Psi Phi Deke





"DePauw magazine"


Summer, 2005




Class of 1967



James L. Oblinger, Ph.D. (bio) is the chancellor of North Carolina State University.  Email Jim at


Class of 1969

Dan Quayle participated in the fourth annual BMW Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament at The Cliffs in Sunset, S.C., April, 2005.  It is the only tournament on the nationwide PGA Tour where amateurs and c3elebritits are groupe4d with PGA Tour professionals in a three-day best-ball competition.  The event was a fund-raiser for area charities. 


Class of 1976

Richard S. "Dick" Johnson (bio) is the morning news anchor at NBC News 5 in Chicago.  Dick and the station hosted three DePauw Winter Term students in January, 2005.  He said, "The three DePauw interns we hosted proved two theories once again: that DePauw students are a cut above the rest in terms of their curiosity, intellect and communication skills and that Winter Term continues to be a valuable tool for student to explore potential careers without the risk of failing or becoming disillusioned by their job choice after graduation.  The duties of Meredith Siemens '05, Kerri Angel '06 and Marissa Gates '06 at NBC 5 News Today during Winter Term included fact-checking, setting up interviews and logging tape as they worked with Dick and his assistant during the month of January. Email Dick at


Class of 1989

Jonathan "B.J." Eves and Shawna Johnson were married March 26, 2005, in Omaha, Neb.  B.J. is stepfather to Shawna's three children: Rya, 12; Jordan, 10; and Chandler Johnson, 7.  B.J. earned a master's degree in education from Creighton University, May 14, 2005.  His email address is


Class of 1991

Dennis Trinkle, Ph.D. (bio) is a member of the board of directors of Tri-State University in Angola, Ind.  He is an associate vice president for academic affairs, chief information officer and the Tenzer Family University Professor of Instructional Technology at DePauw.  Email Dennis at





Charles "Charlie" C. Roberts '48

The DePauw community was deeply saddened by news of the death of Charlie Roberts '48, on May 8, 2005.  Charlie died in his home in DeKalb, Ill.  A non-smoker, he succumbed to a virulent form of lung cancer, which had been detected and diagnosed less than six weeks earlier.  


He is survived by his wife, Mary Roberts '48; children Douglas C. Roberts '74 (Psi Phi), Virginia Roberts Holt '77 and John T. Roberts '80; 13 grandchildren; and two brothers, Frank Roberts '41 (Psi  Phi) and John C. Roberts, (Pi, Dartmouth '44).  Others in the DePauw ranks from his extended family include: nieces Anne Roberts Krause '68 and Patricia L. Roberts '71; nephews Dr. Charles C. Roberts '70 (Psi Phi), Thomas A Roberts '73 and Frank H. Roberts '83; and daughter-in-law Robin Richey Roberts '80.  


After graduation from  DePauw, Charlie received an MBA from Northwestern in 12949.  He and Mary were married in 1950, and he was with Inland Steel Corporation until 1954, when he joined DeKalb Ag, an industry leader in genetic development of agricultural seed stocks, from which he retired as chairman in 1994.


Charlie and Mary Robets have been substantial benefactors of DePauw through both capital and  annual  giving.  Mary served on the DePauw Board of  Trustees (1980 - 92).  Charlie regularly accompanied her to meetings in Greencastle, claiming it have him an opportunity to hone his golf game at Windy Hill.  He served on the DePauw Board of Visitors (1979 - 82).  Mary was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by DePauw in 1999.


Charlie entered DePauw as a Rector Scholar in 1942 and was graduated in 1948 following Navy service from 1943 - 46.  He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and a letterwinner in football and basketball.  He liked to  tell the  story of his being the back-up quarterback one season to an All-American from a larger school, who had been transferred to DePauw under the Navy's officer training program, and how, when Charlie occasionally was substituted for him, his entrance into the game would be greeted with audible "boos" from the crowd.


Charlie's undergraduate experience, as matter of fact, was predictive of the breadth of his later years.  Capping it was his election as student body president and his being the Walker Cup recipient in 1948.  He was a member of Gold Key.


Charlie's interest in DKE, passed down from his father (Pi, then  Delta Pi) and his brothers, continued after DePauw days.  He as the "linchpin" in an original golf group of eight DePauw Dekes, the survivors of whom gathered annually for 41 years to re-live DePauw and complain about shanked drives and missed putts.


Charlie and Mary's enduring support of DePauw is mirrored in their contributions to their hometown.  The DeKalb-Sycamore community in northern Illinois.  They are credited with being the driving force behind the creation of Kishawaukee Community Hospital, service both DeKalb and Sycamore; the initial capital establishing the DeKalb County Community Foundation, now the major charitable organization in the county, came from the Roberts family.


Charlie's death brought an avalanche of tributes from many sources, including the following from the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb:


"Charlie Roberts' life was an outstanding example of personal and corporate responsibility."  


- DePauw University is grateful to William F. Welch '40 for his assistance in preparing this tribute. 


John S. Jackson, Jr. '42

John Jackson, of Lake Oswego, Ore., died April 24, 2005 at age 85.  He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.  He was a retired salesman for Kirsch  Company.  He was preceded in death by his grandfather, John Luther Jackson (Psi Phi 1889); father, John S. Jackson '17 (Psi Phi); uncle Emmett Monroe Jackson (Psi Phi 1900); cousin Emmett Monroe Jackson, Jr. (Psi Phi 1939); his wife, Jean Cooley Jackson '44; and brother Peter K. Jackson '44 (Psi Phi).  His survivors include a sister, Judith Jackson Hanson '49.


Betty Haywood Pitsch '43

The mother of Larry Pitsch '82 (Psi Phi), Mrs. Pitsch died Dec. 26, 2004, in Golden Valley, Minn., at the age of 82, after a three-year battle with lung cancer.  She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.  She was a classroom and substitute teachers, secretary, real estate salesperson and homemaker.  She was preceded in death by her husband.  


Norman N. Rohm '51

Norm Rohm died March 3, 2005 in Auburn, Ind., at age 75.  He was the retired mayor of Auburn, and his survivors include his wife. 



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