Grady McMurtry


Grady Louis McMurtry (October 18, 1918 – July 12, 1985):

Grady McMurtry, also known as Hymenaeus Alpha 777, met Crowley while stationed in Europe and serving as a Lieutenant in the United States Army, during World War II.  Grady first visited Crowley, at 93 Jermyn street, on October 30th, 1943 and the two immediately struck an accord and soon became friends.  Crowley was clearly impressed by the young officer’s disposition and shortly appointed Grady to the 9th degree of the Ordo Templi Orientis.  Grady was only a first degree at the time.  His Magical Motto, Hymenaeus Alpha, was suggested to him by Crowley in a letter dated November 19th, 1943.  Crowley further distinguished Grady when sending him a series of letters referring to him as the “Caliph” (or his successor) which granted him certain powers of that Grady later enacted when re-starting the O.T.O. Grady became one of Crowley’s most trusted allies and remained a close personal friend until his death in 1947.

Grady is best known for reviving the fraternal organization of the Ordo Templi Orientis, which he headed from 1971 until his death in 1985 and has since been made a Saint of the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica.  Grady was formally accepted into the A∴A∴ by Soror Meral.