Page 1


Winter 2010

THIRD DEGREE The Journal of the Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa at the University of Maryland








A Ph i Sig ma Kap pa




a app aK gm i S Phi

Meet the Pit Crew. PAGE 6

With Honor, Above All Else. PAGE 28

What’s With These Buttons? PAGE 45


Our Inaugural Issue.

With Sincere Thanks to Each and Every One of Our Members, The Executive Committee of the Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa ...your Alumni Association

Contents 5


Charter Petition Approved Read the announcement from your Alumni Association, issued on the evening of November 4th when our Colony received some very good news.

Alumni Profile

6 20 26 28 45 56

“The Pit Crew” Meet the Brothers who keep this Alumni Association running.

“Phi Sig for Life” Learn about one Eta Brother has a level of commitment that cannot be matched.

Fraternity Row See who’s been where, and for how long, on that horse-shoe shaped strip of land.

The One We Lost A story of honor and sacrifice in remembrance of Veteran’s Day.

Button...Button... They’re all over the place...and all over this issue. Learn why you’ll be seeing more of them.


Signing Off On the Cover

Team Phi Sig, Alumni and Associates, is growing fast. It will be quite a race to March 12, 2011...and beyond. Winter 2010



editor’s desk





Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa 12806 Silverbirch Lane Laurel, Maryland 20708


kay. Second issue of the magazine. No pressure. Everyone who read the first issue wrote in with kudos. Well, everyone except for that one member. Wonder what he’s been thinking? Ahh, c’mon. What could go wrong? Writer’s block? Unlikely. Lack of “Alumni Notes”? Heck, I could make up a few if I really had to. Printer gonna decide to double his estimate? Yeah, like he doesn’t already know I’m Italian. As the weeks progressed since our inaugural issue, I made a mental note not to let a “Sophomore Slump” turn our magazine into a “One-HitWonder.” It’s an easy thing to do - rest on a laurel or two and you can really get quite comfortable. Putting this magazine together is a bit of a 100-yard dash using a keyboard and mouse. But, unlike this publication, building our alumni association and the entire re-colonization effort is not a sprint - it’s a marathon. When one experiences some level of success there’s a tendency to relax a bit and enjoy the ride. And, if you’ve been visiting our website and reading your e-mails, you probably know that Eta has hit and passed some important milestones lately. In this, our second issue, we hope to take a moment and thank some of the people and take note of the events that have made this association, this re-colonization and, to a greater extent, this chapter possible. We have much to be thankful for. And yet, we still have so much to do. Now that we are truly on the road, we need to keep up the speed. We need to grab the checkered flag in March of 2011. And we need to do it in a style befitting the long and cherished history of the Eta Chapter. Get set for a ride you will remember for a long time to come.

301-206-5472 Executive Committee Todd B. Hoffman ‘82 Secretary Silver Spring, Maryland Peter J. Della-Croce ‘99 Treasurer Columbia, Maryland John J. B. Wright, Esq. ‘82 Second Vice-President Burtonsville, Maryland Wayne H. Bethards ‘59 First Vice-President Columbia, Maryland Joseph E. Criscuoli, ‘82 President Laurel, Maryland


Winter 2010



A Day to Remember

On Page 99

...and More

January 8, 1897

Upcoming Eta Birthdays

Eta Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa is founded at the University of Maryland. Twenty years, ten months and three days later the war to end all wars will come to an end. Learn about the Eta connection to this event in our feature story.

Be sure to see our complete (?) listing of Eta Birthdays for the coming 120 days. If we don’t have yours, please drop us a line at

...and Another... November 4, 2010 The Grand Council of Phi Sigma Kappa met and voted to approve, without reservation, the Charter Petition of the Eta Colony at the University of Maryland.

...and Another... November 15, 2010 On this day, 38 years ago, Allen S. Kogut, ‘75 was initiated and became a Brother of the Eta Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa. 38 years later, to the day, the Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa recorded its 200th paid member.

...and Another... March 12, 2011 On this day, Eta Chapter will celebrate the return of our Charter to the University of Maryland. If you’re interested in attending this event, please send us an e-mail with the number of potential attendees to

A Special Request

Mentors Wanted Be a Big Brother Again Our 2nd VP, John J. B. Wright, Esq., ’82 has established a Mentors Program that gives the members of the Eta Colony their first Big (and really much older) Brother. As the Colony grows, so too will the need for Mentors. If you’d like to offer advice and counsel for low pay and at strange hours, let us know.

Help Wanted Be a Nosy Nate We’re still struggling with some Lost Brothers. The list has gotten shorter, but we’re in need of someone who can track down the guys listed in this issue. If you’re the kind of person who can make search engines sing, we’d like to hear from you. Or, if you know of a great web site that would help us, please let us know at

Our 1st VP, Wayne H. Bethards, ’59 has shared a special program you don’t want to miss. Be sure to see page 99 of this issue.

Heading for 300 Know someone who ain’t? Yep, we’re over 200 members strong, but that was last weeks news. Our new goal is 300 by New Year’s Eve. How can you help us reach this goal? Be sure to check the complete listing of members on our website and feel free to call those not listed and let them know that they missed-out on getting this magazine. It’s a new recruiting technique we fondly call “Gloat and Sneer.”

Full Fridge? We must be getting popular with our readers. In this issue, our “Fridge” is Blue Devils 4 Ever so full we could not fit in this picture of “Dickie V” Poor, poor Dickie.

Winter 2010



We believed... November 5, 2010 Dear Brothers, Late last evening we were informed that the Grand Council of Phi Sigma Kappa had met and voted to approve, without reservation, the Charter Petition of the Eta Colony at the University of Maryland. This is a tremendous step in the quest to re-establish the Eta Chapter, and we know that all of our alumni share in the excitement associated with this announcement. We join together in offering congratulations and sincere best wishes to the members of the Colony who have worked for so long and with so high a level of energy and dedication. It is sometimes hard to imagine what these young men have gone through; what adversities they have overcome and what priorities they have been forced to reconcile, as they strove to earn for their Colony this momentous announcement. We stand ready to support the members of the Eta Colony as they continue their efforts to complete the actions needed to obtain recognition and approval of the University of Maryland. On behalf of the Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa, we also want to congratulate the Eta Advisory Board for their individual and collective contributions in helping to make this moment possible, for we realize that, without their expertise and constant guidance, the road back to College Park would be ever more arduous. Our alumni owe the members of the Eta Advisory Board a tremendous debt of gratitude for their past services and forthcoming efforts. This announcement is terrific news and should serve as a timely call to action for all of our alumni to now step forward and join our association, for there remains a great deal of work to be done as we begin to prepare for the Chartering event in March of 2011. In the areas of Undergraduate Mentoring, Event Planning and Alumni Recruitment, we have efforts underway that need your attention and your assistance. And, for many, the ultimate goal of our alumni association, that of assisting the Eta Housing Corporation in the effort to raise the capital necessary to establish a home for our fraternity, has yet to be initiated. Now is the time for all alumni to gear up for the work that needs to be done in these coming months. We hope that you will be with us, and that you will be an important part of this worthwhile endeavor. With great joy and best wishes to all upon receipt of this extremely good news, The Executive Committee of the Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa


Winter 2010


alumni profile Robert R. “Russ” O’Haver New Canaan, Connecticut Eta Class of 1981 BA, Economics ‘80, Maryland MA, Economics ‘83, Brown PhD, Economics ‘91, CUNY Partner, Ernst & Young - New York, NY Married (Laura); Twin Daughters (Kirsten & Bri) Nickname: “Hollywood” The THIRD DEGREE: What first compelled you to become a member of Phi Sigma Kappa? Russ O’Haver: I was a commuter during my first two years of college, and was looking for a stronger connection to the University. Walking in to my first rush party at Phi Sig I ran into Dennis Phelan and Russ Holrah, both of whom I had a connection with from my high school. Between the familiar faces, the spot at the top of the Row, the crush of people at the party, and that awesome basement party room, I knew Phi Sig was probably a good thing. I pledged (while still commuting) and moved into the house the following Fall (sharing a triple with Todd - currently referenced to as he of the Hoffman Ranch - and Mark "Corky" Coppola… good times). What was your most triumphant moment as an undergraduate? Not being thrown out of the university the semester before graduation due to the ill timing of being president of the house when the university had announced a crackdown on sorority "raids". I really should have known better when a group of brothers announced (while dressed as Indians, complete with war paint, loin cloths, etc.) that they were going to visit the sorority with whom we were paired for Homecoming. Even Dr. Bagwell could not bail me out of this one, unless I convinced the sorority to back down. I still remember walking back to the house with all the Brothers out on the porch and seeing our vice president at that time, Joe Criscuoli, dressed in a three piece suit with a bundle of roses waiting to go with me over to the sorority to convince them it was all in good fun. We gave a good speech (and subsequently won some type of award for "most spirited" Homecoming pair or some such thing) and my parents were happy that, yes, I was able to graduate. Beating ATO and Sigma Chi in the football playoffs that year ranks a close second.

What did you learn as a Brother that has served you well in your life? Not to take yourself too seriously. Having once or twice called meetings with the requirement that brothers wear ties and having members show-up with a tie but in also various stages of undress or in a full scuba suit really made me (and everyone else) smile. More seriously, being able to lean on goodwill and good spirits of brothers in the house when "not so good" news was delivered has always stayed with me. I thought about this in September, when my wife's mother died and one of my daughter's was particularly down at the funeral. I said to her (a DG at Wisconsin) that I could recall being in a similar situation and was able to draw solace from my fraternity brothers. I told her she could expect a similar lift when she got back to campus. What advice would you want to share with our current undergraduate members? Be yourself and be open to learning from others (living with a large number of people is a unique and rewarding experience). What was your favorite memory as a Brother? There are many...having the house rally when our backs were to the wall regarding housing code violations and everyone just pitching-in and got it remedied....winning the 3-on-3 basketball tournament and rolling the winning “prize” home to the house...Greek Week in the Spring...almost getting suspended when I was just a pledge for running out on the football field and weaving through the marching band along with the other Phi Sig pledges (led by, who else, Joe Criscuoli...does anyone see a pattern here?)...the fringe benefits of being a busboy at Alpha Phi (along with Tom Inglesby and Dennis Phelan)…the line at the Vous...hey, I could go on and on but this has to fit onto one page, right? Winter 2010



The Members of the Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa‌

Last Issue This Issue 1933 1943 1945 1949 1950 1950 1950 1951 1951 1952 1952 1952 1952 1952 1953 1953 1953 1953 1954 1954 1954 1954 1955 1955 1956 1956 1956 1956 1956 1956 1956 1956 1957 1957 1957 6

97 217

Howard T. Knobloch Arthur C. Farnham J. Edward Thomas Robert P. Haines William H. Fisher William B. McKinney Warren J. Tripp David B. Lloyd William S. Mitchell, Jr. John S. Bingham, Jr. George B. Falck Paul P. J. Hansen James C. Pearson Thomas M. Russell Ralph E. Tobiassen Jerry C. Tobin Richard D. Walker Francis P. Zurmuhlen Louis A. DeCatur Allen J. Krowe Philip R. Lamb Robert A. Margulies James E. Kenkel James E. Starnes Robert C. Cooke Eugene E. Langellotto Donald R. Lewis Allyn H. Myers Carter F. Schwartz David V. Swann Grady A. Vickers, Jr. Robert O. Whiteley Lary L. Acker Boyd I. Bounds Richard D. Gibbs, Jr.

Winter 2010

1957 1957 1957 1958 1958 1958 1958 1958 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1960 1960 1960 1960 1961 1961 1961 1961 1961 1961 1961 1961 1961 1961 1962 1962 1962 1962 1962 1962 1962 1962 1962 1963 1963 1963 1963 1963 1963 1963 1963


Lowell B. Hinchliffe Robert S. Locker Thomas O. Nichols Joseph D. Brown John W. Dorsey, Jr. Eugene E. Kelley Robert G. Pemberton Ernest R. Wall Charles M. Barlow Wayne H. Bethards Vernon M. Briggs, Jr. Stewart C. Bushong John M. Capants Robert E. Geiger John J. Humbert, III Thomas J. Morgan John R. Wicklein Calvin T. Hook Robert M. Payne Louis V. Roy Robert A. Yellowlees John P. Bailey Lance W. Billingsley Cyril V. Childs Phillip A. Cole James E. Fox Lucian S. Heflin, Jr. James J. Hill Richard M. Johnston Richard H. Love David T. Ryan William B. Binch Terry H. Chapman Paul E. Harris Nicholas Limar Michael J. Stevenson John L. Towers John M.C. Willin, III Warren B. Wimer, Esq. Leslie David Young Russell T. Aaronson Edward G. Banks Terry J. Billingsley C. D. Held Philip R. Rever Wayne I. Robertson John P. Scancarella Roland N. Shumate

1963 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1965 1965 1965 1965 1965 1965 1965 1966 1966 1966 1966 1966 1967 1967 1968 1968 1968 1968 1968 1968 1969 1969 1969 1969 1970 1970 1970 1970 1971 1971 1973 1975 1975 1975 1976 1976

John R. Tydings Donald J. Ahern Drury G. Bagwell John F. Donnelly Robert H. Heller, Jr. Warren F. Kaufman Leonard J. Megby, Jr. Thomas V. "Mike" Miller Gerald F. Moentmann William E. Nichols Ronald G. Rayne, Esq. Adrian G. Teel Thomas W. Arata Joseph E. Boiseau Walter E. Laake, Jr. J. Robert Manuel, III John N. Rever, USN (Ret.) Joseph E. Spinella Albert W. Zahniser, III Tom R. DeBerry Michael A. Grieb Brian L. Harrington Robert C. Mister Joseph E. Smith, Jr. Robert E. Masterson James D. Reese William H. Brewster Cecil A. Given, III Gerald D. Haser Roland L. MacDonald James L. Myers David S. Stofa Harvey J. Gannon John S. Mathews, III William J. Niziolek Robert H. Stropp, Jr. Edward P. Becker Claude A. Bogley Mark W. McNutt Stephen L. Miller David J. Crowley David H. Whitehill Oscar L. Reksten Leon A. Boulavsky Allen S. Kogut Michael D. Robinson Morgan A. Connor Thomas G. Dimka

...our Pit Crew. 1976 1976 1976 1976 1977 1977 1977 1977 1978 1978 1978 1979 1979 1980 1980 1980 1981 1981 1981 1982 1982 1982 1982 1982 1982 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1984 1984 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1986 1986 1986 1986 1986 1986

William Brad Gable Joseph P. George Stephan P. Malloy, Esq. John C. Sauer, Jr. James E. Allen David G. Bourdon Frederic W. Vogelgesang William R. Walsh Robert G. Coffman III William R. Gross Richard C. McClain Stephen O. Cooper Bruce L. Gordon Gary A. Fuchs John B. Ostaffe Matthew R. Smalley Guy L. Copperthite Harry L. Geller Russell R. O'Haver Steven P. Baker Joseph E. Criscuoli Todd B. Hoffman David E. Lamolinara Michael L. McGown John J. B. Wright, Esq. Michael G. Albers Patrick L. McGeough John K. Schneider Albert T. Stultz Brandon S. Wagoner James V. Gilder Clyde E. Taber John M. Arena John R. Fields Jim H. Fields, Esq. Michael T. McLean Robert M. Mondonedo George L. Peabody Richard M. Schindel Jack G. Williams Ronald J. Williams Gregory P. Zurmuhlen Scott D. Crown Daniel C. Curry Norb Garrett Glenn F. Jaggard H. Christopher Malone Nicholas D. Mirabile






TA Phi Sig ma Kap pa

1986 1986 1986 1986 1987 1987 1987 1987 1988 1988 1988 1988 1989 1989 1989 1990 1990 1990 1991 1991 1991 1991 1991 1991 1991 1991 1992 1992 1992 1993 1993 1995 1996 1997

Christopher X. Papariello Phillip N. Scott Robert M. Troyano Joseph Eric Vinson Roger L. Boothe James A. Charanis John H. Parsons Fredrick D. Straub Jonathan L. Esler David P. Henry Paul R. McGown Patrick L. McNamara Andrew D. Cameron James W. Lomker Louis J. Schwartz Ed C. Curlett Jack S. Herling Jeffrey W. Lloyd Glenn A. Hall Bryan C. Kissinger Eric E. Lawver Jeffrey V. Odom Jeffrey M. Rosenberg David M. Schwartz David A. Shirey Kevin J. Spangler Peter A. Gobell Etan Z. Gopstein Tyson T. Swigart Stephen A. Borger Todd E. Lemon Jay B. Gibbon Timothy Radigan Joseph A. Campanella III


-1 a A p E T m a Ka p Sig Phi

1997 1999 1999 2002

Seth A. Friedman Peter J. Della-Croce James E. Legat Christopher P. McBeth

Contact Your Big Brother,

Winter 2010

Contact Your Little Brother, Help us to reach 300 Brothers! Note: “Graduation” Years preceding each name are actually Eta Class Years as assigned by Phi Sigma Kappa International Headquarters This listing was accurate as of December 7, 2011. An updated list is always available at our website: The THIRD DEGREE


BUY ETA Be sure to List your business on your Alumni Data Sheet!

Greatest Decade awards Most Members Gold Silver Bronze

With Sincere Thanks for the Dedication and Support of Our Decade Captains and Members of Our Recruiting Team

60’s 50’s 80’s

Total Contributions Gold Silver Bronze

80’s 60’s 50’s

Wayne H. Bethards ‘59 Claude A. Bogley ‘70 Joseph E. Criscuoli ‘82 Todd B. Hoffman ‘82 John J. B. Wright, Esq. ‘82 Paul R. McGown ‘88 James W. Lomker ‘89 Andrew J. Plenn ‘90 Glenn A. Hall ‘91 Bryan C. Kissinger ‘91 Jeffrey V. Odom ‘91 David M. Schwartz ‘91 Peter J. Della-Croce ‘99

Average Contribution per Member Gold Silver Bronze

80’s 70’s 50’s

Paid Members as a % of Viable Alumni per Decade Gold Silver Bronze

60’s 50’s 80’s

Fewest Lost Brothers

Gold 60’s Silver (tie) 70’s & 90’s

Look for updates to these awards in our next issue and on our website. 8

Winter 2010

Want to lend a hand in the growth of our Alumni Association? Drop a note to us at


This Winter, we’ll be publishing an Eta Chapter Directory complete with opportunities for you to “BUY ETA” You can also promote your business in the next issue of The THIRD DEGREE! A One-Column ad (this size) costs just $35.00 An excellent way to let your Brothers know how they can steer business to you and keep it “in the family” Call 301-206-5472 For more info.

Alumni Notes

Rick Schindel, ‘85, writes: “I’ve been living in Texas for the past 13 years after coming down here for a job with Dell. I’ve enjoyed my career with Dell and in my current role as the head of the Northrop Grumman account team. I get back to the east coast often on customer business, and have the chance to take Brother (and long time Northrop Grumman employee) Rob Lamolinara out to lunch as my customer. Kellie, my wife (and an AOP from Maryland), and I are raising four sons. The first has gone off to Providence College to earn his degree and play lacrosse in theBig East Conference. The others are all in varying stages of school here in Texas. We keep in close contact with Brothers Phil Scott, Jim Fields, Larry Kinsey and Larry Devitt (from Delta Chapter at WVU), getting the families together about every two years. I’m looking forward to mentoring the Eta Colony members as the opportunity allows.”

Claude Bogley, ‘70, writes: “I am currently President of Impro Corporation, a small ($20 million in sales) multinational office supply company with 100+ employees in Europe, Asia, Central America and North America with plans to open in the Philippines and China in the next 3 years. I retired from Xerox after 27 years, the last 10 running a company within the company marketing and selling used office equipment globally, as General Manager,

and did some private consulting for several companies after retiring. The owner of Impro asked me to take over operations in September of 2008. My wife Roseanna and I live in Rochester, NY. We have 5 children and 6 grandchildren with another expected in June of next year. I took up golf after I got out of the Navy and play to an 11 handicap unless it's a nassau with strangers and then I am the best 18 handicap you ever played. My passion is woodworking and I have accumulated quite a collection of tools. I found as long as I build furniture or home projects my wife makes sure I have whatever tools I need. You can view some of my work at . As you can tell from the photo on “The Other Fridge” in this issue I also like to cook. My current focus is tracking down the lost Brothers of Eta Chapter from the 70's. It's more fun than I deserve to have and I am enjoying it very much. They won't be lost for long. Editors Note: Claude is doing a great job as our 70’s Decade Captain; we should give him a hand...and lend him a hand (the Editor is obviously hoping to be mailed some lasagna). Walter E. Laake, Jr., ’65 is a trial lawyer practicing in Washington D.C. and Maryland with more than 30 years of experience. A partner in the firm of Joseph Greenwald & Laake, PC, basede in Greenbelt, MD, he writes: “Much of my legal work is now

generated by internet advertising and the web site created for this purpose ( will also someday serve for much of my obituary. For the last 38 years I have lived essentially in University Park. In the early 70's I volunteered to be an "unofficial" chapter advisor when the House was down to three actives and Dru Bagwell filled it with incoming freshman looking for housing who had in interest in Greek life. Those boarders became the fall pledge class of 15 or so that prevented the chapter from dying out. My claim to fame as a 3 year undergraduate was as President of Kalegathos, VP of the IFC ( missing being elected President by 1 vote) and having revived and been editor of “The Greek”, the quarterly newspaper of the IFC. Tom Walters, ‘88, writes: “My daughter is 3 years old and just started preschool, and I could not help but notice the similarities between the fraternity house and her preschool class - there was one kid passed out in the corner, one had magic marker on his face, one had just peed his pants, one was screaming for a bottle and two of them were having a conversation and I could only understand about half of what they were saying. I felt like I was in College Park again.” Editors Note: Someone drop Tom an e-mail telling him his item appeared in the magazine...he hasn’t joined yet and thus did not yet receive his copy.

Winter 2010

(continued on page 12) The THIRD DEGREE


The Other “Fridge” ...the One Ralph Doesn’t Get to See!

Claude Bogley ‘70 (see Alumni Notes) offers home made lasagna to any “lost” 70’s Brother who steps forward. Harry Geller ‘81 (see Alumni Notes) is teaching at Maryland. Here he is with sons Wil and Jackson and wife Nicole. Clyde Taber ‘91 (see Alumni Notes) and wife Shirin are living the California Dream with their children Elena (14), Quinn (17), and Sage (9). Dave Schwartz ‘91 (see Alumni Notes) has a great story to tell - one that does not include this fish. John Parsons ’87 sent a great photo of he and Katie, his wife, with children (from left to right) Gillian, Grace, Matt, and Paige along with Emmy the dog in the foreground. Read what he’s been up to in Alumni Notes. Walter E. Laake, Jr. ‘65 (see Alumni Notes) was once our “unofficial” Chapter Advisor! Roger Boothe, Jr. ’87 on the high seas teaching his First Mate to steer the ship. Allen S. Kogut ‘75 sent a copy of a photo (circa. 1996) as presented in the pictorial history of the Baltimore Police Department shown here when he served as Executive Officer to the Police Commissioner.

Which of your Brothers rebuilt this beauty - a ‘69 Chevelle? 10 Winter 2010


Get your photo on the Fridge in the next Alumni Notes !

Winter 2010



Alumni Notes (cont. from Page 9)

David M. Schwartz, ‘91, writes: “After spending 6 amazing years in College Park, and being a member of the Spring ’88 Pledge Class, I worked in the mortgage business for 13 years. I sold my company in 2006 and embarked on a new career in the commercial waterproofing industry. Currently I own and operate SGS, Inc. in Bladensburg, MD and reside in Edgewater, MD along with my 3 children Emma (12), Kyla (10) and Ethan (7). Most of my time spent away from work is spent on a field or a gym somewhere watching and coaching my 3 kids in their various sports. There is no greater pleasure in life than being a father and raising my kids. I learned a lot during my days of being an active brother of Phi Sigma Kappa. I learned about loyalty, friendship, and the value of strong relationships. I am still very close to over a dozen of my Phi Sig Brothers and keep in touch with countless more. I’m very much looking forward to being a part of growing our Eta alumni. Hope to see you all soon!” Roger Boothe, Jr., ‘87 lives in Frederick, MD with his son Trey, daughter Maddie and wife Jennifer. He coaches 4th grade boys basketball at St. Johns Regional Catholic School, where Trey is his star point guard. To prepare Trey to play for Gary Williams in 2019, Roger is installing the flex offense. Roger is a Ravens season ticket holder and sits with Doug Vinson (‘88) and on occasion Eric “The Vin” Vinson (’86). Roger is a Project Manager for 12 Winter 2010

the Virginia Department of Transportation, currently managing the $1.4 billion Capital Beltway HOT Lanes Project, a two lane widening of the Beltway from Springfield to Dulles with conversion of the inner lanes to High Occupancy/Toll Lanes. The project is currently the largest transportation infrastructure project in the United States. Recently Roger has served as Chair of Frederick County Board of Supervisors’ Transportation Services Advisory Council, As Chairman of Deacons at First Baptist Church, Frederick, and Troop Dad for Maddie’s Brownie Troop. He also recently restored a 1969 Chevelle along with his son and father (actually Dad did most of the work and Roger handed him the tools). In his spare time Roger is active in the Columbia Masonic Lodge in Frederick, the Masonic Scottish and York Rites, and the Ali Ghan Shrine. Brandon S. Wagoner, ‘83 is married with three children (a daughter who has graduated from college; a son in college; and a son in middle school. Stacy, his wife is a registered nurse educator. Brandon retired from the U.S. Air Force after 24 years of active duty and is now working for Raytheon Missile Systems, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona but he lives and works in Virginia. He’s active in coaching, playing and refereeing lacrosse in the local area (who remembers Brandon out on Frat Row zipping the Lax ball around with Eric Hogan and “The Hawk”?). Brandon has offered to advise a young engineering student. While he has limited time, he can give some good ideas and pointers as his job involves emerging technologies.


Harry Geller, ’81 has been involved in starting up, operating and selling seven multimillion dollar companies. Four were named to the INC. 500 fastest growing company list, ranging from #23 to #399 from 1994 to 2008. He was also named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Most of the businesses were involved in the logistics industry or the food services industry. Many are ongoing, thriving concerns. His most current business is owning five high end seafood restaurants in the Delaware seashore area, specifically Bethany, Fenwick Island, Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. Harry was recently named an Entrepreneur in Residence at University of Maryland, Smith School of Business where he regularly teaches entrepreneurship and helps graduate students develop business idea's. Room 2515 Van Munching Hall...come on by any Friday. Harry lives in McLean, VA. with Nicole, his wife of 20 years, who is also a business owner. They have two children, Jackson (16) and Wil (10). He is an active supporter of Terps sports and attends most football and basketball games. John H. Parsons, ’87 (a.k.a. “Snips”) writes: “Phi Sigma Kappa has had an undeniable impact on my life, both during college, and (especially) afterwards. The friends and relationships I made there have lasted beyond my wildest imagination - much more so than childhood friendships, with maybe an exception or two. I graduated in the fall of 1987. For the last 20 years, I have worked with (pledge brother) Doug Straub at the company his father founded, Straub Metal International, Inc. During that time,

I married his wife's sister (Katie) and we are raising four children a boy and three girls. It's a wonderful life, thanks much to the relationships formed during my days with Eta. Best Regards to all my Brothers!” Bill Walsh, ‘77 wrote to update us on the item presented in the inaugural issue of our magazine. “After a month in the hospital I am finally home recovering from back surgeries. Thanks for all the prayers and support. I heard from a number of brothers I hadn’t heard from in decades. I am especially grateful to Joe George for the Buddhist blessing and healing chant which has helped with my recovery. I was able to make it to the Phi Sig homecoming tailgate event and am looking forward to the day I will be able to enjoy a few rum and cokes while sitting on the hard bleachers watching the Terps win another game, just like the old days.” Editors Note: To our knowledge the prayers requested for Bill’s bride, Sheryl, were also effective as she is listed as having remained mentally stable throughout Bill’s recovery. Grady Vickers, ’56 sent us an addendum to the feature story in our inaugural issue of The THIRD DEGREE, “Got Yer Goat.” Grady writes, “The following year (1953) several of us attempted to steal the goat again. One of the brothers had arranged with a friend and cadet at West Point to launch a sea landing, with several cadets coming down to College Park with radios. It turned out that all cadets were restricted to campus for some reason that weekend so they didn't make it. Another brother had a boat, which we boarded up river

and cruised down to Annapolis one weekend night. He took us up to the sea wall next to the football stadium and five of us jumped off and entered the stadium. Three of us acted as spotters at different points on the football field, while two brothers approached the goat pen, located under stadium seating near the sea wall. As the two were attempting to open the goat pen, two members of the shore patrol showed up. The three of us on the football field ran for the boat. Being further away than the others, I just made the boat as it was pulling away. The two brothers at the pen were picked up and put in the brig. They had no IDs, nor money. For some reason, the Academy officials released them the next day. We were sure they were in deep trouble and at the very least would return with shaved heads. They showed up at the house that afternoon, none the worst for wear. They had hitchhiked back to College Park and were received as heroes. The only name I can recall from this caper was Andy Colimitra (’56), as one of the two held in the brig. I think Jim Starnes may have further details on this, because as I remember, he was our senior advisor for the venture. Clyde E. Taber, ’84 resides in Foothill Ranch, California where he directs the Visual Story Network, a coalition of faith-based organizations using media in innovative ways. His wife Shirin is a writer (Muslim's Next Door, Wanting All the Right Things) and teacher. They have three beautiful children: Quinn (17), Elena (14), and Sage (9). He's very sorry to hear about the death of Mark Hollingsworth.

Joe Criscuoli, ‘82 received 2 awards, an APEX Award and a Communicator Award for the video he produced on behalf of his employer, EPI-Colorspace. The video can be seen at http:// .

Be a part of the next "Alumni Notes" page. Tell us what you've been up to, tell us about your family, your work, your awards, or send a message to a Brother you haven't seen in a while. Send your submissions for Alumni Notes to

SAVE THIS DATE 3.12.11 Eta Charter Night & Founder’s Day Celebration

Be There! Interested? Drop us a line at Winter 2010



Breaking News of Yesteryear

Greek Week 1977

1 2


4 14 Winter 2010



Drew Connor’s Greek Week ‘76 shirt courtesy of Bruce Gordon designs.


1. Phi Sigs Rich McClain, John Felice and Drew Connor anchor the tug-ofwar aided by coach John Mattingly.


2. Don Gies attempts to influence a referee. 3. The “Find-the-Quarter-inthe-Flour competition. 4. Gary Kull, Mark Tischler, John Mattingly, and Steve Cooper offer encouragement to Rich McClain during the Guessing Game event.



5. Bill Gross experiences a “hard landing” during the mattress races. 6. Phi Sig Cheerleaders: bottom - Peter Madonna, Gary Fuchs, Mike Miller, Joe Scabis, and Mark Tischler (and Trucker, the Mascot); middle – Doug Wooddell, Drew Connor, Bill Gross, and Tom Inglesby; top - John Mattingly and William Kee. Don Gies behind the pile-up. 7. Lisa Myers has payback plans for her pie-inthe-face assailant, Doug Bach. 8. Gary Fuchs is dressed for success in the cow milking competition. 9. Dennis Phelan has a handle on things for the wheelbarrow race. 10. Michael Boulavsky is a blur in the pie-eating contest. Photos Courtesy of Bill Walsh. Captions Courtesy of Bill Walsh, Steve Cooper, Matt Smalley, and Bruce Gordon.

10 Winter 2010



Alumni Association Pop Quiz - (circle all possible correct answers)

1. This photo shows: A. What happens when you fail to “Fear the Turtle.” B. What happens when you fail to join the Eta Alumni Association. C. What happens when you fail to read each and every page of this issue of “The THIRD DEGREE.” D. All of the above.

5. This man: A. Coaches a semi-pro football team composed entirely of midgets. B. Recently became a member of the Eta Alumni Association. C. Can’t believe he merited two photos in this issue of “The THIRD DEGREE.” D. Later in the day was treated for frostbite.. 16 Winter 2010

2. The young man in the front row, 4th from the left,: A. Attended the Zillgitt Leadership School. B. Was one of 19 winners of the Powerball Jackpot. C. Just completed training from Jiffy Lube. D. Is also pictured on page 43 of this magazine. E. Is rarely photographed without a smile on his face. 6. This man: A. Is not a Phi Sig, he’s Robert Redford. B. Is a Phi Sig and will be raising money for a new chapter house offering “Dollar-a-Dance” to our wives and dates at the upcoming Charter Night. C. Is a Phi Sig, but not yet a member of the Eta Alumni Association, and thus may never know his photo made it into our magazine.

7. This customized private jet: A. Will be taking the Executive Committee of the Eta Alumni Association to Vegas on New Year’s Eve. Yeah, it’s not a misprint...that’s the only answer.


Correct answers are on page 18


Is your mouth still watering over that photo on our ‘Fridge of the Lasagna prepared by Brother Claude Bogley? Well, the intrepid editorial staff at The THIRD DEGREE obtained permission to divulge the secret recipe behind this culinary masterpiece. Here goes:

Lasagne a la Bogley

3. In this photo we see Russ O’Haver, pictured here with Laura, his wife, and daughters Bri and Kirsten. He’s smiling because: A. He has a loving wife and family. B. The Eta Chapter is coming back to the University of Maryland. C. Only one of the women shown in this photo ever remotely considered dating a Phi Sig. D. All of the above.

Ingredients: One pound ground beef One pound mild italian sausage One pound riccotta cheese One pound mozzarella cheese One pound grated parmesan reggiano cheese Two Jars of Classico 4 Cheese tomato sauce One Can of Contadina tomato puree Garlic, Two eggs and Parsley Directions: Remove the sausage from the skin and combine the sausage with the ground beef and add finely chopped garlic to taste. Brown the ground beef and sausage in a frying pan with a little olive oil. Combine the Classico Sauce with the Tomato puree and place on low heat in a pot until the mix slowly comes to a boil and bubbles slowly. Add the meat to the sauce and allow it to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes stirring regularly. Combine the parmesan and ricotta cheese with two eggs in a mixing bowl. Finely chop the parsley and add to the parmesan and ricotta mixture. Grate the mozzarella cheese. Boil your lasagna noodles (about 7 minutes once they come back to a boil). Rinse them in cold water when done. Pour a little olive oil in the bottom of a lasagna pan and smear it with a paper towel over the inside and put a small amount of the meat sauce on the bottom of the pan and then cover with the first layer of the lasagna noodles. Ladle in a layer of the meat sauce to cover all of the noodles and then add about eight 2 inch by 2 inch by 1/2 inch portions of the riccotta cheese and then sprinkle in the mozzarella to fill in the gaps.

4. This man: A. Taught self-defense classes at the U of M. B. Was simply minding his own business, when some sorority girl simply attacked him. Attacks like these were frequent at #7 Frat Row. C. Is not effectively instructing his student about appropriate body positioning when first trying to ride a motorcycle. D. Is not yet a member of the Eta Alumni Association, and thus may never know he made it into the magazine...twice.

Continue this until you have filled the pan. Ladle a healthy portion of the sauce to cover the top of the last layer. Cover with tin foil, place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 90 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 20 to 30 minutes and serve. Enjoy, My Brothers! - Claude Winter 2010



Answers to the Alumni Association Pop Quiz: 1. D; 2. A & D; 3. A & B; 4. D; 5. B; 6. C; 7. We Wish.


18 Winter 2010


in Review

See more at Winter 2010



Knobloch Shows “Phi Sig for Life” is More than Words November 12, 2010 - - Howard T. Knobloch graduated from the University of Maryland, and became an alumni of the Eta Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa, just 77 years ago. Today, Knobloch became the 198th member of the Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa. Brother Knobloch is 99 years young, and is now also the senior-most member of our alumni association. Brother Knobloch was the 421st member of Eta Chapter to sign our Roll Book. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree on Saturday, June 3, 1933 during Graduation Exercises for the Baltimore and College Park Divisions that began at 3:30 p.m. and were held in Ritchie Coliseum. He returned to College Park, and Ritchie Coliseum, to obtain a Doctorate in Medicine (with Honors) from the University of Maryland on June 6, 1936. For over 60 years he practiced medicine in his hometown of Bay City, Michigan. Brother Knobloch completed his Alumni Data Sheet in his own hand, indicating that he had retired just ten years ago. It was just five years ago, at the age of 95, that the good doctor decided to change careers, becoming an author. Dr. Knobloch published his 339 page autobiography "An American Pediatrician's Odyssey: My Life and Memoirs Composed at Nine Decades." His book was featured in the “By Alumni” section of the Fall 2008 issue of Terp Magazine, and is available for purchase on 20 Winter 2010

Dr. Howard T. Knobloch, ‘33 happily autographs a copy of his autobiography, “An American Pediatrician’s Odyssey: My Life and Memoirs Composed at Nine Decades" (shown below), published when he was just 95 years young. Photo courtesy of Melissa K. Meder

Knobloch’s daughter, Melissa K. Meder, wrote to us saying, “It's really a very interesting book, and discusses in detail the practice of medicine in his time. I thought this book would be just for the family, but he has sold hundreds of copies just in and around the area Bay City, Michigan.” Howard Thomas Knobloch was born in Trafford, Pennsylvania, to Margaret Haines Knobloch, 18, and Howard Harrer Knobloch, 25, a factory worker. One of his first experiences was surviving the flu epidemic of 1917. People were succumbing in 8 to 12 hours and there was no


cure. Half a million died worldwide. He contracted the flu from a playmate, who died, but he "dodged the fateful cannonball.” At high School in Greensburg, PA, he specialized in English, was sports editor of his high school newspaper and participated in the usual teenage high jinks of the 1920s. He entered the University of Maryland at College Park, taking a pre-med course. Brother Knobloch is also partially responsible for the original Testudo. “After the stock market crash of 1929, our class had no money for a class gift.” So the Class of 1933 went to Byrd for his approval to name

alumni profile Dr. Howard T. Knobloch, M.D. Bay City, Michigan Eta Class of 1933 BS, Pre-Medicine ‘33, Maryland PhD, Medicine ‘36, Maryland Retired, Pediatrician - Bay City, Michigan Author: “An American Pediatrician’s Odyssey: My Life and Memoirs Composed at Nine Decades”

an official mascot. With Byrd’s blessing, the class donated the original bronze diamondback terrapin. “It took three days to bring the live turtle up the East Coast for the mold, but it worked out beautifully,” says Knobloch.

He describes the years from 1930 to 2000 as "The Golden Age of Medicine. "Like firemen, we were on call 24 hours a day and

Completing the University of Maryland's Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1935, he interned at the Maryland TB sanitarium at Sabillasville and Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, gaining his M.D. degree in 1936. Deciding to specialize in pediatrics, he interned at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and then the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, and, finally, was chief resident at the James Couzens Children's Hospital, Marquette, Michigan. In his book, Dr. Knobloch doesn't shrink from any subject, including the sexual misdeeds of some frisky physicians, nurses and local socialites through the years. He chronicles desperate medical cases involving his own patients, family, friends, and others. The benefits of common sense medical care are documented and he tells frankly of miraculous recoveries as well as horrible deaths.

the bureaucratic forces that plague many physicians. Dr. Knobloch taught pediatrics to University of Michigan interns at Saginaw hospitals for about 15 years. He was elected Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 1982 and was named "Michigan Pediatrician of the Year" in 1996. The Eta Alumni Association would like to invite all our members to drop Brother Knobloch a note welcoming him to our association and thanking him for his financial contribution to our efforts. His address is: Dr. Howard T. Knobloch, M.D. 4471 Sheffield Place Rm. 504 Bay City, MI 48706

Cover art from Dr. Knobloch’s autobiography.

ready for all medical demands at a moment's notice. As long as we had the bare necessities of life, we were content and did not strive to build up an empire of wealth. Honesty, loyalty, kindness, and faith in human nature were our prime values." However, toward the end of that time his practice dwindled and was increasingly under pressure from

Mark your calendars, Brothers, for Dr. Knobloch will celebrate his 100th Birthday on June 3, 2011.

This article was edited, in part, from the October 7, 2007 article, “Dr. Howard Knobloch, 96, Bay City Pediatrician, Tells All in Memoirs” written by Dave Rogers and published on, as well as several other sources.

Winter 2010



Upcoming Eta Birthdays This is (we think) a pretty complete list of Eta Birthdays coming in the next few months. But, if we don’t have yours, please drop us a line at Stephen Louis Kingston Bryan Michael Tom William Robert Gregory Daniel Albert Thomas Michael Scott Philip John Gregory Warren Ralph Roland Peter Robert Michael Carter Michael Michael Christopher Damon William John R. Steve Jeff David Erik Matthew Donald Andrew Todd Timothy Adam Matthew Jeffrey David Neel Thomas Christopher Cyril Ryan Robert

Klinger Schwartz Kuo Kievit McGown DeBerry Gross Preville Goldstein Hobbs Stultz McAuliffe Lane Peyser Rever Rever, Casey Tripp Tobiassen Shumate Calabrese Gettier Robinson Schwartz Varlotta Albers Sheeler Smith McKinney Sauer, Jr. Nappi Snyder Fitzgerald Schwartz Phelps Graves Lewis Cameron Knowlton Ritchie Smith Smith Bean Waclo Bhattacharjee Morgan LaBonge Childs Wagner Whiteley

22 Winter 2010

Class Yr. 1992 1989 1997 1997 1982 1966 1978 1998 1991 1994 1983 1993 1990 1993 1963 1965 1994 1950 1953 1963 1996 1995 1975 1956 1991 1983 1997 1997 1950 1976 1963 1992 1997 1991 1993 1996 1956 1989 1997 1992 1997 1997 1997 1995 1998 1959 1998 1961 1994 1956

Month 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1


Day 1 1 2 4 4 5 7 7 8 11 12 13 16 17 20 20 22 22 25 28 29 29 29 29 30 31 31 31 2 2 3 4 10 10 12 13 13 14 14 16 16 16 17 17 19 19 22 24 24 24

Nicholas Kevin James Erik David Charles Franklin John Judd Brandon David Charles Michael Christopher Randy John John Manuel Marek Andrew Jason Richard Phillip Harvey Gregory Paul Larry Zachary Scott John Michael Alan Todd David Ernest Glenn John Leonard Jonathan Paul Jeffrey Daniel John Andrew George N. Paul Glenn Jay Carter David

Mirabile Spangler McCormack Swift Gertz Ruppersberger Williams Arena Rossman Wagoner Bourdon Barlow Erdely Sugra Schwartz Manuel Towers Sampedro Jantac Seaman Brafman Schindler Cole Gannon Hunger Wills Lawrence Nestler Costigan Maerz Kautz Feder Hoffman Shirey Wall Hillman Bennett Megby, Jr. Lerner Hansen Woodard Curry Dorsey, Jr. Krucoff Peabody Vij Fezza Jaggard Gibbon Bova Howard

Class Yr. 1986 1991 1992 1996 1994 1996 1992 1985 1993 1983 1977 1959 1997 1991 1996 1996 1962 1996 1995 1994 1994 1990 1961 1969 1997 1996 1992 1997 1993 1992 1999 1992 1982 1991 1958 1994 1994 1964 1992 1952 1998 1986 1958 1994 1985 1998 1995 1986 1995 1997 1996

Month 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Day 25 27 31 2 7 11 11 12 13 13 14 15 15 18 20 21 22 23 25 25 26 2 3 5 5 7 9 9 10 10 11 12 13 13 13 15 17 17 18 20 20 21 21 21 22 22 23 23 24 28 31

HELP US FIND A LOST BROTHER P! L HE 1940 1940 1940 1940 1940 1940 1941 1941 1942 1942 1942 1942 1942 1942 1942 1942 1942 1942 1943 1943 1943 1944 1944 1944 1944 1944 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1948 1950 1950 1950 1951 1951 1951 1952

Donald Fugitt Page Fullington John Lane Charles Parvis Thomas Riley John Wade Hugh Downey Francis Smith Shelton Clemmer John Custis Neal Dow Kenneth Evans Nathan Giles John Harrison Elmer Johnson William Katzenberger Frank Machin George Wannall Donald Kendall Henry Lambert Lloyd Noel James Crammond Howard Gossage William Myers Edward Smith Maurice Wehr Eugen Clark Donald Deitrick Paul Detamble Henry Dierkoph William Donnelly Harry Flook William Nolan Louis Strickland David Thoma David Hill Robert Hutchinson G Schoneberger Arthur Spring Dino Formant John Lipari David Money Herbert Kahler

We have no idea where to look for the Brothers listed below and we need your help. Please scan the list and let us know the best way we can reach them!

1952 1953 1953 1953 1953 1955 1955 1955 1956 1956 1956 1956 1956 1956 1957 1958 1958 1959 1962 1962 1963 1964 1964 1965 1965 1965 1966 1966 1966 1967 1968 1968 1968 1968 1969 1970 1970 1972 1972 1972 1973 1974 1974

William Kennedy Charles Lamb Donald Reilly Neil Walters Albert Wisner George Allenbach, Jr. William Holland Gary Sawyer William Dailey Rudolf Friedericy George Harrison Kenneth Paul John Soltis John Williamson John Thomas Richard Gross Frank Thompson Eddie Simmons Stanley Dangert Richard Vogel R. Nappi David Carpin Stephen Haas John Griffin Robert Knepley Charles Landreau Michael Gregus Glen Hughes Dennis McKoy Daniel Driscoll Terry Anderson Frederick Gawlick George Meyer Vito Seskaunas John Carson Bernie Adams Charles Given James Kirling Kenneth Rollins Ralph Varn Kenneth Kelley Dale Knain William Thompson

1975 1975 1976 1976 1976 1976 1977 1977 1977 1979 1979 1979 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1981 1982 1983 1983 1984 1984 1985 1985 1985 1985 1986 1986 1987 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1989 1990 1990 1991 1992 1992 1992 1993

Alan Heatwole Thomas Omick Curtis Graham Michael Miller Donald Olson Paul Welsh Frank Benvenuto Steven Randal Charles Seaman James Brown G. Thomas Clagett Robert Donahue Ronald Chen Gary Kull Derek Millis Ian Nelson Peter Scalone Paul Miller John Reagan Michael Reed Daniel Rogers David Byers Michael House Charles Harbin Mitchell Rand Samuel Palmer Mitchell Rand Todd Adwar John Hesse Gregory Meyers Scott Austin Robert Cutchen Paul Kelsey Douglas Sherry Nicolas Slenkovich Edward Kinsella John Bolton Sean Maderas Arthur Bryce Adam Butera Brian DuBois Archie Luna Jason Adams Winter 2010

1993 1993 1994 1994 1996 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1998 1999

Dave Rob James Jason David Leo Bryan Todd Brian Jason N. Michael

Masler Saven Allison Choudary Howard Gallagher Kievit Knowlton Parsons Weiner Vij Kautz

If you see a Brother on this list and can provide us with an address, or a phone number, or even an e-mail address, please let us know! You can:  Send an e-mail to, or  Call us at 301-206-5472, or  Drop us a note at 12806 Silverbirch Lane Laurel, MD 20708 If you’d like to volunteer to research these brothers, attempt to learn their whereabouts, and share with us the results of your quest, we’d love to hear from you. Any assistance is greatly appreciated! Thank you!



Upcoming Events Sponsored by the Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa

MARCH 12, 2011*

Founder’s Day / Chartering Event Come Meet the New Eta Brothers Reunite with Alumni Celebrate the Return of Eta to Maryland

* Register your interest via E-Mail ( so you’ll receive Breaking News about this event from the Eta Alumni Association SEPTember 2011

2nd Annual Alumni - Chapter Cookout at the Hoffman Ranch october 2011

Grand Fall Reunion and Maryland vs. ?


Alumni Tailgate and

Alumni Golf Tournament ! STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS !

Be sure to add our E-Mail address ( to your address book and send us a “test” e-mail so you’ll be sure to receive all the Breaking News from the Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa 24 Winter 2010


Answering the Burning Questions of the Day

What does it really take to produce The


Background Music An Organized Workspace

Quality Outdoor Activities

Mass Communications Skills

Exposure to Natural Surroundings

Efficient Use of One’s Time

Generous Alumni Donations A Dedicated Mental Health Support Group Winter 2010



Greek History 101

Who’s Been on the Row? #2 Fraternity Row

Sigma Alpha Mu Pi Kappa Alpha

#1 Fraternity Row

Kappa Alpha

‘60 - ‘00 ‘00 -

#3 Fraternity Row

Delta Tau Delta ‘53 - ‘08 Tau Kappa Epsilon ‘08 -

‘61 -

Did You Know? The inner houses of Fraternity Row (#3 #12) were built in 1952 and occupied in 1953. The outer houses of Fraternity Row (# 1, 2, 13 and 14) were built at various times between 1959 and 1961.

Fraternity Row occupants and dates courtesy of Dr. Drury G. Bagwell and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Fraternity Row aerial courtesy of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and #7 Frat Row line artwork courtesy of Todd Hoffman ‘82.

#14 Fraternity Row

Phi Sigma Delta

‘61 - ‘88

Merger with

Zeta Beta Tau Sigma Chi

26 Winter 2010

‘88 - ‘09 ‘09 -

#13 Fraternity Row

Alpha Epsilon Pi ‘60 - ‘89 Sigma Phi Epsilon ‘89 - ‘00 Zeta Psi ‘00 -


#12 Fraternity Row

Pi Beta Phi Zeta Tau Alpha

‘53 - ‘91 ‘91 -

#4 Fraternity Row

Sigma Alpha Epsilon ‘53 - ‘05 Alpha Epsilon Pi ‘05 -

#5 Fraternity Row

Phi Kappa Sigma Phi Kappa Tau

‘53 - ‘95 ‘95 -

#6 Fraternity Row

Lambda Chi Alpha Delta Upsilon Beta Theta Pi Delta Chi

‘53 - ‘75 ‘75 - ‘90 ‘90 - ‘06 ‘06 -

#7 Fraternity Row

Phi Sigma Kappa ‘53 - ‘01 Lambda Chi Alpha ‘01 -

#8 Fraternity Row

Kappa Alpha Theta ‘53 - ‘93 Pi Kappa Phi ‘93 - ‘04 Sigma Phi Epsilon ‘04 -

#9 Fraternity Row

Gamma Phi Beta Alpha Sigma Phi

‘53 - ‘99 ‘99 -

#10 Fraternity Row

#11 Fraternity Row

Sigma Kappa

‘53 -

Alpha Epsilon Phi ‘53 -

Winter 2010



The One We Lost... by Joseph E. Criscuoli ‘82

A Story of Honor and Sacrifice in Remembrance of Veteran’s Day


A Preface

his article did not start out as a tribute to a solitary member of our fraternity. I was, in truth, originally intent upon preparing a history of the earliest days of the Eta Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa. Through some basic research, an inter-library loan, and a fairly long wait, I came to possess, if for only a few weeks, a copy of "Phi Sigma Kappa: A History - 1873-1923" written by Frank Prentice Rand and published in 1923 by the Council of Phi Sigma Kappa (Amherst, Mass.). Therein I found many interesting tales of the early days of our fraternity, but not quite as much detail as I had hoped to glean about how Eta came to be. In that I have an interest in history, and especially enjoy reading military history, and because this

28 Winter 2010


book covered the period from 1914-1918, I was able to learn about the effect of World War I upon our fraternity, and the number of men that our fraternity sent to fight "the war to end all wars." Of special interest was a table listing all the Chapters of Phi Sigma Kappa and the number of men from each Chapter who participated, were wounded, and who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. In all, the thirty-two chapters of Phi Sigma Kappa in existence at that time reported their total living membership as of November 11, 1918 as 4,970. Of these living members, 2,600, or 52%, had "thrown their hat into the ring" and been in service during World War I. Eta, the seventh chapter to be established, placed ninth in living membership with 221, of which 76 had been in service, and 42 of those

Young Mr. Emory German Horton Hunt Emory was born in Allegheny County, Maryland on September 27, 1882, the son of William Hopper Emory, Jr. and Eleanor "Ellen" Louise (nee Hunt) Emory, and grandson of German H. Hunt, of "Grey Rock," in Baltimore County. It has been just seventeen years since Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox, thus ending the Civil War. Young Master Emory was educated at schools in Baltimore, and at the Hill School, near Pottstown, Pennsylvania and St. Luke's School in Philadelphia. He then entered the law school of the University of Maryland. He joined the Eta Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa, a social fraternity, and became the 51st member to sign the Eta Chapter Roll. He was characterized as a carefree student while at law school, but studied hard and with tremendous selfdiscipline. He would not hesitate to work all night, yet did not complain about his workload. He was perhaps the youngest person in his class, and as such was full of pranks. Fun to be with, he seemed to be enjoying life immensely. Graduating from the University of Maryland earlier than others, he was forced to wait until his twenty-first birthday to be admitted to the bar in 1903. 76, or 55%, had been commissioned as officers. However, the last number on this chart associated with Eta gave me reason to pause. That number was "1" - representing the number of deaths from our chapter during The Great War. Checking another appendix in the book, I was able to identify the name of the Eta brother killed in action: German H. H. Emory, who held the rank of Major with the 320th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, of the American Expeditionary Forces and who received the Distinguished Service Cross for his exploits in battle. I wanted to learn more about Major Emory, and in so doing I learned a few things about duty, honor, sacrifice, and brotherhood beyond a collegiate setting. I also wanted to pursue this story because Brother Emory was, from the standpoint of World War I, "The One We Lost."

Emory began the practice of law with the firm of Slingluff & Slingluff from 1903 to 1906, moving to private practice from 1906 to 1907. A friend remarked that Emory was the only young lawyer to start his practice by actually reading the Maryland Code, cover to cover, and making copious notes. Emory married Lucy Imogen Stump on June 15, 1907 in Baltimore. Lucy was also from Baltimore County, just five months his junior in age, and within her family known by her nickname Dodi (pronounced "Doh-dee"). In 1908, Emory became a principal in the law firm of Johnson, Emory, Olmstead and Cator, and it was during this time, in 1910, that he also served as Assistant City Solicitor for Baltimore City, serving under Edgar Allan Poe. Winter 2010



October 25, 1915, German and Lucy had a third son, and promptly named him Morris Soper Emory, after the father's close personal friend, former partner, and Chief Judge of the Supreme Bench. Brother Emory's legal work was exemplary. Chief Judge, and college friend, Samuel K. Dennis said, "Emory was an especially gifted lawyer. Ready, suave, cool, democratic and magnetic, he captured courts and juries, made converts to his cause. He built up a following of influential clients who trusted his great good judgment and ability" in every way. "He was considered one of the best trial lawyers in the city. While he was rapidly climbing the ladder of success, he never forgot his less fortunate brothers at the bar, and often lent a helping hand to aid the younger and less experienced men in their work." Brother Emory was offered the Democratic nomination for Judge of the Supreme Court in 1917. He had entertained for several years an ambition to go on the bench, but he declined to become a candidate, stating to the lawyers who called on him to offer political support that he expected to enter the Army. It was at that time that he had applied for acceptance to the first Officers' Camp at Fort Myer, in order to participate in the training that would take him to a position of leadership in the United States Army. German H. H. Emory, Jr. with his Father, Eta Brother, and soon to be Major, German Horton Hunt Emory.

The 1910 Maryland Census lists the Emory home address as 104 W. Eager Street in the City of Baltimore. This is where he and Lucy, both 27 years of age, would encounter the first of three blessed events. On the 7th of December, Lucy would give birth to their first child, a boy, whom they named German Horton Hunt Emory, Jr. In 1911, Emory formed a partnership with Morris A. Soper, who would soon become the Chief Judge of the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City. When Judge Soper ascended to the bench in 1913, Emory made the final change of employers in his legal career, becoming a member of the firm of Frank, Emory & Beeuwkes. On August 20, 1913, Lucy brought forth a second son, whom the proud parents named Richard Woollen Emory. And on 30 Winter 2010


The question is often raised as to why Emory entered into the military service of his country. His prospects in life being so very high, his offer to volunteer seemed that much more remarkable. He entered the camp against the advice, and against the protests, of many of his friends who offered that a married man with a family had no obligation to join the service; that his service to country, in the form of his legal expertise, was more valuable to the war effort than his candidacy as an untrained and untested soldier. But, he was a strong advocate of America's entrance into the war, and he could not himself shirk what he had been urging others to do. It was reported that, in April of 1917, when Congress had filibustered over the question of whether to go to war, Emory left Baltimore for Washington, D.C at two o'clock in the morning to be on hand. He was present at the Capitol when President Wilson went to Congress to ask for a declaration of war. Emory contended that it was his duty to fight for the principles that he upheld, and he was one of the first Marylanders to volunteer. Captain Thomas H. Westlake, of Cleveland, said, "Emory had something unusual in him because of the fact that he had volunteered at the age of almost 40, with a wife and three children dependant upon him." In an address honoring members of the Baltimore Bar who had lost their lives in World War I, Judge Dennis said, "It was not without an inward struggle that he yielded to his conception to the call of duty. Notwithstanding he was beyond the normal military age and was exempt from the draft, early he sought the training camp; exiled himself from

his happy domestic life and congenial professional career to live the bleak, untried life of a soldier. I know the decision cost him many heartaches, real travail of the soul.� These are indeed admirable words, intended to try and explain why this particular individual chose to enter this particularly horrible war. However, we can perhaps best understand the mindset of Brother Emory if we take a moment to read his own words: "My country was my idol! To it I sacrificed every selfish, every endearing sentiment."

On To Camp While at Fort Myer, Emory acted as a correspondent for the Baltimore Sun. His series of articles, entitled "Reports from a Rookie" and carrying his byline, appeared from time to time in the Sun, and explained many details of camp life and the rigors of military training of the day. In his first such report, published on May 19, 1917, Emory wrote, "One coming to camp is struck, instantly, by the type of men Uncle Sam has taken under his care for the next three months, and to whom he will entrust the training of the first army of 500,000. There are quite a number of men between the ages of 30 and 40, but the great majority are from 20 to 30. They are all fine, upstanding fellows, and most of them have had college educations. Many of the men are married and many were doing well in civil life before coming here. They fully appreciated what it would mean for a man to leave his family, friends and business for an indefinite period, and it makes a fellow feel proud of being an American when he glances about and thinks for a Winter 2010



moment of the sacrifices voluntarily assumed by the 2,500 men here and the 38,000 men at the other training camps. I was wondering, at first, why it was that these men deserted their other obligations and assumed their present tasks. I have talked on the subject with a number of the men, and I believe that President Wilson, in his war message of April 2, stated the reason as exactly as it can be stated, when he said: 'To such a task we can dedicate our lives and our fortunes; everything that we are and everything that we have, with the pride of those who know that the day has come when America is privileged to spend her blood and her might for the principles that gave her birth and happiness and the liberty which she has treasured. God helping her, she can do no other.' And America can rest content with the knowledge that these Americans, God helping them, will sacrifice everything to uphold these principles to the bitter, bitter, end." 32 Winter 2010


On May 26th, in his second report, Emory wrote, "The men now know that this country will immediately begin to play a man's part in the war; that our present assistance to the Allies will be not merely money and munitions, but troops, standing shoulder to shoulder with the armies of France and England. These are not the kind of men who want to fight. They have passed the stage at which warfare appears as the authors of romantic warfare stories set it down. No; these men do not see war that way they see it as war is, grim and horrible: and, fully realizing this, when the call came they offered their services and themselves, for they are the kind who just could not stay at home at such a time." Major Emory was one of the few men who came out of the first officers' training camp with the rank of Captain. He was subsequently ordered to Camp Lee, Virginia, where he spent nearly a year. Mrs. Emory and their three children joined him, renting an apartment in Petersburg. While at Camp Lee, the

family celebrated Lucy's 36th birthday on February 26th. On March 7th, just nine days later, Captain Emory was promoted to Major and placed in command of the Third Battalion, 320th Infantry Regiment, attached to the 80th Division of the American Expeditionary Forces. Two months later, on May 17 1918, the 80th began to leave Camp Lee, heading for Newport News, Virginia and embarkation. When troops were being rushed to France, the 23,000 soldiers of the 80th Division were sent "over there," arriving in St. Nazaire, Bordeaux and Brest on June 8, 1918.

Over There The assembly point for the division was Calais, from which it departed early in June for training with the British Army in Artois and Picardy, France, and subsequently participated in the initial phases of the Somme Offensive. From there, 80th Division troops were abruptly moved to St. Mihiel for the first American Army offensive, serving under General John J. "Blackjack" Pershing. General Pershing praised the actions of the 80th Division for having gained all of their battle objectives. General Cronkhite, in command of the 80th, recognized his men with the statement,

80th Division, American Expeditionary Forces The 80th Division was first organized on August 5, 1917 in the National Army and headquartered at Camp Lee (now known as Fort Lee), in Petersburg, Virginia. The Division was originally comprised of men mostly from Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, and West Virginia. The 80th became known as the "Blue Ridge Division," a nickname chosen out of respect for the mountains from which the men had come, by Maj. Gen. Adelbert Cronkhite, U.S. Army, (right) who commanded the division beginning on September 9, 1917. The unit's distinctive insignia (above) was adopted in 1918 and consists of three stylized blue mountain peaks, representing the Blue Ridge Mountains in Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, with a gold underline. The Division also adopted the Latin Motto, "Vis Montium" or "Strength of the Mountains." In World War I, the 80th Division reached full strength with 23,000 soldiers. “The Division of Unique Distinction� - never failed to gain its objective. It was the only A.E.F. Division called upon three times in the great Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

The 80th was ranked first of all National Army Divisions by the War Department. It always led and captured two Huns for every man wounded. The 80th accomplished results of vast importance to the success of the general operations with a far smaller percentage of casualties than any other division engaged. The Division was comprised of four infantry regiments (317th, 318th, 319th, and 320th), three field artillery battalions, three machine gun battalions (313th, 314th, 315th, respectively) and several units reporting to the Engineer battalions served in the Division, under the 159th and 160th Brigades, 155th Field Artillery Regiment and 305th Engineers. Men of the 80th Division received 619 awards and decorations, including 42 Distinguished Service Crosses. The Division suffered 1,232 battle deaths and 5,622 were wounded in action. Only 101 men of the Division were taken as prisoners. Campaign streamers were authorized for Picardy, the Somme Offensive, Lorraine, and Meuse-Argonne. The 80th Division returned to the United States in May 1919, and the Division was demobilized in June 1919 at Camp Sherman, Ohio.

Winter 2010



suggestion. This required real nerve to face an old army colonel who could have had him removed, but he did it and won the point. Emory was a real soldier. He hated more than anything else, however, to be away from his wife and children." On September 29th the 80th Division was relieved and assembled in the vicinity of Cuisy, where on October 4th it again attacked, and over difficult ground attained a distance of four kilometers in nine days. During this action, Major Emory was notable in assisting his men, shoulder-to-shoulder, in digging trenches so infamous and well known in

General John J. “Blackjack� Pershing, U. S. Army

"The 80th Only Moves Forward", the motto that has been carried with the Division since 1918. Commencing September 14th, the division moved into the infamous Argonne region and began its preparations for the offensive in that region during the period September 26th through November 11th. One day before Major Emory's birthday, in conjunction with other American divisions, the 80th attacked at Bethincourt, advancing through the hell that was trench warefare a distance of nine kilometers in two days. Major Emory received the American Expeditionary Forces Citation for Gallantry in Action, for rallying the men of the 320th Regiment under terrific machine gun fire in action in the Bois des Ogons, France on September 26, 1918. Emory was a staunch advocate for his men, and may have used his legal experience more than once while at the front. Captain Westlake said, "German Emory deliberately told his superiors time and again that his men were not fit, because of fatigue and hunger, to make further attacks in the early advance in Meuse-Argonne and practically refused to do so. Of course, he did not literally refuse, but his commanding officer knew his worth and his love for his men and acceded more than once to his 34 Winter 2010


this war. On October 7th, Emory outfoxed an aerial assault on his Battalion. Edward C. Lukens, a Lieutenant with the Third Battalion of the 320th Regiment, in his book "A Blue Ridge Memoir", wrote, "Approaching the edge of Bois des Ogons, the battalion took cover in shell holes for a few minutes while the Boche (Germans) shelled the woods." Enemy aircraft "had evidently seen us reach the woods and thought we were going

At Thiacourt, the U.S. Army troops began using Springfield and Browning Automatic Rifles. Prior to that, British Enfields and French Cha Chat automatics had been used. With barely three weeks training with the newer rifles, the 80th troops were thrust into the third and final phase of the Meuse Argonne Offensive. The 80th Division was the only one that saw action during each phase of that offensive.

The Omnibus is Full

through it, for a perfect hail of shells landed among the trees ahead of us. Major Emory fooled them and saved his men by waiting until the worst of it was over before he started" out from the woods. On October 12th the division was again relieved and proceeded by march and bus to the Thiaucourt area where it was re-equipped. During this short respite, writes Lukens, "an order came down from divisional Headquarters that each battalion should hold a memorial service for its dead. Naturally, in most cases these were conducted by the Chaplains, but our Battalion chaplain was in a Base Hospital with a shell wound received in the Bois des Ogons action, while the Regimental Chaplain was struggling to stay out of the hospital in the face of combination of a touch of (poison) gas and a touch of influenza. Major Emory conducted the service himself, and the rough wooden shack that served as the chapel "was more crowded than it would have been for any chaplain in the world. The Major arose to speak, simple and dignified, without a trace of sanctimoniousness or of apology. 'Killed in Action' was his text and in beautiful and eloquent language he showed us the glory of such an epitaph above all others that man could earn or his friends could write for him. He spoke out clearly and frankly what every man of us held deep but vague in his heart - the eternal things for which we were fighting and living and (some of us) dying, the things that we all knew in our hearts were the real things and his tone was not that of mourning but rather almost of envy of the men whose lives had come to such a glorious climax."

On October 29th, Emory's Regiment entered the line at St. Georges-St. Juvin and began preparation for what would be it's last assault on the German lines. E. McClure Rouzer, adjutant to, and close friend of, Major Emory added a chapter to Lukens book entitled "Death of Major G. H. H. Emory." giving great details of the last days of his commander. "We knew enough of the general situation to realize that we were about to take part in an attack of the greatest magnitude and importance," wrote Rouzer." The attack, designed to eliminate the German lines of communication by capturing the railroad from Metz through Sedan was designed to force the enemy to withdraw from France. "Major Emory had already reconnoitered the ground and his report was far from encouraging." A sizable day-long pre-attack artillery barrage was impossible because Allied outposts were too close to the German lines. The 3rd Regiment, because of heavy losses, was already handicapped to meet their objectives, and the lack of artillery would not make this attack any easier. On the evening of October 30th, the Germans gave indication that they were aware of the coming onslaught by conducting an all-night artillery barrage, the likes of which the Americans had never seen. On October 31st, Emory learned that the attack had been scheduled for 5:50 a.m. on the following day, November 1st. At 11:30 p.m. on the evening of the 31st, Major Emory moved out with the battalion to take up their positions for the "jumping off" point along the St. Juvin-St. Georges road. At 1:45 a.m. on November 1st, Emory signaled back to Regimental Headquarters, "The Omnibus is Full" - the signal that the Battalion was in position. At 3:30 a.m. the Allied artillery barrage began, answered almost immediately by an enemy counter-barrage, reported later as the heaviest in all of the war. A slight cessation of the barrage, at 4:30 a.m., was accompanied by Winter 2010



word that the Germans were advancing. The order to fix Bayonets was given and tensions were at a fever pitch. Rouzer wrote, "Notwithstanding the shells that were falling all around, the Major went up and down the road encouraging the men and keeping up the morale. It was a wonderful example of bravery and coolness." As the barrage lifted, and the clock showed 5:30 a.m., the time for the ground assault had come.

Armistice The most notable armistice in history was on November 11, 1918. It is the one which is still meant when people in Europe say simply "The Armistice." It is the armistice at the end of World War I, signed near Compiègne, France, that went into effect at the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month." `Armistice Day is still celebrated in many countries on the anniversary of that armistice. In the United States of America, November 11 is observed as Veterans' Day. Ten days earlier, in the early morning hours of November 1st, the 80th Division had begun an attack on the St. Georges-St. Juvin line. During the next five days they would penetrate a distance of twenty -four kilometers, and were relieved on the morning of November 6th. The men of the 320th Regiment would see no further fighting.

But in the Argonne Forest outside Romagne, France, at 8:15 in the morning on November 1, 1918, just ten days before the Armistice, and just five days before the 320th Regiment would be relieved, Major German H. H. Emory died of machine gun wounds sustained while directing his battalion in their role as the assaulting unit in an attack that ultimately ended the war. After advancing to the north slope of the Ravine Aux Pierres, through heavy machine-gun and shell fire, Major Emory's battalion was held up by a very intense machine-gun fire. Rouzer wrote, "The Major realized the importance of the attack, and was very restive over the hold-up. He personally directed the fight and was constantly exposing himself to machine gun and artillery fire. Time after time I begged him to keep down, but he showed an utter disregard for his own safety, and went from one part of the line to another while under direct enemy fire. At about 8:15 a.m. we were in a shell hole on the crest of the north slope talking over the situation. Major Emory's whole thought was to advance. He started toward the tight of the line. I followed, to beg him to keep down. He had gone only a few yards when I saw him fall. I rushed to him and lifted his head. He murmured, 'My heart...' and became unconscious. He did not move or speak again." Some time later, Judge Dennis recalled, "Think of it; only ten days before the Armistice and safety! It seemed impossible then, still seems impossible, that any civilization should survive even until now that tolerates such martyrdom."

Epilogue Major German H. H. Emory was buried in a little courtyard in the demolished town of St. Juvin; a small wooden cross with his name, rank, regiment and date of death marking his resting place. At the time of his death, Major Emory was just 36 years old. He was survived by his mother; brothers William H. Emory, Jr., John Brooks Emory, and sisters Laura Hunt Emory, Mrs. William Westervelt, and Mrs. S. Proctor Brady. His wife, Miss Lucy S. Stump, survived him, as did their three children, German H. H. Emory, Jr., age 7, Richard Woollen Emory, age 4, and Morris Soper Emory, just 2 years old. 36 Winter 2010


record of Maryland's superb contribution to the war Upon hearing the news of the death of Major in which our hero gave up his life." Emory, the Baltimore Courts adjourned out of respect to his memory. One On January 8, 1919, the Suof Baltimore's most promispreme Bench of Baltimore ing sons had passed and "all held memorial proceedings who knew him gloried at the for Baltimore lawyers killed manner in which he gave up in the war. Speaking about his life." Letters and tributes Major Emory was Albert Cato Major Emory from across bell Ritchie, at that time the the city arrived at desks of Attorney General of the State The Baltimore Sun. In the of Maryland. He said, in part, November 21st edition, the "On that morning his battalExecutive Committee of the ion was the assaulting unit in Baltimore Canned Goods the drive which ended the Exchange wrote, "And now war. They went over top to our unwilling ears comes shortly after half past five the news of his death upon and for hours were subjected the field of battle. Strange to heavy artillery and maemotions move us - emotions chine gun barrage from the of pity for his dear ones so enemy. Major Emory, as severely stricken, not unusual, was always in the front mixed with emotions of loftiline, directing the attack, ralest admiration for the splenlying and encouraging his did American soldier whose men, as only an officer brave life and whose death were and beloved by them could faithful to the noblest of our do. At a quarter past eight a native traditions. Dying, Mamachine gun bullet passed jor Emory, patriot and solthrough is heart, and thus he dier, leaves behind him the died." heritage of a name whose Major German H. H. Emory, U. S. Army luster will remain undimmed 3rd Battalion, 320th Infantry Regiment, 80th One year and six days followduring long years to come Division, American Expeditionary Forces ing this solemn occasion, and which will enrich the

Winter 2010



The Order of St. Sava, bestowed upon Major Emory by the Royal Family of Serbia.

38 Winter 2010


Albert Cabell Ritchie would be sworn in as the 49th Governor of Maryland, a post he would hold for fifteen years, winning re-election three times. During his fourth and final term as Governor, a sports facility, the Ritchie Coliseum, would be dedicated in his honor on the campus of the University of Maryland at College Park. The United States had declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. On April 13th, the Secretaries of State, War, and the Navy jointly wrote President Wilson that "There is a steadily developing need for some authoritative agency to assure the publication of all the vital facts of national defense. It is our opinion that the two functions of censorship and publicity can be joined in honesty and with profit, and we recommend the creation of a Committee on Public Information. On April 14th, President Wilson created the Committee on Public Information (CPI), and on May 10, 1917, the CPI published the first issue of "Official Bulletin." The Bulletin printed the names of all war casualties and all service people receiving decorations, every communiquÊ issued by Gen. Pershing, the U.S. commander in France, every Federal paper, proclamation, executive order, and all statements and pronouncements and addresses by the President as well as other important announcements of government department of importance to the war effort. The Official Bulletin’s title was changed to "Official U.S. Bulletin" in August 1918; it appeared daily Monday through Saturday in tabloid format, and each issue contained from eight to thirty pages. On March 20, 1919, The "Official U.S. Bulletin," presented a listing of Americans under the headline, "Soldiers Honored by Pershing for Heroism." On page 25, among the names listed was that of Major German H. H. Emory. Major Emory had been awarded the Distingushed Service Cross for his actions of November 1, 1918.

From the War Department, and pursuant to General Orders No. 27 (1919), the citation reads: "The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Major (Infantry) German H. H. Emory, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with the 3rd Battalion, 320th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, American Expeditionary Forces, near Sommerance, France, on 1 November 1918. On the morning of November 1st, 1918, the 3rd Battalion, 320th Infantry had advanced under heavy enemy artillery and machine gun fire to the north slope of the Ravine Aux Pierres, north of the St. Juvin-St. Georges road. The crest of the slope was being swept with a murderous machine gun fire and the advance of the battalion was momentarily checked. Without care for his personal safety and inspired only by the thought that his battalion must go forward, Major Emory, though exposed to direct machine gun fire and in plain view of the enemy, calmly moved back and forth along his whole front, encouraging his troops and personally directing the attack. While thus engaged, he was unfortunately killed. By his magnificent example of coolness and bravery, he so encouraged and inspired the men of his command that they held this very exposed position and finally succeeded in overcoming the enemy resistance." By 1920, the Maryland Census indicates that the Emory family had relocated to 48 W. Biddle Street in Baltimore. Lucy, his widow, now 37, was joined by her sisters, Mary, 32, and Martha, 25, and their mother, Nannie Howland (Woolen) Stump, in the care of the three young Emory boys. It is possible that, on August 25, 1920, these seven members of the Emory family were present, along with an artist by the name of Thomas Cromwell Corner, for the unveiling of a portrait entitled "Major German Horton Hunt Emory, Esq. (1882-1918)." The painting, executed in oil on canvas and measuring Winter 2010



50" wide and 76" tall, was commissioned by the Baltimore Bar Association and donated to the Baltimore City Circuit Court At the time of the unveiling, Corner was also a Trustee of The Baltimore Museum of Art, a post he held from its inception in 1914 until his death in 1938. Born in 1882, Corner was the same age as the subject of his painting. Educated at Baltimore City College, Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, the Art Students League in New York, and the AcadĂŠmie Julian, Paris, Corner was known for his portraiture and works in still life, and had been commissioned to paint many luminaries of the Maryland Bar. The Baltimore City Circuit Court and the Baltimore Bar Library Art Collection in Connection with the Maryland State Archives maintains twenty of Corner's works; another seven can be found in Annapolis. It is indeed fortunate that the time spent in France by the 320th has been appropriately documented in great detail. In 1922 the book "A Blue Ridge Memoir" was published, detailing the exploits of the 320th in the Great War. The author, Edward C. Lukens, a Lieutenant with the 320th, dedicated his book: "To the inspiring memory of that fearless soldier and splendid man who fell leading his battalion against the enemy at St. Juvin, France, on November first nineteen hundred and eighteen, German Horton Hunt Emory, Major, Three Hundred and Twenty-first Infantry, this book is affectionately dedicated." Brother Emory may have fallen in the Great War, but he would not soon be forgotten. In the Fall of 1978, The Maryland Bar Journal published the ninth and last in a series of articles penned by H. H. 40 Winter 2010


Walter Lewis, then known as Baltimore's favorite living historian, entitled "Roundtable Reminiscences. " In the series Lewis sought not to eulogize but rather to provide "a picture of the lawyers who make up so significant a part of the history of Maryland's legal community." Lewis, quoting Governor-tobe Ritchie, wrote, "We feel a solemn pride in what he was and what he would have been. The memory of the sweetness of his character, which drew men to him, and the example of the sacrifice he made, must we know make our lives better. But most of all, today, we miss him." In 1978, Maryland had existed for 349 years, and Brother Emory was one of just nine outstanding lawyers to be profiled in a publication whose readership was comprised almost exclusively of other lawyers. The body of German Horton Hunt Emory, Major, 3rd Battalion, 320th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, American Expeditionary Forces, was moved from St. Juvin and now rests in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, also known as the Argonne American Cemetery, with 14,816 of his fellow soldiers of the United States of America. He is the only member of the Eta Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa to claim this hallowed ground as his final resting place.

Acknowledgments We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Mrs. Lucy Emory Ambach, daughter of German H. H. Emory, Jr., and granddaughter of Major Emory, for she provided a great deal of research material as well as published works and photos which were used in the preparation of this story. From the time of the initial telephone conversation through the review of the final draft, she was cordial, patient, and encouraging. In one of the many e-mails exchanged with Mrs. Ambach, she wrote: "As I reread tributes to my grandfather, I think you will be happy to claim him as your fraternity brother." No truer words have been written. Brothers who may wish to write to Mrs. Ambach may address her c/o Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa, 12806 Silverbirch Lane, Laurel, MD 20708 and we will see that your message is forwarded. The alumni association would like to dedicate this article to the memory of Major German H. H. Emory, to Mrs. Lucy Emory Ambach, and to his descendants and members of his extended family, especially Aubrey Emory, granddaughter of Richard W. Emory, Major Emory’s second son and great granddaughter of Major Emory, who assisted with this article. We would also like to dedicate this article to all our veterans: Brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa, family members, and friends, who have served our country in times of war and in times of peace. The sacrifices that our veterans have made are incalculable, and our appreciation for their efforts on our behalf are unwavering.

The World War I Memorial in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Army, for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force. Actions that merit the DSC must be of such a high degree to be above those required for all other U.S. combat decorations. The Distinguished Service Cross is equivalent to the Navy Cross (Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) and the Air Force Cross (Air Force). During World War I, 6,309 awards of the DSC were made to 6,185 recipients. Several dozen Army soldiers, as well as eight Marines and two French Army officers, received two Distinguished Service Crosses. A handful, mostly aviators, were decorated three or more times. Eddie Rickenbacker, the top U.S. ace of the war, was awarded a record eight Distinguished Service Crosses, one of which was later upgraded to the Medal of Honor, while flying with the 94th Aero Squadron. Two recipients of the DSC during World War I went on to earn the Medal of Honor in WW2 – Major Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. of the 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, son of the former President, and Douglas MacArthur. Other recipients of the DSC in World War I who went on to acclaim in World War II include George S. Patton, Jr. and Carl Spaatz. Winter 2010



Eta Colony in Action Jared Lindenberg, Jon Lee, Marcus Hobson, Nathan Blaker, and Mark Matovich at Bowling and Pool rush event in the Terp Zone. Jay Gobeil outside PSK HQ where one day he will reign.

Ryan Kief, Nathan Blaker, and Mark Matovich grilling up some burgers at a “Cigars and BBQ” rush event.

Nathan Blaker and Jay Gobeil outside PSK HQ.

Roshan Shah, Jay Gobeil, & Mark Matovich inside PSK Int’l HQ.

Chris Monteil, Jon Shover, Cam Vollmuth, Jay Gobeil, Garrett Lewis, Dom Cercone, and Gavin Bedell at the Maryland vs. West Virginia at WVU..

Gavin Bedell (L), and Dom Cercone (R) spotting a weightlifter as part of the Eta Colony’s support of the Special Olympics.

Garret Lewis, Gavin Bedell, Jon Shover, & Cam Vollmuth at the UM vs. Navy football game. Jon Shover, Cam Vollmuth, Chris Monteil, Andrew Roberts, Gavin Bedell, Jay Gobeil, Zach Gorrell, and Dom Cercone at the Special Olympics.

42 Winter 2010




by Jay Gobeil


Phi Sig got off to a slow start; we had small numhen I joined Phi Sigma Kappa, I bers, uninspiring passion, and internal struggles. At thought that I had a pretty good idea times, members felt like they were without purpose of what leadership is. If you had or inspiration, and the fraternity felt like a chore. I asked me, I probably would have had been president for only a few months, and I was responded with something like “a good leader needs feeling burnt out. “What the hell is wrong with to be large and in charge.” In America, we have me?” I thought. As we continued to stagnate in been inundated with this vision of a “heroic leader.” numbers during my first semester as In so many movies, a heroic lonepresident, I saw my iconic vision of wolf figure single handedly saves the myself torn to pieces. I was no world from total domination and/or longer a “heroic leader.” Hell, I was destruction. For this reason, we have The Eta Colony having trouble calling myself a been trained to count on leaders to leader at all. I knew that changes save us, to care for us, and to provide has so many needed to be made, and that I needed for us. We have come to glorify leaddifferent examples to change as a leader. ers in their own right for their perceived influence upon others and soof leadership My first semester as President of Phi ciety. My experience with Phi Sigma because it has so Sig was valuable because it gave me Kappa has taught me that this veran example of what leadership is not. sion of a heroic leader is 100% false, many different Leadership is not about creating an and that a truly great leader makes leaders. iconic vision of the self, glorifying the people around him greater than individual accomplishments, or behimself. A great leader is a servant ing a hero. Leadership is not about leader. going it alone, and being a savior. Leadership is about helping to make consistent imI was appointed as president of Phi Sigma Kappa provements in the people you lead. As a leader, one literally two days after I joined. I was pretty excited must serve his constituents, and not the other way to run the show! I had visions of the glory that I around. I credit my brothers for having taught me would almost single-handedly lead Phi Sig to, and I this important lesson. When they were given ownerthought of myself as the lone-wolf hero saving the ship of the fraternity, great things started to happen. world and getting the girl. I tried to do every job, As more and more brothers felt involved and exevery task, and everything by myself. Delegation cited about the fraternity, our numbers began to inwas not a word in my vocabulary, and I viewed othcrease, and we started accomplishing more. My fraers as merely part of the organization that I was ternity brothers took the challenge of starting a frabuilding. I had no real passion for Phi Sig or for my ternity, and they ran with it. My group of guys are brothers, and I was treating it just like another stutruly a group of OUTSTANDING young men. Abdent organization. (continued on page 44) solutely outstanding! Winter 2010



STATE OF THE COLONY (cont. from page 43)

Being the Colony President requires a variety of skills that Jay Gobeil possesses, and then some...

Their work ethic, passion, and sense of brotherhood makes my job as President very easy. I believe that I have the easiest job in the fraternity, bar-none. My Brothers step up when they need to the most. One person has not lead this organization to the point where we are today, it has been the teamwork of this organization that has gotten us to this point. We are a team, and we work as a team. The Eta Colony has so many different examples of leadership because it has so many different leaders. For example, when the colony decided that it needed to start a fundraising effort to help support a major philanthropy event, Jon Shover stepped up with a brilliant idea: sell buttons with witty slogans at football games for a dollar. Jon has done a superb job organizing, administering, and executing the button sales. Through his leadership, we have raised over 1,200 dollars for philanthropy, and we aren’t stopping there either! Another great example of leadership in our ranks is our chartering chair Andrew Roberts. Andrew was the major player in putting together our petition to charter. Andrew set deadlines, delegated tasks to brothers, and held brothers (including myself) accountable. He spent countless hours working to make our document the best that it could be. Andrew did such an outstanding job that our document was credited by the Grand Council as being one of the best ever submitted. On November 4, 2010 we were unanimously approved by the Grand Council of Phi Sigma Kappa to receive our Charter!!! Phi Sig at Maryland has just begun its journey, and we have a lot left to accomplish. We recently presented for IFC recognition, and we continue to recruit more talented leaders. It is important that this group at Maryland keep its vision in mind, and keep moving forward. We are not going to fall victim to the “PostChartering Blues.” I am 110% confident that the same leadership and teamwork that contributed to attaining our goal to obtain a Charter will pay us back ten-fold in our efforts to create one of the top fraternities on campus. I am DAMN PROUD to be a member of the Eta Colony at the University of Maryland, and I am DAMN PROUD of the big things that this group will accomplish on campus for years to come! 44 Winter 2010


Lead...the Colony in meeting throngs on alumni (at the Alumni Tailgate with Alumni President Joe Criscuoli ’82).

Persuade...the alumni for added funding (at the Alumni Tailgate with Alumni Treasurer Peter Della-Croce ‘99 and Chapter Advisor Chris McBeth ‘03.

Smile...even though you may be the last to get ice cream (at the Alumni-Colony Cookout with Colony V.P. Adam Elbaz).


From the Fundraising Chair

Button, Button, Who’s Got the Buttons?


t the end of the 2010 spring semester, the Eta Colony found itself with twice the number of members as the previous semester and very high expectations for the upcoming year. We planned many events for recruiting, philanthropy, and to build brotherhood. There is no doubt we had the numbers and spirit to do anything we put our minds to, but there is one thing we needed more of: money. To date the colony had never held a fundraiser simply because we didn’t need one. However, with high hopes of philanthropy and successful recruiting events, we knew a fundraiser was needed sooner rather than later.

by Jonathan Shover

With the first home game against the Morgan State Bears just over a week away, we had to come up with something fast to avoid missing out on this opportunity. Garrett Lewis, our Brotherhood Chairman and a fellow native of Central Pennsylvania, reminded me of how popular the slogan buttons were at Penn State games. Sure PSU sold the buttons in much more credible ways than a group of guys selling out of their pockets, but we recognized the opportunity and decided to roll with it. I brought up the idea in meeting and everyone seemed to be on board. Later that night I started searching online for a website where I could order buttons. I decided on PureButtons and quickly designed the first button using Microsoft Paint and a simple slogan - “Knock the Bears Back into Hibernation” - developed by our Secretary, Dom Cercone. The next day we went to place the order and some brothers started having second thoughts after seeing the price tag. Especially because at that point we realized we had to pay even more for rush delivery in order to get them in time for the game. Several brothers feared we wouldn’t be able to sell them and that it was a waste of money. After some convincing, we decided there was only one way to find out and placed the order for our first 500 buttons. I’ll admit after hearing some brother’s concerns even I started thinking “damn if this doesn’t work, will I owe the frat $200?” However, by the time the order was placed we all confidently agreed we could at least recoup our investment on Saturday.

“...if this doesn’t work, will I owe the frat two hundred bucks?”

When I was first appointed as our fundraising chairman, I had only been a member for a few weeks and was somewhat uncertain of what exactly it would entail. The job description became pretty clear when Nathan Blaker, our Recruitment Chairman, looked over at me and, while laughing, said, “Your job is to make us money.” I was also informed that we did not currently have a fundraiser in place so I knew we had some room for improvement. The only two things I wanted was something that would work and, more so, something that would set us apart from everyone else. The idea started by identifying the easiest place and time to make money. We asked ourselves, “What are people excited about, where is the largest consumer base, and when are the most brothers available?” Given the time of year, all these questions lead us to the same answer: football games.

(continued on page 46 Winter 2010



Button, Button... (cont. from page 45)

Soon enough it was Saturday and we decided to meet at Byrd Stadium a few hours before kickoff. We had no fancy sign or table, in fact, all we had was ten pairs of legs and a box full of buttons. What took place in those next two hours may have been the most unorganized fundraiser in the history of Greek life. Brothers were splitting up into groups and selling buttons out of their pockets at tailgate after tailgate. On that hot afternoon we learned two things about selling buttons: it’s not the most fun pregame activity, but and more importantly, it works. We were able to sell 400 buttons the first game. Given the lack of organization, and the fact we were playing a team nobody had even heard of, we considered this a huge success. We decided to continue ordering buttons for the upcoming games. Our success from week one was still visible the following week as some of us traveled to WVU for the next game. While standing in the Fundraising Breakthrough or Good Luck Charms? visiting fan section, we noticed a few The Maryland Terrapins football team won each game alumni were wearing our button from the week before. The buttons instantly where buttons were sold by members of the Eta Colony became a favorite among alumni and were definitely helping to set us apart from other fraternity’s fundraisers. In later weeks, we heard fans refer to us as “the button guys” and a woman comment to her husband, “Here comes PSK with the buttons. Honey, give me a dollar.” As the season went on, we became much more comfortable with selling buttons and our strategy became more and more efficient. For the larger games we decided to order 750 buttons instead of 500. With more participants we were able to cover more ground in less time. We collectively decided to not sell buttons for the last two home games because we all wanted a week to tailgate and because of the Thanksgiving holiday. However, in only four games, two of which were non-conference games, we were able to sell exactly 1,953 buttons. Our total expenses for this fundraiser came out to $830 which means we were able to earn an overall profit of $1,123 in only four weeks. The value of this fundraiser extends beyond the financial rewards as many Maryland fans now know the “button guys” as a group of respectable young 46 Winter 2010


men. As our numbers continue to grow and we approach upcoming seasons with even better strategies, this fundraiser will become more efficient and one of Phi Sig’s distinguished marks on the University. Damn Proud!

Eta Colony Continues to Grow The Eta Colony continues to grow, now boasting 44 Associates. With Spring Rush, the more productive of the two semester rush periods*, just around the corner, it’s easy to see that Eta will soon be in the hunt for a chapter house where these young men can hang their hats. Listed below are the names of the members of the Eta Colony of Phi Sigma Kappa along with their class years. It’s hard to believe that by the next time this magazine is printed, these me will be Brothers, and we’ll not be using the word “Colony” anymore - - these men will be the foundation for the Eta Chapter.

Derrick Abban Omer Ad Steve Albright Victor Alonso Philipos Andemicael Bunty Bhatia Gavin Bedell Nathan Blaker Sean Bur Mike Cator Dom Cercone Matt Cowan Adam Elbaz Chris Flood Jay Gobeil Steven Goodman Zach Gorrell Eric Harvey Marcus Hobson Scott Hoffman Taylor Johnson Ryan Kief

‘12 ‘12 ‘13 ‘13 ‘13 ‘13 ‘13 ‘11 ‘12 ‘10 ‘12 ‘12 ‘12 ‘13 ‘12 ‘12 ‘12 ‘12 ‘13 ‘13 ‘12 ‘12

Eta Colony Officers President Vice President Secretary

Jay Gobeil Adam Elbaz Logan Miller

Jonathan Lee Ryan Leikin Garrett Lewis Justin Lewis Geoffrey Li Jared Lindenberg Brian Longacre Benny Magno Scott Manski Mark Matovich Seth McCullough Mark Megaw Cameron Merriman Logan Miller Chris Monteil Charles Ng Jason Patrick Andrew Roberts Alon Sendowski Roshan Shah Jonathan Shover Cameron Vollmuth

‘13 ‘12 ‘12 ‘12 ‘12 ‘12 ‘12 ‘12 ‘12 ‘12 ‘13 ‘13 ‘12 ‘13 ‘11 ‘12 ‘12 ‘12 ‘12 ‘12 ‘11 ‘13

As a result of elections held on December 6th, the following men will lead the Colony for the next year. Chairmen will be selected when the Colony returns from Winter Break.

Treasurer Sentinel Inductor

Roshan Shah Gavin Bedell Ryan Kief

net·work·ing [net-wur-king] - noun 1. a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest: Eta Alumni members use networking to help themselves manage successfully.

Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa

Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa

On the Internet at

The Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa

* First semester freshmen may not participate in fraternity rush, this making the Spring semester the dominant period for membership development.

Hail the Evergrowing Throng

...your Alumni Association. Winter 2010



This jolly old fat man…

...won’t help the ROI on your marketing efforts do this...

...unless you work with someone you know and trust; with ties to...

So, if your plans for 2011 include: Graphic Design Advertising Trade Show Exhibits Presentation Materials Corporate Identity Package Design Lobby Displays Banners and Signage Direct Mail

Collateral Design Point of Purchase Video Design Web Design Large-Format Graphics Printing Public Relations and Marketing Programs

Call Joe Criscuoli ‘82 at 301-206-5472 48 Winter 2010


Happy Holidays to All! from the Executive Committee of the Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa

The Phi Sigma Kappa Creed In the firm conviction that my Fraternity demands of me a life of Faith and Purpose

I hereby solemnly declare My Faith in the wisdom and love of God; God in the dignity and worth of my fellowmen; in the strength and beauty of true Fraternity; Fraternity in the history and future of my Country; Country and in the traditions and program of my Alma Mater. Mater

Henceforward, therefore, it shall be My Purpose to remain forever true to this, my fraternity's faith in me and in turn to preserve and promote courageously and unselfishly the chosen ideals of our mutual affection and common endeavor.

To this end I dedicate My Life to the maintenance of this Faith and the pursuit of this Purpose so that the ideals of Phi Sigma Kappa, Kappa being embodied in me, may be fulfilled in my Character and Conduct, Conduct and be known and honored by all men.

By these things I stand.



The Executive Committee regrets to report that the following Brothers of Eta Chapter have entered the Chapter Eternal since the publication of the last issue of The THIRD DEGREE, and ask that you join us in prayers for our departed Brothers and their families. Bailey, George B. ‘50 Brownell, William P. ‘44 Burnside, James B. ‘41 Cowan, Arista H. ‘51 Crouch, Charles T. ‘42 Hall, Robert A. ‘57 Hausler, Douglas L. ‘54

Hawley, Walter O. ‘39 Hollingsworth, Mark E. ‘86 Mattern, Fred C. ‘52 Moore, James D. ‘49 Newell, Daniel S. ‘76 Nordeen, Ronald O. ‘49 Reichart, Theodore N. ‘59

Ryan, Robert E. ‘44 Shirey, Orville C. ‘42 Stilson, Lewis F. ‘49 Watson, Thomas E. ‘41 Wells, Harry W. ‘28

A complete listing of the Brothers of Eta Chapter who have entered the Chapter Eternal is available on our website. Please provide any updates or corrections to this list to Wayne Bethards, via e-mail at or via U.S. Mail addressed to 10521 Morning Wind Lane, Columbia, MD 21044-2416, or via phone at 410-730-2173.

Robert Atherton Hall Robert Atherton Hall passed away in Bonita Springs, Florida, on November 9, 2010 at the age of 74. Born in Albany, New York, on March 17, 1936, Robert moved with his family to Croton-onHudson, New York in 1942. He was a graduate of Croton-Harmon High School and the University of Maryland at College Park, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. At Maryland he became a member of the Eta Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and served as the fraternity vice-president in his senior year. Following his graduation from college he served for three years as a naval officer in Newport, Rhode Island and on the island of Guam. On leaving the Navy he began working for Bell Telephone Company in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and served there for thirty-two years. After retiring from Bell, Robert accepted a position as a budget analyst in Washington, D.C. with the federal government. He retired again in 1997 and moved from Maryland to Bonita Springs, Florida, to pursue his love of golf. Robert was an active member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Bonita Springs, serving regularly as an acolyte, lay reader, Eucharistic minister and Vestry member. 50 Winter 2010


Eta Class of 1957 Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Donald Burdett Hall and Blanche Hayes Hall, former longtime Croton residents; by his brother, Richard Hayes Hall; and by his son, Donald Martin Hall. Robert is survived by his daughter, Cilyne Hall Pickana, of Martin's Ferry, Ohio; his brother, Garrett S. Hall, of Atlanta, Georgia; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In Robert’s online Guestbook, Benjamin Hall Burt, of Columbia, Missouri, wrote, “We may not have had a lot of time together these last few years but I will never forget years past and the time we did have with each other. Like the time I crashed the golf cart into the bench at the Montgomery Village Golf Club. I could tell you were so upset but you bit your tongue. I will always have those good memories. Thank you for all your love. May your soul Rest In Peace next to right hand of our Lord. Love Always, Your Grandson.” A memorial service was held on November 17, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Bonita Springs, Florida. - Edited from

Stanley William Hames It is with great sorrow that the Brothers of Eta Chapter at the University of Maryland note the passing of Stanley William Hames (H, '57). Stan passed away at Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona on October 28, 2009 at the age of 76. Stan Hames was perhaps the most versatile Brother to graduate from the University of Maryland. He was, at once, a skilled outdoorsman, an engineer, a trained musician who later became the first Rhythm and Blues aficionado at Phi Sig, and perhaps the best overall fraternity man of his time. Stan was born and raised in Washington, D.C., graduating from Western High School and Capital Radio Engineering Institution. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, where he was an associate editor of the Old Line magazine and a member of the Rainbow Mountain Boys, a bluegrass band. He served Eta Chapter as Vice President and Social Chairman and was, in the words of more than one Eta alumni, perhaps the best Social Chairman in memory. An accomplished musician, Stan played classical violin in addition to the bass, mandolin, banjo and ukulele. He told one Brother that he had left a ukulele behind in Saigon when he evacuated that city just as the North Vietnamese were taking over. He had an excellent sense of timing and was one of the few people who could "finger pick" a ukulele. At one point, Stan was asked to quickly learn a new instrument when a Brother's band lost their base fiddle player. As an outdoorsman, Stan really enjoyed the woods and knew a lot about botany. There were many apple trees near his home and he bemoaned the waste associated with the large amount of unharvested fruit. That summer he built a cider press in his backyard and produced many gallons of cider which he shared with his Brothers. Stan is responsible for introducing his Brothers to "The Cabin on the Potomac" where many an enjoyable time was had. Stan also spent a good deal of time exploring his surroundings and sometimes stalked the swamps in nearby Berwyn, Maryland, where he would capture frogs and snakes which he would then turn loose in the chapter house, causing no small amount of excitement.

Eta Class of 1957 Stan married Priscilla Lee in 1958, and they had one son, Charles Stanley. In 1966, he married Brenda Hill in Honolulu. Stan was a telecom engineer for Northrop Page Communications in Washington, D.C., and later worked for ITT/Federal Electric Corp., Bechtel Power Corp. and Motorola. He helped design, construct, operate and manage communications systems and satellite earth stations around the world, residing in Japan, Iran, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia during his career. As an undergraduate, Stan ran a ham radio in his room and is credited with engineering a 20'-wide Christmas Wreath that handsomely hung from the fraternity house during the holidays. Stan was also a private pilot, was proficient in photography and electronics, was a Life Member of the NRA and a member of the Phoenix Rod and Gun Club. He is survived by his wife, Brenda, of Phoenix, and his son, Capt. Charles S. Hames, M.D., U.S. Navy, of San Diego. Stan became a grandfather late in life and was completely and unabashedly enamored with his granddaughter, Emily Nhi Hames. Until the day he left this life Stan was a dedicated member of Phi Sigma Kappa. One of the last discussions he had, some 50 years after he graduated, concerned two scenes in the movie "St. Elmo's Fire" that were shot on fraternity row at the University of Maryland. One scene clearly showed the Phi Sig house because our fraternity flag could be seen flying from the building. The other scene, said Stan, must have been filmed at a different house, because there were three steps on the front walk, rather than four. Rare indeed is the Brother who possesses such detailed memories of his days as an undergraduate member of our fraternity. Stan, we will miss you deeply. - Thomas O. Nichols (H, '57) & David V. Swann (H, '56)

Winter 2010



Mark Edward Hollingsworth

Eta Class of 1986

Mark Hollingsworth was the co-founder and chief financial officer of Ruxton Healthcare, a long-term care services company based in Columbia, MD, and an experienced traveler and triathlete. But to his family and friends, Hollingsworth, who died of lung cancer at his West Friendship home on July 25th at the age of 48, was the quintessential family man. Born June 9, 1962, in Washington, Hollingsworth was offered a scholarship to sing with the National Cathedral Choir for Men and Boys. He accepted and sang in the choir with his father from 4th to 7th grade. A 1980 graduate of Walter Johnson H.S., in Bethesda, he attended St. Mary's College and the University of Maryland where he joined the Eta Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa. He transferred to Towson State University, became a founding father of the Phi Hexaton Chapter, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting and became a CPA. It was at Towson State that Mark met Michelle Krichmar, who became his wife in April 1989. Together they had a daughter and a son, Taylor and Jake. The family traveled extensively throughout the country and the Caribbean, and it wasn't uncommon for them to vacation with their relatives. The family also took hiking and skiing trips. To Mark, it didn't matter what he was doing as long as his family was with him. "He loved being with his kids," Michelle said. Following graduation, Hollingsworth was hired as an accountant for a company that specialized in long -term care. He and his business partner, Eamonn Reilly, went on to start their own long-term care services company, Ruxton Healthcare, in 1998. The company offers transitional care, rehabilitation, nursing care, specialized Alzheimer's care and assisted living services.

Hollingsworth, who did not smoke, was diagnosed with lung cancer eight months prior to his death. After the diagnosis, George Pelican, a friend, asked him if he had a "bucket list" of things he wanted to do before he died. Hollingsworth's response, Pelican said, demonstrated who he was. "He said, 'The most important thing to me is raising a family, and I'm already doing that. There's nothing more I want to do,' " Pelican said. Hollingsworth was known for his active lifestyle and love of the outdoors. He and Michelle enjoyed riding bikes together. They began entering short races and started swimming to cross-train. It wasn't long before the couple found themselves entering triathlons. Hollingsworth also was known for his generosity, family friend Jennifer Frediani said. He helped sponsor the annual Heather Ann Ricci Memorial Golf Tournament and was involved with the Living Legacy Foundation, an organ and tissue donation program. Whenever a big concert came to town, Hollingsworth would buy eight tickets and invite his family and friends. A set of tickets for the September show of Crosby, Stills and Nash, in Baltimore, remains on his dresser, Frediani said. Hollingsworth is survived by his wife of 21 years, Michelle Hollingsworth; his daughter, Taylor, 16; his son, Jake, 13; his mother, Eileen Fitzsimmons Batten, of Aiken, S.C.; his father, Charles Hollingsworth, of Washington; and his brother, Gregory Hollingsworth, of Sykesville. Services were held on August 3rd in the Bethlehem Chapel of the Washington National Cathedral followed by burial at Crestlawn Memorial Gardens. - Edited from


Those who would like to prepare a tribute to a Brother of Eta Chapter who has entered the Chapter Eternal may submit content for publication in The THIRD DEGREE via e-mail to or via U.S. Mail addressed to 12806 Silverbirch Lane, Laurel, MD 20708. Manuscripts and photographs are submitted at the sender’s risk. Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of materials. Submission of material implies a right to edit and publish all or in part. 52 Winter 2010


Orville Cresap Shirey The life of Orville Cresap Shirey, January 11, 1922 – December 7, 2004, was celebrated at the heavily attended St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Silver Spring, Maryland on December 20, 2004. The Rev. Fran Stanford and Michael Shirey, Orville’s son, referred to his military service during World War II in the famous 442nd Regimental Combat Team as being a high point in his life. Nine members of the Japanese American Veterans Association, including four veterans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, served as pall bearers. When U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye was informed that Major Shirey had died, the Senator, a fellow 442nd officer and Medal of Honor recipient, expressed his grief saying “Major Shirey authored the first definitive book on the 442nd entitled “Americans: The Story of the 442nd Combat Team”. This publication did more than any other book, article, or speech, to publicize the extraordinary and heroic activities of the 442nd, playing an important role in the enactment of the redress bill and the national apology to those who were incarcerated in the internment camps of World War II. Men of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the American Nikkei community owe much to Major Shirey.” Shirey’s military awards included the Legion of Merit, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Distinguished Unit Badge and the Medal of Valor from the Italian Government. U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka, in a letter to widow Mrs. Maud Shirey, thanked Mr. Shirey for his writings about the 442nd, which, “as much as any other, was instrumental in the passage of H.R. 442, Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which provided reparations to Japanese American internees” and which made “America the strong country that it is, willing to admit a mistake when it makes one.” Major Shirey was born in Cumberland, Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland, where he majored in American literature, participated in the ROTC program, was editor of the school newspaper, The Diamondback, and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa. Following the activation of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated Japanese American unit in 1943, he served as the S-2 Regimental Intelligence Officer during the unit’s entire historic combat role. Immediately after the war, in 1946, Major Shirey’s

Eta Class of 1942 book was published by the Infantry Journal Press, where he worked as Assistant to the Editor. Bert Mizusawa, President of Japanese American Veterans Association, said: “Major Shirey's book is the most authoritative source material for researchers and historians on the combat record of the segregated Japanese American infantry unit. This distinguished officer of the 442nd will be remembered in perpetuity.” The 442nd was the most highly decorated unit of the US Army for its size and period of duty and still holds that distinction today. It’s enlisted ranks were Japanese American volunteers from Hawaii and the ten internment camps in the US, where 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast were involuntarily incarcerated. The regiment fought in seven battle campaigns in Italy and France, including the rescue of the encircled 1st Battalion of the 141st Regiment of the 36th (Texas) Division in the Vosges Mountains of eastern France. The Japanese American Combat Team sustained heavy casualties in what the US Army classified as one of the ten most fiercely fought battles in US Army history and were proclaimed honorary citizens of Texas and Iowa. One month before his death, on October 23, Major Shirey and his family hosted lunch for four 442nd veterans at his Riderwood, Silver Spring, Maryland, retirement village and reminisced about wartime experiences with them. His son, Michael, remarked on that occasion that, while his father did not discuss details of his war years, he acknowledged that “serving with the 442nd was the proudest and most rewarding experience in his lifetime. He loved you guys.” (cont. on page 54) Winter 2010



Brother Shirey (cont.) Upon receiving the news of Brother Shirey’s death, President Ed Goto of the 442nd Veterans Club in Honolulu , remarked that Shirey “was a caring gentleman who not only gained the respect and admiration of the men serving under him, but clearly demonstrated his respect and admiration for them in return. He will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and serving with him.” Following his service in World War II, Brother. Shirey went on to a successful career of his own. One day his boss at the Infantry Journal Press asked him to lead the firm’s mail order service. He became fascinated with this line of work and in 1953 left the Press to open his own direct marketing consulting firm. Eventually, he would have as its clients the National Rifle Association, US News and World Report, the National Geographic Society and the Air Force Association. He became the president of the Direct Marketing Association of Washington (DMAW) and editor of its Newsletter for ten years. In the February 1992 issue of DMAW Advents, Linda Fisher’s column quotes several homilies attributed to Brother Shirey. One enduring lesson he learned was that leadership is a two way street: “if you’re in a position to lead and you don’t screw up, then your people will always take care of you”. Shirey also offered an important guideline - determining a client’s expectation as soon as possible. “If you know immediately that the proposition isn’t going to fly on the best day it will ever have, turn down the money and say ‘no’ ”. Another that he learned from his military service was “never volunteer”. This is a lesson he did not heed because he donated much of his personal time for over 30 years to educating people involved in the direct marketing industry. He won many honors and awards in his industry and was considered a pioneer in the direct mail industry. Brother Shirey’s hobbies were photography and collection of cartoons and witticisms. Fisher says “one of his favorites was Winston Churchill’s line, ‘if you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite’” Brother Shirey was followed in death by his wife Maud, on May 3, 2010. A son, Wilson, preceded him in death. They are survived by two children, Michael C. Shirey, of Silver Spring, and Catherine S. Luette, of Westminster and five grandchildren. - Edited from several sources 54 Winter 2010


Walter Oliver Hawley Eta Class of 1939 Walter Oliver Hawley, 93, passed away on Friday, October 8, 2010 at Hospice Savannah. He was a native of Washington, D.C., and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa’s Eta Class of 1939 at, and a 1941 graduate of, the University of Maryland. He signed the Roll of the Eta Chapter in position number 522. He served his country in the United States Army in the 30th Infantry Division in both Normandy and Northern France during World War II as a surgical technician. He worked for the Department of Agriculture as a horticulturist for 27 years during which time he was the Director of the Bamboo Farm in Savannah. In October of 1955, he published, with D. S. Correll, B. G. Schubert and H. S. Gentry, “The Search for Plant Precursors of Cortisone” in Economic Biology (Vol. 9, pgs. 309-375), a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Economic Botany. He was also quoted in the book, “Exotic Foods: A Kitchen and Garden Guide,” by Marian Van Atta. He was a member of Whitefield United Methodist Church and served as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for twentytwo years. Brother Hawley was also a member of a fraternal boating club from 1967 to 1984, the U.S. Tybee Light Power Squadron, in District 26 (serving South Carolina and parts of Georgia), an organization committed to boater education, civic service and fun, . He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Dorothy Hawley, who passed away in 1991. Brother Hawley is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Eileen and Jerry Mizelle, and Patty and Mac Thompson, as well as four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and his dear friend Diane. - Edited from several sources


Photo Credits


Yes, Virginia (and Maryland, and the other 48 states), there is a “to do” list and you really do need to do at least some of these things in order to avoid having Santa dump a load of coal in your tube socks.  Volunteer to be a Mentor to an Undergraduate  Offer to help with Alumni Recruiting  Offer to help with Undergraduate Recruiting  Help to put on or sponsor an Alumni Event  Send in an idea for an Alumni Event  Participate in the Charter Night Event Survey by visiting  Send us your potential “headcount” for the upcoming Charter Night Event  Let us know if you’re interested in our Fall 2011 Reunion  Write a Feature Article for “The THIRD DEGREE”  Write a letter to Mrs. Lucy Ambach (see page 41, para. 2)  Write a letter to Dr. Howard Knobloch ‘33  Offer to assist with Fundraising for our new Chapter House  Offer to research some of our Lost Brothers  Visit our website and become familiar with the content  Send an e-mail to and add this address to your address book so our messages don’t go into your “Junk” folder.  Check the List of Members - if your Big Brother and Little Brother(s) aren’t on the list, contact them and “Gloat and Sneer” about this magazine and how they need to join us yesterday.  Consider a second donation to the alumni association - in memory of a fallen Brother, on behalf of a Brother who has not yet joined, or in your own name.

Inside Front Cover: Grace M. Criscuoli Page 3: Joseph E. Criscuoli Page 5: Courtesy of Russ O'Haver Pages 10 & 11: Courtesy of the Subjects Pages 14 & 15: Courtesy of Bill Walsh Page 16: #5 Courtesy of David Schwartz Page 17: #3 Courtesy of Russ O'Haver #4 Courtesy of Bill Walsh Pages 18 & 19: Grace M. and Joseph E. Criscuoli Pages 20 & 21: Photo courtesy of Melissa K. Meder; Book Cover courtesy of Page 25: Battleship Game built by John J. B. Wright - Grace M. Criscuoli; Support Group - A Member of the Next Generation courtesy of Adrienne Albers Pages 26 & 27: Courtesy of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Page 30: Courtesy of Lucy Emory Ambach Page 32: "Reports from a Rookie" reproduction courtesy of Lucy Emory Ambach Page 37: Photo and article reproductions courtesy of Lucy Emory Ambach Page 38: Photo and article reproductions courtesy of Lucy Emory Ambach; Order of St. Sava courtesy of the Royal Family of Serbia Page 39: Courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society Page 42: Photos and Captions courtesy of Jared Lindenberg Page 43: Courtesy of Jay Gobeil Page 44: Grace M. Criscuoli Page 45: Courtesy of Jonathan Shover Page 46: upper - Joseph E. Criscuoli; lower - Courtesy of Jonathan Shover Page 51: Courtesy of Brenda Hames Page 54: Courtesy of Patty Thompson Page 56: Joseph E. Criscuoli Other photos and illustrations not mentioned above were obtained via internet search and do not represent an effort to violate or infringe upon any prevailing copyrights.

Thanks sincerely for your consideration ! Winter 2010



Signing Off


THIRD DEGREE could very well be published four times a year by the Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa if, and only if, the financial support is there to allow it. Barring the emergence of the support necessary, future editions may be limited to Sustaining Members only, the publication may be reduced to an all black and white document, or the publication may be available only as a digital document available for downloading from the internet.


ome what may, the holidays always seem to include a few moments when we stop and think, if only for a brief moment, about the people, places and things for which we are the most thankful...and the holidays also include holiday cards. And addressing holiday cards. And signing holiday cards. If you’re reading this column, then there is a pretty good chance that you’ve received a card just like the one pictured above. And there’s an equally good chance that I signed and addressed that card. As I hand over to our printer the digital file that represents the bits and bytes that make up this issue of our magazine, I realize that I’ve signed 217 of these cards. Each of these cards carries a heartfelt thank you for the contributions, both great and small, that have made possible, our mailings, our website, our events, our magazines and our emergence as the largest alumni association in Phi Sigma Kappa. You made this possible. 217 members in 6 months. Who would have believed it could be done? I did. Deep down I knew you were ready, that the time was right for Eta to make a comeback - and to do so with substance and style. This holiday season I want to thank the members of our Alumni Executive Committee, our Colony Advisory Board, the members of the Grand Council, the headquarters staff of Phi Sigma Kappa, the Eta Colony Associates, and especially you, our members, for your support and encouragement these past six months. Collectively you brought Eta back to College Park. We all have reasons to count our blessings. But we’re not done...not by a long shot. A new year is right around the corner. We need to keep up our speed, to keep growing, and to keep in touch. Let me know how we are doing, what’s on your mind, and how you’d like to help. And have a Blessed Holiday Season.

Joseph E. Criscuoli, ‘82, Editor 56 Winter 2010


Subscription rates for the USA: a minimum of $35.00 per year, of which only $30.00 is retained by your Alumni Association. Larger donations are eagerly sought. Subscription requests and donations, along with an Alumni Data Sheet should be sent to: Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa, 12806 Silverbirch Lane, Laurel, MD 20708 This publication was written and designed without any financial cost to the Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa, beyond those associated with reproduction and mailing, and was produced exclusively on a Hewlett-Packard Personal Computer running the Microsoft Windows System 7 operating software, using Microsoft Publisher software for design and layout resulting in a 64MB file that was converted to a 57MB Adobe Acrobat print-ready file. Manuscripts and photographs are submitted at the sender’s risk. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of materials. Submission of material implies a right to edit and publish all or in part. © 2010 Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa All Rights Reserved. Your subscription information is protected by our privacy policies. Unless otherwise indicated, the Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa does not endorse any individual or company, nor any service, product or event not offered or sponsored by the Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa. By these things we stand.

Have One More Gift to Send ? I’d like to make another contribution to the Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa!  Dr.  Mr. 

First Name:


Last Name:

I’d Like to Contribute:  In Memory of:

Amount: $

 I’d like to pay the membership of:

Amount: $

 In My Name.

Amount: $

My Total Contribution:


(please make checks payable to: Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa)

  Please contact me about My Contribution.


I’d Like to Get Involved: Please contact me about:  Mentoring an Undergraduate

 Alumni Recruiting

 Undergraduate Recruiting

 Alumni Events

 Charter Night Event

 Grand Fall 2011 Reunion

 Feature Article for “The THIRD DEGREE”  Fundraising There are Internship Opportunities for Undergraduates at My Company:

 Yes

 No

Once complete, please mail this document to: Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa12806 Silverbirch LaneLaurel, MD 20708

Thank You!

and Happy Holidays!

ion t i t e P rter ved a h C ro A pp

0 1 . 4 0 . 11

One Step Closer

Congratulations to the Eta Colony We knew you could do it. We had faith. We believed. We invite you to ask for our advice and counsel. We will do our best to guide you correctly. We invite the advisory board members actively engaged in this endeavor to call upon us for assistance. We will give it freely. We invite all our Brothers reading this message to join with us in support of the Eta Colony. We welcome you one and all. By these things We stand. Damn Proud, The Executive Committee of the Eta Alumni Association of Phi Sigma Kappa


Winter 2010 Issue


Winter 2010 Issue