of Phi Delta a for September, 1942
FREEMAN HARLOW ALLEN, Colgate '12, professor
emeritus of history at Colgate University, died
at his residence on June 12, 1942. A delegation
from New York Zeta attended the funeral, paying their respects to a Brother Phi whom they
knew only slightly, but generations of Colgate
Phis who preceded them will always remember
with gratitude his efforts in helping them obtain
a charter and his years of kindly counsel and
Unanimously elected to membership in A
in 1911, a local fraternity which was then in its
third year. Dr. Allen took part in every effort
that was made during the seven-year struggle to
obtain a charter from A 0. With financial as>
sistance provided by the president of Colgate,
Dr. E. B. Bryan, Dr. Allen accompanied two
delegates to the Birmingham National Convention
in 1914, when the petition was denied, subsequently using every influence at his command to
prevent the discouraged local from abandoning
its original aim. The charter finally was granted
by the Indianapolis General Convention in 1918
and Dr. Allen was the first signer of the Bond
for New York Zeta.
Serving both as treasurer and president of the
Corporation for many years, he also was a member of the building commitfee which erected
the present house in 1927, performing many
detailed and exacting tasks for the Fraternity.
A splendid Phi and teacher, Dr. Allen was
loved and respected by generations of Colgate
men; a man whose generous nature and kindly
character gave strength, and inspiration to the
fraternity he ALVORD, Colgate '31.
CHARLES WILLIAM Goux, Denison '41, died of
meningitis June 22, 1942, at New London, Conn.,
where he was a cadet in training at the Coast
Guard Academy. Interment was at his home at
CHAUNCEY BENEDICT WHITNEY, Utah '19, Captain
in the U. S. Army Air Corps, was killed in action
in the Philippines December 21, 1941.
LIEUTENANT HOWARD CHESTER WELKER, JR., Han-
over and Indiana -'37, former president of Indiana Alpha, was killed in action in Australia
on July 6, 1942. He was a pilot in an Army Air
Force pursuit squadron.
"Bru" Welker, journalism graduate of Indiana
University in 1937, was initiated into A at
the Hanover chapter. After two years he transferred to Indiana University where he was
affiliated to Indiana Alpha.
When Bru graduated from Indiana he was
employed by the Anderson Herald publishing
company in his home town of Anderson, Ind.
He was determined to get into the air industry
in some capacity. The next few months were
a grand example of his determination. He
applied for air pilot training at Pensacola, and
was rejected by the Navy for an eye trouble
he was completely unaware. He was told to
take eye exercises which might correct his condition. Six months later they rejected him
again. In the summer of 1940 he enrolled in a
C.A.A. course in Anderson. When he finished
the course he was enchanted with flying. He
went to Indianapolis and took the examination
for the Army Air Force, passing his physical.
He enlisted October lo, 1940, and left for Sikeston. Mo., for elementary training. Completing his
training at Christmas time, he went on to
HOWARD CHESTER WELKER, JR., Hanover-Indiana '37
Randolph Field. After five weeks his first
physical picked him out for his eyes. He was
told he would never be a pilot in the Air Force.
He could continue on to be an instructor, however, unless he would have an operation performed on his eyes. It was necessary to have
two eye operations before meeting the requirements. He graduated from Brooks Field, Tex.,
as a Second Lieutenant on September 26, 1941.
He was then assigned to Mitchel Field, New
York, in a pursuit squadron. He was there until
December 8, when lie left for the West Coast.
He stayed in California a month, then was
shipped to Australia. According to letters and
cables he was all over Australia and loved the
service. Less than two months later, Bru took
his last flight and was killed in action on July
Howard C. Welker, Jr., was bom in Jeffersonville, Ind., on March 16, 1916. He is
survived by his parents and his brother, Charles
Welker of Indiana Alpha and Indiana
LEROY FRENTZ, Northwestern
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