John Eicher ’40 – Ad Astra

John Eicher was a loyal Fiji who could be found attending luncheons and Pig Dinners throughout his graduate years. May he rest in peace.

This obituary notice appeared in the Seattle Times — Sunday Edition November 28, 2010

Eicher, John

John Dick EICHER Beloved father, grandfather and friend, John passed away on November 20 at age 92. He attended Lowell School, Broadway HS and UW. He was Captain of the Broadway co-championship football team (1935) and on the all-city team. He was active in scouting: an Eagle Scout, summer staff at Camp Parsons, later a cub master & member of the Exec. Bd. of the Seattle Council.

At the UW, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and received his Naval commission as Ensign. He went on active duty in 1940, joining the Battleship Pennsylvania, flagship of the fleet and was Officer-of-the-Deck on December 7, when the ship was hit at Pearl Harbor. For the rest of the war, the ship supported all major landings in the Pacific, taking on damage at Okinawa two days before VJ day.

John returned home to marry his beloved Betty. Three years later while serving as his ship’s Coordinating Officer at the Bikini Atoll Atom Bomb Project, he received word of son John’s birth. Captain Eicher returned to his father’s company, and later partnered with Dick Richards to form Eicher-Richards. He climbed mountains, played tennis into his 80’s and loved his time at Sandy Hook, Whidbey Island.

Sadly, he said goodbye to Betty & son John (Kathy) in 2003 and recently to sisters, Helen Childers, Dorothy Hollenbeck and Mary Richards. Left to remember the active role he played in their lives are: Shirley Kiang (Ping), Jim (Cathi), and Grandchildren Lindsay & Jeff Eicher, Drew, Chad and Randi Eicher, Kyle and Jordan Kiang and many nieces and nephews. Other of John’s activities were the Seattle Rotary, Navy League, the Seattle Tennis Club, the Last Man’s Club and the Leukemia Board. A celebration of his life will be held at the Seattle Tennis Club, 922 McGilvra Blvd. East on Dec.10 at 2:00. Remembrances can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 530 Dexter N or the Horizon House Residents Fund or Horizon House Employees Recognition Fund.

“The Social Network” has Fiji playing counsel to facebook founder

Here’s a celebrity moment for you. I went to the movies the other night with my wife. We went to see the movie, The Getz 2
Social Network. This is recently released movie with the story line about the origin and growth of facebook. (it’s a bit fictionalized, but it’s a great story of the twists and turns that accompany a promising start-up business).

The plot line weaves around the swirl of lawsuits being faced by the founder, Mark Zuckerberg. And right there on the big screen serving as the legal counsel to Zuckerberg, I was surprised to see the face of my old fraternity room-mate, John Getz ’68. So a heads up to all of you that that distinguished lawyer-like guy called “Cy” counseling Zuckerberg’s character is a member of the best ever Fiji pledge class at UPS.

Hope you enjoy the movie and remember to lay claim to your fraternity association with John Getz ’68 of Moline, Illinois. John’s a stand-up guy who really contributed to the fraternity before he headed off in the middle of his junior year to pursue professional drama training at The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

His credits run from 18 months in the daytime drama “Another World” to a number of appearances in movies and TV shows. He has a Wikipedia page with more information.

Clay ’68

Joseph “Jerry” Murphy ’53 Ad Astra


Submitted by his surviving wife, Patricia Murphy on November 12, 2010
NOTICE: Joseph J. ” Jerry ” Murphy, Jr. Class of ’53
Born: November 9, 1930 – November 3, 2010
Where: Richmond, Virginia and raised in Everett, Washington
Parents: Joseph J. Murphy & Kathlene, Sr.
Family: Survived by Patricia A. Murphy, married 26 years, Tustin, CA.
Sons, Joseph J. Murphy III, Spokane, WA; James A. Murphy, Aliso Viejo, CA; Daughter Cameon Murphy, Irvine, Ca.
Grandchildren, Joseph J. Murphy IV, Caitlin Murphy, Spokane, WA; Ashlee Guerra, Andrew Murphy and Arielle Murphy of So. California. Great grandchildren: Chloee and Caylee Guerra of Southern California.

Murphy attended U of W and was the stroke for the U of W Crew. Academically he received his degree in Economics in 1953. He was an avid fisherman in the Pacific Northwest. He was a keen competitor in slalom water skiing and he was generally game for any outdoor sport that was available. Following graduation, he entered the US Air force where he served with the rank of First Lt. in Korea. Following his service to the country, he returned to a long career with Simpson Logging, Scott Paper and he was also an active entrepreneur in real estate.

He was a FIJI through and through, he loved his school.

PIG Dinner 2010 — Hagget Hall on Univ. Washington campus

The Pig Dinner was attending by 350+ Fijis. We honored the new Golden Owls of the Class of 1960 (50 years post graduation). And we recognized the new Silver Owls of 1985 (25 years post graduation).

You can view photos of the PIG Dinner by clicking on the play arrow of the below player. The photos are best viewed in FULL SCREEN mode, so you are encouraged to view the photo show FULL SCREEN.

The Annual Pig Dinner was held at Hagget Hall on the UW campus due to the remodel project that the HUB is currently undergoing. The HUB will also be closed next Fall for the 2011 Pig Dinner.

John Ellis ’50 honored as a Distinguished Fiji 2010

128John Ellis came as a legacy to the doors of the Sigma Tau chapter of Phi Gamma Delta.  His brother, Robert Ellis was a member of the Class of ’46 until he left school to join the World War II effort where he gave his life.

Ellis was born and raised in the Seattle area.  He and his wife Doris met in high school and have been married for 57 years.  They live in Bellevue and have four children and 8 grandchildren.  He was educated at John Muir Grade School and Franklin High School.  He received his undergraduate BS degree in 1950 and his JD law degree in 1953 from the University of Washington.  He served on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952 as M/Sgt.

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Jim Hilton ’56 comments on the distinguished career of Distinghished Fiji John Ellis ’50

Ellis began his career in 1953 as an attorney with the firm of Perkins, Coie, Stone, Olson & Williams (now Perkins Coie), and was with the firm for 17 years, eight of which he acted as chief counsel to Puget Sound Power & Light Company (now Puget Energy). In 1970 he joined Puget Power as Executive Vice President, becoming President and Chief Executive Officer in 1976, and Chairman of the Board in 1987, retiring in 1992.

In 1992 Ellis headed up negotiations to acquire the Seattle Mariner franchise from Major League Baseball. He subsequently became Chairman, CEO and a director of the Baseball Club of Seattle, which was formed to acquire the Mariners. Ellis then led the successful effort to build Safeco Field, and under his leadership the Mariners grew to become one of baseball’s most successful teams, attendance growing from 1,651,398 in 1992 to 3,507,975 in 2001.

Jim Hilton ’56 (right) and Shan Mullin ’56 (left) Distinguished Fiji 2009 present plaque to John Ellis ’50

At the close of the 1999 baseball season, Ellis retired as Chairman and CEO and was elected Chairman Emeritus, a position he currently holds. In that capacity, he serves on the Executive Council of Major League Baseball and is a member of its Finance, Budget and Compensation Committee, International Committee, and Chairman of its Baseball Endowment Committee. Coming full circle, he also was very pleased to rejoin his old law firm, Perkins Coie, as Counsel.

Jim Hilton ’56, John Ellis ’50, and Shan Mullin ’56

Jack Grant ’12 is 2010 Recipient of the Aaron Schulte Memorial Foundation Scholarship to Study Abroad

Jack Grant '12

The Class of 2012 includes three members from Inglemoor High School — Jack Grant, AJ Morrow, and Mat Gastineau. Each is a star in his own right in the undergraduate chapter, and the Pig Dinner saw Jack Grant on stage to accept the Aaron Schulte Memorial Scholarship.

Jack played varsity baseball in high school and he was active in DECA (a marketing club). He’s held several positions in Sigma Tau — House Manager summer of 2010, Scholarship Chair – Winter ’11, Social Chair Winter of ’10 among his positions. He was a Freshman Direct admit into the School of Business where he is a Finance Major. If you frequent Delfino’s Pizzeria this Fall you will likely find him waiting on your table, or if you deal with the Accounting Department at Ewing and Clark Real Estate you will find him interning there.

The Aaron Schulte Memorial Scholarship is specifically to support an academic study abroad experience. Jack’s experience is through the CHID (Comparative History of Ideas) in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Aaron Schulte Memorial Foundation was created to honor the life of Aaron Schulte ’03.
Aaron attended the University of Washington, where he graduated in 2003. While at the university, he joined the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity or “Fiji” house. During his junior year, he studied in Florence, Italy and was able to travel extensively in Europe. Following graduation, Aaron lived and worked in Tacoma, Washington, where he was a pharmaceutical research coordinator for Northwest Kinetics. Aaron passed away on April 2, 2007 after a courageous, year long battle with colon cancer. More information on Aaron and contributing to the Memorial Foundation can be found at

Aaron’s passion for international travel exemplified his desire to live life to its fullest.

Through an annual study abroad scholarship at the University of Washington, the Foundation encourages and supports those students who have a similar passion for life. More info in our June blog post.

Jack Grant ’12