Chapter Eternal - Thomas Maxwell '55

We have been honored to call this man our Brother. The condolences of Theta Chi’s extended worldwide family are offered to the family and friends of our deceased brother.

 Thomas Maxwell '55 - LaVie Portrait

Thomas Maxwell '55 - LaVie Portrait

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of:

Thomas Clark Maxwell '55 died February 11, 2018 at Heatherwood Retirement Center in Honeybrook, PA.

He was born October 3, 1933 in Oil City, PA, and was the son of Donald D. and Irene Sherman Maxwell. He attended Oil City Schools throughout his youth and was an academic graduate of Oil City High School in 1951. While attending OCHS, he played four years of football under coaches George Hartman and John Kaufman.

Mr. Maxwell earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University; class of 1955. He was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega and the Penn State Alumni Association. 

He was married in the summer of 1954 to Carmella DeSanto. Mr. Maxwell worked for National Van Lines in Chicago, Illinois; Firestone Tire in Akron, Ohio; and retired from Quaker State Corporation in Oil City, PA in 1989 after over 25 years of service. He enjoyed playing golf and biking & canoeing with his very special friend Peg Porterfield Price. 

Mr. Maxwell is survived by his children, Clark J. Maxwell (Tom) of Newnan, GA and Ruth Maxwell Enright (Jack) of Philadelphia. He is also survived by brothers: James F. Maxwell (Joyce) of Kane, PA and Richard A. Maxwell (Kendra) of Southport, SC. Grandchildren: John M. Enright (Michelle) of Ithaca, NY, Jenna M. Enright of Philadelphia and Jeffrey M. Enright of Philadelphia. Nieces and nephews: Scott Maxwell (Candy) of Wilmington, DE, Michele Reuss (Larry) of Pittsburgh, PA, Kevin Maxwell (Whitney) of Atlanta, GA, Shannon Shetayh (Dean) of Allentown, PA and Erin O'Neal (Sam) of Troy, OH and nine great nieces and nephews. 

 Thomas C. Maxwell

Thomas C. Maxwell

He was preceded in death by his mother Irene in 1978 and his father Donald in 1991.

There will be a memorial service in Tom's beloved hometown of Oil City at Morrison Funeral Home in June of this year. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Heatherwood Retirement Community, 3180 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, PA 19344.

Spring 2018 Graduates

We would like to congratulate the latest graduates (and newest alum) of Omega chapter. Good luck with your new pursuits and please keep in touch.

  • Dave Cox - Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Malhar Dave - Material Science
  • Steve Gerry - Criminology/Economics
  • Tim Gregory - Psychology
  • Steve Hatten - Biological Sciences and Health Professions
  • Saif Khalil - Civil Engineering
  • Bryant Narvaez - Energy Business and Finance
  • Brad Nichols - Energy Business and Finance
  • Patrick Obrien - Chemical Engineering
  • Neel Parikh - Accounting
  • Parth Patel - Aerospace Engineering
  • Milton Rahman - Aerospace Engineering
  • Chris Silverwood - IST

Founder's Day Alumni Meeting - Sun. April 22, 2018 @ 10:30am

Happy Founder's Day Everyone!!! Hopefully this finds you all in good health and better spirits. For anyone in town for Blue & white weekend on April 21st and 22nd - it would be great to see you at our annual spring meeting - Sunday, April, 22nd at  10:30 EDT at the chapter house. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions/comments beforehand.

Aaron Speagle
Alumni Board Secretary

Chapter Eternal - Gerry Siaton '95

 Gerry Siaton '95 - 1993 Composite

Gerry Siaton '95 - 1993 Composite

We have been honored to call this man our Brother. The condolences of Theta Chi’s extended worldwide family are offered to the family and friends of our deceased brother.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of:

Gerard "Gerry" Cavaneyro Siaton, age 46, husband of Christine (Park) Siaton, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 surrounded by his family. Born on November 27, 1971 in the Philippines, he was the eldest son of Tomas and Erlinda (Cavaneyro) Siaton of Lancaster, PA.

Gerry grew up in Deer Park, NY. He graduated from Deer Park High School, where he was part of the wrestling, football, and lacrosse teams. He received his undergraduate degree and Master of Business Administration from Penn State University, where he was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity. Gerry worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over twenty years in clinical research and quality assurance. He was most recently employed at Spark Therapeutics in Philadelphia, PA.

Above all else, Gerry loved spending time with his wife and four children, attending his children's various sports activities, and watching his beloved Penn State Nittany Lions, Yankees and Jets. He was an avid golfer, runner, scotch connoisseur, and enjoyed vacationing with family and friends on the beach. He truly valued his friendships and loved the opportunity to gather with friends and family.

In addition to his wife and parents, Gerry is survived by four children, Christian, Gabriella, Ava, and Liliana; two siblings, Warren (Jo Lynn) of Malvern, PA and Dr. Bernadette Siaton (Steve String) of Baltimore, MD; four nieces and nephews, Alex, Daniel, Sophia and Darren; his uncle Oscar and aunt Cora Generoso and his cousin, Jennifer (Angelo) Pedicini.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his memorial mass at St. Ann Church, Main Street at Third Avenue, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 11:00 am. Officiating will be Rev. John J. Newns. A private burial will follow. Family and friends will be received from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Tuesday evening, April 3, 2018 at Campbell-Ennis-Klotzbach Funeral Home, Inc, 610 Main Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460 or on Wednesday morning in the church from 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson University Hospital. Condolences may be made by visiting Arrangements are being handled by the Campbell - Ennis - Klotzbach Funeral Home, Inc., Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Gerard "Gerry" Siaton please visit our Sympathy Store.

For anyone interested in paying their respects below are the dates and times for the services.

Tuesday April 6th
Campbell-Ennius-Klotzbach Funeral Home
Main Street at Fifth Avenue
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Viewing 6-8pm 

Wednesday April 7th
St. Anne’s Church
502 Main Street
Phoenixville PA

Visitation 9:30-10:45am
Funeral Mass 11:00am
Burial 12:30 (Family)

Chapter Eternal - Richards '53, Blakely '62 and Allan '64

We have been honored to call these men our Brothers. The condolences of Theta Chi’s extended worldwide family are offered to the family and friends of our deceased brothers.

 John Richards '53

John Richards '53

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of:

  • John T. Richards '53 - Dec. 19, 2016
  • William M. Blakely '62 - Nov. 16. 2017
  • Norman S. Allan '64 - Oct. 12, 2017

 William Blakely '62

William Blakely '62

William (Bill) Blakely of Green Brook, NJ passed away on November 16th, 2017 at age 77.

Bill was born in Philadelphia, PA, to the late Dorothy Zeeb Blakely and Charles Elmer Blakely. He attended Penn State University and graduated with a degree in Education. He was employed for over 35 years by the Union County Regional School District as a Biology teacher and guidance counselor. He was a longtime member of the Green Brook Lions Club and the Penn State Alumni Association.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Murry, two daughters, Melanie Blakely and her wife Sarah Eibach and Rachel Levens and her husband Brian, grandchildren, Ava Levens and Lucas Blakely, brother, David Blakely and his wife Georgia, and nephew David. He was predeceased by his niece Michelle. Bill is also survived by his loving, extended family and many good friends.

Family and friends may gather on Sunday, November 19th, 2017 from 1-4PM at the Sheenan Funeral Home, 233 Dunellen Ave., Dunellen, NJ 08812. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, 227 D Hetzel Union Building, University Park, PA 16802-6601 or online at For more info please visit

 Norman Allan '64

Norman Allan '64

Norman Allan passed on October 12, 2017 after a battle with cancer. He was 75. 

Born in Coatbridge, Scotland, he and his family emigrated to the United States after his father finished his service for the RAF in WWII. He spent his childhood growing up in Bethlehem, PA and attending Pennsylvania State University graduating with a BS in accounting in 1964. 

He spent the following years serving in city and county government before accepting a position with C.S McKee Investment Managers in Pittsburgh, PA in 1981 where he worked until his retirement.

He and his wife Barbara retired to Anacortes in 2006. He became heavily involved with Fidalgo Rotary upon arriving, eventually serving as the president. He then volunteered his time with the Island Hospital Foundation Board until his passing.

He quickly adapted to the Northwest lifestyle, enjoying boating and fishing in the San Juans. He would take yearly fishing trips to Alaska to fill the freezer. He loved the climate and natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years Barbara, his sons David and Gregory and his daughters-in-law Marcy and Leslie. 

Donations in his memory can be made to Fidalgo Rotary (PO Box 125, Anacortes, WA 98221); Island Hospital Foundation (1211 24th Street, Anacortes WA 98221); and Hospice Care of the Northwest (227 Freeway Drive, Ste. A, Mt. Vernon WA 98273). He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed.

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel of Anacortes, WA. To share a memory of Norman, please sign the online guest register at

Growing Up is a Beautiful Thing. Let’s Fight for It!


In just two short weeks, the year-long efforts of more than 16,500 student volunteers and 25,000 alumni will culminate in a forty-six-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon. For those forty-six hours, the Bryce Jordan Center will transform into a home of bright colors, endless energy, and unwavering support for families affected by childhood cancer. 

From February 16-18, the Penn State community will once again join together to show what cancer cannot do. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $146 million for our sole beneficiary, Four Diamonds. THON’s contributions cover treatment costs for pediatric cancer patients at Penn State Children’s Hospital, ensuring that no family ever has to see a bill. Additionally, THON’s support funds innovative research, helping the worldwide cancer community in pursuit of a cure.

Join us in the fight against childhood cancer by making a gift today. With the help of our generous supporters, we will one day dance in celebration of a cure. 

For The Kids™, 

Andrew Smith             
Executive Director
2018 Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon

P.S. Don’t forget to credit your favorite student organization, or potentially double your gift through company matching.

Dymek '94 for PSU Board of Directors

Brother Thomas W. Dymek '94 wants to run for the Penn State Alumni Board of Trustees, but he needs our help to get on the ballot. Tom needs 250 nominations to be placed on the ballot.

If you have not received your nomination ballot via email (sent 1/15/18) , you can request one here if you have received your ballot please think about adding Thomas Dymek '94 to it.

To learn more about Tom, here his Linkedin bio -

Come on Brothers, lets help support one of our brothers and Penn State!

Thank you!!


THON - Help Support Dancer Jordan Reed

 Click Here to Support THON

Click Here to Support THON

Make an impact in the life of a child today

THON was the very first student organization I became involved with here at Penn State.  My freshman year, I was on a Rules and Regulations committee, responsible for ensuring the safety of the Bryce Jordan Center.  Last year, I was responsible for the health and well-being of a dancer throughout the 46 hours as a Dancer Relations Committee Member, and I oversaw the fundraising efforts of my fraternity, Theta Chi, throughout the course of the year.  

THON is the most incredible effort that college students convene to create, by far, with $146 million and counting raised since its inception, with all proceeds benefitting the Four Diamonds Fund, which provides monetary support for children with cancer at Hershey Medical as well as grants for research with the intention of finding better treatment/ eventually a cure for cancer.

Further, to mitigate any concerns you may have about where the money actually goes, I have done extensive research on this subject and can confirm that THON donates approximately 96% of funds received to Four Diamonds, with the remainder covering necessary costs incurred during THON weekend (it's run entirely on volunteers).  Four Diamonds itself is able to turn around and use approximately 91% of the funds it receives to directly benefit children, either through covering what insurance cannot, providing research grants, or paying people like music therapists to keep spirits high during difficult treatments.  Altogether, this comes out to .96 * .91 = a little more than 87 cents of each dollar donated directly impacting children, which is considered impressive in the fundraising community.


When you decide to support THON™, you become a partner in the ongoing fight against childhood cancer. As part of my organization benefitting THON, I am working alongside 16,500 student volunteers and over 25,000 alumni to support more than 3,700 families at Penn State Children’s Hospital to one day end the fight against childhood cancer.  Since THON’s beginning in 1973, we have raised over $146 million dollars, For The Kids™!

This year, I am taking action in the fight against childhood cancer. Throughout the year, I am fundraising on behalf of my organization benefiting THON to offset the costs of treatment that insurance cannot cover, expenses that improve the welfare of kids, and fund critical research in pursuit of finding a cure. I am committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer as well as building lasting relationships with the Four Diamonds families, and it is my hope that one day every child has the opportunity to live out their childhood dreams.

Your contribution will fund innovative research that will not only enhance treatment for children in Pennsylvania but is also giving hope to childhood cancer patients worldwide! Together, with every student, volunteer, alumnus, donor, and supporter, we can spread awareness of THON’s mission across the country and throughout the world. With your support of THON, together, we will make a difference in the lives of children nationwide. Join us in the fight, For The Kids.

2017 Honor Roll Call


We like to thank all of you who donated this year. Your generous support means a great deal to Theta Chi. Thanks to you, and a growing number of other Alumni who have responded with similar gifts, we are able to do more to support our fraternity and continue to keep Theta Chi competitive with the fraternity system at Penn State. 

Edward J. Turko '78 - CC
Evan J. Rosenberg '80 - AF
Kerry E. Becker '82 - AF
Robert B. Tucker '83 - AF
Alan H. Vladimir '85 - AF
Robert F. Kramer '88 - CC*
Robert Scavello, Jr. Estate - '88 - AF
Reed W. Goodwin '91 - AF
Daniel S. Kahl '91 - CC & AF
Gregory M. Rush '91 - CC
Stephen R. Rozyckie '92 - AF
Mark T. Kelly '95 - AF
Matthew S. Keller '00 - CC
Robert A. Blumstein '07 - CC
Jasen V. Marshall '09 - AF
Michael B. Cronin '11 - AF
Gregory J. Smith '12 - AF
Aaron L. Speagle '12 - AF

George W. Chapman Jr. '49 - AF
Thomas E. Morton '53 - AF
George L. Walz Jr. '55 - AF
Samuel F. Mastrorocco '57 - AF
Richard L. Hill '58 - AF
Keith F. Vansant '58 - CC*
Barry A. Herr '60 - AF
Richard R. Jones '60 - AF
Neal D. Rhoads '62 - AF
Robert V. Zedelis '62 - AF
James C. Stalder '63 - AF
Alfred T. Romanoski Jr.'67 - AF
Thomas J. Glendon '69 - AF
John N. Weiss Jr. '70 - AF
Matthew A. Mankus '73 - AF
I. Kurt Nathan '73 - AF*
George E. Hoffman Jr. '75 - AF
Robert A. Hoffman '76 - AF
Steven L. Putterman '78 - AF

Chapter Eternal - William Elmore '53

William K. Elmore '53 - 1953 Compoaite photo

We have been honored to call this man our Brother. The condolences of Theta Chi’s extended worldwide family are offered to the family and friends of our deceased brother.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of:

  • William K. Elmore '53 - Sept. 10, 2017

 William Elmore

William Elmore

William K. "Bill" Elmore, 87, passed away September 10, 2017. He was born in New Haven, CT August 19, 1930. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cmdr. Eugene E. Elmore and Marie Link Elmore; brother, Eugene E. Elmore III; daughter, Donna Link Elmore; and son-in-law, Craig L. Newberg. Bill graduated from Penn State where he met his wife of 62 years, Marilyn DuPont Elmore. He was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He served in the US Navy as a Lieutenant aboard the U.S.S. Clarence K. Bronson DD668 as a gunnery officer in the Korean War. After his service, they moved to Florida in 1959 where he opened his own firm, The Elmore Company, a business accounting firm for over 40 years. He also served as the executive director of S.E.L.L (Southeast Long Line), a collaboration of used auto parts dealers. He was a member of the Allied Gasoline Retailers Assoc., Christ the King Catholic Church (where he served on the parish council), The Tin Can Sailors, and the Penn State Alumni Association. He is survived by his beloved wife, Marilyn; daughters, Ann Marie Newberg, Karen E. (Michael) McMahon, Susan E. Haire, and Marilyn E. (Britt) Brinson; eight grandchildren, Leigh, Erika, Donna, Charlotte, Lauren, Everette, Brianna, and Reid; four great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Ayden, Rylie, and Daniel. He was an extraordinary man who loved the Lord, his family, and his country. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Society of St. Vincent DePaul at Christ the King.

 Mr. and Mrs. Elmore - 1952

Mr. and Mrs. Elmore - 1952

 Mr. and Mrs. Elmore - 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Elmore - 2012