Phi Kappa Psi mourns the loss of Brother John Kent Boyd III 

It is with deep sadness Phi Kappa Psi shares that Brother John Kent Boyd III Kansas ’59 entered Chapter Eternal on June 15, 2020.  

Brother Boyd was initiated into the Kansas Alpha chapter at the University of Kansas on February 22, 1959. He served as the 48th National President for Phi Kappa Psi from 198284. Brother Boyd also served as National Vice President from 198082 and National Treasurer from 1976-80. He was also a member of the Order of the S.C.  

“Brother Boyd was a gracious man who was passionate about Phi Psi, diplomatic and principled in his work on behalf of the Fraternity, and someone who had a great sense of humor,” shares National Vice President Bob Marchesani IUP ’79 who served as an Archon when Boyd when president. 

National President David Moyer Alabama ’91 has declared a 30-day period of mourning in memory and gratitude for the life of Boyd. Brothers should shroud their badges and chapter shields in mourning as outlined in Rituals and Ceremonies of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, effective through July 30, 2020.  

Boyd is survived by his wife of 48 years, Debbie; his sister Barbara (John Noell) and her daughter Meaghan; his son Jake; his daughter Melissa, her husband Jon Bodway and their children – Evelyn and Calder; and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Sandi and Dan Witt. The family will have a private celebration of his life at Lake Quivira. 

We will be commemorating Brother Boyd‘s dedication and contributions to the Fraternity in an upcoming edition of The Shield If you would like to share a memory or photos of Brother Boyd, please send it to 

View Brother Boyd’s obituary here. 


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