of Phi Delta Theta for May, 1943
predicted that it will not only withstand the difficulties it is facing, but will play a tremendous part
in the successful prosecution of the war effort. He
also advised college men of today not to feel that
their future is being undermined by the war, pointing
out the great advantages that will be open to them
at its conclusion, particularly if they continue with
their education until called, and then follow with the
splendid training being given Army and Navy men in
colleges the country over.
C. W. Hoyt, Knox '97, a former classmate of Dr.
Lewis (though the two had not met in the 45 intervening years) served as toastmaster of the occasion
which attracted a crowd of 80. This was considered
excellent in view of a measles epidemic at Lawrence
at the time, and the many alumni now in active
service or in Washington.
Reports for the active chapter were given by President Kenneth Coffman, '43, and Warren Buesing, '42,
president the first semester. George Banta, Jr., Wabash
'14, P.P.G.C, awarded the alumni junior and senior
scholarships to James Eckrich and Kenneth Coffman,
respectively. The program was also featured by several Phi Delt songs by the Wisconsin Beta glee club.
The honor roll of Fox River Valley alumni in the
service of their country was read by the secretary.
In the annual election of officers Roy H. Purdy,
Lawrence '11, was elected president, succeeding Nathan
Bergstrom, Lawrence '16, and Hayward Biggers, Lawrence '31, was re-elected secretary-treasurer HAYWARD BIGGERS, Secretary,
A WIRE from Lieut. John T. Eichnor, Maryland '44,
states that a large group of Phis at Ft. Benning, Ga.,
have organized an Alumni Club. A Founders Day
dinner was held Saturday, March 13.
AMONG those persons present for the annual Founders Day dinner at the Denison chapter house March
20 were Executive Secretary Paul C. Beam and
Province President Fred A. Hunt. More of the older
alumni returned including one of the four founders
of Iota: Homer W. Chamberlin, Denison '11, from
Dinner was followed by a report on the alumni
military roster which now numbers about 86. Asbury
L. Odebrecht, '15, whose bond number is 3, and
Brother Chamberlin were introduced. Brother Beam
then gave a short talk on the topic, "War Challenges
At the group discussion which followed the dinner the actives and alumni decided that the Alumni
Emergency Committee would act as bargaining agent
for the Fraternity in any transactions with the college for the house. Bob Martin, chapter president,
voiced the question: What sort of contributions fund
can be set up for the purpose of alumni contact?
Nothing definite was accomplished for such a fund
but the alumni strongly favored the idea of sending
a regular letter to the alumni explaining in readable
form the financial condition of the Fraternity.
HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL
Harvard Business School Alumni Club of A
held its Founders Day Banquet Sunday, March 14.
Mark W. Bradford, Whitman '28, a former province
president and traveling secretary of the Fraternity,
was the principal speaker of the occasion, and gave
a most inspiring talk on the objectives and achievements of A e. The M.I.T. chapter attended the
dinner en masse, and Dudley Church, its present
president, made an excellent report on the way Massachusetts Gamma is meeting wartime conditions and
Houston Phis filled the banquet hall to overflowing on Saturday evening, March 20, to remember our Founders and to welcome three outstanding
citizens and loyal fraternity brothers into the Golden
Legion; Judge George W. Graves, Southwestern '93;
Dr. John H. Foster, Southwestern '96; and Col. Joseph W. Evans, Hanover '98. Burke Baker, Texas '09,
and Sam R. Hay, Southwestern '17, were in charge
of the ceremonies which included eulogies of the
new Golden Legionnaires by Melvin E. Kurth, Texas
'13; Dr. Claude C. Cody, Jr., Southwestern '05; and
Walter Walne, Texas '06. The honorees responded.
Sponsors for Brothers Graves and Foster were their
blood and chapter brothers, P. F. Graves and George
W. Foster. Among the attendants were two former
recipients of the 50-year award: John R. Ricker,
Pennsylvania '92, and J. W. Lester, Mercer '93. Another highlight of the evening was the presentation
and reading of an excellent letter from Caleb W.
Chambers, a charter member of Westminster chapter,
who was initiated May 21, 1880, and who now at the
age of 89 penned, from his home in Livingston, Texas,
his annual greetings to the Houston Alumni Club.
Four Phis in uniform joined our festivities: Ensign
Harold Newton, Jr., Swarthmore, Aviation Cadet
George Adams, Jr., Dartmouth, Navy Lieutenant
W. D. Swickheimer, Southwestern, and our own member. Major Ted R. Hannon, Wisconsin. Thanks are
due R. Bruce Carter, Southwestern '17; Irving L.
Swanson, Denison '16; and Herbert L. Thompson,
Minnesota '12; for their good efforts in arranging
ELLIOTT A. JOHNSON, President.
"AMERICA'S colleges will not be killed by the war,"
Dr. William Mather Lewis, president of the General
Council asserted at the annual Founders Day Banquet of A Fraternity in the Columbia Club.
Dr. Lewis criticized "prophets of gloom who say
the war will cause the death of our colleges" as
"persons totally ignorant of the history of the institutions."
"Tough and resilient, our colleges have withstood
wars and depressions with amazing success," he said.
"The question is not what effect the war will have
on the colleges, but rather what the colleges will do
to aid in the successful prosecution of the war."
Lawrence H. Hinds, Indiana '35, Indianapolis attorney, was elected president of the Indianapolis
alurani of the Fraternity at the banquet. Other officers chosen were Ray E. Smith, DePauw '20, vicepresident; Frank Parrish, Butler '31, treasurer; and
Harry B. Nickell, Illinois '20, secretary.
Golden Legion certificates were presented to seven
men who have been members ot the Fraternity for
50 years or more. The recipients were John F.
Boesinger, Indiana '96; Paul H. White, Stanford '95;
Leonas J. Underwood, Akron '96; George D. Thornton, Centre '96; Frank C. Lingenfelter, Purdue '94;
Frank T. Brown, Butler '97; and Dr. Henry L. Davis,
DePauw '94. Special guests at the banquet included