Sigma Pi Fraternity Honors the Late Dr. Jack C. Fields
Jack C. Fields
September 1, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The late Jack C. Fields, Illinois Wesleyan class of '71, was
honored by Sigma Pi Fraternity with the Founders' Award, the highest honor bestowed
upon a member of the Greek social organization, for his "tireless and devoted service
to the development of higher education and to the Sigma Pi Fraternity," at the fraternity's
48th Biennial Convocation Aug. 5 in New Orleans, La.
During his collegiate years at Illinois Wesleyan, Fields was fundamental in the establishment
of the University-recognized Sigma Pi, Zeta Epsilon colony. One of the original colony
members, he served as colony president, pledge educator, and recruitment chairman.
After the colony received its charter and was recognized nationally as Sigma Pi, Epsilon-Gamma
chapter, Fields served as the first chapter sage (president).
As an alum, Fields began his service on the Grand Council, the fraternity's international
board of directors on Aug. 9, 1986, taking the position of grand third counselor (treasurer).
After taking some time off, he rejoined the council again in the same position on
Aug. 1, 1992, and later served as grand second counselor (vice president) in 1994,
grand sage (president) in 1996 and past grand sage from 1998-2000.
Beyond positions on the board of directors, Fields served on the fraternity's Scholarship
and Standards, and Housing and Finance and Expansion committees. He was a trustee
of the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation, as well as chapter director from 1983 until
his death on Oct. 21, 2004.
"We all have fond memories of Jack and we are all fortunate to have known him," said
Executive Director of Sigma Pi, Mark Briscoe. "Jack epitomized all the values and
ideals of Sigma Pi and was truly one of the finest men I have ever known."
Returning to his alma mater in 1983, Fields was an associate professor of business
administration at IWU. He later served ten years as Illinois Wesleyan University's
Registrar, beginning in 1994.
The Sigma Pi Fraternity was founded in 1897 at the Vincennes University in Vincennes,
Ind. and is headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee. Sigma Pi has 118 active chapters,
14 colonies in the United States and Canada, and over 86,000 alumni. The Epsilon-Gamma
Chapter at IWU was founded in 1975.
Contact: Meg Dubuque, (309) 556-3181