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Alumni Profile Flashback: Peter Lauer '82ICYMI: Brother Lauer '82 Provides Great Insight on Why We Need to Fight for LXA

Last year at this time, we posted this Q&A session with Peter Lauer '82 about his days with LXA and why it is important to "dig deep" and support the Chapter through times of prosperity, adversity and dormancy. His words echo just as true as when we first published this. He makes some points that we should all consider...

Q: How did being in the fraternity contribute to your life today?
A: LXA fraternity life was the first time in my life where I felt, for real, the old saying 'the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.' Forty-two of us living together in a house where we were responsible for everything, and had a common purpose, contrasted with 42 people in some dorm eating cafeteria food. That same principle applies to most anything of significance throughout life from growing a company to leading a not-for-profit. 

"LXA fraternity life was the first time in my life where I felt, for real, the old saying 'the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.' Forty-two of us living together in a house where we were responsible for everything, and had a common purpose, contrasted with 42 people in some dorm eating cafeteria food. That same principle applies to most anything of significance throughout life from growing a company to leading a not-for-profit." 

Q: How and why do you stay connected to Lambda Chi Alpha and your brothers?
A: Of my many fond memories of my LXA experience and brotherhood, one speaks as loudly as any in support of the Greek bond. Eight fraternity brothers came to my wedding in Atlanta, 15 years after graduation, one of whom, Jay Wright '82, was my best man, having roomed together for 3 years in the house. Twenty-five years after graduation, 14 of us from the class of 1982 returned for our reunion, had a great time, and raised $15k in donations for the school. In between, I've gone mountain climbing and heli-skiing, played tennis, and platform tennis tournaments with brothers and any other fun events that have come along. 

Q: If you could go back to re-live any single moment from your Lambda Chi days, what would it be and why?
A:
I never knew I was skilled in beer chugging until the Greek Week competition in which I entered primarily because no one else would, and ended up taking fourth place. If I could do it all over again, I would expunge beer from prior rounds to make room for more and might have taken third. Otherwise, LXA was a great three years.

Q: What are the most valuable things you gained from your LXA experience? Do you feel it is worth perpetuating that experience for future Lehigh students?
A:
Fraternity life helped teach the life lesson of working hard and playing hard, while surrounding yourself with people you like and trust. This has for me been a guiding principle throughout life after college. 

Q: What did Lambda Chi Alpha teach you about leadership?
A:
Leadership matters immensely in everything, and I believe that there are both born leaders and developed leaders. I think we had both at LXA, where fraternity life, within a house, is a great leadership learning ground. 

Q: What’s new in your life today? Tell us about your career and your family.
A:
I've reached the point in life where friends, family, and new experiences and adventures with those people matter most. My quest for financial gain, a driver for years, is much less important than seeing and learning new things. Surfing a beach in Costa Rica with my three kids beats the heck out of another day in the office. I spend a lot of professional time within the startup world as both advisor and investor, and find it incredibly stimulating and full of learning. There is so much cool stuff going on at an accelerating pace—can't wait until a Tesla drives me instead of vice versa. My wife Liz was a Greek at the University of GA, and just a week ago, my freshman daughter Katherine was inducted into a sorority at Washington University in St. Louis. So Greek life lives on within the Lauer family!

Peter also shared final thoughts he’d like brothers to consider:

Alumni Profile Flashback: Peter Lauer '82

Class of 1982's 25th Reunion 

Left to right: Stu Lerner, Brad Bodwell, Greg Hafeman, Jack Terefinko, Ed Hallahan, Jay Wright, Peter Lauer, Paul Bailey, Matt Mcgloughlin, the statue, Jim Shatz, Seth Perlmutter, John Engelhart, Jesse Miles (or Myles), Kevin Parke ('81)


“A thought I've had for years as to the Greek system and fraternities,” he explains, “is that we miss an opportunity to do good for society en masse later in life, and in so doing change the stigma a bit in the eyes of parents of future brothers. If the 200k+ alumni brothers of LXA could rally for a cause(s), like for instance by partnering with Hands on or Points of Light for a service day across the country, while flying our Greek letters, we'd come across as more than Animal House brothers, no matter how good that was. 

He’s also eager for a return to campus. “To my many fraternity brothers/friends, let’s dig deep and help get the LXA fraternity house back on Lehigh’s campus,” he says.

Article originally posted 3/10/17 to www.lxalehigh.com