Chapter Eternal - Alex Gregal '54

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:

  • Alex A. Gregal ‘54 - Jan. 29, 2019


Alex Gregal ‘54 - LaVie Portrait

Alex Gregal ‘54 - LaVie Portrait

Alex Gregal - 1954 - The Nittany Lion, relaxing before Homecoming weekend festivities

Alex A. Gregal, 87, of State College, Pennsylvania, passed away surrounded by family on January 29, 2019 in Irvine, California. 

Alex was born on November 28, 1931 in Osceola Mills, PA, to Luby and Alexander (Pops) Gregal and grew up in Houtzdale, PA.

Alex graduated from Penn State University in 1954. While at PSU, he was president of the Theta Chi Fraternity Players Social Club, was a member of ROTC and made many friends and memories during his four years as the Nittany Lion mascot. 

Alex later earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Airforce, Air National Guard and U.S. Airforce Reserves. He bravely flew wounded and dead soldiers out of Vietnam, earning the National Defense Service Medal.

In civilian life, Alex was a corporate pilot, co-owned an airport in New Castle, PA called Castle Aviation, was a top seller for Beechcraft Aircraft, and eventually started his own aviation sales company, Fortune-Aire. 

Alex was the president of the Youngstown Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association for many years. He enjoyed fly fishing, gardening, making wine, watching Fox News, traveling in his motor home, tailgating with his family and friends at ALL the Penn State home games, martinis, and pretty much any good party he could find or inspire. 

Alex married the late Joan (Cestone) Gregal, and together they had three daughters. He later married the late Juanita (Holencik) Gregal. In addition to Joan, Juanita and his parents, Alex was preceded in death by his brothers, Frank and David; and sister, Carol. Alex is survived by his daughters, Carol (Dan) Howard, Elizabeth Gregal, and Allison (Scott) Novosel; sister, Anna Mae Reifer; brother, Michael Gregal; grandchildren, Alex Howard, Hannah Howard, Dominic Stephens, Ian Novosel, and Cooper Novosel; and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Services will be held in State College this spring. Following a memorial Mass, friends and family will be invited to a tailgate to celebrate Alex's life. Specifics will be shared on this site closer to the date.

Alex will later be buried alongside his loving wife of 26 years, Joan Gregal, at Poland Riverside Cemetery in Poland, Ohio. 

In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations in Alex Gregal's name to Catholic Charities and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Roar Lion Roar!

Jack Horner (L) and Alex Gregal - 1953

2019 Board of Directors Elections Results

Dear Brothers,

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with your beloved friends and family. I’m writing to you all today to ask that you please join me in congratulating the following Brothers for their election or re-election as members of the Alumni Board of Directors:

  • Chris Burke (Treasurer)

  • Paul Kirkegaard

  • Ed Wallace (Newly Elected, Incoming Secretary)

Brothers Kirkegaard, Burke, and Wallace will join Brothers Jonas, Maxwell, and myself to comprise the 2019 Alumni Board of Directors for our chapter. They will begin their two-year term effective immediately. We truly appreciate those of you who took the time to vote in our recent election. Per our chapter Bylaws, the next election will take place in Fall of this year (2019), where Brothers Jonas, Maxwell, and I will be up for re-election. If you participated (or intentionally did not participate), please provide us with feedback regarding your voting experience this election cycle. We want to hear your thoughts on the new process in order to seek continuous improvement, and to better reach all of you.

As you may have seen on our social media pages and website, Omega Chapter is celebrating our Centennial year this year! Mark your calendars for Homecoming Weekend (TBD, usually mid-October), and keep an eye out for additional information as we send it out via our website and social media pages. We are planning various events in State College through the weekend (Friday through Sunday). If you have any interest in helping with planning efforts for the event- packed weekend, please reach out to me via the email address below.

With the new Election cycle, I was selected by the other board members to serve as the next Alumni President. I look forward to continuing to serve our chapter with the other board members, alumni advisory board members, our numerous active alumni, and our undergraduate members. I intend to refocus our attention to strengthening the social bonds of brotherhood in the coming months and years. We faced significant challenges recently and I look forward to meeting those and future challenges head on for the betterment of our chapter. I aim to be as transparent as possible, and am always open to questions, comments, and criticism.

If at any point you wish to reach me, please feel free to email me at the address below. For those that prefer to communicate via phone, I will provide my personal cell number upon request. I look forward to meeting more of you and seeing you at our upcoming centennial celebration!

Once again, Congratulations to Brothers Burke, Kirkegaard, and Wallace! Love and Respect,

Aaron Speagle ‘12
Alumni President

Chapter Eternal - Elliott '56, Pershing '56, Ramsay '61 & Bullock '71

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 brother.

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

  • Dean H. Elliott ‘56 - MS EMS - October 2, 2017

  • John H. Pershing ‘56 - Eng - August 29, 2018

  • Ian W. Ramsay ‘61 - Bus - September 1, 2018

  • Wayne J. Bullock ‘71 - Bus - August 25, 2018


Dean H. Elliott ’56

Dean was born on November 26, 1923 and passed away on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Dean was a resident of Billings, Montana at the time of passing.

Dean went on to earn two undergraduate degrees, one in chemistry from Cal.

August 1944, Dean enlisted in the United States Army, 383rd Infantry, 96th Division, Company E. and was deployed to the Okinawa beachhead May 1, 1945.

Funeral services will be held 12:00pm Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Billings. Committal services will follow at Yellowstone National Veterans Cemetery.

John H. Pershing ’56 - LaVie Portrait

John H. Pershing ’56 - LaVie Portrait

John H. Pershing ’56

John was born on February 11, 1933 and passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

John was a resident of North Carolina at the time of passing.

John attended Penn State University and graduated with honors, earning a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Following in his family's footsteps, he served in the United States Army and was a descendant of General John "Blackjack" Pershing.

John Harrison Pershing Mr. John Harrison Pershing, 85, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 PM Saturday September 1, 2018 at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with the Rev. Doug Klein officiating. Interment will follow at Forsyth Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the Doctors and Nurses at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Cardiology Unit for the attentive and loving care given to Mr. Pershing.

Ian W. Ramsay ’61

LCDR, USN Ian William Ramsay, 80, fought his last battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on Sept. 1, 2018 at the West Georgia Hospice Center. He was born in Grosse Pointe, MI on July 8, 1938. A Vietnam veteran, Ian graduated from Penn State in finance in 1961 before joining the USN. While at Penn State, he was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War, earning several distinguished medals including the Bronze Star Combat V, Navy Commendation Combat V, and Achievement Medals. He finished his career heading the Training Instructor School at Keesler AFB, MS. After 23 years of military service, he joined Electronic Data Systems (EDS) retiring as a Senior Business Analyst in Plano, TX. After making his home in LaGrange, GA, he married Pamela Louise Smrekar on June 7, 2004. While in LaGrange, he served as a board member of the West Point Lake Coalition where he participated in many poker runs for lake improvement and cleanups. He also held offices and was on the board of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). The Naval Career Officer was at home on both the water and the greens. As an avid golfer, Ian was always striving for the elusive hole-in-one. Although not in golf, Ian achieved his hole-in-one when he officially joined the Catholic Church on August, 7, 2018. He attended St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Ian was preceded in death by his parents William Warburton Ramsay and Annie Murray Cunningham Ramsay, both originally from Scotland, and his first wife, Joan Douthitt Ramsay. He is survived by his wife Pamela Louise Ramsay, LaGrange; daughter, Anne Kathleen Rowe (Mike), Buford, GA; son, Scott Ian Ramsay, St. Petersburg, FL; sisters: Sheila Buckert, St. Clair Shores, MI and Lorna Ramsay, Wyomissing, PA; step-children: Allison (Nick) Dubovsky, Ewa Beach, HI; Ruth Anne (David) Tomlinson, Jackson, WY; and Jacob (Dawn) Smrekar, Rock Hill, SC; grandchildren: Joshua Schaefers, Taylor Rowe, Megan Rowe, Stephen Rowe, Michael Rowe, Christian Smrekar, Victoria Smrekar, and Katelyn Tomlinson; and several nieces and nephews. Ian’s family would like to thank his church, golf, and military families, as well as, his many friends who have helped on his journey home. Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Visitation will be at the church at 10:00 AM with a funeral mass to follow at 11:00 AM. A graveside service will immediately follow. Those wishing to donate can contribute to St. Peter’s Catholic Church or the Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) Society in memory of Ian

Wayne J. Bullock ’71

Wayne J. Bullock, husband of almost 49 years to Margaret (Peggy) A. Evolo-Bullock, of Royersford, and formerly of Lake Harmony, passed away at his home on Saturday, August 25, 2018. He was 68.

Born on December 22, 1949 in Norwood, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Bertha (Johnson) Bullock. After graduating Interboro High School, he earned a Bachelor's Degree from Penn State University in 1971. Shortly after college graduation he started his first business in billboard advertising in the Hershey and Lancaster area. In the 1980's, he moved to cable advertising where he held long a career as an executive with Cable Adnet and Star Net, where he was recognized and won several awards as a pioneer in the cable advertising business. In the mid-90's he pursued his own entrepreneurial endeavors before being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2000.

They moved full time to Lake Harmony, PA where Wayne and his wife and family enjoyed many years on the lake. He enjoyed being a grandfather and loved entertaining family and friends.

In addition to his wife, Wayne is survived by Son, Wayne Bullock, II of Philadelphia; Daughter, Kimberly, wife of Russell Kingsbury of Phoenixville, PA; and Grandchildren: Jake, James and Christopher Bullock, Tyler, Andrew and Kevin Kingsbury.

Per his wishes, the family will celebrate Wayne's life with private services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad (PO Box 564, Lake Harmony, PA 18624). Condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.PhoenixvilleFuneralHome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Campbell - Ennis - Klotzbach Funeral Home, Inc., Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad (PO Box 564, Lake Harmony, PA 18624).

Ian W. Ramsay ‘61 - LaVie PORTRAIT

Ian W. Ramsay ‘61 - LaVie PORTRAIT

Ian W. Ramsay ‘61

LCDR, USN Ian William Ramsay, 80, fought his last battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on Sept. 1, 2018 at the West Georgia Hospice Center. He was born in Grosse Pointe, MI on July 8, 1938. A Vietnam veteran, Ian graduated from Penn State in finance in 1961 before joining the USN. While at Penn State, he was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War, earning several distinguished medals including the Bronze Star Combat V, Navy Commendation Combat V, and Achievement Medals. He finished his career heading the Training Instructor School at Keesler AFB, MS. After 23 years of military service, he joined Electronic Data Systems (EDS) retiring as a Senior Business Analyst in Plano, TX. After making his home in LaGrange, GA, he married Pamela Louise Smrekar on June 7, 2004. While in LaGrange, he served as a board member of the West Point Lake Coalition where he participated in many poker runs for lake improvement and cleanups. He also held offices and was on the board of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). The Naval Career Officer was at home on both the water and the greens. As an avid golfer, Ian was always striving for the elusive hole-in-one. Although not in golf, Ian achieved his hole-in-one when he officially joined the Catholic Church on August, 7, 2018. He attended St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Ian was preceded in death by his parents William Warburton Ramsay and Annie Murray Cunningham Ramsay, both originally from Scotland, and his first wife, Joan Douthitt Ramsay. He is survived by his wife Pamela Louise Ramsay, LaGrange; daughter, Anne Kathleen Rowe (Mike), Buford, GA; son, Scott Ian Ramsay, St. Petersburg, FL; sisters: Sheila Buckert, St. Clair Shores, MI and Lorna Ramsay, Wyomissing, PA; step-children: Allison (Nick) Dubovsky, Ewa Beach, HI; Ruth Anne (David) Tomlinson, Jackson, WY; and Jacob (Dawn) Smrekar, Rock Hill, SC; grandchildren: Joshua Schaefers, Taylor Rowe, Megan Rowe, Stephen Rowe, Michael Rowe, Christian Smrekar, Victoria Smrekar, and Katelyn Tomlinson; and several nieces and nephews. Ian’s family would like to thank his church, golf, and military families, as well as, his many friends who have helped on his journey home. Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Visitation will be at the church at 10:00 AM with a funeral mass to follow at 11:00 AM. A graveside service will immediately follow. Those wishing to donate can contribute to St. Peter’s Catholic Church or the Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) Society in memory of Ian

Wayne J. Bullock ’71

Wayne J. Bullock, husband of almost 49 years to Margaret (Peggy) A. Evolo-Bullock, of Royersford, and formerly of Lake Harmony, passed away at his home on Saturday, August 25, 2018. He was 68.

Born on December 22, 1949 in Norwood, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Bertha (Johnson) Bullock. After graduating Interboro High School, he earned a Bachelor's Degree from Penn State University in 1971. Shortly after college graduation he started his first business in billboard advertising in the Hershey and Lancaster area. In the 1980's, he moved to cable advertising where he held long a career as an executive with Cable Adnet and Star Net, where he was recognized and won several awards as a pioneer in the cable advertising business. In the mid-90's he pursued his own entrepreneurial endeavors before being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2000.

They moved full time to Lake Harmony, PA where Wayne and his wife and family enjoyed many years on the lake. He enjoyed being a grandfather and loved entertaining family and friends.

In addition to his wife, Wayne is survived by Son, Wayne Bullock, II of Philadelphia; Daughter, Kimberly, wife of Russell Kingsbury of Phoenixville, PA; and Grandchildren: Jake, James and Christopher Bullock, Tyler, Andrew and Kevin Kingsbury.

Per his wishes, the family will celebrate Wayne's life with private services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad (PO Box 564, Lake Harmony, PA 18624). Condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.PhoenixvilleFuneralHome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Campbell - Ennis - Klotzbach Funeral Home, Inc., Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad (PO Box 564, Lake Harmony, PA 18624).

2018 Donors Honor Roll Call

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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. 

Kurt Nathan ‘73
Richard B. Maltz '90
John A. Buyarski '91
Gregory M. Rush '91
Aaron L. Speagle ‘12
Edward J. Wallace ‘12
Timothy G. Kundro '16

Winter 2018 Edition of the Rattle is Online

The latest edition of the Rattle is available online at the National website. Read about what is going on with other chapters around the country and see what is doing with our National fraternity.

Click Here to Read Online

INSIDE THIS EDITION:

  • 162nd Anniversary Convention

  • 2017-18 Awards

  • Norwich Housing & Foundation Chapter News

  • Alumni and Undergraduate news and more

2018 Board of Director Nominations are Open

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Dear Brother,

I am pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the Alumni Board of Theta Chi of Penn State. If you continue to value the experience that Omega chapter has provided for you and for others for more than 90 years, consider nominating yourself or another brother to serve a two-year term on the Alumni Board of Directors. 

The alumni board serves the alumni brotherhood and undergraduates in a variety of ways. We coordinate alumni communications, plan annual events and reunions, manage the chapter property, provide short-term and long-term financial planning, and help to advise and support the active chapter. Engaged alumni volunteers are essential to a well-run fraternity.

As many of you may already know, Greek Life at Penn State has undergone significant changes in recent years due to the horrific incident at Beta Theta Pi. With these sweeping changes come a whole new set of challenges for our chapter and the way we operate. Our brotherhood continues to be in great need of collaboration and strong leadership to help us prevail and thrive through these new challenges to our Chapter and Greek life at Penn State as a whole.

Serving on the board is a great opportunity to meet and get to know brothers from different eras, to be invited to Theta Chi leadership and networking conferences both regionally and nationally, and to stay in touch with the undergraduate chapter and membership.  

Some of you may feel that you don't have the required experience or expertise to serve on the board. We urge you to toss that thought aside and volunteer if you have passion for your chapter as many of our alumni do. What's most important is that you are willing to invest a bit of your time and energy in support of the chapter and the experience that we aim to provide. By bringing together brothers with a variety of skill sets and a willing spirit, we can continue to offer a helping hand to our members for many years to come.

Please consider nominating yourself or another brother to serve in this essential role. Nominations can be submitted to me via email at a.speags@gmail.com  and will be accepted through November 11th. If nominating another brother, please include their current phone number or email so that they may accept their nomination. Thank you for your time.

Theta Chi for Life,

Aaron L. Speagle, 12'
Secretary, Theta Chi Alumni Board of Directors
Senior Staff Engineer, EPM Inc.

Fall Alumni Corporation Meeting - Oct. 28, 2018

The Fall Corporation meeting will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 10:30am at the chapter house (this is Iowa game weekend and not Homecoming weekend), all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Elections for Executive Board of Directors will be held at the corporation meeting (3 new board members, per the 2016 bylaw changes). Additional information about nominations and elections will be sent out shortly.

We look forward to seeing as many of you at the chapter house this fall.

Thank you.

#RunWithUsFTK in the THON 2019 5K

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This year, the 18th Annual THON 5K will be held on October 21st at Penn State. Join us in the 18th year of the THON 5K by supporting THON from any place, at any pace.  Can’t make it to University Park?  You don’t have to be on campus to #RunWithUsFTK – Join fellow alumni across the country who are supporting the THON Virtual 5K!

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Form a team in your community to run the race on the weekend of October 21st, all while raising funds and awareness For The Kids! Your efforts will  support over 4,000 families impacted by childhood cancer by providing access to comprehensive care and emotional support, while also funding critical research to impact cancer treatment on a global scale.

With the support of our Penn State alumni and friends, we can spread hope around the world. Click here  to create or join a team of fellow THON supporters! To learn more information about the THON 5K, click here.

For The Kids,

Kelly McCready
THON 2019
Executive Director