Sunday, April 08, 2012

This Week in SigEp Patriot History, 02 – 08 APR


"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." ~ Robert F. Kennedy

06 APR 1945
For his actions on this date, U.S. Army D-Day World War II Veteran DE Alpha Brother Robert L. Snowberger was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic action against an "out numbering enemy force" while serving in Germany.

07 APR 1984
U.S. Navy Veteran and NE Beta Brother Kenneth G. Doeschot died on this date in Newark, California.

03 APR 1996
VT Beta Brother, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and 35th Secretary of Commerce Captain Ronald Harmon Brown, U.S. Army died on this date when the Air Force CT-43 he was traveling in on the way to an official trade mission in Croatia crashed in to a mountainside killing all on board.

Born 01 AUG 1941 in Washington, DC, Ron was raised in Harlem, New York, and attended Middlebury College where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree and was the first African-American brother of our beloved fraternity.

Brother Brown served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1967 rising to the rank of captain, and in 1970 earned his law degree from St. John’s University School of Law.

From 1967 to 1979, Ron worked for the National Urban League, rising to the position of deputy executive director for Programs and Governmental Affairs. He was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 1989 and played an integral role in the election of President William Clinton. President Clinton then appointed Brown Secretary of Commerce in 1993.

In honor of Brother Brown, President Clinton established the Ron Brown Award for corporate leadership and responsibility. The United States Department of Commerce annually gives out the Ronald H. Brown Innovator Award and there is the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development at St. John’s University School of Law. In 2001, Brown was posthumously presented the Presidential Citizens Award.

Respect can be paid to Brother Brown at Section 6, Lot 8389, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

07 APR 2001
On this date, CA Beta Brother Ensign Gaylord Goble, U.S. Navy died in La Jolla, California. Born 01 AUG 1920, in Flagstaff, Arizona he attended USC and graduated from USC School of Dentistry in 1945.

Brother Goble served aboard the aircraft carrier Point Cruz (CVE-119), and retired from his dental practice in Beverly Hills in 1981.

03 APR 2007
U.S. Army World War II Veteran and NC Epsilon Brother William Alexander “Bill” Dixon died on this date in Belmont, North Carolina.

Brother Dixon served in the U.S. Army from JUL 1945 to JAN 1947, and upon discharge he entered Davidson and received his degree. Upon graduation, he joined his father in Dixon Oil Company. In 1959 he began a real estate business, working as a broker, home builder, land developer, and appraiser, retiring in 1996. Bill was active in civic affairs as a member of the Belmont Rotary Club serving as president in 1959, a founding member of the Belmont Chamber of Commerce serving as president in 1967, and was awarded Citizen of the Year in 2005.

He also served as a Scoutmaster from 1950-59, as district and council chairman of leadership training, and in 1965 he was awarded the Silver Beaver from Piedmont Council for outstanding service. Bill served as president of the Belmont Satellite of Habitat for Humanity for seven years, and thereafter as construction coordinator.

02 APR 1922 – U.S. Marine Corps World War II Veteran and NE Alpha Brother Jay Franklin Hoffman was born in Austin, Minnesota.
07 APR 1927 – World War II Veteran and PA Delta Brother Sergeant John Metcalf Bickelhaupt, U.S. Army Air Corps.
08 APR 1929 – National Guard Veteran (Montana) and MT Beta Brother Daniel William Ayres was born in Bozeman, Montana.
02 APR 1938 – DC Alpha Brother Lieutenant Commander Hans Zassenhaus, U.S. Navy (Retired).
08 APR 1944 – VA Alpha Brother and Major / Doctor William Fielding Bryce V, U.S. Air Force was born in Richmond, VA.
06 APR 1987 – UT Beta Brother and U.S. Navy pilot Chase Winsor.
08 APR 1988 – MO Eta Brother Specialist Brian Milbach, U.S. Army Reserve
04 APR 1989 – NJ Alpha Brother Second Lieutenant Andrew Boyle, U.S. Army.
05 APR 1989 – PA Gamma Brother Ensign Paul Ellison, U.S. Navy.
07 APR 1989 – MO Kappa Brother ROTC Cadet Matthew Boyd.

Happy Birthday Brothers! Did we miss you? If so, it is because we don’t know your birthday. Send an email to if you wish to allow us the honor of celebrating your day.

* On Wednesday, Dartmouth College announced its medical school is being named Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine.

The SPP official Facebook group – SigEps Who Serve – is quickly closing in on 460 members, and this week we were very happy to welcome NC Mu Brother Second Lieutenant Jacob Rudy, U.S. Marine Corps and especially proud of our recently initiated KS Beta Brother and U.S. Marine Corps PLC Candidate Doug Brown. Any brother who serves/served can join SigEps Who Serve by going to Not on Facebook? Join the SPP listserve by sending an email to For both, you will be asked to provide your military affiliation and home chapter.
* The SPP archives have grown to 1,767 since the last installment of “This Week”.
* Any undergrad or alumni interested in joining Team SPP as a chapter point of contact just drop an email to

Fraternally and Respectfully,

Brother Ed Jones, NY Eta ‘96
Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy Reserve
Founder, SigEp Patriots Project
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