I know it's small, but Franchot is second row from the bottom and third from the left in this Alpha Delta Phi photo from 1925.
Here's an enlarged view of Franchot with classmates.
And here's 20 year old Franchot alone.
And resharing in case you missed it in an earlier post, here's Franchot two years later at 22 and a senior in college.
The 1925-1927 yearbooks shed light on Franchot's activities at Cornell University. Classmates used the nickname of "Pamp" for Franchot. This nickname was also reported in an early 30's fan magazine. Here's the story of how Franchot came to be Pamp, according to The New Movie Magazine:
He's Pamp because a kid cousin, Betty Franchot, couldn't negotiate the double consonants of Franchot and dogged her handsome young relative's footsteps piping 'Pampo...Pampo!'
'Sounds like a cocker-spaniel or something!' cracked another cousin and watched to see if Franchot would wince. Not a twitch. The kid could take it! So the clan graciously elided the nickname to "Pamp" and it's stuck.
He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Kappa Beta Phi. Franchot was also active in the Sphinx Head society, Book and Bowl, Savage Club, and Dramatic Club. After years as an active member, Franchot served as the President of the Dramatic Club in his senior year. There are some very small photos of students acting in plays throughout the yearbooks, but I have been unable to identify Franchot in any of those photographs. I'm sure he's there somewhere and if I am able to spot him, I'll share those later.
Any new photo of Franchot is exciting to me and the non-Hollywood ones are even rarer. I'm hoping careful inspection of these yearbooks might lead me to spy Franchot hidden away in other group photos.