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Remembering Brothers

Pennsylvania Delta has recently learned of the deaths of three of its Brothers. Our thoughts are with their families and friends.

Brother C. G. Fickes, `46 

Brother Steve Derby,`69

Brother Jim Davis, `76    



Brother C. G. Fickes, `46 

Charles G. Fickes Jr. passed away on November 27th, 2018 at Cornwall Manor in Cornwall, Pa. at the age of 98. Born in Harrisburg Pa. on August 30th, 1920, he was the eldest son of the late Charles Glenn Fickes and Marguerite Brunner Fickes. Charles attended Mercersburg Academy, graduating in 1940, and then continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. In 1942, he was drafted into the United States Army/Air Force and served as a radar specialist in England during World War II. When his duty ended in 1945, Charles returned to the Wharton School and graduated in 1946.He then joined the Henry and Rocky insurance agency as a salesman, and eventually purchased and became president of the firm until 1970. In 1977 Charles retired from the insurance business and became an instructor at the Pennsylvania State University, Capital Campus, in Middletown, Pa. There he taught nsurance courses for 15 years until his retirement at the age of 72. Charles was a lifetime member of the West Shore Country Club. His hobbies included swimming, fly fishing, golf and tennis, but his main interest was raising roses for shows in which he won many awards. Charles became interested in roses when his parents gave him four rose bushes. His mother, who showed her own prize roses, was a member of the West Shore Rose Society, and Charles soon followed in her footsteps, with roses becoming a life long interest of his own. He too became a life member of the Rose Society and eventually became a rose judge, serving for twenty years in the eastern Pa. region. Charles was an active member of the Pennsylvania Association for Insurance Agents, the Kiwanis Club, and the Harrisburg YMCA. Additionally, he attended Market Square Presbyterian Church where he was a Sunday School teacher, superintendent of the Sunday School program, and served on the board of trustees for many years. Charles will be remembered for his numerous admirable traits; from his easy going nature, generosity, hard work ethic and business sense, to his wit, wise counsel, sense of humor and infectious laugh. He was known for having an extraordinary gift of storytelling and loved entertaining and being around others as he was very sociable and had many friends. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family. His children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren all looked up to him, admired him, and loved him so much. Charles was preceded in death by his wife Jane, to whom he was married for 69 years, and by his two younger brothers Donald and Joseph. He is survived by his son John, and wife Betsy Fickes of Mifflinburg Pa., his daughter Carolyn and husband David Hartman of Mt. Gretna Pa., their three children Bethany and husband Tim VanSchoick of Mt. Joy Pa., daughter Amy and husband Vincent Brumbach of Greensboro, North Carolina, daughter Emily and husband Travis Dunk of Middletown Pa., and six great grandchildren. Charles loved Mt. Gretna and spoke often of his cherished childhood memories there. A celebration in honor of his life will be held sometime in the spring at the Mt. Gretna United Methodist Church. Information will be forthcoming on the Musselman Funeral Home website. The Musselman Funeral home Is Honored To Serve The Fickes Family. 324 Hummel Avenue Lemoyne, PA. 17043. MUSSELMAN www.pennlive.com/obits


Brother Steve Derby,`69

Steven R. Derby, former assistant VP of development services at the University of Pennsylvania, died on November 4. He was 70.

Mr. Derby graduated from Lower Moreland High School in 1965. He received his BS in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and earned his MBA from Wharton in 1973.  He actively served in the US Army for 15 months starting in 1969. He attended the Defense Language Institute and graduated as a Russian linguist.

In 1973, Mr. Derby took on the position of assistant to the director of alumni annual giving at Penn. Five years later he became an associate development officer in development and alumni relations. He was quickly promoted to director, and then in 1987 became assistant VP of development services. He left Penn in 1988 to become vice president of development at Temple University, then spent a few years in private consulting before accepting a position at Riddle Memorial Hospital as vice president of development. He retired in 2017.

Mr. Derby is survived by his wife, Marilyn;  children, Michael (Ashley) and Peter (Lauren); brother, Scott H. (Wendy); and grandchildren, Grayson Leigh, Ryder Lane, Penelope Jane and John Michael.





Brother Jim Davis, `76

James C. “Jim” Davis, professor emeritus of European history at the University of Pennsylvania, died on October 26 of heart disease at Cathedral Village in Roxborough, PA where he had lived for the past three years. He was 85 years old.

Dr. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a master’s from Penn State University and a PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University. During college, he wrote for the Daily Princetonian and while serving in the US Army in Italy, he edited the Army newspaper. Later, he was known for writing letters to the editor to share his opinions, and some were published in Almanac.

Dr. Davis was a professor of European history at Penn for 34 years before retiring in 1994 as professor emeritus. He served as chair of the department of history from 1989-1990.

Dr. Davis served on the Senate Executive Committee and other Faculty Senate Committees throughout his time at Penn. 
He was also co-chair of the ad-hoc Adult Literacy Committee which was created to help Philadelphia’s 500,000 adults who could not read  (Almanac February 24, 1987).

He took up painting during his retirement and shared his love for abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock by hosting family “Pollock Painting Parties” in his backyard. The Burrison Gallery hosted an exhibition of these paintings in 2007 (Almanac October 30, 2007).

Dr. Davis wrote several books, including the 2008 So Far, So Good: An Historian’s Memoirs; The Human Story: Our History from the Stone Age to Today and A Venetian Family and Its Fortune: 1500-1900, published by the American Philosophical Society in 1975. 

He is survived by his wife, Elda; daughter, Miriam Lally; sons, David and Daniel; six grandchildren; and a brother.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania via www.mhasp.org or the Alzheimer’s Association via www.alz.org

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