Kappa Sigma - Missouri University of Science & Technology

Fall 2021 Newsletter

Beta Chi Chapter of Kappa Sigma at Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Kappa Sigma 3 Alumni Updates CHAPTER CELESTIAL George John Juenger '44 entered Chapter Celestial on December 25, 2020. He and his wife, Dorothy, had eight children: George P. Juenger, Leslie Dickerson, Linda Nichols, Kim Juenger, Mark Juenger, Vanessa Juenger, and the late Tracy Dewein and Lisa Juenger. He was the dear grandfather of Alexis, Kathy, and Melissa and great-grandfather of five. George entered the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy for one semester and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944. He was honorably discharged in 1946. George worked for the Illinois Highway Department before joining his father's company, Majestic Iron Works Inc. He became the owner of the company until its closure in 2013. Thomas White Jr. '47 peacefully entered Chapter Celestial at his home on March 29, 2021. He and his late wife, Jacqueline, had two sons, Gregory and Timothy, and four grandchildren. After serving for two years in the Army Chemical Corps, Tom began a 51-year engineering career in the petroleum industry. He and Jackie traveled extensively, living in Aruba, Saudi Arabia, and England, with myriad travels between. Tom played tennis into his 80s and was a fierce opponent on the court. He had a boundless curiosity, was a great conversationalist, and never stopped learning. ALUMNI NEWS Donald E. Beuerlein '58 is a retired highway contractor and lives in Marco Island, Fla., with his wife, Turid. "Shot my age on the golf course a couple of times," he shared. Email: don.beuerlein39@gmail.com Richard L. Schmidt '61 is enjoying retirement and stays active with Boy Scouts and Freemasonry. Despite the pandemic, he still manages to pursue a lot of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and some camping. Richard and his wife, Dorothy, live in Marblehead, Mass. Email: herefordview@ verizon.net Gerald W. Vaughan '65 says, "Hello, and all the best to all my Kappa Sigma pledge Brothers. All is well." He lives in Missouri City, Texas, with his wife, Maureen. Email: jerryvaughan@yahoo.com Donald L. Cordes '66 retired from the Navy as an O-6 captain as well as from Raytheon, where he managed the company's Flight Test Operations Organization. He's been married to his wife, Diane, for 51 years. They have two children and three grandchildren. Donald and Diane live in Chandler, Ariz. Email: donald.cordes@gmail.com Timothy M. Vicente '67 is retired and lives in Columbia, Mo., with his wife, Betty. He's involved with a local food bank and his family's church. Tim spends time on the golf course, "So I can be frustrated," he joked. Before COVID-19, he was busy traveling all over the world. He enjoys being a grandfather to two grandkids. "Life is good." Email: timmyv@earthlink.net Dr. Robert L. Ward '68 retired after 10 years in the engineering industry and 30 years as a professor of civil engineering at Ohio Northern University. He lives a quiet life with Karen, his wife of 48 years, in the small town of Ada, Ohio. "Very blessed that my four kids and six grandkids are all healthy." Email: r-ward@onu.edu Jerry W. "Bubba" Kiel '69 said that he's "not retired; just tired." He lives in Lakewood, Colo. Email: jerrykieleng@aol.com Donald E. Neely Jr. '69 is involved with the Episcopal Veterans Fellowship and Brotherhood of St. Andrew, which provide support for veterans at Community First Village. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Judy. Email: neely2175@gmail.com Rick M. "Slide" Rule '69 built a stand-alone woodworking shop in 2001, where he spends as much time as possible. He retired at age 56 and then worked part time at ACE Hardware (bucket list). He and his wife, Karen, enjoy playing with their three grandkids. Slide is a volunteer driver with the American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program. He resides in Rittman, Ohio. "Life is good." Email: rickmrule@gmail.com Mark A. Kassing '70 retired from aluminum smelting, casting, recycling, refining, and engineering. His primary focus now is helping others through church, community economic development, and Lions International. August 24 completed day three of working in Waverly, Tenn., on a disastrous flash flood that hit his county. Dale R. Porte '70 would like to hear from his Beta-Chi Brothers. He resides in Lake Ozark, Mo., and is retired. Email: daleporte@yahoo.com John M. "Jack" Costello '71 and his wife, Paula, have been retired in Richmond, Va., for eight years. They have three children, who are all married and live in the Richmond area. They have seven grandchildren and their eighth is on the way. "We don't get back to St. Louis much anymore and haven't been to Rolla for over 30 years!" Email: jmcostello6@gmail.com Stewart Scott '71 is amazed that 50 years have passed since his class's initiation; he would love to reconnect with his pledge Brothers. He lives in Grain Valley, Mo. Email: scotts1pl@gmail.com Jason L. Hudson '91 and his wife, Dana, moved to Denver in 2008 and welcome any brothers who are in the area or passing through. Outside of work, Jason enjoys golfing, fishing, watching his kids play sports, and collecting/ drinking bourbon. "Cheers!" Email: hudpup@yahoo.com A PROMISING YEAR Beta-Chi Brothers Participate in Social Activities Once Again T his past spring semester was a promising look into Beta-Chi's future. Our members had plenty of fun via our weekend tournaments and valuable life lessons via our membership development committees. From our pool tournament to teaching members how to change a tire, we successfully provided everyone with ways to get involved in a positive fashion. It was amazing to hear members laughing and conversing throughout the hallways once again. With the newly elected executive committee and committee heads, the promise for continued growth in a positive direction is vibrant. These leaders have seen the Chapter through unprecedented times and are ready to put forth the effort necessary to ensure the betterment of our members. Our Chapter's service efforts were impeccable last year, leading us to a combined 6,000 service hours between the fall and spring semesters. Our philanthropy numbers grew with the completion of our fish fry event with Zeta, raising over $3,000 between our chapters. We also contributed $3,500 to our scholarship fund as part of our Stephen Alonzo Weekend of Giving event, put on by Nationals. Between these last two semesters, we raised $22,245, which is astounding considering our setbacks due to COVID-19. All this work resulted in Beta-Chi winning the Kappa Sigma Founders' Award of Chapter Excellence this past summer for the second year in a row. Since the release of COVID-19 vaccines, our house has reached an 82% vaccination rate, which allows our Chapter to participate in social activities once again. Between our schooling, service, philanthropy, and social activities, Beta-Chi is returning to its normal jampacked schedule for the fall semester. We were extremely excited to host Homecoming this year, and we look forward to seeing many alumni return to the Chapter House for dinner, drinks, and stories. Finally, Beta-Chi brought home the first-place trophy from Greek Week 2021, winning by over 140 points. This landslide victory is another indication of our brothers' resilience and our dedication to keeping Beta-Chi the golden Chapter of the Midwest and Kappa Sigma the greatest Fraternity at MS&T. Fraternally, Phil Daugherty '17 Chapter President

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