Gerald “Jerry” Cornell, 79, a resident of Punta Gorda, Florida, since 1983, passed away Monday at Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte, Florida, after a brief illness. Born in Philadelphia in 1937, and raised in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, Mr. Cornell attended Pennsylvania State University. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He served his country with distinction for 23 years as an Artillery Officer and Army Aviator, including two combat tours in Vietnam. Upon his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel, he split time between family homes in Punta Gorda and Breckenridge, Colorado. He enjoyed traveling, sports and spending time with family. Mr. Cornell is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judy; his daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Jim Ludowese, of Lecanto, Florida; his son and daughter-in-law, Joel and Laura Cornell, of Riverview, Florida; and grandsons, Jacob and Jason Cornell. A Service of Witness to
Dear Alumni Brothers of Sigma Pi, I wanted to update you regarding the status of our chapter and house. It has been an interesting year, and given the tragic death of a fellow Penn State Greek pledge in February that sparked national news, we expect many changes to fraternity and sorority life at Penn State for years to come.
This summer, we followed up last year’s maintenance and improvement efforts to maintain our fraternity’s 84 year old structure and property by focusing on areas that are safety-related.
Sigma Pi Theta Chapter couldn’t be more proud of the brothers who are serving or have served in the armed forces.
It was another great day in Happy Valley for the 18th anniversary of the Chris Hull Memorial Sigma Pi Open.
On 12 November 2016, a military ceremony was held on the front lawn of Theta Chapter to officially dedicate the Wilford Beisel World War II Memorial Flagpole and Plaque. Attached to the three foot high stone base of the flagpole is a brass plaque adorned with the Sigma Pi coat of arms and the names of the ninety-three brothers of Theta Chapter who were veterans of World War II.
Our beloved house has never looked so beautiful. See the place for yourself with new furniture and rugs. View photos HERE!
Brothers, I would first like to thank the many of you who have contributed to the annual fund over the summer and into the fall. Your generous donations are deeply appreciated by the active brotherhood.
I Enjoy getting together for a football game each year, and staying at my cabin near Penn State, with a number of alumni from the 1980’s – great fun!
We have 40K in contributions so far! Will you be next to return the WOW factor to 303 Fraternity Row?