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We regret to inform you of the passing of Brother Bruce C.. Johnston. Brother Johnston served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He was a decorated Air Force pilot who received many medals for his search and rescue missions all over the world. He will be missed by his wife, Susan, and all that knew him.
Congratulations to Brother Louis "Lou" J.. Grabowsky, Sigma Triton '73 on being selected as the commencement speaker at this year's graduation ceremony for The Smeal College of Business at Penn State.
Brother Grabowsky has a very impressive resume within the field of accounting. He most recently served as the senior adviser, operations and former chief operation officer of Grant Thornton LLP, where he was responsible for the firm's shared services operations in India. He has been active in supporting the communities in which he and his family have lived through board involvement in civic, charitable and academic institutions. Brother Grabowsky received his bachelors degree in accounting from Penn State and pledged Theta Delta Chi in the spring of 1972.
For those not in attendance, you can listen to Brother Grabowsky's speech below:
At this year’s Homecoming, Brother Bill Von Leer was honored as the Avillion Award recipient for his decades of service and dedication to our charge and Brotherhood. Since his initiation, Brother Von Leer has remained a very active member of the Brotherhood. As an alumnus, Brother Von Leer has been a member of the House Corporation, served as charge advisor and continues to be a key representative of our charge to the Borough, University and undergraduates.
The Avillion Award is given in remembrance of Brother Ron Avillion Sr. Sig Tri 1965 and his son, Brother Ron Avillion Jr. Sig Tri 1995. Both brothers tragically passed away after courageous battles with cancers. Prior to entering Omega, these brothers gave generously of time, talent and effort to our Brotherhood over the years. The award is to acknowledge the great work and continued commitment of the recipient as well as a way to honor and remember the two Brother Avillions and their contributions to the Brotherhood.
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