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Thank you to Billy Aiken ’72 for participating in this Q&A.

Why did you join Phi Delt as an undergraduate?
I knew little about fraternities when I began college.  I had friends that did and I went through rush with them second semester since we could not do so in the fall.  I joined Phi Delt because of those friends and the people I met at the house.   They were an impressive group; engaged in many things in and out of the classroom and I felt fortunate to be asked to join.  

What is the funniest memory from your Phi Delt days?
I don’t know if there’s one funniest memory, but one that comes to mind is the time an unnamed pledge brother decided to transport himself down West Franklin in a Fowler’s grocery cart.

Have you visited Chapel Hill graduation? 
Yes, I have visited regularly and have had two sons go there.  I have been involved in the Morehead program, Phi Delt, the Board of Visitors and other UNC activities.  Our class gets together regularly, and has had several reunions.  Number 40 is coming up this year.

What about your membership in Phi Delt makes you the most proud?
 Many things come to mind, particularly the lifelong friendships I made during my time there and the contributions that people from the Phi Delt house have made not only during their years at Chapel Hill, but also in the years after graduation.  It’s a remarkable group of people.

Do you have any Spring Break or road trip stories with your brothers?
Again, many come to mind – “riding” to Hollins with Hacker (sometimes in the median), driving to Aspen with Saenger and Coe and driving all night with Snake  to the beach who knew how to  arrive just in time for the sun to come up Saturday morning.   

Share a story of a recent reunion or plans for an upcoming one with your Phi Delt brothers:
Last fall we joined in a reunion for the classes of ’70, ’71 (its 40th) and ’72.  It was great to see everyone, some of whom I have not seen in a while.  This reunion was particularly memorable because Bill Robbins ’70, who had been going through difficult health issues, came all the way from the Rocky Mount to be there.  Unfortunately, he passed away not long after the reunion, but to have him there was genuinely moving.  

How would your life be different today if you had never joined Phi Delt?
My life would be less rich in the sense of friendships that have been a positive influence on me.  I feel like I’m a better person in terms of how I go about my life because of the particularly close friendships I made at Phi Delt.

Where has life taken you since graduation? What's new in your life today?
Life has taken me to a wonderful marriage to Ann, law school, a federal judge clerkship, law practice and many community and school related activities. Also, our first grandchild was born in late 2011.

Why would you encourage other brothers to engage with Phi Delt in their alumni years?
To continue the friendships we made and to pass on to the extent possible the value of relationships with other people and the importance of making positive contributions to the university and to the communities in which you live. 

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