Chapter Eternal – Former Gamma Zeta WM Roy A. Rodgers ’60 – August 30, 2015

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Roy (far left) and ATO Gamma Zetas E.L. Simmons ’19 (the dining room is dedicated to him), Jack Powers ’17 (the whole new wing is named for Jack) and Stewart Daniels ’21 (long time ATO National Executive Secretary… our west living room is dedicated to him). The picture is labeled March 1966. Not sure to occasion but probably a Founders Day celebration since Gamma Zeta’s founding was in March.

Roy Alden Rodgers, age 76, passed away August 30, 2015 in his home in Sebastopol, CA of heart failure. He is survived by his spouse Michael Einhorn; brothers Guy (Dorothy) of Madison, WI and Bruce (Susan) of Northbrook, IL; nephews Peter (Susan), Bruce (Toni), and Steven (Leslie); nieces Gail (Bob) Brier, and Ann; grand nephews Alden, and Nolan; and grand nieces Mariah, and Cassidy; cousin Charles (Anneliese) Hall of Hartland, WI; first cousins Michael (Diane), and Tina (Saul) Castello; second cousins Carmen, Rachael and Eric.

Roy was the son of the late Elizabeth and Robert Rodgers. He grew up in Wilmette, IL, graduated from Avoca School, New Trier High School and the University of Illinois, and then joined The Harris Bank in 1961. He moved to San Francisco in 1968 and joined Levi Strauss. In 1972 He successfully started Pacific Blue, Inc., a manufacturer of womenswear clothing. He retired in 1988 and moved to Sebastopol where he resided until his death.

John Stacey ’68 inducts John Wright ’68 into the Wheaton HS Hall of Fame

Last night John Stacey ’68 had the honor of inducting John Wright ’68 into the Wheaton High Schools Alumni Hall of Fame at a ceremony and dinner in Wheaton. John was a grade school, high school and college classmate of John’s… and a Gamma Zeta pledge brother. Very cool! Other Gamma Zeta and Wheaton high schools alumni in attendance were Mike Maher and Dane Luhrsen both ’77s.


Congrats John Wright ’69 – Selected for Wheaton High Schools Hall of Fame

john-wrightbiophotoThe Wheaton Community High Schools Alumni Club just announced their 2015 Hall of Fame inductees which include John Wright (Gamma Zeta ’69).

John was a three sport athlete who received All-State accolades in football and track and field. He was the state champ and record holder in the 180 low hurdles in 1964. John excelled in football and track at the University of Illinois garnering six letters and reaping both All- American and Academic All-American honors. Upon graduation, John was the all time U of I and Big Ten historical leading receiver and ranked 5th in NCAA history. Following college, John was drafted at the top of the second round in the NFL by the Atlanta Falcons. Subsequently he was traded to the Detroit Lions where he played for six years. As CEO of the Wright Financial Group, he grew his office from $750 million to over $9 billion of insurance. He was voted the top speaker at the NFL National Rookie Symposium six times. He’ll be formally inducted at the Wheaton High Schools Alumni Association annual dinner and golf outing on September 10 in Wheaton. Congrats John!!