It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Brother Albert D. Shonk Jr. (Southern Cal ‘54), affectionately known as “Mr. Phi Sig”, a dedicated volunteer, leader, and beloved member of the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity.
Brother Shonk graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business, during which he served in various societies, including Phi Sigma Kappa. He then led a remarkable professional life, serving as the President of Albert D. Shonk Co. for 32 years before retiring in 1997.
A former Grand President and our fraternity’s historian, Brother Shonk’s remarkable contributions were transformative. Most notably, he revitalized the fraternity’s publication, shaping it into the magazine we know today. Always committed to the advancement of Fraternity leadership and education, Brother Shonk was instrumental in establishing the Shonk Undergraduate Leadership School, providing invaluable training in chapter management and personal development for Fraternity leaders.
In 2016, the Fraternity announced the establishment of The Albert D. Shonk Jr. Archive and Educational Center at its International Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, named in honor of Brother Shonk’s unwavering dedication to Phi Sigma Kappa. Serving as a testament to the rich history and traditions of our Fraternity, the archive and educational center will inspire and educate generations of Phi Sigma Kappa members.
Known for his leadership, generosity, and profound love for the Fraternity, “Mr. Phi Sig” left an indelible mark on the Fraternity, the impacts of which will continue to be felt for years to come.
Albert D. Shonk Jr.’s remarkable contributions to Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity and its members will always be remembered and cherished. His dedication to fostering leadership and preserving the history of the Fraternity serves as an inspiration to us all.
Details regarding a celebration of Brother Shonk’s life will be shared with the Fraternity when they are known. As we mourn the loss of a stalwart of our Fraternity, let us honor Brother Shonk’s legacy by embodying the values he held dear and by continuing to uplift and support our Fraternity brothers.