A Fiji through and through, this year’s Hall of Fame inductee, Frank Gould ’51, has fostered and maintained a strong bond between himself and the Delta Xi Chapter that has impacted his life immensely since becoming a California Golden Bear. After transferring from San Diego State University in 1949, Frank pledged in the fall of his first semester. He lived in the house for all of the three years that he studied at the University. His calling in life, chemistry, took up much of his time in the lab, though he still managed to hold important positions in the house, solidifying his status as a leader among his peers.
Proudly a member of a true Fiji family, Frank’s father was a member of the Alpha Iota Chapter at Iowa State University, and Frank’s brother Bob was also a member of our own Delta Xi chapter of the class of 1957. Frank remembers Fiji as the foundation for lifelong friends and for the greatest memories he has of his time at Cal. Frank has taken it upon himself to organize a Fiji trip to Carmel for his brothers of the classes ’48-’53 for the last ten years and counting; a clear demonstration of his love and dedication to the house.
Frank’s leadership and dedication to those around him was not limited to Phi Gamma Delta. Following his passion, Frank worked for Van Waters and Rogers, an industrial chemical distribution company, repeatedly earning awards commending his success. Later in his career, he dedicated his time to the unexplored territory of semiconductor science. Frank has a history of serving the community; frequently volunteering for local election polling stations, local school boards, the local church board, and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Through his actions and accomplishments, Frank has been a truly great example of a loyal brother of Phi Gamma Delta. Frank lives happily with his wife Pegge in Santa Cruz, California. His three children, Anne, Richard and Michael all attended universities around the state, with his daughter Anne continuing the Cal family legacy. Frank formerly skiied and played golf with his Fiji brothers, but has had to recently give it up because of bad knees (from too much fun).