The SCROLL of Phi Delta Theta for November,
WILLIAM HENRY LANSDON, Idaho
captain, was killed in an automobile accident
near Brainard, Minn., on September 12, 1942.
While on duty, his automobile skidded from a
rain-slick highway, and he was killed outright.
He was in command of a negro company stationed at Fort Ripley, nearby.
Upon graduation. Brother Landsdon entered
the U. S. forest service, later transferred to the
soil conservation service. Until a year and a
half before his death he was an assistant district
erosion engineer, stationed at Athens," Tenn.,
on the T.V.A. project.
He entered the army as a captain, and was
stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. Last summer he
was transferred to Camp Custer, Mich., and
later to Fort Ripley.
After military funeral services at Camp Ripley, his body was retumed to his old home
at Boise, Idaho, where it was buried on September 18. His widow, Katherine, survives, also
his brother, Floyd Wilbur Lansdon, Idaho '28,
of Portland, Ore.
Brother Lansdon was born near Cambridge,
Idaho, March 27, 1901. He went through grade
and high schools at Boise. In high school he
participated in nearly every type of athletics,
winning letters in baseball, basketball, track,
football, boxing, and was captain of several
teams. He entered the University of Idaho in
1922, and was initiated into 4>A'0 in the spring
of 1923. While at the University, he won freshman football and basketball numerals, and varsity baseball W. L.
LIEUTENANT JOHN WILLIAM JONES, JR., West Vir-
ginia '41, died June 19, 1942, as a result of an
airplane crash at Camp Hood, Tex. cause
of the accident is not known. Brother Jones
received his commission as a second lieutenant
upon his graduation from West Virginia University in June, 1941, and was sent to Camp
Polk, La., and then to Fort Knox, Ky., for duty
with the Armored Corps. He was then sent to
Camp Hood, Tex., as a communications officer
with the Armored Division there and was acting
in this capacity when he met his death.
Brother Jones was a resident of Wheeling,
JOHN ARTHUR WHITWORTH, Michigan
after an illness of many months May 8, 1942,
at his home in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was
an officer of the Berkey Gay Co., manufacturers
of furniture, and for some years past was interested in real estate, banking, and investments.
He served his city as commissioner, and was
instrumental in building up one of the most
advanced playground systems in the country.
He was deeply interested in his university and
his Fraternity. He organized the University of
Michigan Alumni Club of Detroit, and was a
constant supporter and adviser of Michigan
Alpha. His three sons are Phis, members of
Michigan Alpha: George, '25, Robert, '30 and
the late Capt. John Whitworth, Jr., '27.
HARRY IRWIN ALLEN, Northwestern
'04, aged 60,
died of a heart attack in a train en route from
his home at Evanston to his office in Chicago.
For thirty-five years he had been a member of
the law firm of Knapp, Allen and Gushing, counsel of the United States Steel subsidiaries. He
was a recognized authority on interstate commerce. In his senior year at Northwestern he
was captain of the football team, and for a time
after graduation was assistant coach.
JOHN WILLIAM JONES, JR., West Virginia '41
W.Va. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He graduated
from Wheeling High School in 1937 and matriculated at West Virginia University in September, 1937. He was initiated into 4>AQ on
February 19, 1938. Upon his graduation he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
Brother Jones was active in campus affairs and
belonged to many scholastic and social organizations, including Scabbard and Blade. He was
also an officer in R.O.T.C.-N. DALE SAYRE,
EDWARD FLEMING SHEFFEY, II,
'13, died February 4, 1942, at his home in Washington, D.C., where he was employed in the
Ordnance Division of the War Department. He
served overseas during the World War, and was
a member of the American Legion. He was state
secretary in Virginia for the Lions Club. Four of
his brothers are Phis; all members of Virginia
Gamma: Charles, '14, Robert, '14, John, '24,
and Coke, '28.