Beta Phi Alumni Articles

John Woodbury Enters Chapter Eternal

John Woodbury

John Hettinger Woodbury, ‘56, who worked in the home construction business, entered Chapter Eternal on Feb. 22, 2018. He was 83.

He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 11, 1934, where he attended W. C. Bryant and Pembroke Country Day School, class of 1952, where he lettered in four major sports. College began at the University of Arizona, where he joined Sigma Chi, and then onto the University of Kansas. 

Brother Woodbury started building houses and apartments in Lawrence, Kansas, and homes and chalets in Colorado. Moving to Southern California in 1976, he gravitated to custom woodworking: designing and building entertainment centers, kitchens, beams, paneling and many other specialties. He never wanted to retire and worked full-time for Woodbury Construction Co., Costa Mesa, California, until he died... 

Brother Woodbury is survived by his three children, his brother Tom, and two grandchildren.

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Bob Robinson Enters Chapter Eternal

Bob Robinson

Brother Clarence Robert (Bob) Robinson, ‘53 entered Chapter Eternal on Dec. 19, 2017.  He was 86. 

Bob was born in Diamond West, Virginia on Sept. 27, 1931. He attended Tucson High School and the University of Arizona, where he pledged Beta Phi. He was also an Air Force officer based out of Holloman AFB New Mexico in the early 1950s where he met Jane, his future wife.

Brother Robinson worked as an engineer/product marketing specialist for Shell Oil and later Motorola and enjoyed geology, camping, hunting, fishing and anything outdoors that involved family. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, brother Keith and sister Rose, both of Tucson, four4 children, 11 grandchildren and 13 great grand children. 

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William Earl Powles Jr. Enters Chapter Eternal

William Earl Powles

Brother William Earl Powles Jr., ’51, entered Chapter Eternal on Nov. 18, 2017. He was 91.

He was on Oct. 1, 1926 in Douglas, Arizona and graduated from Douglas High School as salutatorian in 1944. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served as an electronic technician's mate third class. He was honorably discharged in 1946. 

Brother Powles then attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1951. Earl was a lifelong member of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity. He married Patricia Downey on Aug. 23, 1950. They were married for 65 years.

He worked at Mountain Bell later known as U.S. West Communications from 1951-1986. He was a Freemason.

Brother is preceded in death by his wife "Pat" and is survived by his children Steve Powles , Diana Powles Lett ; and his grandchildren Andrew Powles, and Sam and Sarah Lett, all of Phoenix. 

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Brother Stanley Patchell Enters Chapter Eternal

Stanley Patchell Chapter Eternal

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Brother Jim Musgrove Enters Chapter Eternal













Jim Musgrave Beta Phi 1962
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