Lou Koehler '69

Q&A with Lou Koehler '69

12/31/2001

Here's a Q&A with Lou Koehler '69 with some help from Tom McNulty '68.

Tell us about your favorite memories of the fraternity.

--After "Ones".
--I managed to go to college during the period of "Free Love" without getting much. Notice I said "much," some of the brothers who shall remain nameless (McNulty) didn't get "any".
--Torching SAE's dumpster was always good for a laugh.
--Anything involving Jughead and Spring Week
--The Kar Mel motel
--Wes Link '55 returning for homecoming of 1966, staying in our room, and not leaving until Monday
--Football weekends were big deals. Friday night was usually a mixer with a sorority, guys like McNulty and Bonawitz would scramble unsuccessfully for dates for the football game. Dress up in a three piece suit for the football game. Admission was free with student ID. Cocktail party after game and band at night
--I still attend an occasional football game, sitting with Ike, Mascaro, Royko, Bonawitz etc. who are glad to supply me with a ticket
--Running in the first Psi Phi 500, a one mile run stopping at 6 bars. I finished 3rd (lost to a TKE and an AZ who drank sodas instead of beer at the bars

Why did you join?
No other fraternity would have me. Actually I accepted my bid when I learned there was an upcoming "Jammy" with 18 halves.

What kind of influence has the fraternity had on your life since graduation?
I'm amazed that, for the most part, all the guys I was at State with have done very well in life. And I've spent the last 25 years wondering what Ike "Ozzie Nelson" Strachan does/did for a living. Can anyone explain? I can call Ike any time during the day and he?s always home to answer the phone.

[Editor's Note: We called George "Ike" Strachan III '70, who explained, "I spent 30 years in marketing, and now I work in a start up company that creates reward and loyalty incentive programs for credit card issuers." Brother Strachan says Brother Koehler calls him "Ozzie Nelson" because, like the sit-com character of the 1960s, Strachan has "no visible means of support."]

Who would you most like to find?
Jughead, "Bitter" Jim Clark, Nap, Abb, the "Fast Bandit", Harvey (if he starts drinking again).

Tell us about your family.
Have been married for 30 years to Betsy. We have two daughters. The oldest, Karen, was recently married (It's like paying for another year of college). The youngest, Beth, graduated two years ago from the University of New Hampshire

What other activities or organizations were you involved with during your college days?
Navy ROTC. attended PSU on a Navy scholarship. After graduation I served in the Navy Seabees. One of our jobs was to build an airfield in the middle of the Indian Ocean on an island called Diego Garcia. This airfield was used by the B-52's which bombed the Taliban in Afghanistan. Earned an MBA at night from Seton Hall under the GI Bill.
I was also bartender at the Futura bar across the street from the house.

What is your nickname, if applicable, and how did you get it?
"The Old Man" -- living in the house in the late 60s aged me 20 years.

Tell us about a memorable time with your roommates.
Loaning my car to McNulty and Harvey so they could take "hot" Bellefonte girls to the drive-in.

What do you do for a living?
President of Novamet Corp. and General Manager of Inco Special Products. Both are subsidiaries of Inco Ltd., the worlds leading nickel company

What affiliations do you currently have and/or public service do you participate in?
Involved in "Over-50" softball and basketball leagues with Tom McNulty

What hobbies do you enjoy?
Still jog. No longer run marathons. Other hobbies include beer drinking and dreaming of sex

What are your goals for the next few years?
Join an Over 50 Rugby league and break 105 in golf.

 

Bruce Claflin '73

Bruce 'Eric' Claflin Remembers Alpha Delta
12/27/2001

Bruce Claflin '73, is president and CEO of 3Com, a multi-billion dollar networking company which does business in 65 countries. Here's a brief Q&A with our brother about his life and Kappa Sigma.

Tell us about your favorite memory of the fraternity.
I have several...
--The night I was initiated (at least the parts I can remember).
--Hearing footsteps of my girlfriend (now wife of 28 years) coming down the hallway to my room.
--Leaving Rob Hampton my leaking waterbed the day I graduated.

Why did you join?
I joined mostly for the social aspects -- friends, parties, girls!

What kind of influence has the fraternity had on your life since graduation?
I have been back to the fraternity a few times since graduating, but do not have close ties anymore. The influence the fraternity has on me today was determined during my years as an active member living in the house.

With whom do you still stay in contact?
I see a few people off and on, and exchange Christmas cards with some.

Tell us about your family.
I've been married to Kerry for 28 years. She was two years behind me at Penn State. We have three children.
Chris, 25, is a First Lieutenant with the US Marines training to be a pilot. He's married and they have one son ?-- our first grandchild.
Liz, 23, our oldest daughter, is figuring out what to do with her life (as of 12/27/2001).
Our youngest, Amy, 20, attends college part time and works full time.

What other activities or organizations were you involved with during your college days?
My organized activities were all with the fraternity.

What is your nickname, and how did you get it?
All of the brothers in my time had nicknames. Mine was "Eric" since my last name sounds a little like Clapton. I think "Ike" gave it to me about three minutes after pledging. Eric Clapton: Who would have thought he'd still be around by now?

Did you live in the house? If so, who were your roommates? Tell us about a memorable time with them.
I lived in what we called "Super Suite". It was the suite to the left hand side of the first floor. "Bitter" Brad Boyle, Dave "Spanky" Guerin and Monge (Gary Monge) were my roommates. There were too many good times to recall, and most of them can't be repeated in respectable company.

What affiliations do you currently have and/or public service do you participate in?
I was selected as a distinguished alumnus by the College of Liberal Arts a few years ago and currently serve on the Liberal Arts Development Council. That means when you graduate, our council will hound you for contributions ... which you really should give!
I am also on the boards of two public companies -- 3Com and Time Warner Telecom.

What hobbies do you enjoy?
I enjoy active hobbies -- water skiing, scuba, snorkeling, sailing, hiking, etc.. I like to read and enjoy travel to unusual, off-the-beaten-track, places.

What are your goals for the next few years?
I want to get our company's performance improved, make some money doing it, and retire young!

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