Fred "Dead Fred" Vinson routinely shows up at Centre College sports competitions and campus events such as the 2000 vice-presidential debate and last year's Declaration of Independence Road Trip.
Now "Dead Fred," with the help of his fraternity brother and May graduate T.J. Brown, is traveling the world.
Fred Vinson, who graduated from Centre in 1909 and from the college's law school in 1911, served as chief justice of the United States from 1946 until his death in 1953.
A tradition has developed to take his portrait, affectionately known as "Dead Fred," to campus events - and now across the globe. As legend has it, shortly after his death in 1953, members of the Phi Delta Theta chapter decided to take Vinson's portrait to Centre sporting events because in life Vinson was an athlete and avid sports fan.
"Well, all of us Phi Delts take the "Dead Fred" tradition very seriously," said Brown, a native of Dallas who double majored in economics and Spanish at Centre. "It's one of my favorite traditions of our chapter and of Centre. Some of my buddies jokingly said that Fred would make a good traveling companion, and the idea kind of stuck. Extending the 'Dead Fred' tradition by taking him abroad pleases me greatly."