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Kappa Sigs Celebrate Tito as International Man of the Year

Tito and Lori Beveridge

Tito Beveridge '81, founder of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, was awarded Kappa Sigma’s highest honor on December 2 at the Tau Chapter’s Kappa Sigma Lodge. More than 300 Kappa Sigs and guests were on hand to congratulate a Tau brother known not only for building a world-class vodka brand, but also for his humanitarian spirit and community support, including the Tito’s Handmade Vodka for Dog People initiative to support animal welfare causes.

Will Beveridge, Tito Beveridge ‘81,
Bob Beveridge ’55 and Luke Beveridge

The Tau Chapter has produced more Man of the Year recipients than any other chapter in the history of the fraternity. Tito is the seventh Tau initiate to be honored as Kappa Sigma International Man of the Year. Past recipients include former UT System Chancellor Dan Burck, artist, writer and filmmaker Bill Wittliff, financier Richard Rainwater, renowned heart surgeon Denton Cooley, MD, former Texas Governor Beauford Jester, and American Airlines’ first CEO Cyrus “C.R.” Smith. (Read More)


“Daddy-O” Encourages Pledges to “Find a Role Model, Then Later Become One”

Tau Man honoree Bob “Daddy-O” Wade with Tau brothers
Joe Longley ’63, Reggie Tuck ’69, Monk White ’61 and
Hagen McMahon ’66.

Renowned artist Bob “Daddy-O” Wade ’62, awarded Kappa Sigma UT Chapter’s highest honor as Tau Man of the Year 2017, was celebrated by more than 400 Kappa Sigs and guests at the Tau Trustee Reunion and Parents’ Weekend luncheon on November 11 at the Kappa Sigma Lodge.

Tau brothers Monk White ’60 and Joe Longley ’63 shared anecdotes of their adventures with Daddy-O during their college days and reflected on the deep bonds that remain between them today. Reggie Tuck ’69 spoke of the warm friendship he and Daddy-O have come to know in more recent years. 

Daddy-O, known for his charming irreverence, but also for his devotion to his Kappa Sig brothers, opened with words of appreciation for two Kappa Sigs who helped shape his destiny. 

 “I accept this extremely important award,” he said, “in honor of the guy from El Paso who sent me to the Kappa Sig House in 1961, John “Machine Gun” Kelley (who passed away recently), and Bob “Bull” Petit, who named me “Daddy-O.” 

Turning to the Tau Chapter pledges, he advised them to “Go after something with commitment, forge new paths, make your own way, but lean on your brothers for help and, in turn, help them.” 

After the award presentation, Daddy-O, along with several Kappa Sig collectors of his work, presented as a gift to the Tau Chapter his latest work, a painting entitled “Legendary Sigs,” now displayed in the Grand Room of the new Warren Residence Hall. 

Tito Beveridge ’81 and Daddy-O beside the new “Legendary Sigs” canvas now hanging in the
Grand Room.  The faces of Tito, the late Denton Cooley, MD, Jimmy Buffet and Robert Redford
are featured in the painting.

A sculptor, painter and photographer, Daddy-O is best known for his oversized landmark sculptures. His 40-foot-tall cowboy boots that have stood proudly at the entrance of North Star Mall in San Antonio since 1980 are now documented as “the world’s largest pair of cowboy boots” in the Guinness World Records 2016 edition. He created the boots in Washington, D.C. in 1979, in a vacant lot just three blocks from the White House that was provided as a work space to a select group of sculptors.

He earned a BFA from UT Austin and an MA from the University of California at Berkeley. He has produced three books, with a fourth to be published soon, and has received three NEA grants. His work has been exhibited in Biennials in Paris, France; the Whitney Museum of Art in New York; and New Orleans, LA. 

He lives in Austin with his wife, Lisa. Their daughter, Rachel, graduated from the College of Fine Arts at UT Austin and is also an artist. His oldest daughter, Christine, lives in San Diego and has three children.


Duer Wagner Jr. '48 Honored as 2016 Tau Man of the Year

Oil and gas entrepreneur Duer Wagner Jr. '48 was celebrated as Tau Man of the Year on November 12 in a private gathering of alumni and family at DKR Texas Memorial Stadium during half-time at the UT vs. West Virginia game.

Mr. Wagner has been a generous donor to the Tau 125 and Tau Legacy 2015 campaigns and has pledged another $100,000 as a legacy gift. With his wife, Genevieve, at his side, he expressed gratitude for being a Kappa Sig. "I wouldn't have met my wife had I not been a Kappa Sig," he said. "My brothers have helped me in both my business and personal life.

Mr. Wagner pledged Kappa Sigma at UT Austin in 1947 and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1950. He established his oil and gas company in 1956 and remains involved in all facets of exploration, development, and production.

"No one could be a better choice than Duer for Tau Man of the Year," said Tau brother and lifelong friend Steve Gose '50. "He rushed me and several other brothers I met for the Kappa Sigs as I was about to attend UT," he added. "He's one of the best friends I've ever had and he's always been Kappa Sig Fraternity to me."

Mr. Wagner has three grown children: Duer Wagner III, Bryan Wagner, and Sissy Roberts, and nine grandchildren.

A longtime resident of Fort Worth, he owns a ranch in Cresson, Texas, where he oversees all cattle operations.

The Tau Man of the Year Award is given annually by the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation to a Tau initiate of Kappa Sigma Fraternity who has achieved noted commercial success or significant renown in his chosen avocation and given in a meaningful way (time and/or treasure) to Tau Chapter and/or the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation.


Two Graduating Seniors and Dads Win 2016 Tau Open

Steve Black and Barrett Black '12
accept the trophy for the team.

The beautiful rolling greens of Lakeway's Yaupon and Live Oak Golf Courses were the settings for the 31st Annual Tau Open Golf Tournament, held April 22 and 23, in conjunction with the Tau Chapter's Father & Son Weekend. Alums, actives, fathers and brothers participated, with a total of 21 teams playing in the tournament and 125 players and guests attending the Friday evening banquet.

This year's winning team are newly graduated senior Barrett Black '12 and his father, Steve Black, and newly graduated senior Will Tosch '12 and his father, Paschall Tosch.

Tau Open tournament coordinator Richard Lucas '75 wishes to thank this year's sponsors, players, and guests for supporting the Tau Chapter through their participation and hopes to see everyone again at next year's tournament.

2016 Tau Open champions are Steve Black (father), Barrett Black '12 (active/senior),
Paschall Tosch (father), and Will Tosch '12 (active/senior).


2016 Tau Open Sponsors

Guero's Taco Bar
Tito's Handmade Vodka
Phillip & Wesley Osborn
Stacy & Saxson Standridge
Steve Adger '69
2015 Tau Open Champions: Joe Bailey '73, Tom McCarthy '73,
Pat Doherty '73, and Richard Lucas '75


Kappa Sigma House Construction Ahead of Schedule

Architectural planning, engineering details and the arduous permitting process required by the City of Austin has consumed much of the last eight months, but construction for the new Kappa Sigma Residence Hall is now moving forward at a steady pace.

After removing 550 truckloads of clay to hit bedrock, foundation soil was laid and drilling began for the pier and beam foundation at a 39' depth. Once the rebar was set, the concrete columns were poured and the foundation, encompassing close to 3/4 of an acre, was poured and trialled. The first level and walls for the parking garage have been poured and rebar is now being laid to form the foundation base for the first floor, which will be 14' above garage level.

"We expect to have all four floors above the parking garage framed within the next three to four months," said project manager Hagen McMahon '66. "At this point, we're ahead of schedule."

Rob Lippincott '67 Honored as Tau Man of the Year 2015

Rob Lippincott '67 and Joe Longley '63

Austin entrepreneur and business developer Rob Lippincott was honored as Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter's Man of the Year on November 7 at the 2015 Tau Trustee Reunion and Parents' Weekend luncheon. A crowd of more than 350 Kappa Sigma brothers and family members attended the annual celebration held at the Kappa Sigma lodge.  

Lippincott was chosen by the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation for his exceptional contributions to the Tau Chapter and his outstanding business achievements that have benefited the Austin community.

Lippincott and his wife, Cathy, created Guero's Taco Bar in 1986, opening the original location on East Oltorf Avenue and then moving nine years later to their current location on South Congress Avenue. One of Austin's most successful restaurants, Guero's became the anchor for the revitalization of South Congress Avenue, which was spearheaded by Lippincott.

In accepting his award, Lippincott expressed his appreciation to his Tau brothers and the good fortune he felt to be a part of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. "I've had many great times and wonderful experiences as a Kappa Sig throughout the years," said Lippincott, "but nothing compares to standing here today being honored as Tau Man of the Year."

Tau Man of the Year Rob Lippincott with wife Cathy,
daughters Bette and Lyle, & brother Jack.

Tau brother Joe Longley '63 praised Lippincott, stating "Rob personifies the Tau spirit of exceptionalism in all he has accomplished."

Lippincott was the 2013 recipient of the Frank Erwin Award, chosen by the Tau Chapter for his many years of generous support and inspiration. As a Kappa Sigma undergraduate, he served as Tau Chapter Grand Master in the spring of 1970.

Rob and Cathy have two daughters, Bette and Lyle, both who are actively involved in the family business.


Kappa Sigma Residence Hall Construction Now Underway

Tau Trustees held a groundbreaking ceremony on November 7, marking the official start of the new Kappa Sigma Residence Hall for the Tau Chapter. Construction is now in progress with completion scheduled for fall 2016.

Breaking new ground for the Kappa Sigs are Reggie Tuck '68,
Michael Sharpe '79, Danny Grant '79, Brian Miller '79,
Jim Pritchett '71, Caroline Craddock, granddaughter of distinguished alumnus
Denton Cooley, MD '38, Tau Man of the Year Rob Lippincott '67,
Hagen McMahon '66, chairman of the building committee,
and Bob Ellis, owner/operator of Southwest Corporation Construction Services.
Dr. Cooley's daughter, Susan Cooley, not pictured, also attended on behalf of her father.


Honoring the Extraordinary Life of Brother Dan Burck '51

January 29, 1933 - September 12, 2015

photoServices for Brother Dan Burck were held on September 16 at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin, followed by a gathering for family, Kappa Sigma brothers, and friends at the Bauer House, home of the UT chancellor. Dan was laid to rest on September 17 at the Texas State Cemetery. Obituary

Dan was a leader of leaders. His compassion and skills come along once in a lifetime. He will never be forgotten.

Joe Russo '52

At the request of Brother Burck, the Longhorn band
played a medley of UT football classics following the funeral service.

Dan Burck was my brother, my loyal friend, and my mentor. I am living proof that Dan lived by the Kappa Sigma code of loyalty: "All things being equal, do business with your brother." He was a true gentleman, a leader of men, and blessed with a Midas touch. He managed with authority, diplomacy, and grace, setting an example for all of us to follow.

F. Hagen McMahon, Jr. '66

Dan was an outstanding Tau Kappa Sig, but - even more - he was a very special brother to all of us.

Mac Thompson '54


Tito's "South Texas Family Drama" Premieres in Austin

Tito Beveridge '81 and Roscoe.

What do you do in your spare time while building a world-class vodka brand that continues to grow by leaps and bounds every year?  If your name is Tito, you write a play -- or a dramatic comedy to put a finer point on it.  Tito Beveridge's newest creation, This Side of the Dirt, premiered in Austin September 17 - 20 at the Scottish Rite Theater, playing to a sold-out audience at each performance.

photo"When I read Tito's play, This Side of the Dirt, I immediately knew this was my kind of story -- a story whose characters were quirky, off kilter and all too familiar," wrote Ty Roberts in his director's statement. "I knew these folks like I knew my own family. And with Tito being the character he is, I couldn't deny my love for this project. Soon after, we decided to give it everything we had to make one of the funniest, character driven, Texas-to-the-bone plays this side of the Brazos."

Tito's Handmade Vodka committed to donating 100% of the premiere performance proceeds to the Austin Creative Alliance, stating "We believe in ACA's mission of advancing, connecting, and advocating Austin's arts, cultural and creative communities."


Dan Burck '51
Jan. 29, 1933 - Sept. 12, 2015

Dear Tau Brothers and Kappa Sigma Family,

Dan Burck '51
Jan. 29, 1933 - Sept. 12, 2015

Today we mourn the loss of Brother Dan Burck '51, who died September 12. I know of no one who was more beloved and respected by his brothers or more worthy to wear the Star and Crescent than Dan.

I'm grateful that we had the opportunity to honor him as International Kappa Sigma Man of the Year this past spring. He embodied every virtue that Kappa Sigma holds dear and was an inspiration to all of us.

UT Longhorn fans observed a moment of silence Saturday evening to honor Dan at this season's first home football game at Texas Memorial Stadium. Anyone who knew Dan would agree that the University and the Longhorns have lost one of their most loyal supporters and devoted fans ever.

UT Chancellor William H. McRaven released the following statement about Dan's death.

Dan accepting the International Kappa Sigma Man
of the Year Award on March 28, presented by
Worthy Grand Master Hugh Robert.

"Today the state of Texas and The University of Texas lost a champion of education and the truest of friends. Dan Burck served The University of Texas System with great distinction and oversaw a period of significant growth, both in size and reputation. Dan provided instrumental guidance for me when I first became chancellor and, I'm proud to say, also became a close friend. He will be greatly missed by so many, but his legacy will forever be felt by the people of Texas," said McRaven.

Dan was 82 years old. He is survived by his wife, Penny Hight Burck; son Brian Burck and his wife, Monica; daughter Becky Chiarodit and her husband, Mike; daughter Terry Quinn and her husband, Graham; son Ben Richards and his wife, Leigh; daughter Claire Richards; and seven grandchildren.

His funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16, at 3 PM at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Road, in Austin.

I know you will join me in keeping Dan's family in your thoughts and prayers.


Jim Pritchett '71
T.K.S.E.F. Chairman


New June Schedule Proves to be a Good Move for Cooley Tournament
February's Weather Conditions Prompted Reschedule

photoThe 2015 Denton Cooley Tau Classic, held on June 2 at Houston's Memorial Park Golf Course, was one of the largest turnouts in the eight-year history of the tournament. In years past, the Cooley tournament was held in February, but was rescheduled this year to June due to foul weather.

In keeping with tradition, Dr. Cooley '38 opened the event with some thoughtful comments about the Kappa Sigs, some one-liners, and a quote that is now the Tau golfers' slogan: "Life without golf is like a brain without a heart."

Low Net and the winners in a scorecard playoff of the trophy went to Steve Forristall '68, Jot Couch '67, Howard Lederer '72, and Chad Spencer. Low Gross went to Luke Hotze '03, Will Richardson (son of Terry Richardson '73), Scott Serbo, and Jared Spain.

Other prize winners (for long drive and closest to the hole) were: Randy Wheless '50, Gary Tesch '83, Henry King '67, George Glauser, Tim Herman '63, and Tom Wimberly '69.

The seven sponsors who made the event possible were: Guero's Taco Bar, Tito's Vodka, Warren Wildlife Gallery, John Martin, George Cox, PennWell Corporation and Loyd Wright '75 in memory of Hal Finnegan '77.

Given the history of snow and rain in February and the increased levels of player participation that resulted from rescheduling to a June date, the Cooley Tau Classic has now been moved to June indefinitely. Next year it is set for June 7.

Tournament coordinators Jim Pritchett '71 and Chuck Berson '67 send their thanks to both sponsors and players for their participation.



Tau Open Celebrates 30-Year Anniversary

Dear Tau Brothers & Friends, 

2015 Tau Open winning team from left:
Joe Bailey '73, Tom McCarthy '73,
Pat Doherty ' 73, and Richard Lucas '75.

We deeply appreciate the Kappa Sigma alumni, actives and dads who participated in this year's Tau Open and its 30-year anniversary celebration. The tournament was a great success that fielded 108 players among 27 teams, one of the largest in its history.

Short of a few light rain showers, it was a great weekend of competitive golf, highlighted with a wonderful dinner Friday night attended by 160 Kappa Sigs, dads, and spouses. Friday night's dinner featured a tribute to the original founders, George Cox '70 and Jim Pritchett '71, as well as committee members Tim Herman '63, Joe Bailey '73, Tom McCarthy '73, Mark Hablinski '73, Jeff Lyons '68, Loyd Wright '75, and Andy Ivins '69, complete with commemorative golf hats and a framed picture of the group now hanging in the Kappa Sigma Lodge.

Congratulations to Pat Doherty '73, Richard Lucas '75, Joe Bailey '73, and Tom McCarthy, the 2015 Tau Open Champions. The foursome won the tournament in spectacular fashion against three other teams on the first playoff hole with a birdie.

Finally, thanks to Mary Herman, Willie Madden '84, Brad Eral '12, Walt Schoenvogel '74, Jay Piper '73, Bill Zwiener '73, Charlie Stoddard '73, and Message & Media for their efforts in helping put this tournament together.

See you next April.


Steve Horn '73


Bobby Stillwell '56 Awarded Presidential Citation

photoRobert L. "Bobby" Stillwell, immediate past UT System regent and retired partner of Baker Botts LLP, was awarded a Presidential Citation by UT Austin President Bill Powers on April 16. The Presidential Citation honors those who have brought great distinction to the University and who have helped the University to achieve its mission.

After earning undergraduate and law degrees from UT Austin, Stillwell joined T. Boone Pickens as an original director of Mesa petroleum in 1964, continuing his directorship until 2001. As a trustee of the T. Boone Pickens Foundation, Stillwell helped direct $700 million of educational, scientific, and health care gifts to nonprofit organizations, including gifts to UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center and UT Dallas.

During Stillwell's tenure on the Board of Regents, he chaired four committees and served on the Board of the University of Texas Investment Management Company.

Stillwell was honored as Kappa Sigma Tau Man of the Year in 2014 by Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the Tau Chapter and the University of Texas System.


Bob "Daddy-O" Wade '61 Honored at Lone Star Film Gala

Artist Bob Wade and filmmaker Julian Schnabel

Bob "Daddy-O" Wade was among an elite group of internationally renowned artists celebrated for their achievements in film, music and art at the fifth annual Lone Star Film Festival Ball in Fort Worth on November 7.

The Lone Star Film Society awarded Wade, a photographer, painter, sculptor and lecturer, the Visionary Award for his outstanding contributions to the arts. Wade is best known for his oversized sculptures of Texas symbols and his unique reinvention of rare and famous photographs, which he enlarges, crops, prints on photo linen and, with painstaking detail, hand-tints, using transparent layers of acrylic paint.

Wade earned a BFA from UT Austin and an MA from the University of California, Berkeley. He has produced three books, received three NEA grants and his work has been included in Biennials in Paris, France; New Orleans, LA; and the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY.

Other artists honored at this year's Lone Star Film Gala were Asleep-at-the-Wheel's Ray Benson, artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, and actress Tatum O'Neal.


Tau Man of the Year Honorees, Past and Present

The Tau Man of the Year is chosen by the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation in recognition of his accomplishments among his fellow men and his loyalty to Kappa Sigma and the Tau Chapter. This year, seven past Tau Man honorees were on hand to congratulate current Tau Man of the Year Bobby Stillwell '56.

Left to right: George Alcorn '53 (2009); Hagen McMahon '66 (2010);
Robert Spellings '60 (1972); Jim Pritchett '71 (2013); Bobby Stillwell '56 (2014);
Dan Burck '51 (2001); Joe Bailey, Sr. '74 (2005); and Doug McLeod '60 (2004).


Dan Burck '51 Honored on Wall Street for
Outstanding Leadership

photoDan Burck was honored at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Governance Services Inaugural Leadership Awards ceremony on June 19 as a top finalist for Nonexecutive Board Chairman of the Year.

Nominees for this award are selected for their "passion for advancing principles of good governance throughout the organization, the ability to objectively solve the most difficult boardroom challenges, and the experience to offer independent, sound guidance when the company faces both hurdles and opportunities."

Burck is Independent Chairman of the Board for American Campus Communities (NYSE), a position he has held since 2004. Among his many other achievements, he served as Chancellor of The University of Texas System, held a top-ranking management position with Getty Oil Company for 29 years, and helped create and launch ESPN, the first cable TV sports network.

The red carpet event featured cocktails on the NYSE floor, followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. "It was a wonderful evening, a great honor, and a very enjoyable opportunity to interact with leaders from other companies," said Burck.



Dan Burck '51 Chosen for McCombs School
of Business Hall of Fame

photoDan Burck will be inducted into UT Austin's McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame on November 7. This honor is bestowed upon "former students, faculty and other dedicated supporters who have made outstanding professional contributions to the business community and who, by their exemplary civic, philanthropic, and educational activities, have advanced humanity."

Burck is a former Chancellor of The University of Texas System. He now serves as Independent Chairman of the Board for American Campus Communities (NYSE), a position he has held since 2004.

For a guy who grew up gazing
at the UT tower, dreaming of the day
I could go to school there, this is a
very humbling experience.

Dan Burck '51

Burck was the first advisory director appointed by The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), a nonprofit corporation created by the UT Board of Regents to manage investment of all assets over which the board has fiduciary responsibility.

A top-ranking executive with Getty Oil Company for 29 years, Burck managed its worldwide holdings and oversaw the construction of its 36-story headquarters in Los Angeles. In 1979, he helped create and launch ESPN, the first cable TV sports network.

He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the University of Texas System Chancellor's Council and on numerous other advisory and community boards. He is a former board member of the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation and was honored as Tau Man of the Year in 2001. As a Tau Chapter active, he was twice elected Grand Master.

He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from UT Austin in 1956 and attended South Texas School of Law in Houston.


Distinguished Alumni Speakers' Series
Features Nick Kralj '62

photoLegislative consultant Nick Kralj spoke to the Tau Chapter as guest alumnus speaker on April 7 at the Kappa Sig lodge.

Kralj began his political career soon out of college as an aide to Ben Barnes during his terms as Texas House Speaker and Lt. Governor. Always moving with ease and agility among political operatives, he took his career in another direction in 1972, creating what soon became the legendary Quorum Club, known in its day as the premier social gathering spot for top ranking state legislators, A-list lobbyists, power brokers and those who were lucky enough to be in their orbit at the time.

After closing the Quorum Club in 1985, Kralj returned to hands-on politics as a legislative consultant. He has worked closely with the Texas Trial Lawyers Association for the past 23 years. His firm, Kralj Consulting, Inc., has an impressive and diverse list of clients, including economic and industrial developers, municipalities, environmental entities and an Indian tribe.

In addressing the Chapter, Kralj lamented today's political climate of rigid partisanship and divisiveness that serves only well-funded special interests, and reminisced about the days when lawmakers would reach across the aisle to pass legislation that served the public interest of everyday Texans.

But no matter how tough the political climate, Kralj is known for his effectiveness. Tau brother Joe Longley '63, his long-time friend, confidant, and godfather to his daughter, spoke warmly of his loyalty and tenacity, stating "You don't bring a knife to a gun fight -- you bring Nick!"

Kralj was honored as Tau Man of the Year in 2000. He graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1965.

A Galveston native, he has participated in delegations to Cuba to promote cooperation on hurricane preparedness, environmental protection, and trade issues.

He and his wife, Lynne, live in Austin and have two grown children, Elliot and Nicole, who also live in Austin.


Russell Zwiener, MD, to begin Pediatric Fellowship Program in June 2015

Dr. Zwiener with wife, Jaime, and daughter Emmaline.

Dr. Russell Zwiener '01, soon to start his last year of pediatric residency at The University of Oklahoma-Tulsa program, is happy to report that he has been accepted into the LSU-New Orleans Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Fellowship program. He is scheduled to begin June 2015. His wife, Jaime, a New Orleans native, is delighted at the prospect of returning to her home city. Dr. Zwiener sends a heartfelt "thank you" to his family, Kappa Sig brothers and friends for their support, along with a "Hook' em Horns" to UT Austin.


A Fond Farewell to a Tau Brother
Laurence Danielly Sikes Jr. '54

photoLarry's Kappa Sig name was "Tree" and he was a giant tree while in Austin and back to Houston. He will be missed but not forgotten. The Sigs will retire the name "Tree" since few could meet that test again. He was a truly good guy.

Joe Russo '52

July 3, 1936 - May 2, 2014


Cooley Tau Classic Draws Record Turnout

Denton Cooley, MD '38 welcomes his
Kappa Sig brothers to the annual
tournament named in his honor.

The 2014 Denton Cooley Tau Classic golf tournament, held February 18, was the most successful Tau Classic to date, attracting 80 players, nine sponsors, and seven volunteers. As in years past, the venue was Houston's Memorial Park Golf Course.

This year's format featured a four-man scramble with gross and net winners (20 handicap max). Players from the Tau Chapter and other Kappa Sig chapters participated in the annual tournament, now in its seventh year.

Tournament directors Jim Pritchett and Chuck Berson coordinated the day's events, which included a full day of golf, capped off with happy hour and the trophy presentation.

TKSEF Chairman Jim Pritchett '71 (third from left) congratulates
tournament first-place winners Tommy Schillaci '67, John Kimball '69,
and Chuck Berson '67. Joe Lucia '67 (not pictured) was also on
the winning team.


Hagen McMahon '66 is Featured Speaker

photoThe Tau Chapter welcomed Hagen McMahon as its guest alumnus speaker on March 3.

McMahon, known for his vast social network, close ties to his Tau brothers, and expansive story telling abilities, reflected on his student days as a UT Kappa Sig, where he was fortunate to have Frank Erwin, then chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents and a Kappa Sig alumnus, as a mentor and inspiration.

McMahon's career has been distinguished, colorful and varied. Four U.S. presidential administrations have sought his advice on banking legislation and regulation concerns. During the 80s, a time of rapid growth for the oil and gas and real estate industries, he served as executive director of The Independent Bankers Association of Texas. He has since served on numerous bank, corporate and academic boards throughout the state and has represented U.S. corporate business interests in Panama and Mexico.

Guest speaker Hagen McMahon '66 (center)
with TKSEF Board Director Reggie Tuck '68
and Tau Chapter Grand Master Matt Stubbs '11.

He is a former president of the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation and a past chairman of the Tau Trustee and Alumni Association. In 2010, he was honored as Tau Man of the Year and, in 2005, was awarded the John G. Tower Distinguished Alumni Award. For three consecutive years, he was the recipient of the Tau Chapter's Frank C. Erwin Award.

He holds a Bachelor of Business and Economics from the University of Texas and a Master's degree from Southern Methodist University's School of Banking. He lives in Austin with his wife, Susan. They have two sons, Beau and Hagen III, a daughter, Wynne, a son-in-law, John Kennedy, a grand daughter, Avery, and a sundry of family pets.


Tau Chapter Raises $20,000 to Benefit
SEAL Legacy Foundation

Country Music Artist Bri Bagwell Plays Benefit Concert in Austin

photoTexas Female Vocalist of the Year Bri Bagwell played to a standing-room-only crowd at Antone's on November 8 at a concert sponsored by the Tau Chapter to benefit families of fallen or wounded United States Navy SEALs.

"We were proud and honored to show our support for these outstanding men and their families and to express our gratitude for the huge sacrifices they have made to defend our country," said Alex Amato, Tau Chapter philanthropy chairman. "They truly are American heroes."

photoThe SEAL Legacy Foundation is dedicated to supporting the United States Navy SEAL community and to preserving the SEAL Legacy of NO ONE LEFT BEHIND.

The Tau Chapter raised $20,000 for the Foundation through concert ticket sales and an online fundraising campaign. The Chapter extends its deepest thanks to everyone who supported this very worthwhile campaign, with special thanks to past Kappa Sigma WGM Kevin Kaplan, Bri Bagwell, Commander Mark McGinnis, and Rob and Cathy Lippincott.

Left to right: Tau Chapter Philanthropy Chairman Alex Amato, Chapter President Hayden Witte,
TKSEF Chairman Jim Pritchett, country music artist Bri Bagwell, TKSEF Trustee Hagen McMahon,
Worthy Grand Master Hugh Roberts and U.S. Navy SEAL Commander Mark McGinnis.


A Fond Farewell to a Beloved Kappa Sigma Brother

photoJames Andrew (Andy) William Ivins
March 19, 1949 - November 13, 2013
London, Texas

Andy was my little brother in Kappa Sigma and a lifelong friend for 45 years. He was one of the funniest, most quick witted and intelligent persons I've ever known. He was a true friend to so many people. At least 10 people got up and spoke about Andy at his funeral, not because they were asked to, but because they all considered themselves to be his best friend. He was a loving father and recent grandfather who kept his kids and wife in stitches right up until the end. He fought his battle with cancer with grace, determination and humor and never once complained. He was one of a kind and is already so dearly missed by so many.

Reggie Tuck '69

Andy's Obituary


Kappa Sigs Celebrate Founders' Day
Honoring 144 Years of Brotherhood

December 10 is a day celebrated the world over by Kappa Sig brothers as the anniversary of Kappa Sigma Fraternity's genesis. On this day in 1869, Five Friends and Brothers from the University of Virginia founded the National Fraternity of Kappa Sigma, adopting the traditions of their Renaissance forbearers of the University of Bologna in Italy, dating back to the 15th Century.

Several Tau brothers joined their Kappa Sig brothers from University of Houston, Baylor, Sam Houston State, and Texas A&M to celebrate the 2013 Founders' Day anniversary on December 10 at the Cottonwood in Houston.



Distinguished Alumni Speakers' Series Features Wade Kilpatrick '69

photoWade Kilpatrick -- attorney, savvy real estate investor, lead singer for a vintage rock and roll band, and one of the Tau Chapter's strongest supporters and most effective fundraisers -- was the featured alumnus speaker on October 28 at the Lodge.

Kilpatrick was instrumental in the Kappa Sigma House move to its present location and has been a generous financial contributor throughout the years. He has been a leader in the Tau 125 Campaign to raise funds for the Lodge and future Kappa Sigma House, served two terms as TKSEF president and was chairman of the Building and Design team for the Lodge.

During his years at the University of Texas, Kilpatrick served two terms as social chairman and as Grand Master his senior year. He has been an active Tau Trustee since the late 70s. For more than 27 years, he has been an enthusiastic fundraiser for rush and chapter activities, hosting annual receptions for alumni in his home.

Kilpatrick graduated from UT in 1970 and earned his JD degree from The University of Houston Law School.

He and his wife, Melinda, have three grown children: Gaines, Brian and Kelly. They divide their time between their Houston home and their Hill Country ranch in Sisterdale. They serve on two prominent Land Trust Boards, The Cibolo Conservancy and The Galveston Bay Foundation, through which they work to protect and preserve environmentally sensitive lands and habitats.

photoSince 2000, he has been the lead singer for the vintage rock and roll band "Mid Life Crisis and the Hot Flashes." The band has played numerous prestigious events over the years, including inaugural events for President Bush and President Obama.


Distinguished Alumni Speakers Series
Joe K. Longley '63 is Featured Speaker on April 29

Joe Longley shares Kappa Sig stories and career highlights
with the Chapter at Alumni Speaker's Night on April 29 at the lodge.

Texas Legal Legend, collector and aficionado of vintage Cadillacs, former band mate to John Denver, great party host, co-author of the most important consumer protection law ever enacted in Texas, loyal friend and beloved Kappa Sig brother -- all of these descriptions apply to Joe Longley.

At age 29, while serving in the Texas Attorney General's Office, Joe co-authored and was instrumental in passing the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act. When signed into law in 1973, it was among the strongest consumer protection laws in the nation and is today the state's primary consumer protection statute.

In 1979, he established a private law practice with a focus on insurance bad faith litigation, deceptive trade practices and commercial litigation. He has argued cases before the Supreme Court of Texas, the Texas Court of Appeals and United States Courts of Appeals.

In 2000, Texas Lawyer named him to its elite list of "100 Legal Legends" and, in 2002, recognized him as its "Number One Go-To Lawyer for Insurance Law" in the state. In 2011, the State Bar Insurance Section honored him with its prestigious Insurance Legend Award.

Anyone who knows Joe well would agree that he takes his work seriously, but not himself. He's as passionate about enjoying life and being with his family and close friends as he is about his career.

"I met Joe in 1961, more than half a century ago, and we have been the closest of friends throughout," said longtime friend and Tau brother Nick Kralj '62. "He has been my cohort, confidant, and Godfather to my daughter. Besides that, he has been my lawyer, which is no easy task. We have had many memorable experiences together; some quite scary, and some of them a lot of fun. I am very lucky to have had him in my life."

Joe and his wife, Maggie, live in Austin. He has twin sons, Bill and Adam, and a daughter, Grace Ann. Grace Ann and her husband, Sean, are expecting their first child in June and son Bill and his wife, Meagan, are expecting their first child in July.

Enjoying Speaker's night: Nick Young '10, Hayden Witte '10,
featured alumnus speaker Joe Longley '63, and
TKSEF Vice President Reggie Tuck '68.


Acclaimed Filmmaker Joe Bailey, Jr. '03 Delivers Commencement Speech to UT Graduating Class

Encourages graduates to "advocate fiercely for those less fortunate" than themselves

photoAward-winning filmmaker and Tau alumnus Joe Bailey, Jr. delivered the commencement convocation speech to the Plan II Honors Program 2013 graduating class of the College of Liberal Arts on May 18 at the Hogg Auditorium.

As a 2005 Graduate of the Plan II Honors Program, Joe shared insights about the Plan II educational experience, including these thoughts:

Plan II teaches by inspiration. It is a challenge: to progress, to never rest on what natural gifts you may have, but to get in the mix, to engage your peers, to challenge and to develop ideas. An abiding respect for scientific inquiry. A love of narrative, and the skills to craft a story out of just about anything, thereby drawing others into the discussion.

Conscience. Ethics. Purposeful thinking. An understanding of discipline, of dedication, patience, and craft. Moral courage to speak up, and the wisdom to engage, rather than merely debate.

These are gifts to share. They are essential ingredients to a functioning democracy, to a life well-lived; to teach your children, to share among family and friends. They are the makings of leadership, of invention, and they are good for their own sake.

He concluded by encouraging graduates to "advocate fiercely for those less fortunate" than themselves and to "go forth to love and serve."

Joe earned both a BA and a JD from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently a research fellow at the UT School of Law's Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, Joe will offer a course entitled "Documentary & Civil Society" to Plan II Juniors in the upcoming 2013 fall semester.

More information about Joe's highly acclaimed work may be found on his website.

His film INCENDIARY: THE WILLINGHAM CASE is currently featured in iTunes Movies.


Dapper Attire Wins the Day for Knicker-Clad
Team at 2013 Tau Open

Luke Hotze '03, Russell Zwiener '03, Bruce Hotze '01,
and Stephen Caruselle '03 (not pictured)
will now -- after 10 years -- have their names
etched on the Tau Open trophy as the 2013 winning team.

In their tenth year together, the always best-dressed knicker-clad team Luke Hotze '03, Bruce Hotze '01, Russell Zwiener '03, and Stephen Caruselle '03 won this year's Tau Open, held April 19 and 20 at Lakeway near Austin. The outstanding shot of the tournament belonged to Luke Hotze, whose drive on the challenging 327 yard Par 4 Second at Yaupon landed two feet from the pin.

The Tau Open, a two-day, four-man scramble with a second day calcutta, is held at Lakeway Country Club's Live Oak Course and Yaupon Course every year in April.


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Tau Alumni Visit the Hallowed Grounds of the Original Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter House


On January 13, the morning following Bill Wittliff's Kappa Sigma Man of the Year celebration, a group of alumni and family gathered at the former site of the original Tau Chapter House for this photo. Located on what was then West 19th Street (now Martin Luther King Blvd.), the house faced the UT campus, with a direct view north to the Tower. It was the home of UT Kappa Sigs for more than 70 years, until the fraternity relocated to West Campus on San Gabriel in 1972, and then to 1002 West 26th Street in 1996. The gathering was a great opportunity to cap off the best Tau alumni reunion in recent history.


Renowned surgeon Cooley a smooth operator on, off court

photoBy Dale Robertson
March 17, 2013

Long before he became a world-famous heart surgeon and Houston icon, Denton Cooley had a nickname.

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Artist Daddy-O Wade's "Smokesax" on its Way to a New Gig
"Sigs for Sax" Join Together to Support its Future

photoBob "Daddy-O" Wade's colossal "Smokesax" sculpture, the long-time landmark of Houston's Billy Blues Restaurant and Bar, made its 13-mile journey on February 28 from Richmond Avenue to its new temporary home at The Orange Show on Munger Street.

Bill Gallagher '57 commissioned Wade '62, his good friend and Tau brother, to create the 70-foot-tall sculpture for his namesake restaurant in 1993. Constructed from a VW Beetle, oil field pipes, a surfboard and other recycled parts, the giant blue saxophone has been a folk art icon at this Galleria area site for 20 years. But Billy Blues has long since gone and it was time for "Smokesax" to move on as well. To ensure its preservation, the property owners donated "Smokesax" to The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art.

Wade oversaw the complicated and bittersweet process of watching one of his most acclaimed works of art be sawed into five pieces before it could be transferred to its temporary location. The Orange Show, a nonprofit organization, underwrote the cost to dismantle and transport the sculpture to an onsite warehouse, where it will remain until a site for its permanent display is selected.

Several Kappa Sigs, including Dan Moody '60 and Bob Moor '64, have joined together to create an underwriting campaign they're calling "Sigs for Sax." Moody has donated $10,000 toward the funds needed for its preservation and future relocation to a new site.

If you'd like to know more about "Smokesax" or other works by Daddy-O Wade, visit his website or send him an email.


Denton Cooley Tau Classic's Sig-Am
Format Adds a New Twist in 2013


This year's Denton Cooley Tau Classic Golf Tournament, held February 19 at Houston's Memorial Park, attracted the largest number of players to date, with more than 90 golfers participating.

The new Sig-Am format -- Sigs with non-Sig partners -- increased the number of players and added a new spark of fun as well.

Players and guests enjoyed beautiful weather, a delicious lunch on the terrace and a relaxing happy hour to cap off a wonderful day.

photoGuests included parents of current actives, old rushees who didn't pledge Kappa Sig but wish they had, Kappa Sigs from other chapters, including A&M, Ole Miss and LSU, and friends of Dr. Cooley and other Tau alums.

photoCongratulations to our winners: John Martin '79, Steve Casacia, Jim Widner '78 and Tom Lockwood '81.

Tournament directors Jim Pritchett '71 and Chuck Berson '67 extend a warm thank you to everyone who played and volunteered,with a special thank you to the Cooley Tau Classic sponsors: Tito's Vodka, (Tito Beveridge '81), Oil and Gas Journal (Roy Markum '68), Guero's Taco Bar (Rob Lippincott '67) and John Martin '79.

The seventh annual Denton Cooley Tau Classic is scheduled for February 18, 2014, so save the date!


Bill Wittliff Kappa Sigma Man of the Year


The opportunity to honor Bill Wittliff '59 as the 2012 National Kappa Sigma Man of the Year was an event that we as Tau brothers will cherish for the rest of our lives. Many of you have heard me tell the story about Bill wagging his finger at me, clearly irritated when he learned that I had submitted his name for nomination. His reaction didn't surprise me. His life's work has been about putting the spotlight on others, while deflecting it himself. He's one of the most accomplished men I know, but also one of the most humble. After the National Committee announced that Bill was their choice, he slowly warmed to the idea and grew to embrace it. When the big day arrived on January 12, Bill had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye that never went away. He was honored to accept the award, but the real joy for Bill was being with so many of his Tau brothers to share great memories and appreciate how strongly those Kappa Sig bonds have held us together throughout the years.

Bill, you're everything that's good about being a Kappa Sig. There's no one more deserving of this honor than you.

Hagen McMahon '66

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They tell you when they are rushing you that these are the guys who will be in your wedding, who you will travel with through life, and some who will be pallbearers at your funeral. I have found that to be exactly right, and I'm glad to have a body of friends like that. What a great joy.

Bill Wittliff '59

Rob Lippincott '67, Tito Beveridge '81 and Cathy Lippincott

John Cochran '61, Rolf Larson '59, Mike Goldstein, M.D. '61,
Bill Wittliff '59, Jim Carroll '59 and Joe Howell '61

Hagen McMahon '66, Mike Sharpe '79, Jim Pritchett '71 and Reggie Tuck '69