Chapter News & Omegas: October 2018

The following are the submissions received from October 2018.

To submit Chapter News and Omegas, please email communications@lambdachi.org. Undergraduate officers can also report updates on their chapter by logging on to LCAOne/Officer Portal and accessing the “Submit Chapter News” form. If you cannot find news from your chapter, then no information has been submitted for this month.

Akron (Gamma-Alpha)

Albert P. Caiola (1961) died Sept. 25, 2018

Alabama (Alpha-Phi)

Thomas A. Noble (1951) died Sept. 11, 2018.

Alberta (Epsilon-Rho)

The chapter added two associate members: James Lis and Adil Khamid. Chapter members participated in several Greek events, attended two karaoke nights, and handed out carved pumpkins to sororities on campus.

Arizona State (Zeta-Psi)

Neal S. Macpherson (2017) died Oct. 27, 2018.

Baldwin Wallace (Kappa-Phi)

On Oct. 27, 2018, the chapter hosted an inaugural Pumpkin Bash. The chapter donated 451 pounds of food to the greater Cleveland Food Bank and completed more than 70 hours of community service. The chapter will be co-hosting an Exemplification Initiation Ritual with the Pi-Eta chapter at John Carroll University.

Richard Eser (1946) died Jan 30, 2018. He graduated from Northwestern University Law School and pursued a career in insurance and reinsurance at Allstate Insurance. In 1951, he became a casualty claims adjuster, becoming district claim office manager in 1960. From 1960 to 1967, he handled commercial claims on national accounts. From 1967-68, he served as claim representative on the Commercial Task Force. From 1968-1988, he joined the newly established reinsurance department, helping to establish policies and procedures, budgets and personnel. He retired from Allstate in 1988. From 1990-1992, he served as a reinsurance claims manager for the State of California on the Mission Insurance Companies’ Trusts liquidation.

Ball State (Iota-Alpha)

Raymond E. Knudson (1960) died March 5, 2018. He taught journalism and was publications director for more than 30 years at Highland Park/Deerfield, IL.  He also was the editor of the national Bulldoger Magazine for more than 20 years.

Bucknell (Delta)

The chapter added 23 associate members.





Centenary – Louisiana (Theta-Rho)

Dr. E. Douglas McKay (1942) died May 1, 2018.

Central Missouri (Lambda-Pi)

Calaway Scholes was voted 2018 homecoming king.

Thomas J. Thornburg (1977) died Sept. 19, 2018. He began his career at the United States Postal Service Philatelic division, retiring in 2009. While working at the Philatelic division, he went to school at Rockhurst University and graduated with an MBA in 1997. He was also on the Board of Directors for GEHA from 2007 until his death. He lived his life according to The Golden Rule which states: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” He believed this was a simple but effective way to live and always treated others with kindness.

Christopher Newport (Colony)

The colony raised the largest amount for the give-a-meal team challenge for Feeding America, led by chapter member Christian Denmark.

Cincinnati (Gamma-Gamma)

James B. Liddle (2005) died October 2018.

Cornell (Omicron)

Alex “Baba” Aidun (2008) delivered the keynote for Mental Health Awareness Week at Cornell University, with many current undergraduate brothers in the crowd. He is chair of the Matthew Patrick Omans ’10 Memorial Fund, which supports mental health initiatives on campus and has been an outspoken advocate for openness and awareness about mental health, particularly in fraternities and sororities. Omans was 24 when he died in March 2012.


Jeffrey N. Trovato (2003) died Oct. 6, 2018. Better known to many as “Hoss,” he served as chapter treasurer as well as alumni chair. He was the resident tech-expert, an impromptu chef, piano player extraordinaire, and a good friend.  With a passion for building electronics and computers, computer programming, coupled with his natural predilection for helping people, he found the perfect career opportunity at ITT in Clifton, New Jersey. He leaves behind his wife Elizabeth, and their two year-old son Jude. On their behalf, the chapter has started a fundraiser to help finance Jude’s future college education.

Delaware (Lambda-Beta)

James J. Roberts III (1990) died Aug. 10, 2018. In later years, he would go on to achieve his MBA at the University of Baltimore and was very successful for many years with major corporations. He will be remembered as a humble and compassionate man who loved volunteering his time with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and his local neighborhood watch.

Lee Rylee (1975)  died Sept. 28, 2018. He worked in the family restaurant business, the Mayfield House, as a young man. Later he worked for many years as the New Castle Delaware store manager at Brosius Eliason Company, and also worked at Shone Lumber in Stanton, Delaware. He retired from Shone Lumber in 2014.

Denison (Gamma-Iota)

Bruce M. Colley (1964) died Oct. 15, 2018. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and worked in parts marketing and dealer operations for Caterpillar, Inc. for 32 years until retiring in 2001.

Drexel (Epsilon-Kappa)

The chapter added 21 associate members.

Eastern Kentucky (Phi-Beta)

On the weekend of Oct. 19-21, 2018, the chapter celebrated 40 years on campus. More than 100 brothers attended the celebration, which included homecoming activities along with a golf outing, reception, and a final banquet held at the Keene Johnson Building, the same same building where the founders chartered 40 years earlier.  Speakers for the banquet included chapter founding father and Order of Merit recipient Keith Daniel and alumni brother, Order of Merit recipient and current international fraternity Board Member Scott Jackson.

Edinboro (Beta-Delta)

The chapter added eight associate members: John Self, Brandon Hayes, Derrik Wesner, Matthew Buckingham, Colter Downing, Caleb Dankle, Nick Johnston and Tim Suter. Jared Hladycz won homecoming king.

Florida (Epsilon-Mu)

Lambda Chi Alpha Board Member Lenny Bendo (Cal State-Sacramento) attended the chapter’s Initiation Ritual Exemplification and welcomed the newly-initiated brothers.

Donald W. Poucher (1964) died Oct. 7, 2018. Poucher retired as assistant vice president for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in 2010. His service to the university spans a 40-year period during which time he served as a tenured assistant and associate professor. Poucher has also served as federal relations liaison to Washington DC counsel and held university-wide posts of assistant-to-the-president and director of alumni affairs. As alumni director, he was a member of the university development team and was responsible for individual gifts and alumni giving. Poucher also has served as president and CEO of a commercial radio broadcasting company and a senior vice president (marketing and business development officer) for two bank holding companies.

Florida State (Zeta-Rho)

Jeffrey L. Coffey (1986) died Oct. 7, 2018. He spent his life as a realtor and was co-owner of J/T Brokers Group.

Georgia (Nu)

Robert E. Daniel (1951) died Oct. 7, 2018.

Georgia Tech (Beta-Kappa)

Alfred Ender (1961) died Sept. 30, 2018. Prior to his retirement he worked for AT&T as a senior engineer for 35 years, where he earned multiple patents.
Alfred served in the U.S. Army and National Guard.

Gettysburg (Theta-Pi)

Robert D. Reed (1949) died Oct. 7, 2018. He was a retired professor of biology at Shippensburg University and previously taught biology at Somerset High School. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theater as a technical sergeant. He received a Masters in Biology from Penn State University. He served as a Boy Scoutmaster for more than 30 years and was also active for many years with Cumberland Valley Rail Trail and Shippensburg Tree Committee.

High Point (Iota-Phi)

Linwood T. Carter (1953) died Oct. 10, 2018. After high school,  he enlisted in a U.S. Navy special training program and was stationed on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Philippine Sea. The Navy fleet shared operational and war maneuver procedures with the British fleet in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. While attending High Point University, Carter served as president of Delta Alpha Epsilon, a local fraternity, and was instrumental in transitioning his local chapter into becoming Lambda Chi Alpha national fraternity. Following college graduation, he joined Desoto Chemical Coatings, a manufacturing paint plant company and laboratory in Greensboro, North Carolina, as a development chemist formulator of various paints and coatings. He moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1961 and formed a manufacturing company, Carolina Coatings, Inc. He was the owner and president of Carolina Coatings, retired in 1991 after 30 years and sold his company to a larger Australian company.

Idaho (Epsilon-Gamma)

Dennis L. Ricketts (1968) died Sept. 19, 2018. He was an assistant manager at Rauthous Pizza in Moscow, worked for many years at Rosauers and Ridley’s as a meat cutter and as a bartender at the Corner Club in Moscow, as well as serving as an EMT with the Moscow Fire Department.

Johnson & Wales – Charlotte (Pi-Upsilon)

The chapter won first place in the 2018 Homecoming Spirit competition.

Kansas (Zeta-Iota)

The chapter added 10 associate members. Chapter members helped paint and renovate several rooms in a local nonprofit cooperative housing institution that has been a major part of the university for more than 70 years. The chapter also hosted a dad’s day, which included golf scramble.



Kansas State (Gamma-Xi)

Blake M. Sullivan (2018) died Oct. 18, 2018. A senior, he attended Kansas State University as a full-time student studying management information systems with a minor in statistics. He cherished fellowship with family and friends, touching the lives of many people he knew.

Kent State (Pi-Gamma)

The chapter added 20 associate members.

Lehigh (Gamma-Psi)

Educational Foundation Chairman Paul Troy was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers recently in New Orleans. Membership is limited to only those trial lawyers who are unquestionably and eminently qualified, in addition to being regarded as the best in their state/province.

Louisville (Zeta-Sigma)

The chapter hosted Lambda Chi Alpha Board Chairman Jeff Stuerman (Culver-Stockton) and Eastern Kentucky chapter alumni advisor and Board Member Scott Jackson for lunch. Brother Stuerman talked to the undergraduate brothers and challenged them live as a Lambda Chi. At the lunch the brothers presented Brother Stuerman with a Louisville Slugger baseball bat to commemorate his visit.



Michigan (Sigma)

The chapter added 18 associate members. The chapter also held its annual watermelon bust and raised more than $3,000 for C.S. Mott Hospital. Keenan Sullivan was elected IFC vice president.

George Cherpelis (1951) died Aug. 15, 2018. He earned a law degree from the University of Michigan and served as a commissioned officer in the Air Force Intelligence during the Korean Conflict. He began his legal career as a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board. He left the NLRB and served as labor counsel for General Motors throughout the 1960s, followed by chief of the legal staff at Burrough’s Corp. before entering private practice. He was admitted to practice law in Michigan, New Mexico, New York and later in Arizona as the oldest person to take the Bar Exam. He was also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Sixth, Tenth and D.C. Circuits and practiced before the NLRB for more than 40 years.

Jon M. Fast died Sept. 29, 2018. Prior to graduation, he was an Eagle Scout Regional Delegate for the Report to the Nation in Washington, D.C. He earned his BBA from the University of Michigan in 1962, where he was also a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Mike was the owner of Andrew Mack and Son Brush Company in Jonesville until his son, Chris, purchased the business. Mike and Betty also owned and operated the Carriage House Gift Shop and Carriage Wheel Dress Shop in Hillsdale. He served on the Jonesville Village Council as the youngest president at age 27. He also served as Jonesville School Board President, member of the DDA, Rotary Club, and other local organizations. Mike was the voice of Comet Football for many years.

Missouri State (Beta-Psi)

Gabe Palmer was inducted to Phi Sigma Upsilon, honor society for first year Greek students. As an associate member, he is already taking an active role in the chapter, Student Government, and emerging leaders.




Nebraska-Omaha (Iota-Delta)

Chapter members participated in homecoming events battleship, drag show, and creating a banner. Members also co-hosted pumpkin smash event with Theta Chi.

Robert Fischer (1975) died Oct. 19, 2018.



New York (Theta-Upsilon)

Chapter members enjoyed attending an ice hockey game in support of the B+ Foundation and NYDM. Brother Bravo spent his semester abroad in Shanghai and visited the Great Wall of China. Brothers Jacob and James volunteered with Change for Kids today. Brother Ginno won a national level Squash tournament with his NYU team.


Thomas “Eggs” Arnold (1969) died Oct. 18, 2018.

John T. Greaney (1972) died April 1, 2018.

North Carolina State (Gamma-Upsilon)

Joe Magraw, current IFC President, won Fraternity Man of the Year at the 2017-2018 Fraternity and Sorority Life Greek Awards held on Oct. 17, 2018. The chapter won the Excellence in Leadership Development award.




Ohio (Alpha-Omega)

Mark Arnold (1981) died Oct. 5, 2018. In addition to his job of almost 35 years at CenturyLink, he also served the Village of Ontario as a councilman for eight years, and volunteered at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary treasurer since the late 1980s. He also rediscovered an avid love of running over the last five years of his life.

Oklahoma State (Alpha-Eta)

Richard E. Chiles (1961) died Oct. 14, 2018.

Oregon State (Alpha-Lambda)

Karl M. Byers (1952) died Oct. 19, 2018.

Pennsylvania State (Zeta)

Thomas Lattomus died Oct. 6, 2018. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He served on active duty on the USS Dupont (DD-941). He continued serving in the Navy Reserve for 30 years until his retirement as a commander on Great Lakes Naval Station in 1991. In his civilian employment, he worked for General Motors in the Boxwood Plant in Wilmington, Delaware and was then promoted to the GM Detroit, Michigan Central Office in 1968. He transferred again upon promotion to the Janesville GM plant in 1972. He continued working in various engineering management positions with Lear Seating Company and Isuzu Motors. He also taught graduate level night classes in business management in applied engineering etudies.

Rensselaer Polytechnic (Epsilon-Eta)

Robert F. Aldrich (1957) died Oct. 19, 2018. An Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow member, he remained an active alumnus supporting both the school and fraternity. Following his college career he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy serving aboard the USS Coney (DDE 508) out of Norfolk, Virginia. After the Navy, he was accepted to the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned an MBA. He went on to work in manufacturing, first for RCA in New Jersey, then in 1965 moving to La Canada in southern California where he and his family lived and worked for 30 years.  He continued in manufacturing after a move to back to the East Coast relocating first to Massachusetts and then to North Carolina.

Samford (Theta-Alpha)

Brian T. Keith (1973) died Oct. 4, 2018. He was president and owner of Walter S. White Auto Parts, and served many years as an officer and board member of the Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast. Brian was also on the Board of Managers of the Saint Andrews Society of the Middle South.

Stetson (Zeta-Tau)

George H. Perino Jr. died Aug. 29, 2018. A lieutenant colonel in the US Army Corps, he was a veteran of Vietnam and served his country for 21 years. He had primary management responsibility for the US Army Airfield /Heliport C-E Support Program and WESTPAC. Following military retirement Tony joined Sperry Flight Simulations Systems Reston, VA. He was the project manager for the US Navy F/A Operational Trainer Program. He then became CFO of SMA.
With a doctorate in public policy from George Mason University, he then became professor of Systems Management for the Defense Acquisition University at Fort Belvoiir.

Tennessee – Chattanooga (Zeta-Phi)

Sibley B. Evans (1968) died Sept. 22, 2018. He served his country as a member of the 101st Airborne Mobile Division where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He taught biology at The Baylor School where he coached the varsity soccer team to a state victory and assisted in coaching the football team to a national title. He was a retired senior fraud Investigator with Unum, Provident, and later Ameritas Insurance companies. He served his community by playing a vital role with Walden’s Ridge Emergency Service as captain. In 1995, he gained responsibility as a firefighter and a first responder in 1996. He later assisted in the foundation of their ropes rescue division as a rope rescue technician in 1997. He was awarded volunteer of the year in 1996 as well as 2001.

Tulsa (Epsilon-Upsilon)

The chapter held a poker night after a long day of ax throwing as a part of Dad’s Day. Chapter members also volunteered at Global Gardens, a local nonprofit whose mission is to educate underprivileged youth and their families about gardening and healthy eating through donations.

James M. Schmidt (1960) died Sept. 29, 2018.

Valparaiso (Iota-Sigma)

The chapter won the Unified Series for the second year in a row. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for three members and two honoraries: Daveon Walker, Braden Sim, Mike Lagunis, Nick Rosasco, and Pete Krivas. On Nov. 10, will hold an another Initiation Ritual Exemplification for the colony members at Illinois State University. Terry Wade and Max Grover are working on parallel systems for weather research. Spencer Oldfield and Time Mueller are doing research on 3D printing. The chapter raised more than $12,000 for St. Baldrick’s, the annual fall philanthropy. Matthew Stutzman graduated military boot camp.

William-Jewell (Epsilon-Nu)

Raymond E. Quick (1963) died Oct. 19, 2018.

Wisconsin-Whitewater (Lambda-Iota)

Chapter Vice President Alexander Ostermann (2020) was named 2018 homecoming king.  





Worcester Polytechnic (Pi)

Dr. Robert K. Rosenberg (1959) died June 6, 2018.

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