Phi Kappa Psi Mourns the Passing of Kent Owen

Indianapolis, December 8, 2015 - It is with great sadness that the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity must inform brothers and supporters of the passing of Kent Christopher Owen (Indiana '58), Phi Kappa Psi's Mystagogue Emeritus and co-author of The Creed of Phi Kappa Psi. Owen passed away on December 5, 2015.
 
A. Scott Noble, President of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, has declared a thirty-day period of mourning in memory and thanksgiving for the life of Owen. Brothers should shroud their badges and chapter shields in mourning as outlined in The Rituals and Ceremonies of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, effective Tuesday, December 8, 2015 through Thursday, January 7, 2016. 

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Owen enjoyed a reputation for his dedication to the Fraternity and his gentlemanly ways. As one of his larger accomplishments, Owen worked in conjunction with Brother John Henry Frizzell (Amherst 1898) to co-author The Creed of Phi Kappa Psi, which was adopted officially in 1964. Brother Owen was inducted into the Fraternity's Order of the S.C. in 1972 and served capably and with distinction as the Mystagogue of the Fraternity for 28 years.
 
His unfailing dedication to Phi Kappa Psi was recognized at the Sesquicentennial Grand Arch Council (GAC) in Pittsburgh in 2002 with the Fraternity's highest honor: The Phi Kappa Psi Medal of Honor. Several years later (2010), Brother Owen was named the Fraternity's Mystagogue Emeritus.
 
Owen served on the Fraternity's Executive Council as District IV Archon. He also served in additional leadership roles, including the Director of Fraternity Education, Scholarship Director, Area Director, a Chapter Advisor, and Symposiarch at multiple GACs. He also compiled the history of the Indiana University Greek System and edited The Bicentennial Report on the American College Fraternity in the Year 2000.
 
Throughout the years, the Owen family has made it a point to welcome countless Phi Psis into their home. He is survived by his wife, Suzann Mitten Owen, who is a member of the Delta Gamma Fraternity, his daughter Marianne* and his son, Jordan Yarling Owen, a Phi Kappa Psi legacy (Indiana '87).
 
Owen's funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 2:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, IN. A reception will follow the service and the internment will occur at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville, IN. The family will receive friends at their home from 5:00-7:00pm the following week.
 
We will be commemorating Brother Owen's dedication and contributions to the Fraternity in the spring 2016 edition of The Shield. If you would like to share a memory of Brother Owen, please send it to shield@phikappapsi.com. Submissions should be no more than 500 words.

*Correction: Kent's daughter, Marianne, is not affiliated with Delta Gamma

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is a 501(c)(7) association of men of integrity who strive to develop the individual in his intellect, in his involvement in the community and in his faith. The Fraternity was founded on February 19, 1852 at Jefferson College by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore.  It currently has 100 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.
 
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