Phi Delta Chi

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Phi Delta Chi
Phi Delta Chi crest.png
Founded November 2, 1883
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
Type Professional Pharmacy

Alterum Alterius Auxilio Eget

"Each Needs the Help of the Other"
Colors Old Gold and Dregs of wine
Flower Red Carnation
Chapters 95
Headquarters 116 N Lafayette, Suite B
South Lyon, Michigan, United States of America

Phi Delta Chi (ΦΔΧ) was founded on 2 November 1883 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor by 11 men, led by Dean Albert B. Prescott. The fraternity was formed to advance the science of pharmacy and its allied interests, and to foster and promote a fraternal spirit among its brothers, now both male and female.



Phi Delta Chi develops leaders to advance the profession of pharmacy. Phi Delta Chi, a lifelong experience, promotes scholastic, professional and social growth in its Brothers. Brothers strive to provide quality services to their patients, thereby advancing public health.


Phi Delta Chi Brothers seek enhanced professional and personal success. Phi Delta Chi helps both pharmacy students and pharmacists improve personal and professional skills, inspiring confidence and character and providing insight into human nature. Phi Delta Chi encourages Brothers to develop as leaders, as excellent pharmacists and well-rounded citizens. Excellent pharmacists are the most important product of Phi Delta Chi. In this union, they are Brothers for life.

Phi Delta Chi Brothers aim to improve the health of their patients through the delivery of optimal pharmaceutical care. By training, educating, preparing, and connecting excellent pharmacists, Phi Delta Chi advances public health and the profession.


As a national organization, Phi Delta Chi develops programs to better serve Brothers, the Pharmacy profession and society. Brothers are bonded by the fraternity to grow as pharmacists and citizens, for the benefit of all. Phi Delta Chi strives to strengthen the local and national bonds with alumni Brothers across the country.


Since 1883, Phi Delta Chi has worked to advance the profession of pharmacy and its allied interests, and to foster and promote a fraternal spirit among its Brothers. Phi Delta Chi continues to be a valuable resource for the profession.

Primary programs that improve Brothers, their communities and beyond include:

  • Programs to recognize excellence among collegiate and alumni Brothers and Chapters.
  • The Prescott Leadership Award for excellence in a young pharmacist.
  • Training and education programs to improve therapeutic, leadership, and management skills of pharmacy students and pharmacists.
  • Professional and service programs to help the community.
  • Communication programs and publications to link all Brothers.
  • Fraternal programs to foster Brotherhood.

History of Phi Delta Chi[edit]

On November 2, 1883, 11 men at the University of Michigan formed the fraternity. At that time, there were a number of literary societies at Michigan, but Phi Delta Chi's founders believed something should be organized exclusively for the College of Pharmacy. A Quotation from the early records reads: "Both students and faculty recognized that such an organization would bring students of pharmacy together for the discussion of scientific questions pertaining to pharmacy and its sister sciences."

Albert Benjamin Prescott (1832–1905) then Dean of College of Pharmacy at Michigan, encouraged the 11 founders in the formation of the society. He was made the first honorary member and then served as the group's sponsor. Dean Prescott's name has been associated with the highest and finest traditions and awards of the fraternity throughout the years. Prescott is to this day considered an innovator in pharmaceutical education.

The Communicator, the official publication for Phi Delta Chi was first published nationally in 1906 and has been published regularly ever since. Today The Communicator is published four times a year.

Phi Delta Chi originally accepted for membership men in the fields of pharmacy and chemistry, the latter including both chemistry majors and chemical engineers. During the depression days of 1928-1933 difficulties arose because the fraternity was serving two professions, and therefore membership requirements were changed to include the persons majoring in the field of pharmacy only. And thus Phi Delta Chi as we know it today was formed, a Professional Fraternity serving the field of Pharmacy.

Throughout the years it has been a matter of considerable pride to Phi Delta Chi brothers that the organization not only has been kept intact through wars and economic crises, but that Brothers always came forward to carry on the work of the organization and to expand it. Since being founded in 1883, Phi Delta Chi has chartered more than 70 collegiate Chapters and has welcomed more than 50,000 men and women into the Brotherhood.

Centennial celebrations in 1983 culminated with the dedication of a plaque at the University of Michigan School of Pharmacy commemorating Phi Delta Chi's first 100 years of accomplishments and the Fraternity's commitment to the future. Today, the Alpha Chapter hosts Brothers from around the nation every year around November 2 to celebrate the founding of Phi Delta Chi in 1883.

Since the late 1980s, the pace of adding new Chapters accelerated markedly. This expansion continued with the rapid expansion of new schools of pharmacy in the 1990s and 2000s.

The Fraternity also saw it purpose invigorated as it adopted a mission to train individual Brothers in leadership skills, beginning with the first Leader Development Seminar at the 57th Grand Council (Monterey, 1989). Thousands of Brothers have taken advantage of this opportunity since then.

Phi Delta Chi's success results from more than 120 years of following the purpose originally advanced in 1883:

“The object of this association shall be to advance the science of pharmacy and its allied interests and to foster and promote a fraternal spirit among its members."

Brothers of Phi Delta Chi exemplify leadership in the field of pharmacy. Well known Phi Delta Chi Brothers include:

  • Eli Lilly
  • Bruce Paddock (president of Paddock Laboratories Inc.)
  • John D. Grabenstein (spearheaded pharmaceutical involvement with immunizations)
  • Hubert Humphrey (Former vice president of United States of America) (HONORARY)
  • An unknown number of Deans of Pharmacy and Remington Medalists.
  • Several governors, many mayors, large number of state legislators, several judges, many members of federal agencies in Washington and hundreds of local public officials. None of which can be named.
  • More than likely, leaders of many other pharmaceutical corporations, associations, institutions, colleges, and other enterprises.
  • Practicing pharmacists

Collegiate Chapters[edit]

  • Alpha: University of Michigan
  • Beta: Northwestern University
  • Gamma: Columbia University
  • Delta: University of Wisconsin
  • Epsilon: Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
  • Zeta: University of California at San Francisco
  • Eta: MCPHS University
  • Theta: University of Minnesota
  • Iota: University of Maryland
  • Kappa: University of Washington
  • Lambda: University of Texas
  • Mu: University of Pittsburgh
  • Nu: University of Iowa
  • Xi: Ohio State University
  • Omicron: University of Southern California
  • Pi: University of Nebraska
  • Rho: University of Oklahoma
  • Sigma: University of Colorado
  • Tau: Purdue University
  • Upsilon: University of Kansas
  • Phi: Creighton University
  • Chi: Auburn University
  • Psi: Drake University
  • Omega: University of Tennessee
  • Alpha Alpha: Western Reserve University
  • Alpha Beta: University of Kentucky
  • Alpha Gamma: University of North Carolina
  • Alpha Delta: Medical College of Virginia
  • Alpha Epsilon: University of Mississippi
  • Alpha Zeta: Idaho State University
  • Alpha Eta: Wayne State University
  • Alpha Theta: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Alpha Iota: University of Georgia
  • Alpha Kappa: Medical University of South Carolina
  • Alpha Lambda: University of Connecticut
  • Alpha Mu: University of Wyoming
  • Alpha Nu: University of Arizona
  • Alpha Xi: Ferris State University
  • Alpha Omicron: Temple University
  • Alpha Pi: University of Utah
  • Alpha Rho: Mercer University
  • Alpha Sigma: University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Alpha Tau: University of Houston
  • Alpha Phi: Butler University
  • Alpha Chi: Samford University
  • Alpha Psi: University of the Pacific
  • Alpha Omega: Southwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Beta Alpha: Saint John's University
  • Beta Beta: University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Beta Gamma: Duquesne University
  • Beta Delta: St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Beta Epsilon: University of Missouri
  • Beta Zeta: Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy
  • Beta Eta: University of Arkansas
  • Beta Theta: University of South Carolina
  • Beta Iota: Oregon State University
  • Beta Kappa: Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences [1]
  • Beta Lambda: Nova Southeastern University
  • Beta Mu: Howard University
  • Beta Nu: Rutgers University
  • Beta Xi: Midwestern University
  • Beta Omicron: Texas Southern University
  • Beta Pi: Shenandoah University
  • Beta Rho: Texas Tech University
  • Beta Sigma: Midwestern University - Glendale
  • Beta Tau: State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Beta Upsilon: Roseman University of Health Sciences
  • Beta Phi: Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Beta Chi: Northeastern University
  • Beta Psi: University of Minnesota at Duluth
  • Beta Omega: Wingate University
  • Gamma Alpha: University of New Mexico
  • Gamma Beta: Pacific University
  • Gamma Gamma: Appalachian College of Pharmacy
  • Gamma Delta: East Tennessee State University
  • Gamma Epsilon: Texas A&M Health Science Center
  • Gamma Zeta: St. John Fisher, Wegman's School of Pharmacy
  • Gamma Eta: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy - Abilene, TX
  • Gamma Theta: University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Pharmacy
  • Gamma Iota: California Northstate College of Pharmacy
  • Gamma Kappa: Chicago State University
  • Gamma Lambda: Auburn University at Mobile
  • Gamma Mu: Husson University
  • Gamma Nu: University of the Incarnate Word
  • Gamma Xi: Belmont University
  • Gamma Omicron: University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Gamma Pi: D'Youville College School of Pharmacy
  • Gamma Rho: Regis University School of Pharmacy
  • Gamma Sigma: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Gamma Tau: Western New England University College of Pharmacy
  • Gamma Upsilon: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton
  • Gamma Phi: University of Findlay
  • Gamma Chi: University of Charleston School of Pharmacy
  • Gamma Psi: Washington State University-Spokane
  • Gamma Omega: Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy
  • Delta Alpha: Marshall University School of Pharmacy
  • Delta Beta: University of North Texas College of Pharmacy

Phi Delta Chi Facts[edit]

  • Motto: Alterum Alterius Auxilio Eget, meaning Each Needs the Help of the Other
  • Objective: To advance the science of pharmacy and its allied interests, and to foster and promote a fraternal spirit among its members
  • Creed: "A man should first direct himself in the way he should go; only then should he instruct others." -Buddha
  • Colors: Old Gold and Dregs of Wine
  • Flower: The Red Carnation
  • Jeweler: Herff-Jones (formerly known as Burr, Patterson, & Auld of Elwood, IN)
  • Coat of Arms: The core is an equilateral triangle to represent the Greek letter Delta, symbolizing the equality and unity of our members. The Delta is divided into three parts. The lamp refers to knowledge. The retort reflects the basis of the profession. The Fleur-de-lis symbolize devotion to duty. The torch and its rays reflect knowledge and brothers' pursuit of it, which is more easily lighted by association with those of a common mind.

Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute (PLEI)[edit]

Phi Delta Chi’s 60th Grand Council (Memphis, 1995) authorized the Fraternity's Executive Council to establish a not-for-profit foundation to advance the leadership, educational, and other benevolent missions of the Fraternity. This charge was fulfilled in the creation of the Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute, Inc. (PLEI), which held the inaugural meeting of its Board of Directors during APhA's 143rd Annual Meeting in Nashville, March 1996.

The Institute is the Fraternity’s charitable and educational arm, advancing the Fraternity’s mission of training pharmacy’s future leaders. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recognizes the Institute as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. The PLEI coordinates the Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award, the Leader Development Seminar, and other educational events for the Fraternity’s Brothers and other members of the pharmacy profession. The Institute is led by a Board of Directors of distinguished Brothers and colleagues. The Grand President, Grand Past President, and Executive Director serve ex officio on the PLEI Board of Directors.