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Even in death, brothers continue to reach us and teach us new things about them. This is true for Clarke Glennon '55 when he came across the obituary of his fellow brother, Ed Waite '49, who passed away in August 2013.


Clarke writes: "A Penn-Basketball friend of mine from the class of '57, who is aware that I am a member of SigEp, gave me a clipping of the obit for Ed Waite '49 that ran in a local Bucks County newspaper. Ed served with me for several decades on the SigEp Board, and we served on more than one committee planning for a new house for SPE. He was also particularly helpful to the brotherhood by having his workers do several significant repair jobs / upgrades on the chapter house for no charge.

I am also just remembering that from the Class of 1955, in addition to me, the following guys served on the SPE BoD: George Quinn, Vince Rettew, Bob Johnson, and Aram Jerrehian. To the best of my knowledge, I don't think that any other classes have that achievement, at least in the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s and I believe not in the 1940s.

The obit goes into detail about Ed's life. I never realized that he was taken prisoner by the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge. In the late 1940s a number of WWII veterans were members of Sigma Phi Epsilon. In fact, there were several in the class of 1952 who were seniors when I was a freshman."