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George E. Grady

Arizona '53


George Grady graduated from the University of Arizona in 1953 with a B.A. in Economics. After a two-year stint in the United States Army, George received a bachelor of foreign trade degree from the American Institute of Foreign Trade. He spent several years in Argentina with Citi-Bank before embarking on a long career as an investment advisor with several large New York brokerage firms. He retired from the investment business in 1995.

Mr. Grady served Phi Delta Theta as chapter adviser for the Arizona Alpha Chapter at the University of Arizona from 1973 to 1989. He then served as Province President for the Omega Province of Phi Delta Theta from 1989 through 2004. As such, he served as a faculty member at various educational and leadership conferences. He has been active within the Tucson Alumni Club of Phi Delta Theta for more than 40 years. Mr. Grady was also a longtime board member of the Jacobs City YMCA of Tucson.

In 1999, Grady endowed the first Phi Delta Theta Foundation graduate fellowship. The Foundation has awarded the George E. Grady Graduate Fellowship each year since 1999. He became a member of the Phi Delta Theta Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2004.

At the 2010 General Convention, Brother received the Legion of Merit Award and became an Iron Phi.

Mr. Grady and his wife, Ardith, reside in Tucson. They are both avid travelers and hikers. They have two grown children who live in Ohio and Alaska and four grandchildren.