An Athens, Georgia fraternity colony, Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT), has installed a plaque to dedicate its Chapter Room to one of its prominent alumni, Sam Massell — former Mayor of Atlanta and currently serving as President of the , a nonprofit civic association in the northern quadrant of Atlanta.
As Massell, who served a total of twenty-two years in elected office, opposes naming public property for persons still in life, he has declined suggestions of former dedications in his honor. In this case, however, the fraternity house at 1175 S. Milledge Avenue is off campus and thus not owned by government.
Massell was a Class of ’48 University of Georgia student, when he was President of the MU Chapter of Phi Epsilon Pi. This fraternity was later merged into ZBT, which was formed in 1898. After college, Mayor Massell served as a national officer of Phi Ep and was awarded the fraternity’s “National Achievement Citation” in 1965, “Man of Distinction Award” in 1998, and a “Living Legend Award” in 2004.