Distinguished Alumni

 

Constantine Sigs

Constantine
Induction into the Order of Constantine is the Fraternity’s highest honor. Constantine Sigs have demonstrated the highest level of alumni commitment to Sigma Chi.


Archibald L. Love, III ’42

Arch served as Chapter Advisor from the installation of Delta Psi until he was medically unable to continue — a period of almost 50 years. He attended almost every chapter meeting during his tenure as Chapter Advisor and was seen at the chapter house on an almost daily basis. In addition to his role as Chapter Advisor, Arch was a decades-long leader of the Albany/Schenectady/Troy Alumni Chapter.

Arch’s awards from the International Fraternity include the Montgomery Chapter Publications Award (1966-67), the Minton Best Chapter Officer
Award (1967), and the LeClerg Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award. Brother
Love was dedicated to continuing his legacy by endowing the Sigma Chi
Foundation with the Arch Love Scholarship, an award that is given annually
to worthy undergraduate brothers at Delta Psi. With this gift and others,
Arch became one of the all-time highest donors to the Sigma Chi Foundation.
He also provided amply for the House Corporation in his will, which enabled
the corporation to undertake significant renovations to the chapter house.


Lawrence W. Mentz ’68

Larry was a faculty member at Balfour Leadership Training Workshop for
many years, always finding time to get away from work and family to provide
leadership training to undergraduate officers from across the continent.
He also served a variety of roles for the NYC Alumni Chapter, including
President. Despite his commitments to the General Fraternity and the
NYC Alumni Chapter, Larry always found time to participate in Province
Workshops and educational activities at Delta Psi. Now Larry is the Arden
of the Lockwood Grave Memorial in Brooklyn.


Robert F. Hutnick ’71

Bob has been a diligent promoter of continued brotherhood between Delta
Psi alumni for over 30 years. He designed and implemented a vigorous
alumni social program that keeps brothers from his era connected to Sigma
Chi. Most recently, Bob has spread his influence to Delta Psi’s entire
alumni base as chairman of alumni class leaders.


Robert H.W. Jones, III ’73

65th Grand Consul Robert H.W. Jones III led the International Fraternity
from 2007-2009 and previously served as Grand Pro Consul. As Grand Consul,
Bob was responsible for an unprecedented expansion of Sigma Chi, adding
13 new chapters during his term (at that time, 5% of our chapter count).
Bob is currently Chairman of the Ritual Renaissance Committee and Vice
Chairman of the History Commission. He also serves on the Sigma Chi Leadership
Institute and the Fraternity’s technology committee. He was a Grand Trustee
from 1997-2005, Grand Praetor from 1989-1997, and a longtime faculty
member at Balfour Leadership Training Workshop.


Robert C. Eckart ’73

Bob “Justa” Eckart’s second stint as Delta Psi’s chapter adviser has lasted
since 2010. He was Delta Psi’s assistant chapter adviser, as well as
chapter co-advisor, for 13 years with Arch Love ’42 during the ’70s and
’80s. He was also chapter adviser for Albany State for 12 years, and
has been an active member of the Phi Epsilon Phi House Corporation for
more than 20 years. Bob was so well known by the brotherhood from an
extra year of pledging, many of the new pledges and visitors mistook
Bob for a brother, but Bob’s response was always “I’m just a pledge,”
and the moniker “Justa” had stuck. Bob has been “just” a pledge, a brother,
a magister, a chapter adviser, and now has been recognized as “just”
an Order of Constantine brother.


Robert J. Shortle ’74

Bob has long been a visible presence in the International Fraternity, regularly
attending Grand Chapter and Balfour Leadership Training Workshop. Bob
now serves as the President of the Order of Constantine, having earlier
served as its Vice President. In addition to his international roles,
Bob is a longtime leader of the Houston Alumni Chapter, having served
as President in 1987. In the little remaining time he has available,
Bob now serves as Assistant Chapter Advisor of the Epsilon Xi Chapter
at the University of Houston.

Significant Sigs

Sigsig
The Significant Sig Award recognizes alumni who have accomplished outstanding success in their professional or civic activities.

 


Dr. James K. Mitchell ’51

James is a recipient of the Davies Medal, the highest honor given to an alumnus
of the Rensselaer School of Engineering. James practiced a long career
as geotechnical engineer and professor, serving as chairman of UC Berkeley’s
Department of Civil Engineering from 1979-84. After his retirement from
UC Berkeley James moved to Virginia Tech, where he was named Distinguished
Professor, Emeritus in 1999.


Dr. Edwin M. Kellogg ’60

Ed is an Astrophysicist at the Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,
an Associate for the Harvard College Observatory and a Teaching Fellow
at Harvard University. His work with NASA includes the Chandra General
Observer Program, the Hubble Space telescope and with Celestial X-ray Astronomy,
and with topics including “R Aquarii X-ray Jets: a synoptic study” and
“A zero-crossing pulse shape discriminator for space applications.” His
CV and publications listing are available on his web page.


Dr. Les Coles ’62

Dr. Coles, who goes by L. Stephen Coles in his post RPI professional life,
is a Faculty member of the Molecular Biology Institute at the UCLA Department
of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Brother Coles is also the co-founder and
the Executive Director of the Gerontology Research Group and is a spokesperson on aging and on superentenarians. Dr. Coles is also a Visiting Scholar in the computer science department at the University of California, Los Angeles, United States, and an Assistant Researcher in the Department of Surgery, at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.
Brother Les was recently featured in Wired Magazine, November 2012, “Long
Life, Dissected” a feature on his dedicated decade of performing autopsies
on people aged 110 or older to determine why they live so long.


William G. Pomeroy, Jr. ’66

Bill is founder and CEO of CXtec, a $131 million provider of networking infrastructure
and voice technology. CXtec is annually ranked one of the “50 Best Companies
to Work for in America”. Bill has won Entrepreneur of the Year awards from
Ernst & Young, Rensselaer, and Syracuse University. Bill is also heading
a project, The Pomeroy Anvil Trail, to erect monuments that resemble the original Pomeroy Anvil in locations that are symbolic to the Pomeroy family.


Paul J. Cosgrave ’72

Paul served as Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Information
Technology and Telecommunications from 2006-2009 under Mayor Michael R.
Bloomberg. He also served as Chief Information Officer of the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) from 1998-2001. There he managed a $1.6 billion annual
budget and staff of 7,900.


Alan R. Crain, Jr. ’73

Alan is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Baker Hughes, a worldwide
oil field services company. He has broad experience as a corporate legal
executive, having served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and
Secretary for Crown Cork & Seal Company, and as Vice President and General
Counsel for Union Texas Petroleum.


Robert H.W. Jones, III ’73

Brother Jones owns Synetron, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based technology
consulting and services firms specializing in computer hardware, applications
and networking equipment and services. Bob is also the 65th Grand Consul
of Sigma Chi.

 

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