Edward Bane Robert, Zeta Zeta '56


Zeta Zeta alumni are sad to report the passing of Brother Edward "Eddie" Robert, ZZ '56, on August 29th. Brother Robert was born in Natchitoches, LA in 1934, joined the Friars and DKE at LSU, and then joined the U.S. Navy after graduation, where he was commissioned as a Navigator and Operations Officer, and served at sea in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Caribbean. After his honorable discharge, Brother Robert entered the offshore drilling industry, and operated his own consultancy in that industry until the time of his death. He was a direct descendant of Louis St. Denis, the founder of Natchitoches, which is the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, and also of the Reverend Pierre Robert, the first Huguenot minister to come to the new world in 1682. Eddie was an avid outdoorsman and member of NRA and Ducks Unlimited. He is survived by two sons, Jonathan (Psi '96) and Timothy, and two daughters, as well as several grandchildren. Brother Robert has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Rampant Lion Foundation (P.O. Box 8360, Ann Arbor, MI, 48107) or Covenant House.

Prieur James Leary, Jr., Tau Lambda '65

Prieur James Leary, Jr., Tau Lambda '65 and a native of New Orleans businessman, died August 7, 2013 at the age of 69 from coronary artery disease. Brother Leary, born in New Orleans, attended Tulane University Business and Law Schools. He was top of his class with a Masters in Taxation at NYU Law School. Prieur went on to run several companies involving business turnarounds, oil and gas investments, and real estate development. He also served on many volunteer charitable and business boards. He was a loving husband and father to his wife, Mathilde Stone Leary, and his children.


Peter Moffitt, Psi Delta '84

Psi Delta alumni are very sad to report that Brother Peter Kenneth Moffitt, '84, passed away peacefully at home on August 5, 2013, after a valiant fight with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Pete graduated from Wake Forest University where he was a member of DKE and an avid supporter of the Deacons. After Pete's ALS diagnosis in February of 2011, he participated in several clinical trials to help find a cure for ALS. He acknowledged that it might not help him with his fight - but he was committed to playing a role to find a cure. Raising awareness and funding for ALS was very important to him. The Pete Moffitt Courage Award was recently established at Wake Forest by his many friends and family members to recognize annually a student-athlete, coach or alumnus who demonstrates courage in his or her endeavors. Pete, his wife Susan, and daughters Hastings and Mary Layton presented the first award September 22, 2012 and were recognized at half-time on the field of the Wake Forest-Army football game later that memorable afternoon. He took great pride in his family. Pete is survived by his parents, his wife, and his two daughters. His many Deke Brothers mourn the loss of their dear friend Pete.


Linscott R. "Lin" Hanson, Omicron '59

Message from the Board of Directors of DKE International

DKE International is sad to announce the death of Brother Linscott R. ("Lin") Hanson, Omicron '59. Lin passed away on Tuesday, July 23rd. He attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate and also received his law degree from there.

Lin played a substantial role in leading the fraternity over the past several years, first as a member of the Board of Directors, then later as President of the Rampant Lion Foundation. He dedicated a very substantial number of volunteer hours to DKE, combining his legal skills (he practiced law for over five decades), business acumen, and love for DKE to become an extremely valuable part of the leadership team. More than that, though, he became a true friend to so many of us.

He never sought the limelight or any recognition for the critical role he played in the success of the fraternity and foundation in recent years, preferring instead to focus on achieving results. He had a deep interest in developing mentoring programs through the Rampant Lion Foundation.

We'll remember Lin for his enormous contributions to DKE's progress over the past few years, but also for his small personal touches of friendship and his good cheer and devotion to DKE.

Brother Lin, Rest in Peace. 


Joseph L. Waitz, Zeta Zeta '54

Zeta Zeta alumni are saddened by the loss of Brother Joe Waitz of Houma, LA. Joe passed away July 16, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife, Nellie Maestri Waitz, four sons, three daughters, and several grandchildren. Joe graduated LSU in 1957 and LSU Law in 1959. He received many awards in the legal profession, and served his Church for many years. His greatest joy was being surrounded by his family. Joe was a kind-hearted and generous man and a wonderful fraternity brother to all in Zeta Zeta.

William Porter, Rho Lambda - Oklahoma '64

Brother Porter, 72, passed away on June 10, 2013. His death was reported to us by his friend and fellow Deke Brother Erskine Kelly, Rho Lambda '61. Bill was much loved and will be sorely missed. He was an Eagle Scout, attended Oklahoma City University and Law School at University of Oklahoma, where he joined DKE. He served on active duty with the U.S. Army (National Guard) and then returned to practice law in Oklahoma City in 1967, in general practice. He was admitted to practice law for the Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the Western District of Oklahoma, as well as the United States Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He was known as an honest and generous lawyer, who might be running a little late to get to court but who would hurry in just in time to save the day. He was very civic minded and was an active member of the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers since 1969, as well as the American Trial Lawyers Association since 1996. He taught evening legal classes at Oklahoma City University for several years, and he was also a Mason of the 32nd Degree, an Aide to the Potentate of the Shriners, and President of the Lions Club 1977-1978. Bill and his wife Mary were married for 39 years, and together they raised two children. Despite major physical health challenges in the last several years, Bill continued to practice law, and won his last case in court in January 2013. Bill is survived by his wife, Mary McCollum Porter; two children and two grandchildren. Bill will be missed as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother-in-law, colleague and friend. 


Henry Blume, Sigma Tau '55

Brother Blume passed away on May 2, 2013 at the age of 82. Originally from Wisconsin, he joined DKE while at graduate school at MIT, served in the US Navy on active duty and remained in the Naval Reserves until 1991.

Brother Blume worked for many years in the semiconductor industry in CA, designing microchips for companies such as Intel Corp. He led the team developing the 8748 and 8048 microcontrollers, which were among Intel's "hottest products" in the late 1970s. 

Always an athlete, whether skiing, playing football, tennis or rugby, Mr. Blume went on to become a tennis official with the U.S. Tennis Association, refereeing matches on both coasts, the family said. In addition, in high school, he won the state chess championship and, as an adult, became a life master in bridge.


Arne (Doc) Sveen, Phi Alpha '73

The Phi Alpha Alumni Association is very sorry to report that Arne (Doc) Sveen, Phi Alpha '73 passed away in February 2012 in Norway.

Kevin Bourgeois forwarded this sad news which was reported in a blog kept by one of Arne's friends in Norway.

The Doctor was one of a kind, and exemplified the ''Jolly Good Fellow." He will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.


Jonathan Winters, Lambda '50

April 12, 2013

Brother Jonathan Winters, Pledged to Lambda '50, passed away yesterday evening at the age of 87. Brother Winters indisputably lived up to the standard of Jolly-Good Fellow. Star of such films as "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and "The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming," Winters was hailed a comedy genius and considered to be one of the greatest improvisational comics ever. Aside from his career in show business, Brother Winters was also an accomplished abstract painter and served as a Marine in World War II. 

"If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it." - Jonathan Winters


Pierre Michel Viguerie, Tau Lambda '63

Brother Viguerie passed away on April 9, 2013. Age 71 years. Beloved husband of Maria Pratt Viguerie. Devoted father of Michael Viguerie, David Viguerie, and Anne Viguerie Villere (Sandy). Grandfather of Peter Viguerie, Marianne Villere, Saint Villere and Collier Villere. His grandchildren were the loves of his life. Brother of Winx McCarthy (Jim), and the late Shaun Viguerie (Yvonne), and Kevin Viguerie, Zeta Zeta 68. Brother-in-law of Anne Pratt. Graduate of Tulane University. Past president of the New Orleans Country Club, life member of the Recess Club, and member of several carnival organizations.


George Farnsworth, Jr., Tau Lambda '50

George Shepherd Farnsworth, Jr. passed away with his family by his side on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the age of 74. George graduated from Tulane University with a mechanical engineering degree in 1961 and was a member of the Tau Lambda chapter. He had a long career as a New Orleans real estate broker, and founded the commercial brokerage The George S. Farnsworth Company, which later merged with a leading residential firm to become Farnsworth Samuel Limited. George was a true Bon Vivant, passionate about great food, wine, antiques, art, traveling, and most importantly sharing these pleasures with his family and countless friends; Always open to trying things new, he also stuck with those large and small things in daily life that he loved such as his morning New York Times, his evening Campari & Soda and one of his many Saluki dogs by his side. He was incredibly charismatic with a great sense of humor, and almost all who knew him have many "George" stories to tell. He will be terribly missed and fondly remembered. 


Bill Halcrow, Phi Alpha '50

Brother Bill Halcrow, Phi Alpha '50, passed away last week at the age of 89. Bill was a frequent attender of Deke Alumni events, and many Phi Alpha and Vancouver alumni remember him fondly. At the chapter's 50th Anniversary Banquet in 1999, Bill read a poem which he had written to commemorate the occasion. Bill taught High School in Maple Ridge BC for many years, and he will be missed by his Deke Brothers.


William McDevitt

December 10th, 2012

Brother McDevitt from Theta Rho - UCLA has joined the DKE Mystic Circle.  "We have parted, Brother, parted, As we trust, to meet again, In a full unbroken circle, Free from sorrow, grief and pain." 

George Healy

November 28th, 2012

Brother George Healy from Tau Lambda Tulane has joined the DKE Mystic Circle. "We have parted, Brother, parted, As we trust, to meet again, In a full unbroken circle, Free from sorrow, grief and pain."