Pi Lambda Phi International Fraternity Inc. (ΠΛΦ or Pilam) is a social fraternity with 32 active chapters and 9 colonies throughout the United States and Canada. The fraternity was founded in 1895 at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
History — Founding
On December 10, 1904, a meeting of the loyal Nu Phis was held at Fogarty’s home at 90 Broad Street to establish a new fraternity. There were seven men in attendance at the meeting: Kroeg, Fogarty, Mixson, Anthony Pelzer Wagener, Thomas F. Mosimann, Theodore (“Teddy”) Barnwell Kelley, and James Fogarty (Simon’s younger brother). All of the original members were students at the college and had grown up together in Charleston.
- Phi Beta Delta
Phi Beta Delta was founded at Columbia University, April 4, 1912. The Founders stated, “Its purpose is to inculcate among its membership a fine spirit of loyalty, activity and scholarship toward their Alma Mater, to develop the highest ideals of conduct and to promote a close fraternal bond through means of carefully selected associates.” Phi Beta Delta merged into Pi Lambda Phi on February 1, 1941. At the time, Pi Lambda Phi had 20 active chapters and Phi Beta Delta had 16, considering duplications, the combined Pi Lambda Phi fraternity was a net of 33 chapters. It was at this time that Pi Lambda Phi chapters were prefixed by a state designation to distinguish duplicate Greek letter names. All members and alumni of Phi Beta Delta were admitted into Pi Lambda Phi.
The founders of Phi Beta Delta were David H. Cohen, Henry C. Fenton, William Haas, Darcy M. Heinemann, Joseph Michtom, Samuel Null, Julius Rudd, and Bernard Shapiro. All of them were students at Columbia University
- Beta Sigma Tau
Beta Sigma Tau was founded in 1948 at Baldwin Wallace College. The Founders stated that the purpose of the fraternity was “to end barriers among people and to have a foundation based upon a brotherhood and democracy which transcends racial, national and religious differences.” Beta Sigma Tau was merged into Pi Lambda Phi November 1, 1960. At the time of the merger there were 8 active chapters of Beta Sigma Tau. The Baldwin Wallace College (OH Beta Tau) chapter is the sole surviving chapter of Beta Sigma Tau. The founder of Beta Sigma Tau was Stanley Tolliver of Baldwin Wallace College (1947).
- Beta Sigma Rho
Beta Sigma Rho merged into Pi Lambda Phi on December 12, 1972 adding 5 active chapters, and merging 2 chapters. The two chapters at the Pennsylvania State University would not merge, and the Beta Sigma Rho, Beta chapter became Beta Sigma Beta. In 1950 the Beta Sigma Rho ritual was changed to reflect a non-sectarian viewpoint. According to the merger “Each Honorary Fellow, Associate Fellow and Alumni Fellow of Beta Sigma Rho will become an accredited member of Pi Lambda Phi.”
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Pi Lambda Phi (ΠΛΦ)
- Founded On: 1895 Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
- Type: Social, Non-Sectarian, Fraternity
- Colors: Purple and Gold
- Flower: The Woodbine
- Nicknames: Pi-Lamb-Pi-Lambda-Phi
- Chapters: 32 Chapters
- Website: www.pilambdaphi.org
- Motto: Nostros Amemus — “Not Four Years But a Lifetime”