Alan Fiester '67
A Historian of the Brotherhood
Alan Fiester, retired clinical psychologist, currently splits his time between Tequesta, Florida and Pine Mountain, Georgia. Upon graduating from U.of I., he moved to Oxford, Ohio where he completed a M.S. and Ph.D. In Clinical and Community Psychology. It was during this time that he met his future wife, Linda (KATheta) and will celebrate their 50th anniversary this summer.
Since retirement, he has enjoyed volunteering at the FDR Little White House (LWH) in Warm Springs, Georgia. During the past nine (9) years he has studied FDR who along with his “Uncle Teddy” are our most famous Alpha Delt alums. He conducts private tours and helps with fund raising as a member of the Friends of the LWH. Unfortunately, very little is known about FDR’s experiences as an Alpha Delt while attending Harvard. He did graduate in three years and returned to campus for a fourth year in 1904 to serve as managing editor of the Harvard Crimson school newspaper.
Alan has also been involved in the area of patriotic philanthropy. He and his wife have sponsored two separate projects: the establishment of the Four Freedoms exhibit at the LWH (which consists of the iconic Norman Rockwell prints) and the permanent monument to FDR’s “D-Day Prayer” which is located on the grounds of the National Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning in Columbus, Ga. This monument was dedicated on the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings in part to Alan’s wife’s father who went ashore in the first waves on June 6, 1944 as a young 1st Lt.
Alan still sees Brother Bob Cole when he travels from Illinois to Florida for the winter months. During his time in the house, his room was next door to Steve Nagel. Alan was excited to learn that Steve went on to become an astronaut and fly in the space shuttle but saddened to hear of his passing early in life.
He enjoys receiving the chapter newsletters online and they always stimulate fond memories of his time on campus. His freshman year The Illini even won the Big Ten football title thanks to Dick Butkus. Alan is hopeful that Lovie Smith will return us to the glory years.
Alan would like to extend thanks to all those fellas involved in the chapter reformulation. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org for those that would like to contact him.
(From Spring 2020 Newsletter)