50th Anniversary Keynote Address

 

Brother John Tizen (1942-2014) ’64 ΣΛ252, delivered these remarks as the Keynote Address during our 50th Anniversary celebration in October 2008. 

Good evening Fellow Brothers, family members and other guests.  I would like to begin by saying Thank You for the opportunity to be here tonight and speak to you.   Those of you who know me, know I am a man of few words, so I will try to be brief with my comments.

I have been truly blessed by being part of this outstanding group.  When I began my association with Sigma Omega Tau in Winter of 1963, I was like any other college student looking for fun, fellowship and a place to belong.  I had no idea what the future would bring. Little did I know that 45 years later I would still be part of a group that has been such an influence on my life.  This brotherhood has a strength rarely seen in a group as varied in background and age as the brothers of Lambda Chi.

If you know anything about my struggle with Multiple Sclerosis and related illnesses, you will understand when I say I would not be here tonight if it were not for the caring friendships begun here at Virginia Tech as a part of this group.  These guys have taken care of me in more ways than you can ever imagine through their friendship, counsel, financial support and love.  Yes, love, because much of what they have done for me has been out of the love they have for me and each other.  When the Hokies played in bowl games, including the National Championship in New Orleans, I was there.  For years I attended Atlanta Falcon games, including the Super Bowl.  When important events happened in the lives and families of this group, I have been there.  You have allowed me to be part of your families and your lives.  If I were to try and thank each one individually, it would take most of the evening and I still might leave someone out.  Each of you knows who you are.  There is no way I can ever repay you.

None of us know what the future holds as we go through our daily routines.  If we are fortunate enough to be part of a group like Lambda Chi Alpha and participate in the brotherhood, it can make a significant difference in our lives.  I thank God everyday for making you part of my life.  May God bless Virginia Tech, this brotherhood and each of you.

Sigma Beta,

John Tizen

R. McLean Duke, Jr – Omega

Duke.jpgR. McLean “Mac”Duke,  Jr. ’61 ΣΩΤ, of Midlothian, passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2017, after a courageous five-year battle with multiple myeloma cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Dorothy Nelson Duke; daughters, Lisa Hunt (Jeff), Tracy Buzzeo (Bill) and Shannon Londeree (Chad); grandchildren, Tyler and Brandon Hunt, Connor (Lindsey), Kylie and Curtis Buzzeo, and Reid and Ryan Londeree; and sister, Judy Nelson (Dick). Mac was an avid sports fan, and a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and Virginia Tech. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be posted by clicking on Bliley’s.

 

James E. Carlton – Omega

James E. Carlton ’67 ΣΩΤ of West Point, passed away October 3, 2017.
Jim was a proud father and grandfather, who deeply loved his family and his church. He greatly enjoyed fishing, cruising around with his dog in his pick-up, and watching his alma mater, the Virginia Tech Hokies, play football.
Jim was a gentle and kind man, who always had a listening ear. He loved his hometown and enjoyed being able to serve in the West Point Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, just as his father, Charlie Carlton, had done for so many years. He also enjoyed serving as a coach for youth basketball and baseball.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ann Carlton.
He is survived by his wife, Lorrie; his children, Mike Carlton (Lisa), Blair Carlton (Tracey), and Melanie Jones (Chris); and his grandchildren, Katie, Charlie, Hunter and Sierra.
Condolences to the family may be posted online by clicking on the following URL: http://www.vincentfh.com/obituaries/James-Carlton-10/#!/TributeWall

Benjamin M. Wenger – Omega

Wenger, Ben Photo.jpgBenjamin M. Wenger ’15 ΣΛ702, of Annandale, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Beloved son of Fred and Patricia Wenger of Annandale, VA; loving brother of Joseph and Frederick Wenger, IV and dear grandson of Edna Wenger. Friends will be received at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Rd., Fairfax, VA on Friday, September 29, 2017 for a Visitation from 3-8PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 7401 St. Michaels Ln., Annandale, VA on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 12PM. Interment will follow at Fairfax Memorial Park.  An online obituary and family guestbook can be viewed and signed at www.fmfh.com