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Pennsylvania Delta Chapter Eternal

Don Sontag, 1953, died in October, joining his wife Nancy in the great beyond.  Known for his interest in one particular work of Charles Dickens, Don was the consummate "numbers man" and after a career with PriceWaterhouse, formed his own CPA firm in Media PA.

Don was a long-time member of the Pennsylvania Delta Foundation board and, together with Charlie Hilton, 1929, and Dave Ffrench, 1951, represented the face of the alumni to many succeeding classes at Penn Delta.  Don chaired the alumni board in the 70's and worked diligently to secure new housing for the undergrads after the University acquired our long-time chapter house at 3909 Spruce Street.

L-R: Vaughn '53, Jerrehian '55, Johnson '55, Glennon '55 and Danko '90

Current alumni board president, Brett Danko, 1990, and Rod Vaughn, 1953,  three members of the Class of 1955, Clarke Glennon, Aram Jerrehian, and Bob Johnson, and Conrad Eberstein, 1965, attended Don's funeral the St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Newtown Square, followed by luncheon. All of the alumni brothers sat together and many stories were told, especially toward the luncheon's conclusion.

Everyone noted how the church service hymns were sung with special, Sontag-inspired harmony.  Many related that Don grew up in Washington, D.C., and attended the St. Alban's preparatory school, where he was active in their choir and singing groups.  The name St. Alban meant a lot to Don, and he was as generous in support of the D.C. St. Alban school and the PA church, as he was to Penn Delta.

As Brett noted in his State of the Chapter letter on page one, Don was a Navy veteran and is at rest in Arlington

Al Rose, 1954, a pole vaulter while at Penn, died this past fall.  Bob Johnson, 1955, roomed with Al during Al's senior year, in Room 7 at 3909 Spruce, to be precise.  In later life, Al could be depended upon to join in activities often initiated by the SigEp Class of 1955, and was regularly spotted at Clarke Glennon's alumni week-end's afternoon gatherings in Lower Merion.  Al was an avid skier and traveled throughout the US and and occasionally to Europe in pursuit of his sport.  He also loved golf and played a lot, "especially as skiing got tougher."  Al was well regarded by alumni brothers, several of whom let us know of his passing.