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Phi Mu Delta

Phi Mu Delta
ΦMΔ
Crest of Phi Mu Delta Fraternity
Founded March 1, 1918 (1918-03-01)
University of Connecticut, University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont
Type Social
Scope National
Colors Princeton orange, white, black               
Philanthropy St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
Chapters 14 Active Chapters, 5 colonies
Founding principles Democracy, Service, Brotherhood
Headquarters 216 Haddon Ave., Suite 602
Westmont, New Jersey, USA
Homepage .org.phimudeltawww

Phi Mu Delta (ΦΜΔ) is a small, national fraternity founded on March 1, 1918 at the Universities of Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The fraternity is focused on the three ideals of democracy, service, and brotherhood.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Chapters 2
  • Notable alumni 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

Phi Mu Delta was originally derived from the National Federation of University of Vermont, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Connecticut and Union College. Union College's Commons Club members later decided against joining, so there were only three founding chapters.[1]

The fraternity expanded slowly during the 1920s, merging or expanding to seven additional chapters by 1930. Expansion was slowed during the great depression. Phi Mu Delta merged with another fraternity, Delta Alpha Pi, gaining three chapters, all of which closed shortly afterward. In 1936 one of the founding chapters, the University of Vermont, also closed. By the end of World War II, the Connecticut chapter had also closed.[1]

After the war, the fraternity expanded more rapidly, coinciding with a general increase in fraternity enrollment. This trend petered out by the late 1960s, and by the late 1970s the organization was making plans to shut down. A reorganization effort centered on the California University of Pennsylvania).[1]

Since then the fraternity has expanded steadily. In 2006, the fraternity established an Executive Director position. In 2015 the National Office was moved to Westmont, New Jersey.[1]

Chapters

Notable alumni

  • Roger Blough - Chairman, U.S. Steel Corporation
  • Bill Gardner - Secretary of State, New Hampshire
  • Dan A. Gwadosky - Former Secretary of State, Maine and Speaker of the House of Representatives
  • Chuck Mather - Former Football Coach for the University of Kansas
  • Dick Muri - Pierce County Councilmember and former US Congressional candidate
  • John Rigas - Former CEO of Adelphia Communications Corporation and former majority franchise owner of the Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
  • Robert Rounseville - Famous Tenor on Broadway and opera
  • George Wiley - Civil Rights Leader and Chemist

References

  1. ^ a b c d "A Brief History of Phi Mu Delta". Phi Mu Delta. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 

The Oracle, Published by the National Fraternity of Phi Mu Delta, Revised August 2007

External links

  • PhiMuDelta.org
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