Beta Phi Alumni Articles

Brother Jim Geist, '60, Enters Chapter Eternal

James Geist
Brother Jim Geist passed away in Denver Colorado early last week. Jim was quarterback and captain of the 1960 football team and pitcher for the UA baseball teams that went to the College World Series 3 times from 58 - 60.  He retired from the Air Force as a highly decorated Colonel having flown a record 200 missions in the Viet Nam War and was an assistant coach at the Air Force before leaving the service.

Jim is survived by wife Sandy; first wife Dee and their children Jennifer & Christopher; nieces & nephews; and many friends. Jim was a fighter to the end on the football field, in an F-4, and on the golf course. Committal Service Fri., 09/29/17, 9:15 AM, Fort Logan National Cemetery, Area C. A Celebration of his Life to be announced later. Donations suggested to the Denver Hospice, 501 S. Cherry St #700, Denver, CO 80246.

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Brother Robert S. Svob, ’41, Enters Chapter Eternal

Robert Svob

Bob Svob, one of the most important figures in University of Arizona and a member of the Beta Phi Hall of Honor, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. He was 98.

He was the youngest of nine children of a Jerome miner, who died of lung disease in at the age of 56. His high school football coach was Waldo Dicus, Beta Phi ‘30, who helped him get a football scholarship at the UA, where he was mentored by coach J.F. “Pop” McKale in 1937. He played fullback and halfback for the Wildcats. He pledged Sigma Chi and major in physical education. He also earned a master’s degree in administration.

In 1942 he became director of intramural sports. Brother Svob served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and when he was discharged he resumed his positon as director of intramural sports. He also was coach of the freshmen team in 1947 and ‘48. He became assistant athletic director from 1959 until 1966, when he was selected as dean of men. In 1972 he became dean of students, a position he held until he retired. From the 1950s until early 1960s he was commissioner of Interscholastic High School Athletics in Southern Arizona.

He was a charter member and vice president of Big Brothers of Tucson, board chairman of the Arizona Boys Ranch, chairman of the YMCA Triangle Y Ranch Camp, chairman of the YMCA Metro board, chairman of the YMCA Youth Foundation, board member of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona and a deacon of St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church.

Brother Svob was inducted into the Beta Phi Hall of Fame in 2002, the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and the UA Sports Hall of Fame in 1985. He was an honorary Bobcat, and an honorary life member of the YMCA. He was inducted in 2014 to the YMCA Hall of Fame.

Each year the outstanding sorority and fraternity are honored with the Bob Svob Award. A scholarship n his name is given yearly by the Alumni Association.

Arizona Daily Star Tribute Article

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Brother Brian Nagel Enters Chapter Eternal

Brian Nagel

Brother Brian Nagel Enters Chapter Eternal

Brother Brian G. Nagel, Beta Phi ’92, a financial planner, died of an apparent heart attack in Scottsdale on June 13, 2017.

He was born on Sept. 29, 1967, in Orange County, California and grew up  in Arizona. He pledged Sigma Chi in 1988. While at the UA, he was a member of Bobcats, Arizona Ambassadors and Order of Omega. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree cum laude in 1992. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in 2004.

Brother Nagel was a cast member of the Up With People from 1986-87 and a member of Phoenix 20-30, a philanthropic group dedicated to improving the quality of life of children in the Phoenix area, for 10 years. He served as vice president of the  Children in Need Foundation for five years. The club was founded in 1932 by Brother Barry Goldwater.

He was a financial planner at SagePoint Financial.

Brother Nagel married Yvonne Brzozowski on Oct. 26, 2007, in Scottsdale. She survives him as does his mother Marilyn.

A celebration of his life was held June 24, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Church in Scottsdale.

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Beta Phis Ready for Grand Chapter Conference

Beta Phi alumni and undergraduates will be well-represented at the Sigma Chi International Fraternity’s 81st Grand Chapter conference in Providence, R.I. from June 22-25, when new Grand Chapter officers will be elected and legislation will be considered that will affect the fraternity’s governance.

Beta Phi’s Steve Schuyler, ’79, a Grand Trustee, and Joe Beers, ’83, will be attending the conference along with Bill Scott, ’80, Sigma Chi’s director of Undergraduate Services, and undergraduate Consul Riley Campbell.

In other Beta Phi news, Kevin Tarr has become one of 13 new Bobcats at the University of Arizona. He joins the list of more than 125 Beta Phis who have been selected to the UA senior honorary since 1922. He will intern at Altria in San Francisco this summer.

Significant Sig Earl H. Carroll Enters Chapter Eternal

The family of United States District Judge Earl H. Carroll is very sad to announce his passing on February 3, 2017. Born in Tucson on March 26, 1925 to parents John and Ruby Carroll, Earl Carroll lived a very full life of 91 years, including more than 30 years as a federal judge.

He became a Significant Sig in 1991 and was inducted into the Beta Phi Hall of Honor in 2002.

He spent his early years near Wickenburg, on a gold mine called the Silver Flag. His lifelong appreciation for public education began on that remote mine site, with live-in teachers sent by the state to educate rural students such as Earl and his older brother, John. Later in life, Earl was known to quote long passages of poetry, such as The Charge of the Light Brigade, along with wise (or witty) sayings in Latin. He also developed an early appreciation for a good dictionary. Earl continued his education in Tucson and Phoenix, graduating from Phoenix Union High School, where he first met Louise Rowlands, who became his beloved wife in 1952.

Earl Carroll enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943, and was part of the Navy's V-12 officer training program, providing him cherished opportunities to study at Arizona State Teacher's College in Flagstaff (now Northern Arizona University), UCLA, and Harvard. He served as an ensign in the Navy from 1943 to 1946, with service in the Pacific. After the Navy, he completed a business degree at the University of Arizona (1948), where he also earned his law degree (1951), graduating second in his class.

He began his legal career clerking for The Honorable Evo DeConcini of the Arizona Supreme Court. He joined the law firm of Evans, Hull, Kitchel and Jenckes in 1952, becoming a partner in 1955 with special expertise in public utility, transportation and mining law. During his time in private practice, Earl also served as counsel for the city of Tombstone. In 1980, Earl Carroll was nominated to the federal district court in Phoenix by President Jimmy Carter. Taking senior status in 1994 opened a position to be filled by The Honorable Roslyn Silver, although Judge Carroll continued to be active on the court until his retirement in 2011. 

Among the highlights of Judge Carroll's life were his service on the Arizona Board of Regents (1978-1980) and his role in presiding over naturalization ceremonies for new U.S. citizens and challenging cases such as "The Sanctuary Trial" and the long-running Navajo-Hopi dispute. Judge Carroll believed in fidelity to the rule of law, tempered with compassion for individuals. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist appointed Judge Carroll to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 1993 and he was named chief judge of the federal Alien Terrorist Removal Court in 1996. 

He regularly supported educational programs for Arizona's universities, including co-establishing a public service scholarship for law students with his long-time friend, Tucson attorney Thomas Chandler, at the University of Arizona College of Law. His public service included election to the Phoenix Elementary School Board, serving for 12 years, as well as support for U of A's College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Red Cross, Camp Fire Girls, the Valley of the Sun YMCA, Chapel Rock - the AZ Church Conference Center, and his college fraternity, Sigma Chi. 

Judge Carroll is survived by his wife of 64 years, Louise, and his daughters, Margaret Carroll and Katherine C. Pearson. His daughters continue their parents' deep commitment to education, public service and respect for justice. Judge Carroll's extended legal family includes his colleagues on the bench, his talented court staff, and dozens of "assistant judges," his law clerks and interns, selected from law schools across the county, including U of A, Arizona State University, Penn State's Dickinson Law, and Harvard. Judge Carroll's entire family is especially grateful for the thoughtful care provided by Huger Mercy Living Center and Hospice of the Valley. 

One of Judge Carroll's favorite lines of poetry, by Robert Browning: "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?" 

Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Carroll-Chandler Public Service Fund at U of A College of Law (Law-Alumni/Development, 1201 E. Speedway, Tucson AZ 85721 or www.law.arizona.edu/give), or to educational institutions of the donor's choice. A private graveside service at the Arizona National Veteran's Cemetery will be followed by a Memorial Service in mid-March, with details to be available through Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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