The SCROLL of Phi Delta a for May, 1943
Washington from 1935 until 1939, during which
time he took an active interest in the local chapter. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and took
his inirial flight training at Sand Point in 1939,
then going to Pensacola for seven months,
and then to Miami, Fla., where he trained as
a fighter pilot and bomber. He received his
wings at Miami, and for the next two years
was a flight instructor at Pensacola. He was
then transferred to San Diego in November,
1942, and was shortly thereafter sent to Hawaii
for combat duty.
Captain Bemis was always a leader, both in
his high school days when he was very prominent in athletics, and then in college where he
devoted so much of his time to the Fraternity.
This leadership was shown by his being appointed a captain after being in service only
Three other commissioned officers and three
staff sergeants died in the crash. The plane was
returning to its home base at Columbia, S.C,
after a flight to Jacksonville, Fla.
Lieutenant Reser is survived by his wife, his
brother Ted, Purdue '46, and his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Roy Reser of Lafayette. A miUtary
funeral, with fellow officers from his post as
a guard of honor, was held in Lafayette on
Lieutenant Reser attended the public schools
LAWRENCE HARRISON WEBBER, Ohio Wesleyan '14,
an Elyria, Ohio, attorney for nearly thirty years,
died suddenly April 12 at the age of 52. Death
was due to pneumonia.
Brother 'Webber was, in the words of his close
friend, J. Clare George, Pittsburgh '15, who sent
word of the death, "one of the best Phi Delts I
ever knew." He was secretary of the Elyria Alumni
Club, and the moving force behind its activities.
Mr. Webber was a member of the Ohio Bar Association, and in addition to his practice in Elyria,
had been associated with the legal office of McMahon, Webber, and Haywood in Toledo. He
was most active in public life, having served as
Elyria City solicitor, Lorain county prosecuting
attorney, president of the Rotary Club, and twice
as chairman of the Community Chest campaigns.
In fraternal circles he was prominently associated
with the Masons, Odd Fellows, Elks, and Eagles,
as well as A 8.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and
his 91-year-old father, a former common pleas
ROBERT NICHOLS EBY, Iowa '40, died November
20 at the station hospital at Fort Benning, Ga.,
five days before he was to have received his second lieutenant's commission. He had been sent
to officers' training school at Benning in September after having been stationed with the
Medical Corps at Camp Grant, 111., and at Camp
Brother Eby, son of Moray Leon Eby, Iowa
'01 (see page 375), was born in Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, November 23, 1917. He attended Coe College from 1936 to 1937. but received his bachelor's degree in commerce and finance from the
State University of Iowa in 1940. He took some
graduate work in chemistry at Coe the following
year before enlisring in August, 1941.
LIEUT. ROBERT MERRILL RESER, Hanover '41, was
killed in the crash of an Army bomber off the
Georgia coast near Sapelo island, south of Savannah, on April 5. was 23 years old.
LIEUT. ROBERT RESER, Hanover '41
in Lafayette, then entered Indiana University.
After two and a half years he transferred to
Hanover for a year and a half, then went back
to Indiana. He enlisted in the Army Air Forces
18 montfis ago, rising from the ranks to his
lieutenant's commission. He had been recommended for promotion to first lieutenant.
A daughter, Anna Louise, was born to Brother
Reser's widow on Thursday, April 15.
DR. HENRY DAVIS, DePauw '94, Indianapolis,
widely known Methodist minister and church
executive, died April 10.
Brother Davis, who began his long service in
Indiana Methodism as pastor of the Congress
Street Methodist church at Lafayette in 1894,
was to have been retired June 13 at the annual
meeting of the Northwest Indiana Conference at
South Bend. He had been secretary of the Preachers' Aid Society of the Northwest Indiana Methodist Conference since 1925 and had devoted
most of his rime to raising money for the organizadon. In addition, he was at the rime of his
death vice-president of the executive committee
of the church board of pensions, a narional super-