The Fraternity is saddened to announce the passing of Brother Peter Crandall, California-Davis ’79. Brother Crandall served on the Headquarters staff as a regional director during the 1979-1980 academic year. In addition, he was a member of his home chapter’s alumni and volunteer corporation, serving several years as AVC president. In 2013, he was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his service to SigEp.
Jeff Prouty, Iowa State ’79, looked back fondly on four decades of friendship with Peter. “We will all miss Peter’s quick wit and sense of humor,” he said. “It’s been 42 years since we traveled as regional directors together. SigEp hugs and condolences go to Peter’s friends and family.”
Rod Smart, Sacramento State ’77, also met Peter around the same time, at the 1979 Conclave in Cincinnati. “Pete was just starting his year on staff, and with him being from California-Davis and me from Sacramento State, we hit it off almost immediately,” he recalled.
He added, “Over the years, Pete attended numerous Conclaves and Carlson Leadership Academies, and served the Fraternity well in working with our chapters at Cal State-Chico, California-Davis and Sacramento State as chapter counselor and in many other alumni positions.
“Pete was one of my closest brothers, extremely witty and smart, and loved Sigma Phi Epsilon. He unselfishly gave of his time and talents so many could also experience the Lifetime of Brotherhood that he enjoyed. I will truly miss him.”
SigEp’s national chaplain, Fr. Ray Ackerman, Oklahoma ’77, also remembered his longtime friend and expressed sadness at his passing. “I came to know Peter when we both served as regional directors in 1979 and 1980,” Ackerman said. “He was a great guy, with a kind soul. Pete will be missed.”
The Headquarters staff joins these brothers in mourning Brother Crandall’s passing and extend condolences to his family and the California Eta chapter.
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