Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Part of the Fall Pledge Class of 1957 (click on image to enlarge)
Photo in the archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

Just after getting out of the U.S. Marine Corps, Founders Grady Talbot and Don Taggart rented rooms (or were given them) by a doctor who wanted to help out guys returning from the Korean War. The house was in Encino and had a local name of Sun Rise Turn (the way leaves turn toward the rising sun.)
Taggart and Talbot became friends and the rest is Phi Delta Psi history..
Talbot and Taggart rushed guys that fit their concept of self-starting, ambitious fellows that might have made good Marines.
Here (left to right) are: Pledges Bob Robar, Richard Radcliff, Eddie Brickman, Alan Goldman, John Valvo, Mike Padden and on his haunches Don Barnhart.
Robar, Radcliff, Valvo, Padden and Barnhart all became presidents of the Fraternity, as well as two others not shown. Bob Robar was a leader in the formation of Beta Chapter, Dick Radcliff founded Delta Chapter, The others were presidents of the mother Fraternity or later Alpha Chapter. There were 13 pledges in this class -- naturally!

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