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 fast became friends.  Crowley was clearly impressed by the young officer and shortly appointed Grady to the IX° of the Ordo Templi Orientis.  Grady was only a I° 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), granting him certain powers of authority 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 joined the A∴A∴ in March of 1970, becoming Soror Meral’s first student. Grady is best known for reviving the fraternal organization of the Ordo Templi Orientis, which he headed from 1971 until his death in 1985. He was later canonized by Hymaneus Beta, becoming a Saint of the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica.