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Chapter Eternal As noted in the January/February issue of The Pennsylvania Gazette, it is with deep regret to report the passing of William C. Gipe, Beta Pi ’59, Penn ‘62. An excellent athlete, Bill was a member of Penn’s lightweight football team. In addition, he played a prominent role in the rejuvenation and transformation of Pi Kappa Alpha on Penn’s campus.

In 1961, there were only nine active undergraduate members of Pi Kappa Alpha at Penn. Utilizing his strong commitment to PiKA and considerable leadership and social skills, Brother Gipe, with significant assistance by Beta Pi brothers Peter Kutra, Lynden “Ski” Miller ‘61, J. Conrad Bosley ’61, and David T. Jones ’60, led a recruitment campaign to raise PiKA’s influence on campus. Within five years of his pioneering efforts, PiKA numbered more than 100 active undergraduates. PiKA had become one of the largest, and was the most diverse, fraternity at Penn.

By 1970, PiKA was relocated from 3900 Locust Street, having sleeping accommodations for 16, to a newly renovated building at 3916 Spruce Street, that had sleeping accommodations for 36 when it first opened.

After graduation, brother Gipe was employed at Procter and Gamble for 38 years, working in sales, analysis, and management. After retirement, his leadership abilities continued to manifest by becoming Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church of East Aurora, New York, and long-time president of the Quaker Aurora Tennis Club. Ever the athlete, he remained active in retirement by skiing and playing tennis.

Our sincere condolences are extended to Bill’s wife, Katherine, his children, Kristin and Robert, and to all other members of his family.