Greater Long Beach Area Alumni Association of Sigma Alpha
Epsilon was founded in 1926 by brother George Arthur Powell,
known to most as "GAP."
was from a pioneer family that moved by wagon from Caplinger
Mills, Missouri and homesteaded in the Lost River Country of
Idaho. His family operated the freight lines and stage coaches
from Blackfoot to Mackay, Challis, Moore and Arco, Idaho where
George was born on March 18, 1898.
the railroads were built, the family moved to Portland, Oregon.
GAP attended Arleta Grammar School and was one of the first
12 to graduate from Franklin High School. He worked his way
through High School carrying papers for the Morning Oregonian
and as a delivery boy for Simola and Davis Grocery Store. Before
graduation in June, 1917, he was President of the Student Body
and won letters in football, basketball and track events. He
also played first violin in the Franklin High School Orchestra,
and sang in the opera "Pirates of Penzance."
September, 1917, GAP entered Oregon Agricultural College, now
known as Oregon State University. While at Oregon State he joined
the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity (Oregon
Alpha chapter), and became the first football All-American
from Oregon State recognized by the Athletic World Magazine
(now Sports Illustrated) and the selection by 267 coaches for
1921. He was also shot put champion and participated in the
Student Army Training Corp. as Adjutant to the General.
graduating from college with honors and a bachelor's degree
in Commerce, he married his college sweetheart, Bernice Mae
Haines, on June 26, 1922. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega
Sorority. They then moved to California where he started his
50 year career in the oil business and eventually retired in
has been called "Mr. Oregon State" because of his
All-American football record and his 15 years as a Trustee of
the Oregon State University Foundation and his dedication and
support of college athletics. The Long Beach Chapter of SAE
has been known to call him "Mr. SAE."