"As the member of an ideal fraternity," said the first issue of the Journal, "the resources of every member of that body are my resources, the product of their lives is my daily life. The Fraternity is a common storehouse for experience, moral rectitude, and spirituality; the larger contribution of the individual the greater the resources of each member." Each of the Founders were balanced men who went on to be great men in their own fields. They acted on their ideals and goals and set high standards for all brothers to follow. And remember, they were no older than you when they started SIGMA PHI EPSILON.

Carter Ashton Jenkens, Founder, born Oxford, NC, April 9,1882. His personal philosophy helped shape Sigma Phi Epsilon. He became an evangelist and his inspiring oratories drew the attention of famed evangelist Billy Sunday, who is said to have exclaimed, "If only the Almighty had given me the voice of Carter Jenkens!" Died July 23,1952 in Louisville, KY.

Benjamin Donald Gaw, Founder, born Stuart's Draft, VA, August 20,1870. Prominent Baptist pastor. Died January 10,1919, at 49, in Washington D.C.

William Hugh Carter, Founder, born Pittsylvania County, VA, February 2,1878. Newspaper editor in his early years, then a much-admired Baptist pastor and field worker for most of his life. Died January 5,1971 at age 92.

William Andrew Wallace, Founder, born Stuart's Draft, VA, May 7, 1882. Launched Sigma Phi Epsilon's second chapter, Virginia Beta, at the Medical College of Virginia. A physician in Spartanburg, SC, and one of the best-known practitioners in the state. Died 1929.

Thomas Temple Wright, Founder, born Locust Grove, VA, May 21, 1883. Surveyor, railroad civil engineer, business and community leader. Died February 15, 1958.

William Lazell Phillips, Founder, born Normal, IL, 1873. "Uncle Billy" became the first editor of the Journal in 1904, then went on to devote his life to Sigma Phi Epsilon, including 34 years as Grand Secretary. Died June 20, 1956, leaving his personal estate to the Fraternity. Nationally known as one of the great builders of the American fraternity system.

Lucian Baum Cox, Founder, born Princess Anne County, VA, November 13, 1879. Prominent lawyer in Norfolk, VA, author of law books and draftsman of Sig Ep charters and documents. Died June 10, 1971 at the age of 91.

Richard Spurgeon Owens, Founder, born Hempstead, VA, October 28, 1880. Baptist minister whose interest in education gained him election as a trustee of the University of Richmond and Bluefield College. Died July 6, 1950.

Edgar Lee Allen, Founder, born in Virginia in January 6, 1880. A respected lawyer and judge in Birmingham, AL. Died March 21, 1945.

Robert Alfred McFarland, Founder, born Oxford, NC, January 31, 1876. Held important pastorates in three states and was a trustee of Wake Forest College and Fork Union Military Academy. Died March 14, 1960.

Frank Webb Kerfoot, Founder, born Buckland, VA, October 2, 1876. Baptist minister; in service to his country as a U.S. Army chaplain at the time of his accidental death in August 29, 1918.

Thomas Vaden McCaul, Founder, born Charles City County, VA, November 25, 1878. "Uncle om" was the first president of Virginia Alpha and wrote the Fraternity's first song. He helped establish Virginia Eta in 1907 and Florida Alpha in 1925. A Baptist minister, he remained active in Sig Ep affairs and attended Conclaves up until a year before his death in November 18, 1972 at age 93.

These are 12 names inscribed in Sigma Phi Epsilon's Hall of Fame, but these were also 12 young men who formed a chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon - a chapter far different from those of today and yet one noteworthy for its similarities. The first, Jenkins, was a pre-eminent for his vision, his ability to dream grand dreams, and to spellbind with noble words, and the sixth - Phillips - built for the Fraternity even while he slept. There were no drones among the twelve.

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