Hymenaeus Alpha: In Memoriam


HYMENAEUS ALPHA 777 was born as Grady Louis McMurtry on October 18, 1918 EV in Big Cabin, Oklahoma to Grady and Bee Ivery Puckett McMurtry. He became a member of Ordo Templi Orientis in June 1941 when he was initiated to the O° and I° at Agapé Lodge, Pasadena. His first profession was that of a soldier; he served in the European theatre during WWII, enabling him to become a personal student of Aleister Crowley (with time off for D-Day, and the liberation of France and the low countries). In Fall 1943 he was initiated by Baphomet XI° into the IX° O.T.O. It was also Crowley who suggested he take the name `Umenaios A (Hymenaeus Alpha), which in Greek gematria adds to 777. A.C. wrote many letters discussing him as a Caliph, a future successor. Crowley was guarding against the possibility that Karl Germer (Saturnus X°), his ''heir apparent,'' might fail of an heir himself and endanger the continued existence of the O.T.O. After the war Grady returned to the U.S. and earned his B.A. in Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He also acted as Crowley's Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the California O.T.O. In April 1946 he received an appointment as Crowley's O.T.O. representative in the U.S.A., with ''his be considered as Ours.'' In the Korean War Major McMurtry returned to active duty in the U.S. Army. He then returned to Berkeley to complete a Masters in Political Theory. In the late 1950's he worked as a management analyst for the State Department of Labor in Sacramento, moving in 1961 to Washington, D.C. to work for the Labor Department and the Washington Shakespeare Society. Karl Germer died in 1962 and did indeed fail of an heir-- McMurtry therefore returned to California and used his emergency powers from 666 as Caliph and de facto head of the O.T.O., presiding over the rebirth of the O.T.O. In his last years he did battle once again--in a courtroom rather than a beachhead. Here also his victory was complete--the world, as well as the Secret Master, acknowledged him King of this Templar Order. But the final victory of Grady McMurtry is yet coming--it lies in the freedom of all to do and love as they will. He died peacefully on July 12, 1985 EV in San Pablo, California.