Pi Mu, ΠM, was founded on December 13, 1892 at the University of Virginia by John W. Mallet, Hugh I. Cummings, Powell C. Fauntleroy, Hugh T. McGuire, E. L. Hobson, Nicholas Wothington, Rawley Penick, Charles E. Marrow, James S. Irving, Rawley Martin and Hugh H. Duke. Dr. Mallet designed the name and motto.
In November 1921, Dave F. Dozier, Pi Delta Phi '26, of Phi Chi Medical Fraternity and J. P. Williams of Pi Mu jointly instituted unofficial negotiations for a merger of Pi Mu and Phi Chi. This conference culminated in an agreement of merger signed October 7, 1922, in Richmond, Virginia, by Albert F. Saunders for Phi Chi and J. Blair Fitts for Pi Mu. Also participating in the arrangements of merger were Dave F. Dozier, Pi Delta Phi, and William I. Owens, Theta Eta, for Phi Chi and J. P. Williams of Pi Mu. Under the arrangements of merger, the Beta and Gamma of Pi Mu members were initiated into Theta Eta of Phi Chi and Alpha of Pi Mu was installed as Pi Mu (Chapter) of Phi Chi, October 14, 1922. The alumni of Pi Mu became associate members of Pi Mu of Phi Chi: they were obligated to become life subscribers to the Phi Chi QUARTERLY and membership cards of Phi Chi were issued to those who so subscribed; the associate members were granted the right to wear the badge of Phi Chi although the Pi Mu official badge was to remain "official" for all Pi Mu alumni graduating prier to July l, 1922. The Pi Mu badge was a Greek cross with skull and bones at the center. The skull was set with emerald eyes and the letters "ΠM" displayed on the horizontal arm of the cross.
Through this amalgamation Phi Chi received from Pi Mu all her interests and was free to accept any part of the ritual and constitution. Phi Chi also agreed to sponsor the Pi Mu honor system. Through this merger Phi Chi attained a chapter roll of 51 and a membership of 12,180.
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- Baird, William, ed (1915). Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities (8 ed.). New York: The College Fraternity Publishing Co.. http://books.google.com/books?id=aSErAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover.
- Cannon, Daniel H. (1989). The History of Phi Chi Medical Fraternity Inc. Centennial Edition 1889-1989. Phi Chi Quarterly Office.