Brother Chuck Wagner Enters Chapter Eternal

Brother Chuck Wagner Enters Chapter Eternal

Brother Chuck Wagner, Beta Phi ’60, entered the Chapter Eternal on Feb. 25, 2014 after dying of cancer at Casa de la Luz hospice in Tucson. He was 75.

He was born in Phoenix, Aug. 18, 1938.

He had been a day trader in the stock market.

Chuck was an avid tennis player and competed for many years in USTA league tennis, usually serving as team captain. In 2007, three teams, of which he was captain, finished first in their Tucson competition, went on to win the Southwest sectionals championships, and then competed for the national USTA league championship.

Brother Wagner and his wife, Pat, loved to travel and took several trips throughout Europe.

He was a member of St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church.

In addition to his wife, Patricia; he leaves a  brother, Gary Kaasa , his children, Nina, John and Douglas;  stepchildren, Michael, Elizabeth, Katherine and Susanna and 11 grandchildren,

A Memorial Service was held at the family home March 1, 2014. Memorial contributions may be made to Casa de la Luz Hospice Foundation, 7740 N. Oracle, Tucson.

 All Honor to His Name.



Brother Frank Nelson Enters Chapter Eternal

No funeral or memorial service was announced. Brother Frank A. Nelson, Beta Phi ’60, entered Chapter Eternal on Feb. 24, 2014, at the age of 77.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and spent his younger years in Phoenix, where attended West High, Phoenix College, before enrolling at the University of Arizona, where he played on the Wildcats basketball team.

 He worked as a salesman.

 He is survived by Barb, his wife of 37 years; daughter, Nicole; sons, Mark and Mike; and six grandchildren.

All Honor to His Name.

3 Beta Phi Alums Honored

Three Beta Phi Brothers have received two of the highest honors the International Fraternity can bestow.

Named Significant Sigs were attorney J. Michael Hennigan ’66 and business executive Michael S. Manson ’81, while real estate executive Steven Schuyler ’79 was selected to the Order of Constantine. Henningan’s and Mason’s selections bring the number of Significant Sigs from Beta Phi to 25. Schuyler's selection bring the number of  Beta Phi's Order of Constantine to 10.


    J. Michael Hennigan '66 - Significant Sig

A 1970 graduate of the university’s School of Law, Brother Hennigan started his career as a trial attorney with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He was a founding partner of Hennigan, Bennett & Dormant that specializes in litigation and trial of complex commercial cases. As lead trial counsel for plaintiffs, Brother Hennigan has litigated judgments and settlements of more than $8 billion for his clients.

He is an active participant in legal and civic affairs in Los Angeles, including a member of the boards of directors of the Rose Bowl Foundation, the Legal Aid Society and the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage. He is a trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and founding chairman of Homeboys Industries, an organization that helps high-risk former gang members in Los Angeles.

Brother Hennigan , of Los Angeles, is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, is listed in prominent legal publications including Chambers USA Guide, Who's Who in American Law, and the Best Lawyers in America. He is routinely identified as one of Southern California's "Super Lawyers." Brother Hennigan was named the Law College Alumnus of the Year in 2006. And while his legal accomplishments and efforts may seem all consuming, He also makes time to farm sweet potatoes and competes in team roping. He also is a member of the Beta Phi Hall of Honor, Class of 2008.

   Michael S Manson '81 - Significant Sig

Brother Manson left the University of Arizona after his freshman year to attend Stanford and then went to graduate school at the Harvard Business School. He co-founded several companies including Petsmart and Motor Excellence LLC – a new electric motor group. Motor Excellence, despite the difficult market, employs over 28 people and raised over $20 million in equity as one of the Southwest’s most successful startups.

Brother Manson, of Flagstaff, also serves as the managing member of Brookstone Ventures, a diversified land development and angel investment firm and acts as an advisor to several startup organizations. He worked for Allied Signal as a corporate troubleshooter and received the US. Presidential Award for Excellence in Environmental Design.

He has a long history of community service, commitment to economic development, and support of youth and education.  He serves as a founding member of the Arizona Commerce Authority (where he received the Global Strategic Thinker Award) and Flagstaff 40, an industry leadership alliance.    He has served on the Phoenix and Flagstaff Mayor's Advisory Councils, and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.  He participated in the development of Young Life’s 400-acre Lost Canyon Camp and impacted several athletic facilities across Flagstaff as well as spearheaded two major expansions of Flagstaff’s Northland Preparatory Academy (NPA); ranking as the US’s 51st best high school. 

He is an a leader of the Arizona Boy Scouts of America, where he received his Eagle Scout rank in 1974 and Golden Eagle awards and remains involved in district BSA leadership positions.  He enjoys serving in his church and Young Life Ministries.

Despite these accomplishments, Michael considers one of his greatest achievements is surviving and recovering from a 17-year battle with HHV-6 and EBV related chronic fatigue syndrome. He now serves on the Stanford Medical School's Center for Excellence in Viral Induced Cognitive Disorders.

   Steven Schuyler '79 - Order of Constantine

Brother Schuyler returned to the University of Arizona in January of 1977 after serving in the U.S. Army and pledged Sigma Chi. After numerous committee and chapter officer assignments, he served as Consul of the Beta Phi Chapter in 1978-1979. Thereafter, he has served as chapter advisor, as a member and president the Sigma Chi Building Company and is president of the Beta Phi Educational Foundation. He has been awarded the Grand Consul’s Citation four times and is a Life Loyal Sig. He also is president of the Tucson Alumni Chapter of Sigma Chi. He was inducted into the Beta Phi Hall of Honor in 2004.

Pursuing a professional career in commercial real estate, Brother Schuyler is president of Partners Management & Consultants Inc.,  a Tucson based commercial management, brokerage and development company. He has served or is serving on various real estate organizations. He is a past president of the Building Owners and Managers Association and serves on the BOMA board of directors and past presidents board.

“This is a great honor and one I will treasure all the rest of my days,” Brother Schuyler said.


The Significant Sig Award recognizes “those alumni members whose achievements in their fields of endeavor have brought honor and prestige to the name of Sigma Chi.” The Sigma Chi International Fraternity has recognized more than 1,500 brothers since the award’s inception at the 1935 Grand Chapter. Alumni in any profession, occupation, or service work are eligible for consideration.

The Order of Constantine recognizes a group of up to 14 Sigma Chi brothers for their commitment, dedication and service to the Fraternity. Induction into the Order of Constantine is considered to be the highest honor that the Sigma Chi Fraternity bestows upon one of its members. The honor of being named an “Order of Constantine Sig” has been conferred on just almost 700 brothers since the Order's inception at the 47th Grand Chapter in 1948. 



Pledges from California dominate the XI Class of the Beta Phi Chapter after spring rush.

                Twelve of the 20 pledges have immigrated to the University of Arizona from California, while six are from Arizona (two from Tucson), one from Colorado and one from the state of Washington. Eighteen of the pledges are freshman and two are sophomores.

                Thirteen of the pledges are business majors.     

                “We are extremely pleased with this pledge class,” said Ryan Carnaghi, executive officer of pledge education.

                Pledges from California are:

Daryll Campos, Gilroy

Zach Kleinberg, Tustin

Garrett Gamez, San Diego

Mark Still, San Diego

 Bradford, Teter, Redondo Beach

Peter Russo, Huntington Beach

Ryan Dunn, Alamo

Cooper Cavers, San Carlos

Jaysen Mutha, San Ramon

Brandon Farrell, Saratoga

Yamen Sanders, Los Angeles

Drew Nunes, La  Palma

Those from Arizona are:

Andre Thompson, Tucson

Daniel Benita, Tucson

Brock Wilson, Phoenix

Kyle Gunderson, Phoenix

Timothy Murphy, Scottsdale

Ryan Riggs, Scottsdale

Pledges from Colorado and Washington are:

Gran Beahm, Sammamish, Wash.

JohnPaul Egger, Pueblo, Colo.

Brother Chandler Flickinger Dies

          Brother Chandler Flickinger, Beta Phi ’49, a decorated World War II veteran and longtime California attorney, died Jan. 19, 2014, in Fallbrook, Calif. He was 88.

          Brother Flickinger was born on Feb. 8, 1925 in Whittier, Calif., the oldest of five children. He started his first job at a young age by working at his father's gas station.  Later, the Flickingers moved to Twentynine Palms and raised their family there.  When Chan was 12 years old, he drove the school bus .which was actually the family’s old seven-passenger Cadillac.  He was student body president and valedictorian in high school in 1942.

          He enrolled at the University of Arizona in the fall of 1942, majoring in business, and pledged with the Beta Phi Chapter. He was initiated on Feb. 7, 1943. 

          He left the University of Arizona not long after to serve his country in the Army. As an infantryman fighting in the Battle of the Bulge in France, he earned a Purple Heart. 

          Upon leaving the field hospital, he was transferred to counter intelligence and was sent to the University of Nebraska where he attended the U.S. Army Area and Language Studies School.  When the program ceased operations, he was sent to Camp Phillips, Kan., with the Counter Intelligence Corps.  His counter-intelligence work occurred in Germany from May of 1945 through January 1946.       Brother Flickinger returned to the UA in June 1946 and was elected Consul to two consecutive terms.  He was credited with strengthening the fraternity after the devastating effects of World War II. 

          In February of 1947 he was presented with the Legion of Merit Awardgiven for exceptional meritorious conduct in the military. The Legion of Merit is sixth in the order of precedence of U.S. military decorations.  He received the award for his service as technical sergeant with the 307th Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment of the Seventh Army in the European Theater.  Flickinger served as a spy who impersonated a German soldier in order to locate and arrest notable members of the Nazi regime.

          Brother Flickinger returned to the UA and graduated in June of 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in public administration. He then attended the Army Intelligence Service School. He left for Vienna, Austria, in February 1950 to work for the State Department Displaced Persons Branch.  He later attended the University of Vienna for graduate studies in languages and history.

          He returned to the U.S. to study at Stanford Law School and graduated in June 1957. Chandler remained in the northern California area to practice law for the next 40 years. He also achieved the level of life master as a bridge player.

          All Honor to His Name.