Tucson Alumni Articles

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.

All Honor to His Name.

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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Henry Lee “Hank” Harrison, Beta Phi ’56

Brother Henry Lee “Hank” Harrison, Beta Phi ’56, a former Consul, chapter adviser and a highly decorated career in the U.S. Army, entered Chapter Eternal on February 10, 2017. He was 82.

When Brother Harrison graduated from Tucson High School in 1952, he headed across the street to enroll at the University of Arizona and soon pledged Sigma Chi. In addition to Consul, he was selected the Sigma Chi Province Balfour Award winner. He also served as chapter advisor to the Gamma Eta Chapter at the University of Idaho. He was inaugurated into the Hall of Honor in 2013.

On campus, Brother Harrison served the University of Arizona as student body vice president, president of the Interfraternity Council and president of the Western Regional Interfraternity Regional Council. He also was a member in Sophos, Chain Gang and Blue Key. After graduating with a liberal arts degree from the UA, he worked on a master’s program in education.

In 1957 he entered active duty as a second lieutenant in the Army based on his participation in the UA’s Reserve Officers Training Corps. Brother Harrison spent 29 years in the U.S. Army before retiring as a full colonel in 1986.

During his active duty he served one tour of duty in Vietnam and was awarded two Bronze Stars. He later was awarded a Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit award and an Army Commendation medal. Upon his retirement from the military, he worked as a computer program manager for two companies in Fairfax, Va., for seven years.

In 2004, he and his wife, Joan, moved to Green Valley, Ariz. They had been married 56 years. He is survived by four children and seven grandchildren.

 He will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

All Honor to His Name.

Spring 2017 Beta Phi Consul Update

Brothers, I just wanted to provide a short update about the chapter.

We finished 2016 with a 98 percent on our standards of excellence score. The school creates this score based off of involvement, and overall standing with the school. It is used by the school to gauge the status of the chapter. This was the highest score in the Inter-Fraternity Council. It makes us a chapter of excellence for another year.

The active chapter finished fall semester with a 3.2 gpa, the second highest in IFC.

After spring rush, we extended 14 bids and have 12 new pledges.

We are putting the finishing touches on Derby Days.

The semester is off to a strong start, we are looking forward to the rest of the year. As always, we greatly appreciate your support.

Consul Riley Campbell