ABOVE PHOTO: Kappa Alpha Psi 60 year members–1st row, sitting (l-r): Curvin H. Holliman; Mark Canty, Jr.; Charles T. Latta, Sr.; Leonard C. Ricks, Jr.; LeRoy H. Murray ; 2nd row, standing (l-r): Dr. Davis B. Martin, Jr.; Dr. Eugene J. Richardson, Jr.; Dr. John T. Williams, Sr.; Hon. Theodore Z. Davis; James S. White
The Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity held a special 60 Year Member Celebration at the Kappa Achievement Center on Saturday, December 7 to recognize the 11 members of the chapter who are celebrating 60 or more years of membership in Kappa Alpha Psi in 2013.
Approximately 100 members and guests attended the celebration. Senior Affairs Chairman Charles M. Greene presided as the Master of Ceremonies, while chapter Polemarch Bruce B. Rush presided over the entire affair.
The highlight of the celebration was the presentation of a cream colored commemorative blazer to each member honored.
The list of honored members and their year of initiation is as follows:
–Curvin H. Hollimon (1948), an alumnus of Tuskegee University
–Dr. Davis B. Martin, Jr. (1949), an alumnus of North Carolina Central University
–Tarleton D. Williams (1949), an alumnus of LaSalle University
–Charles T. Latta, Sr. (1951), an alumnus of Lincoln University
–Dr. Eugene J. Richardson, Jr. (1951), an alumnus of Temple University
–Mark Canty, Jr. (1952), an alumnus of Drexel University
–Honorable Theodore Z. Davis (1952), an alumnus of Temple University
–LeRoy H. Murray (1952), an alumnus of West Chester University
–Leonard C. Ricks, Jr. (1953), an alumnus of Cheyney University
–James S. White (1953), an alumnus of Morgan State University
–Dr. John T. Williams, Sr. (1953), an alumnus of LaSalle University
The collective accomplishments of this group range from a Tuskegee Airman, a U.S. Army Colonel, a City of Philadelphia Managing Director, a pioneering orthopedic surgeon and a NJ Superior Court Judge to a funeral director, an educator, an engineer, an architect and more, in keeping with the fundamental purpose of achievement upon which Kappa Alpha Psi was founded.
In fact, one of the feted members, Mark Canty, Jr., has been bestowed with the Elder Watson Diggs Award, the second highest award given to a member of the fraternity.
The Philadelphia Alumni Chapter is fortunate to have so many members still active with 60 or more years of service. Celebrating them in this fashion gave the chapter and fraternity an opportunity to convey their respect and appreciation in a tangible manner. The acknowledgement was also meant to pay symbolic tribute to all those members of longstanding who have passed on.
At the end of the day, this event is one of many in which the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter is engaged to promote the importance of fellowship; philanthropy and community service; and personal, professional and economic development. For more information about the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, go to www.phillykappas.org.