Don Weber ’67 entered Chapter Eternal

Don WeberDonald Jon Weber,  (’67) age 71, passed on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Valatie. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 3, 1945 he was the son of the late Jeannette Elizabeth (Chubb) and John Frederick Weber. He grew up in Lyndhurst, Ohio and graduated from the Charles T. Brush High School in 1963. Don came to NYS for his undergraduate education and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He then served proudly as a Lieutenant in the US Navy from June 1969 through 1975, working as navigator on Navy planes. Don came back to the Schenectady/Troy area to work and continue his education, where he earned a master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from RPI in 1978. He worked for General Electric for almost 30 years as an engineer for MAO and GE, retiring in 2004.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved in-laws Jean (Elder) Clark and Robert C. Clark, and brother-in-law Robert C. Clark ll. Survivors include his wife Teri L. (Clark) Weber of 40 years, and his treasured children, Darren J. Weber (Lisa) of Watertown, MA and Katherine J. Weber of Saratoga Springs, NY. He has a much loved sister, Mary Jeanne (Chubb) McRoberts and brother-in-law, Paul McRoberts of Anthem, AZ. Don also has a cherished niece, Tracy (McRoberts) Begalke and family of Anthem, AZ. He was fortunate enough to have his sister-in-laws Karen (Marcotte) Duell of Corinth, NY and Christine (Clodgo Clark) Higginson (Norman) of Corinth, NY as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Relatives and friends may call from 5 to 7pm Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 5 to 7 pm at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff, Inc. Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373). Funeral services will be held at 10am Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Ave. at Henning Road, Saratoga Springs. Inurnment with military honors will follow at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany NY 12205 or the Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. The family wishes to thank the entire staff of Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their love, care, comfort, and support they have given Don over his past 6 year stay with them. We also appreciate the kindness, care, and support of the entire Burke/Bussing & Cunniff, Inc. Funeral Home family at this time. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.
Published in The Saratogian on Aug. 6, 2017
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Responses: From Rangy Lil: “Don was my big brother as a pledge, and he had a lot to do with my nickname “Rangy”. I think he actually wrote the poem. Another reminder that our stay is a temporary one. In Hoc, Rangy”
And From Ruff: “I have fond memories of him with his beer, smoking, playing Thumper, and almost never uttering a sound for hours on end! Those House parties were worth returning for. I kept on returning to the House with fellow alums for 10 years after graduation (1972-1982), the last time with my wife who was pregnant. In Hoc, Ruff”
From Dick Ross: “Perhaps one of my fonder memories of Don occurred when we were both residing in the Norfolk, Virginia, area in the early 70s. At the time, he was in the US Navy and I was on field service for Lockheed. One day, Don decided it would be a good idea to travel from Norfolk to Troy to attend a Big Weekend at the Sigma Chi house. So off we went on Friday morning. We partied Friday and Saturday nights and returned on Sunday. Ah, those were the days! In Hoc Dick”
From Jim Straw: “A very solid guy and great Brother. Quiet but with a wry sense of humor. A good student when many of us weren’t. The Chapter Eternal will benefit from his presence. J”
From Jim Campbell: “Web” was a great and very even-tempered brother and a mentor to many of us as Freshman/Sophomores trying to find our way at the “Tute” and Sigma Chi. All honor to his name. In Hoc, Cramble
From Gary Simundza ’67: You may remember that he and I were roommates (in the Grotto) for a year back in 1965-66; a really nice guy. Gary

 

Sigma Chi 1950 Petition Discovered

Brother Jim Mitchell ’51, an original member of Sigma Chi at RPI, found a pristine copy of the 1950 brochure from local Phi Epsilon Phi Petition to Sigma Chi requesting membership.  Our petition is 5 by 9 inches, 32 glossy pages including an aerial photo of RPI on the front and back covers, a picture of the membership, profiles of the members, pictures of fraternity life in 1950, and countless supporting letters from school officials, local members and prominent Sigs (including Past Grand Consul L.G. Balfour – Balfour Jewelry).  Thanks to Significant Sig Jim Mitchell ’51, recipient of both the RAA Fellows Award and the Rensselaer Davies Medal, for the safekeeping of this memory.  Brother Mitchell has donated the booklet to the chapter for safekeeping.  A copy can be found at our Chapter Web Site Alumni page
www.sigmachi-rpi.org/newsletter/1950SigmaChiPetition.pdf

Armen Renjilian ’52 entered the Chapter Eternal

Armen Rejilian photoArmen Renjilian ’52 passed away December 22, 2017, of natural causes at the age of 88.33333.  He always wanted credit for the months after his last birthday.

Armen was a member of the first pledge class of Sigma Chi.  He worked in the Albany/Troy area most of his life and was the manager of Material Sciences at Albany International Corporation retiring at 81 having been a consultant to Albany International for many years after his official retirement.  He was an expert in water chemistry related to paper making processes and did some of the original work to covert the industry from wool to nylon industrial fabrics (and other polymers).  He holds 6 patents in this area.  Armen met Lois (his wife) at a party held at 58 Pinewoods Ave.  Their son, Rick Renjilian, is a member of the class of 1981 and lives in Port Washington, NY.

His wake will be on January 11 and funeral services on January 12 in Latham.

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