It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of Jimmie “Doc” Underwood. He has positively touched many generations of Delta Chis and has by far been one of the most inspiring members to render distinguished service the Fraternity.
Doc began his endeavor with Delta Chi in 1948 at the University of Kansas. He would then go on to be the elected Chapter “E” in 1949 and would establish and name the Kansas Chapter’s newsletter, The Leges. Following two years of service as a dentist in the USAF in Germany, he became involved as the “BB” to the Kansas Chapter. His level of involvement and recognition include:
- Founded the tradition of May Meeting for alumni at the Kansas Chapter
- Recognized as “BB” Emeritus for 15 years of service in 1977
- Served as a Regent three times
- Attended numerous Regional Leadership Conferences
- Attended 26 International Conventions, having attended his first in 1960
- Served as president of the Delta Chi Educational Foundation from 1983 to 1992
- Member of the Order of the Shield
- Took the Foundation to over $1,000,000.00 in contributions
- Inducted in to the Order of the White Carnation in 1985
- Helped to establish Delta Chi at the University of South Florida in 2000 and served as “BB”
- Assisted in establishing a chapter, twice, at Kansas State University
- Served on numerous ABT and House Corporation Boards
- Co-authored with Dr. Chris Miller, Kansas ’81, The Kansas Legacy, a history of the Kansas Chapter from 1900 to 1993
- Provided, with wife Jeanne, two Delta Chis, son Jeffrey, Kansas ’80, and grandson Patrick, Kansas ’05
Brother Underwood, your work on this Earth is done and we are honored that we have had the privilege to call you Brother and share with you the Bond of Delta Chi. As we mourn your passing, your example encourages us to hold true to the principles we share, until we are also worthy to enter that Higher Court.
In accordance with Delta Chi Law, all chapters will drape their Charters in black for the next 30 days in honor of Jimmie “Doc” Underwood. You may also drape your Badge with black ribbon for the next 60 days.
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