K-State Phi Delta Theta History

One of the oldest fraternities on the Kansas State campus, the Kansas Gamma chapter of Phi Delta Theta was officially chartered February 25, 1921. The original fraternity house was located at 928 Leavenworth. Many successful Phi’s lived at that home including Bernard W. Rogers (‘40), who would go on to hold the rank of four-star general and serve as both Chief of Staff of the United States Army and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. The neoclassic-styled house stands today as a private residence.

In 1940, in order to meet the needs of increasing membership, a new house was erected near the university campus at 508 Sunset. The house was enlarged in the 1950’s and could accommodate in excess of 60 brothers. Many of those who lived at the 508 Phi Lodge went on to distinguished professional and business careers, including Donald Prigmore (‘54), president and COO of GTE-Sprint, and Brad Razook (‘82), President of Koch Industries.
The chapter’s living accommodations were further upgraded in 2001, when Kansas Gamma moved to its present location at 1545 Denison Avenue. Situated at the northwest edge of campus, the house lies within short walking distance of both Bill Snyder Family Stadium and Bramlage Coliseum. The chapter is a consistent leader in academics, and maintains a high profile in intramural athletics and other university competitions and activities.

Through the years, the Phi’s of Kansas Gamma have also been heavily involved in a variety of philanthropic activities, including support of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, the officially recognized charity of Phi Delta Theta. In recent years, Kansas Gamma has also organized its own local charity event, the Kyle Barker Memorial Golf Tournament. Honoring the late Kyle Barker, who served as house president in 2000 and KSU student body president in 2001. The annual golf tournament brings Phi Delt’s from all over the area and generates scholarship money for students involved in campus government.