Walter B. Riley Jr. '43

A Selfless Tribute to His Beloved Pi Chapter

Walter B. Riley Jr. '43 enjoyed a successful career as a developer and builder in Southern New Jersey, but a part of his heart was always in central Pennsylvania, specifically at Penn State.

"Pi Chapter TKE was the seminal influence on him while he was in college," said his son, Walter B. III. "I think the fraternity had more to do with who he became than anything else."

"By" Riley, as he was known to Pi TKEs of the early 1940s, came to Penn State from South Jersey and went back there to work and raise a family. With partner Bob Scarborough, he formed Scarborough Homes, which they eventually sold to the Weyerhaeuser Corp. He then moved east to Medford, N.J., where he spent his retirement years growing Christmas trees, his son said.

But he never forgot his fraternity. "It was his thing," said Walter III.
Over the years, his name appeared again and again on the honor roll of alumni contributors, and in 1997, in honor of the work of 1965 alumnus Ben Novak as chapter adviser, By and his wife, Adele, established an endowment fund with a $3,000 gift of stock.

But as he lay ill last winter - just weeks before his death on February 13, his 83rd birthday - he talked with his son about arranging a more substantial and lasting gift. His wish was to extend the life of the house and improve living conditions for the active fraters.

Working with Frater Larry Foster '48, they put together a plan to donate $100,000 to the fraternity for a specific project. They asked four other alumni - Bob Mechling '48, Ross Gibson '66, Dale Davenport '66 and Rich Wolfgang '94 - to work with Foster to choose a project and oversee it.

This committee, consulting with other members of the alumni Board of Advisers, decided quickly and firmly that top priority for improvement of the chapter house was replacement of the 1950s-era bathrooms. So, working with architect John Lew, the board undertook this renovation, which culminated this fall in completion of bright new facilities on the second and third floors.

"By" Riley's $100,000 donation to Pi Chapter will be recognized during Blue-White Weekend next spring with dedication of a plaque and a personal "thank you" to his family. His generous remembrance to his fraternity surely will be remembered by TKE actives and alumni for many years to come.

Andrew Schaum

Q. Why did you join Tau Kappa Epsilon?
A. To have a sense of community during my undergraduate years at a large university.

Q. What is your favorite memory of the fraternity?
A. Developing friendships with brothers that were strong then, and in many cases still endure, despite geographical limitations.

Q. What kind of influence has the fraternity had on your life since graduation?
A. It helped me to learn how to work better with others, and expanded my leadership skills - both of which are critical to success in business and life in general.

Q. With whom are you still in touch?
A. Chris Olivia '84, Steve Shane '84, and Rich Colucci '83.

Q. Tell us about your family. Are you married? Do you have children?
A. I'm married to Jennifer Ann Drury, from Ironwood, Mich. (located in the Upper Peninsula area of the state). Live in the Strodes Mill Historic District in the town of East Bradford, Pa. (located just outside of West Chester, in the Greater Philadelphia region). We have an 8-year-old son named Casey.

Q. What other organizations or activities did you enjoy in school?
A. Penn State Ice Hockey; president, Pennsylvania Legal Society; and part of the famed Brady Bunch of jurists serving on PSU's Traffic Court.

Q. What is your nickname and how did you get it?
A. When I was a goalie on the Penn State ice hockey team, they gave me the nickname of Tink, because so many pucks got past me, but I was lucky to have them hit the post and not go in the net. The sound of the puck hitting the post lead to the moniker.

Q. Did you live in the house? Who were your roommates?
A. Steve Shane was my roommate, and also one of the persons I admire most. He has it all in perspective: an accomplished doctor, devoted family man, and one of the most fun guys you could ever ask to be with. From our days tailgating in his Jeep before football games, to our present lunches in State College, nothing much has changed. He is simply one of my very best friends in life.

Q. What do you do for a living?
A. Attorney and professional management consultant to nonprofit organizations.

Q. What organizations are you affiliated with in your community?
A. Vice President, West Chester Regional Portal Corp., East Bradford Historic Commission, member of many smart growth organizations working for better public policies in Southeastern Pennsylvania region.

Q. What hobbies do you enjoy?
A. Playing sports with my son, going for family hikes and walks, and when I can find the time - trying to learn how not to be such a pathetic fly fisher.

Q. What are your goals for the next few years?
A. To be a role model for my son, and to make a difference in this world through my work and volunteer efforts in our community.

Gene Flick

Q. Why did you join Tau Kappa Epsilon?
A. The Tekes had a good reputation for being an all-purpose fraternity, a good mix of personalities as well as a great house mother (Mrs. Walsh). I was a jock but didn't want an all jock house (too many animals). Being in a non-drinking house made a difference - as the physical house was kept up.

Q. What is your favorite memory of the fraternity?
A. We didn't have to drink to have fun. I enjoyed being part of our sports teams as well as singing. We were the best. I still remember sanding the downstairs floors and how great they looked.

Q. What kind of influence has the fraternity had on your life since graduation?
A. Between fraternity life and the Navy, I learned to live with the masses.It taught me to be a "people person." The dinner experiences taught us all some manners that I have never forgotten.

Q. With whom are you still in touch?
A. Charlie Bibleheimer '60 and Roger Munnell '61.

Q. Tell us about your family. Are you married? Do you have children?
A. I'm married 39 years to a wonderful woman, Joyce, who does a great job of taking care of me.We have one child (adopted) who is 33 and still lives in our basement.

Q. What other activities or organizations did you enjoy in school?
A. I was a member of the Druid society, captain of the tennis team; I played all the intra-mural sports for the house and played Freshman Football.

Q. Did you live in the house? Who were your roommates?
A. I lived in the house. Sam Kready '61 and Roger Munnell were my roommates. Roger and I were the best dance couple on campus!

Q. What do you do for a living?
A. I am in the hotel/restaurant business. I retired with Marriott in 1981, but have continued working for management companies as a Corporate Food/Beverage director.I am presently working for Hospitality Partners who have 14 hotels. I have a part ownership in an Ocean City hotel (The Carousel) Life is good!!! I like working.

Q. What other organizations are you affiliated with in your community?
A. I am on the advisory board for Bridges - a Marriott-funded program that bridges the gap from high school to work for handicaped people. I also work with the homeless in the District of Columbia.

Q. What hobbies do you enjoy?
A. I still play racquet ball four times a week. I take four trips a year on golf outings. We went to Scotland for 10 days in July and played all the majors.

Q. What are your goals for the next few years?
A. I enjoy work and plan on continuing until they kick me out. I have a goal of reaching a 12 handicap from a 16.