Phi Alpha Pi Fratenity
A 43 year reunion was celebrated by brothers of Phi Alpha Pi and their Theta Chi “descendants”.
Phi Alpha Pi fraternity, founded at Frederick College in 1964 and accepted into the Frederick Intra-Fraternity Council in 1965 went through major changes after the closing of the school in 1968. A majority of the brothers transferred to Madison College, now James Madison University.
Immediately after the transition to Madison the fraternity was granted its charter at the new school and soon began the process of affiliating with Theta Chi International Fraternity. In 1972, Phi Alpha Pi became a colony of Theta Chi and received its national charter in 1972. Since that time over 700 men have chosen to become brothers.
Nearly 190 of them and their spouses gathered in Harrisonburg, VA for a weekend reunion. Of that 190, over 40 in attendance began their college careers at Frederick. A highlight of the weekend was a gathering Thursday evening of Phi Alpha Pi founding brothers, brothers who pledged at Frederick and brothers in the first pledge class at Madison.
Jim Bailee, Tom Millen, Jim Ellis, Ron White and Frank Knott were the major players for the roles they played in the early history of the fraternity. The pictures that follow are scenes from that weekend celebration.
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