Wisdom Wednesday: George Lucas Roberts and Kappa Delta Pi

Purdue University, circa 1904, via Wikimedia Commons, also available from Library of Congress. Public domain.
Purdue University, circa 1904, via Wikimedia Commons, also available from Library of Congress. Public domain. (Click to enlarge)

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Our post yesterday discussed the career in education of George Lucas Roberts (1860-1941). Our cousin, intrepid researcher Jon Roberts, has added another bit of interesting information to George’s involvement in education:

In 1918, while heading the Purdue Department of Education, George petitioned to charter a Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) chapter at Purdue. KDP is an honorary educational society. The application was approved by the other 6 KDP chapters and the Eta Chapter was chartered at Purdue on June 11, 1919. Dr. Roberts served as the Chapter Counselor for many years, at least until 1935. In 1927 he served as the Eta Chapter delegate to the national convention and was elected to lead the Society as Executive Counselor. He was very influential and held important leadership positions in both local and national positions in the formative years of Kappa Delta Pi.

KDP is an exclusive group- only those in the top 20% of their class in the field of education are eligible. GPAs of 3.0 for undergraduates, and 3.25 for graduate students, are required. The creed the members, including teachers and professors, counselors, and administrators adhere to is:

“So to Teach that our words inspire a will to learn;

So to Serve that each day may enhance the growth of exploring minds;

So to Live that we may guide young and old to know the truth and love the right.

To the fulfillment of these objectives, we pledge our efforts and our faith.”


Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Purdue University, 1904. Visible, from left to right, are: Eliza Fowler Hall auditorium (built in 1903, demolished in 1950s for the construction of Stewart Center), first Electrical Engineering Building (built in 1889, now the site of Wetherill Chemistry Laboratory), second power plant (now demolished), and Heavilon Hall II mechanical engineering building (built in 1896, demolished in 1956 when Heavilon Hall III was built), via Wikimedia Commons, also available from Library of Congress. Public domain. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purdue_University#/media/File:1904_Panorama_of_campus,_Purdue_Univ.jpg
  2. Kappa Delta Pi- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kappa_Delta_Pi
  3. Personal email from Regional Chapter Coordinator, Kappa Delta Pi, to Jon Roberts 13 April 2016.
  4. The excerpt about George founding the Purdue chapter of KDP is included on the Find A Grave memorial for George, written by Jon Roberts. Find A Grave Memorial# 134894771.


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