Alumnus Joseph Phelps’ gift to create memorial garden at Colorado State University in honor of brother


Joseph Phelps was a young teenager when his older brother, John, was killed in a car accident while driving between his family’s home in Greeley and his college home in Fort Collins. John, an active member in the Sigma Nu Fraternity, was killed near the end of his freshman year in 1940.
Now, more than 70 years after his brother’s tragic death, Phelps is honoring his legacy with a $50,000 gift that will create the John Quincy Phelps Memorial Garden at Danforth Chapel on the Colorado State University campus. Construction of the garden is expected to be completed this summer.