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Footage of JFK Receiving Theta Kappa Phi Pledge Pin Surfaces

Friday, November 22, 2013   (0 Comments)
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kennedyWPI alum uncovers rare footage of Kennedy receiving his Pledge Pin.

Friday, November 22, 2013, marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of our 35th President and fellow Brother, John F. Kennedy (WPI, ‘A). Since then, our country and our Fraternity have had many changes. With the anniversary so close, some incredible new footage of Kennedy receiving his honorary Theta Kappa Phi Pledge Pin has surfaced.

An alumnus from Worcester Polytechnic Institute by the name of Frank Pakulski uncovered rare footage of Kennedy receiving his Theta Kappa Phi (now Phi Kappa Theta) Pledge Pin. This footage was taken on Oct. 2, 1958 and Kennedy received his pin by then chapter president Donald R. Ferrari (WPI, ‘59).

Kennedy was made an honorary member of Theta Kappa Phi at WPI that day, later becoming the first Catholic president of the United States. In this footage we see Kennedy speak to the audience from the stage, as well as Kennedy’s wife Jackie and brother Robert sitting nearby. You can also see Brother Ferrari pinning Kennedy, something we have only seen via photograph (pictured) until now.

As we reflect on the loss of Brother Kennedy, we remain thankful for his legacy and impact to not only our country, but our Fraternity as a whole.

Past images of Phi Kaps and JFK
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Chronicle photographer Cody Duty revisits the sites of President John F. Kennedy's final trip to Houston (website).

A photo showing spectators waiting on President John F. Kennedy's motorcade is juxtaposed against the current day scene, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Houston. University of Houston Phi Kappa Theta fraternity members joined the crowd outside the Rice Hotel to greet their fraternal alumni brother, Pres. Kennedy.

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University of Houston Phi Kappa Theta fraternity members joined the crowd outside the Rice Hotel to greet their fraternal alumni brother, Pres. Kennedy. Norman Ehrentraut (Houston, '63), Jay Kirk, Bart Truhillo, Gene Deluke (Houston, '68), Jim Kadlecek (Houston, '66).

Read this story and many more from the Spring 2014 issue of the Temple Magazine.

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