Honoring KDR’s Crown Jewel
Robert Donald Corrie, Beta ‘53
The candlelight dimmed within the halls of Kappa Delta Rho on the morning of October 20, 2014, when Robert Donald Corrie passed through the gates leading to Chapter Eternal after a brief illness.
For more than 58 years, he had served faithfully with 17 National Fraternity presidents and with seven Foundation presidents. He was a Brother who knew many of the original Founding Fathers; served the National Fraternity as a director, vice president, treasurer, Ordo Honoris chair, and director emeritus; supported the Foundation as a trustee, treasurer, and vice president of the Annual Fund; and advised the Phi Beta (College of William and Mary) and Beta Gamma (Christopher Newport College) chapters. He was a Brother who was honored with the Chapter Advisor of the Year Award on several occasions and with the prestigious North American Interfraternity Council Award of Distinction.
Brother Corrie was a rare KDR, who mastered a set of razor-sharp tools in the “workshop of the mind” where intellect and intuition generate success and build true character. Throughout his lifetime, he acted as a lightning rod channeling vigor and vitality to the energy grid fueling the Fraternity and the Foundation.
In 1959, six years after graduating from Cornell, Brother Corrie married the gem of his life, Ann Cameron. The durability of their marriage was celebrated this year with their 55th wedding anniversary. They were blessed to have three remarkable daughters, Suzanne, Jean, and Carolyn; two sons-in-law; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He returned to Cornell University in 2013 for the first time since graduation where he felt at home strolling its labyrinth of pathways passing Willard Straight, Goldwyn Smith, and Morrill halls; McGraw Library; Sage Chapel; Cascadilla Hall; Beebe Lake; and Fall Creek Gorge.
One of his contemporaries remarked in 2010 at a roast given in his honor, that Brother Corrie possessed all the four “Cs” defining a perfect gemstone – precise cuts of personal and professional accomplishments that would rival some of the greatest thinkers and financial leaders, many carats of wisdom that were reminiscent of the philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome, brilliant clarity of vision and purpose, and vibrant color radiating from his bright, shining face, outlining his glittering eyes and serene expression.
Brother Corrie, as you take your journey home, we honor and bless you for your expressions of respect – honoring Kappa Delta Rho’s timeless and sacred traditions, valuing humanity’s tapestry of diversity, and teaching lessons of generous giving and open receiving – deo gracias . . . Honor Super Omnia!
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Kappa Delta Rho Foundation, attention Robert D. Corrie Memorial Scholarship Fund, 331 S. Main Street, Greensburg, PA 15601 (or made online at KDR.com) or to the Williamsburg Landing Benevolence Fund, 5700 Williamsburg Landing Drive, Williamsburg, VA, 23185.
As part of the Legion which is the new total member education program that is currently under development, the Fraternity produced a video educating Brothers and the public about our Credo. This was completed on Saturday, August 16 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix Arizona. This is the last major KDR project in which Brother Corrie participated. Bob will appear at 2:08 mark within the video where he aptly states "Who am I? My name is Fraternity." This video will be revised to have a final slide to say "In Memoriam, Brother Robert D. Corrie, Beta '53" and the beautiful words crafted by Paul Downes, Gamma '68 will follow informing all those future Brothers of the legacy of Brother Corrie.