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Ohio University's Greek community honors three alumni

Ohio University's Greek community has inducted three of its members into the Greek Alumni Hall of Fame.

The 2003 awardees are Phi Kappa Tau's C. Brent DeVore, BSJ '62, president of Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, since 1984; Alpha Phi Alpha's Howard Nolan, BSAE '57, chief operating officer and managing partner of the Orlando, Fla., office of Moody/Nolan Limited Inc., an architectural firm based in Columbus; and Pi Beta Phi's Joan Herrold Wood, BSJ '52, of Sarasota, Fla., a former public relations and journalism executive in New York and Florida.

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Over the course of more than 160 years, thousands of students have gained through their fraternity and sorority membership satisfaction in service to others, enlightenment through academic pursuit and competence in leadership. Their successes in life and continued support of their alma mater reflect the powerful potential of the Greek experience.

Rick Harrison, Phi Kappa Tau alumnus and assistant dean for development for the Division of Student Affairs, says that's one of the reasons that the Greek Alumni Advisers Committee, in conjunction with the Greek Community Council, developed the Greek Alumni Hall of Fame in 1999.

"Ohio University alumni who are members of the Greek community have proven to be some of the most accomplished and loyal graduates that we have," says Harrison. "Their achievements serve as an inspiration to current undergraduates and alumni and give us great pride."

Each year, Greek chapters or alumni nominate individuals for the Hall of Fame, and three recipients are chosen to represent each of the three Greek governing councils: the Interfraternity Council, Women's Panhellenic Association and National Pan-Hellenic Council. Recipients receive a plaque at an event that involves undergraduates from the alumni's respective chapters as well as University staff and other alumni.

Harrison added that when the new University Center is completed, a permanent display of the Greek Alumni Hall of Fame will be located outside of or near the Greek governing suite.

DeVore, Nolan and Wood join the following alumni members of the Greek Alumni Hall of Fame, listed in order of induction:

  • Leona Hughes, BSED '30, HON '01, Phi Mu; president of Hughes-Burnett Inc. and a longtime Ohio University benefactor and volunteer
  • Wilfred Konneker, BS '43, MS '47, HON '80, Delta Tau Delta; president of Konneker Development Corp., Manchester, Mo., and former director of Ohio University's Innovation Center
  • Frank Underwood, BSC '54, Alpha Phi Alpha; owner of Marimar Enterprises, Petersburg, Va., and retired U.S. Army colonel
  • Michael Schmidt, BBA '72, Beta Theta Pi; Aranda Group, Rydal, Pa.; retired third baseman with the Philadelphia Phillies; and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Sandra Moon, BMUS '79, Chi Omega; internationally recognized opera singer
  • Patricia Ackerman, BA '66, Delta Sigma Theta; president and CEO of Chalkdust Inc.; member and former chair of the Ohio University Board of Trustees
  • Joan "Jody" Galbreath Phillips, BSED '46, Pi Beta Phi; a former University trustee and longtime Ohio University and Columbus philanthropist
  • Yvette McGee Brown, BS '82, Alpha Kappa Alpha; president of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy in Columbus
  • George Voinovich, AB '58, HON '81, Phi Kappa Tau; United States senator and former Ohio governor and Cleveland mayor
  • Donna Harris-Jones, BSC '80, Delta Sigma Theta; account executive with Xerox Corp and former alumni association board and alumni chapter officer
  • John Patrick Campbell, BGS '71, Beta Theta Pi; retired CEO and executive vice president of NASDAQ
  • Beth Stocker, BS '28, Phi Mu; longtime supporter of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and numerous other Ohio University programs
  • Robert Walter, BSME '67, HON '97, Sigma Chi; chairman and CEO of Cardinal Health Inc. and vice chair of the Ohio University Board of Trustees
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway, BFA '79, Alpha Kappa Alpha; movie and television actress


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