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Chapter Eternal - Herbert J. Rowe, University of Illinois, Kappa Kappa 1948

posted Dec 4, 2013, 4:42 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 5, 2013, 10:45 AM ]

 In Herb Rowe’s office, there is a map of the world, covered with pushpins of the almost 180 countries he’d traveled to in his 89 years.
Rowe’s concerns as wide as world he traveled
When asked his favor­ite place in all of their sto­ried travels, his wife, Ann, didn’t miss a beat when declaring, “Naples, Florida.”

As new s spread of Rowe’s death Monday from complications of congestive heart failure, friends, educators and acquaintances said his loss was a massive blow to Collier County.

“It’s a great loss to the community,” said Champi­ons for Learning President Susan McManus.

“Herb and Ann have been involved in a lot of things in this community, and the most common denominator was they had this joint passion for edu­cation and really wanted the best thing for young people.”

Last year, the couple were honored with the Champions for Learning’s highest community mem­ber honor, the Heart of the Apple.

McManus said she learned invaluable lessons from the man she called witty and insightful, who felt it was his duty to point out places where better de­cisions could be made for the good of the whole.

“He had that philoso­phy of philanthropy that is very characteristic of Herb’s generation; they care very much about the groups they believe in, and they feel a responsibility to support them,” McManus said.

“He was always on your team, always helping. He worked with you like he was part of your organi­zation."

“He was someone who views their philanthropic role with such responsibility.”

The Heart of the Apple was just one of so many accolades Rowe accumulated over the years. He was a Distinguished Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America; he was a Sigma Chi member; he was the same man who joined NASA when Henry Ford picked up the phone and said they needed Rowe in Washington, D.C., his wife recalled.

“Basically, what he has done, what he has accomplished both on a national and on a statewide level, and here in Collier County, is unparalleled,” Ann Rowe said.

“He did so many different things in his lifetime that made a significant difference to our country and our democracy."

“Being a world where all people were welcome, all people are being educated, all people having the opportunity to live the American dream, this is basically what Herb has stood for, what he has worked for — what we both have worked for — all of our adult lives.”

A graduate of the University of Illinois, Rowe served in the Marine Corps in World War II and was called back for a second time, Ann Rowe said.

He was active in the Presbyterian Church, was president of the Electronic Industry Association among about a dozen associations, was a reserve officer, a circumnavigators member, on the Naples Council on Moral Affairs, the International Wine and Food Society, the Chicago Art Institute and the founder and president of the Naples branch of the English Speakers Union. The current president, Kevin Pendley, said Rowe’s establishment of the group built it into one of the strongest chapters in the country.

“I’m very sorry to learn of his passing. He was instrumental in Naples in founding the English Speaking Union and making sure that education is a lifelong process,” Pendley said. “He was a great man, and it’s a true loss to the community.”

Rowe dedicated himself to Collier County students. The Rowes worked to get the NASA Explorer Schools Project at Pine Ridge and Immokalee middle schools, in addition to providing students with other science education opportunities.

“During this time, Herb supported programs across all of our grade levels and helped to provide science experiences that were unique opportunities to excite students about science and exploration,” Curt Witthoff, coordinator of K-12 science and environmental education for Collier schools, wrote in an emailed statement.

“His contributions to the boys and girls of Collier County are so appreciated and his involvement with education in Collier County should be a model for us all.”

Ann Rowe said she hopes future generations will embrace Herb’s spirit.

“We have had a remarkable life and seen an awful lot. Herb lived a life of enormous accomplishment that reached across the United States,” his wife said.

By Katherine Rosenberg
Naples Daily News

Sigma Chi Foundation 2013 Annual Report

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Chapter Eternal - W. Sherman Heazlitt, Walbash College, Delta Chi 1951

posted Nov 21, 2013, 10:35 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 21, 2013, 10:36 AM ]

W. Sherman 'Stick' Heazlitt Naples, FL
W. Sherman 'Stick' Heazlitt, 86, passed away at Bentley Village (Vi) in Naples, FL on November 18, 2013.
Sherman was born in New Albany, IN on January 15, 1927, the only son of the late Walter Sherman Heazlitt and Gertrude Evelyn Hegewald Heazlitt. Sherman graduated from New Albany High School in 1945. He was drafted into the US Army in June of 1945, sent to Linz, Austria and was ultimately assigned by a Red Cross Field Representative to be in charge of the Linz Town Bathhouse. Sherman was discharged from the Army in 1947.
He resumed his education and attended Wabash College where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He transferred to the University of Idaho where he met and married the love of his life, Helen Patricia Kelley on September 3, 1949. They moved to New Albany, IN and he began working with his father as a manufacturer's representative, selling furniture. Later Sherman was made Vice President of Sales for DMI. In 1972 Sherman and Joe Wulfman bought Paoli Chair Company, which Sherman eventually sold to Klaussner Furniture Industries in 1988. Other business ventures include his partnership in Convention Hotel Associates that developed the 617 room Westin Hotel which opened in 1988 in Indianapolis, IN. Sherman and Patty retired to Bonita Springs, FL and Sapphire, NC. They were married for 64 years. He was devoted to his wife and gave a wonderful childhood to four children who will greatly miss him.
Sherman made friends wherever he went. He was known for both his honesty and generosity. His passions included golfing, fishing and boating.
Sherman is survived by his wife, Patty Heazlitt; his children, Michael Heazlitt (Holly), David Heazlitt (Diana), Kathleen Taussig (Reed), Nancy Gregory (Jim); eleven grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to his care givers at Bentley Village (Vi), Avow Hospice of Collier County and from J. T. Private Duty.
Patty and Sherman were members of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Bonita Springs, FL.
Cremation was chosen; the family will schedule a private celebration of Sherman's life in Florida.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to The Salvation Army or the charity of the donor's choice .
Arrangements made by Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home

SWFL Sigma Chi Alumni Newsletter Wins Award for the Second Year in a Row

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Lambda Zeta Fall 2013 Rush Video

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Chapter Eternal - Thomas E. Kuck, Ohio State University, Alpha Gamma 1960

posted Jun 19, 2013, 6:00 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 28, 2013, 1:33 PM ]

Thomas (Tom) E. Kuck, 76, passed away suddenly on Father’s Day morning, June 16, 2013 in Naples, FL. Born in Wapakoneta, OH, Tom graduated from Wapakoneta Blume High School in 1955. He attended Ohio State University where he was a proud member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He gradu­ated from Ohio Northern University with a degree in Civil Engineering.

Tom was a successful owner of several busi­nesses in Lima, OH where he resided until moving to Naples, FL in 1978.

A resident of Naples for 35 years, Tom retired as County Engineer. He was proudly awarded Civil En­gineer of the Year numer­ous times.

Tom took great pleasure in fishing and enjoyed go­ing to the local pier. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed almost every form of sport but was par­ticularly fond of hunting and fishing.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Coda; and his son, Craig.

He survived by his dear and devoted wife of 54 years, Janet Williams; his loving sons, Brent (Marcy) and Jon (Elizabeth); his adoring three grandchil­dren, Chandler, Kevin, and Patrick, all of Naples; his caring sister, Karen Tufts of Lexington, KY; his brother-in-law, Joe (Chris) of Bath, OH; as well as his nieces and nephews. He loved his family very dearly.

Tom was a true gentle­man who possessed keen common sense along with great integrity, something that is very rare these days. He was an honest and genuine man who was well respected and loved by many. Tom touched more lives than can be expressed through words and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A celebration in Tom’s memory will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Wyndemere Country Club from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, con­tributions may be made in Tom’s memory to the char­ity of your choice.

For online condolences, visit

Sigma Chi at Purdue

posted Apr 15, 2013, 12:25 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 15, 2013, 2:03 PM ]

Please take a look at the You Tube video that Brothers Bernard Sergesketter, Purdue University, Delta Delta 1958 and Jim Dora, Purdue University, Delta Delta 1958 put together titled "Sigma Chi at Purdue": 


Lambda Zeta is Breaking Par for Junior Achievement - April 21st

posted Feb 20, 2013, 5:09 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 20, 2013, 5:44 AM ]


FGCU Lambda Zeta Chapter of Sigma Chi is participating in the 2013 Breaking Par for Junior Achievement Tournament event Sunday, April 21st. They will be obtaining items from local businesses to raffle off or to be placed in the silent auction. Additionally, the Brothers will be helping out on the day of the event by taking pictures for teams, playing in the tournament, selling/carrying beverages, and just making sure everyone is having a good time.

Brothers Brent Ely, Jonny Young, Kyle Smith, and Trent Muntz have been working with Alumnus Jim Shields to make this a community service project. The proceeds of which will go to SWFL Junior Achievement.

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FGCU Alumni Avenue Tailgate - Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 3:00pm until 5:15pm

posted Feb 5, 2013, 10:38 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 5, 2013, 10:43 AM ]

FGCU Alumni Avenue Tailgate
Saturday, February 9, 2013
3:00pm until 5:15pm.

Sigma Chi Alumni are Invited.

Are you ready for the tailgate of the year? The Alumni Association, Student Government and Programming Board are joining forces to bring you an Alumni Avenue Tailgate experience.

Student organizations and Greek Life will be setting up their tents, handing out give-a-ways and offering food from local restaurants. Alumni will be able to join the beer garden and enjoy Pop'z BBQ.

A DJ and a photo booth will also be there!

At 5 p.m. we will move inside to watch men's basketball vs. USC Upstate.



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