In September 2015, the South Bay/Long Beach Beta Alumni Association lost founder, president and brother, John V. Conway, South Dakota ’56. His spirit and warm brotherhood survives, and we are fortunate to have known him, worked and played with him, and had the honor to call him brother.
John was active not only locally, but as a leader in many capacities with the general fraternity over the years. He believed in the principles and values of Beta Theta Pi and he promoted and furthered them with every breath. Among the programs he devoted time to supporting were Beta’s leadership programs, helping guide and shape the future of the fraternity and the lives of young brothers nationwide.
The Alumni Association, among others, is therefore honored that the general fraternity has agreed to host and manage the John V. Conway, Jr. Leadership Fund. Its purpose is to provide leadership program sponsorships, with a preference to undergraduates from John’s Gamma Alpha Chapter, and Beta chapters in California. Established by Jan and John Thietje, South Dakota ’61, the fund honors John’s legacy by continuing important work he valued.
We sincerely hope the John V. Conway, Jr. Leadership Fund receives sufficient donations to accomplish its goal. For those that have contributed, thank you. For those that have not had the opportunity, please consider contributing. Donations are managed by the Beta Theta Pi Foundation. The Foundation has set up a donation page at https://gift.beta.org/conway. To contribute by mail, the Foundation’ mailing address is:
Beta Theta Pi Foundation
5134 Bonham Rd
P.O. Box 6277
Oxford, OH 45056
Mail contributors will simply need to put “Conway” in the memo line of the check. Beta Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and a tax ID number can be provided. Contributions should also qualify for employer matching-fund programs.
The Bridge Builder
An old man going a lone highway
Came in the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm vast, both deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The swollen stream was as naught to him;
But he stopped when safe on the farther side
And built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your strength in labor here;
Your journey will end with the closing day,
You never again will pass this way.
You’ve crossed the chasm deep and wide
Why build you this bridge at eventide?”
The laborer lifted his old gray head,
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followeth, after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm which has been naught to me
To that young man may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim.
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him.”
– Miss Will Allen Dromgoole