Pi Mu Honor Society, ΠM, was founded on December 13, 1892 at the University of Virginia by John W. Mallet, Hugh I. Cummings, Powell C. Fauntleroy, Hugh T. McGuire, E. L. Hobson, Nicholas Wothington, Rawley Penick, Charles E. Marrow, James S. Irving, Rawley Martin and Hugh H. Duke. Dr. Mallet designed the name and motto.
In November, 1921, Dave F. Dozier, Pi Delta Phi '26, of Phi Chi and J. P.
Williams of Pi Mu jointly instituted unofficial negotiations for a merger of Pi
Mu and Phi Chi. This conference culminated in an agreement of merger signed
October 7, 1922, in Richmond, Virginia, by Albert F. Saunders for Phi Chi and J.
Blair Fitts for Pi Mu. Also participating in the arrangements of merger were
Dave F. Dozier, Pi Delta Phi, and William I. Owens, Theta Eta, for Phi Chi and
J. P. Williams of Pi Mu. Under the arrangements of merger, the Beta Gamma of Pi
Mu members were initiated into Theta Eta of Phi Chi and Alpha of Pi Mu was
installed as Pi Mu (Chapter) of Phi Chi, October 14, 1922. The alumni of Pi Mu
became associate members of Pi Mu of Phi Chi: they were obligated to become life
subscribers to the Phi Chi QUARTERLY and membership cards of Phi Chi were issued
to those who so subscribed; the associate members were granted the right to wear
the badge of Phi Chi although the Pi Mu official badge was to remain "official"
for all Pi Mu alumni graduating prier to July l, 1922. The Pi Mu badge was a
Greek cross with skull and bones at the center. The skull was set with emerald
eyes and the letters "ΠM" displayed on the horizontal arm of the cross.
The ΠΜ fraternity consisted of the following chapters before merging with ΦΧ:
The Journal- annual publication begun in 1908
The crest of Pi Mu: a caduceus at the top of a shield with the latin phrase Semper Ad Honorem. and the Greek letters beneath.
The design of the Phi Chi pledge button was changed at the time of the Pi Mu merger in 1922 to honor the Pi Mu honor system. The badge of Pi Mu, a Greek cross carrying the skull and crossbones in addition to the Greek letters ΠΜ, by agreement became Phi Chi's pledge button with the substitution of a caduceus and the letters ΦΧ in silver on a field of green.
Pi Mu member achievements:
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March 26, 2014