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Paying Tribute to the PiKA Brothers We've Recently Lost

It’s always a sad day when a brother enters the chapter eternal, but it also serves as a wonderful opportunity to relive our memories with them and remember their many contributions in life.

We wanted to take a moment to commemorate the lives of the PiKA brothers who we've recently heard have entered the chapter eternal. If you know of any other brothers who recently passed, but are not featured on this list, you can inform us of their passing by submitting an update.


Conrad Benjamin Bare (Beta Pi '40), 94, of Willow Valley Manor died August 1, 2016 peacefully in his sleep. He was married to Carolyn H. (Hall) Bare, the love of his life, for 66 years. She predeceased him on his 90th birthday, January 15, in 2012. 

Born in Marysville, PA, Conrad was the son of Earle H. and Hazel H. (Hain) Bare. He grew up in Norwood, PA, attending the local schools. Conrad graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1943. He served with honor in the US Navy during World War II as communication officer aboard LST 477 in the Pacific theater. 

Conrad was involved in research and development throughout his entire career, most of which was spent with the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. He was awarded seven patents dedicated to the extraction and separation of metals from ores. 
A long-time member of the Presbyterian Church USA, Conrad served as an ordained elder, deacon and trustee. Most recently, he was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster. 

Surviving Conrad are his daughters, Susan Bartlett of Bear, DE, Marilyn Sheehan of Burke, VA and son, David Bare of Charlotte, NC, as well as four grandchildren, Daniel and Jennifer Bartlett, Brian and Stephanie Sheehan and five great grandchildren. Conrad was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his family.



Howard J. Leech (Beta Pi ’42) of Durham, N.C., a retired manager for the Weyerhaeuser Company, passed away on October 7, 2016. During World War II, he served in the US Army Air Corps, flying 20 missions before being shot down over Germany and spending nine months as a prisoner of war.
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Lawrence E. Zuk (Beta Pi '42) passed away on December 11, 2015 in Longmont, Colorado, leaving to mourn family and friends.




Chapter Eternal

Stephen Shepard Knipp (Beta Pi ’52), who headed his family-owned architectural millwork business, died of cancer on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at his Guilford home. He was 83.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Ruxton and Guilford, he was the son of Howard F. Knipp, senior partner of John C. Knipp & Sons, an antiques and furniture sales firm on Charles Street, and Lubelle Stephen Shepard. He was raised by his paternal grandmother after his mother died when he was 3.

He was a 1951 graduate of Gilman School.

He received a bachelor's degree at the University of Pennsylvania, then applied to the Naval Officers Candidate School in Newport, R.I. The course took five months, and he was then assigned to the USS William T. Powell, a destroyer escort. He spent two years on the ship, serving as radio officer and then operations officer.

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David A. Linforth (Beta Pi ’62) of Ridgewood, N.J. passed away on February 5, 2016.