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Rosenblatt, 91, Enters Chapter Eternal

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Brother Paul G. Rosenblatt, ’58,’63, an acclaimed federal judge, a Significant Sig and a Hall of Honor member, entered the Chapter Eternal in October 2019 in his native hometown of Prescott.  He was 91.

He attended Prescott schools and studied at Seattle University and the University of Washington, where he was initiated into Sigma Chi’s Upsilon chapter before attending the University of Arizona. where he earned his undergraduate degree in engineering, chemistry and English. Brother Rosenblatt graduated from the University of Arizona’s College of Law in 1963.

He served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Arizona, and then as the administrative assistant for the third Congressional District of Arizona in Washington, D.C. He was a delegate to the 1970 White House Conference on Children.

In 1971 he returned to private practice in Prescott until his appointment in 1973 as judge of the Superior Court for Yavapai County by Gov. Jack Williams. He was the presiding judge and the juvenile judge of that court. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the United States District Court.  

Brother Rosenblatt has served in a host of professional and public positions including the Board of Visitors to the UA College of Law. He was a president of the Arizona Judges Association, judge of the Hopi Tribal Court of Appeals, and the Arizona Academy.

He also served as CLE faculty for the Arizona Supreme Court, as well as various judges’ conferences and workshops, state and federal, some under the auspices of the National College of Judiciary. Brother Rosenblatt served as a faculty member in both ALI-ABA and AJS-SJI courses of study. He was a chairman of the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America, a past member of the Yavapai Symphony Association Board, the University of Arizona Alumni Board and the Yavapai Guidance Clinic Board.

Brother Rosenblatt was the Ninth Circuit’s District Court representative to the First National Conference on State-Federal Judicial Relations. He served on the Planning Committee for the Western Regional Conference on State Federal Judicial Relations and on the Ninth Circuit Education Committee. He also was chair of the Arbitration Committee for the District of Arizona, and was co-chair of Arizona State-Federal Judicial Council. He also sat on the Court Security Committee and on the Technology Committee.

A Life Loyal Sigma Chi, Brother Rosenblatt said when he was inducted into the Hall of Honor in 2003, “Sigma Chi Fraternity reinforced familial moral and ethical codes; the bonds of brotherhood and friendship served to nurture me and Sigma Chis everywhere. The inspiration provided by those seven young men who were so wise beyond their years, and who provided the standards by which we can all measure our lives, cannot be overstated.

“Certainly, in my life it has played a major role. From it came the friendships and the relationships, which are among the most important in my life, and upon which whatever I may have achieved is grounded.  Sigma Chi Fraternity and the Beta Phi Chapter played an important role during a time when I was trying to decide the right path to take with my life, the path which would best satisfy my needs and desires. They provided a continuity that was critically important.”

All Honor to His Name.

Brother Stanley Patchell Enters Chapter Eternal

Stanley Levis Patchell

Phoenix - Stanley Levis Patchell, son of Ellwood Stanley Patchell and Sara Elisabeth Patchell, was born on December 8, 1931 in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. He grew up in nearby North Wales where he met and eventually married his wife, Elizabeth Eggers. Together, the two spent several years traveling across the United States while Stan played professional baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Once that career ended, Stan attended college at the University of Arizona where he received his Bachelor's degree and graduated from law school. Stan spent his entire professional career litigating in the courtroom as a criminal prosecutor. He began working in the Arizona Attorney General's Office in the 1970s where he tried several high profile cases including the murder of The Arizona Republic investigative reporter Don Bolles. After many years with the Arizona Attorney General's Office, Stan spent the second half of his career as a prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office. There, he spent many hours in the courtroom prosecuting federal crimes, some before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Stan eventually retired to Coronado, California where he enjoyed the ocean view, sea breezes, and peaceful time with his beloved greyhound. Stan is survived by his brother Bob, his wife Marti, and their family. He also leaves behind his eldest daughter Paula, her husband Bryce, and their three children Taylor (husband Travis), Sloan, and Connor. Stan is also survived by his younger daughter Patti, and her daughter Haylee. Stan passed away on April 16, 2018 at the age of 86, and he will be dearly missed by family, friends, and colleagues alike.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 29, 2018


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Brother Jim Musgrove Enters Chapter Eternal

Jim Musgrave Beta Phi 1962
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Brother Ward Enters Chapter Eternal


Brother Jim Ward, Beta Phi, ‘60, a UA baseball pitcher and rancher, died Jan. 7, 2018 in Abilene, Texas. He was 78. 

Brother Ward won 30 games for the Wildcats between 1958-60, which ranks him fifth in career wins. He won 13 games in 1960 and led the Wildcats to the College World Series, where he was named to the all-tournament team. He also ranks 10th in career strikeouts with 292.

 The Wildcats’ coach, Frank Sancet, Beta Phi ’33 coached Ward and his catcher was All-American Alan Hall, Beta Phi ’60. Several other Sigs played with Ward, including Mike Longo, Linn Wallace, Charlie Shoemaker, John Colyer, Bill Barraclough, Bob Wilson and Jim Geist.

Brother Ward played pro baseball for nine seasons in the minor leagues, running up a record of 88 wins and 84 losses with an ERA of 3.57.

He was inducted into the Wildcats Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

At that time, Arizona Daily Star sports columnist Greg Hansen noted that Ward was given to finishing most conversations with the two-word declaration:  ‘Bear Down.’ ”

“Isn’t that strange for a man who graduated from college 54 years ago? Bear Down? Still?

“Ward isn’t one to be awed or cling to an old rallying cry unless it has a deep meaning. He routinely shared a dugout at Dodger Stadium with Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. He struck out 16 Oklahoma State batters in the College World Series. He raised cattle. Owned a printing company. Graduated from the UA by taking 21 units his final semester.

“There isn’t much Jim Ward hasn’t seen. His baseball career was delayed while he learned to be a soldier at Fort Ord. His first wife, Nancy, died of cancer 22 years ago. He lost his first ranch, his cattle business, after four years of a Texas drought.

“Can you imagine what it would take to move a man to tears after all that?”

“It was a phone call from (UA associate athletic director) Phoebe Chalk in August,” he says. “I thought, ‘Well, they’re going to ask me for some money,’ but that wasn’t it at all. She said, ‘Congratulations, Jim, you’ve been elected to the UA Sports Hall of Fame.’ ”

Ward broke down in tears.

“I was speechless,” he told Hansen. “I started bawling. My son was in the room, and he said, ‘What’s the matter, are you OK?’ I just couldn’t express myself, but, you know, it’s the greatest thrill of my baseball life.”

“Much like predecessors Lee, Thomas and Baldwin, Ward became a Big Game pitcher.” Hansen wrote. “He went 30-7 in 39 career starts, including a breakout 13-1 season in 1960 when he was itching to pitch against defending national champion Oklahoma State in Omaha.” He struck out 16 Cowboys and beat them 2-1.

 “My years at Arizona set the foundation for my life,” Ward told Hansen. “I’ve had a lot of adventures, but as I think back, almost nothing was as satisfying as the day I got my degree. My mom and dad were in the audience. They were so proud. I was a Wildcat for life.

All Honor to His Name.

Brother John Colyer Enters Chapter Eternal


Brother John Colyer, Beta Phi ‘59, a baseball player at the UA and a businessman, died  June 14, 2017, in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 80.

Brother Coyle was born Jan. 27, 1937, in Phoenix. After graduation from North Phoenix High School in 1955, he attended the UA where he played varsity baseball from 1956-59 under Brother and coach Frank Sancet and joined Sigma Chi, where he became Consul. He received a degree in mechanical engineering.

He served briefly in the US Air Force and then went on to a career in the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning industry until his retirement in 2006.

His wife, Virginia Kay, predeceased him in 2015.  He is survived by four children and seven grandchildren.

All Honor to His Name.