Robert Brown ’69: “I give back because I got so much and hope others get what I got”

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Robert Brown ’69 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) knew that something about Phi Kappa Sigma was special right from the start. Here’s a look into his time in the house and why he gives back. 

“When meeting brothers at rush I felt that I would fit. Plus I had met some of the guys that had already accepted a bid and I just felt that these were guys I wanted to spend my time at Penn State with. The house also had a good reputation.” 

I realize that other fraternities probably had some camaraderie, but Phi Kap was special. Brothers looked out for each other, had similar goals, and there was a really similar personality between us.” 

“My time at Penn State was just great and made possible by my belonging to Phi Kappa Sigma. But besides the social aspect which was very good, just going through pledging and knowing my pledge brothers were my favorite memories.” 

Living with 50 guys gave me a good understanding of how to mesh with different people with different backgrounds. It helped me socially fit in and at the same time gave me the confidence to be independent the right way.” 

“The time at Phi Kap was without a doubt the best time in my life to that point. I learned so much about people and how to interact in a positive way. Phi Kap gave me the stepping stone to a business career. I give back because I got so much and hope others get what I got.” 

I think if [alumni] think back to their time at Phi Kap they would realize that they have more than they gave. Some of it shaped their future and hopefully giving back will help others to know that brotherhood is just not four years. After more than 50 years I'm still close with some of my brothers. You will have lifelong friends that may help shape your life, and that know you like no one else does.” 

Without Phi Kappa Sigma, I wouldn't have the closest friends I ever had. I would not have some of the best memories in my life. 

 

 

 

 Pictures are with my close fraternity brothers Rick Search ’69 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Bill Gaul ’69 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).