August 6, 2014: Washington, D.C.—Twelve alumni were inducted into the Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame during the Brotherhood Banquet on July 5 at the 61st National Convention in Washington, D.C.
The Fraternity continues to depend on the character and commitment of alumni to lead by example, nurture a positive experience for students, and provide a vision for the future of the organization. This ever-growing program demonstrates the dedication of distinctive Phi Kappa Tau professionals and stewards.
“Making the selection for the Hall of Fame candidates is a challenge simply because we were blessed with a wealth of talented alumni who in various fields of endeavors have made a name for themselves and I think each would point to their experiences as an undergraduate member of Phi Kappa Tau and the things that they learned, which have carried into their adult lives,” said Hall of Fame Selection Committee Chairman Bill Jenkins, Bowling Green ’57. “I think that is the thread that ties the Hall of Fame men together and that, to me as chairman, was one of the real fun things to realize as we went through the list of candidates.”
Joining Jenkins on the committee was Mac McKinley, Oklahoma State ’51, Jeff Rivard, Central Michigan ’65, Fred Mills, Ohio State ’66, Mitch Engel, Miami ’71, and Charlie Ball, Miami ’82. The committee accepted nominations from individuals and chapters throughout the year.
“I am sincerely grateful and pleased that my classmates and brothers in Gamma Gamma chapter nominated me for this award, and I am honored to have been selected,” said Hall of Famer Daniel King, St. John’s ’63.
This year’s class is an extraordinary group of highly-successful brothers who are each accomplished in a variety of fields, including athletics, geology, psychology, higher education, medicine, journalism, business and military service. The class includes brothers initiated across the country and during seven different decades.
“It’s an incredible honor to be inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame class and as I look at the company I’m with I can’t help but feel I’m not worthy,” said Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Famer Michael York, Central Michigan ’91. “I’m extremely humbled to be a Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Famer because there’s no question the Fraternity gave me more than I gave it.”
Hall of Famer Paul Sax, Sacramento State ’63, said that although it is an individual honor, it is a testament to his overall experience.
“Being honored by Phi Tau honors the wonderful fellows it was my privilege to associate with for those four transcendent years,” he said “It calls back what it was about, to have nonstop fun and still embrace solid values, accomplish worthwhile goals and hand down a rich and valuable tradition. Mostly, the honor reminds me to be grateful for what Phi Tau helped me learn.”
The Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame uses a biennial selection process. The next class will be inducted at the 62nd National Convention in Sacramento, Calif., on July 6-10, 2016.
Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame Class of 2014
Francis H. Buhler, Miami ’47
Retired President, Old Dominion Box Company
Buhler has held the positions of comptroller, general manager and president at Old Dominion Box Company where during his tenure the company experienced extended growth. Lynchburg College honored him in 1999 with an honorary degree for his 35 years of service to the college.
Gerald B. Curington, Florida ’69
Deputy General Counsel, Executive Offices of the Governor of Florida
Curington has experienced a successful career in law, including serving as the governor’s deputy general counsel. He serves on the Board of Governors for Alpha Eta chapter at Florida and Beta Iota chapter at Florida State
Scott Dulchavsky, UC Berkeley ’13
Chairman of Surgery, Henry Ford Health System
Dulchavsky has a distinguished career in medicine. He is the chairman of surgery for Henry Ford Health System, professor of surgery at Wayne State University School of Medicine and former chief of surgery at Detroit Receiving Hospital.
William A. Hoffer, Purdue ’68
President and CEO, Hoffer Plastics
Hoffer was an All-Big Ten golfer at Purdue. As an amateur golfer, Hoffer became the only Phi Tau to win a USGA championship and play on a Walker Cup team. Hoffer is the president and CEO of Hoffer Plastics in Elgin, Ill.
Daniel W. King, St. Johns ’63
Research Psychologist, National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
King is a research psychologist at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. King has received many honors, including the Central Michigan University Research Professorship Award and Distinguished Scientific Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology.
William C. Macak, Florida State ’73
Retired Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
Macak, a former national president for Phi Kappa Tau, served in the Marine Corps for nearly 24 years until he retired in 1999. He worked for Science Applications International Corporation as project manager until 2003. The Marine Corps hired Macak to be a expeditionary warfare training program manager.
Paul J. Sax, Sacramento State ’63
Senior Counsel, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Sax, a prominent tax lawyer, is a leader for developing ethical standards for tax practices. He has been named in each edition of Best Lawyers in America, which has been published since 1987. He has been included as one of the Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
Charles M. Shaw, UC Berkeley ’49
Expert Geologist and Philanthropist
Shaw served in the Navy and later worked as a consulting geologist in the Western U.S. and in New Zealand after World War II. In his later years, Shaw reaffirmed his lifelong commitment to Phi Kappa Tau through a transformative gift to the Foundation; he also generously gave to several other philanthropic organizations. Shaw entered Chapter Eternal on Aug. 12, 2012.
John W. Slocum, Jr., Westminster ’59
Professor Emeritus, Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University
Slocum has had a successful career in education. He serves as director of Viewcast.com, Inc. He authored 28 books and serves as the co-editor of the Journal of World Business, Organizational Dynamics, and Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.
Bob E. Smith, Sacramento State ’64
All-American Golfer, NCAA
Smith was a NCAA All-American golfer from Sacramento State. After college, Smith competed as an amateur golfer where he had several strong finishes, including victories at The Porter Cup. He played several years on the PGA Tour and now resides in Southern California where he is a highly respected golf instructor.
Ray S. Walker, Penn State ’33
Founder, Bradford Coal Company
Walker founded Bradford Coal Company and served as president for many years. He has demonstrated a steady commitment to Phi Kappa Tau and other charitable organizations throughout his life. His focus has shifted in recent years toward more involvement as an alumnus with his chapter. He is the oldest-known living Phi Tau.
Michael W. York, Central Michigan ’91
Sports Anchor, Fox Sports Detroit
York is a sports anchor on Fox Sports Detroit. As a Michigan Emmy-award winning anchor, he has hosted postgame shows for the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons.