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.

John Schroeder ’69 enters Chapter Eternal

John Schroeder

John Schroeder ’69

Schroeder, John C. GUILDERLAND John Craig Schroeder, born in Chappaqua, N.Y. on February 2, 1947, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 3, 2017. The loving husband of Margaret (Wetherbee) Schroeder, originally of Hudson Falls; he is survived by Eric, who lives in Bowdoin, Maine with his wife, Brooke; and Alison, who lives with her husband, David Manugian and their two children, Lindsey Rose and Timothy John, in Groton, Mass. John helped and encouraged many in his time at Taylor Instruments, Power Plant, and Schenectady County Community College, where he taught and chaired the Technologies department. He loved tinkering with electrical do-dads and keeping the lawnmowers and snow blowers of friends and neighbors running well beyond their reasonable service lives, as well as reading, not camping, and nourishing his beloved grandchildren with ice cream, playground trips, and mini-golf. He cherished summers at the family cottage on Lake George, where he developed the world’s first weed wacker powered micro yacht, raised the humble grilled cheese sandwich to an art form, and watched autumn colors tumble down the mountain year after year. John gave over 100 pints of blood to the Red Cross and highly recommended the cookies at the St. Madeline Sophie blood drives. Though a fast-acting cancer took his physical life, he will be remembered in the hearts of many for his generous spirit, his willingness to go out of his way for others, and for a quick wit and warm-hearted sense of humor that put people at ease and brightened our lives. He will be missed. Calling hours are scheduled for Friday, April 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. in New Comer Funerals & Cremations, 343 New Karner Road, Colonie, with funeral services to be held on Saturday, April 8, at 11 a.m. in the Oneida Community Church, 197 Sunnyside Road, Queensbury. Burial will be at a later date. He supported the City Mission of Schenectady and the Albany Rescue Mission, to which we request donations be made in lieu of flowers. To leave a special message for the family online, – See more at:

From Bob Hutnick ;71

Just saw this from Paul Jossman ’70, Schroeder has gone on to the Chapter Eternal on April 3.  All honor to his name . . . . My first recollection of “Schroeder” (I didn’t know he had a first name!) was in 1969 when I moved into the House as a 2nd semester sophomore. I would see him in the kitchen, as he was Steward that year, pouring over some mashed potatoes or other goodies on the stove with his cigarette butt hanging out of his mouth and the ashed just about to fall into the food he was tending. I never looked at him cooking again and didn’t want to know what went into our food! But Ruthie and him got along famously and I think they were very close friends as a result. That same semester, my “classic Schroeder story” happened. We were at Margies (go figure) one night during the week (Munger may have challenged us to frequent Margies because the Teke’s were moving in on our territory).  Anyway, we came back from Margies in a 4-car caravan with Spurt, the Pro-Consul, leading the way. Well, as we neared the house “we” decided to wake up the brothers who were sleeping and NOT drinking by blaring our horns at 12 midnight.  By the time I had reached the 2nd deck, there was Schroeder, buck naked, (was his cigarette drooping from his mouth? LOL), signing me up for a fine on the fine sheet! It is a sight I’ll never forget! Anyway, the “case” went to the EC and lo and behold Spurt & Co. found me not guilty. Schroeder stormed off and well . . . my next recollection was 44 years later at an RPI Hockey Game on their big weekend in February. I saw Schoeder walking into the RPI Fieldhouse and called his name. He looked up, and  . . . the rest is conjecture only . . . he saw me, looked down, muttered “A**hole” and kept walking . . . . Seriously, Schroeder was a great guy and we had several conversations even after our “incident.” He was a good family man and a hard worker and anyone who worked as a steward in the House will always have a special place in my heart (and stomach). And to you, Schroeder, all honor to your name.  In Hoc, Ruff


Hank Lumb Jr. ’53 enters Chapter Eternal

Henry O. “Hank” Lumb, Jr. ’53 and a founding father of Delta Psi of Sigma Chi at RPI on 12/2/1950, was Consul, and passed into the Chapter Eternal on March 12, 2017.

From Joan Lumb

Hank Lumb was President of Sigma Chi 1952-1953.  I believe he was one of the first members of Sigma Chi when it was changed from its predecessor (Phi Epsilon Phi)  He left at the end of his senior year – (read “having too much fun”) – and was drafted into the army as an MP for two years.  The army stint made him buckle down to his studies and he finished RPI in 1956 with respectable grades. I’ve known him since we were 15 years old and attending the same school.  He’s missed by anyone who knew him, especially me.
– Joan Lumb


Hank Lumb, age 85, husband of Joan Lumb of Singer Island and father of Pete Lumb of Jupiter died on March 12, 2017, as the result of a massive stroke that occurred sixty hours earlier. His two grandchildren, Stephanie and Justin Lumb, as well as Kimberly Clements also survive him. Born in Schenectady, NY to Henry O. Lumb, Sr. and Hazel Cluett Lumb, he lived most of his young life in Haddon Heights, NJ. After a two year stint as an MP in the US Army, he graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1953. After graduation he was employed by RCA in Camden, NJ as a mechanical engineer. In 1968 he was transferred to RCA in Palm Beach Gardens. After RCA closed its doors, Hank went into the steel fabricating business for several years, until an opportunity opened for him at Siemens Corporation in Boca Raton where he remained from 1980 to 1993 when he retired. When Hank and Joan moved from Haddonfield, NJ they took with them their sailboat and joined the Palm Beach Sailing Club competing in races. Hank took up rowing with the Palm Beach Rowing Association where he was an honorary life member. Upon retirement he built an airplane, a Van’s RV-6A. The end result was a speedy little aircraft and enduring friendships. Hank and Joan, married nearly sixty years, met as teenagers at Moorestown Friends School, which has continued to mean a great deal to both of them. If you wish to remember Hank, a donation to Moorestown Friends School, 110 East Main Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057 would be meaningful and most appreciated. A memorial gathering will be at a future date.
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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Mar. 16 to Mar. 17, 2017– See more at:

Jim Comyns ’77 enters Chapter Eternal

Jim Comyns ’77 obituary: Comyns Obituary


James Michael “Jim” Comyns, age 61, of Avondale, PA went home to be with his Savior Thursday April 6, 2017. Jim is survived by his wife of 24 years, Linda Montalto Comyns; his son, James Montalto Comyns; his two daughters, Rebekah JieYong Comyns and Jennifer Leigh Comyns; three brothers, Michael of Bryn Mawr, PA, Mark (wife Barbara) of Berwyn, PA and Matthew (wife Jennifer) of CT; two sisters Jean Wierzbicky (husband Mike) and Carol Ann Korpi; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was born in New York City to the late James Anthony and Joan Gunerman Comyns and was raised in Brooklyn. He received a degree in Nursing from New York University and worked as a nurse, mainly in dialysis, for almost 40 years. Jim served as a corpsman in the United States Navy for 6 years, seeing action during Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada.

Jim was a follower of Christ for 28 years and was part of the Cornerstone Presbyterian Church family. Growing out of the many troubles he experienced in his younger days and the tremendous grace and forgiveness he found in Jesus Christ, Jim was a humble, faithful friend who was eager to help anyone who was struggling – especially folks who were overlooked by others. One of Jim’s favorite verses from God’s Word is Psalm 46:10, “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ ” Jim’s life was marked by a patient confidence in God that made him the wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle and friend he was. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

A memorial service celebrating Jim’s life will be held at 2 PM ET on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 109 Gypsy Hill Rd, Landenberg, PA 19350. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to: the Mercy Ministries Fund at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church or, if you prefer to give online directly to the Comyns family, you may give at


l->r: Jon Merz ’78. Mitch Dzienkowski ’77, Brian Popelsky ’77  attended the funeral ceramony for Brother Comyns.

From Jon Merz ’78
This is sad…  I am forever indebted to flanagan for introducing me to scotch, in a wild nite at sneeky peets in latham.  he dropped the moniker flanagan in later years…  spent a great nite with mitch, brian popelsky, and jim in a sports pub on the delaware, too many years ago, catching up on decades gone by.

Mitch, Brian, and I attended Jim’s memorial yesterday. packed house, with easily over 200 people there.  Jim clearly touched a lot of folks’ lives…  his son gave a very moving eulogy, outlining Jim’s life.  Jim clearly had worked and gotten past his demons and found love and happiness with Linda and his 3 kids.

gotta commit to not waiting for death to pull us together.  it would have been a lot more fun reunion if jim was with us…

IH, Jon

From Bob Hutnick ’71

“Flanagan” is the third Sig to enter the Chapter Eternal in the last five weeks joining Doug Doskocil ’83 and John Schroeder ’69. And that why as Tim McGraw’s song goes, we should all “Live like we’re dying.”  Don’t hold grudges, email, call, or visit your friends and family because you never know when your tee time in heaven is. Schroeder felt ill March 4 and within a month he was dead.

In Hoc, Ruff

From Matt Miller ’77

I had not seen Jim since my graduation but had heard some time ago that he’d gone on to study nursing, was a Navy corpsman and had married all of which I found deeply inspiring.  I was deeply saddened to read of Jim’s death yesterday and had thought of writing about why he inspired me but the obituary you will find at the following link shines a light about (and from) Jim that is far brighter than my words can ever provide.
His life, his love for family, his service to others speak to a life well lived.  I should like to think that the brotherhood he found at Delta Psi and the White Cross of Sigma Chi guided him on his meaningful journey.
All honor to his name,
From Brian Popelsky ’77
Jim’s service was held near the family home in Landenburg, Pa.  Our Delta Psi chapter was represented by Mitch Dziekonski 77, Jon Merz 78 and myself.
While we all may remember Flanagan as somewhat troubled, what struck us most vividly was the overwhelming outpouring of love and sadness from the community at his loss.  There must have been at least 300 attending and all clearly knew him well and significant and extremely moving testimony as to his impact on their congregation and extended family was expressed.
Mitch is currently living in Houston and remains at the helm of his company Titanium Engineers.
Jon is a professor at The University of Pennsylvania and recently got remarried.
I split my time between St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and Estero, Florida  and occasionally do a bit of food safety / recall mediation consultation, post retirement.
Jim is survived by his wife Linda of 24 years, a wonderful son James and two incredible adopted daughters Jie young and Jennifer Leigh.
All Honor to his name
My best personal regards to you and all our brothers wherever they may be.
Brian Popelsky 77

Bob Glaess ’65 enters the Chapter Eternal

Glass Obituary Notice
Fairport: April 4, 2017. Suddenly at the age of 73 while vacationing in Bonaire. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Kathleen; son, Kurt (Wendy) Glaess; daughter Kristin (Shawn) Cronkwright; four beautiful grandchildren, Emma and Quinlan Glaess, Alivia and Jack Cronkwright; brother, George (Carol); sister-in-law, Joyce Doty; many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Bob was a devoted husband, father and Papa. After many years in the health care field, he retired to his love of boating, skiing and traveling. His energy and love of fun were always an inspiration. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Calling Hours will be held Tuesday, April 18, 2017 3-7PM at the Richard H. Keenan Funeral Home (Egypt Location) 7501 Pittsford Palmyra Rd, Fairport. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 19, 2017 10AM at the Richard H. Keenan Funeral Home. His interment will be held at White Haven Memorial Park following the funeral service. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Heart Association or The Ronald McDonald House. For further information please visit: http://www.keenanfuneral

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Apr. 16, 2017– See more at:

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The Class of 1965 was initiated on April 15, 1962.
L to R: Frank DiGregorio, Bob Glaess, Les Larson, Lou Chiappetta, John Bazinet, Ron Draper, Rod Blumenau, Bruce Allen, Dan Morehouse – and two neighborhood girls.

Doug Doskocil ’83 enters Chapter Eternal

Sigs attend Doug Doskocil Funeral 2017-03-11

Sigs attend the funeral for Brother Doskocil: Jack Hlavaty ’81, Paul Killian ’86, Bill (Turk) Wurst ’71, Bob (Justa) Eckart ‘73, Rob Stone ’82, Ed (Vedge) Anderson ’84, Justin Perrault ’85, Jim Manocchi ’75, Alan Roberts ’83, Mike Wands ’86, Sam Pollard ’86, Ron Gecsedi ’84

Obituary Notice for Brother Douglas Doskocil, RPI ’83.  Both sons are actives at RPI: Sam Doskocil RPI ’18 and Jake Doskocil RPI ’19.  Some Comments from Doug’s chapter mates follow.

DOSKOCIL, Douglas C. of Andover, March 4, 2017, age 55. Beloved husband of Cynthia J. Weeks. Cherished father of Samuel L. Doskocil and Jacob S. Doskocil, both of Andover. Son of Albert C. and Lois E. (Springsteen) Doskocil of Acton. Brother of Susan L. Doskocil of Las Vegas, NV, William C. and his wife Leslie Doskocil of Sterling and David B. and his wife Andrea Doskocil of Rye, NH. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

Mr. Doskocil was a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1983), Tufts University (M.S., Electrical Engineering, 1986), Suffolk University School of Law (J.D., 1991) and Vermont Law School (M.S.E.L., 1999). Doug was a partner at the Goodwin law firm in Boston specializing in IP litigation. Prior to that he spent many years as an engineer for RCA, GE, and Martin Marietta. He was very involved in his son’s lives, coaching many of their sports teams over the years and acting as co-President of the Andover Band Association when they were part of the AHS Marching Band. An Eagle Scout, he was the Scoutmaster of Andover Troop 77, mentoring many boys in the process to become an Eagle Scout, including his own sons. He loved life and filled every moment he was given with family, fun, friends, travel and sports. He will be dearly missed.
Doskocil funeral programIt was an honor to have a speaking part in the White Rose ceremony, along with my big brother Alan Roberts.  Justa brought the White Roses, the script for the ceremony, and he delivered really nice opening remarks about Doug and the meaning of the White Rose.

I passed along all your stories to Doug’s brother Bill, who incorporated your ideas into his talk about Doug.

I’ve yet to speak with Cindy about the picture of Doug on the program, but I suspect Doug picked it out himself.  It is the perfect picture of Doug trying not to crack up in front of a really odd ancient mosaic that is desperately trying to pass for art.

In Hoc, Ed Anderson ‘84


Doug DoskocilBrothers:

Doug Doskocil would say that he was a “shit pledge who made good.”

Irrespective of whether the first part of that statement ever was true, certainly the second part was.  He lived his life his way – with a big smile, great integrity, and true love in his heart.  He was devoted to his family, friends, and career and was a loyal brother to us all.  In departing this world, he left nothing on the table.

As Doug had mentioned in an email to several of you last summer, we really never know what will happen in life.  So live life, cherish and be grateful for what you have, laugh often, and tell and show those you love that you love them.  Nothing is more important.

I was honored to be Doug’s brother, as I am honored to be brother to all of you.

In hoc, Alan (Thrabbi) Roberts ’83 obituary:

His law firm’s tribute to Doug:

A video with Doug and an associate speaking about their pro-bono work:



Happy New Year from the Pomeroy Chapter House @ 58 Pinewoods

cropped-housephotos1.jpgHappy New Year 2017 from the Pomeroy Chapter House at 58 Pinewoods.

As normal, it’s quiet here finally on Pinewoods Avenue.  Someone install a gigantic subwoofer on the third deck last semester and rocks my inners. The semester break gives me a chance to relax and get ready for the 41 brothers who will return for the spring 2017 semester.  It’s a great time for me to reflect on the past year.  My 100+ old bones are creaking, but my new 2013 rear-end facelift is in great condition.

Here’s a picture of the Brotherhood and Bob “Justa” Eckart, ’73, chapter advisor around my front porch from last month before the snows came last week.

The picture is featured on the chapter’s Facebook site ( and so are many other stories at the Alumni’s site (

Looking back on 2016, the men of Sigma Chi finished the spring semester strong with Greek awards: the Communiversity and Housing Award, the Fire, Life, and Environmental Safety Award, and the Personal Development and Scholarship Awards plus the top Fraternity at RPI and awards to Sean Waclawik, initiated this fall 2015, won the New Member of the Year Award.   Also Delta Psi won intramurals ultimate Frisbee.

Fifteen brothers graduated in May for the class of 2016.  The summer saw two brothers, Aidan Gorby and Pierre Fabris, selected for scholarships to attend the Huntsman Horizons Leadership Summit at Snowbird Utah.  The chapter leadership team, led by Consul Alexander Mikelis, attended the Balfour Leadership Training workshop at Bowling Green University and returned with the seventh consecutive Peterson Outstanding Chapter award.  The group was also honored for raising funds for the Huntsman Cancer during the spring Derby Days. The chapter earned the top prize for Risk Management including a $2500 grant to implement video security equipment.  Also Pro Consul Kent Rapp won a $6,000 scholarship from the Sigma Chi Foundation.  Kent will be out to Singapore on co-op for the spring and Aidan Gorby will take over as Pro Consul.  And Marvin Cosare was elected as the new IFC president.

In November, 13 new brothers joined the Delta Psi Brotherhood.  Welcome to the family of Phi Ep Phi and Sigma Chis who have enjoyed the brotherhood here since 1942.  Last month, three more members graduated into alumni status: Will West, Christian Avarella and Frank LaPinto.  Fall semester 43 brothers lived here and I hear I should expect two less for the spring 2017 semester that starts January 17.

The big news may be the RPI Arch program requiring juniors to attend summer school and then work coop, study abroad or conduct another off-campus service project during one semester of the junior year.  I hear a big pow-wow is planned at RPI to discuss this topic very soon and House Corporation President John Leroy Pfaff ’71 will join Eckart at the meeting.

Homecoming 2016 was the special focus of the members of the class of 1966 who returned to celebrate 50 years from graduation, led by Foss Hooper ‘66.  Unfortunately, Bill Pomeroy ’66 was ill and unable to visit the Pomerory family anvil which adorns my front year.

Back in September, the Pinewoods Educational Foundation offered an interview seminar to the brothers and friends. Attendees learned soft and hard skills about resume writing, interviewing, and networking.  That was new.  It was led by Dennis Powers ’63 and Rui Soares ’95 using materials developed jointly by Powers and Soares. Matt Miller ‘77, Doug Doskosil ‘83, John Baldwin ‘77 and Jim Manocchi ‘75 assisted with resume and cover letter feedback and in conducting the many individual mock interview and feedback sessions.  The seminar preceded the Fall Alumni-Rush dinner

Each summer 20 to 30 alumni have returned for the Work Party before the fall semester to enhance my grounds and renew the garage.  I look forward to new plantings under the direction of Larry Heininger ’78, master landscape architect and getting my row of front sidewalk privets trimmed by Bob “Ruff” Hutnick ’71.

Interestingly, perennial work party foreman, Bob “Beo” Bedard, ’75, is moving is home and business from Connecticut.  His new home is in the Pinewoods neighborhood just a few doors down and around the corner on Belle Avenue.  He’ll be able to attend events and keep a closer eye on my upkeep.  I am also expecting to get a new internet connection from RPI with the other Pawling Avenue fraternities, wired with fiber optic internet access this year.

Also during the summer, I overheard Alex Manochi ’12, propose marriage to Chelsea on my porch where they first met.  Congratulations to them on their upcoming wedding.  Also this year, there were multiple lavalierings: Felicia and Ben Richardson ’15; Laurel and Brian Casel ’17; and Christine and Andrew Ehlers ‘16.


May all the brothers who lived here at 58 Pinewoods and all your families and all your friends have a very happy and prosperous 2017.  Please come back to visit me and renew the bonds of your brotherhood in Sigma Chi.

Job Interviewing Seminar hosted by Pinewoods Educational Foundation

On September 17, 2016, Pinewoods Educational Foundation members conducted a 4.5 hour seminar titled “Interviewing Skills – How to get your Perfect Job” at 58 Pinewoods, in Troy, NY.  More than 20 students participated in seminar led by Dennis Powers ’63 and Rui Soares ’95 using materials developed jointly by Powers and Soares.  The session consisted of an instructional presentation, resume and cover letter reviews along with mock interviews and individual feedback sessions.  Matt Miller ‘77, Doug Doskosil ‘83, John Baldwin ‘77 and Jim Manocchi ‘75 assisted with  resume and cover letter feedback and in conducting the many individual mock interview and feedback sessions.  The seminar preceded the Fall Alumni-Rush dinner at the Bill Pomeroy ’66 Sigma Chi Chapter House.