The general fraternity has its icons of the past-our founders and other key alumni whose contributions to Sigma Chi cause their names to be revered long after their departure to the chapter eternal. To no less of a degree, David L. Gundy '3 5 is just such an icon for the Gamma Pi Chapter.
Dave's involvement and commitment to our chapter and the fraternity at large spanned the many years of his life. His transition from those formative years as an undergraduate member of the fraternity to continuing alumnus activity began the summer after his graduation, when he attended the 1935 Grand Chapter in Chicago. For the next few decades, he became very focused on family and his business in Rochester. I still remember vividly a raining spring day in 1981, when Dave drove me to see the trucking company that he owned and operated until his retirement, A.R. Gundry, Inc. The pride and sparkle in his eye on that day was very much the same as when we discussed the Gamma Pi Chapter and its chapter house.
Beginning in the 1950's, Dave presided as our house corporation president. Although the Rochester Alumni Chapter has had many starts and endings over the past decades, Dave was always there and active, ready to take on any task for the good of the chapter. Beginning in the 1970s, Dave became an annual contributor to the Sigma Chi Foundation and provide significant financial support to the general fraternity when it was time to expand our headquarters in Evanston, in order to properly provide services for all chapters. Dave was selected by the University of Rochester as the 1990 Outstanding Greek Alumnus of the Year due to his prominence not only in Sigma Chi but also in university alumni circles as well. These are just a few of the many reasons that in 1992, this truly life-loyal Sig became the first Gamma Pi to be inducted in the Order of Constantine.
Most significant to me-and I believe for our entire chapter-was Dave's absolute devotion to the cause of renovating and expanding our chapter house. In 1981, as a young and very inexperience president of our house corporation, I turned to many other brothers for guidance and assistance. After several decades of university ownership and management of our chapter house, our house was still too small to be financially viable and terribly run down physically.
The university and the Greek alumni as a whole entered into a completely new agreement that gave management of our houses back to their respective alumni groups. Our need this time was to raise over $400,000. Former Chapter Adviser Scott Osterman '73 and I turned to Dave, who quickly and energetically took on the role of fund drive chairman. In the spring of 1982, Dave spearheaded our drive, and by September 3 of that same year, our undergraduate brothers moved into the "new" house.
It should also be noted that Dave remains to this day the single biggest financial contributor to the house corporation, as well. The next time you visit the Gamma Pi chapter house, you need only look at the expansion in the back to see a most visible sign of his legacy.
As I thumbed through old folders and pictures in thinking about what I wanted to say about Dave Gundry, it occurred to me how much I personally learned from this incredible brother and friend. If there ever was a man I have personally known who exemplified the true meaning of Sigma Chi, it was Dave. His friendship was unwavering, unqualified, and unending. His constant thirst for learning, by taking on every challenge in life as a new opportunity to grow personally, was his gift to us all. His absolute sense of justice, which led him to cherish above all the value of leaving a stronger Gamma Pi Chapter for the young men to follow, was a beacon in the dark night for a couple of nervous young alumni who couldn't have done it without him.
I love you and miss you, brother. All honor shall forever go to the name, David L. Gundry, Gamma Pi Class of 1935.
- Karl R. Thielking '77