in Galveston, Texas.

Hugh Potter

Potter was student body president from 1912-1913, past president (1931) of Houston Association of Realtors, and president of Hogg Enterprises River Oaks Corporation (River Oaks Country Club is the home for many years of the Houston Friars Christmas Luncheons).

He writes of Rosser:

When Curtice Rosser approached me in 1911 with the idea of forming what was then termed a senior society at the University of Texas, I was a bit skeptical about the need for another organization. However, when Curtice turned on his powers of explanation and persuasion, I soon agreed to become a charter member. While I enjoyed the meetings in college, it was not until years later that I fully comprehended the wisdom of the formation of Friar and the significant role it could play in upgrading the University of Texas and in formulating continuing support for that institution.

Lingo Platter

Platter was a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Texas.

Harwood Stacy

Originally from Austin, Stacy captained the UT baseball team in 1911.

Luther Hoffman

Originally from Denton, Hoffman was the UT student body president in 1911. Later he was the Wichita Falls District Attorney.

H. B. Whaling

Nicknamed “Zeke,” Whaling received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1915. He taught at the University of North Dakota, University of Iowa, and chaired the department of economics at the University of Cincinnati.

Of Rosser he writes:

I recall with pleasure the early days of Friar. And, of course, am gratified, though not surprised, that it has become an important factor in the intellectual life of the University. It was not organized as a frivolous society. I regret that I live so far away that I cannot attend the Sunday morning breakfasts. I still treasure the Friar pin.

Donald Duncan

Duncan was a farmer in Egypt, Texas.