The Iota Alumni Association received word of the passing last week of Brother and retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Gerald W. Sylvester, recently of Montgomery, Texas.
Brother Sylvester was initiated in 1957. He was the big brother of Jeff Allen. His son, Jim, also became a Kappa Sigma at Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State), initiated in the Spring of 1983.
Brother Sylvester was among a distinguished group of alumni who received Fifty Year pins during the Iota 125th Anniversary celebration in 2011.
In recognition of his lifeline dedication and support of the Iota Chapter, the Alumni Association will dedicate our gathering this year to Brother Gerald Sylvester.
Alumni Weekend 2019 is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 5th and 6th.
We received word from Gerald’s family that services will take place on April 6th. As we get further details, we’ll add them to this post.
Enjoyed many good times with Gerald at the “old” Kappa Sigma house.
Jerry and I were pledge brothers and we shared many memories that we often enjoyed sharing. (Btw, we entered SU as freshmen in fall 1957, so we both were initiated in 1958.). Our senior year I was song leader, and for the conclusion of Jerry’s serenade I arranged “Friendly Persuasion” in 7 parts for us and the DZs to sing together. We borrowed the A Cappella Choir risers and set them up on the lawn of LK Hall. We were a pretty good choir! It was only afterwards that we learned that we had violated school rules by having the girls move off the porch, a strict requirement!