Phi Kappa Tau - Mississippi State University

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Alpha Chi Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau at Mississippi State University

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Phi KaPPa Tau houSe CorPoraTion P.o. Box 607 STarKville, mS 39760 Address Service Requested A l p h A C h i Review P h i K a P Pa Ta u | a l P h a C h i C h a P T e r | S P r i n g 2 0 1 7 The ATTeNTioN: This newsletter is intended for alumni and parents. If your son is still attending Mississippi State University, he will receive a copy at the chapter house. If he has graduated, please mail us his new address to help update our records. Thank you. on to have a long career in the automotive industry. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, golfing, and was an avid car enthusiast. He is buried alongside his fellow veterans at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. Eric C. Gustafson '95, at the age of 40, entered Chapter Eternal on September 9, 2016, while answering an emergency call as a firefighter for the Meridian Fire Department. He was born in New Orleans to Dr. Harry P. and Jan Gustafson. He pursued his bachelor's degree at Mississippi State and later USM. Eric moved to Meridian, Miss., to be close to his daughter, Jessica Lynn, which led to his enrollment in the Mississippi State Fire Academy. He was proud to be a father and a fireman and he thrived in both roles. He was gifted at math and tutored students in attaining their GED, volunteered for the crisis hotline, had a passion for guitar playing and philosophical writing, and loved the outdoors and camping with his daughter. He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Lynn Gustafson; brother, Todd Gustafson and Lori G. Lundgren (Stephen); nieces and nephews; Caroline, Abbey, Philip, Andrew, Charlotte, and Camille Gustafson; and cousins, Patrice, Chris and Robb Melancon, and Jason and Jennifer Melancon. alumni newS Joseph E. Buckley '48 continues to serve as president of Country Air Enterprises at 89 years young, although his children, Joseph L. and Etta, handle the day-to-day company business. Joseph says that he moved from Starkville in 2005 to be closer to his son in Long Beach, Miss. E-mail: James "Jim" M. Edwards '60 and wife, Wynette, reside in Chicago, Ill. Jim recently donated a grand piano with 1,500 piano rolls to Laurel Rogers Museum in his hometown of Laurel, Miss. He is planning a trip to St. Louis, Mo., in August, and shares that he and his old friend, Eugene "Gene" Johnson '60, plan to paint the town! William "Bill" A. Manasco '72 lives at Lake Caroline in Madison, Miss., with his wife, Mary. The couple shares a second home in Arkansas, where they visit periodically. In 2015, Bill retired from Trust Mark National Bank as the first vice president. He has two children, Chuck and Lauren, and an eight-year-old granddaughter. E-mail: Dave Drane '95 is working as an engineering specialist in Volkswagen's launch management division. He says that his 2016 year was consumed by launching Volkswagen's new Atlas sports utility vehicle. Aside from that, Dave and his family, including wife, Chamar, and daughters, Lilly and Alicia, try to enjoy Chattanooga's great outdoor scenery. E-mail: AluMNi News (Continued from page 3) super Bulldog weekend April 7-9 Crawfish Boil for Alumni and undergraduates saturday, April 29 at 11:30 a.m. Chapter house (115 Clyde Q. Sheely Circle) Join active brothers at the chapter house for an afternoon of brotherhood. The crawfish boil will begin at 11:30 a.m. and there is the option to attend the 7 p.m. baseball game against Auburn University. We hope to see you there! save the Date Michael W. Bryant '68 Barry L. Greenlee '70 Donald V. Folden '71 Greg D. Oman '75 Thomas E. Baker '76 Mark F. Oman '76 Donald P. Floyd '78 Jeffrey Swank '81 Kenneth L. Boswell '82 Jeffrey T. Frazier '85 John D. Bennett '87 Scott Smith '91 William T. Carter '92 Christopher C. Smith '93 Thomas M. Webb '93 hAve You seeN These BRoTheRs? Alpha Chi has lost contact with the following brothers and needs your help to add them to our mailing list! To provide a current address or other contact information for the brothers below, please e-mail Barry Toney '85 at Thank you!

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