|T.J. and Fred climb to new heights
RELEASED: Nov. 13, 2003
DANVILLE, KYThe last time we heard from "Dead Fred" he was celebrating a milestone and getting kicked out of the running of the bulls event in Pamplona, Spain.
"Dead Fred" and his fraternity brother T.J. Brown '03 are off seeing the world this year, and their latest trip was south of the border.
Fred Vinson, who graduated from Centre in 1909 and from the College's law school in 1911, served as the chief justice of the United States from 1946 until his death in 1953. But Vinson's legacy lives on as a tradition has been developed by Centre's Phi Delta Theta fraternity to take his portrait, affectionately known as "Dead Fred," to campus eventsand now across the globe.
"Dead Fred" and T.J. recently completed a trip to South America. They ventured through the Amazon Jungle, visited the capital of Bolivia, went kayaking and climbed Mt. Chimborazo, Ecuador's highest mountain. They were joined by Sam Beiting '03, also a Phi Delt.
"Dead Fred" traveled in a protective tubing throughout Europe, visited France, Spain and Italy June 11-July 15. Brown is carrying a replica of Vinson's portrait. The actual painting is housed safely on Centre's campus. On Sept. 8, Centre marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Vinson. Click here for story.
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