In Memoriam


The Omega Chapter of California State University Northridge and all of Phi Beta Delta mourns the passing of Dr. Karin Durán. A loving tribute to her is viewable here:

FALL 2010
Dr. Hortense Simmons passed away on November 26, 2010. A long term member of the Omicron Chapter at California State University, Sacramento, Professor Simmons was a vibrant force at our conferences at which she often read papers. She was also instrumental in bringing to us our Zeta Omicron Chapter at Black Sea State University (formerly Petro Mohyla Mykolayiv State University) in Ukraine. We miss her dearly.

This article from 2004 Sacramento City Magazine, naming her as one of 20 women to admire, captures part of her energy and strengths:


The Phi Beta Delta, Zeta Xi Chapter, at SUNY Cortland is very sad to report the passing of our dear friend and colleague Ann Marshall. She lost her short, valiant battle against cancer on September 29, 2010. Ann Marshall was the Administrative Assistant at SUNY Cortland for the Clark Center for International Education and she served as the Secretary for the Cortland Phi Beta Delta Chapter. Her Phi Beta Delta colleagues and Clark Center for International Education colleagues remember her as a wonderful presence.

She was a dedicated professional and, above all, a good friend. For many years, she was a noble and loyal advocate for SUNY Cortland students whom she helped guide in their education. While Ann was especially dedicated to advancing the education of SUNY Cortland students internationally, she was also devoted to the education of students in her home town of DeRuyter, NY. Our chapter and the College, valued her presence, warmth, humor, enthusiasm, and devotion to our educational mission. Her untimely loss leaves an empty place in our hearts.

Contributions in Ann Marshall's name may be made to:

Dollars for Scholars
Box 209
DeRuyter NY 13052


The Beta Omicron Chapter of Phi Beta Delta (George Washington University) is sad to announce the passing of its faithful member, Dr. Maddalena Ferretti in May of 2010. Dr. Ferretti was a charter member of the Beta Omicron Chapter who was the favorite host at all receptions and gatherings. She is missed sorely.


Dr. Blair A. Rudes, passed away on March 16, 2008. He was a member of Mu Chapter at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Phi Beta Delta sadly announces the passing of two stalwart champions of the Society: Dr. Elsa Ochoa-Fernández and Mr. Ron Moffatt.

Ms. Ochoa-Fernández was Director of the International Center and the International Institute at California State University-San Bernadino, Gamma Lambda Chapter. She was a member of the Phi Beta Delta Board of Directors from 1998-2003-first at Regional Vice President, then as Senior International Vice President. To quote the Director of Advancement and CSUSB, "Elsa was instrumental in establishing the chapter of Phi Beta Delta on our campus and changed our campus culture through her leadership and commitment in the area of international scholarship." For that reason, CSUSB has established the Elsa Ochoa-Fernandez Phi Beta Delta Memorial Scholarship in her honor. You can contact the Director of Advancement for further details:

Mr. Moffatt was Director of the International Student Center at San Diego State University. He was also the founding Chapter Coordinator of the Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Delta on his campus: He served on the international board of directors of Phi Beta Delta from 1996-2000-first as Regional Vice President, then as Senior International Vice President. An enthusiastic and tireless supporter of internationalization, Mr. Moffatt also launched Phi Beta Delta's first website and helped us to move into the information age. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

If your chapter of Phi Beta Delta has recently lost one of its members, please write to us with information: