Some members question whether a six-week pledge program is enough time for young men to learn the lessons needed to be a member. Try 69 years! That's the length of time it took for Stan McDonald Washington '10 to finally receive his badge and become a member of Phi Kappa Psi. His remarkable story of membership came full circle this past Sunday (October 17, 2010) when he was initiated into the Washington Alpha Chapter.
Pledged in 1941, McDonald was called into duty during World War II and served in the U.S. Navy. His military service suspended his prospective membership in the Fraternity, and while he earned his degree from the University of Washington, he never made it to initiation in the Fraternity.
He would go on to play a vital role in developing ground transportation for the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle through his first company Air Mac. That experience led him to found Princess Cruises in 1965. Featuring several luxury cruise ships in a fleet that explored everywhere from Alaska to the west coast of Mexico, Princess Cruises grew into one of the largest cruise lines in the world. The company would later be sold to Carnival Cruise Line. (You can read more about Brother McDonald's foray into cruise lines here)
Presently, he is the Chairman of Stellar International, a real estate business that started by acquiring the real estate assets of the Chrysler Corporation.
McDonald achieved the ultimate success in life, but Phi Kappa Psi was something that stayed on his mind. His older brother, Lamont Washington '40, is a member, and two grandsons, Jonas Southern Cal '06 and Marcus Southern Cal '08 Jonsson, are undergraduate members at the California Delta Chapter. All three of them were on hand to initiate another family member.
And, at the age of 90, Brother Stan McDonald is now finally a member of Phi Kappa Psi...
Stan McDonald (red tie), joined by brother, Lamont, and flanked by both grandsons