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Chapter Eternal

John “Jack” Evans Jr. ’45 entered Chapter Eternal on May 17 at 96. He was the treasurer and house manager for his two years in the Shelter. He was all-University in softball and track, a member of the University Dance Committee, and president of the Co-op Purchasing Association. After graduation, Jack worked at one of the refining units in Port Neches. He married his first wife, Doris McLeod, and they had four children. Jack was a city councilman in Nederland for eight years, served in several positions in the Methodist Church, was the first president of the Mid-Country Municipal League, and a charter member of the 111th Engineer Battalion Texas National Guard. He served his country for 24 years with the final two at the rank of colonel. He moved to Houston, Texas, after retirement and married his second wife, Margaret Kohel. They later moved to New Braunfels, Texas, and then San Antonio, Texas. Jack enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, reading, and sports. He was a member of the Fort Sam Houston Optimist Club, serving as president for one year and district lieutenant governor for three years.

Harold “Hal” DeMoss Jr. ’55 entered Chapter Eternal on April 29 at 89. Prior to attending the University of Texas Law School, Hal earned his bachelor of arts in pre-law at Rice University, where he played varsity basketball, was student body president his senior year, and won the Cameron Service Award. He graduated from UT Law and married Judy Phelps in 1955. Hal and Judy then moved to Washington, D.C., where Hal was stationed at the Pentagon with the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. After Hal’s discharge, he and Judy moved to Houston, Texas, where he joined the Bracewell & Patterson law firm. Hal’s second career began in 1991 with his appointment to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals by President George H.W. Bush. For over 30 years, their favorite getaway was their Jamaica Beach bay house on Galveston Island. A most memorable trip occurred in 1975, when the family visited the Panama Canal Zone, prompted by Hal’s appointment by President Gerald Ford to the Panama Canal Commission. Hal was the first Rice alumnus to be appointed to one of the nation’s highest federal judicial positions as a Circuit Judge, and in 2004, the Association of Rice Alumni awarded Hal the Distinguished Alumni Award. He was also a proud member of the Rotary Club and the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), receiving the George Washington Distinguished Service Award in 2006. He also devoted many years to serving on the board of the Open Door Mission and was a member of the Council of Scholars of the Compact for America Educational Foundation.

Fred Nagle III ’57 entered Chapter Eternal on January 19 in San Francisco, Calif. He was a member of the UT basketball team. After graduating, Fred served in the U.S. Navy for several years and the U.S. Navy Reserve for three decades. While stationed in San Francisco in 1957, Fred fell in love with the city and moved permanently to California. He then began his lifelong career in the insurance business, founding the commercial insurance brokerage San Francisco Insurance Center, which he ran as president until his passing. Fred loved playing handball at the Olympic Club, golf, reading about military history and naval intelligence, and a good joke. He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Fireman; his twin brother, Frank; and his first wife, Patricia Tracy Nagle. He is survived by three children and four grandchildren.

Alumni News

Al Jones ’65 is a retired chairman and CEO of American Bank, where he worked for 47 years. His grandson, George Webster, is a Delt new member at UT-Austin. Al lives in Corpus Christi, Texas. Email:

Don Davis ’66 retired after 34 years from the UT-Austin Office of Student Financial Services. He lives in Austin, Texas. Email:

Steve Boss ’68 is the owner of Boss Law, an estate planning and probate firm in Dallas, Texas. He offers reduced rates to all of his Delt brothers. Steve lives in Dallas. Email:

Bob Casey Jr. ’69 is retired. He consults with several Houston universities and nonprofits and serves as a trustee for the Ted Bauer Foundation. Bob lives in Houston. Texas. Email:

JK Leonard ’85 is the president of Naman Howell Smith & Lee, PLLC, law firm. Founded in Waco, Texas, in 1917, NHS has more than 70 lawyers in its four offices (Austin, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Waco). Operating out of San Antonio, JK is the first firm president outside of Waco. He lives in Shavano Park, Texas. Email:

Christopher Chick ’90 is an airline pilot and lives in Austin, Texas, with his college sweetheart wife and five children. He shares that life is good for him. Email:

Jason Jayroe ’98 and his wife, Sarah, have four children: Katelyn, Joseph, Keira, and Scarlett. He lives in Fishers, Ind. Email: jbjayroe@

Robert “Trey” Martin ’11
is trying to get the rest of the 2007 new member class to give to the campaign. He lives in San Antonio, Texas. Email:

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Tom Mast ’60
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