Lambda Chi Alpha - University of Illinois

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Chi Zeta of Lambda Chi Alpha at the University of Illinois

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Alumni Association of Chi-Zeta P.O. Box 2374 Champaign, IL 61820 Address Service Requested Chi Zetagram Chi-Zeta Chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha at the University of Illinois CHAPTER ETERNAL Bill Bryant '59 X744 passed away on November 1, 2016. A salesman through and through, he studied business at the U of I and served as an officer at Chi Zeta. Aer college he worked for Transcisco Leasing and Trinity Industries for many years selling railcars. Bill moved to Napa in 1979 and quickly became involved in the wine industry, founding Kate's Vineyard, named for his daughter, and Sedna wines. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Sally. Our condolences go out to his daughter, Kate Bunnell. Raymond Wood '54 X665 of Manchester, Tenn., passed away on March 9, 2016, at the age of 81. Raymond owned and operated the John Deere Tractor "Tractor Service Company" in Manchester for many years and operated a wholesale nursery business called the Ponderosa. Raymond was very active in the community, serving in the Manchester Rotary Club (member emeritus), and was named Rotarian of the Year. He was also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children and was named the CASA State Volunteer of the Year. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and three children. David Klingel '57 X698 passed away on November 30, 2016. David graduated from Illinois with a degree in architecture in 1961 and served in the U.S. Air Force until 1964, when he returned to his hometown of Belleville. He worked at the architecture firm, Weisenstein, Rogers & Hausmann, and became a partner of W.H.G.K. Architects. In 1990, he went to work for the Illinois Department of Public Health as a regional architect. Known to his brothers at Chi Zeta as a trumpet player, David became a proud member of Black Knights Drum and Bugle Corps., and sang in church choirs wherever he lived. Our condolences go out to Ruth, his wife of 56 years, and their daughters, Karol Ruth (Philip) Reis of O'Fallon and Sarah Lynn (Scott) Shelton of Belleville. Jeff Creen '77 X1047 passed away on July 25, 2016, at his home in Moline, Ill., at age 60. A 1974 graduate of Alleman High School in Rock Island, he was initiated into Lambda Chi Alpha in 1977 and received both bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering at Illinois, and a surveying degree from SIU. He worked for Cummins Engine and General Motors in Indianapolis, and most recently was a teacher at Lake Community College teaching engineering and surveying. Jeff enjoyed learning and his passion was teaching. He loved spending time with his family and attending the Indy 500, and remained an avid fan of the Fighting Illini. Jeff is survived by his parents, Diane and Joe Creen of Davenport, Iowa, and his sister, Colleen (Steve) Tollenaer of Rock Island, to whom our deepest condolences are given. ALUMNI UPDATE ALUMNI NEWS Jeff Wandell '62 X785 and the painting of Sir Galahad he has had restored to be hung again in the new chapter house. e painting was prominent in the house from the '30s to the '70s, but then went missing. Jeff found it torn and neglected in the attic and had it professionally restored. It will now grace the Formal Study (front room) of our new house for future generations to enjoy. Gene Covert '63 X798 has donated a stunning new coat of arms original oil painting for the new house. Gene painted the original over Christmas break in 1964, and it hung proudly in the foyer until the late '70s, when it was stolen. When Gene offered to paint a new original, it became the centerpiece of our new Gallery, where it will be unveiled at the huge dedication in September. It and the restored Galahad painting will be protected in custom cabinets and safeguarded by our state-of- the-art security system this time around! Rob Kennedy '75 X1012 joined University of Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones as a distinguished speaker at the ACES Alumni Association's annual Illini luncheon held in the Chicago Cultural Center last November. Rob is president and co-CEO of C-SPAN in Washington, D.C. In 2012, Rob received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the UIUC Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and now serves on the board of the Illinois Alumni Association. He discussed his career at C - S P A N with the over 200 guests in attendance. Mike Salva '80 X1121 reports that he and brothers Mike Finn X1130 and Bruce Bronson X1125 teed it up last October at the Irish Course at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. On the 197-yard, par 3, number 11 hole—named "Lamb Chop"—they all hit the green in regulation! Brother Bronson won the hole with a birdie and brothers Salva and Finn had par. We look forward to seeing the real scorecards from this spring's outings! Rob was joined by longtime friends and brothers Matt Murphy X1028, Hernando Moreno X1029, Larry Prast X990, Pete Kale X1020, Mike Lembke X1000, Kim Kardas X997, and Rich Knitter X078. Sign up for the dedication TODAY!

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