W. BRUCE DRINKHOUSE, JR., RHO '50
On Sunday, April 14, 2013 our brother Bruce Drinkhouse joined his fellow brothers in the Chapter Eternal. His adult life was devoted to Lafayette College and his love of our Rho Chapter of Chi Phi was always evident. He enjoyed a unique opportunity to serve both his College and his Fraternity by being an Easton native and living on College Hill.
Bruce was very active in all aspects of service to Lafayette and Rho chapter. He devoted much time and expertise to various campus organizations to support the College financially, academically and in its athletic pursuits. Likewise, he gave that same support to his Fraternity having served for many years as Treasurer of the Town House Committee. Bruce was always there in his service to Rho Chapter, in both good times and in not so good times.
You may remember the 100th Anniversary pamphlet written, produced and distributed by Bruce to brothers in 1974 on the occasion of Rho Chapter's 100th birthday at Lafayette College. This pamphlet provided us with a historical perspective of major events during the Chapter's first 100 years of life. Bruce's 1974 pamphlet was reproduced in its entirety and included as part of a new and expanded pamphlet entitled "The Year Book" on the occasion of Vallmont's 100th birthday as home to Rho Chapter. We can thank Bruce Drinkhouse for having set a precedent to keep the story of Rho Chapter and Vallamont alive in the minds of our brothers, and we can thank the Directors of our Rho Alumni Association for continuing that precedent in 2009.
Over the years Bruce received many service awards from the College and local civic organizations. He also was an active lifetime member of his church in Easton. Bruce was employed by Bethlehem Steel as an engineer for 20 years before retiring in 1982; he was a WWII Army veteran, a member of Phi Beta Kappa '50 and a graduate of Lehigh University receiving a MBA degree in 1965.
Rho Chapter brothers from many decades knew Bruce Drinkhouse. He will be remembered as a true Chi Phi brother and an example of a man who gave a lifetime of service to many people and organizations.