Brother Bob Caid, '51, enters Chapter Eternal

     Brother Bob Caid, Beta Phi '51, who won a Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters while flying for the Army Air Corps during World War II, entered the Chapter Eternal on July 10, six days after his 92nd birthday. The Tucson businessman died of cancer.

     Brother Caid was a Tucson High School graduate who left the University of Arizona to join the Air Corps in 1941. He was deployed to the European Theater, where he flew 114 missions over North Africa, Malta and Sicily. He left the Air Corps with a rank of captain in 1945 and returned to the university to complete his degree in mechanical engineering.
     He joined T.A. Caid and Sons, a sheet metal business started by his father in 1947. Brother Caid became president of the company in 1974 and expanded to light steel and fabrication services for the mining industry. It had 250 employees and sales ranging up to $50 million worldwide. 
     Brother Caid retired in 1983 and he and his wife, Callie, logged more than 250,000 miles in their fifth wheel, traveling throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico.
In addition to his wife, he leaves a son, William, and three step-daughters.
     A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 10 at Northwest Community Church, 505 W. Hardy Road,Tucson.
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Posted 8-4-2013

Dick Prince enters Chapter Eternal

            Brother Dick Prince, Beta Phi ’71, died June 20, 2013, after a short bout with pancreatic cancer.  He was 63.

            Brother Prince was born Sept. 7, 1949, in Oakland, Calif., the third of five children. He grew up in Orinda, Calif., and attended Campolinda High School.

            Prince pledged Beta Phi in 1967 and after playing two years on a football scholarship, he transferred to the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated in 1971 with a degree in psychology. That same year, Dick married his high school sweetheart, Linda Strecker.

            Dick and Linda settled in Napa, built a home, and had two daughters. He opened Sawtooth Cabinetry in Napa in 1975, and continued in the cabinetry business for 30 years.

            After retiring in 2007, he and Linda made a second home in San Pancho, Mexico. There he achieved his childhood dream to live in a jungle tree house. He loved nature and was an amateur herpetologist and avid bird watcher.

            He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda (Strecker) Prince; daughters, Amber (Prince) Orozco and Heather (Prince) Hartgrave, three grandchildren, two brothers and a sister.

            A memorial was held July 28, 2013 in Sonoma, Calif.

            All honor to his name.


2013 Beta Phi Hall of Honor Announced

August 22, 2013  

Dear Beta Phi Brothers,                               


It is with great pleasure that the Hall of Honor Nominating Committee announces the nominees for the 2013 Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony. The ceremony will take place at the Westward Look Resort on Friday afternoon November 8 during our Annual Homecoming Celebration Weekend.


As you will recall, the Hall of Honor membership criteria is focused on the leadership skills that Beta Phi members have demonstrated in (1) their respective professional careers; (2) their community service and philanthropic activities or (3) in their commitments to Sigma Chi. In order to be a candidate for the Hall of Honor, an individual must have exhibited strong leadership skills in two of the three membership criteria.


The nominees for the Beta Phi Hall of Honor Class of 2013 & their abbreviated resumes are as follows:


Hank L. Harrison '56: Colonel, United States Army Career Officer and distinguished Vietnam War Veteran. Recipient of two Bronze Stars & Distinguished Service and Legion of Merit Awards. Beta Phi Consul in 1956 and 1957; President of Inter Fraternity Consul, Student Body Vice President, Sophos, Chain Gang and Blue Key Honorary memberships; and Balfour Province Award recipient.  


William W. Nicholson '65: Co-Chairman of IdeaSphere Inc. and former COO of Amway Corporation & CEO of Swiftships Inc; Captain in the United States Air Force &  recipient of the Vietnamese Medal of Honor & the Distinguished Flying Cross Air Medal. Served in the White House as the Appointment Secretary to President Ford; and currently serves on the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Advisory Board and as an adviser to the Van Andel Institute.


Robert A. Van Valer '72: President of Roscoe Moss Company an international manufacturer of steel water pipe and well casings. Director of SJW Corporation & Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committees. Past Chairman of the American Ground Water Trust Board and an active Board member of the Ground Water Resource Association of California. Active leadership role in "third world country" philanthropic activities. Beta Phi Consul in 1971.


James Wilkes '59: Attorney and former principal in Hazlett, Wilkes and Bayhem law firm; Pima County and United States Attorney's office prosecutor; Pima County Judge Pro Tempore; and a member of the Pima County and the United Way Board of Directors. President of the Young Attorneys Association and the Tucson Alumni Association. President of Junior Class; Student Body Vice President, Beta Phi Pledge Class President, Pro Consul and Magister.


As members of the Nominating Committee, we want to congratulate our 2013 Hall of Honor nominees and we are hopeful that you will be able to join us at the Annual Hall of Honor induction ceremony. Our homecoming weekend celebration will also be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the successful “Breaking Ground” of the new Beta Phi house which will be operational in fall 2014. Please plan on attending the Friday night dinner and the special program at the Westward Look Resort.

In hoc,

Stephen McNamee,   Joe Beers,   Paul Muscenti,   Steve Schuyler,   Jon Underwood