Friday, November 22, 2013


This is a processed slide of Br. Dave Hinz. The photo, found by Jerry Fecht, was probably taken the summer before Dave transferred to San Jose State University.
Br. Dave Hinz (in white) watches as fishing boat worker adjusts line during deep sea trip. Please leave your comments below. Archive photo of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, number:

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


This picture was made from a slide found recently by Jerry Fecht, and processed by Gary Fredburg. I believe Roberta was a graduate student at UCLA when the picture was taken.  (Click on image to enlarge it. Leave comments in space provided below).

Roberta Cerveny

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Br. Alan Aquino - Roaring 20s Party
Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 1013-002-6319
From slide found in 2013 - Processed by Br. Gary Fredburg.

Brother Alan Aquino was born on the 11th of April. He is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California.
Br. Aquino was initiated into the Phi Delta Psi Fraternity in the Spring of 1959. He served the Fraternity as Vice President and Charter Member of Beta Chapter. Prior to his retirement, he worked in special effects in the motion picture industry. He was a member of the United States Air Force Reserve. Al lives in Grass Valley, California.


Br. Brad Hight and unknown woman.
Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley - 1013-002-6312

Brother Brad Hight was born on the 24th of January, 1940 in Pasadena, California. He graduated from Birmingham High School in the San Fernando Valley. Brad was a member of the United States Coast Guard Reserve and he attended military meetings during his time as an active Brother in our Fraternity.
Brad Hight was initiated into our Fraternity in the Fall of 1957. He was the Pledge Captain in his class. He was the 46th. initiate into our Brotherhood. Brad served the Fraternity as Pledge Master and Vice President. He was a Charter member of our Beta Chapter. He was a tall, easy going man, much loved by his Fraternity Brothers.
For many years Brad worked as a car salesman in Reseda and later in the credit department at Sears.
While at Pierce College, Brad worked with Br. Bill Westmyer and Bill's father in the swimming pool coating business. All who worked with the very toxic chemicals in the confines of hot, empty swimming pools suffered early deaths. Brad died of cancer in 1988.
On the 15th of April ___ Brad married Virginia Ann Phillipe at Saint Mark's Presbyterian Church in Van Nuys, California. They remained married until the time of his death.  They had several children, whose names are not known by your record keeper.


Judging from the tools displayed, likely a Beta Chapter work party.
Photo from the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley  1013-002-6318
Among slides found by Jerry Fecht 2013 / Processed by Gary Fredburg
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(l to r front row)    Missing or unsure names are indicated by number.
Frank Demarco, (2), (3), LeRoy Hunt, Tom Shanley and Jim Reeves
(l to r top row)
Bob Robar, Larry Tunison ??, (4) sunglasses (5), (6) and Don Collins


Among the slides found by Jerry Fecht in 2013. 

 George Snodgrass and Dale Sonnabend Pledge Brothers Spring 1959
Photo 1013-002-6390 The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 

Br. George Snodgrass was initiated into the Phi Delta Psi Fraternity in the Spring of 1959. I have no additional record of him, save for the fact that his wife Gail was a Delta Phi at Los Angeles Valley College.

Brother Dale Sonnebend was born on the 13th of April, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan.  He came with his parents and brother Garett  to North Hollywood, California in 1947. Later the Sonnabend family moved to the then-rural community of Hidden Hills in the west San Fernando Valley. Dale played the trombone in the Van Nuys Junior High School orchestra and marched in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade with the Foresters Band.
Dale graduated from Canoga Park High School. There he lettered in swimming, specializing in the breast stroke. Dale was the school's head yell leader in his senior year, 1958. 
Brother Dale Sonnabend was initiated into the Phi Delta Psi Fraternity in the Spring of 1959. He actively participated in the Fraternity and was a Charter Member of our Beta Chapter at Los Angeles Pierce College. Dale was a "pitch in and get things done" kind of guy. He never missed a work-party.
After completing his studies at Pierce College, Br. Dale went to trade school and entered plumbing business in the San Fernando Valley, working for the George Kauffman company. Later, after finishing his Union apprenticeship, Dale worked for his father in the Claude Sonnabend Plumbing Company. He purchased the business from his dad in 1977, and was actively engaged in the plumbing business until his death on the 27th of October, 2005.
As a young man, Dale raced Kurtis Kraft flat bottom boats and won many first-place trophies. Dale was the "High Point Champion in the Pro-Stock Class" for five consecutive years, and set three world records. Since the class of racing, in which he held the world's record, was discontinued, he continues to hold the record. Dale's beloved boat was named "Mental Cruelty," number 422.
As an extension of his out-of-doors interests, Dale became interested in aircraft. He earned a pilot's license and purchased, first a Cessna fixed gear aircraft and later a Bonanza V-tail.
  From his Fraternity days, Dale Sonnabend loved to hunt. In 1990 he took his first safari to Africa. There he qualified as a big-game hunter. Dale also went on hunting expeditions to Australia, Canada and throughout the United States. A photograph of an enormous elk, killed by Dale, was displayed among other pictures at his memorial service.
Our Brother Dale Sonnabend is survived by his wife Dianne Lucille, a daughter Lynn Sonnabend Leferve from his first marriage.  He also left a step-daughter Sandra Christin Rebbie and grandchildren Candace Nate Lefevre, Amanda Nicole Lefeve and Jacquelyn Irene Lefevre.
To our lasting joy, Dale and his wife Dianne attended the 2004 reunion of the Phi Delta Psi Fraternity in Las Vegas. He was supportive of the Maple Leaf Endowment Fund and attended both annual meetings of the committee. Dale was the kind of man, who if you called him late in the night for help, would not make excuses, but be there for his Brothers.

Monday, November 18, 2013


Damon Fecht, youngest son of Jerry and Janne Fecht, with our new grand daughter Emily. Damon is an editor working on Nickleodeon productions.


This photograph of a Phi Delta Psi party was among the slides found by Jerry Fecht in 2013.

ALAN GOLDMAN  (center)
(Click on the image to enlarge it.)  Refer to photograph number 1013-002-6310
Archive of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley

I do not know the identity of the young man holding the Phi Delta Psi mug, at the right, but assume he is a Phi Delt.  I also don't know the names of other people in the photograph. JF

Brother Alan Goldman was initiated into the Phi Delta Psi Fraternity in the Fall of 1957. In 2004, he was a partner of the law firm of Goldman & Kaplan, Ltd., a Professional Law Corporation.  Brother Goldman is an attorney certified by the Arizona State Bar as a specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona and New York, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, Arizona Supreme Court, New York Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Brother Goldman  is a member and former Board Member of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, Personal Injury Trial Lawyers Association, and American Board of Trial Advocates. The focus of his practice has been on personal injury litigation. He also does private mediation, arbitrations and serves as a pro tem judge for Maricopa County Superior Court. Alan earned his law degree from Syracuse University in New York.


Frank J. Demarco
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley - Archive image - 1013-002-6310

Other than Br. Frank's birthday in 1942, little more about his education or professional career is known.


Among the slides found by Jerry Fecht last month is this picture of Donald B, Taggart, founder of the Phi Delta Psi. Don is seated between parents attending a Mother Chapter event. The man and woman may be the parents of Brad Hight who appears facing them to the right. c. 1959 or '60
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Refer to image: 1013-002-6311 Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.