Blanche Stanley delights her granddaughter, Christine, with her gold Phi Beta Kappa key, circa 1970.
Multi-Generation ΦBK Families
For more than 200 years, our members have been gathering at colleges and universities around the country to admit the next generation into Phi Beta Kappa. We celebrate the love of learning that inspired them, and all the generations of ΦBK before them, to pursue excellence in their academic work and value a life of the mind.
A love of learning, however, doesn’t begin with a college entrance exam. It starts long before that, with parents and grandparents, uncles, aunts, older brothers and sisters, with a family that teaches its children about hard work, about what is valuable, and what’s worth striving for.
Some of them have ΦBK keys of their own.
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Judith Sosebee Prince was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1973 at the University of Georgia. UGA established the Alpha of Georgia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1914. Her son, Philip Sosebee Prince, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at Furman University in 2004. The Gamma of South Carolina Chapter was established at Furman University in 1973. Judith earned a Doctorate in Education from the University of Georgia, and Philip earned a PhD in Geosciences from Virginia Tech. Judith adds, “Our family has come a long way as my parents had only sixth grade educations!”
Arielle Sitrick celebrates being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, just as her mom and her aunt before her! Pictured L-R: Mother, Miriam Goslins (ΦBK, Univeristy of California-Los Angeles, 1970), daughter Arielle Sitrick (ΦBK, University of Southern California, 2017), Aunt Rosecarrie Brooks (ΦBK, University of Southern California, 1968).
Meet father and daughter Phi Beta Kappas James “Jay” Gilbaugh (ΦBK, University of Oregon, 1983) and Katherine “Katie” Gilbaugh (ΦBK, University of Kansas, 2015). Jay, who studied chemistry and mathematics at Oregon is now a physician with Wichita Urology Group and the current president of the Kansas Medical Society. Katie, who majored in journalism and English, is an account manager with VML in New York City. The photo below was taken on the beach in Gearhart, Oregon.