Alumni Profiles

Tom Cauble '68

Brotherhood Comes First for Sigma Nu Tom Cauble

May 2006

Tom Cauble has a dilemma. He wants you to know why he supports the Gamma Alpha chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity, he wants you to know how passionate he is about his commitment to the fraternity: and he wants to share his enthusiasm for the quality of the Brotherhood, the depth and diversity of the chapter, and the amazing camaraderie that he continues to share with so many of his fraternity Brothers. But he's reluctant to accept any lime-light and uncomfortable in receiving any recognition for the significant financial commitments that he has made because as he says..." I am just blessed to be able to give back. It really isn't about's about Gamma Alpha and the amazing Brothers I had at Georgia Tech ."

So it took the Chairman of our Campaign....Gary Jones - Gamma Alpha #1290 to step in and persuade Tom to share his passion and to tell everyone why he believes in Sigma Nu; why he feels so strongly about Sigma Nu; and why he is so devoted to the chapter.

Tom Cauble values friendship and fraternity. When asked what role Sigma Nu has had on his life and career, the answer comes easily. "A lot of my close, lifelong friends are Sigma Nu brothers," he says. He joined Sigma Nu in 1966 recognizing its camaraderie.

He chose Sigma Nu because the chapter was filled with student leaders, men he enjoyed being around and who had shared interests. Despite the fact that his father had been a Kappa Sigma, Tom "felt a kinship" with the men of Sigma Nu.

"I built wonderful friendships there," he says. "Most guys spend at least 20 hours a day in their fraternity house, assuming they attend class. Some days, I spent 24 hours in the House, so I really got to know my brothers and enjoyed their company." (This last bit is said with a trace of irony.)

Since 1896, our Chapter has prepared men dedicated to the promotion of professional development and to the building of a strong network among Alumni. The Chapter's graduates are a living advertisement for the quality of Sigma Nu as evidenced through their enthusiasm and their considerable accomplishments. This alumni profile is the seventh in a series on Gamma Alpha alumni who truly 'Walk in the Way of Honor'.

Some of the men Tom shared the House with include Russell Cooley, Jim (Tea Bag) Neel (God rest his soul), Gerry Widegren, Hawley Smith, Steve Menke, Rick Leow, Guy Miller, Fred Link, Ken Crawford, Buzz Johnson, Jay Gillette, Mike Braid, Andy McKenna, David Bassett, Steve Simpson, David Gibson, Frank Rose (God rest his soul) and John Thigpen.

Tom's favorite memories are of the ordinary daily activities of their community: playing bridge or foosball, Al's Corral, inter-fraternity athletics, etc. He remains very close to many of his brothers and still keeps in touch with Jim Neel's widow, Ofie. He and 20 or so of his Sigma Nu Brothers had their annual reunion... A GATHERING OF OLD SNAKES " Anna Marie Island, Fla this past April.

Brothers Mike Iversen, Tom Cauble, Hawley Smith, Gary Jones, and Jim Allison
Rumor has it that next year they have ordered a dialysis machine for the reunion.
Tom's reminiscences about Sigma Nu come easily and with great affection. They range from his recollection of the House cook, Willie Jones, being listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest-ever recorded body temperature of a person who lived (116°F), to his travels with Dave Nielan in Soviet Bloc countries during the USA/USSR exchange program in the summer of 1969. He recalls that Dean James Dull spent an inordinate amount of time with Sigma Nu brothers, either because many were involved in student government (as Tom was), or for other, less exemplary reasons, (as Tom also was).

But there are some things Tom is uncomfortable talking about, namely his recent commitment to the chapter for funds to help in the renovation of the House. What he doesn't mind saying is that he considers the House renovation to be a truly worthwhile project. "The components for any successful campaign relies on the belief in your organization; a legitimate need for the case statement and the campaign; a desire to make a difference; and a loyalty to the tradition and the legacy of the potential donor's relationship and experience. I am blessed to be passionate about all four."

"I gained so much from the fraternity in terms of lifelong friendships, that I want to help make sure future generations of Sigma Nus at Georgia Tech get the same opportunity to build similar bonds of brotherhood." Just like he did.

Tom graduated in 1969 with a degree in industrial engineering. Following a stint in the army, he settled in Richmond, Virginia where he founded the Tomac Corporation in 1972. Today, Tomac Corp. is one of the leading home builders in the state of Virginia.

Tom was pleasantly surprised recently when his daughter, a graduate of James Madison University, accepted a position at Tomac. He is currently engaged to a "WONDERFUL WOMAN"and reports ..." as Diedre' says - I am HAPPILY AND ENRICHINGLY ENGAGED."


Charlie Brady '57

Warm, Family Environment of Sigma Nu "Made a Huge Difference" in College Experience and Life Experience


Charlie Brady joined Sigma Nu in 1955 because he was looking for a way to connect. He found it: 50 years later, he says that his best friends from his college days—some of whom remain friends today—were his Gamma Alpha brothers.
"As a city school in the 1950's, Georgia Tech didn't offer much in the way of social structure," Charlie explains. "Being a part of Sigma Nu made a huge difference. Everything I did was through the fraternity."

The fraternity wasn't just a way to become involved, though. Charlie says the Gamma Alpha chapter "offered a warm environment, a family; it was really the only kind of social connection you could make at the school."

Looking back on his college experiences, Charlie believes he would have missed out on a lot had he not joined Sigma Nu. "Fraternities enhance your educational experience, as well as your life experiences," he says. "You gain relationships and practice dealing with things that can help you later."

Charlie also pointed out that the fraternity's social events were some of the few ways men and women were likely to meet at Georgia Tech in 1955, noting that the school had begun accepting women just the year before. "There were only 11 women in the whole school then," he recalls.

After finding this connection through Sigma Nu, Charlie made a commitment to stay connected, serving as the chairman of the Gamma Alpha House Association for 20 years. "After I got established in business, they asked me to help. But Jim Altman, another Gamma Alpha alum, did all the work," Charlie says modestly. "We worked together for the chapter for 20 years," adding that he's fallen out of touch with Jim.

It is a huge understatement to say that Charlie "got established in business." He actually succeeded in business in a big way.

Following graduation in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management, he attended the Advanced Management School at Harvard University. In 1959, after serving two years in the United States Navy as a reserve officer based in the Mediterranean, Charlie went to work in the investment business.

In 1964 he joined a regional bank, establishing the first bank-owned registered investment advisory service in the United States. In 1978, Charlie and eight partners acquired that business and founded INVESCO. In 1997, INVESCO merged with AIM Management Group, creating AMVESCAP, one of the first truly global retail and institutional asset managers.

Under Charlie's leadership, AMVESCAP has continued to grow and is today one of the world's largest independent global investment managers. AMVESCAP manages more than $400 billion in assets for individual investors and sophisticated institutions, including governments, corporations, and not-for-profits in 20 countries.

Charlie serves as the company's chairman of the board, recently stepping down from his duties as chief executive officer.

A lifelong resident of Atlanta, Charlie is active in local charities and community organizations. He is a trustee of the Georgia Tech Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board for DuPree College of Management at Georgia Tech, a member of the Board of Councilors for the Carter Center, and a director of the National Bureau of Asian Research.

Charlie's first wife is deceased, and he remarried 10 years ago. He and his wife enjoy spending time in their home in Aspen, where they ski, golf and ride horses, often in the company of their four children and six grandchildren. He's traveled the world for business, particularly to England, where AMVESCAP is chartered, and continues to enjoy his journeys.

Phil Gingrey '62

Phil Gingrey - Our Sigma Nu Brother on Capitol Hill


Congressman, physician, professional and community leader, husband, father, grandfather - Phil Gingrey can claim all of these titles and more, but Sigma Nu is proud to call him Brother. The story of this Georgia boy with the head full of dark curls is an American success story of the best kind.

He came to Georgia Tech in 1960 with barely enough money to pay for one quarter at school. "But I was young and confident and figured I'd find a way. I actually grew up on the South Carolina side of the Georgia state line, where my folks had a small 'Mom and Pop' motel. I went to a very good, but really small, high school. I had never even heard of calculus, so starting out in chemical engineering was quite a challenge. I was determined to do my own thing and not follow my father's advice or that of his good friend and partner in the motel, Dr. George Smith. They both wanted me to consider medical school. I had to bury myself in the books my first quarter," admitted Gingrey. "But I did make it to some rush week activities! I enjoyed the parties, but even though I got some bids, I knew I could not afford to join."

He earned a B average that first quarter and planned to co-op to make the money for school, quarter to quarter. The only problem with that plan was that he had to finish two semesters before he could even be in the program. He made a special appeal and was allowed to co-op that next semester at a Champion Paper Company in North Carolina. Back on campus the next spring, he met several Sigma Nu brothers in classes and was invited to lunch a few times at the house. His sophomore year he worked at the Savannah River Heavy Water Plant. Fortunately, he was able to live at his parents' motel and save just about every dime he made. He was finally able to join Sigma Nu and move into the house.

"I didn't want to join an organization where only one or two guys were outstanding. At Sigma Nu, the brothers were all welcoming and from a broad cross section of society. We had several sports teams. You had to have a competitive spirit to live in the house, and we were a big pledge class, over 50 of us. But everyone worked as a team." Gingrey reflected, "You realized that you weren't the only one worried about finances, grades, or getting a date. It can be really lonely at first, and every quarter is tough. Of course, there are always special individuals you will never forget. I had tremendous respect for Bob Meyer, Jerry Cox, Solly Toussieh, and Bob Rhinehart."

Another individual who had a life-changing impact on young Gingrey was his father's friend, Dr. George Smith, who was a neurosurgeon and Chairman of that department at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Smith convinced Gingrey to observe surgical procedures with some of his students and took him on rounds at the hospital. By his junior year, Gingrey was beginning to think that maybe medicine was his calling after all. He switched his major to chemistry and signed up for premed electives.

It was the Saturday night of White Rose Weekend his senior year that stands out most vividly in Gingrey's mind—but not for the reasons you would expect. "We were all excited, of course. The fraternity had some wonderful dances. We would hire big name bands like Chuck Berry and Clyde McPhatter. I was on a double date, and we were half listening to the radio while talking the whole way to the dance," remembers Gingrey. A news bulletin somehow grabbed his attention away from the party excitement. A private plane had crashed in Texas killing all on board, including a doctor and his wife from Augusta, Georgia. He immediately had a sick feeling in his stomach. His father's dear friend frequently piloted his own plane to medical meetings, and he knew that he had to contact his father immediately. They stopped the car at a phone booth for him to make the call. "Dad, do you happen to know where Dr. Smith is this weekend?" he asked, and the answer was the one he dreaded hearing—a medical meeting in Texas. "I had to tell my father that Dr. and Mrs. Smith had both been killed. It was my Dad who told the family keeping the couple's eight children, their oldest just 16. That loss had a deep and enduring impression on me, and I still cannot get that weekend out of my mind, even after 40 years."

After graduating from Tech, Gingrey went to the Medical College of Georgia and was again able to live at his parents' motel where he had his own efficiency unit. When he finished medical school, he moved into an apartment with his brother in Atlanta while interning at Grady Hospital. "The apartment complex had a swimming pool, and we were there the summer of '69. I saw this beautiful girl and later learned her name, Billie Ayers. She was a flight attendant for Delta. We ended up dating for about six months, and I knew she was the girl I wanted to be my wife." When he was ready to begin his own practice, they moved to Marietta. Now married for over 34 years, the Gingreys have four grown children and four grandchildren.

As an obstetrician, Gingrey has been privileged to help welcome more than 5,000 new sons and daughters to Georgia families over the course of his 26-year practice. He has also been continuously involved in bettering the extended life of his community. He is proud that his children all went to public schools, so it was a natural thing for him to serve on the Marietta city school board from 1993 to 1997, three times as elected chairman. When the opportunity came to run for the Georgia State Senate, he campaigned and won. "I wasn't necessarily the favorite or even recruited, but I have always had the attitude that you don't wait for someone to ask you. In life, you have to make your own decisions. If it is important to you, go for it!" He served two terms from 1999-2003, winning 74 percent of the vote for his second term. In 2002, he won Georgia's 11th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and was reelected last fall for a second term.

He advises university students and brothers just starting out in life, "Academics at Tech can be extremely hard. Try to approach learning as something to enjoy, and remember that life is not an obstacle course. Fretting and worrying will only make you sick in mind and body. By all means, do not be afraid of change." Rep. Gingrey admits that as eager as he is to serve in the Congress, there are times that he misses medical practice, "Particularly in an obstetrics practice, you get to experience the deep satisfaction that comes with delivering a precious baby after months of prenatal care. In Washington, however, projects often develop at a painfully slow pace. You have to learn to be patient and wait for the reward of seeing a project through to the end."

Rep. Gingrey is grateful for the trust his constituents have shown him, "I strive to earn that trust by serving the 11th District's interests and values with dignity and respect."

Brothers may contact Phil and Billie Gingrey through his office at:
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His mailing address is:

• In Washington—
The Honorable Phil Gingrey
United States House of Representatives
119 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-1011
• In the Marietta district office—
219 Roswell Street
Marietta, GA 30060

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