George W. Lester, IV – Omega

George Washington Lester’97 ΣΛ401, IV, 48, of Cornelius, NC, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 27, 2023. He was born in Martinsville, Virginia, on December 30, 1974, the son of George Washington Lester, II and Beatrice Worrell Lester.

George greeted each day with gladness and brought spontaneity, adventure, wisdom and laughter into the lives of those who knew him. George found peace and joy on the water, even in childhood, and made his home on the shores of Lake Norman in North Carolina for most of his adult life. He loved music and could often be found strumming a tune on his ukulele. He was an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Virginia Tech, and a veteran of the United States Navy. 

More information on George can be read here.

35 years ago we were the 1987 All University Intramural Softball Champions! Great fraternity support, great memories, and truly a great team. Offensively we could outscore our opponents with both power and avg, but defensively we were even better.

Mark Boyd ’87 ΣΛ179

J. Allen Roberts – Omega

Allen Roberts ’65 ΣΩΤ, 80, of Matthews, North Carolina, died Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Born and raised in Bristol, Virginia, Allen graduated from Bristol Virginia High School. He then attended Virginia Tech and joined Sigma Omega Tau and was a valued brother. He graduated with an Industrial Engineering Degree and received and MBA from Widener University.

He went to work with the DuPont Company in Camden, South Carolina as an engineer and later transferred with DuPont to Wilmington, Delaware After a long career with DuPont, Allen retired, then joined The Forum Corporation of Boston as a Director. Along with that came a move to Pittsburgh on a contract with Mellon Bank, where he became a vice-president. When Allen retired from Forum, he and Patty moved to Camden.

Allen liked the beach, the mountains and traveling. He especially liked Europe, particularly Sicily, Italy. He enjoyed old historic houses and buildings, antique furniture and silver, a glass of good wine, the music of Mozart, and the Rolling Stones.

A Celebration of Life for Allen will be held at a later date. His full obituary can be found here:

Ivan Hall – Omega

Ivan Nelson Hall, Jr. ’71 ΣΛ16 passed away on October 31, 2021, at the age of 73 with his only son and wife by his side.

Ivan was the first-born son of Ivan Nelson Hall, Sr and Hazel Crowder Hall in Danville, Virginia. He was the eldest brother of three siblings.

In 1966, he graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School in Fairfax County, Virginia. In 1971, he graduated from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia with a degree in Electrical Engineering and as a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Later he would go on to earn two post-graduate degrees, one at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California as one of the first civilians to do so, and another at the University of Southern California.

He met and married his wife, Patricia, at Virginia Tech. Their love never faltered over the 50 years they were married until his death. They have a single son, Ivan III.

Ivan was a career civil servant for the United States Navy which began as a co-operative student in college. Over the course of 30 years, he was named a Chief Engineer and appointed as a member of the Senior Executive Service. Ivan was well-respected and considered a hero to many people with whom he worked because of his courageous and servant leadership approach.

Ivan’s dedication to his son forged his passion for youth sports which led him to become Vice President of the Southwestern Youth Association (SYA) of Fairfax County, Virginia. He was part of the leadership team that laid the groundwork for the SYA Sports Park, at the time referred to as the Field of Dreams. He believed that all children should be able to experience the joy, health benefits and camaraderie of sports.

Although Ivan is no longer with us, he would have encouraged us all to remember the great times and move forward into our future with energy and compassion for others. He will be deeply missed because he showed great love to all his family and was there to lend a helping hand and advice whenever needed. Ivan loved life and always lit up a room with his big smile and encouraging words.

Ivan was predeceased by both his mother Hazel and father Ivan. He is survived by his wife Patricia, son Ivan III and his wife Rita, brother Michael, and sister Donna. Private services will be held for immediate family only.

Virtual Boston College Tailgate

Video tailgate on November 5, 2021 @ 6:30

We have identified a new platform that will allow you to easily view virtual tables and see who is virtually sitting at each table so you can catch up with the brothers you want to visit, and meet. We even have a dart board, bar, and grand piano!

Sign up by clicking register below and you will receive an email with a link to join the tailgate. Registering will also ensure we know how much virtual food to order and the number of virtual kegs to have on hand. We don’t want to run out!

The Tailgate will be ready at 6:30 and we’ll be there until everyone leaves. The game starts at 7:30. 

Young Alumni Deal!
1980 – 2016 brothers

Every brother who registers, and attends, graduating between 1980 – 2016 will be eligible for a drawing for one of ten $100 gift cards. If 20 alumni from these classes join, odds of winning are 50%! We will award five $100 Amazon gift cards and five $100 gift cards for Blacksburg dining! The Alumni Chapter is sponsoring the Amazon cards and Mike Whaley ’96 ΣΛ426, is donating five gift cards for either Top of the Stairs, PKs, or Bottom of the Stairs. Names will be drawn during the tailgate and winners will be confirmed by email.

Howard C. “Nugget” Dunn, Jr – Omega

Sigma Omega Tau Founder, Nugget Dunn, age 82, of Gales Ferry, Connecticut passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Nugget was born July 19, 1939.

Professor Emeritus Howard Dunn retired as an instructor at the United States Coast Guard Academy on September 5, 2008. He served on the faculty for 30 years, including three years as head of the Academy’s engineering department. Dunn received a doctorate in civil engineering in 1974 from The Pennsylvania State University. He earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1964 and 1965. Dunn was a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve.

Dunn served the academy in several positions through the years. He was dean of academics from 2003 to 2004, head of the department of engineering from 2000 to 2003, head of the civil engineering section from 1990 to 2000, associate dean of academics from 1982 to 1984, and assistant dean of academics from 1981 to 1982. While at the academy, Dunn received the George C. Wadlin Award for distinguished service to civil engineering education in 2004 and the Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 2005.

Nugget was a member of the University of Connecticut Sea Grant Senior Advisory Board, the Three Rivers Community College Regional Advisory Council and the Gales Ferry School Building Committee. He served as chairman of the New Emergency Services Building Construction Committee in Ledyard.

Upon his retirement, Nugget stated, “Teachers act as facilitators. I think I’ve influenced a whole lot of graduates. When cadets come in and say you’ve had an influence, that’s real nice.”

Christian Walter Hammerle – Omega

Chris Hammerle, 50, of Virginia Beach, Virginia passed away in his home on July 29, 2018. He was born in Rockford, Illinois to Walter and Charlotte Hammerle. A graduate of Norfolk Academy (1985), Chris earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1989. Chis then worked for more than 25 years at American GFM in Chesapeake.

In his spare time, Chis enjoyed spending time with friends, fishing and tossing horseshoes. Chris had an infectious laugh, especially when he beat his dad in a game of backgammon or was sharing a good time with a friend. Some of his best times were spent fishing on the Chesapeake Bay and at Lake Smith in his own backyard.

Please click here to read more about Chris.

Gerald Marshall “Jerry” Reynolds – Omega

Gerald Marshall “Jerry” Reynolds ’77 ΣΛ82 passed away on April 16, 2021 after a short battle with bile duct cancer. Jerry was from Newcastle, VA and majored in Marketing Management while at VT. He was also a past master several times for Statesville, NC Masonic Lodge 27 and was 4H Congress of Virginia Director of Talent Show for 50 years at Virginia Tech. He was an avid piano player and was in several bands over the years, including while he was at VT. He collected a number of antique cars, including two Shelbys and enjoyed time on his SeaDoo on Lake Norman where he lived in Catawba, NC. Read more.

Notes from Carmel

An abbreviated version of this column appears in the Summer 21 issue of The Link

by Chris Pockette ΒΥ896
ΛΧΑ Director of Expansion
Carmel, IN

As we at the Office of Administration (AKA Nationals or IHQ)
have reconnected with Sigma-Lambda alumni to consider
restarting our chapter at Virginia Tech, we’ve reflected on what
we’ve learned over the past four years. In 2017, our chapter
had strayed away from Lambda Chi Alpha’s core values and
principles. Our team lacked an interpersonal connection with
the chapter and local alumni advisors. We’ve realized that the
Office of Administration must work hand-in-hand with our
alumni brothers to provide frequent support and assistance
to our undergraduate brothers if we are to sustain our
brotherhood through the next generation of college students.
Over the past several months, we were impressed and
honored when the alumni board contacted us to build a
partnership and consider returning to Virginia Tech’s campus.

Our research proves that restarted chapters are far more
successful with active alumni engagement. The Office of
Administration is in full support of the opportunity to restart
our chapter at Virginia Tech with the alumni board because
of our high likelihood for success. If we are invited back to
campus, the Office of Administration commits to providing our
physical, tactical, and financial investments to the chapter’s
restart, which we hope will position the chapter for a long and
prosperous future.

While the core values and principles of Lambda Chi Alpha
have not changed through the years, the experience will look
different from years prior. The newest generation of college
students, Generation Z (or Gen Z, for short) are entering the
collegiate landscape as we speak. Studies of Gen Z show that
they are pragmatic, intentional in their decision making,
and highly interested in their return on investment. If Gen
Z is going to college, these men and women want to clearly
understand, “What’s in it for me?” Knowing this generation
holds our future brothers, the fraternity must shift its value
proposition to incoming potential members. We have much
to offer this generation, but we must focus on adding value to
their lives and intentionally position them to be prepared for
life after college through skills and leadership development.

Lambda Chi has reinvented the fraternal experience for
today and tomorrow’s brothers. Over the past 18 months, we
have invested $2.5 million in reshaping our undergraduate
programming and developing value-added partnerships to
the fraternity experience. Our fraternity education process is
undergoing a revolutionary redesign that will provide a four-
year development program to all undergraduate members
to prepare them for the Lambda Chi Alpha experience and
life beyond the fraternity. Additionally, we’ve partnered
with Kaplan to build our new Leadership Skills Certification
Academy, which is a premiere training program that will
deliver professional development resources, training, and tools
that will enable fraternity members to turn relevant aspects
of their college and fraternity experience into practical,
marketable skills that will appeal to prospective employers.
These programs are targeted to add more value to the fraternity
experience and encourage Gen Z men to pursue Lambda Chi
while in college.

Our hope is, with the approval of the university, that this
revolutionized Lambda Chi experience will be available to men
across Virginia Tech’s campus for years to come. We’ve begun
building plans for the future chapter once we are given formal
approval to return. Our partnership with Dyad Strategies has
produced data that suggests the optimal Lambda Chi chapter
size is 65 to 85 men. At Virginia Tech, our goal will be to build
a sustainable chapter around the optimal chapter size, but not
immediately at the time of return. The restart process will
develop over the course of three to six years: from the startup
phase, through chartering, to long-term stability. Through the
initial startup phase, the Office of Administration will send
two team members who serve as recruiters and find around 30
men to restart the chapter. After the recruiting phase, we will
send an additional team member to educate and train through
health and wellness, operations, and fraternity education
programming. We will continue working directly with the
new chapter over several semesters, helping the chapter
recruit its own members each semester to grow to the optimal
chapter size. By investing in teaching the new members how
to properly recruit and manage chapter operations at the very
beginning, we will position the chapter to operate at high-
performing levels for years to come.

With proper investment in a successful restart, we will focus
on the principles, values, and opportunities that Lambda Chi
offers our young brothers. It is our hope we avoid any culture
of hazing or alcohol misuse through our intentional focused
efforts. Fortunately, with the investment of both the Office
of Administration and the local chapter alumni, we are well
positioned to support a restarting chapter at Virginia Tech.

If you are interested in being involved in this process, we
are looking for 10 to 12 alumni brothers to serve as advisors
to the new members. Additionally, we will need an alumni
liaison, also known as the High Pi, to serve as the direct
liaison between the chapter, university, alumni, and Office of
Administration. Please contact Barry Buschow at fcbarry@
gmail. com or me to express your interest, and we will connect
with you about opportunities to be involved in the chapter’s

Thank you, Brothers, for your commitment and investment
in Sigma-Lambda and Lambda Chi Alpha. We value your
tremendous involvement, especially those with the legacy
of Sigma Omega Tau who founded the chapter at Tech. We
are eager to support your work to involve greater numbers
of younger alumni. We look forward to our partnership and
establishing a strong, prosperous chapter at Virginia Tech in
the years to come.