We Remember and Honor George Humphries Oregon ‘50

By HQ Staff


Brother George W. Humphries Oregon ‘50 was a luminary figure within the Fraternity, dedicating a lifetime to the ideals and principles that bind us together.

George joined Phi Kappa Psi at the University of Oregon in 1950. Little did he know this would begin a legacy defined by a deep-seated commitment to the organization. Over the span of 23 Grand Arch Councils, George’s presence became synonymous with wisdom, integrity and an unwavering devotion. He assisted countless members as a chapter advisor and in many colonization efforts across the state of California.

“He wanted a clear course to continue brotherhood forward,” said John Ciccarelli CSUN ‘72.

In 1978, George joined the esteemed Order of the S.C. His leadership prowess did not go unnoticed, and in 1982, he assumed the role of National Vice President, a position he held with distinction His crowning achievement came when he ascended to the presidency, becoming the 49th National President of Phi Kappa Psi from 1984 to 1986. During his tenure, George left an indelible mark on the Fraternity, guiding it with a steady hand and a compassionate heart.

George started various business ventures — not always met with success. Perhaps it was his transient childhood, marked by frequent moves due to his father’s job as a lumber worker, that fueled George’s desire for connection and brotherhood. He started companies such as a dry-cleaning business, owning a campground and a chain of T-shirt shops to gather people under a common goal. This love of entrepreneurship and bringing people together was maintained alongside a successful career in law, practicing in Los Angeles.

One of George’s greatest joys was sharing the Fraternity experience with his son, Mark Humphries Stanford ‘86 attending numerous Grand Arch Councils together. Their familial bond exemplifies Brother Humphries’ enduring commitment and love for the principles that have defined Phi Psi.

“My father has offered me a beautiful web of relationships that I cherish,” Mark said.

As brothers gathered in Eugene, Oregon, in August for the rechartering of the Oregon Alpha chapter, George’s spirit was undoubtedly present. In our hearts and minds, we carry the torch he lit, illuminating the path for future brothers. George recognized the majesty of Phi Kappa Psi, and his legacy lives on in the vibrant tapestry of our beloved Fraternity.

Brother Humphries entered Chapter Eternal on July 4, 2023.

Brother Humphries with Chapter President Dave Salmon Illinois State ‘85 at the Illinois Epsilon chartering, March 2, 1985.

Brothers Gordon Letterman West Virginia ‘72, George Humphries and Steve Nieslawski Illinois ‘79 at the 2018 GAC Las Vegas.