Wednesday, January 12, 2011


 Past President of the Beta Chapter of Phi Delta Psi Fraternity at Pierce College, Jerry J. Hillard greets the newly accepted members from the Pledge Class of Spring 1961. To his left is Br. LeRoy Hunt and to the right is the Founder of the Fraternity, Br. Donald B. Taggart. (Photo no. 2237)

 Newly initiated Brother Brent Brody presents the Spring 1961 pledge paddle to the President of Beta Chapter, Br. Donald Collins. Note the black ritual candle burning before the podium. (2238)

 The first unveiling of the Spring 1961 Pledge paddle.  Handsome plaques were introduced into the Fraternity by the Mother Chapter Pledge Class of Fall 1957. They contained the names of each new Brother, a symbol of the Class' spirit and used the colors black and gold. They also represented the fact that paddling of pledges was unacceptable in the Phi Delta Psi.  (photo 2239)

 Founder Don Taggart salutes the newly accepted Brothers of the Fraternity in the Beta Chapter. These photographs were donated to the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley in 2009 by Brother Jerry Berns. (photo number 2240)

Admiring the latest Pledge plaque of Beta Chapter. Note that Br. Donald Collins is wearing the Presidential white yoke of office. This symbolic yoke is still worn at reunions of Phi Delta Psi. (photo 2241)

This is a very faded photograph from the Acceptance Banquet of Spring 1961.  (photo 2242)

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