Beta Theta Pi - MIT

Spring 2020 Newsletter

Beta Upsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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2 ank You, Loyal Brothers, for Donating to Beta Upsilon's Annual Fund B eta Upsilon sends its sincere thanks to the generous Brothers who have contributed to the Chapter's annual campaign. Our Brotherhood would not be where it is today without their dedication to the Chapter. Those who donated from 2016 until early 2020 are listed below. If an error has been made in recording your name, we sincerely apologize. If corrections to your giving record are needed, please contact the campaign coordinator at (785) 843-1661. Thank you, again, for your loyal support. Anne Moreland Kern* In memory of John C. Kern '50 Donn W. Barber '42 John C. Kern '50 Herbert B. Voelcker '51* Frederick W. Weitz '51* Charles G. Beaudette '52* Louis J. Lee '52* Robert F. Law '54 David L. Vogel '54* John T. Sutton '55* Alfred E. Wechsler '55* Robert C. Brigham '56* Ward D. Halverson '56 Harry B. Lee Jr. '56* Robert A. MacDonald Jr. '56* Robert L. Malster '56* Lawrence R. Hoover '57* Robert E. Kersey '57* Edwin C. Bell '58* Samuel R. Fryer Jr. '59* Stephen J. Yeretsky '59 Allan J. MacLaren '60 Richard H. Oeler '60* Gary W. Bickel '61* Philip J. Robinson '61* Alexander G. Ross '61* Dr. James S. Draper '62* Harold O. Branson '63 Kent L. Groninger '63 Richard M. Harris '63 Leslie M. Boring Jr. '64* In memory of David H. Koch '62 Jon E. Burkhardt '64* Richard A. Carpenter '64* In memory of Booker T. Stanfield Michael J. Monsler '64* William G. Roeseler '65* Richard E. Nygren '66 William T. Stewart '69* Bruce A. Lautenschlager '70* Gary L. Gibian '71 Jeffrey C. Murray '71* In memory of Ken Gerber '71 William H. Preece Jr. '71* Wilford D. Gardner '72* Paul R. Hochfeld '72* Arthur J. Kilmurray Jr. '72* Daniel J. Nadler '72 Stevan B. Jovanovich '73 Robert J. Tronnier '73* Robert E. Minshall '74* Paul J. Shapiro '74* Stanley J. Shursky '74* Simeon Chow, Ph.D. '77 Lampros M. Fatsis '77 Jerry Cole '78 Robert D. Knecht '78 Herman L. Marshall '78 Thomas A. Hauer '79* Roger W. Lacy '79* John C. Kerins '80* Lewis H. Bender '81* Robert E. Harris '81* Michael G. Feinstein '82* In memory of Dave Bedrosian '81 Seth M. Davis '83* Mark P. Bouchard '84* John R. Chisholm '84* Richard C. Steines '84* Michael E. Flanagan '85 Dimitri N. Kazarinoff '85* Raymond A. Mills '85* Kenneth J. Shine '85 Bob Struble '85 In memory of Rob Boye '88 Alexander A. Romeo '86* Marty St. George '86 Lei H. Tung '86* Ken Bryan '88* James S. Cureton '89* Michael P. McGovern '89 Earl J. Watkins '90 John E. Sell '91 Godard K. Abel '93* Frank J. Leibly III '93* Albert G. "Jay" Coulson III '94 Michael W. Miller '96* Chet Reshamwala '01* Mehul P. Shah '02* Kevin T. Chen '05 In memory of Eric R. Scarborough '05 Ryan P. Luersen '09* *Donors to the 2019 appeals Check Out Beta Upsilon's Online Giving Platforms! A n investment in Beta Upsilon's future will ensure its success for our undergraduate Brothers at MIT and provide a legacy upon which to build an even greater Brotherhood. Donating to Beta Upsilon's House Corporation and educational funds is easier than ever thanks to our online giving platforms. House Corporation Fund: Educational Fund: Thank you for your support of Beta Upsilon! Thomas Merritt McEvoy '47 entered Chapter Eternal at the age of 95 on March 2, 2020. He enrolled at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but postponed his college education to fly B24s during World War II as part of the Army Air Corps (later the Air Force) in the European arena serving with the 491 Bomb Group. Tom returned from the war to MIT, where he was the president Beta Theta Pi. His career started beside his father, where he helped run the family's ecclesiastical garment business. From 1963 until 1987, he served as President of that family business, honored with the Anthony Tocci Scholarship Foundation Labor Management Civic Achievement Award in 1964. Greatly civically engaged, Tom was active in the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle, which awarded him Man of the Year in 1972 and helmed the area Rotary Club, which awarded him "Service Above Self" in 1975. Tom served as the President of Wykagyl Country Club and was a Governor for Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck. Tom loved golf, especially in later years with Susie and any grand-sons-or-daughters hoping for the chance to play those famed links. Tom is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Susie McEvoy (they were recently commemorated for being one of the longest married couples in New York Diocese) and his four beloved children, 11 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Herbert Voelcker Jr. '51 entered Chapter Eternal on January 23, 2020. He was the stroke of the Lightweight Crew and rifle team captain at MIT. Herb served as a signal officer in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army for two years before returning to MIT for his master's degree. During graduate school, Herb met his wife, Jean, whom he shared 65 years of marriage with. Along with starting a career as a research engineer and professor in the mid-1950s, he was a member of the U.S. Army rifle team. Herb competed in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. In 1958, he received a two-year Fulbright fellowship and studied at the Imperial College of Science in London. After returning to New York and receiving his doctorate, he started teaching at the University of Rochester. During his teaching career, he received the University of Rochester's Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, founded the Production Automation Project, served as the head of the new directorate for advanced manufacturing technologies at the National Science Foundation, and acted as Cornell's Charles W. Lake Jr. chairman. He retired from full-time teaching in 2000 but taught a course a year through 2019 at Cornell. Along with his award-winning teaching career, Herb joined Jean in piloting a succession of various cruisers throughout the northeast, St. Lawrence Seaway, Intracoastal Waterway, and other recreational routes. CHAPTER ETERNAL (Continued on page 4)

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