Kirk, Richard, Class of 1979

Rick Kirk, Denison class of 1979, AH 1235. Geez, I haven’t had to recall my bond number for several decades and I’m not entirely sure that 1235 is correct. I did graduate in 1979. That part of my brain is still functioning. I have 5 children (Alexis, 25; William, 23; Cameron, 18; Victoria, 2; Charlie, 1) and three dogs. I live in Upper Arlington, Ohio. I work in downtown Columbus in real estate development. I have the occasion to see Alpha Eta brothers, Steve Ackley, Ben Ackley, Scott Williams, John Cadwallader, David Reese, Stan Ackley, Jim Kirk. Life is good.

Johnson, Bryan, Class of 1979

Bryan Johnson has been practicing estate planning and probate law for 23+ years. He recently moved his law office to 5003 Horizons Dr., Ste. 200, Columbus, OH 43220.


G. Scott Smith ’65

(16988 Timberlakes Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33908; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) I'm fully retired and living in Fort Myers, Fla. I've had a few Betas stay over, and I welcome anyone in the area to call or drop by.


David Brown '61

(322 N. Plantation Ln., Swansboro, NC 28584; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) '61 I became Chairman of the Museum of the Marine in April and have put many things in motion to raise $20M in the next two years. Let me share a few notes about this Museum. The Museum of the Marine (MotM) will be a "world class" museum built in Jacksonville, NC aboard Camp Lejeune in the Lejeune Memorial Gardens. It will be dedicated to memorializing the many contributions to the Nation and the Marine Corps that emanated from the Carolinas. We are a private 501 (C) (3) organization that does not receive any funding from the Marine Corps or Congress. The MotM will commemorate the Marines and Sailors of the Carolinas (both North and South Carolina including Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, and Marine Corps Air Stations Cherry Point, New River and Beaufort among others), the units in which they served, and the civilian communities that have hosted the Marines of the Carolinas since the beginning of WW II. When completed, the Museum will be a 40,000 square foot building consisting of 3 main exhibit galleries, a changing gallery, an orientation theater and a great hall that will be able to seat some 300 people for unit reunions, promotions and retirements, birthday balls, and other functions. The Museum will focus on the unique contributions and the many "firsts" that have come out of the Carolinas. Some of these firsts include: the first women Marines were trained here; the development and refinement of amphibious doctrine; the first African-American Marines were trained here; the first use of war dogs; the development of amphibious assault doctrine; the development of body armor; as well as many aviation firsts, such as the development and refinement of vertical assault and, most recently, the pilot training and tactical development associated with the MV-22 Osprey at MCAS, New River. The Museum will have a natural tie with the Battleship USS North Carolina and Fort Fisher as it is along US Route 17’s military heritage trail; it will enhance the New Hanover County’s status as an ideal tourist destination and finally will provide a destination for Wilmington residents to take a day trip with their family and their guests.


John Shondel ’61

(410 Greenbriar Drive, Avon Lake, OH 44012-2185; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) I was appointed to Avon Lake, Ohio’s City Council to fill a Council at Large position, vacated when the Council President was elected Mayor in November 2011.


Wiley, Robert, Class of 1960

At age 73, I am still active in the Recreational Vehicle business as a consultant to manufacturers of Class B Motorhomes by Mercedes Benz that achieve 22 MPG. I also play golf, fish and boat, bike, play tennis and watch Ohio State football.

Koerpel, Craig, Class of 1967

It used to be that the Beta Christmas party was a legendary December event. The Friday night before Saturday’s fiesta, our pledges were enlisted to erect a false ceiling of heavy wire in the house living room. A group of actives would then go on a “stealth mission” to cut pine boughs from trees as close to Granville as possible. They would bring the boughs back to be interlaced in the wire until the entire ceiling was green and bushy. Dinner tables were set up and by candle light the atmosphere would melt the heart of even the most aloof of sorority dates!

A U-haul or similar vehicle was rented for bringing pilfered pine back to the house. Each year it was necessary to go further from campus because the supply of nearby evergreens had become depleted over time. The lumbering adventure was always proceeded by consumption of Christmas spirits at a Newark pub…which was where the decision got made on exactly where the annual” tree-trimming” was to occur. I made the bough crew in 1965. That was the year eight of us sat around a table at “Tony’s” with $0.25 drafts and someone, recalled spotting a suitable pine grove less than 15 minutes from campus. What great news! It allowed us to spend an extra hour discussing world affairs in Newark rather than driving to raid a Christmas tree farm on the far side of Columbus.

How previous brothers had missed the patch of pines we agreed to scalp that night was a mystery. It really was close. It took no time at all for us to get there, strip off a trailer full of lower branches, and speed back to the house. When we got there the screen ceiling was up and the pledges quickly wove the boughs into place.. The following evening the dining room looked absolutely fantastic, the party was a great success, and we eight midnight woodsmen were lauded for our contribution to the festivities.

The jubilation lasted less than 48 hours. On Monday morning Alpha Eta’s president was contacted by the Dean of Men. After confirming that the Beta Christmas party had been its usual success – aided in large measure by the sight and smell of a freshly cut pine ceiling – Dean Smith advised that the University was compelled to add a bit of a surcharge to the cost of our holiday party. The trees we had pillaged turned out to be part of a special Denison biological reserve…a grove It had taken YEARS to coax to maturity! Each member of the house got assessed some dollar amount that has long since escaped me. What I do remember, however, was Dean Smith’s closing salvo in his written admonishment to the Beta house…”There are pine saps and there are saps of another ilk. In the future I suggest you keep them from mingling!”


Ed Weber '53

(6140 N. Chanticleer Dr., Maumee, OH 43537; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) I've been mentoring center city first graders in reading for the past two years. It only takes an hour or two each week, spending 20 minutes with each of my three assigned kids. It's been fun, and they're doing very well.


Ben Callaway, Class of 1950

My time with Beta at Denison was great, but all too short. I entered at mid-year (cold, soggy day at the Newark train station) but life brightened almost immediately. I can thank my dad, an Oregon Beta '23 for my legacy acceptance into Wooglin's mighty band.

In those early days I seemed to always be in a hurry (accelerated high school to join the Navy when 17, and accelerated college to take a job held for me at the Denver Post, where I had interned the previous summer. I missed my senior season of varsity tennis and a last few months as Denisonian editor. In all modesty, I was in a class by myself. Two of us pledged that mid-year and the other fellow dropped out.

A long-lasting friendship with Gene Horyn '49 and good times with great other guys like George "Speed" Herbert, TK Davis, Sam Robinson, and many others made for the best of times. Several brothers during summers and years that followed visited me in New York, Denver, and South Jersey. I've never missed a reunion (last one 60th in 2010). Earlier, I especially enjoyed those which packaged three classes together.

I'm sorry I never really got to know my Big Brother Ted Tight '48 since we were at Denison only one semester together. I believe our years were special, many returning vets in the mix.

Also, a major "plus" for me was having all the bunks upstairs so you could sleep while others studied or whatever below. Other schools should do that. Still in touch with Bill Johnson '48, Davis, Robinson, and Don Watkins '49. But, alas, our ranks are thinning and I believe the peak era for fraternity attraction is past tense.


Ternavan, Joseph, Class of 1957

I’m proud to be a Beta and Denisonian. My best memory of Beta was attending the conference in Dallas, when Alpha Eta was rechartered on the Denison campus. I have attended more than nine reunions with members of the classes of ’57, ’58, ’59, ’60, ’56, ’54 and sweethearts. It is great to visit virtually every section of the country, and have brothers share their homes and communities. I am planning a Dinner at the Beta House prior to the 55th reunion of the class of '57, and as always, will invite any current activities and pledges on campus to join us, as guests. The day is Thursday, May 31, and the time is yet to be scheduled.


Mason, James "Stoney", Class of 1951

My wife and I came from small towns in northern Ohio, she from Rittman and me from Wadsworth. We’ve been married 62 years and have four children. Two sons are Alpha Eta Betas, one is an Ohio U Beta and we have one Ohio U Beta grandson. When I first visited the Beta house I felt like that is where I want to be during my four years at Denison. It reminded me of where I came from. I have never regretted my decision to pledge Alpha Eta!


Briggs, J. Richard "Dick", Class of 1955

I have a scrap book of the Beta House activities of 1952. Would you be interested in having that in your archives? If so, to whom should I send or deliver the album? J. Richard Briggs, MD AH 770. DU 1955.


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