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The Official Web Site of

The Beta Delta Gamma Fraternity
at the University of Rochester

Created October 12, 2011

Home Page Visitors since then:




R.I.P., Mr. Leonard W. Snearowski (1970)

Brother Joseph Alan Adler ('70) has informed us of the passing this past March of brother Leonard W. Snearowski (1970).. His obituary is given in the link to brother Snearowski's name (above).

We were sorry to hear of the loss of another brother.



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I heard from my friend Richard Cole that his Dad passed away yesterday in Texas. Although I only met LT COL Dick Cole here in the neighborhood, it was truly inspiring to hear him tell first hand about the Raid. Even when he was in his 100's he was really with it, and if you have ever been in a B25, you will understand how he was rather hard of hearing. Despite that he was an upbeat and thoroughly self-effacing gentleman. (the 75th anniversary of the heroic raid is Sunday) I thought you might like to know.


Richard Cole, last WWII Doolittle Raider, dies in Texas
APRIL 09, 2019 - 4:31 PM
The Associated Press
DALLAS (AP) — Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who carried out the daring U.S. attack on Japan during World War II, has died at a military hospital in Texas. He was 103.
A spokesman says Cole died Tuesday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Robert Whetstone, a BAMC public affairs official, had no immediate additional details.
Cole, who lived in Comfort, Texas, had stayed active even in recent years, attending air shows and participating in commemorative events including April 18, 2017, ceremonies for the raid's 75th anniversary at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton, Ohio.
Cole was mission commander Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot in the attack less than five months after the December 1941 Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Brother Sharbaugh ('64)

At our 2012 reunion brother Harry Sharbaugh lent me 3 Frosh Directories and a caricature drawn of him by a drop-in artist who was making the rounds of the fraternities at the time.

Harry contacted me today (12/26/16) and wanted to know where that stood. Well geez, if I knew he was going to be so impatient with my doing so (it's only been 4+ years, Harry) I would have gotten to it sooner.

In any event here's links to the 3 Frosh directories. The links come in 2 forms: a link to ISSUU where you can view them on-line but not download them (without paying a fee) and also to my Dropbox account where you can download them (note they're big files). I may get pinged by the powers that be for displaying them on ISSUU so don't know how long they'll be up there. I'll also probably delete them from my DropBox after 6 months or so as they are LARGE files (running 60MB to 75 MB each) so now is the time to get them if you want them.

For the on-line ISSUU versions, pretty standard controls. Look for the icon in the lower right corner to go full screen (and again to excape back) and/or use the slider to magnify. Arrows mid left and right to flip pages or slider mid bottom to scoot along.

Don't you just hate the classmates that had their s__t together to the point of bringing their own professionally done photos to the photo shoot (4th floor of Morey as I recall) so that it made the rest of us look like the casting call for "Tales of the Crypt"?

It looks like Brother Harry was using these to scout out possible dates. Doc, you'll be happy to know that Harry was a good brother and didn't want to bird-dog you with Janet as he noted that she was off-limits in the 1967 directory. Brotherhood really counts for something!

The ads in the back are interesting as well. Wonder how many of those businesses still exist.

For a trip down memory lane, here's Harry's caricature. Now don't you wish you coughed up the 10 bucks to get yours done as well? Per Harry:

I remember the evening the caricatures were made.  The artist did the face, then the victim left the room while all the brothers made suggestions for the remainder.  They obviously had a hay day with me, I remember torrents of laughter as mine was completed.  They did a good job of including memorable activities and events!

What's that on his bat?

- Jim (Jolly Green) Minor

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New to the Site?

Click on Brother Profiles (top left) and click on your graduating year. Find your name and enter a minimum of a valid e-mail address and a password you create. Be sure to save at the end.

Note: Contact information to build this site came from several sources. We no doubt have personal information (e.g., graduating year) wrong in some places. Easiest is to just start typing your name in the box on the Brother Profiles page and see what the system comes up with. If you're not there at all or can't figure out how to do something, just drop a line to "Contact Us" (top center). Pleas note: you create your own password.

If you find your name in the wrong year, fill in the information in your profile and then let us know. BTW, we're flexible... if you pledged with one class but graduated in another year, tell us what year you want to be associated with. We can move you from one year to the next without any problem (what does the U of R know, anyway).

We've loaded the site with a very formal name for you but you're encouraged to change it to either one we knew you by or you'd like to be called now. Mine started out as "Dr. James C. Minor". I went into Edit Contact Information (left-hand navigationpanel) and changed it to "Jim (Jolly Green) Minor".
If you see we've left out a brother and you know his e-mail, use the box at the bottom of the right-hand column to send him an invitation to join. Alternatively, you can "Contact Us", tell us as much as you can about him (name, class year, address, etc.) and we'll create a spot for him.  Note, to be a brother, at some time he had to have pledged the fraternity. It is not necessary that he graduated from the U. of R. There is also a site status as "Guest". If you have someone you'd like to sponsor in that capacity, use the "Contact Us" link to give some background for the request. Guests have all web site priviledges as brothers.

Although you can't see a brother's e-mail address on the site, even if he hasn't signed on yet we may have it already in the site. (If he has joined the site he had to supply, a hopefully valid, e-mail address). You can send him a message by using the functions in the Message Center (left-hand navigation panel). You write the message on the site and the system sends him a note telling him he has a message and to come here to read it. Feel free to play around a little.

For more help, see the Video Tutorials page.

Finally- E-Mails from this site will be from Make sure you white-list this so your system doesn't block it. If you're not sure what this means, use the "Missing Brothers" box at the bottom of the right-hand column to e-mail yourself an invitation to join the site. If the message gets through, you're good-to-go. If not, send a note to "Contact Us", giving your e-mail address so we can get back to you with some suggested fixes.


Navigation Hint: Click on the BDG Emblem or the Image of Burton Hall that appears at the top of any page to bring you back to this Home Page.

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What's New


July 11, 2012 - Brother Rick Pugach ('69) Has provided photos of the BDG Gross Cup. At the bottom of the BDG Memorabilia page.

May 30, 2012 - Right on cue, Brothers Blum/Schaeffer have provided us with the 1954 Beta Delta Gamma newsletter and the 1956 issue of "The Star and Shield". On the BDG History page.

May 29, 2012 - Brother Tom Blum ('65) has been quite busy scanning and photographing composites...

Brother Dave Schaeffer ('51) has provided the 1962 Alumni Directory. It's on the BDG History page. We're told there's more to come from Dave.

Brother Rick Pugach ('69) has provided composites for 1968, 1969, and 1970. They're on the BDG Composites page. Tom says he'll start using these to provide brother profile pictures for this era.

Thanks to all!

May 15, 2012 - Brother Dave Schaeffer ('51), working with his neighbor, Brother Tom Blum ('65), has supplied us with the BDG 1950 composite. On the BDG Composites page. We're going to need some help identifying the brothers in the composite.

He's also supplied us with a photograph of the brothers in Todd Union in 1950. On the BDG History page. Dave tells us there's more to come!

April 23, 2012 - Brother Ross Ferlito has found his 1958 BDG composite and sent it in. Brother Tom Blum has worked his image manipulation magic on it and it's now on the BDG Composites page. Brother Blum tells us he'll be extracting individual photos from the composite for 3 classes of "missing" profile photos and be inserting them in the very near future. Thanks to all!

March 1, 2012 - Updated Reunion 2012 list of attendees.

February 11, 2012 - Have started a reunion attendee list near the top of the 2012 Reunion page. Will update it from time-to-time as new data becomes available.

February 4, 2012 - Doc Tindall and company have finalized the schedule of events for our reunion this October. The schedule and registration form are on the 2012 Reunion page.

February 1, 2012 - Thanks to  Manny Paxhia, '54, we have information on the October, 2004 "Cluster" reunion. On the Past Reunions page.

Doc Tindall ('65) interviewed his dad, Herb Tindall ('36) a few years back about life in the early days of Beta Delt. A transcript of that interview is now on the BDG History page. Thanks, Doc!

January 31, 2012 - Thanks to  Manny Paxhia, '54, and Bill Clark ('65) we have some real BDG History. We'd love to get more information on any aspect of our history. Just drop a line to Contact Us (Jim Minor).

January 30, 2012 - Added slideshow of pictures from a road trip that brother's Doc Tindall and Jim McKelvey took to Rochester to deliver classic 16 mm movie films to the U of R. At the bottom of the Past Reunions page.

January 28, 2012 - Brother Blum has extracted the individual brothers' photos from the 1955 - 1957 composities provided by brother Ferlito and inserted them in the respective brothers' profile pages. Brother Blum requests that if  something has been misplaced to please let him know.

January 13, 2012 - Brother Dave Coulter has provided the obituary of brother Steve Willard who passed away in 2009. Thank you, Dave.

January 5, 2012 - Brother Jim Minor provided a photo of a BDG ashtray used as a party favor, ca. 1964. At the bottom of the BDG Memorobilia page.

January 4, 2012 - Brother Minor scanned the 1955 - 1957 composites mailed to him by brother Ferlito into 2 halves (entire composite wouldn't fit on his home scanner). Brother Blum worked his magic to stitch the two halves back together. They can now be found (and downloaded, if you wish) on the BDG Composites page.

January 3, 2012 - Ross Ferlito ('58) has sent in a snapshot (top of the Past Reunions page) and composites for 1954 - 1957 (to be scanned... stay tuned).

January 1, 2012 - Posted the December statistics for this web site on the Site Statistics page. We now have 118 brothers registered on the site.


To keep this list to a manageable size, older "What's New" announcement are on the Announcement Log page.



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Site Administration

This site is owned and operated by the brothers of Beta Delta Gamma. There are no fees to join. If you're a Beta Delt, you're already paid for.

Administrators are: Tom Blum ('65), Bob Kettig ('69),  Jim Minor ('65) + other brothers as TBD.

The sole purpose of the site is to facilitate communications between brothers. Consistent with this we're planning a reunion and this site will be central to that activity. Brother Bob (Doc) Tindall ('65) and reunion group brothers will be filling us in as plans develop.

The site is password protected. As long as you check the proper boxes at the bottom of your profile (you can always come back and change elections later) your personal information is safe. Robo web-crawlers/trollers will not be able to get at your personal information.

Your e-mail address is never displayed.

Of course no information stored herein will ever be shared with other parties.

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