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What were the best nicknames you called your brothers and how did they come about? 

When's the last time you saw a Lambda Iota Chapter brother in person? Who were you with, where were you, and what was the occasion? Do you have a photo from that day? 

What do you remember about the top social event the year you graduated? Do you remember your date? Did you happen to marry them? 

What was FIJI known for during your time at Purdue? 

Read on to find out how other Lambda Iota Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta graduates answered these questions.  

Bob Schmidt ’52

Nicknames: Mine was "Walrus", I have no idea why!?

Last time you saw a classmate: In 2016 Brothers Ed Ogden ’52, Bill Hatlem ’52, and I went to the Air Museum at Wright-Patterson in Dayton, Ohio. So much Fun!! 

Top social event: Fiji Island Party. My date and fiance was Nancy Staggs, then wife of 60 years.

What Phi Gamma Delta was known for: FIJI'S

P.S. I celebrated my 90th birthday in August and I received a card from the Purdue Chapter signed by all the Brothers. WOW what a treat!!

Parker Wayland ’59 

What Phi Gamma Delta was known for: I’d like to think Fiji was known as a group of really sharp guys. We were active in all aspects of campus life from scholarship, to sports, to social, and campus activities. Note, the class of 1959 had 5 members of Iron Key, the top honorary on campus.

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