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John Olsen ‘57 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 

Fondest DU memory: We had a great group of guys and a significant number of athletes that represented Penn State and DU of which we were all very proud. 

What I gained from DU: As a veteran, it was truly my home. I met a lot of really smart people who helped me to reacclimate to civilian life and academics. I never particularly liked school or taking classes, but DU made it more tolerable.  

About me: I went to PSU on the GI Bill plus a lot of jobs (mostly janitoring at the university, washing dishes at other frats, or cleaning up at the Rathskeller). After leaving PSU, I went to work for 30 years for GM. Academically, I also got an MBA and Masters in Public Administration from CMU and two certifications in Strategic Planning from Northwestern and Indiana Graduate Schools, courtesy of GM. On the career side, I was a city commissioner, mayor, county commissioner, parks commissioner and the chairman of a road commission and the Republican candidate for Congress in my district. I’m active in politics--Go Trump!–and play tennis and golf in my spare time. 

 

John Johnston ‘58 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 

What I gained from DU: Friendships, campus support of I.M.s, house support for student-athletes.  

Fondest DU memory: The brotherhood at the time. We ate, socialized, and worked for the benefit of the house together. 

About me: With the assistance of cell phones and computers, there is still a lot of good communication shared between a lot of guys from our era.  

 

Vincent Tedesco ‘64 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 

Fondest DU memory: The brotherhood we shared over the years. 

What I gained from DU: Belonging to a brotherhood. They were happy times. 

About me: Retired and living happily in State Collage. 

 

John Eisenhard ‘69 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 

Fondest DU memory: The great friendships and good times we had at the fraternity with the other DU brothers. 

What I gained from DU: Work together. Not everything in life is easy and great people can make things happen.  

About me: I’m married with two grown girls, and six children between them. I’ve spent 44 years in the life insurance and financial services world, have been married 42 years to a lovely woman, and recently semi-retired with 2 younger advisors gradually taking over my clients. I have done a lot of road trips and spend approximately six months a year at our place in Vail, CO. I consider myself to be very fortunate and blessed. 

 

Robert Flaherty ‘76 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 

Fondest DU memory: The Tim Finn pledge class party in Lavin suite.  

What I gained from DU: Listening skills, a sense of humor, and empathy. 

About me: I have been binging on Popeye The Sailor Man. 

 

Jeff Lentz ‘86 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 

Fondest DU memory: Accepting my bid. 

What I gained from DU: Humility, teamwork, work hard/play hard mentality. 

About me: I am the vice president/branch manager of M and T Bank in Wyomissing, PA.  

 

Tom Gause ’91(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 

Fondest DU memory: Dinners with brothers and the conversations that ensued. 

What I gained from DU: Learned to get along with people very different than myself. I learned how to compromise as well as persuade. And, I learned that lifelong friendships cannot and never will be replaced. 

About me: Can you believe that my daughter is going to be in high school this year? 

 

Thomas Samuel ‘91 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 

Fondest DU memory: The relationships and friendships built through brotherhood. 

What I gained from DU: 1. The ability to work, live, and cooperate with a diverse group of people. 2. The confidence to accomplish goals (like pledging). 3. Lifelong friendships. 

About me: My son Lance is currently doing a summer internship at Philly Jam. He graduates with a double major in Music Business Technology and Vocal Performance from Millersville University next year. My daughter Leah will graduate from East Pennsboro HS next year as well. We are currently college shopping! 

 

Matthew Trott ‘92 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 

Fondest DU memory: Lifelong friendships and brotherhood. 

What I gained from DU: Memories that last a lifetime, pride in DU principles and brotherhood, and being able to use and quote "Diffusion of Liberal Cultures." 

About me: As the director of an Area Agency on Aging dedicated to helping senior citizens, I am amazed how the memories of our lives define us as individuals and are a source of strength and lifelong happiness, even though those historical times no longer exist. The ties we have to the good times of our past are invaluable to our health and happiness. 

 

Dan Regan ‘93(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 

Fondest DU memory: Pledge brothers and the Egan room 

What I gained from DU: Leadership skills, brothers for life, and mentors/peers to help with the job search as an undergraduate. 

About me: I've made it to at least one football game a year, with at least two fraternity brothers every year since graduation in 1993. I would love to catch up with others! 

 

Anthony Gilbert ‘95 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 

Fondest DU memory: Friends and wild parties. 

What I gained from DU: Friends and fond memories of wild parties. 

About me: I am currently living in Brussels, Belgium, and working as a diplomat with the U.S. Mission to the European Union. Before Brussels, I served in Venezuela and Colombia. I’ve been married for over 10 years and have two beautiful children, a six-year-old boy, and a two-year-old girl. 

 

Jamie Max ‘95 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 

Fondest DU memory: The bonding with the brotherhood. 

What I gained from DU: 1. Leadership abilities 2. Independence 3. A support structure to make a very large school feel smaller.  

About me: I have now earned my doctorate in educational leadership. My wife and I live outside the Chicago area with two high school-aged children, and my youngest, who just started junior high school. 

 

Bryan Brockson ‘96 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 

What I gained from DU: Leadership opportunities and the great friendships formed that continue today. 

About me: The pandemic has sparked a few fun Zoom happy hours that provided the opportunity to see a few guys I have not seen in years. 

 

William Woska ‘12 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 

Fondest DU memory: The pledge process, and being amongst friends in the Egan Room or building things for the house. 

What I gained from DU: Responsibility, persuasion, budgeting. 

About me: In 2019, I met with a group of DUs in the Philadelphia area to golf and see Phillies. 

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