H. PHILLIP DEXHEIMER, Southern California ’48, died Nov. 7, 2011, at age 86. A Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame member, Dexheimer was the former CEO of Dexco Financial Service, which helps professional service organizations put together their workplace operations in the most efficient manner. He was a WWII veteran and served in Manila, Philippine Islands. At the University of Southern California, Dexheimer received a degree in business and communications, as well as an Interfraternity Gold Scholarship Key, which recognizes student-leaders around the world. Dexheimer used his degree to become a leader in the finance and insurance services industry for more than 40 years. He was nationally recognized in the areas of estate and employee benefits planning and was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table. Dexheimer has received many other awards for his work, including the Travelers Agent of the Year and Order of the Tower. Outside of his professional life, Dexheimer was a Mason and Shriner. He was an active historian and art collector and enjoyed worldwide traveling. Dexheimer is survived by his wife, Maria da Graca Fernandes Dexheimer, son, James Phillip Dexheimer, grandson and granddaughter.
MONTROSE JUSTICE, Louisville ’47, died Feb. 6, 2012, at age 84. After high school, Justice served in the Navy during World War II. After his time in the Navy, he enrolled in and graduated from the University of Louisville. Upon his retirement he was a rose garden enthusiast, and invented a fertilizer known as “Monty’s Joy Juice.” Justice also founded Monty’s Plant Food Company. VERNE WILLAMAN, Penn State ’49, died June 9, 2012, at age 83. Willaman served in the Korean War with the U.S. Navy after he graduated from Penn State with a degree in biological chemistry. Afterwards, he joined the Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation, where he eventually served as chairman and president. Post-retirement, Willaman turned his attention to philanthropy and was a generous benefactor of Penn State. THOMAS NEBLETT, Michigan State ’49, died Sept. 8, 2011. Neblett attended Michigan State University, the University of Louisville and Wayne State University. During his time at these universities, Neblett earned an undergraduate degree, completed a master’s degree in bacteriology, and received a doctorate in microbiology and public health. He later served on staff at the Henry Ford Hospital, operating as a senior associate and later the head of the microbiology division. Most recently he was self-employed as a microbiologist consultant. THE LAUREL | www.phikappatau.org
MATTHEW YURICICH, Miami ’46, died May 28, 2012, at age 89. A Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame member, Yuricich worked in the movie industry and in 1976, received an Oscar for visual effects in “Logan’s Run.” “Matt is probably the only football player and art major in the history of college football that won an Oscar, and he was a very proud Phi Tau,” said his chapter brother Harold Paul, Miami ’46. “Coming out of the service I had no interest in joining a Fraternity and I know that Matt didn’t either. We didn’t even think about it, but as we spent more time on the football team and with other athletes, it was just natural for us to join the Phi Taus also.” Yuricich lived an accomplished life. Once he graduated from Miami in 1949, he moved to California to attend graduate courses at UCLA and pursue a career in the movie industry. His time in the industry resulted in work on more than 200 films, including “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Blade Runner” and “Die Hard.” He was nominated for five Academy Awards throughout his career. Yuricich received an honorary doctorate degree from Miami, and the school also selected him as a past Alumnus of the Year. Yuricich is survived by his children, Lisanna; Tanja; Mark; Dirk and Dana, eight grandchildren and brothers, Frank and Joe.
HARLON SEATS, Southern Illinois ’53, died May 22, 2012, at age 79. Seats received a football scholarship to Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He was drafted after earning a bachelor’s degree in political science. Once released from military service, Seats taught political science and coached football and baseball. The Harlon Seats Memorial Fund was arranged to assist one Harrisburg, Ill., student in attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale. GILBERT FERRAN, New Mexico State ’54, died Feb. 17, 2012, at age 82. Ferran served in the Korean War, earning the Bronze Star during his time of service. He later went to New Mexico State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1958. Ferran went on to work for Los Alamos National Laboratories for 33 years. He also served as vice chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party and became a member of the Human Rights Commission. LELAND ROWE, Texas-El Paso ’62, died Feb. 12, 2012, at age 68. Rowe received a bachelor’s at the University of Texas El Paso before going on to serve in the Marine Corps Reserves. He retired from D & H Pump Service Company in Farmington, N.M. DAVID HERNDON, Kentucky ’68, died June 15, 2011, at age 62. A Kentucky native, he graduated with honors and a bachelor’s
degree in mathematics from the University of Kentucky before going on to earn an MBA from the University of Louisville. Herndon worked for AT&T companies for more than 40 years, including serving in the launch of Optus in Australia in 1992. He also served as the Director of Network Planning at AT&T in Atlanta. ROBERT JONES, Southern Mississippi ’93, died May 27, 2012, at age 41. Jones worked in executive advertising sales and was cocreator of the lifestyle magazine Going Coastal Mississippi that heralded today’s South Mississippi Living. He later excelled in his work with Verizon Wireless and continued to work as long as he was able. CHRISTOPHER CHAMBERLIN, Bethany ’94, died May 14, 2012, at age 38. Chamberlin was born in Spain but attended college preparatory schools in New York and New Hampshire before enrolling at Bethany College. He later moved to southern New Mexico. Chamberlin served as media coordinator for New Mexico State University. ANDREW DENNING, Murray State ’05, died June 1, 2012, at age 29. Denning was developing Denning Enterprises—a small business—and was involved with a bowling league, his church, and his Fraternity and alma mater.
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Published on Dec 18, 2012