Class of 58 pledge class taken in 1955

We want to take this time to say THANK YOU to Lloyd Swaim '58 for his continued support of Penn Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon over the years. We recently caught up with Lloyd and asked him about where life has taken him, Sigma Alpha Epsilon memories, and what Penn Theta Chapter means to him today. Here’s what he had to say. 

Why have you remained so dedicated to Sigma Alpha Epsilon?

When I arrived at Penn in 1954 I was looking forward to a real college experience along with an education.  During the Fall rush a group of friends and I gravitated towards SAE and we joined others to form a pledge class of about 19.  The class had a good chemistry and we have remained friends now for over 60 years. Bring part of the Old Guard our numbers are dwindling now but all of us have fond memories of SAE.  I recently travelled to Philadelphia for the funeral service for my roommate, Bill Beck.  
The class was very active campus and we had several members of Friars and Hexagon in our senior year.
Our four years at Penn were filled with social and other special experiences.  Penn had joined the Ivy League but someone did not tell the scheduling department so we were 0-19 against national powerhouses until we finally defeated Dartmouth in our junior year.

How has being in Sigma Alpha Epsilon changed your life? 

The most important event was a Christmas mixer with several sororities where I met my wife of 62 years, Ann.  
The Wharton education, and the social experiences at Penn and SAE prepared me well for success in the business world.  I retired as VP-Treasurer of the Gillette Company.  The international nature of the company afforded me opportunities for interesting relationships with others around the world.  I remember well visiting Bob Lamb of our pledge class at the embassy in Germany on one of my business trips.  Ann and I have continued our international travel in my retirement years.

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