Alpha Phi Delta Foundation

Chapter Histories - Lambda Chapter

Lambda Chapter in General

Lambda Chapter Chartered in 1922

On November 4, 1922, our Lambda Chapter was installed at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lambda Chapter was the first chapter of the Fraternity to be chartered in the State of Pennsylvania -- but it certainly would not be the last! Lambda (University of Pennsylvania) became our third chapter (after Beta at Columbia University, and Gamma at Yale University) to be set up on the campus of an Ivy League school. The above picture shows the Lambda Chapter in 1925 with its 15-members. Though small at the outset, Lambda thrived from the late 1920s until World War II when the Chapter out of necessity has to  close its doors. Lambda Chapter would be successfully reactivated in 1990 and remain open until 2000. Following that closure, the Chapter has never reactivated; its lifespan was 1922-1943, 1990-2000.

Lambda Invites Alumni Back to Live at House

In spring of 1931, Lambda Chapter engaged in an experiment to rouse up alumni support -- and perhaps alumni financial support, too. The Chapter invited its alumni brothers to back to the Chapter House -- to live there and oversee house operations for a week.  By doing this,  it was expected that the "old-timers" would -- through their benefit of experience -- assist the undergraduate chapter by promoting real fraternal spirit and bringing to the fore a better understanding of ideals of Alpha Phi Delta as a lifelong brotherhood.

It was also, quite likely hoped, that the alumni coming back to their collegiate home would see any issues in the house or any unmet expenses and help out the undergraduate brothers (and their treasury) as needed. 

Picture above is the second of the three stories of the Lambda house, which no doubt had many stories to tell if its walls could talk. The Chapter's house was located --from 1925 onward-- at 3642 Chestnut Street, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The site of that humble Chapter house is now the site of Sansom Place East graduate housing for the University (built in 1970, and being renovated at a cost of $94,000,000 in 2023-24)

Lambda Chapter - Individuals

Hon. Frank M. Travaline, Jr.

Grand Consul 1937-39

Lambda '22

Frank Michael Travaline, Jr. was born to Frank and Antoinetta Travaline on July 19, 1899 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At a very early age his family moved to Camden, New Jersey, where he lived all his life. Enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1923 an an a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree in 1926.

Musically talented, he earned his way through college playing the trumpet and saxophone with a number of outstanding bands of the time, including a unit of Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra. In addition, he assisted in the organization of the famous University of Pennsylvania Band of which he was assistant conductor for four years. As a musician, Frank M. Travaline Jr. also played the trumpet for the Winegar Orchestra in New York, the Howard Lanin Orchestra and the Meyer Davis Orchestra. His brother, Dominic "Don" Travaline, was a professional musician, songwriter, and composer.

Frank Travaline practiced law in Camden and Philadelphia for many years. Making the grade quickly in Camden as a bright lawyer, he became a candidate for the New Jersey State Legislature and was elected with a majority of over 45,000 votes. This marked the first time a person of Italian extraction had been elected to public office in that section of the state. He went on to be elected to three additional terms. At the age of 32 he served as Acting Speaker of the House.

He was an active member of the Elks, serving as Exalted Ruler of the Camden Lodge, and in higher posts in the national organization. He also taught at the University of Pennsylvania for five years.

Known to his college friends as “Travy,” Travaline was a charter member of our Lambda Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania and served as its first Consul. He was also a member of – and in 1923, president of – Il Circolo Italian at the University. He was the author of two early fraternity songs, “What We Do Goes Down in History” and “Alpha Phi Delta Sweetheart of Mine.” He wrote the basic Ritual for Memorial Services in 1929, and the revised initiation ritual of the middle thirties. He served as Fourth District Pro-Consul for many years. He served as Grand Consul from 1937-39.

Married to the former Winifred S. McHugh, Brother Travaline and his wife had five children: Phillip, Richard, Frank, Mary and Patricia. Frank M. Travaline, Jr., passed away in December 15, 1999 at the age of 100. He was laid to rest at Lakeview Memorial Park in Cinnaminson, New Jersey, not far from his nearly-lifelong home of Camden, New Jersey.

Dr. Anthony A. Nardone

National Vice President 1974-76

Lambda '26

Dr. Anthony Ambrosio Nardone was born on August 5, 1905 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Antonio and Rose Nardone. Brother Nardone received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1926 and his medical degree from that same university in 1929. Initiated into Lambda Chapter in 1926, he remained continually active in the Fraternity throughout his lifetime.

In 1936, he helped to found the Philadelphia Alumni Club and served as its President in 1937-1938 and in 1946-1947. He also served as its Secretary in the 1960s. He served as Fourth District Governor in 1939 and 1940 and again in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Dr. Nardone served as National Vice President 1974-1976.

On the night before his death in 1976, Dr. and Mrs. Nardone attended the Fourth District Governor’s Ball at the Holiday Inn in Philadelphia. He was to entertain several National Officers at his home for breakfast the next morning. However, it never came to be. During the night of March 7, 1976, he suffered a fatal heart attack. As he was in the line of succession to be elected as National President, in light of his unexpected death, and so close to his anticipated election, it was decided by the National Council at that summer’s National Convention, that Dr. Anthony A. Nardone was be granted the honorific title of National President posthumously, and be listed as the 33rd National President of the Fraternity.

A veteran of World War II, serving from 1941-1945, Dr. Nardone went overseas as a captain in the Medical Corps and saw front-line action as a regimental surgeon. Decorated often, he held the commission of Colonel in the United States Army Medical Corps Reserve in command of the 348th General Army Hospital.

From 1930, Dr. Nardone practiced in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. He was a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Brother Nardone and his wife Ann had two daughters, Marie and Rose. At the time of Dr. Nardone’s death, Rose was married to Benjamin Verdile of Beta Delta Chapter (Temple University) who would eventually become National Vice President succeeding his father-in-law in that important position.

Henry Salvatori

Lambda '22

Henry Salvatori, an Italian-born geophysicist who founded an international oil exploration company and used his fortune to sponsor Los Angeles institutions and conservative causes, like the political career of Ronald Reagan, died last Sunday at St. John's Medical Center in Santa Monica. He was 96 and had lived in Los Angeles.

Brother Salvatori donated to colleges around the country but were mainstay contributors to Los Angeles-area schools, hospitals and civic causes, including the Los Angeles Music Center. He was also considered a conservative kingmaker and member of President Reagan's ''kitchen cabinet'' of intimates.

Born in Rome, Brother Salvatori came to the United States as a child and grew up on a farm in southern New Jersey, where his father was a grocery wholesaler. He became a member of Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity's Lambda Chapter (University of Pennsylvania) in 1922. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania and then earned a master's degree at Columbia University and became an expert in the then-new science of finding oil by seismic technology.

A 1930s issue of The Kleos reported that "Henry Salvatori, Lambda, geophysicist and member of the Geophysical Service, Inc., of Dallas, is one of a group of investigators, experimenting with artificial earth tremors in the Yosemite National Park in an effort to ascertain more scientific knowledge about earthquakes." 

He used new devices to locate deposits on land and under the ocean with greater accuracy and turned the Western Geophysical Corporation, which he founded in 1933, into a highly profitable enterprise. By the late 1950's it was the world's foremost offshore seismic contractor.

After selling the company to Litton Industries in 1960, Salvatori became major figure behind the scenes in the Republican Party, with significant influence on its stalwarts in California and nationally. He supported the Presidential campaigns of Barry Goldwater and Richard Nixon and bolstered Ronald Reagan throughout his political career.

Mr. Salvatori passed away July 6, 1997. He was survived by his two children, Henry F. Salvatori and Laurie Champion. He was predeceased by his wife, Grace Ford Salvatori, who died in 1990, after 54 years of marriage.