Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Mourns the Loss of “Mr. Phi Psi” Dud Daniel

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INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Ralph Dudley "Dud" Daniel Arizona '47, Executive Director Emeritus of Phi Kappa Psi, passed away from pancreatic cancer on Friday, January 14, 2011 in hospice care near his home in Prescott, Arizona. He was 85-years-old. A charter member of his beloved chapter, Arizona Alpha at the University of Arizona, his initiation into the brotherhood of Phi Kappa Psi on September 20, 1947 was the first of 63 years of unmatched devotion to his Fraternity. 

Upon graduating college in 1948, Brother Daniel attended his first Grand Arch Council, the biennial governing convention of the Fraternity, knowing that the Fraternity would soon be in need of a new Executive Secretary. He was offered a job and would work for the Fraternity for eight years before replacing C.F. "Dab" Williams as the second Executive Secretary (later re-titled Executive Director) of Phi Kappa Psi in 1956, a position he would hold for the next 23 years. 

Dud 2.jpgDuring his time on the Fraternity staff, Dud oversaw the expansion of the Fraternity by 27 chapters nationwide as Phi Kappa Psi became an even stronger presence in the interfraternal world. He, more than almost any person, recognized the value Greek life provided in the lives of its alumni and championed for its benefits every day of his life. One of his lasting legacies, Dud oversaw the movement of the Phi Kappa Psi Headquarters from Cleveland to Indianapolis in 1977, prior to his retirement as Executive Director in 1979. 

"This is not just a huge loss for Phi Kappa Psi, but for the entire interfraternal world," said Shawn Collinsworth, Executive Director of Phi Kappa Psi. "Dud touched the lives of tens-of-thousands of Phi Psi men with his leadership, personal attention and dedication to the values of Phi Kappa Psi. He was the epitome of Phi Psi gentleman and will be sorely missed." 

Beyond his work on the Fraternity staff, Brother Daniel was a trustee of the Endowment Fund of Phi Kappa Psi (now, the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation), as well as president of the house corporation for his chapter at Arizona. Until this past year, he had attended every chartering of a Phi Kappa Psi chapter since joining the staff in 1948. This past summer, at the 75th Grand Arch Council in Orlando, Florida, Dud was present for his 32nd consecutive convention. 

Beyond his own fraternity, Brother Daniel was a visible member of the fraternal movement. He served as president of Fraternity Executives Association from 1961-1962, and he received the Distinguished Service Award in 1997, conferred upon persons who have contributed outstanding service in the betterment of all college fraternal organizations. He was alsoDud 1.JPG recognized in 1979 by the North American Interfraternity Conference with the Gold Medal, in recognition of lifetime service to the fraternity movement. His dedication to his fraternity and the fraternity movement led to his proud nickname of "Mr. Phi Psi." 

A recipient of the 2008 National Leadership Award presented by the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation, Dud was proud of his Fraternity and the values it instilled in countless young men. The teaching of those values is what drove him to visit with chapters around the country, reciting a familiar phrase of inspiration... 

"Let us be what we say we are. A Fraternity, not a club, based on ideals and not expediency and run by men and not boys." 

Phi Kappa Psi has called for an official period of mourning to be observed by members of the Fraternity from January 14, 2011 to February 14, 2011. The traditional emblem of Fraternal mourning is a strip of black crepe or silk draped diagonally from left to right across the Fraternity badge.  


As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation. Gifts should be directed to the Ralph "Dud" Daniel Leadership Award Fund and can be made via the Foundation's website or mailed to the Ralph "Dud" Daniel Leadership Award Fund, c/o Phi Kappa Psi Foundation, 5395 Emerson Way, Indianapolis, IN 46226. The Ralph "Dud" Daniel Leadership Award is the Fraternity's most prestigious scholarship award which annually recognizes a Phi Psi who has made outstanding leadership contributions to his chapter, campus and community. 

About Phi Kappa Psi 
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. Founded on February 19, 1852 at Jefferson College by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore, more then 114,000 men have been initiated into the organization in its history.