A Leader, A Legacy

How these graduates honored their mentor, a man who gave the best of himself to others and who inspired them to do the same.

Joseph F. Bell, Jr. ’72; David L. Flamer ’72, M’86; Michael D. Gilmore, Esq. ’71; Dr. John O. Simpson ’70, M’75; and Dennis W. White ’72 share more than an alma mater — they are five of the seven founding members of Zeta Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first Black fraternity in the United States (Cornell University, 1906) and the first such on West Chester University’s campus (1969).

With 11 academic degrees among them and successful careers in education, consulting, government service, and law, they are also co-creators of the Dr. Philip P. Hoggard Memorial Scholarship.

Established in 2019 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Chapter’s founding on December 19, 1969, the endowed scholarship is named in honor of their mentor, Dr. Philip P. Hoggard (1921-1998). An Alpha and a professor in the University’s Education department for 35 years, Dr. Hoggard was the Chapter’s first faculty advisor and was instrumental in its formation; the scholarship also recognizes the dedicated service of charter members James P. Watkins ’73 (1949-2012) and Thomas C. Williams ’72 (1949-2010).

“We wanted to do something meaningful that would last, and a legacy scholarship seemed like a good vehicle,” Michael said in a recent interview of the four charterers.

David L. Flamer '72, M'86
Michael D. Gilmore, Esq. '71
Dennis W. White '72
Dr. John O. Simpson '70, '75

Co-Creators, Dr. Philip P. Hoggard Memorial Scholarship

"We wanted to do something meaningful that would last, and a legacy scholarship seemed like a good vehicle."

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