Philip H. Bartels

Cornell ’71

New York Alpha Phi receives award for long-time service to chapter and Fraternity



The Legion of Merit Award honors those outstanding members of our Fraternity who have made a lifelong commitment to the service of Phi Delta Theta. The recipients of this award are not only living testimony that Phi Delta Theta is a “Fraternity for Life,” but they are also the men who give this phrase meaning for so many of us.
Brother Philip Bartels was initiated into Phi Delta Theta on October 14, 1968 at the New York Alpha Chapter at Cornell University.

Philip Bartels is Of Counsel at the Greenwich, CT Office of Law Firm of Shipman & Goodwin LLP, and two-thirds of his practice now consists of pro bono work on behalf of various 501(c)(3) organizations. In a supplement to the important work of the Phi Delta Theta Foundation, and as part of his support of the Phi Delt Chapter at Cornell, he set up a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 2006 to fund the continuing upgrades to his Chapter’s library, computer system and other education−related facilities. Phil has been active in Cornell affairs as the Alumni President of his Class for 10 years; and he has served on a number of Cornell committees, including the Administrative Boards of the Cornell Council and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He has also been extensively involved with the University of New Haven, and has been the Board Vice Chair of the University’s Board of Governors for the past six years and is now the Board Chair.

Phil and his wife, Susan, reside in Greenwich, Connecticut and have two children who are both graduates of Cornell University.

For his lifelong dedication and commitment to Phi Delta Theta, the Fraternity honors Brother Philip H. Bartels with the Legion of Merit.

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