Thursday, July 07, 2011

This Week in the History of Sigma Phi Epsilon Patriots, 04 – 10 July

04 JUL 1916
Brother George Sander, U.S. Air Force (VT Alpha / Norwich University ’38) was born on this day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Norwich, Brother Sander went on to serve as a radar officer in the U.S. Air Force.

04 JUL 1927
Korean War Veteran / Brother Boyd Lee Burns, U.S. Army (KS Gamma / University of Kansas ’50) was born in Chanute, Kansas on this day. Brother Burns was drafted into the Army shortly after graduation and served in Germany during the Korean War.

07 JUL 2006
Five years ago today, Brother Daniel William Ayres, Montana National Guard (MT Beta / Montana State University) died in Cody, Montana at the age of 77.

04 JUL 2010
On this day, World War II Veteran / Brother Vernon Sprague White, U.S. Army Air Corps (OR Beta / University of Oregon) passed away at the age of 88. After graduating from Oregon, Vern served during WWII in the U.S. Army Air Forces' 95th Bomb Group.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances to the Legacy Hospice Services, P.O. Box 4484, Portland, Oregon 97208, or to the Vernon White Memorial, c/o Trumpeters, 3236 S.W. Kelly Ave., Portland, Oregon 97239.

07 JUL 2010
A year ago today, Korean War Veteran / Vietnam War Veteran / Brother Donald E. Cummings, U.S. Navy (retired) VA Alpha (University of Virginia ’46) passed away. While at UVA, Brother Cummings was a member of the University’s championship boxing team, and during his service in the Navy he boxed in the finals of the Olympic trials.

Brother Cummings served as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot from 1946 to 1969, and his last assignment was Air Boss of the USS SHANGRI-LA (CVA-38) – an aircraft carrier then stationed in the Mediterranean. After retiring from the Navy, Don was the corporate pilot for Campbell-Ewald Advertising Corporation.


04 JUN 2011
On this day, Korean War Veteran / Brother James Frederick Miller, U.S. Air Force (IA Delta / Drake University) passed away.

Brother Miller was born in 1928 in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated in 1946 from Ankeny (Iowa) High School and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served several tours of duty repairing airplane bombsights and auto pilot landing systems. Returning to Des Moines in 1949, he enrolled at Drake University. In 1950, he was called back into the service for the Korean War. He returned to graduate from Drake University and was a life-long member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Jim worked for his father in the insurance business and eventually moved to Houston, Texas, where he owned an underwriting insurance company. Brother Miller was president of James Miller & Company and Texas Surplus Association. He is survived by his son, Dr. Greg Miller; daughter-in-law, Robin Miller and grandchildren, Hannah and Eli of Albany, New York; daughter, Tracy Quinlan-Butler; son-in-law, Bill Butler and granddaughter, Rebecca Quinlan of Tomball, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association , P.O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas 78761. Online condolences may be made to

21 JUN 2011
Korean War Veteran / Brother Joseph “Pat” Hall, U.S. Army (KY Alpha / University of Kentucky) of Louisville, Kentucky passed away at the Hospice Inpatient Unit at Norton Pavilion.

Born in Covington, Kentucky, Brother Hall was an Army veteran of the Korean War, and a retired properties manager for the Regional Airport Authority. Pat was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, the American Legion in Somerset, and Disabled American Veterans.

Pat is survived by his children, Patti S. Hall (Kelley Brendler), Jay Pat Hall (Marlaina), Sally H. Bowen (Bob), Sharon L. Brown (Chris), and Julia A. Hasty (Jim); a cherished friend and companion, Lois Adams; thirteen grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Brother Hall was laid to rest at the Kentucky Veteran’s Cemetery Central.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hosparus of Louisville or Disabled American Veterans.

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Fraternally and Respectfully,

Ed Jones
Chief, U.S. Navy (NY Eta / Buffalo State College)
Founder, SigEp Patriots Project
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