Work Party 2017

Greetings and salutations, Brothers!  I hope you all are having a wonderful summer as i  Friday, August 25 – Sunday, August 27, 2017
Come join the festivities (and do a little work, too!).  This is the 12th annual celebration of our alumni/active pre-semester work weekend, and all alumni brothers are invited back to Troy to participate in this fun-filled event.
It’s been four years since the Bill Pomeroy Chapter House of the Delta Psi chapter of Sigma Chi was dedicated on Homecoming weekend, 2013.
An end of the year walk-through audit of the house this past May by House Corp Board Member Bob “Beo” Bedard ‘75 and Chapter Advisor extraordinaire, Bob “Justa” Eckart ’73 once again found the house to be in good condition.  The active brothers can be commended for the fine job they are doing in maintaining the house.  But as always, there are things to be done to prepare the house for the upcoming school year.  Foreman Beo and chief home remodeler and recent recipient of the Seven Lights service award from national, Alan “HJ” Hanbury ’74, along with input from the chapter, are compiling the “to-do” list for Work Party 2017 with jobs for everyone. Professional skills are not needed, just a desire to work alongside of the active brothers in caring for our house.  As always, there will be landscaping projects, clean-up activities, painting, minor repairs, etc. to be done, along with building a rock climbing wall in the garage and other fun projects.  Come on home to Troy this year and help us make that lady at 58 Pinewoods glow!|
But wait!  There’s more!  Let’s not forget about the Friday evening active/alumni dinner followed by the PEP Corporation meeting and elections, the weekend of great camaraderie, the Saturday night ritual house meeting, and the chance to strengthen our bonds with each other, swap stories, and tell tall tales of bygone days. To sum it all up, it’s simply a good time!
This should be on everyone’s bucket list.  Join us this year, and cross it off yours.
If you plan to attend, please send the following information to me:
1.)    Name/Nickname and Class Year.
2.)    Current locale in which you reside.
3.)    Cell phone # (with area code).
4.)    Friday alumni/undergrad dinner? Yes/No.
5.)    Last meal to be eaten with us, i.e., Sunday lunch.
For those interested in the Friday golf, you all will have to seek each other out and self-organize since Bob ‘Ruff The Babysitter’ Hutnick (’71) will not be in attendance this year and available to coordinate.  He will be enjoying some quality family time in the Outer Banks of NC.
I have emptied my mailbox in anticipation of an avalanche of e-mail responses, so have at it!
Only three weeks away, so please let us know you’re coming, so we can make plans accordingly.
Hope to see you in Troy soon!
In hoc,|
Klit ’76 (a.k.a., Thom Kouletsis) Cell: (717) 805-2618 E-mail:


Delta Psi Brings Home the Gold Peterson

The Delta Psi chapter has now one 8 Consecutive Petersons Awards – the 2016-17 award at Balfour Leadership Training Workshop at Bowling Green University in Ohio on August 5, 2017 was finally a gold level Peterson – Only 15 of the chapters (only 6% of the 240 chapters) received gold level of the total 80 Peterson winners. Congratulations to the membership of Delta Psi.

Pictured below with the 70th Grand Consul, Tommy Gettings, are  Pierre Fabris ’19, Harrison Ma ’19, Alex Cope ’20,  Arthur Mosley ’20, Gettings, Tim Saia ’18, Spencer Holt ’20, Sean Waclawik ’18, and Ken Sobel ’13

Read more about the History of the Peterson Award.2017 Peterson Gold

Sigs join Alan Hanbury for 7 Lights Awards in Providence

Delta Psi brothers from New England joined Alan “HJ” Hanbury celebrated his 7 Lights service award (see the Award  Story) at Sigma Chi’s 81st Grand Chapter on June 24, 2017 in Providence, Rhode Island.

Brothers joining HJ included Larry Mentz ’68, Bill Wurst ’71, Bob Shortle ’74 (with Marion), Greg Chilson ’75, Jim Manocchi ’75 (with Pam), Bob Bedard ’75, Greg Hasko ’77 and John Baldwin ’77.

Brother Hanbury will be recognized by the Delta Psi chapter at Work Party 2017, August 2017, at the Pomeroy Chapter House at 58 Pinewoods in Troy, New York, if we can get the hammer and saw out of his hands.

Hanbury photo 1Greg Chilson ’75, Jim Manocchi 75, Bob Shortle 74, John Baldwin 77Hanbury photo 2Alan Hanbury ’74 and John Baldwin ‘77
Hanbury photo 3Alan Hanbury ’74 and Bob Bedard ‘75aHanbury photo 4Jim Manochi ’75 , Bob Shortle ’74, Bill Wurst ’71,  Alan Hanbury ‘74, John Barnes ’77, Greg Hasko ’77, Bob Bedard ’75, and Pam Manocchi Hanbury photo 5
Alan Hanbury ‘74, and Bob Bedard ’75Hanbury photo 6Marion Shortle, Pam Manocchi, Bob Shortle ’74 and Alan Hanbury ‘74



RPI Greek Community Honors Bob “Justa” Eckart ‘73

In May 2017, Bob “Justa” Eckart ’73 was honored by the RPI Greek Community.  They awarded Justa his second consecutive Chapter Advisor of the YeEckart Awardar, and, wait for it, they renamed the award the Bob Eckart Chapter Advisor of the Year Award.  John Pfaff ’71 gushed proudly, “I can’t begin to tell you how proud we are of Justa, and it’s wonderful to know that RPI’s Greek community recognizes Bob’s accomplishments and talents.”

Additional Comments:

I have only known Justa for about 40 years. A gentleman – always.  I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor. – Larry Mentz ‘68

Special congratulations to Bob (Justa) Eckart for all he does for the betterment of Sigma Chi, Delta Psi, and the entire Greek system at RPI. – Dan Hudson ‘70

“How do we continue to refer to the chapter advisor who now defines the term – whose picture you see when you look up the term in the dictionary – how do we continue to refer to him as Justa Chapter Advisor?”  – Tom Hey ‘72

Well done to “Justa”! – Jim Board ‘75

Wow!   Many congrats to the chapter for such a great job, and especially to JUSTA!!   – Jim Manocchi ‘75

Congratulations to Justa! – Phil Cichanowicz ‘81

Congratulations to Justa.  Great recognition for a Sig who has always put delta psi first!  – Bill Casey ’81

Justa, an award was never more deserved.  Congrats! – Ed “V” Anderson, ‘84

We all know that he’s Justa best. Congratulations! – Richard Antaya, MD “Idiot”  ’85

Congratulations to Justa! Such an outstanding honor for him to receive, and he deserves it so so much. – Chaz Goodwine, ’12


Sigma Chi honored Alan Hanbury with 7 Lights Awards

The Sigma Chi Fraternity honored Alan Hanbury, RPI ’74 with the Seven Lights service award at its 81st Grand Chapter alumni celebration lunch on June 23, 2017 in Providence, Rhode Island.  Brother Hanbury, a professional home remodeler in Newington, Connecticut, was recognized for more than a decade of work on Sigma Chi fraternity house at his alma mater.  The Seven Lights awards is presented to alumni members who have demonstrated significant service of ten or more years as an active alumnus as recognized by other alumni.  No more than 28 Seven Lights are awarded in any year to the more than 300,000+ brothers.

AHanburycolorBrother Hanbury was recognized for his more than 15 years of service starting in 2002 to the Delta Psi chapter, leading the repair and refurbishment of the 115 year-old Sigma Chi fraternity at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Pomeroy Chapter House at 58 Pinewoods in Troy, New York.  As endorsed by Jim Manocchi ‘75, “Alan’s dedicated leadership and his heavy investment of his time and resources has been an essential part of making this journey for both the facility and the brotherhood possible.”  “During each and every fall work party, Alan was the ‘go to’ guy whenever questions arose.  For many of us these issues [repairing the house] were daunting. For Alan they were simply challenges to address and repair,” added Bob “Justa” Eckart ’73. “Frankly, he showed the patience of Job and, along the way, many undergraduate brothers learned important new skills from him.”  Although the annual alumni “work party” lasts only a couple days, many times Alan has spent the entire next week finishing projects. Additionally, Brother Hanbury was integral to planning and construction of the new addition completed in 2013.

Brother Hanbury will be recognized by the Delta Psi chapter at Work Party 2017, August 2017, at the Pomeroy Chapter House at 58 Pinewoods in Troy, New York, if we can get his hammer and saw out of his hands.

Details on the 7 Lights Awards can be found at 7 Lights.


Sigma Chi Homecoming Plans, 2017

To honor Doug Doskocil’s ’83, passing into the Chapter Eternal, members of the Class of 1983 welcome all brothers to join them at the RPI  Homecoming October 13-15 2017 for a White Rose Ceremony for Doug and all Delta Psi Brothers who have recently recorded their names on the Chapter Eternal roll book.  More details will follow soon and contact Alan Roberts ’83 for more information.

Bob Brooks ’75 enters Chapter Eternal

Bob Brooks ’75 Obituary

Robert J. Brooks Jr.  1953 – 2016
brooksYARMOUTH – Robert J. Brooks Jr., 62, of Yarmouth, died peacefully on Monday July, 18, 2016, at Brentwood Center for Health and Rehabilitation, after a long battle with early onset dementia.
He was born in Portland on Oct. 11, 1953, the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Conley) Brooks.
Robert attended Cape Elizabeth High School and graduated from Winthrop High School in 1971. He later graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor’s degree in English in 1977, and from Rutgers University in 1979 with his M.B.A.
Robert started his career as a CPA at the accounting firm of Arthur Anderson in New York City. He returned to Hollis in 1985 to raise his family, and continued his career as financial officer for multiple companies, as well as his own small businesses.
He was very involved with his children as they grew. He spent time attending their sporting events and coaching Little League. After his children were grown, Robert enjoyed several hobbies including ice skating and swimming in the ocean. Robert also loved traveling to visit his children as they moved about the world.
He was predeceased by his mother, Elizabeth Brooks; and a sister-in-law, Darlene Brooks.
He is survived by his son Ben Brooks and his wife Shelly of Syracuse, N.Y.; two daughters, Emily Semenchuk and her husband Trevor of Hollis, and Anne Adams and her husband Garrett of Portland, and their mother, Susan Brooks of Raymond; his father, Robert Brooks Sr. of Augusta; three brothers, Steven Brooks of Augusta, John Brooks of Manchester, and Daniel Brooks of Winthrop; his grandchildren, Juliet (8) and Kyle (5) Semenchuk, Cooper Brooks (18 months), and Curtis Adams (4 months); as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff at the Brentwood Center for Health and Rehabilitation, as well as Hospice of Southern Maine.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, July 23, from 10-noon at Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, where a celebration of Robert’s life will follow at noon. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at: Brooks

Mark Harris ’70 enters Chapter Eternal

Mark J. Harris ’70 Obiturary

Mark J. Harris, 68, died January 1, 2017 at his home in Claremore, Oklahoma.

Mark was born January 20, 1948 in Tulsa to John Martin “Jack” and Margretta (Shields) Harris.

He joined the US Navy and received a rank of Lt. JG upon his discharge.

Mark had a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master’s in Teaching Arts from Norhteastern State University, and a PhD in Educational Research from North Texas University.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack” Harris.

Survivors include his mother, Margretta of Tulsa; two brothers, John & Charles Harris both of Tulsa; a sister Sharon Wilson of Claremore; a nephew Jonathan Harris of Tulsa; and other relatives.


From Tom Krause ’70

Really sad to hear this.  Okie was my roommate for a year and, of course, one of my pledge class.  The way I distracted Okie and Dave Lewis that year, I never would have expected 2 Ph.D.’s and an MBA to come out of that basement room.  I think he single handedly kept Maxwell House in business.  He was a good guy and there were some really memorable other times as well.  I was not on the trip to Oneonta in his station wagon, but I heard it was the Chinese Fire Drill that caught the trooper’s attention.  Everything turned out alright as I remember (a challenge these days).  I never would have pictured Okie as a naval officer either.


From Jim Campbell ’70: Very sad news. Okie was an OKIE through and through. He was not a prolific dater so when he finally did get a date for one of the “big” weekends, our mission was clear -Argyle raid. His date was more than a bit shocked, and Okie was ticked at first, as I believe we interrupted a big moment, but then started laughing uncontrollably. I don’t believe they ever dated again.
All honor to his name.
In Hoc,
From Bob Hutnick ’71: As Okie was about to leave Sigma Chi , forever it turned out, in 1970, he came up to me and put his hand out and said something like “Ruff, we’ve been through a lot but no hard feelings.” (I didn’t know why there would be hard feelings). But, of course, I went to shake his hand and he pulled it back and aid “gotcha” and ran out to his car and sped away. Okie’s “finest” moment that I remember was his challenge of Munger to a drink-off in the old bar. On the night so ordained (assumed it was a Friday in the winter of 1969), Munger and Okie entered the old bar with towels. The match was one beer and one shot until one gave up. They proceeded to have let’s say around a dozen drinks when Okie fell off the barstool and passed out onto the floor. Did we take him to the hospital? No. I never thought anyone could die from too much alcohol. Hey, I was a sophomore! We rolled Okie on his stomach so in case he threw up when we weren’t there he wouldn’t choke to death. We were caring brothers. Munger? He had one more beer and another shot, and went up to Rogue’s Den and took out a book and studied. Some say the book was upside down but regardless. It was classic. In Hoc, Ruff
From C Ray Allshouse ’70: As I recall, Okie wasn’t all to pleased when we tried to see just how many dart holes we could get into the Oklahoma license plate that he had left at the Bar… C Ray ’70
From Dave Lewis ’70: As the other room mate in that blond paneled hole in the basement agree with Krause that Mark was a good guy. Truly lived up to his Okie name! In Hoc, Dave Lewis

Will Castleman ’57 enters Chapter Eternal

Brother Albert Welford “Will”  Castleman Jr. ’57 Obiturary

Albert Welford Castleman, Jr, known commonly as Will, died on February 28, 2017 at the age of 81 in Arlington, VA. He was born January 7, 1936 in Richmond, VA to Albert Welford Castleman, Sr. and Mildred Louise Castleman,: at age 11 moved with his parents to Northport, Long Island, where he graduated from Northport High School (1953). He married Heide Gisela Engel on March 10, 1976 in Boulder, CO. In May of 1982, as brand new parents, they moved to State College, PA where they resided until moving full time to Washington, D.C. in 2015.  He retired in May of 2016.

Will’s passion for science, learning and discovery spanned all the years of his life. He earned his B.Ch.E. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1957) and a joint Ch.E., physical Chemistry and mathematics Ph.D. Degree from the Polytechnic Institute of New York (1969). He joined the staff of the Brookhaven National Laboratory (1958-1975), became Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Mechanics and Earth and Space Sciences at State University of New York, Stony Brook (1973-1975), and was Professor of Chemistry and Fellow of CIRES at the University of Colorado, Boulder (1975-1982). In 1982 he accepted a professorship in the Department of Chemistry at The Pennsylvania State University, and was given the distinction of the Evan Pugh Professor title in 1986. In 1999 he was appointed Eberly Distinguished Chair in Science, and a joint professor in the Department of Physics. He was a member, on the Advisory Board for The Penn State Particulate Materials Center, and a member of the Materials Research Institute.

Will was a Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar at Cal Tech (1977), was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1985), a Fellow of the American Physical Society (1985), and a Senior Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (1985 and 1997). He was awarded a Doktors Honoris Causa from the University of Innsbruck, Austria (1987), the recipient of the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology (1988), was a Fulbright Senior Scholar (1989), and three times was named a U.S. Senior Scientist von Humboldt Awardee (1986, 1996, and 2007). He received the Wilhelm Jost Memorial Lectureship 2000 Award from the German Chemical Society (Bunsen-Gesellschaft fuer Physikalische Chemie), as well as the Rensselaer distinguished alumni Thomas W. Phelan Fellows Award (2007), and the Irving Langmuir award in Chemical Physics from the ACS (2010).

In 1998, Will was elected a Member of the National Academy of Sciences.  The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress and signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research.  That same year he was also elected a Fellow of the American Academy for Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences. Through the course of his career Will has written and published over 600 papers relating to his extensive work and research, in addition to publishing several books and editing other technical works.

Will was a man of great integrity, with a lifetime curiosity that took him far beyond conventional thinking. He was a kind, compassionate mentor and roll model, whose opinion was frequently sought. He worked tirelessly throughout his life but still had time and energy to spare for anyone who needed him. A devoted family man, he loved cycling and photography. Absorbing every moment with loved ones over great food and a glass of Apfelsaft Schorle, was an important core value of the closeness shared with his family. He supported and encouraged his loved ones, cheering them on in their hobbies and work, offering advice and ideas to help inspire them to grow. He took great joy in his grandsons, greeting them with a broad smile and eagerness to introduce them to something new in their world, and always ready with proud praise as he watched them learn.

He is survived by his wife, Heide G. Castleman, son Clifton Carl (Amy) Castleman, two grandchildren Flynn Lathan and Tobias Hunter Castleman, and nephew David (Sandy) Beyer. He was predeceased in death by his half-brother Richard H. Pollock and half-sister Isabel Beyer.

A service celebrating Will’s life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 18th at McLean Baptist Church, 1367 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA  22101. Interment Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville, VA on March 10th. Due to severe allergies, the family asks that any additional gesture of love and support be made through donations in his memory to the National Parkinson Foundation ( in lieu of flowers.