October 18, 2017: Belleair, Florida and Columbus, Ohio—On October 13, 2017, Past National President Raymond A. Bichimer, Ohio State ‘53, entered Chapter Eternal. He was 83 years old.
Bichimer served as the National President from 1983 to 1985 and as the President of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation from 1971 to 1981.
He was inducted into the Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame in 2006 during the Centennial Celebration. This honor was bestowed upon him for his outstanding reputation in the business and legal profession and for his incredible contributions to the Fraternity.
Since the end of his tenure as National President, Bichimer served as a Foundation Distinguished Trustee and was an annual member of the Ewing T. Boles Society. For his lifelong commitment and philanthropic giving, he was awarded membership in the Borradaile Circle.
Bichimer was an esteemed businessman and attorney, cofounding and serving as president of Means, Bichimer, Burkholder & Baker Co., LPA, a Columbus, Ohio, law firm. He was a member of both the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations and a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Council. He was also an avid sports announcer for Bishop Hartley High School.
His son, Michael, is also a member of Phi Kappa Tau, having joined the Alpha Chapter at Miami University in 1981.
The Fraternity National Council, Foundation Board of Trustees, Executive Offices staff and the entire brotherhood of Phi Kappa Tau extends its greatest and deepest sympathies to the Bichimer Family. Brother Bichimer’s name is predominate throughout the grand history of this Fraternity. Phi Kappa Tau is stronger because he chose to lead, in many ways, throughout the last six decades.
His full obituary can found here.