On September 1, 2018 our dear brother Fredrick J. Weitkamp passed away. Contributions to the Fredrick J. Weitkamp Memorial Fund will be used to strengthen future conventions and the Phi Alpha Delta International Foundation. Fred bled purple and gold. He was committed to bring scholarship, leadership and educational opportunities for his fellow P.A.D. brothers and sisters.
P.A.D. OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY:
Fred Weitkamp obtained his B.A. from Occidental College and his LL.B. from the University of Southern California where he was initiated into P.A.D.’s Erskine M. Ross Chapter.
In 1952, he became Executive Director of the Fraternity and served in that capacity until 1992, while also maintaining a very active full-time law practice. During his period of his service to the Fraternity, the number of chapters increased from 45 to 172, and total membership increased from 30,000 to 140,000. He organized and directed 21 international Conventions of our Fraternity.
He was instrumental in the founding of the Professional Fraternity Association, a national organization of all professional fraternities and sororities representing over one and a half million people. He served as President of that organization in 1978–1979. In 1990 he received the Association’s Career Achievement Award, which is the highest honor conferred by that organization.
At the 1978 Convention, he was inducted into the Distinguished Service Chapter of P.A.D., an honor conferred upon only eight members of the Fraternity previously.
He is a past president of many community organizations including the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce, the Granada Hills Optimist Club, the Board of Trustees of Granada Hills Methodist Church, and the Board of Trustees of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Northridge, California. He was named Granada Hills “Man of the Year” in two separate years. Until recently, he also served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Granada Hills (1983 to 2006).
He and his son, John F. Weitkamp, were partners in the law firm of Weitkamp & Weitkamp located in Granada Hills, CA for 30 years.
He is listed in “Who’s Who in American Law,” “Who’s Who in the West,” “Who’s Who in American Education,” and “Who’s Who in California.” He is also a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
He and Brother Matthew S. Rae are tied for the most consecutive PAD Conventions attended - 32 each.