Chapter News & Omegas: September 2018

The following are the submissions received from September 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.

Alabama (Alpha-Phi)

William T. Loveless (1964) died Sept. 11, 2018.

Delmar C. Scivley (1947) died Sept. 15, 2018. A World War II veteran, he became a salesman and branch manager of a business in New Orleans. This began a more than 30-year career in the electrical manufacturers’ representative business.

Alberta (Epsilon-Rho)

Chapter members participated in Week of Welcome events as well as Greek Community events. The chapter added one associate member, James Lis, with several more bids pending.

Arizona State (Zeta-Psi)

Chapter members participated Arrowspike, Pi Beta Phi’s philanthropy for the Read<Lead<Achieve program that promotes literacy. Brother Alex Larson spent time studying in Silicon Valley under Tim Draper, a leading venture capitalist, where he has worked on a more sustainable solution to the plastic epidemic. Brother Joey Green, president of Autism Speaks at Arizona State University, recently organized a fundraiser to raise awareness about autism.

Arkansas (Gamma-Chi)

Paul D. Cissell (1971) died Sept. 13, 2018.

Arkansas State (Iota-Theta)

Waylon P. Morgan (2007) died Sept. 4, 2018.

Boston (Alpha)

Paul M. Galanka (1965) died Jan. 4, 2018.

Bradley (Kappa-Upsilon)

Jerry E. Bane (1961) died Aug. 2, 2018.  He worked in the oil and gas industry for 25 years and was successful in many ventures.

Butler (Alpha-Alpha)

Thomas B. Osmon died Sept. 9, 2018. He earned his master’s degree in music education from Ball State University. He began his teaching career in Shelby County Indiana in 1965 and later in Hartford City, Indiana. He began teaching for the School City of Hammond in 1967 until he retired in 1996. For many years, he was the band director at Scott Middle School where his band won numerous awards.

Curtis D. Smith (1954) died Sept. 8, 2018.

Cincinnati (Gamma-Gamma)

Paul N. Stacy (1971) died Aug. 10, 2018. After college, he joined Shillito’s where he worked until 1976. He then began his career at Gap Stores Inc. where he worked as a senior director of distribution planning and ended his career as the senior director of supply chain and logistics until his retirement in 2008.

Cornell (Omicron)

More than 60 alumni attended the chapter’s homecoming weekend, many from the classes of the 1960s and from as far away as the Philippines. Randy Rosenberg (1974) was given the Frank Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award, Cornell University’s highest honor for alumni service. The chapter  now has four Rhodes recipients, including Dick Brown (1949), Bob McKinless (1948), and Stephen Ashley (1962). Jim Sollecito (1976) was recognized with a plaque for his many contributions of landscape work at the chapter house, Edgemoor, for over four decades. Sandy Gilbert (1962) was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for his instrumental role in the last decade re-engaging the 1960s alumni, co-chairing the Centennial Campaign for the 2015 renovation of Edgemoor, and editing the chapter’s award-winning magazine, The Omicron Oracle.

Culver-Stockton (Kappa-Mu)

Maxwell G. Parsons (1952) died Aug. 24, 2018. He began working at the S.S. Kresge Co., Store in St. Louis, Missouri. His lengthy career continued with many positions from stock boy, to assistant manager, manager, district and regional manager, buyer, senior buyer, and then on to Australia with the title of consulting managing director, Kmart Australia. His career culminated with the titles of executive vice president and general manager of sporting goods and automotive, and lastly president of Kmart Enterprises in 1983. His vast experience in retailing allowed him to also serve on many Executive Boards. His contributions were many and among them were the Jaycee and Kiwanis organizations. He was a proud trustee of his alma mater, Culver Stockton College from 1983-2003, as well as a speaker at the college’s commencement .

Delaware (Lambda-Beta)

The chapter added 23 associate members.

Duke (Gamma-Theta)

David P. Spencer (1948) died Sept. 11, 2018. He was president emeritus of the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation, one of the largest private charitable foundations in the State of Louisiana. A certified public accountant, he spent his entire career with the Browns as their personal accountant, business manager, advisor and confidant.

Edinboro (Beta-Delta)

Wade P. Nolan (1973) died Sept. 22, 2018. He traveled extensively for his marketing work, filming, speaking ministry and mission work in Alaska. In all, Wade produced more than 100 videos and spoke in more than 500 cities. His last mission project was with Shen Bible Camp in Tok, Alaska, where he traveled to this May.

Ferris State (Iota-Psi)

Edward Pratt (1984) died September 2018. He will be missed by his many friends, family, and brothers.

James S. Ulanski (1984) died May 17, 2018. He earned his certification as a nuclear medicine technologist. He had worked in various hospitals in the Boston area, most recently at Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham.

Florida State (Zeta-Rho)

James R. Jensen (1969) died Aug. 26, 2018. He briefly served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He then pursued further training as a Medical Lab specialist at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, which began his 40-year career as a medical laboratory technologist in several hospitals throughout Florida. He moved his family to Gainesville in 1979 and worked at Shands Hospital in the Radio-immunoassay (RIA) Laboratory until 1993, then worked in blood banking until he retired in 2012.

Georgia Tech (Beta-Kappa)

Perry D. Phelps (1956) died Aug. 21, 2018.

Hanover (Theta-Zeta)

Nelson Elliott (1960) died Sept. 15, 2018. He was employed at numerous community schools, such as; Dillsboro Public School (Band and Choir Director), Batesville High School (Band and Choir Director, & Assistant Football Coach), Moores Hill Public Schools (Principal of Grades K – 12). From 1977 – 1984, he was operating partner of Ewing’s Produce & Nursery, Aurora and Green Thumb Garden Center, Dillsboro. He received Indiana Auctioneers License, and started Nelson Elliott Auction Team. He was on the on-air and sales staff of WSCH radio station. He was a real estate broker for Town & Country and started the Atlas Land Service Appraisal Co. in 1991. He enjoyed his time as a TV host on Media 6 Cable Television “Hoosier Kaleidoscope” for 8 years. He was a member of the Board of Directors Southeastern Indiana Musicians Hall of Fame, and was inducted as a member of the Hall of Fame in 2004. .

Houston (Iota-Tau)

Robin H. Frazier (1983) died July 20, 2018.

Idaho (Epsilon-Gamma)

Allen L. Mogensen (1990) died Aug. 7, 2018. A journeyman sheet metal worker by trade, he was also a part-time welding instructor at the JATC in Butte. The most recent sheet metal job he he was working on was the Sage Lodge in Pray, Idaho.

Indiana-Pennsylvania (Beta-Gamma)

James Dixon (1970) died Aug. 16, 2018. His work career saw him employed for a time at State Farm Insurance Agency, and later as a business teacher for the Northern Cambria School District for many years, retiring in 2010. He was heavily involved with the schools activities, including helping with student council, prom committee the yearbook, and also as a basketball coach.

Kansas (Zeta-Iota) 

During the summer, Alex Hardwick had an internship at Homebase, a technology start up company in Kansas City. The chapter held an Associate Member Ceremony for eight new members who will be initiated at the end of October. During homecoming, the chapter was paired with Tri Delt, Sigma Delta Tau, and Zeta Beta Tau. The float the team made represented the movie,  The Wizard of Oz, with the Jayhawk mascot on the yellow brick road.


Marietta (Kappa-Alpha)

Ronald Zywotko (1963) died Sept. 10, 2018. From 1964-1970, he served his country honorably in the Army Reserves. A highlight of his life was earning the title of “Soul Winner,” leading over 8,000 people to salvation through Christ, preached in over 3,000 churches in all 50 states and 19 foreign countries.

Miami-OH (Zeta-Upsilon)

Chapter members participated in philanthropy events hosted by Kappa Kappa Gamma, who hosted a golf tournament, Alpha Phi, who hosted a soccer tournament, and a blood drive hosted by IFC for Greek week. The chapter also hosted an open house and talked to some potential new members in preparation for spring recruitment. On Sept. 11, chapter members participated in an event to honor those who died by running laps for each of the lives lost in 2001.

Donald L. Lane (1952) died June 21, 2018. He earned his law degree from Ohio State University and practiced law in Eaton, Ohio.

Michigan (Sigma)

Irvin C. Rabideau (1964) died Aug. 29, 2018. His career included working for the Birmingham Public Library, Detroit Public Library, Madonna University Library, and Waterford Township Public Library. He loved books and was an avid genealogist. He was a past president of both the Waterford and Oakland County Genealogical Societies.

Michigan State (Gamma-Omicron)

Daniel Craven (1968) died Aug. 15, 2018. After graduation, he moved to Southern California to work for McDonnell Douglas where he worked on the logistics team for the spartan missile project. In 1975 Dan and family moved to the San Francisco Bay area where he started a long and successful career in the pallet and lumber business.  He would become a partner in Keene Pallet and Lumber Company. Dan grew the business into one of the largest pallet and wholesale lumber companies in Northern California.

Minnesota State (Lambda-Delta)

James Rapp (1978) died Aug. 16, 2018.

Missouri S&T (Alpha-Delta)

On Sept. 22, 2018, the chapter helped organize a walk to raise funds and awareness to end Alzheimer’s disease. The chapter added 30 associate members, the largest number of new members in years.




Missouri State (Beta-Psi)

Timothy J. Woodworth (1991) died Aug. 29, 2018. A natural born salesman, he worked in sales for more than 25 years while helping to run the family business Country Meadow Retirement Home for the elderly and disabled. He was actively involved in volunteering in Springfield for many years with the Boys and Girls club and a member of the Springfield Green County Park board Baseball Association. He began coaching little league baseball for the Park board before having children of his own and did so for 20 years.

Montana State – Bozeman (Epsilon-Delta)

Duane F. Delger (1960) died Sept. 7, 2018. After his military service, he returned to Montana State University. He played football and was part of the championship team that tied in the Aluminum Bowl in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1956. He was later inducted into the Montana State University Hall of Fame in 1987.  He worked for Timberweld Manufacturing in Billings and Columbus for over 35 years. In 1979, he became a partner in Rocky Mountain Web Joist Co., which was chartered in Loveland, Colorado.

James D. Eayrs (1958) died Aug. 15, 2018. He served in the USAF as an air traffic controller and continued his service as a civilian controller at Malmstrom AFB for 30 years. He was a Cub Master and Scout Master, and a long time member of the Y’s Men Service Club.

Montevallo (Sigma-Epsilon)

On Sept. 7, 2018, the chapter added eight associate members.





Nevada – Reno (Epsilon-Iota)

Douglas B. Clary (1972) died Sept. 4, 2018. He started his career with Moore Business Forms, where he would work for 17 years. In that time he was promoted from sales to a district manager position and moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where he oversaw operations in all of Alaska. The native Nevadan couldn’t stay away long and moved his family back to Reno, where in 1988 he used his talents and entrepreneurial spirit to open his own company, Intraform, Inc. In 24 years he grew the company from two people in a small office in Reno to a successful and respected business with at one time eight offices in three states. In 2009, he opened Clary’s Bar & Grill, remodeling an old building into a beautiful and classy bar that would be the source of fun times and laughter for Reno.

Richard G. Deleissegues (1958) died Sept. 9, 2018. An Eagle Scout, he was chapter president and graduated with an Army ROTC Commission.  In the Army, he served active duty in the Air Defense branch, working at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas. He continued in the Army Reserves, Corps of Engineers until 1994, retiring as a full colonel and graduate of the U.S. Army War College. When he was released from active service and began working with the Forest Service. He worked on many major projects, including the California Water Project, Silverwood Reservoir, June Lake Loop, and the Tahoe Basin. He served as assistant regional engineer of Region 1 in Missoula, and then regional engineer for Region 5, in California. He also served on city planning commissions in both Missoula and Martinez before being appointed to Clark County planning commission where he served for 15 years, including several years as chairman.

New York (Theta-Upsilon) 

Brother Jacob Abbott and alumni brother James Beck were part of a team at RBC that was awarded a $10,000 grant for their product Cubit, winning the award for Most Internally Disruptive Project.

Thomas Ammirati (1962) died March 12, 2016.

Richard Hauptmann (1961) died Sept. 12, 2018.

John Greaney (1969) died April 1, 2018.

North Carolina A&T (Pi-Iota)

Stephen E. Reynolds (1982) died Aug. 29, 2018.

Northern Colorado (Sigma-Omega)

Chapter members volunteered at a local food bank.

Oklahoma City (Theta-Delta)

Dr. Mayo D. Gilson died Sept. 21, 2018. He obtained his doctorate in medicine at Oklahoma University. He did his residency and internship in the Navy. He received commendations for his service. After his service in the Navy he had a successful private practice as an OBGYN in Oklahoma City. After retiring from private practice he continued to work full-time as a medical director, most recently for United Healthcare insurance. To maintain patient contact, which he enjoyed the most, he also worked weekends at an urgent care clinic helping the sick. During his career he served as president of the Christian Medical and Dental Society. He also went on mission trips to provide medical care to those in need in other countries.

Oregon (Zeta-Omicron)

At the Greek Award banquet in May 2018, the chapter was awarded the Chapter of the Year Award (out of 18 fraternities), Fraternity President of the Year (Jake Clare), Fraternity Officer of the Year (Tyler Pilon), and Philanthropy & Service Award. The chapter raised more than $30,000 from 2017-2018 for the Feeding America charity.


Richmond (Alpha-Chi)

Rev. Charles F. Kingery Jr. (1976) died Sept. 10, 2018. He was ordained as a minister at Franklin Baptist Church. He received a master’s of theology and DMIN from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas. He practiced ministry in Bangalore, India and founded proVISION ASIA, a ministry providing empowerment and hope for the “differently abled.” And 17 years ago, he began the Bangalore International Christian Fellowship.

San Diego State (Zeta-Pi)

William J. Lehmann (1962) died September 17, 2018.

Simpson (Theta-Lambda)

Glenn A. Kuehl died September 19, 2018. After high school, he went to Simpson College where he played football for four years. He was selected to the All-Conference team as a sophomore and later inducted into the Simpson College Hall of Fame. From 1966 to 1970, he taught physical education and coached for the Johnston School District. In 1970, he began teaching and coaching in Indianola, where he taught high school physical education, driver education and health. He was also an assistant football coach and tennis coach. He retired from teaching in 1999.

South Dakota Mines (Pi-Mu)

The chapter held its annual brotherhood retreat at Outlaw Ranch in the Black Hills. The retreat included an alumni speaker, a giant game of hide-and-go-seek, and brolympics. The chapter’s first recruitment event included a game of dodgeball. The chapter held its annual philanthropy event, Night in the Cold, that raises awareness for the homeless. This was followed by an alumni event at Firehouse Brewing led by Director of Alumni Engagement Jayme Little (Cincinnati), who came to our chapter to host a workshop on alumni engagement.

South Dakota State (Lambda-Theta)

During the weekend of Sept. 14-16, the chapter celebrated its 50th anniversary with 15 of the original 22 members in attendance. Lambda-Theta No. 1 Bob Todd and No. 2 Gary Odegard shared with everyone the history of how the chapter started on campus. During the weekend the brothers shared memories at the SDSU Alumni Center, held a barbecue at the chapter house, and tailgated at the stadium before the football game. A highlight of the Friday evening event at the Alumni Center was the Associate Member Ceremony, welcoming five new brothers.


South Carolina (Epsilon-Psi)

Samuel D. Gaillard Jr. (1951) died Aug. 26, 2018.  He served as staff pharmacist at the U. S. Army Dispensary at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. in 1951. Then he served in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital as a sergeant first class infantry corpsman in the Korean War from 1952 to 1953. He was a compounding pharmacist who owned and operated Alexander Drug Co. in Greenville, South Carolina from 1957 to 1997. He served three terms as president of the 13th District Pharmaceutical Association of South Carolina and two years on the Alumni Advisory Panel to the College of Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina.

Southern Indiana (Phi-Xi)

The chapter held the Associate Member Ceremony for three new members on Sept. 16, 2018. Alumni and undergraduates gathered together on a Saturday afternoon to play a game of softball and discuss chapter updates.

Tampa (Pi-Omega)

Chapter President Nathan Legger attended the Student Advisory Committee retreat at the International Headquarters in Carmel, Indiana.

Tennessee-Chattanooga (Zeta-Phi)

Guy E. Hobbs (1952) died Aug. 7, 2018. He served 22 years in the U.S. Army and retired to Albuquerque, where he taught for 17 years at TVI/CNM.

Tulsa (Epsilon-Upsilon)

The chapter added eight associate members. The chapter held its fall philanthropy week benefiting Feeding America. Chapter members volunteered at the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

Union (Lambda-Zeta)

The chapter added 15 associate members.

Valparaiso (Iota-Sigma)

The chapter added three associate members and two honorary associate members. Chapter brothers conducted the Associate Member Ceremony for approximately 20 men for the new colony at Illinois State University. More than 20 alumni brothers attending the chapter’s homecoming barbecue. The chapter won the annual Gamma Phi Beta Moonball tournament for the second year in a row.

Wabash (Alpha-Kappa)

On Sept. 8, the chapter celebrated 100 years of continuous operations with a full day of fellowship, sporting events, and an evening banquet. The collegiate brothers and associate members welcomed alumni ranging from the class of 1957 through the class of 2018. They were joined by alumni partners, friends of the chapter, and representatives from the general fraternity. Honored guests and speakers at the banquet included CEO Bill Farkas, Grand High Alpha Jeff Stuerman, and Grand High Pi Greg Castanias, who is also an alumnus of the chapter.


Wake Forest (Theta-Tau)

Cecil Jackson (1956) died Aug. 20, 2018. He was hired to serve as an FBI agent from 1960-1962. During his tenure at the FBI, he received recognition by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover for his investigation that resulted in 17 felony bank fraud convictions. Following his time in the FBI, he independently opened Cecil C. Jackson Attorney at Law, where he carried out his 40-plus year career practicing on general legal matters.

Wright State (Colony)

Chapter members participated in the Cardboard Boat race as a part of homecoming.






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