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1970s

Neville, John Posted: 5/5/2010 10:02:27 AM
Class of 1970 

I'm meeting my Phi Delt roommate Rich ("Gape") Rasmussen (1970) at Homecoming this year. Hoping to see Mike Smith, Charlie Hood, Dale Herring, Derek Rainey, and anyone else from that era who may be around. Here is a recent photo of Michigan Phis from the early 1970's: Pat Shea, Frank Lucido, Gape, and me.

Neville, John Posted: 12/4/2008 12:37:54 PM
Class of 1970 

I bought Michigan football season tickets 3 years ago (with ""Gape"" Rich Rasmussen 1970 and another Boulder Michigan alum) from a woman I met flying from Colorado to the Ohio State game. Since then, I have joined Gape and other Phis (Bruce Baughman, Bill Keating, Mike Smith and Charlie Hood) for one or two games a year. I hope to do the same this year (probably Homecoming). In Colorado (Boulder, where I have lived for 31 years and where I am retired), I see Chick Dobson fairly regularly, and I also see Pat Shea, Ralph Farley and Jim Dost occasionally.

Singer, Wayne Posted: 10/1/2008 1:18:45 PM
Class of 1975

Building on the memories of Alan Marble (75), I too remember the Fishbowl events as well as freezing in THE Mud bowls.
My oscars were the smarter of the two fish. They even jumped from the tank to grab goldfish dangling from the mouth of Tom Bode (76). One of my many fond memories occurred on the intramural field during one of our football games. We had a break in the action and Alan Marble noticed the Great Dane mascot of the XChi's at the other end of the football field. He commented that there was a "moose" and had Paul Tomashefski (75) bend over so Alan could "figuratively" brace his musket on Paul's back to shoot the "moose". Alan made the sound of a gun shot and as if on que, the dog/"moose" lied down. This was 100 yards away.... the coincidence was enough that Paul and I were on the floor as well, laughing, as Alan was doing a makeshift Indian victory dance. I would love to have those carefree days back again. Those of you in the house now, enjoy every moment. They go by fast.
YITB Wayne

Marble, Alan Posted: 11/8/2007 10:01:09 AM
Class of 1975 

My favorite memories are watching UM beat OSU in 1969 when I was there for an admissions interview, winning (and losing) a couple of Mud Bowls, playing cribbage for hours on end with Paul Tomashefski '75 in lieu of studying, Fish Bowl I and Fish Bowl II in which my Jack Dempsey Fish squared off against the larger Oscar of Wayne Singer '75 and emerged the victor in both contests, Fragels and spending my graduation day birding at Point Pelee Provincial Park in Ontario.

Montgomery, James Posted: 11/8/2007 9:59:30 AM
Class of 1972 

Special hello to Rex Vaughn and thanks for all you do! (Remember Buster & Troll at 1212 Hill Street?).

Neville, John Posted: 11/8/2007 9:58:10 AM
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I met Gape (Rich Rasmussen '70) and Bru Baughman '70 for the MSU-M game last year. We checked out the house, which looks fabulous, where we met Bill Keating '70 and Charlie Hood '69. All of us met Mike Smith for lunch before heading to Charlie's friend's tailgate and a great Blue victory. Out in Colorado, I see Chick Dobson '70 fairly regularly and Ralph Farley '71 and Pat Shea '71 at least a few times a year. My daughter and her family live in California, not too far from Anteater (Frank Lucido '70) whom I visit there and who visits Colorado twice a year.

Annessa, Carl "Hobbs" Posted: 11/7/2007 3:50:53 PM
Class of 1979 

Carl is the executive vice president and COO of Hornbeck Offshore in Covington, Louisiana. Carl is married and has two girls (ages 19 and 23) and a boy (age 19). "Hobbs" lives in Mandeville, Louisiana and can be reached by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gray, Robert "Bob" Posted: 10/19/2007 11:57:15 AM
Class of 1973

With 4 children from 2 to 17, no chance of retirement. I'm still a corporate securities lawyer with Mayer Brown in the Houston office. I've lived in Houston for the past 30 years. I still keep up with Mark Joliat (Jols) - we've gone with our boys on vacations - and am looking forward to lunch next week with Dan Gunsett (Gunner). If any of you are down here in Texas, drop by and I'll treat you to some real barbecue.
Bob
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Marble, Alan Posted: 10/3/2007 10:27:36 AM
Class of 1975

I retired from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division, after 29 years as a Michigan conservation officer. I had the privilege of working from Ontonagon County in the western UP to Cadillac to Lansing to Newberry to Bay CIty and back to Lansing, where I retired as Chief of Law Enforcement. It was a great career, populated with some of the greatest, hard-working and dedicated men and women imaginable.

Retirement for the next few months means upland bird and waterfowl hunting with my two Labrador retrievers, Crosby and Chief. We hunt around Lansing, around Benzie County where I have a cabin, the UP when I can get there, and make trips to North Dakota and Iowa....and who knows where else this fall.

I pledged in 1971, witnessed the "great fire" that winter, and moved into 1437 Washtenaw to bare floors with unpainted walls in September of 1973. I roomed with Paul Tomashefski for three years....the world's worst correspondent in regards to keeping in touch....and have many memories of those turbulent days in Ann Arbor.

1960s

O'Neil, Patrick Posted: 12/4/2008 12:37:54 PM
Class of 1965

Company Closed Now Retired

Staelin, Richard Posted: 12/4/2008 12:37:54 PM
Class of 1961 

I am still an active researcher and teacher at Duke University. I recently visited Skip Hildebrand in Florida for a few days. My wife and I are in the process of building a home in Tortola. We are not sure if we will ever retire there, but it is a nice place to visit for some extended periods of time.

Hayden, H Patrick "Pat" Posted: 10/26/2008 7:04:12 PM
Class of 1966

Still in the Steel business for over 40 years in Chicago, but now looking around the country to find a warm climate to spend time playing golf and enjoying travel in my retirement. In January my wife Sue and I had a nice visit with Robbie Estes and Rich Ingersoll in Hawaii. In April we saw George Sola who is living on a ranch in central Florida. Best regards to all the brothers in the bond...I can't believe I pledged more than 45 years ago. It just feels like a few years ago when our plege class was running up and down the stairs and enjoying that great pledge dinner!!!

Staelin, Richard Posted: 8/26/2008 8:12:12 AM
Class of 1961 

I am still an active researcher and teacher at Duke University. I recently visited Skip Hildebrand in Florida for a few days. My wife and I are in the process of building a home in Tortola. We are not sure if we will ever retire there, but it is a nice place to visit for some extended periods of time.

Maxim, Dale Posted: 11/8/2007 9:56:26 AM
Class of 1969 

I am retired and living north of Gladwin, MI playing a lot of golf.

Estes, Robert Posted: 11/8/2007 9:39:31 AM
Class of 1967 

I have two grandchildren.

Lavers, Richard Posted: 11/8/2007 9:39:31 AM
Class of 1968 

I have four kids all out of college, none having gone to Michigan (it's too expensive out of state!). I am still riding motorcycles and married to my first wife. I enjoy coaching lacrosse. I would like to see a reunion of 1967-1969 classes. (We would NOT understand a ""dry"" house.)

Ludwig, Frederick Posted: 11/8/2007 9:39:31 AM
Class of 1961 

I retired from the Navy Reserve in 2004 after 24 years of reserve and active service (as a medical officer). I have a general surgery practice in Sault Ste. Marie. My wife Barb and I have two sons and three grandchildren. I continue to hang on to season tickets in the Big House, usually making three or four home games each year. I'm glad the fraternity is back on campus.

Cobb, Clifton Posted: 11/8/2007 9:39:31 AM
Class of 1963 

I remember the pinning ceremony of Johny Walker 61 to a Tri Delt! Dan Clevenger, Tony Petreilli & Dave Glinka were his best men. What a night it was!

Hildebrand, W. R. 'Skip' "Skip" Posted: 11/8/2007 9:39:31 AM
Class of 1961 

I live in Jackson for half a year and in Naples, Fla. for the other half.

1950s

Dutcher, Bruce Posted: 5/8/2012 7:57:47 AM
Class of 1950 

"I need to inform all Phis that brother Douglas Herrick Wicks, Michigan Alpha, died January 9, 2012 at age 85. He was diagnosed with a jaw tumor last June, decided to go ahead with an operation at Ann Arbor in July but was forewarned he had a 30% chance for survival. He appeared to be making a good recovery last fall, but slipped away. He was a constant cigarette smoker. Doug and I were good hunting and trout fishing companions for 65 years starting in 1947 when we both joined Michigan Alpha. We made seven extensive hunting trips together to Western States and Alberta, Canada for elk, bighorn sheep, mule deer, and whitetail deer.
Douglas was an outstanding athlete, a very good water skier, loved good Dixieland music, was a joy to watch on the dance floor, could rattle off more indecent jokes than anyone else I've known, and had a good head for the insurance business. He was house manager at Michigan Alpha about 1949. Doug was a great friend and I miss him.
P.S. Our guide in Wyoming said Doug was the only hunter he'd seen who put successive shots with his .270 Winchester rifle in the same hole on the 100 yard practice range!
I need to inform all Phis that brother Douglas Herrick Wicks, Michigan Alpha, died January 9, 2012 at age 85. He was diagnosed with a jaw tumor last June, decided to go ahead with an operation at Ann Arbor in July but was forewarned he had a 30% chance for survival, appeared to be making a good recovery last fall, but slipped away. He was a constant cigarette smoker. Doug and I were good hunting and trout fishing companions for 65 years starting in 1947 when we both joined Michigan Alpha. We made seven extensive hunting trips together to Western States and Alberta, Canada for elk, bighorn sheep, mule deer, and whitetail deer.
Douglas was an outstanding athlete, a very good water skier, loved good Dixieland music, was a joy to watch on the dance floor, could rattle off more indecent jokes than anyone else I've known, and had a good head for the insurance business. He was house manager at Michigan Alpha about 1949. Doug was a great friend and I miss him.
P.S. Our guide in Wyoming said Doug was the only hunter he'd seen who put successive shots with his .270 Winchester rifle in the same hole on the 100 yard practice range!
"

Copp, Kenneth "Ken" Modified: 7/8/2009 10:39:02 AM
Class of 1955 

During Christmas holidays '07 Lynn and I celebrated our 50th anniversary by taking our 17 family members on a cruise. I teach part-time at area colleges as their need arises and we continue to travel US & international and keep busy as volunteers having served in India & Ukraine and at Montreat, NC. Keep in touch with Tim Reiman, Punky Boylan, & Howard Gordy.
We live in Danville, KY which is "EZ off & EZ on" from I-75. In AA from time to time to visit son (UM grad) and his family. GO BLUE!!!!

Harrington, Herbert Posted: 12/12/2008 10:38:51 PM
Class of 1953

After graduation spent 2 years in the U.S. Navy serving on a fleet oiler out of Norfolk, VA. Then joined Sikorsky Aircraft for 5 years. IN 1960 formed my own company producing parts for Sikorsky and Bell helicopters. The company now employs 50 people and builds a wide range of parts for the Army Blackhawk and other military and commercial models. My oldest son, an aeronautical engineer, now runs the company. After 4 years of extensive travel across six continents with my lovely wife, Doris, I decided it was time to start a new business. No sooner had we started than the economy went south so we now have an immense marketing challenge. Tune in next year for the outcome.

Michaels, William "Bill" Posted: 12/4/2008 12:37:54 PM
Class of 1954 

Naval Officer-CVA-33 2 years.Land department of Std Oiul -Denver,Co Busmarck,ND and Casper,WY till 1960-Workeaad as a stockbroker for 35 years with three large firms-and for 18 as an independent with Raymond James and Cantella & CO/Boston-Living in Tulsa,Ok fro 35 years and La Jolla,CA for 8 years and Basking Ridge,NJ for 4.5 years.Retired but still registered with a couple of clients.

Roby, Douglas Posted: 12/4/2008 12:37:54 PM
Class of 1956 

Still proud to be a phi.Currently there is a great group of actives.Serious,solid young brothers. Don't let them down.

Jenks, John Posted: 12/4/2008 12:37:54 PM
Class of 1953 

I am now a 77 rear old retiree who has enjoyed a marvelous life.

Dutcher, Bruce Posted: 12/4/2008 12:37:54 PM
Class of 1950

The annual opener of the 1949 trout opening (last Saturday in April) was coming up and brothers Robert Spry (dec.), Douglas Wicks and I, along with our friend Philip Stirdivant, Jr. (dec.) of Theta Chi, decided to go to Baldwin MI. We rented canoes and floated from M-37 down to Bowman's Bridge on the Pere Marquette River. The river was up somewhat, and the bigger brown trout were out of their hides in their feeding lanes looking for worms, etc., floating down. We hit it just right and took two coolers full of browns--10 inches to 18 inches long--just outstanding, beautiful trout! After leaving some of our bountiful catch with our parents, we brought back to Ann Arbor much of the same and invited our girlfriends to partake of a great trout fish-fry and barbecue at the Arboretum. This is an outstanding memory for me in my 70+ years of trout fishing in many places, in a number of states. I greatly enjoy, reliving in my memory, those wonderful college years, 1946-1950, at Univ. of Michigan. I miss every brother who was there: outstanding individuals!

Hughes, Herald "Hal" Posted: 12/4/2008 12:37:54 PM
Class of 1950 

I am now retired, living with my wife, Jo,in a continuing care retirement community completely independent. It is located in Laurinburg, NC. Our eldest step-granddaughter will give us our first great-granddaughter in August. Our oldest two grandchildren will graduate from college next spring. The elder, our granddaughter, will then marry in June, 2009. I have enjoyed continuing on my former company's, Mutual of Detroit Insurance Co., board of directors. We're only 35 miles south of Pinehurst, NC so if any brothers get down this way, give us a call.

Michaels, William "Bill" Posted: 8/26/2008 8:12:13 AM
Class of 1954 

I was a Naval Officer-CVA-33 for two years. I worked at the Land department of Std. Oil, Denver Co., Busmarck,ND and Casper,WY till 1960. Then I worked as a stockbroker for 35 years with three large firms; and for 18 years as an independent with Raymond James and Cantella and Company in Boston. I Lived in Tulsa,OK for 35 years and La Jolla,CA for 8 years and Basking Ridge, NJ for 4.5 years. I am retired but still registered with a couple of clients.

Hughes, Herald "Hal" Posted: 8/26/2008 8:12:13 AM
Class of 1950 

I am now retired, living with my wife, Jo, in a continuing care retirement community completely independent. It is located in Laurinburg, NC. Our eldest step-granddaughter will give us our first great-granddaughter in August. Our oldest two grandchildren will graduate from college next spring. The elder, our granddaughter, will then marry in June, 2009. I have enjoyed continuing on my former company's, Mutual of Detroit Insurance Co., board of directors. We're only 35 miles south of Pinehurst, NC so if any brothers get down this way, give us a call.

Jenks, John Posted: 8/26/2008 8:12:12 AM
Class of 1953 

I am now a 77 year old retiree who has enjoyed a marvelous life.

Jenks, John Posted: 11/8/2007 9:39:31 AM
Class of 1953

Thomas Don Shreffler '51 lives nearby, and we often reminisce about how fortunate we were to have been associated with such a wonderful group of fellows. We wouldn't have had it any other way.

Libby, William "Bill" Posted: 11/8/2007 9:39:31 AM
Class of 1954 

Several Michigan Alpha brothers of the 1950s vintage traveled to New Zealand in February 2007.

Kropf, Charlie Posted: 11/8/2007 9:39:31 AM
Class of 1955 

Say hello to Tim Reiman 55. I lost touch with him.

Young, Richard Posted: 11/8/2007 9:39:31 AM
Class of 1951 

I spend time in Stuart, FL where I see law school roommates Lawrence ""Jim"" (Flint) Hicks Jr. '51 and John ""Jack"" Kunkle '49 (Pittsburgh) and play cards with a couple of Phi Delts from Wisconsin. My two sons Doug 76 and Bruce 78 were Phis at Michigan; grandson Cameron '08 is currently there.

Keim, Earl "Jelly Bean" Posted: 11/8/2007 9:39:31 AM
Class of 1952 

Dave Dutcher '48 had a sing-a-long in early summer 2006 in his living room in E. Grand Rapids. Some 80-plus people sang from Dave's song sheet and listened to Dave's Quintet Dixie band. I missed Dave Dutcher's 80th birthday party as I was a guest of Beaumount Hospital, having a colonectomy. I held a mini-80th birthday party for Dave with brothers Bruce Dutcher '50, Richard ""Dick"" Young '51 and Robert ""Pierre"" McVoy '51 as I didn't purposely miss the original blast.

Dutcher, Bruce Posted: 11/8/2007 9:39:31 AM
Class of 1950 

My home overlooks Bear Creek, still a fair trout stream in the midst of a very diversified species mature forest. I frequently have deer, wild turkeys, rabbits and squirrels in my front yard along with a considerable variety of birds that my wife delights in feeding. If I left the doors open, all the wildlife would move right into my house, I'm sure.

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