W. Tad Murphy ’56 entered Chapter Eternal February 17, 2012. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Virginia; his son, Mark; daughters, Maureen Barton and Marilee Brooks; and many grandchildren. He was a devoted family man and found much joy in his family. His legacy will forever be felt by those who loved him. “He had many fond memories of Chi Phi. We always enjoyed the activities, and the pictures of the Chi Phi house evoke fond memories,” Virginia said.
James A. Garvens ’58 entered Chapter Eternal February 8, 2012. He is survived by Lorna, his wife of 54 years; his children: Jim, Jon, Jay, Grant, and Sandy; his daughters‑in-law: Angie, Marlo, and Angela; and many grandchildren. City Hall officials were surprised and saddened to learn of Jim’s death. “It really makes you mindful of how fragile in some ways life is,” Mayor Steve Ponto said, “And how important it is to make the most of each day. I think Jim did that. He was really fully engaged to the end.” Jim had been a city alderman since 1991. He was a retired corporate executive who ran several businesses, including a division within Johnson Controls.
John Sandner ’70 entered Chapter Eternal at age 59 of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on January 20, 2007. He lived with the disease for six years and still managed to enjoy life. During that time he said, “I’m a lucky man; my life is good because my friends from all over the country show up to help me and entertain me.” John is survived by many family and friends.