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Joseph G. Chaney ’44 (circa) | posted 10/2017
I regret to inform y’all that my father, Joseph G. Chaney, age 92, pledge year circa 1944 or 45, passed into your Chapter Eternal on Dec. 4, 2016 while a resident of Murray, KY. After approximately one year of duty and combat in the Pacific Theater as a Hellcat Gunner and Radio Man Aviator on our carrier, the USS Enterprise, Dad was “shipped back to the states” to attend your university during the last years of WW II as a member of the U. S. Navy’s Officer Candidate School, which was then called the “Navy V-12 Unit”, (BTW…he was highly decorated and credited with 4 KILLS of Japanese Zeros in Congratulatory and Commendation correspondence from The Secretary of the Navy dated 18 May 1945. This achievement in combat and other outstanding service merited his transfer for OCS.)
The war ended before he graduated so he subsequently finished and received his BS and Masters from Western Kentucky University which is not far from his hometown of Horse Cave, Ky. He retired after approx. 35 years of teaching, coaching and serving as Principal in Ky. and Michigan School systems and refereeing as an NCAA College Football Official for 25 years. Both he and my mother, also deceased, LOVED the Alpha Chapter, the National and the U. of Virginia. As proof, my older sister, also deceased, was named Charlotte…”enuf” said!
FYI…I am a Pi Kappa Alpha, Epsilon Lambda Chapter Alumnus, pledge year 1966. My Fraternity was founded at the U. of Virginia.
PLEASE publish his passing. If possible please send me a copy of anything published so I can pass on to his 5 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Greg Fleming ’95
Rebecca, Gabe, Charlotte and I moved to Greensboro, NC in July 2015. I am still with BB&T, now serving as counsel to its Commercial Fulfillment Department. Living here, there are more opportunities to see the Hoos play than when I was in Hampton Roads. Luckily, I was there to see the basketball team beat WF at the buzzer. My son and I saw UVa/UNC football in Chapel Hill where we ran into John Brandberg (’93). Tim Fleming (’95), Brad Garrett (’95) and I also met in Charlotte for the Skins/Panthers game.
Austin Ogilvie ’10
Fellow Chi Phi, Greg Lamp (2010) and I have been busy building a tech company in New York. The company is called Yhat (yhathq.com), and we provide the leading predictive analytics and decision automation platform for making data science insights actionable.
We founded the company in 2013 and are funded by top venture capitalists in New York and Silicon Valley including Y Combinator, RRE Ventures, and Ignition Partners.
We’re hiring for virtually every position including internships, so give us a shout if you want to have a hand in building the future of enterprise analytics.
All the best,
Austin Ogilvie and Greg Lamp, Class of 2010
Ian White ’09
Seth Folsom ’94
I completed my tour as an infantry battalion commander for 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines in June, 2012 and graduated from the Marine Corps War College in June, 2013. I am currently assigned to the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C.
Eric Conn ’97
On August 26th of this year (2012), just outside of Charlottesville, I was lucky enough to marry a beautful and brilliant woman, Hillary Webber. Quite a few Chi Phi brothers were there to join in the celebration, including Jay Silverman (’97), Chad Rogers (’97), Brock Jolly (’00), Adrien Pickard (’00), Matt Webber (’97), Scott Johnston (’97), Alex Lasher (’96), Byron Pickard (’98), and Eric Starkloff (’97).
Bob Tinker ’92
Finally took the plunge on August 4 in Menlo Park CA. Evan Kraus (92), Dan Menold (91), and Chris Ralphs (93) joined. Bob and his new wife, Christine, and her two children live in Portola Valley CA.
Ian White ’09
Ian White (’09), Jack Barnes (’09), Thomas Jack (’09), and John Gelb (’09) summited 14,275 ft. Torrey’s Peak in Colorado via the Kelso Ridge route in October 2012.
Scott Eastman ’97
Scott and Jessica Eastman celebrated the birth of their son, Owen, on May 6th, 2012. Scott has lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming since 2008 where he works as the Assistant Principal at Jackson Hole Middle School. Even more fun has been skiing the Wyoming backcountry with fellow Chi Phis Chad Rogers, Langdon Greenhalgh, Kendall Collins, Alex Lasher and Aaron Sylvester.
David Tatum ’71
Am now retired after 40 years in banking, both the public and private sector, and living in the mountains of Northeast Georgia on Lake Rabun.
Jed Brawley ’00
Jed Brawley and his wife, Natalie, welcomed a boy, Preston Alcon Brawley, into the world on 17 January 2012 in London, England.
Jed is a Vice President at RREEF Infrastructure (PE fund within Deutsche Bank), investing in and managing European energy companies.
Dan C. Elkin ’53
I just passed my 85th birthday. That’s about the only thing that’s newsworthy in my life. Still playing a little golf. I keep hoping to shoot my age one day, but no luck so far. I’m close, but not quite there.
Timothy Fleming ’95
I am currently forward deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. I was promoted to Chief while here and endured the Chief’s Induction Process which is tough piled on top of the fact that you’re in a war zone. It did flood my brain with so many fond memories of our very own pledge process. The two are very similar but very different. Pledging Chi Phi was a great time in my life and I’m truly blessed that we have stayed so close as we… uhh… mature? Yeah, I’ll go with mature. I cannot fathom what my UVa experience would have been without y’all in it. Anyway, I should return to my home in Charlottesville in March 2013 (not trying to count the days). I cannot wait to see my wife with whom I just celebrated our fourth anniversary. I hope y’all look me up when you’re here to see the Hoos in action. Fraternally, T Flem
Pat Cronin ’08
Pat spent the first half of 2012 working in Beijing, China and was able to to travel all over China and the far east when he could break away from the office. After returning to New York late in the summer, Pat got engaged to Louise Sheldon, his girlfriend of almost three years.
Byron Pickard ’98
Byron and his wife, Cassie, are pleased to announce the January, 2012 birth of Felicity Pickard. Felicity joins the ranks of her siblings, Sophie (9), Audrey (7), and Trevor (5). The Pickards live in Alexandria, Va.
Matthew Webber ’97
I got married to Alison Blankenship on February 24, 2013 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Harold McGeorge, Jr. ’41
I will hit 90 years-old the weekend of our 150th Year at the Alpha Chapter at Virginia. Both dates are quite an event!! I served as Alpha the last 2 years at The University. Best regards for a succesful Reunion!
Frank H. Nye, Jr. ’45
Retired and living happily with my wife of 65 years who is also a U.Va. graduate.
Frank Thompson ’50
It was great having dinner with Dr. Jim Soderquist an his Grand Alpha staff a few weeks ago here in Florida. He’s the ideal man for that tough job, and I wish him all the luck in the world. The “travel bug” within me never seems to stop biting me so this past June Jeannine and I took a 12-day trip to Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Then in August we went to Europe and did a 15-day river cruise on the Rhine and Danube Rivers starting in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and ending in Budapest, Hungary. Finally in October we’ll be in Virginia for 12 days, the first three of which will be the most exciting being with all my Chi Phi brothers (young and old past and present) celebrating our Alpha Chapter’s 150th Anniversary at UVa. Then we have a condo in Williamsburg for a week and then we go to Quantico, VA to visit the new U.S. Marine Corps Museum with a couple of old buddies who were with me taking 4 islands (the last one being Iwo Jima) from the Japanese in WWII. I can hardly wait to get to 161 Rugby Road and meet the younger generations of Chi Phis!!
LTC Thomas E. Miller ’89
Recent returned from Iraq (Nov. 2009) and talked to Remon Esteban ’89 in December, 2009.
A.J. Dudley ’91
A.J. and Renee welcomed their first daughter, Aaven Renee Dudley, on April 28, 2008.
LTC Seth W.B. Folsom ’94
I took command of the 3rd battalion, 7th marines in March 2011. We will deploy to Afghanistan in September 2011, right after my 10th wedding anniversary.
Greg Fleming ’95
I started a new job with BB and T in Chesapeake, VA in late March, 2011. Married Rebecca Lenz in the Outer Banks on 4/30/2011. Rebecca, Gabe (my stepson) and I moved into our new house after returning from a honeymoon in Cozumel.
John J. Mangan, Jr. ’95
Joanna and I celebrated the birth of our first child, John J. Mangan III (Jack) on May 21, 2008.
Mike Seccuro ’95
My wife, Liz and I welcomed Leonardo Michael Seccuro on 9/7/08. He joins big sister, Ava Noelle, who is 6.
Joshua Nowocin ’96
My wife, Kim, and I had a boy, Aiden Matthew on Dec. 2, 2008; another little Chi Phi one day. Also, I recently visited with Tim & Greg Fleming ’95 this past August. Tim will be getting married in October. Congrats to Tim and his future wife Mistie.
Scott Johnson ’97
Graduated from veterinary medical school in May ’09 and am now practicing in Las Vegas, NV.
Matthew Webber ’97
My wife Vanita and I welcomed our first child, son Dhillon Chase Webber on March 12 of this year.
Eric B. Johnson ’99
Eric Johnson and his wife, Anissa Listak, welcomed the arrival of their first child and daughter, Isabella Anne Johnson, on July 18th. Isabella, better known as Ella, was 5 pounds 15 ounces in weight and 19 inches in length at birth. Eric began earning his Master’s of Science in Learning & Organizational Change degree at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy in September. In May, he was named one of Community Renewal Society’s 35 Under 35 emerging leaders for his work to eliminate racism and poverty in Chicago. Eric, Anissa, and Ella currently live in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. Eric wishes every generation of Chi Phi brothers a safe and happy 150th anniversary weekend.
Seth Rose ’99
Married Carrie Pykosz on June 14, 2008 at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago, IL. Chris Weil ’98, Charles Pesant ’99 and Michael Cousins ’99 were in attendance to share in the festivities. Seth and Carrie now live in Chicago, IL.
Matt Graham ’00
My wife Holly and I welcomed our first child, Henry Samuel Graham, into the world on January 28, 2009. He looks forward to his first UVA football game in the fall!
Brian Barney ’01
A handful of Chi Phi’s reunited in Charlottesville in early June during 10yr reunions … we brought the couches outside and enjoyed one another’s company.
Matthew A. Steger ’01
Liz, big sister Caroline (age 2) and I celebrated the birth of our son, Henry Creighton Steger, on February 12, 2011.
Matthew Carrington ’02
I married Mason White (College ’02) in Crozet, VA on May 30, 2009. There were Chi Phi’s ranging four pledge classes on hand for the festivities, including Matt Steger (’01), Bryan Caccavale (’02), Daniel Penn (’02), Nik Williams (’02), Kevin Stansfield (’02), Ted Buell (’02), Chris Ericson (’02), Jason Bockenek (’02), Hasan Baser (’01), Andrew Buckman (’02), John Warin (’04), Ryan Tiffany (’04) and Phil Runco (’05). Chi Phi played a large role. In a flashback to our college days, some guys even swung by the House and ‘borrowed’ our first-year composite. Don’t fret, Jim & Owen, it’s been returned to it’s rightful spot!
John R. Ascenzo ’03
John (CLAS 2003) and Marta (CLAS 2005) Ascenzo celebrated the birth of their first child, Tristan John Ascenzo, on January 7, 2011.
Tom Choe ’89
Living in Seoul, Korea since 1995. After teaching English and writing for a university and a couple of high schools, have been teaching writing as a freelance instructor. I have three children… Soren is sixteen, Maria will be seven next month (September), and Will is three. Recently bought a black Indian Chief Classic after selling my wife’s ’09 Mustang (I had to buy her another car.) Mine is the only black Chief Classic in all of Korea, and I ride that bad boy everywhere and commute to work. My Chi Phi brothers may remember I was into bikes back then.
I still have the black book we made and often read the dumb nicknames we made up for one another. And that Christmas party when I played Santa and read the hilarious limericks in front of all of our dates. Good times. I know I haven’t kept in touch too well and I probably won’t, but I just wanted to let my brothers know that I’m still alive. On Facebook as “SpaceGhost AquaMan”.
Don White ’70
I recently retired from 39 years as an educator in Maryland. I now live in Gainesville FL. I think about UVA and the fraternity a lot since i’m near the University of Florida and lots of neat college stuff goes on. CVille was and is a magical place!