Alpha Phi Delta Foundation

Chapter Histories - Pi Chapter

Pi Chapter in General

Pi Chapter is Founded: 1923

Alpha Phi Delta's Pi Chapter was founded on December 22, 1923 on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia -- at the time it was the southernmost Chapter of the Fraternity. The oldest extant image of Pi Chapter is shown above -- a 1928 composite of some of the brothers in the chapter at the time. By the early 1930s, Pi Chapter and Psi Chapter had developed a special camaraderie, and several sporting events between the two chapters occurred. By the mid-1930s, Pi's fortunes, no doubt affected by the Great Depression, faded -- and the Chapter was closed in 1936. After over a decade's interlude Alpha Phi Delta returned to West Virginia University's campus with the reactivation of Pi Chapter and the initiation of 16 new brothers on February 5, 1949 at an impressive Ritual ceremony. Following the initiation, a dinner was held at Tony's Restaurant on Beechurst Avenue, in Morgantown, West Virginia. Just after initiation, the first Chapter meeting for the reactivated Pi was held, with its brothers holding elections as well as taking care of other important business for the semester that was ahead. Pi Chapter remained active and thriving and the 50s and 60s, but was began weakening in the 1970s, and finally closed in 1982.

Pi Chapter's 2021 Reactivation

The fall of 2021 brought new life to Pi Chapter -- as it was reactivated with a pledge class of four being initiated on December 4, 2021. A visit from Central Office in November 2021, shortly before that initiation was set up to present the soon-to-be Pi brothers various document and other items from their Chapter's history. Local alumni of Pi Chapter from the 60s and 70s were very suportive of the effort. 

With the Chapter re-established, the four new Pi brothers got to work to build up their Chapter; there followed a succession of pledge class of varying size. As of fall 2023, the Chapter had initiated a total of 18 members (16 of which were still undergraduates) and were looking forward to many more successful years ahead. On December 22, 2023, Pi Chapter established a fraternal first for Alpha Phi Delta when it became the first active chapter to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Pictured above are a group of Pi Chapter brothers after an Italian dinner night out at a local eatery. The brother pose appropriately in front of a sign that indicate Pi Chapter's home: Morgantown. 

Pi Chapter - Individuals

​Dr. Jay Morris Arena

American Doctor and Inventor

Pi '27

Jay Morris Arena was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia on March 3, 1909 to Anthony M. and Rose Sandy Arena. He was initiated into Pi Chapter on May 21, 1927 as part of a five men pledge class. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University in 1930, and his M.D. from Duke University in 1932. Arena interned at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New York (1932) and later Johns Hopkins Hospital (1932-1933).

Dr. Jay Morris Arena, went on to have a long career at Duke University's medical school on its Pediatrics faculty (serving for 42 years, 1937-1979). Brother Arena also served for many years as the director of University's Poison Control Center (1953-1979), and was a member of the executive board of the American Association of Poison Control Centers for 20 years, serving as its President for a while.

All of those items mentioned could rightly commend Brother Arena as be distinguished in his field (medicine) but those accomplishment are not what Brother Arena is best known for. 

The accomplishment that has given Dr. Arena the most fame is something that we all encounter and use in our homes regularly. Brother Arena was the inventor of the child-proof safety cap that is found on so many pharmaceutical and household items. With that accomplishment, the Federal Department of Health, Education and Welfare hired him as a consultant on child safety and on hazardous substances, and he advised the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Brother Jay Arena died on Friday, January 5, 1996 of a heart attack at the age of 86.

Pi Chapter - Photos