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Flashback: This month, we thought we’d take a look at an interview with Ronald Small ’65 who was featured in the December 2008 edition of the Gamma-Psider Press. Check it out below:

The values Ronald Small ’65 learned in Lambda Chi Alpha taught him many things, but mainly that it was important to take care of others. While traveling in Thailand, he met Father Ray Brennan, a Catholic priest who wanted to create a school teaching computer science to handicapped children.

“I was blown away,” said Ronald of the idea. He decided to stay in Thailand and assist Father Brennan set up the school. The school began with twenty children in a little red school house and has since grown into the largest handicapped school in Thailand,with more than 600 students.

“You learn about taking care of other people, whether they are your brothers, or in

a larger sense, everybody in the world. Life becomes more valuable when you do things for other people.”

Q. Why did you join Lambda Chi?

A. I met several of the other brothers who were rushing the fraternity and I was so impressed by them. I knew Lambda Chi Alpha was the fraternity I wanted to be a part of.

Q. How has fraternity life changed since when you were in college?

A. Fraternity brothers now seem like they are more responsible.

Q. What was your major at Lehigh and where have you worked since you graduated?

A. I majored in Electrical Engineering at Lehigh. When I graduated, I went to the University of Pittsburgh to continue my studies. But, one day I was reading Playboy Magazine and I saw the Playmate of the Month was from Malibu, CA. Immediately I decided to quit my graduate school

program, get a job and move to Malibu. I started my own company and was very successful. I always knew I wanted to retire early and was able to retire at the age of 40.

Q. What are some of your best memories from the fraternity?

A. My favorite memories are the ones having to do with the parties, but that doesn’t mean that those are the most important ones, they were just the most fun. I learned a lot of important lessons from the fraternity as well, especially from looking at the other brothers who were a lot smarter than I was. I began to understand better ways to do things.

Q. What else were you involved in during your time at Lehigh?

A. I was in a few other clubs, but none of them were as important to me as Lambda Chi.

Q. Did you live in the fraternity house?

A. Back then, everyone did, it was almost a requirement when we were in college. It was a great experience to live with a bunch of guys who were all friends and all knew each other.

Q. Do you still stay in contact with anyone from the fraternity?

A. Don Speakman ’64 has a reunion every couple of years that I attend along with a lot of other brothers from around the time I graduated. It’s nice to see everyone again.

Q. Tell us about your family.

A. I’m married and have one daughter and two grandsons who I will see again at Christmas. My two grandsons, Drake and Zane, are very young. Drake will probably be a football player, and a good one at that. His father was on the Fresno State football team. Zane was just born this year.

I’m not sure yet, but his mother says he will be a basketball player.

Q. Why do you continue to financial support the fraternity today?

A. I remember when I was in college and we all were tight for money. I support the fraternity mainly for that reason.

Q. Why should other alumni also donate?

A. Three years ago, I set up a fund at Lehigh that Gamma Psi members have been donating to. In a year or two, I hope to offer a small scholarship to the person performing the best at Lehigh in

the Gamma Psi Chapter of Lambda Chi. Hopefully, this will encourage the brothers to do well.

Q. If you could give advice to the current undergraduates, what would it be?

A. When you’re at Lehigh, find something that you absolute love to do and love to learn. That is your profession.