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In last month’s e-letter, we sent out a survey to our Pennsylvania Delta Alumni. Now, we’d like to share some of our favorite responses with you! If you want to answer these questions yourself, please CLICK HERE to take the survey. You may see your Pennsylvania Delta memories, photos or reflections published in a future newsletter or e-letter. We’d love to hear from all our Pennsylvania Delta Alumni! Here are your Brothers responses. 

Jeffrey Rotwitt '72 

"My years at Sig Ep have left an indelible impression that have lasted to this day. It was a well of support, friendship and camaraderie. In fact, I tried to finance an expansion of the House to add bedrooms and living space for the Brothers of the future, but the Penn administration made the expansion impossible to get approved.

In addition, there was a unique selflessness that is very commendable.  We initiated a charity volleyball fundraiser, had our most rotund Brother dress as Santa Claus and brought gifts to an orphanage at Christmas and, in general, tried to do the “right” thing.  I also believe we had the highest GPA of any fraternity on campus.  

Try to be as active as you can even though the demands of family and business make it difficult. Reinforce our traditional values.

I look forward to seeing at annual reunions the Brothers from my class and those on either side, including John O’Shaunessy (’71), Rees Griffiths (’72), Tom Keeline (’72), Ken Frankel (’72), Ken Marcus (’72), Joe Maher (’73), Tom Gallagher (’74) and similarly special people.  One Brother who I will miss, dearly, is Steve Derby, class of ’69.  He was a good friend who passed away in November 2018.  

My family is well and thriving after 46 years of marriage to Dianne, who attended every Sig Ep party with me while I was at Penn, including after my undergraduate years when I was at Wharton Grad and Penn Law. Our four children and their spouses have given us 9 grandchildren with a 10th due in late September who are our life’s delights. As to business, we just returned from Dubai and AbuDhabi where we are looking to do a major real estate project, and we have two similar major projects planned starting later this year in China where we visited twice in 2018.

Our primary day-to-day endeavor is running a Hollywood-type movie studio in Delaware County PA where we have hosted some of Hollywood’s top stars including Sly Stallone, Will Smith, Nicole Kidman and Bruce Willis.  We also are doing real estate development projects in the Philadelphia region and do not see retirement even on the distant horizon since I have the great pleasure of working with three of my children."  

James Carnahan '68 

"Penn Delta was incredibly important for me. The dorms were an option at the time, but could not begin to match the collegial setting of a fraternity house, room and board inclusive. And Penn Delta had the added advantage of leadership from a group of fellows who valued scholarship and a fairly diverse brotherhood. It was a nurturing environment, for which I continue to be grateful.

I think that “structure” was the most valuable aspect, in three ways. One, the physical structure of the house itself, having a shared space, being in close proximity with a roof over our heads. A well maintained house with clean and serviceable kitchen and bathrooms, at an affordable price. Two, the administrative/social structure that provided leadership we could participate in. I was “social chairman” for a couple of years; it was a great learning experience. I benefitted from the availability of sweat equity in the form of waiting tables in exchange for meals. Third, the national/historical structure of the Sig Ep fraternity institution itself, being linked in time and space to the extended brotherhood, and the traditions of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

It does a decent job of keeping me in touch. It is as valuable as the use one makes of it; I can’t say I take much advantage of some of the events that have been offered—the dinners, for instance—but I’m glad the association is out there. I especially like hearing what the fellows from my late 60s-early 70s cohort are up to. I know it is a lot of work just getting out a couple of newsletters a year and I really appreciate it.

I don’t know if I would characterize myself as a leader...I see fellows like Conrad Eberstein actively working; he was a leader from the alumni community when I was in the House and he’s still at it. (He has the advantage of proximity, of course; not so easy, being in NC.) Looking back, I can see how his involvement really helped provide guidance and contributed to the cohesiveness of the place. He’s not the only model—and I’ve seen him comment about the alums that were around when he was an undergrad. It is useful, I think, to feature the stories of the really active people who took/take the time to stop by and wade in to whatever was/is going on.

I am only very occasionally in touch with Dave Lapointe, class of ‘69. I would very much like to hear about fellow architecture major Tom Howard (‘68), and my dear roommate, Phillip Scranton, also class of ‘68. I know my very dear friends Dave Larson (class of ‘65 I think) and Mike Pugh (‘68) have passed away, but know nothing about how, or when. RIP.

I have lost most of my family over the past six years—mom, dad, brother. It has been a challenging time. My daughter, Eliza, is a professional climber & translator living in the French Alps. We get together about once a year; I especially enjoy visiting her in France, naturally!
At 73, I am semi-retired from cabinet- and furniture-making, still keeping a hand in as architectural designer-draftsman, and working on several book projects—I suppose you would call them memoirs—comprising my photographs, drawings & journal text from several extended trips in Europe in the ‘80s and ‘90s. I’m immensely enjoying working with publishing and photo-editing software. I will also be putting together a catalog/biography of my artist-dad, Kelly Carnahan."

James Luther '62

"House relationships were important. I am so appreciative of brothers who have stayed active, assisting in the health of the house. I was in touch with Eric Gall and Dan Van Winkle. Miss them. I lost my wife of 41 years. Pancreatic cancer. My main activity is the United Methodist Church of Florida. Currently Conference Secretary. I've been active for 26 years."

Jason Wood '93 

"Being in California the past 25 years, I’ve lost touch with the House, especially after the passing of Jack Shores. It was fun while in College and the 1st two years post graduating when I lived nearby and knew people there. 

Married again a few years ago and just had a son six months ago, Carter Rush Wood. Trying to turn the San Diego skyline into something interesting with my real estate development business, Cisterra Development."  

Clarence Friend '96

"The most valuable part of my SigEp experience was the friends and experiences. Playing football at Penn SigEp was a different group who were more varied in their interests and backgrounds. 

Still see and talk to several brothers from my class and pledge group when possible. Life is just busy during the main years of kid raising  

Back in Chicago after three years in California. Three kids and been building a new company the past 4 years (Insellerate). Life is busy. 

I had a great impromptu dinner with Steve Gresdo and Nick Buda last year. They dropped everything for a last minute gathering and 90 minutes of catching up. That’s really what brotherhood means."

Kenneth Marcus '72

"I grew, spiritually and emotionally, as a SigEp brother. I am grateful for the experience.

I am in touch with Buzz Rosenberg, and hope to reconnect with Jeff Lehman and Dave Kohen here in Boston. Would love to connect with any of the brothers, but especially the class of 1972.

I have taken a sabbatical year from my practice, and my wife and I are on the mainland campaigning this year. We’ve also just had our first grandson, and are grateful for the opportunity to meet him here in Hudson, NH."

Ronald Fitzgerald '91

"I got more out of 4028 Walnut than I put in. I like to think that I was a benevolent ne'er-do-well, but it's probably closer to the truth to say I was a terrible student, overly fond of having fun and a chronic borrower of shirts. SigEp was a much-needed home and my brothers looked out for me. Or at least tolerated me being a portable asshole. Anyway. I remember things being tight in those days. Not a huge alumni presence. However, the alums who were involved made damn sure the ship never sank and that the Senior Dinner always happened. So when I finally got to a place where I could help out, I felt like I should. Also, most of the shirts I borrowed were Danko's, so...

To be honest, my favorite memories are of the stupid stuff we did. Such as: the peanut butter jar incident, the women's center sign, bad beer night, the indoor fireworks fight that brought the cops, many things involving Curtis and at least one Christmas tree stolen from a golf course. I feel confident that the tradition of stupidity continues. It is a fraternity after all.

I am certainly not a leader of the alumni organization, so I'll just say thanks for all your work.

I basically fell off the face of the earth trying to figure my shit out. So I'd welcome a chance to fire up the gutter club and bitch about Jack boiling away any possible nutrition whilst standing in a puddle of stale beer with anyone who isn't still mad about me borrowing all those shirts."