Former Trustee Leaves Lasting Legacy

By June 25, 2013News

Brother Harold Steinke, Kappa 1943 was involved in Chi Phi for many years including serving a term as a board member for the Chi Phi Educational Trust in the 1980’s. While an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, he was inducted into the Iron Cross Society which recognize UW juniors and seniors who have improved the campus community through their past leadership and service.

Upon graduating from Wisconsin, Steinke continued to serve as a leader when he joined the Army.  He was sent to Europe from 1943 – 1946 to fight in World War II.  After finishing his service, Steinke returned to the US and embarked on what would become a 40 year career with Borden’s, a producer of food and beverage products.  His career would take him all over the US and to many foreign countries.  Throughout his career, he was known as a leader, mentor and friend to many Borden’s employees.

Brother Steinke was also a long-term supporter of Chi Phi leadership development programs and scholarships, making 57 gifts beginning in 1947 until 2003.  Brother Steinke passed into Chapter Eternal in 2005, but had made arrangements to to continue the 62 year impact he had on Chi Phi while he was alive.

He decided that his legacy would leave an impact that would be felt for many generations of Chi Phi.  He and his wife decided upon both of their deaths, to leave a portion of their estate to the Chi Phi Educational Trust and a portion to the Kappa Chapter directly. Brother Steinke’s gift of $150,000 will provide scholarships, educational programs, Chapter support, leadership training and more for years to come.

Brother Steinke was a leader as a student, as a serviceman, as an employee and as a Chi Phi.  His family said he often dreamed of being famous and remembered long after he passed.  Through his commitment to the MacLean Legacy Society and his gift, he has certainly achieved his goal of creating a legacy.




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