Sigma Chi

Sigma Chi Fraternity

Alpha Epsilon Chapter at University of Nebraska Lincoln

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Alumni Update

Posted on April 13, 2015

Chapter Eternal

Gerald W. Ferguson ’51, age 86, entered Chapter Eternal on Friday, July 25, 2014, with his loving wife, Beverly, close by his side. Jerry was born in Scottsbluff, Neb., on July 19, 1928, and attended Scottsbluff High School where he excelled in multiple sports. He attended the University of Nebraska and joined the United States Air Force in 1951, attending Officers Training School. Prior to his deployment to Okinawa, Japan, he met Beverly and they were married on November 28, 1953. As a coach, teacher, and athletic director, Coach “Ferg”, a man of integrity, leaves behind a legacy regarded as one of the most successful and respected high school football coaches in the Santa Clara Valley.

Fred E. G. Bruening ’52 entered Chapter Eternal on August 27, 2014. Born February 19, 1930, in Hartington, Neb., Gene attended Cedar Catholic High School in Hartington and earned his master’s degree in business at the University of Nebraska. Gene reached the rank of 1st lieutenant in the United States Air Force, trained as a fighter pilot and was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Mont., where he provided protection over the northern U.S. boundaries during the Cold War. He enjoyed a 40-year career with IBM in which he excelled in achieving 40 consecutive 100 Percent Clubs and the prestigious Golden Circle annual attainments. In addition to having pledged Sigma Chi, Fred enjoyed a variety of interests: hunting, fishing, attending Nebraska football games, and traveling with family to name a few. He especially enjoyed international travel with his wife of 60 years, Joan Marie L’Heureux, from Hastings, Neb.

Robert C. Dawson ’56, age 83, of Lincoln, entered Chapter Eternal on April 26, 2014. Bob was born on May 26, 1930, in Sioux City, Iowa. He grew up in Lincoln and was a graduate of Lincoln High and the University of Nebraska, where he graduated with a bachelor of architecture degree. Bob served in the United States Navy for two years as a member of the SeaBees. He married his wife, Nancy, on June 10, 1956. Soon after, they moved east where Bob began his career in architecture with Sargent, Webster, Crenshaw & Folley, first in Watertown, N.Y., and then San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he worked as project architect. In 1964, he and Nancy returned to Lincoln and Bob joined the firm that became Hemphill, Vierk & Dawson. Until Parkinson’s disease rendered him unable, Bob was a lifelong athlete and outdoor enthusiast, running track in high school, playing tennis whenever he could, and participating in numerous backpacking, canoeing, skiing, fishing, and hunting trips with friends and family.

Dean W. Satterthwaite ’70, age 66, entered Chapter Eternal Feb. 15, 2014. Dean was born in Evanston, Ill., on Aug. 2, 1947. He graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1966. He obtained a swimming scholarship from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where he majored in electrical engineering. He also served in the United States Army National Guard. Dean retired in 2013 from an exceptional career as an HVAC technician. He was employed in his earlier years at Russell Stover Candies and then Gates Rubber Co. He became involved in a lifelong love with stereo equipment as a salesman in the 1970s and later with all of the new technology surrounding computers and TVs.

Alumni News

William L. Moore Jr. ’38 has had a few falls and various injuries that have resulted in a hospital stay and rehabilitation. Bill says that at 87-plus years that is to be expected. He and his wife, Margaret, are holding up well and will celebrate 72 years of marriage in May. They live in Downer Grove, Ill.

William G. Hofgard ’53 was inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame, class of 2014, at an induction luncheon held recently in Longmont, Colo. Bill was married to Edna Hampton Hofgard, AE Sigma Chi Sweetheart 1952, who passed away in 1995. Bill had been CEO f Hofgard Insurance in Boulder since 1956. Now retired, he has eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. E-mail: bhofgard@gmail.com

Larry L. Jones ’58 is very active in petroleum exploration in Belize and Colombia. He is also involved in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. In the last two years, he received two significant awards from the AAPG and holds an office in the AAPG Foundation. Larry resides in Houston. E-mail: ljones1239@comcast.net

Jake Jacobsen ’59 enjoys skiing, golfing, and traveling. He enjoyed crashing the Sigs of the Sixties get-together in fall 2013. “I was very impressed with the house and the 2013 pledge class,” Jake said. E-mail: evrgrnjakes@gmail.com

Gary L. Bargen ’64 moved to Olathe, Kan., after retiring from the University of Nebraska Athletic Department in 2012. He and his wife, Nancy, have six children. E-mail: garybargen1@gmail.com

Ronald L. Harris ’64 is proud of his wife, Chris, who published her second novel, Bloodline. The couple resides in Lincoln. E-mail:  rlhcorp@aol.comGerald

L. Sandau ’82 was married Oct. 6, 2006. He is now stepdad to four children. Jerry lives in Scottsdale, Ariz. E-mail: jsandau85@cox.net







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