Indianapolis, Sept. 8, 2016 - It is with great sadness Phi Kappa Psi must announce the passing of Mike McCoy (Indiana '58). Brother McCoy entered Chapter Eternal on September 7, 2016.
James Boyle, President of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, has declared a thirty-day period of mourning in memory and thanksgiving for the life of McCoy. Brothers should shroud their badges and chapter shields in mourning as outlined in Rituals and Ceremonies of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, effective September 8, 2016 through October 8, 2016.
A graduate of Shelbyville High School in Kentucky, he attended Indiana University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. While at IU, McCoy, like his father, was editor-in-chief of The Daily Student, was active in Air Force ROTC, participated in the Marching Hundred, served as Chapter President of Indiana Beta of Phi Kappa Psi and a member of Sigma Delta Chi, the national student journalism fraternity.
Following commencement in 1961, Lt. McCoy's military assignments took him to France during the Cold War. His tour of duty ended in 1964, when he returned to the States for a job with the Indianapolis Times. McCoy's military service continued through participation in Air Force National Guard in both Indiana and Wisconsin.
Other civic engagement included a local barbershop quartet, community band, train advocacy groups and a Sherlock Holmes society. McCoy served 27 years with the state of Wisconsin, ultimately acting as Public Information Officer for the Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations and its successor agencies. He was also a man of faith, holding membership at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, WI for more than 40 years.
His Phi Kappa Psi involvement post-graduation spanned decades of meaningful service. While he most recently provided oversight and direction as the National Historian (Emeritus) for more than 20 years, he also served as a Chapter Advisor for the Beloit chapter and Sesquicentennial Chairman. He is a member of the Order of the SC, won the Edgar Fahs Smith Award and has attended 12 Grand Arch Councils. He has rightfully earned recognition in the form of the Eddie Knight Award of Merit and the Phi Kappa Psi Medal of Honor.
"Mike and I first met when he spoke at my Initiation Ceremony in 2003, and our friendship grew ever since," said Timothy Tangen (Duluth '03,) Phi Kappa Psi Archivist. "He became a mentor and the reason why I work at Phi Kappa Psi's Headquarters and why the museum and archive program even exists. His tireless support of all things related to Phi Psi history, and his passion for sharing it will truly be missed."
Brother McCoy's services will take place at the Covenant Presbyterian Church. The final details will be announced when appropriate.
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.