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Maturing at 340 N. BurrowesExcelling with Honor. That vision, and the legacy of Sigma Nu, is what drew Robert Free, ’51, to the fraternity when he joined in 1949. Being part of the Sigma Nu brotherhood was an experience that Robert cherishes, long after he left Penn State.

The years Robert spent at Penn State were during a time of transition for the make up of the fraternity, which made Robert’s pledge class a unique group. “I was in the first Pledge Class that had a mixture of World War II vets and young kids, like me, who had just graduated from high school,” he explains. His exposure to Brothers older and more experienced than himself was, in fact, one of the best parts of being in Sigma Chi. “My fraternity life matured me in many ways with the older Brothers,” he shares.

As a member of the fraternity, Robert was actively involved with the running of the house. Serving as Treasurer, he not only was able to make an impact during those years of service, but he developed important skills through that role that have enabled him to be successful in the years since school.

“I joined Delta Delta in 1949, said Free. “ The legacy of that house is what initially drew me in, and my experience was great!”

Free lived in the house at 340 N. Burrowes, a prime location right across from Rec Hall on the campus where he majored in Agronomy.

“As Treasurer of the House, I learned about budgets, balancing accounts, etc,” said Free.

The Delta Delta Brother spent the majority of his career employed by Chevron Chemical, a subsidiary of Chevron Corp. He started as a Sales Representative and ended up in San Francisco, responsible for recruiting, training, management meeting facilitation, replacement schedule, and salary administration.

“I was in the first pledge class that had a mixture of WWII veterans and young kids like me who just graduated from High School,” says Free. “My Fraternity experience matured me in many ways with the older Brothers.”