Beta Theta Pi - Purdue University

Fall 2015 Newsletter

Beta Mu Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Purdue University

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BETA MU LINK Beta Mu Chapter of Beta Theta Pi P.O. Box 2421 West Lafayette, IN 47996-2421 Address Service Requested Front Row: John Merrell '50 and Bill Moss '81. Back Row: Howard Meeker '48, Doug Meeker '82, and Jay Merrell '82. Join Beta Mu for Homecoming November 7, 2015 B e sure to join us at the Chapter House for Homecoming festivities. It will be the grand re-opening and unveiling showcasing the new expansion and renovations! We will also have many special guests in attendance. This will be a great opportunity for reunions and tours of the house. All events are at the house, with complimentary shuttle service by brothers to the game. SCHEDULE: 7:30-11:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast 8-9:30 a.m. Alumni Board Meeting All Alumni Welcome to Attend 9:30-11:30 a.m. Welcome Reception 12-3 p.m. Boilers vs. Illinois game 3-4 p.m. Cookout at the House 4–4:15 p.m. Homecoming Program Kick-off 4:15-4:30 p.m. General Fraternity President Address 4:30-5 p.m. House Rededication Ceremony 5-5:30 p.m. Fraternal 25 and 50 Presentations 5:30-5:45 p.m. Active Chapter Report 5:45-6:15 p.m. Sing Beta Songs 6:15-6:30 p.m. Loving Cup Ceremony Singing of The Loving Cup Beta Mu Alumni Conference Call Meeting Tuesday, October 6 7 p.m. EDT B eta Mu alumni leaders are hosting a conference call for all Beta Mu alumni. On the call, you will have the opportunity to ask questions live and hear alumni leadership speak about important issues such as updates on the Chapter, campaign, and the renovation project. An exciting announcement will also be made live on the call. You won't want to miss it! If we have a good phone number for you, you will receive a call that night to join the live call. You will also be able to dial in by calling (877) 229-8493, ID 110378. Thank you for your interest and involvement in Beta Mu! Howard R. "Bob" Meeker Jr. '48 entered Our Mystic Shrine on January 16. He graduated from Shortridge High School in 1941, then served in active duty during WWII in the Army from 1943- 46. He later graduated from Purdue University in 1948. Bob was a stock broker and then founded Traub and Company in 1970. He later retired in 1988. Bob was an active member of Beta Theta Pi, the Purdue Alumni Association-President's Council, the John Purdue Club, Service Club, Gyro Club, and Second Presbyterian Church. Bob married the love of his life, Mary Jane Coleman, in 1949. They have four children, several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Bob and Mary Jane loved to travel, dance, and attended Purdue University events. John K. Merrell '50 entered Our Mystic Shrine on June 30. He is survived by his wife, Verna, and children: Carrie, Liz, Tom, and Jay, and their families. He graduated from Purdue University in 1950, where he met his beloved wife, Verna, and became a lifelong member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. John moved to New York City in 1950 to begin his career in sales at Spaulding Fiber Company. In 1966, John founded Industrial Dielectrics Inc. He grew the business to become the global industry leader in thermoset composite materials with eight manufacturing locations around the world and over 700 dedicated and loyal employees. He held several national industry leadership positions during his career. A child of the depression and extraordinarily humble beginnings, John embodied the American Dream from which he took great pride. With his sharp wit and love for life, John was a true raconteur, whose presence always filled the room, charming those around him. Through travel and constant learning, he instilled a curiosity and sense of adventure in his family and friends, all of whom admired and loved him dearly. He deeply cared about Beta Theta Pi and was honorary chairman for Beta Mu's capital campaign. John became a thoughtful philanthropist who was attentive to the plight of those around him and charitable with his time and means. Above all, he was a devoted husband, loving father, and wonderful grandfather. Memory and Our Mystic Shrine Beta Theta Pi – Purdue University @Purdue_Beta f l 8 $ FIND US ONLINE

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