In Memoriam

Director Emeritus Charles "Hank" Hangsterfer (1919-2012)

Charles "Hank" Hangsterfer passed away on March 11, 2012 at 93 years of age. Hank was a retired Colonel of the United States Army and was a World War II Veteran of the First Infantry Division (The Big Red One). He landed at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France on D-Day and served in the European Theater until VE Day in 1945. As a member of the Class of 1940, Hank was also an avid supporter of Gettysburg College and the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of ATO of which he was a member when he was a student at the College. Hank served on our Chapter's Alumni Board of Directors for many years and has been a Director Emeritus since his active service.

We are grateful that Hank was able to attend the dedication of the Veterans Memorial at the College in October 2011. Hank's photo can also be found among the attendees at our Chapter's 125th Anniversary celebration in October 2007. He will be missed by all of those who knew him on the ATO Alumni Board.



Chapter House Memorial Plaque for Doug DiStefano '00

On Tenth Anniversary of 9/11, We Remember Doug DiStefano,
a Brother lost at the World Trade Center


An alumnus of our Chapter was lost in the worst terrorist attack on America's homeland in history. A little more than one year after his graduation from Gettysburg College, Doug DiStefano '00 was working at Cantor Fitzgerald above the 100th floor in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Brothers who knew Doug and alumni who met him unite with all ATO alumni associated with our Chapter in remembering Doug on the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11. The photo shows the 9/11 Memorial, museum and new World Trade Center 1 under construction on the ground where the Twin Towers once stood before the tragic day that took one of our own and thousands of others.


Director Emeritus Robert Fryling (1921-2011)

"Robert H. Fryling, 89, of Gettysburg, PA passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Dr. Fryling entered Gettysburg College as a freshman in 1939, joined the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of ATO and graduated in 1943, with a major in mathematics. He joined the Marine Corps upon graduating and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After the War, while working on his Ph. D, the President of Gettysburg College asked him to return to the College to accept the newly created position of Dean of Men. He held this position for four years. One of his responsibilities was oversight of fraternities, and twice during his tenure the National Interfraternity Conference rated Gettysburg College’s fraternity system as the best in the nation.

After serving as Dean of Men, Dr. Fryling remained on the College faculty in the Mathematics Department. In 1975, he was appointed Chairman of the Mathematics Department for a five-year term. He retired in 1987 as professor emeritus after 40 years of association with the College. During his retirement years, he remained active as a member of the ATO Chapter's alumni organization responsible for maintaining the Chapter House. He continued to attend our Alumni Board meetings regualrly until recently. He will be missed by all of us on the Alumni Board."


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