Phiota honors the 100th birthday of Bro. Pedro N. Diaz
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Posted by: Francisco Lugo
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Phi Iota Alpha honors the 100th birthday of Bro.
Pedro N. Diaz
New York, New York -October 2011
November 22nd a delegation of Fraternity representatives attended
the 100th Birthday celebration of Bro. Pedro N. Diaz in Caracas,
delegation’s journey began in October when Bro. Francisco Lugo, Executive
Director of Phi Iota Alpha, was contacted by Bro. Pedro N. Diaz’s son Mr. Alfredo
Diaz to discuss how to properly celebrate this amazing milestone in our
Brother’s life. Mr. Alfredo Diaz
expressed that his father had fond memories of his undergraduate years in Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and always spoke of Phi Iota Alpha both of which
greatly influenced his life. After some
discussion it was decided to properly express the Fraternity’s well wishes by sending
a delegation of brothers to visit him in Caracas, Venezuela.
team consisting of members of the Board of Trustees, National Management Team,
Finance, History Committee, and RPI Alumni Association was formed to coordinate
the various aspects of this endeavor.
Bro. Diaz was overjoyed to meet with the Brothers of Phi Iota Alpha, and
his family members were very happy with the great lengths the Fraternity
underwent to honor one of their own.
Pedro N. Diaz joined Phi Iota Alpha in 1937 during his senior year at RPI while
pursuing a degree in Engineering. Soon after his graduation Bro. Diaz returned
to Venezuela where he became active in developing the growing infrastructure of
Venezuela as well as running his own asphalt company. He was also instrumental in furthering the study
of engineering in Venezuelan universities.
Bro. Diaz’s 74 years as a Brother of Phi Iota Alpha are a testament to the
meaning of Brotherhood in Phi Iota Alpha, and truly an inspiration to our
a brief bio of Brother Pedro N. Diaz submitted by his son Alfredo M. Diaz:
Pedro N. Diaz Gonzalez was born
in November 21 1911 in Tariba, State of Tachira, which is in the
westernregion of Venezuela near the Andes Mountains. He was born on a
farm call "Peribeca"which was owned by his family,His
father Manuel Antonio Diaz and mother Ana Clotilde Gonzalez; had sixteen
children of which hewas the youngest of 14 brothers and 2 sisters. All
the members of the family worked at the sugar cane plantation and coffee crops,
which was their primary source of income. He attended the Silesian Catholic
school in Taribaand later finished high school in the Liceo Caracas (now
call Liceo Andres Bello)in 1932, right after graduation he departed to
NYC where he attended Public School to learn English prior going into RPI. He
succeeded in attending RPI as Civil Engineer; due to the fact his older brother
Antonio Diaz was the Minister of Public Works in Caracasand was able to
get him a scholarship to attend the RPI with the purpose to help build the
highway infrastructure in Venezuela, which he did. My dad married Cristina
Troconis in 1939 soon after returning from the United States andraised a
family offour. His two daughters
are Marina and Maria Cristina and two sons are Pedro and Alfredo. Dad always
did comment about his greatexperiences in the US as a student and the
great memories he haswith his fraternity Phi Iota Alpha. He was very
happy to see members of his fraternity visit him during his 100th birthday on the
21st of November 2011.
While in Caracas, the team also had the opportunity to spend an
evening with other Phi Iota Alpha Alumni living in Caracas, where over dinner
they exchanged old stories and commonly shared fraternal experiences. The bonds that were reinforced during this
alumni trip will surely prompt more travels to Venezuela and other Latin
American countries where many of our Alumni now reside.
The Board of Trustees
would like to thank the following Brothers who helped in the development and execution
of this memorable trip to Venezuela.
Bro. Francisco Lugo,
M.Ed. – Executive Director
Bro. Giovanni A Abril
– Member, Board of Trustees
Bro. Marcelo Morales
– Member, Board of Trustees
Bro. Juan Guardia,
Ph.D –Member, History Committee
Bro. Gilberto D. Diaz–
President , Alpha Chapter Alumni
Bro. Joe Matos – Member,
Alpha Chapter Alumni Association, RPI
Additionally we would
like to thank Bro. Pedro N. Diaz’s entire family, particularly his eldest son,
the Mr. Alfredo Diaz, who received the Brothers into their home with great
hospitality. This trip could not have
been done without your gracious invitation and we are thankful to have shared
such a wonderful moment together with your family.
Since 1931, Phi Iota Alpha has set precedents for Latino Greek
leadership in the global community. For over 79 years, Phi Iota Alpha has
cultivated and inspired Latino men nationwide to become leaders of their
communities across Latin America and the United States. Open to all men, this distinguished
brotherhood includes many professionals and former presidents of Latin American
countries. Today Phi Iota Alpha, the Oldest Latino Fraternity in existence,
continues to lead as the preeminent Latino fraternal organization with chapters
throughout the United States.
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