William Duncan Saunders, 15, died of a skull fracture and ruptured aorta when he was roughly flung from a bed during an incident variously described as horseplay unrelated to hazing and hazing. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, but his chapter was not implicated in his demise. Here is a clipping at the time: Walke , 16, blamed his suicide by gunshot over a depression that enveloped him due to New salem School hazing. Utah finally outlawed the practice after his death, according to the Ogden Standard-Examiner January 10, The death was blamed by his mother on hazing, but cited as illness-related by university then-administrators who nonetheless strongly condemned all acts of hazing.
His mother became the first known parent of a hazing victim to become an activist. According to the Milwaukee Journal September 18, Clifford Tweed admitted to being one of those grappling with Aune but denied knowing how the young man suffered a serious spine injury. The Journal noted that the student body voted to end all hazing. A newspaper in Franklin, Indiana, followed his recovery, setback, and death in detail. The Reading Eagle April 19, said the college president banned all hazing as a result of the death.
The school ordered an end to all fraternities and sororities. A prime example of this was a onetime national sophomore society called Theta Nu Epsilon. That organization had subrosa, unregulated, unauthorized chapters all over the country.
Since it was a sophomore society, its members often or usually had additional membership in authorized nationals. So it was in March that Hubert L. Spake, Jr, died in his sleep after an alcohol fueled initiation for an unauthorized Theta Nu Epsilon chapter at the Univ of Missouri Kappa Sigma house.
The Missouri Dean Albert Heckel shut down the unauthorized chapter for good after Spake choked to death on his own vomit the night after the illicit initiation. Prior to the death, the illicit chapter operated as a freewheeling, hardly unknown chapter at Mizzou. The attending physician ruled he died of nephritis caused by a blow but District Attorney Elmer R.
Gehl, 19, fell down a set of stairs and died two days later. Foletta died when hit by an automobile after members dropped him off in the countryside. Niswonger was hit by a car as he slept after being dropped off on a road far from campus.
One perpetrator pretended to be a furious husband and fired a shotgun blast that sent a panicked Kaplan running, according to the Monroe Morning World. The Miami yearbook lists the following Lambda Chi Alpha officers: