Peyton L. Townsend Jr. ’62
“Do remember that this is your home, the place where you made friends and came of age, a place that will be part of you forever, and of which you will be forever a part. Remember to come home now and then, both in spirit and in fact. Wherever you go from here, send us a postcard—along with your check—and we will keep you in our hearts.” Dr. William S. Livingston, spoke those words during the spring 1999 commencement address, and Peyton L. Townsend Jr. ’62 thinks they apply to both the university and to the fraternity.
Peyton’s choice to join Gamma Iota was easy because his father had been a Delt and there were two Delts on his block that he had grown up with, Bill Cortelyou ’57 and Bob Dickson ’60. “I loved the whole damn thing—intramurals, rush, parties, just hanging out at the Shelter.” He encourages undergraduates to enjoy their time in the chapter but to keep their studies in shape for whatever they want to do after school. As an alumnus, Peyton finds time to give back to both UT and Gamma Iota.
“I believe we had one of the best fraternities, if not the best when I was on campus. I think the Delts have produced more distinguished alumni at UT than any chapter on campus, and we have initiated more Delts than any other chapter in the country. It’s very simple: if we don’t continue to support our chapter, then it will be hard for it to remain strong. I have a number of friends who were in other fraternities, and they are still very supportive of their chapters.
“I personally got a lot out of my fraternity experience, and I would guess almost all would feel the same way. If that is in fact true, then I feel it’s incumbent on us to support the chapter to whatever extent we can.”
Peyton lives in Dallas. He and his wife, Carolyn, (Pi Beta Phi, UT) enjoy attending the symphony and gardening. He works at the Royal Bank of Canada Wealth Management. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org