Sigma Alpha Epsilon - Purdue University

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Indiana Beta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Purdue University

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page 2 Congratulations, new initiates of the house and overall camaraderie. Like most fraternities though you still make close lifelong friends. I still stay in contact with a small number of brothers. Believe me, they are all different in their personalities and after college paths, but the SAE fraternity that brought us together over 50 years ago created a lifelong bond. You know —Photo notorus ex offociea—what! I visited the chapter house last year and I see that it'll never be as it was in 1959, but it has come a long way over the last few years, and the young brothers I met were top notch! The end of the story is I sold my business in 2004 back to GE, although I am still consulting for an oil company in Houston where Jed Heindel '64 and I discuss all sorts of important stuff, and I also run a really small electronics company. I'm lucky to have a great family—my wife, Cindy, since 1967 and two daughters. The oldest, Stephanie, is a fourth-generation Purdue and a Pi Phi. She has a son, Reece, who is 7 years old. My second daughter, Lauren, has a daughter, Madison (16), and a son, Colby (13). The grandchildren are fortunately smarter and better behaved than I was, or heck probably still am. My hobbies are mostly working outdoors, hunting and fishing, and generally playing mountain man in Montana. Phi Alpha, Bob Frushour '63 My SAE Experience (Continued from page 1) Indiana Beta Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awardees W hat do six of our chapter's alumni have in common with Neil Armstrong, Stephen Bechtel, Gene Cernan, and Arthur Hansen? They have been awarded the Purdue Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. The award's 50th anniversary was in February, and SAE was again represented as the award was presented to Brother Roger Gatewood '68. Also in attendance at the ceremony were Brothers Don Bloodgood '50, Bill Smith '68, Ralph Roper '68, and Bob Parrin '72. The award is presented to those who have distinguished themselves in their field in ways that reflect favorably on Purdue University, the engineering profession, or society in general. Only 499 DEA Awards have been granted by the College of Engineering, which has over 85,000 living alumni. In addition to Roger, our awardees are Robert Altenkirch '67, John Hager '55, William Smith '65, Donald DeFosset '68, and William Madar '58. You are encouraged to read their remarkable stories at Institutional/DEA with some reflecting on their days at SAE and the fraternity's influence on their careers. Kyle DiGioia '16 Westfield, Ind. Robert Dupler '16 Zionsville, Ind. Robert Econs '16 Indianapolis, Ind. Alex Hilton '16 New Palestine, Ind. Lance Hilton '16 New Palestine, Ind. Dan Hoban '16 Mahtomedi, Minn. Ryan Jamieson '16 Arlington Heights, Ill. Jesse Keller '16 Kokomo, Ind. Gabe McAteer '16 Indianapolis, Ind. Issac Mendoza '16 Dyer, Ind. Mike Reed '16 Plainfield, Ind. George Townsend '16 Schererville, Ind. Jake Van Vuren '16 Dyer, Ind. Dixon Walker '16 Redondo Beach, Calif. Phil Whalen '16 Chicago, Ill. alumni update CHAPTER ETERNAL Richard L. Oblinger '40 entered Chapter Eternal on March 16, 2013. He was a resident of Encinitas, Calif. Dr. E. Grey Dimond '42, age 94, entered Chapter Eternal November 3, 2013, at his home on Hospital Hill in Kansas City, Mo. He was a physician, medical educator, and an original door-opener to modern China. Ernest E. McClellan '49 passed away April 5, 2013, in his Delafield, Wis., home at the age of 87. Ernie is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lois (McDermott); their children: Barbara Burkhart, Andrew (Brenda) McClellan, and Lisa (Tim) Tomann; daughter-in-law, Deborah McClellan; and many grandchildren. Richard A. Sidwell '52 entered Chapter Eternal on May 21, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Madge Hill; daughter, Jill; son, Rick; grandchildren: Katie, Allan, Keith, and Sandi; and his sister, Virginia Shockley (Norm). Dominic J. Picco '56, age 79, entered Chapter Eternal November 10, 2013. He was a devoted husband of the late Joyce, loving father of Kristi (Marty) Vivian and Gina (Jeff) Rolfs and is survived by five grandchildren. Ron Fell '64 entered Chapter Eternal at age 72 in Lafayette, Colo. ALuMNI NEWS Al D. Croxall Jr. '42 is active in his church, the Old Guard Inc., and the Fernleigh Lawn Bowling Club in West Hartford, Conn. E-mail: (Continued on page 4)

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