Flashback Profile - Al Shoemaker '60

Looking Back a Few Years to a Great Profile on Brother Al Shoemaker '60

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Sigma Chi had a very positive effect on me,” Al Shoemaker ’60 says. “I made some of the best friends of my life, and not including all of the social aspects of it, I learned some good values, and I learned about leadership. It carried me for the rest of my life.”

Al grew up in the small town of Somerset, Pennsylvania. He was invited to the Sigma Chi house by brother Jack Younkin '58, his hometown neighbor. Al liked the diversity of Sigma Chi; its members were involved in all types of activities on campus. He lived in the house for two years, and his roommate the first year, Leigh Faldi ’60, was the social chair. “He was kind of a wild one and always had something going,” Al says. “He ran through the budget before the football season was over. We had to have a special assessment because we ran out of money—we didn’t have any money for the Christmas formal!” The second year, Al ruled the roost as president.

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