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September 18, 2007

Phi Delt Alumni Plan Homecoming Reunion

At least 15 brothers will tailgate, watch football game, and dine afterward

Phi Delta Theta alumni from the classes of 1955-58 are getting together at Homecoming.

Norig “Skip” Ellison ’57 and Donald L. Mitchell ’56 have helped organize the event. Fifteen alumni, as well as spouses, plan to attend.

The reunion will begin at 10 a.m. with a pre-game tailgate at the former Phi Delt house on Sullivan Lane. The group will sit together at the football game against Fordham and dine at the River Grille in Easton at 5 p.m.

Mitchell and Ellison are organizing the reunion to renew the warm friendships shared 50 years ago at Lafayette.

“In those days Phi Delta Theta was an outstanding fraternity, boasting brothers who achieved in the academic, religious, and organizational life of the campus — outstanding athletes, campus leaders, and scholars,” says Mitchell. “Many Phi Delts entered the professions of medicine, dentistry, ministry, law, and teaching, as well as enjoying success in industry, business, and the financial world.”

The Phi Delts were on “quite friendly” terms with members of other fraternities.

“We look forward to deepening already deep friendships,” says Mitchell, “hopefully bumping into friends from our era in other fraternities or social dorms; cheering Lafayette on versus Fordham; reminiscing, catching one another up on the lives of others we have news about, but who have not been able to join us; sharing all the memories and the experience with our spouses and companions; and once again breathing the exciting air of a great institution of higher learning to which we all are indebted.”

Mitchell believes this is the first effort in some years to gather multiple Phi Delta Theta classes on campus for a reunion, and he hopes it is repeated in the near future.

Participants to date by class: ’55 — Harry J. Jordan; ’56 — Richard Faust, Arthur Herrmann, Norman Riley, Charles Myers, James Phelps, Marshall “Bud” Jost, Howard “Jake” Hannemann, Donald “Mitch” Mitchell; ’57 — Ellison, Gordon Brown; ’58 — Joe Bozik, David Branch, James Hourihan, and William Kurtz.

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