As brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi, we have had the unique fortune to share our lives with some amazing people in our fraternity. As alumni, life, and honorary brothers, we often find ourselves reminiscing about the music we performed, the service we completed, and the brotherhood we built with other members of Kappa Kappa Psi. The passing of any one of our brothers affects us long after we have left our respective colleges and universities, and the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association can serve as a community of support for brothers dealing with such loss. To that end, we have developed a form on the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association website through which any individual can share information regarding a brother’s passing. We will provide periodic updates on our website based on this information so that all members of Kappa Kappa Psi can commemorate the lives of our past brothers.
Gerald Edward Bradshaw met his Savior Jesus Christ face to face on December 16, 2017. There to greet him as well, were his wife Jeanette, sister Allene, parents Claude and Nell, and a rich heritage of family and friends who shared his love of the Lord.
Gerald was born on May 20, 1926 with twin Allene Bradshaw in Memphis, Tennessee. Gerald and his family moved back home in 1938 and he was graduated from Stillwater High School in May 1944 followed by enlistment in the Army Air Corps where he was stationed in Germany with occupational forces. Following V-E Day, Gerald returned to Stillwater, finished his Business degree and was graduated from Oklahoma A&M College in 1949.
His business career in Stillwater formally began upon graduation from OAMC when he joined the Henry Campbell Insurance Agency. Gerald purchased the agency in 1953 and owned and operated it for 60 of its 83 years in existence. In 1956 he married Anna Jeanette Foster and enjoyed fifty-seven fabulous years with his soulmate.
As a young and engaged businessman in Stillwater, Gerald thrived on projects where vision and resources were needed. He and his father Claude were instrumental in the establishment of the Baptist Student Union on the Oklahoma State campus in 1965, which is still serving OSU students today. Bradshaw served the business community in a variety of leadership roles, including Chamber of Commerce, Board of Education, Oklahoma Jaycees, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma, First and Eagle Heights Baptist Churches as well as through the work of the Stillwater Industrial Authority and Payne County Economic Development board.
Father of three, Gerald modeled the importance of civic engagement, balanced with an unwavering and steadfast support of his family and friends. Gerald will be missed by many, including son David Bradshaw and eldest daughter Ann Bradshaw of Houston, daughter and son-in-law Sara and Steve Ray and their children Adam and Katie of Stillwater as well as countless extended family and friends.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers are encouraged to be given to the Stillwater Community Center Foundation, Stillwater Christian School, Stillwater Medical Center Foundation or the Foster-Bradshaw Family Scholarship at Oklahoma Baptist University.
A celebration of Geralds life will be held at Eagle Heights Baptist Church, in Stillwater, Oklahoma at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 21 with a reception following. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 and Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from 9:00am to 8:00pm at the funeral home. Arrangements under the care of Dighton-Marler Funeral Home.
He was a 2013 graduate of Southern High School, where he was a member of the Spartan Legion Marching Band, FBLA, and PTSA. He attended Winston-Salem State University, where he was a Management Information Systems major, a member of the Red Sea of Sound Marching Band, and a member of the Kappa Lambda Chapter of KKPSI national band fraternity.
He was an active member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church, where he served as choir member, usher, missionary, Sunday School student, musician, and church league athlete.
In addition to his parents and brother, he is survived by one niece, one nephew, six aunts, and one uncle.
Funeral services for Roderick will be held Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 South Roxboro Street, Durham, at 12 noon with the Rev. Jerome J. Washington, Ph.D. officiating. The family visitation will start at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at Glenview Memorial Park.
Arrangements are entrusted to Scarborough & Hargett Celebration of Life Center, Inc. Online condolences may be expressed at www.scarboroughhargettcelebration.com
Published in HeraldSun from Nov. 5 to Nov. 6, 2017
The Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association is very pleased to announce that the Epsilon Lambda Alumni Association has been recognized as an official Local Alumni Association. This is the KKPsiAA’s 61st Local Alumni Association, and the second approved for the 2017-2019 biennium. Congratulations, Epsilon Lambda AA, and welcome!
Brothers, the AABOD would like to introduce you to our newest member. We are very excited to welcome Greg Boike to the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association Board of Directors. Please help us congratulate and thank Greg for his continued service to the fraternity.
The AABOD would also like to extend its most sincere thanks to all of the applicants who submitted materials for this position. It truly highlighted the amazing individuals who we have the privilege to call Brothers and members of our alumni association.
Dear Brothers of the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association,
We are very pleased to share with you our goals and action items for the 2017-2019 Biennium. During the 2017 National Convention in Orlando, the incoming and outgoing members of the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association Board of Directors worked together to set forth a series of goals that would guide our continuing initiatives as our organization develops and grows. With the passing of our new KKPsi Alumni Association Constitution, this board has dedicated itself to increasing our transparency and fostering engagement among our membership.
Toward that end, we invite you to look over our Goals and Action Items, which can be found at https://goo.gl/GpHKz4
We look forward to hearing your feedback and remain incredibly excited to continue our work collaboratively designing a future for the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association.
The 2017-2019 Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association Board of Directors
A memorial service to honor the life of William Patrick “Pat” Wylie, 76, of Camden, SC, will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Grace Episcopal Church. Pat died Monday, September 11, 2017. Rev. Pickett Wall and The Very Rev. S. Scott Hunter will officiate. Kilts and other appropriate Scottish Attire are welcomed. The family will receive friends from 4:30-6:00 PM Friday, September 15, 2017 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 1315 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC or the James K. Copenhaver Alumni Band Scholarship Fund c/o USC School of Music.
Born in Greenville, SC, Pat was the son of the late William Brown Wylie and Frances Stewart Wylie of Pickens, SC. He attended Furman University in Greenville, SC, meeting the love of his life, Nancy Carlton, and receiving a B.A. in Music Education. Following this, he served in the US Army as an officer in the Adjutant General Corps. Pat started his public education career as Band Director at Slater-Marietta High School while still completing his degree at Furman University. He then was the Band Director at Airport High School and R. H. Fulmer Junior High School. He was the first white teacher at Lakeview High School in Lexington County District #2, thus beginning the integration process in that district. His Masters in Music Education was from the University of South Carolina where became Associate Director of Bands. From 1972 until retirement in 1997, he taught at Camden Middle School as Band Director, He assisted with the Camden High School Scarlet Regiment with Bill Basden and Robert Wertz. Following his retirement from public education, he continued to serve the music community with Pecknel Music. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, serving throughout the years as the choir director and as the first Verger to serve in that Parish.
Pat dedicated his life to the education of our youth and to the development of the arts. He served his profession on national and state levels including the National Band Association Board of Directors and is a Past President of the SCBDA. He was selected as a member of the Hall of Fame of the SCBDA, the SCMEA and Phi Beta Mu Music Fraternity. He was awarded the NBA Citation of Excellence for performance numerous times. He held memberships in Phi Beta Mu, National Band Association, South Carolina Band Directors Association, South Carolina Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and is a lifetime member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. He founded and conducted the Camden Community Concert Band, and conducted the Camden Rotary Singers. Many of his community and school groups performed for numerous professional organizations, and at the Lord Mayor’s New Year’s Extravaganza at Royal Albert Hall in London, UK. Many young musicians across the Southeast were influenced by his affiliation with the University of South Carolina Band program. For many years, he, with his wife Nancy, was responsible for operation of USC music camps and USC music clinics for 25 years. In addition, he served as conductor of musical groups at Music Clinics and Summer Band Camps, as a mentor to University students and student participants and as a regular announcer for concerts. Pat was the Voice of the Carolina Band. He loved his family, his friends, his church, and the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Mr. Wylie is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Nancy Carlton Wylie; son, Carl “Chris” Wylie (Kim) of Mauldin; daughter, Beth Wylie Poag (Charlie) of Sumter; grandchildren, Nancy Holroyd “Holly” Poag and James Patrick “Jack” Poag; and nieces and nephews, Emma, Sam, Adam and Seth; brothers-in-law, Robert C. Carlton of Grand Rapids, MI and David L. Carlton of Nashville, TN.
Pat was predeceased by his brother, James Thomas Wylie.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the Wylie family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com
12:00 PM Grace Episcopal Church
1315 Lyttleton St,
Camden, SC 29020
In light of Nicholas Bratcher’s election as Kappa Kappa Psi National Vice President of Programs at the 2017 National Convention, there is currently a vacancy on the Alumni Association Board of Directors (AABOD). If you are interested in applying to serve on the AABOD, we invite you to apply through the process specified in the document attached below.
The timeline for the search will proceed as follows:
- 09/06/17: Call for Applications is Published
- 09/20/17: Applications Are Due to AABOD
- 09/27/17: AABOD Completes Screening of Applications Based on Defined Criteria
- 10/08/17: AABOD Reviews Screened Applications and Votes to Select New AABOD Member
The AABOD will announce the new AABOD member after contacting her or him first.
James Robert Droddy II 20, of Kingston, Oklahoma passed away too soon Tuesday evening, August 29, 2017 north of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. He was born on May 30, 1997 in Denton, Texas to Jim Robert Droddy and Vicki Kay Reagan Droddy. A KHS Alumni member, Jimbo graduated from Kington High School in 2015 with honors and served as senior class president. He was attending East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma where he majored in accounting and played the tuba in the marching band and was treasurer for Kappa Kappa Si. Jimbo was an extremely talented musician and was loved by all. His quiet nature and genuine personality touched many souls and will leave a huge hole in our hearts as everyone who knew him will truly mourn his passing.
He is survived by:
Parents: Jim and Vicki Droddy, Kingston, Oklahoma
Siblings: Jarod Droddy, Kingston, Oklahoma and Lizzie Droddy, Kingston, Oklahoma
Grandparents: Steve and Barbara Goolsby, Denton, Texas and Arlene Droddy and Steve Brown, Denton, Texas
Great-Grandmother: Jessie Reagan, Quitaque, Texas
Aunts: Adrienne Morrow and husband Harry, Everett, Washington and Amber Koiner and husband Bubba, Bowie Texas
Uncles: Richmond Goolsby and wife Leanne, Celina, Texas; Rick Reagan and wife Robin, Hudson Oaks, Texas; Josh Goolsby and wife Jenna, Arlington, Texas; Don Droddy and wife Jennifer, Providence Village, Texas; and Ronny Droddy, Denton, Texas
Jimbo was predeceased by his grandfathers, Donald Floyd Droddy II and Ernest Lee Reagan.
The Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association is very pleased to announce that the Lambda Gamma Alumni Association has been recognized as an official Local Alumni Association. This is the KKPsiAA’s 60th Local Alumni Association, and the first approved for the 2017-2019 biennium. Congratulations, Lambda Gamma AA, and welcome!
World-renowned composer David Maslanka died Sunday evening August 6, 2017 at his home in Missoula, MT. During his career, Maslanka composed over 150 musical works, including 50 pieces for wind ensemble, eight symphonies and 17 concertos. He was the commissioned composer for Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma’s National Commissioning Program in 1995, and the National Intercollegiate Band performed his work A Tuning Piece: Songs of Fall and Winter. Other works commissioned by chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi include In Memoriam and Traveler.
Dr. Maslanka is an honorary member of the Delta Sigma chapter at the University of Texas at Arlington and the Gamma Phi chapter at Stephen F. Austin State University. David Maslanka’s memory will live on through his significant contributions to the wind band repertoire and the countless number of students, conductors, and musicians who will continue to perform his works and share his music. Kappa Kappa Psi mourns Dr. Maslanka’s passing, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his family. We also send our gratitude for a life well-lived and his positive impact on college and university bands.
Maslanka, 74 years old, was diagnosed with a severe form of colon cancer in June. His wife Alison died on July 3rd of this year, and his health declined rapidly following her passing. He is survived by his three children Stephen, Matthew, and Kathryn.