’60s ΣΩΤs

Taken at the recent monthly gathering at Sweatwater’s Restaurant in Merrifield.  Left to Right: John Funkhouser ’67, Steve Teel ’68, John DeBell ’68, and Ron Temple ’65.  Curt Wainwight ’66 joined the group by phone from Ketchum, Idaho.

413 E. Roanoke Street Status

Over the decades, the fraternity house has been a place many of us called home as our residence. For others, it was a home away from home while we were undergraduates and a figurative home as alumni. Over the past 10 to 20 years, the house has continued to require increased alumni funds as undergraduate brothers have invested less time and attention to its maintenance. This occurred as the active chapter increased in size beyond the capacity of the house. In simple terms, the house was much too small to support a fraternity that consistently numbered over 80 men and about 120 when we lost our charter. Numerous Boards of Directors have been engaged in discussions for decades about the cost of the house, whether or not this continues to meet the needs of both the alumni and active chapters, and if it represents the best use of this asset.

Today, the house can likely be sold for nearly $500,000 and the balance on the mortgage is below $38,000. The current Board of Directors and Advisors to the Board have identified several opportunities for the use of the house. We will continue to gather more information to ensure we understand all available options as we pursue a decision on the best use of this asset. While the ultimate decision of the disposition of the house rests with the Board, we invite your thoughts. You also may navigate to this page and send an email directly to any of the Alumni Officers if you prefer.

Thanks for your assistance.

Butch & Ludi Webber Support Pamplin College

Butch and Ludi Webber have supported of the Pamplin College of Business‘ planned Global Business and Analytics Complex. Butch retired as president of Chesterfield Auto Parts in Richmond. In fall 2017, he and his son Troy shared their family business success story with students and faculty as speakers in the College’s entrepreneur lecture series at the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs.

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