Raymond L. Gardner Alumnus of the Year Award Introduced1960
The Raymond L. Gardner Alumnus of the Year Award is made annually to the Phi Delt alumnus considered by the Gardner Award committee to have made the most significant contribution in three areas: Fraternity service, service to higher education, and community involvement. The award was originated by the Seattle Alumni Club in honor of Raymond L. Gardner, Washington 1918.
Brother Gardner enrolled at the University of Washington in 1914 where he participated in freshman crew and won letters in football in 1915, ’16 and ’17. He saw Army Service in World War I and returned to the University to graduate in 1920.
Gardner served as Chapter Adviser to Washington Alpha from 1938 through 1943, when he was appointed President of the Pi Province. In 1952 he was elected to the General Council, serving his last two years as Treasurer. He was forced by ill health to resign from the General Council in 1956. Brother Gardner was prominent nationally as a Director of the Lumber Manufacturers Association and a member ot the U. S. Department of Commerce’s American Lumber Standards Committee.