Tom Hruby: 1926 – 2020
It is with sadness we announce that Brother Hruby has passed into the Bond Eternal.
Thomas F. Hruby, 93, a longtime Houghton resident, died on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Gardenview Assisted Living and Memory Care.
He was born July 13, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of the late Alois and Lillian (Vedra) Hruby.
Tom was a WWII veteran of the United States Merchant Marines serving from 1944-46, completing numerous trans-Pacific voyages.
Following his discharge, Tom earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology (MichiganTech). His early post-college years were spent in Cleveland and Detroit as writer and editor for several industry publications.
Tom returned to Houghton and Michigan Tech in the late 1950’s-early 60’s and in his near 40 year tenure at the university held successively responsible positions in external and alumni relations.
Tom was a longtime and active member of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish of Houghton, where he served as an usher and Eucharistic Minister for shut-ins. Tom was all about family. He volunteered for many of the parish’s special programs for communities of need in Houghton. He was very kind and generous to his church families in need, especially during the holidays often opening his home to folks. Although Tom wished to keep his donations to others anonymous, they were well appreciated.
Tom loved sailing on the blue waters and in the challenging winds of Lake Michigan, and reveled in the cross country skiing afforded by the Upper Peninsula’s long winters. Necessarily giving up sailing and skiing in his later years, he was a daily walker.
Tom is survived by his sister, Jane Hruby Hanlon and her husband Robert; as well as nine nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by brothers, Louis and Joseph; and a sister, Mary Louise.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2020, at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Houghton, with Fr. John Martignon as celebrant. Arrangements were handled by the Jukuri-Antila Funeral Home of Hancock, Antila Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at antilafuneral.com.
Voluntary Alumni Contribution (VAC) Fund
In conjunction with our 60th anniversary in 2008, ACB established the VAC Fund as a method for alumni to voluntarily contribute to the Chapter on an ongoing basis after their time as an active has ended.
The Beta Pi Club is the highest level of automatic monthly donation.
You help keep the cook in the kitchen, the boiler kicking out the extra heat during all-nighter, and the sauna operational so that the next generation of actives have a chance to tell similar stories of Beta Pi.
In commemoration of our 70th anniversary, Beta Pi Club members will give a gift of $70 every month ($840 per year).
Beta Pi Club Members will receive special recognition for their generous and ongoing gift.
For those of you who did not know Jim Jones, he was a brother of Beta Pi who passed into Bond Eternal.
Upon his passing Jim left a very generous gift to Beta Pi.
Jim Jones Club members will give a gift of $30 every month ($360 per year) in commemeration of Jim.
Jim Jones Club members will receive special recognition for their generous and ongoing gift.
You survived living at 1421.
You most likely even liked it...
Which room was yours? What did you paint on the door?
1421 Club members will give a gift of $14.21 every month ($170.52 per year) in commemeration of living in the "best location on campus".
1421 Club members will receive special recognition for their generous and ongoing gift.
Gifts, like pearls of wisdom, can cost both a great price and your time to tell its story.
When inspiration hits, we're here to hear about it.
One time gift givers will also receive recognition for their generous gifts.
One-time gifts can be processed without requireing a Paypal account.
If you still prefer to send a check, VAC will never turn you down! Please send your checks (made out to Delta Sigma Phi – Beta Pi Alumni VAC) to:
Please make your check payable to Delta Sigma Phi – Beta Pi Alumni VAC
Alumni Corporation Board
ACB was founded with the goal of ensuring that the Chapter always has assistance in their operations. ACB is incorporated in the State of Michigan and oversees Chapter activity, including finances and goal planning.
ACB is composed of an elected board (President, Secretary, Treasurer, VP of Alumni Involvement, & VP of Finance), the Chapter President, Chapter Treasurer, Alumni who have been appointed to Advisor positions, and other Alumni who want to be involved.
Meetings are held monthly and ACB members are nominated and elected at the annual meeting in April of each year, and serve terms of varying length (usually 1-3 years), and it’s common for alumni to serve multiple terms consecutively.
Current ACB members
(as of 6/17/20)
Elected ACB positions
President – Bill Dehn
Treasurer – Zach Drake
Secretary – Carl Gossman
VP of Alumni Involvement – Mark Midgley
VP of Finance – Derrick Seibert
Chapter President – Taylor Hammes
Chapter Treasurer – Kyle McIntyre
University Advisor – Jason Blough
Chapter Advisor – Jason Blough
Housing Advisor – Al Golden
Growth Advisor – Marco Riolo
Healthy Lifestyle Advisor – Travis Hutchins
Personal Success Advisor – Daniel Hicks
Campus & Community Involvement Advisor – Michael Link & Matt Suksi
Website – Daniel Hicks
We’d love for you to get involved!
Upcoming ACB Meetings
Saturday, July 11th - 10am Eastern
Wednesday, August 12th - 8pm Eastern
Saturday, September 19th (work weekend) - 10am Eastern
Sunday, October 18th - 8pm Eastern
Saturday, November 14th - 10am Eastern
Wednesday, December 16th - 8pm Eastern
2020 Alumni Events
In addition to the many informal gatherings of Beta Pi alumni, there are several organized, annual alumni and active events planned each year. They are:
Fall Work Weekend – September 18 – 20, 2020
Planned projects include:
- completing window trim around new windows installed in July
- completing installation of new door frames
- completing installation of the kitchen drop-in ceiling
- assembling and setting up new furniture
- installing a new dryer
- other projects depending on man-power, please RSVP!
If you are unable to attend, please consider donating to help with the cost of the projects.
If you are interested in attending an event, let us know! Sign up in the Member Portal, make sure you’re on the yitbos-l email list, and visit our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with current events and to find the date and time of the next gathering!