Alumni Updates

Wayne Kroemer ’52
I was in Korea/US Army from 1952-July 1954. I then joined Phelps Dodge Corp 1955 to 1977 for sales and marketing (which was my major). In1977 I started my own company, Manufacturer’s Representative Sales Agency. I finally retired fully in 2010 and the agency is now handled by my two sons and two son-in-laws; one son-in-law and my son Kurt Kroemer are both Delts. My grandson, Will Coval is at IU and already in Kelly School of Business.

The Delt I see most often is Andy Phillips in Indianapolis. Andy faithfully stops by our home each December with a Tucker calendar. I am not sure about retirement but the business I started in 1977 is not being run well by my two sons Kurt (Delt) and Bill and Darcey Elmore son in law (Delt) and Gary Coval, son in law. We still go to Maui for six weeks each winter and spend much time in our home in the GA Mountains just south of the Smokies.

James Shook ’52
I had a BS in Business in 1952, retired a Realtor, and am still in West Lafayette after 60 years.

Pete Sprecher ’53
My four years on the IU campus as a member of Delta Tau Delta were some of the most enjoyable years of my life. Being a Delt enabled me to make lifelong friends that I treasure and am in touch with on a regular basis. I am still living in Madison in the shadow of the University of Wisconsin but still loyal to the IU Hoosiers. I am still happily married to my college sweetheart for 58 years, still the father of my three successful kids and just like Lou Gehrig, I consider myself the luckiest guy on earth.

George Piepho ’60
I’m not much of a golfer but keep trying. However, I am into senior golf administration big time. I’m president of my local Country Club Senior Men’s group, past president and board member of the North Atlanta Senior Men’s Golf Association and Senior Vice President of the Georgia Senior Men’s Golf Association. The Georgia group is great fun with 9-10 annual tournaments around the southeast and the nation. They even toss in a golf cruise and an international tournament on occasion. I know its many years of hard work into the future, but retirement is a blast. Thanks for asking.

Dennis Sizemore ’67
Street Dance, Pledge Dance, annual Luau, athletic contests and State Day.
My wife Leslie Stephens Sizemore is a Kappa who I met at IU, and we have been married for 44 years. I Have been an out-of-state alumni since graduating so I have little contact with anyone from my college years. I am a retired school administrator and currently a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of Riverside Golf and Country Club in Portland, Oregon.

Lonnie “Sky” King ’70
I just had the rare opportunity to attend the initiation of my son, Greyson, into the Kappa Chapter at Hillsdale in April. It took me back 45 years and is one of my proudest moments. I had to tell my fraternity father, David Eberly about reliving my experience.

scott 3 scott 4Scott Rogers ’71
I guess what I remember most is the camaraderie of my pledge class. We were a close knit group many, many years ago. We are now we in distant parts of the world and don’t really communicate that often but when we do, it is like we are back in 1967 at the Delt house again.

I have been on some interesting assignments with my company the last several years, most recently living and working in southern England and now V.P./General Manager of Noble Energy’s China operation, living in Beijing. Retirement is looming, but if another exotic assignment comes along…… well, it would be tempting.

Bernard Fisher ’75
As of 4/11, I am Vice President of Flatiron Capital Premium Financing, a division of Wells Fargo.

Kent Hill ’76
I recently sold my orthodontic practice and now work for them on a part time basis. I bought a plane and travel extensively. My daughter works with a local animal rescue organization and recently partnered in buying a house close by. My son is a sophomore at IU studying business. My best friend and long-time business associate is a fellow IU Delt alum, Tony Wishart ’78. We ski, sail, fly, golf, boat, and travel together often. We’ve brought our kids up together doing these activities as well. We keep in touch with several of our fraternity brothers, which is indicative of the many lasting friendships that were made! I would advise any freshman to be sure to remember the real reason you’re at college, to further your education and meet others who are motivated enough to do the same. You need to work hard to continue playing hard. Try to live below your means, so that you can save for the future. I truly enjoy spending time with friends and learning from them. People can be just as important in your lives as the education. I participated in the offices of the house, and I have participated in the offices of organized dentistry. Doing so has provided additional friendships and a good feeling of giving back. I believe taking a leadership role also gains some respect. I also participated on the bike team while at the Delt house at IU. Tony and I are looking forward to going back this year to hopefully cheer the Delts on to another victory and sharing this time with our kids. I’m very thankful that I was a Delt at IU! Many good memories made and hopefully more to come!

Lee Feldman ’80
The photo is from a small get together in Indianapolis at the end of March. The five of us “brothers” lived together for the better part of 4 years in the Beta Alpha Shelter house. I was visiting Indianapolis for the NCAA Regional Finals and always to try to organize a small reunion.

Dave Howard ’80
Five Beta Alpha Delts (Class of 1980 & 1981) got together during the NCAA games (March 30, 2013) in Indianapolis after many years.

We spent most of Saturday afternoon telling old stories and talking about fellow brothers. We try to get together every three or four years, but it is hard to get together. It was fun to get together and see the guys and hear how life is treating them.

Matthew Morris ’80
In April, I spent five days in Benguet Province in the northern Philippines on a field visit for The Eliminate Project, a joint initiative between Kiwanis International and UNICEF. The International Organization of Kiwanis Clubs is raising $110 million to eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus, a deadly disease that steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. I am a Major/Planned Gifts Officer for the Kiwanis International Foundation in Indianapolis. Go to theeliminateproject.org to read my blogs. “I use the skills I learned as a Delt every day”.

Tom Pugh ’80
I am currently working as the Director of Enology Research at E. & J. Gallo Winery in California thanks in part to my B.S. degree in Microbiology from IU in 1980. That’s what I call a very practical application of a college education!

George Grossardt ’83
I would like to start by saying congratulations to the 2012 Delt bike team! What an outstanding victory. Wish I could have been there to witness it live. As a former bike team member, I can say that the cycling bug has never left me. I still ride quite a bit. Mostly road riding, but I did get into cyclocross racing a couple of years ago. I bought my dream bike a few years ago – a Richard Sachs with Campy 11 speed. My wife Sue, a graduate of the University of Dayton, and I have been married 24 years and have three kids – Jenna (22), Megan (20) and John (12). Jenna just graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in nursing. Megan is a sophomore at Minnesota in business. John is our sports kid, especially in baseball where his team won the Cal Ripken state tournament last year and made it to the final game in the regionals in KY. I get back to IU to recruit at Kelley School of Business every semester (look me up). I always stay at the Union and have to go to Nick’s at least once. I still love Bloomington, especially in the fall. Hard to believe I have worked at Schneider National for 26 years. I am still having fun and learning all the time. Look me up if you are ever in Green Bay.

Robert Raley ’85
I currently live in Overland Park, KS which is a suburb or Kansas City. I have been married for 15 years and have 3 Kids. My oldest daughter Grace is 12 years old and I have boy/girl twins Charlotte and Jeffrey that are 9 years old. I am in my 20th year of working for Hostess Brands, makers of Twinkies and Wonder Bread. I attended the 125th Anniversary Reunion/Little 500 Champion Celebration at the Shelter in September. What a blast!! The program of events was 1st class. It was great to see many of my pledge brothers. A common theme from the weekend was that we need to get together more often.

Damon Stoner ’87
I have worked for Merck & Co., Inc for 23 years. Merck is a global healthcare and pharmaceutical company. My current position is Associate Director of Sales for the Tennessee Region.

Robert Edwards ’92
I have been married to Blythe (Johnson) (IU Alumni ’94) for 17 years. We have two sons Ethan (14) and Graham (11). I have been an IT Business Analyst in the Financial, Manufacturing and Retail verticals since graduating from IU in ’92.

Travis Paulin ’93
I have worked for Indiana University in various capacities for the last 16 years, and for the last 8 years I’ve been a major gift fundraiser for the IU College of Arts and Sciences. I have the pleasure of working with fellow IU alumni in New York City, Houston, Chicago, Denver and other parts of the U.S. to guide and increase their philanthropic support of the College, its departments and programs. I love living in Bloomington with my wife, Katie, who is also an IU alumna, and our two young children. In addition to work and attending IU basketball, theatre, and music events, I support my kids’ involvement in theatre and music, and I serve on the boards of two local non-profit organizations.

Jason Yurasek ’94
As a partner in a national litigation law firm, I have had the pleasure and privilege to represent some of the top internet companies in court. Most recently I have been in a trial counsel for craigslist in its unfair competition battle in Delaware and California courts. I continue to enjoy living and working in San Francisco, and catching a Giants game or two with my three sons Samuel, Oliver, and Leo.

Justin Stieler ’95
Last summer I completed my assignment with the U.S. Secret Service Vice-Presidential Protective Detail, and am now an instructor at the Secret Service Training Center in Beltsville, MD, where I teach principles of protection to Special Agent trainees. On June 30, 2012, I married Valerie Speg, whom I met in Wilmington, Delaware, during one of my many trips to that city with Vice-President Biden. My new wife & I now reside in Falls Church, VA. During the first weekend in November, I am meeting my college buddies in Bloomington for our annual football game reunion. It’s been a pretty rough season so far, but we are looking forward to watching a Hoosier victory.

Marcello Palombi ’06
I currently am living in Los Angeles, CA where I began my career within the entertainment world four years ago. I have always been a creative marketing guy and that is what I am focused on out here. I started working for ABC TV within their entertainment marketing group creative 30 second promos and compelling artwork for all ABC shows to be placed on billboards, online websites, and other locations which would be good to expose the consumer to a new TV show coming out in either the Fall or Spring. I currently am at NBC and working on their fall shows, doing the same type of work. I am happy and willing to help any Beta Alpha Men who have an interest in entertainment marketing out in LA.

Chad Pollitt ’99
I now work as a Director of Marketing at Slingshot SEO in Indianapolis. I just retired as a Company Commander from the Indiana Army NG after almost 10 years. I also published my first eBook this year: The Content Marketing Manifesto.

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