Not a Detail Was Overlooked for Class of ’80 Reunion

L-R: Class of 1980: Ron Lester, Pete Martin, Jim Rush, Godfrey MacKenzie, Dave Nottoli, Jim MacDonald, Scott Sperling Dan Montgomery, Bob Marks, Mike Spooner, Tim Palmer, John Pierce, Tom Schuler, Rob Bernardin and RL Berry. 202 hats provided by Jim MacDonald.

 

The Delta Delta Class of 1980 gathered on Kent Island, Maryland, from June 9 to June 12, 2022, to celebrate its Covid-delayed 40-year reunion.  Hosted by John Pierce, the three days of planned activities included a White Rose Ceremony for their three pledge brothers who have entered Chapter Eternal and a heartfelt Good-of-the-Order.  The rest of the time was absorbed by a variety of activities undertaken by an extremely fit group of Delta Delta Sigs four decades removed from their days at 202 Littleton.

Brother Pierce remarked, “It was three days of tear-inducing laughter, spurred on by our 2022 version of a fire drill, led by our own drill instructors, David Nottoli and Godfrey MacKenzie.  In the minds of those in attendance this event reconfirmed the brilliance of the Delta Delta classes of 1977 to 1979 in their selection of the best pledge class in the history of Sigma Chi.”

Treated as a Return to 202

According to Jim MacDonald ’80, “Brother Pierce and his lovely wife, Roxana, really put on a first class get together!  From the White Rose ceremony to the G of O, to the fire drill, to each room labeled “Great Hall”, “Junior Dorm”, “Grotto”, and other notable Sig room names, not a detail was overlooked.”

To accommodate the 19 brothers in attendance John treated it as a return to 202.  He set up a Cold Air Dorm with 8 beds, a Junior Dorm with 6 beds, an Escape with 2 beds, a Nook with 2 beds, and the Casbah slept one. Several of the PB’s who were unable to attend in person took part in the activities via Facetime.

Deacon Jim Rush led a modified White Rose ceremony honoring the memories of classmates Dave Burt, Rob McCray and John Puterbaugh. Remarks were made by Doug Dittrich, Rob Bernardin and Tim Palmer for each brother respectively. John Puterbaugh’s mom, celebrating her 90th birthday, attended by Facetime.  It was quite a moving ceremony.

40th Reunion a Seamless Passage of Time

For this special class their return after 40 years was a seamless passage of time.  It was as if they were all down in the pledge room next to the furnace on a Monday night.  The respect for one another is uniform.  Although some in the class have accomplishments of note that was not an item of discussion or measure of their joint relationship.  The relationships between these brothers are the same now as then. Maybe the only difference was the willingness to verbalize their love for one another.  Forty years does, after all, demonstrate there is a finite period of time to get that said.

Brother MacDonald concluded, “The depth and integrity of this class was and is exemplary.  The fact that all have been successful in their chosen fields of endeavor, yet 41-42 years later, a simple reunion to gather meant enough to have an overwhelming majority show up, truly exemplifies that deep bond.  I’m blessed beyond words to have been associated with these fine brothers.”

Left: Photo taken during Class of 1980 pledgeship in November 1976. Right: 2022 version top left to right: Gregg Westerbeck, Andy Steinhubl (Facetime), Rob Bernardin, Tom Schuler, Jim Rush, Chuck Seward (Facetime), Dan Montgomery, Ron Lester, RL Berry, Mike Spooner, Tom Finnegan (Facetime), Jim MacDonald, Rob McCray (Chapter Eternal), Bob Marks, Mark Campbell and Peter Martin. Bottom left to right: Jim Kauffmann, Tim Palmer, Scott Sperling, Doug Dittrich, Dave Burt (Chapter Eternal), David Nottoli, Bob Fish (Facetime), Godfrey MacKenzie, John Pierce and John Puterbaugh (Chapter Eternal). Not pictured: Frank Faist and Scott Kaminski (unexpected and unavoidable last-minute travel conflicts).

L-R: Bob Marks, Jim MacDonald, Pete Martin

Tim Palmer (with light) leads the White Rose ceremony for deceased brothers Rob McCray, Dave Burt and John Puterbaugh.

L-R: Doug Dittrich, R.L. Berry, John Pierce, and Pete Martin.

L-R: Mike Spooner, Doug Dittrich, Dan Montgomery, Pete Martin, Tom Schuler, Greg Westerbeck and Tim Palmer.

 

Class of '80 overlooking bay

Class of ’80 bro’s overlooking bay

2 Responses to “Not a Detail Was Overlooked for Class of ’80 Reunion”

Gregg Westerbeck 1980

Thanks to my fellow PB’s I had the time of my life during our reunion. Love you guys.

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Michael Espenlaub 1977

Wow did this back some memories and some names I have not heard since I left Purdue in 1977. Very impressive at how you recreated the fire drills etc. What wonderful memories and what a great reunion. Years pass quickly don’t they. Great to read about you guys and see the pictures.

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