Sigma Chi honors Jim Booth '64 with award

by Erin Dahl ,

After mentoring and advising members of Willamette’s Sigma Chi fraternity for the past 25 years, Jim Booth ’64 received the organization’s highest honor — the Order of the Constantine — during a private ceremony in late September.

The award recognizes Sigma Chi brothers for their commitment, dedication and service to the fraternity. Two members of Delta Zeta, Willamette’s Sigma Chi chapter, have received the award since the chapter’s founding in 1947.

“It’s nice to be recognized for something that’s fun, enjoyable and meaningful,” says Booth, Willamette’s alumni travel liaison. “It’s a little embarrassing being honored in this way, but I’ll swallow it and be proud.”

Former chapter president Ryan Johnson ’14 says Booth is a role model for countless young men. What’s more, he credits Booth for helping him secure a scholarship to complete his Willamette education.

“Jim is the perfect example of Sigma Chi,” Johnson says. “His devotion to the chapter, the fraternity and to his community is incredible.”

Known as the “the face of alumni relations,” Booth graduated from Willamette with degrees in economics and mathematics. Over the years, he’s served as a university trustee and as the director of alumni relations. He retired from full-time service in 2011.

A former Sigma Chi member, Booth resumed his relationship with the fraternity in 1990. He served as the chapter advisor, sat on the housing committee, oversaw the scholarship fund committee and organized reunions and training opportunities.

In 1997, his contributions were recognized with the Erwin LeClerg Outstanding Chapter Advisor of the Year award.

“This organization is dedicated to personal growth and friendships,” Booth says. “It’s so gratifying to know these young men and see them grow. It’s special.”