Phi Beta Kappa

University of Mississippi

Chapter Foundation Members

Elected for their significant scholarly contributions and to help organize the Chapter. These members were inducted at the Chapter Installation Ceremony on April 6, 2001.

Arthur C. Guyton (deceased)
Physician; Emeritus Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center; author of Textbook of Medical Physiology, a widely used standard medical text; developer of a computer model of the human body which led to important discoveries about the nature of blood pressure and the role of the kidneys in blood pressure; undergraduate alumnus of the University of Mississippi.

Josephine Ayres Haxton (Ellen Douglas) (deceased)
Author and novelist writing as Ellen Douglas; winner of the Houghton-Mifflin Fellowship Award in 1962 for A Family’s Affairs; nominated for the National Book Award in 1973 for Apostles of Light; Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Literature Award recipient in 1979 and 1982; received the Hillsdale Award for Fiction in 1989 from the Fellowship of Southern Writers in recognition of her entire body of work; former Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi; undergraduate alumna of the University of Mississippi.

Robert C. Khayat 
Fifteenth Chancellor of the University of Mississippi; Professor, University of Mississippi School of Law; received the Distinguished American Award from the National Football Foundation and the National Football League Career Achievement Award; lead the revitalization of the University of Mississippi through increased student enrollment, campus enhancement projects, new educational programs, expanded research funding, and greatly increased endowment from private donors; alumnus of the University of Mississippi.

Robert P. Moses
Developer of The Algebra Project, a program to help minority students learn the fundamentals of mathematics; co-author, with Charles E. Cobb, Jr., of Radical Equations—Organizing Math Literacy in America’s Schools; civil rights movement organizer; former Field Secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; helped organize the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party; undergraduate alumnus of Hamilton College.

William F. Winter
Former Governor of the State of Mississippi; fought for and won an education reform program for the state; proponent of equal opportunity for all races and of better relations between the races; served on President Clinton’s Advisory Board of the President’s Initiative on Race; Jamie Whitten Professor of Law and Government at the University of Mississippi School of Law (Fall 1989); alumnus of the University of Mississippi.