Lambda Chi Alpha - University of Illinois

Spring 2019 Newsletter

Chi Zeta of Lambda Chi Alpha at the University of Illinois

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a lifetime achievement award from the BRIMS society for modeling and simulation. Jeffrey C. Orr '84 X1211 works as a farmer and is currently the mayor of Piper City, Ill. He writes, "Congrats on the new chapter house— looks good!" Eric D. Holland '88 X1248, an attorney based in St. Louis, recently obtained one of the largest jury verdicts in United States history. e verdict, totaling $4.69 billion, was returned on July 12, 2018, by a jury in the City of St. Louis for 22 plaintiffs who were diagnosed with cancer caused by asbestos in talcum powder. In addition to his trial work, Holland also served as co-lead counsel in a nationwide class action involving defective firearms that provided more than $500 million in benefits to class members. He also served as lead trial counsel in a defective medical device litigation on behalf of 2,000 plaintiffs that was successfully resolved recently. Holland's firm is based in St. Louis and handles complex litigation from coast to coast. e firm now employs 30 people and actively supports, both financially and as volunteers, local St. Louis groups like Bridge of Hope and Ronald McDonald House of St. Louis as part of the firm's mission to help bring about change in the city. Dave J. Laude '04 X1761 and Katie welcomed Claire Helen Laude into the world at 1:55 a.m. on January 23, 2019. Dave is currently a manager at Manufacturer's Brass and Aluminum Foundry, where he has worked more than 10 years. Katie is a nurse practitioner in the electrophysiology department at Loyola Ronald S. Krug '57 X700 received the Arizona Governor's Award for Avocational Archaeology in 2017. e award is given for achievement in discovering and preserving Native American culture. Ronald lives in Sedona, Ariz. James L. Keely '66 X864 completed 46 years of practicing law as of January. Last June, James and Christine celebrated 50 years of marriage with a trip in England, Scotland, and Ireland. ey live in Ottawa, IL. Curt Shipton '67 X884 is enjoying retirement by spending time with his 1-year-old grandson, George. Curt and Deby are fortunate to live close enough to their younger son, Neal, and daughter-in-law, Kelsey (both U of I grads), to be a regular part of George's live. Curt is celebrating his 50th graduation anniversary this year and oen thinks of his three years at Chi Zeta. "Hope they are also doing well and enjoying retirement." Curt retired in 2015 aer 46 years in the insurance industry working for a variety of companies, the last of which was the Zurich Ins. Co. in their regional headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill. He and Deby will celebrate their 40th anniversary in a couple of years having raised two sons, Lyle and Neal, both of whom, went to Illinois for their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Curt and Deby have lived in Lombard, Ill., for thirty years having moved from Columbus, Ohio, where they originally met. Frank E. Ritter '79 X1102 is happy to see brothers passing through his current home of State College, Pa. In July 2018, Frank received ALUMNI UPDATE 9 Chi Zetagram University Medical Center. ey live in New Lenox, IL., and they closed on a new home in February. Eric D. Holland '88 X1248 Curt Shipton '67 X884 Dave J. Laude '04 X1761 Brian Harmon '03, X1733 High Pi Steve Parsons ΦΒ341 recently heard from Brother Brian Harmon '03, X1733, with a beautiful note and update: "Steve, How are you doing at UIUC? Seems like you are still involved at the fraternity. Hope the service is going well. Just so you know the Bible study we did there really helped. e Lord has done great things for me-I got married to a woman I met on a Mission Trip from Nicaragua and we have been married for 10 years this August. We have a daughter Lessa Mavis Harmon. I attached a picture. I stay in contact with Alex Bonfil, Paul Ochoa, and Octavio Duran, and we were all deeply saddened by the news of Ruben Moreno's passing."

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