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He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran
Church where he served the church in various
capacities, including the first president of the
Lutheran Action Council of Metropolitan
Richmond. Other memberships included the
Virginia Association of Professional Engineers,
the Kentucky Association of Professional
Engineers, the American Society for Testing
Materials and the American Metals Society
where he served as president of the local chapter.
He was a founder of the Aluminum Abstract
Journal published by the Aluminum Association
and ASM. He was a member of the Society for
the Preservation and Encouragement of
Barbershop Quartet Singing in America where
he served as chapter president, area counselor
and vice president of the Mid-Atlantic District.
Fritz received the Barber Shopper of the Year
Award in 1966, the Award of Merit in 1970 and
the Outstanding Service Award in 1980 from the
Dietsch and his wife, Marjorie, moved from
Littleton, NC, to Franklin, TN, in 1986 where he
was a member of the Board of Management of
the Brentwood FamilyYMCA from 1989 to 1994.
He was presented with the Volunteer of the Year
Award in 1992. He also taught 55 Alive/Mature
Driving for AARP for 10 years. Fritz was previ-
ously a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church
in Nashville then transferred to St. Andrew
Lutheran Church in Franklin. As a member of St.
Andrew, he served as an adult Sunday school
teacher, was a member of the men's group "The
Navigators" and was involved in senior activities.
Dietsch shared his lifelong love of music through
his participation in the adult choir.
HOWARD, Eugene (Gene), Alpha Sigma
1946, passed away on April 23, 2012.
He was born on March 9, 1924, in Stilwell,
OK, and made his home in Muskogee, OK. At
the University of Arkansas, he majored in chem-
He was a member of the R.O.T.C. and enlist-
ed in the Army Reserve. World War II interrupted
his education when he was called to active duty.
While fighting in Luxembourg, Howard was
wounded and received the Purple Heart. He was
awarded the Bronze Star for seeking medical aid
for other wounded soldiers in his unit before he
sought treatment for himself. Like other mem-
bers of the Greatest Generation which journalist
Tom Brokaw describes in his book, Howard
fought in the war, came home, attended college
under the G.I. bill and then pursued his career
without looking back or complaining.
After the war, he completed his chemical
engineering degree at the University of Arkansas
and was initiated into Alpha Chi Sigma. Howard
took a job as a research engineer with Aluminum
Company of America (ALCOA). His research led
to publications in the Journal of the American
Chemical Society. While working at ALCOA,
Howard continued his education at Carnegie
Tech in Pittsburgh, where he pursued a degree in
industrial management. In 1959, he moved his
family, which by then included daughters,
Beverly and Cyndy, to Corpus Christi, Texas.
During his tenure at Reynolds Metals, he worked
as a plant industrial engineer and plant engineer.
Howard pioneered the use of computers in alu-
minum production, introducing automation on
Howard also worked with Reynolds
International on special projects, which required
several trips to Venezuela. One extended project
resulted in his writing a manual that described
the operations and cost accounting for the oper-
ation of a pre-bake aluminum potline. The man-
ual was translated into Spanish and later into
Portuguese for use in Brazil. Other professional
activities included qualifying as a registered pro-
fessional engineer in Texas, later achieving Life
Member Status in the National Society. He
served as president of the Nueces Chapter of
In addition to a full professional life, he was
active in the community and church. He
belonged to the Portland Rotary Club, later
transferring to the Southside Rotary Club of
Corpus Christi. He served two terms as president
of the Portland Rotary Club, which honored him
by making him a Paul Harris Fellow. He served a
term as president of the Friends of the Library.
Gene enjoyed working in the television ministry
at First Baptist Church for 19 years running cam-
eras, monitoring the sound system and produc-
ing the entire program. He was an active deacon
for many years until declining health prevented
HERR, George A., Mu 1942, passed away on
May 23, 2012.
He was born in Boston, MA on Nov. 30, 1921.
Following the death of his father, the family
moved to Keene, NH. Herr graduated from
Keene High School in 1939 and the University of
New Hampshire in 1944 with a bachelor's
degree in Chemistry. He also earned a Master's
degree in chemistry from the University of New
Herr served in the U.S. Army in World War II
in the Second Lieutenants Infantry and assisted
in the liberation and restoration of the Dacow
Herr began working for Eli Lilly and
Company in 1947. He worked in the
Indianapolis plant for 20 years in chemical engi-
neering. In 1967, he moved to the Lafayette plant
and retired as the director of environmental con-
trol in 1985, after 38 years of service.
Herr was a member of Congress Street
United Methodist Church, where he was church
treasurer, trustee and a member of the
Administrative Council. He was also a member
of Alpha Chi Sigma, American Chemical
Association, Lafayette Country Club, John
Purdue Club, Noon Kiwanis Club and First
United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda, FL.
He was an avid golfer and a huge sports fan,
especially of Purdue University and the Chicago
Cubs. Herr was passionate about building beau-
tiful, intricate model ships.
PAYNE, Kathryn E. (Ogden), Beta Delta 1973,
passed away Dec. 10, 2011. She traveled with her
naval officer husband and returned to school
when he retired in 1983. She earned a master's
degree in computer science and a bachelor's
degree in English from Corpus Christi State
University. She worked as a technical writer for
Amdahl and Nuance Corp. and was a lifelong
TULL, Cecil B., Alpha Kappa 1940, passed
away on June 12, 2012.
He was born on the family farm west of
Seaford, DE, on Oct. 9, 1920. Following his grad-
uation from Seaford High School in 1938, Tull
received a bachelor's degree with honors in
chemical engineering from the University of
Virginia and subsequently pursued graduate
studies at the University of Delaware. Tull was a
naval veteran of World War II and served with the
Seabees in South East Asia and the Pacific the-
Following his return to civilian life, he joined
the family business, Sussex Farms and Tull
Brothers Inc., and was instrumental in their
establishment of an International Harvester/
Case dealership for agriculture equipment. He
served as chief executive officer and vice presi-
dent as the family of businesses expanded into
hardware, house wares, gift and garden retail
operations. Under his leadership, the equipment
dealership was recognized numerous times for
outstanding sales and service to the agriculture
Tull served on the Seaford School Board and
was a life time member of the VFW, American
Legion, Moose and Elks Lodge, the University of
Virginia Alumni Association and Alpha Chi
WAGGONER, Raymond C., Beta Delta 1967,
passed away on Jan. 30, 2012.
He retired from the Missouri University of
Science and Technology in 1992 and was profes-
sor emeritus of chemical engineering.
Dr. Waggoner attended Principia High School
in St. Louis and then earned a degree in chemi-
cal engineering at the University of Louisville.
He served in Korea with the U.S. Air Force. He
later worked for Dow Chemical and finished his
graduate work at Texas A&M before moving to
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