PIKE Foundation Inducts Six Brothers into Order of West Range

Order of West Range medallion
MEMPHIS, TN – Established in 1986, The Order of West Range recognizes outstanding alumni of The Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity for achievement in their careers, service to society or service to the Fraternity. This honor is bestowed upon a select group of men representing government, business, entertainment, sports and many other fields.

The Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity is honored to welcome these six gentlemen into the 2018 Order of West Range.

  • James J. Chaffin, Jr. (Virginia, Alpha ’63)
  • Colonel Frederick A. Crow, Jr. (Cornell, Beta Theta ’48)
  • Dr. Daniel F. Mahony (Virginia Tech, Epsilon ’84)
  • Todd A. Pletcher (Arizona, Gamma Delta ’86)
  • Thomas J. “Tommy” Turner (Texas Tech, Epsilon Gamma ’67)
  • Michael P. Whan (Miami University, Delta Gamma ’84)

James J. Chaffin (Virginia, Alpha ’63) is one of the most accomplished real estate and land development professionals in the United States. As president and co-founder of Chaffin/Light Associates, his leadership resulted in several high-profile projects throughout the U.S., including Snowmass Village and the Roaring Fork Club in Colorado, Balsam Mountain Preserve in North Carolina, and Callawassie Island and Spring Island in South Carolina. His work on Spring Island has been recognized with multiple awards for its sustainable development.

He is still involved in real estate, with more focus on consulting and investments. Much of his time is spent volunteering for the University of Virginia, the Urban Land Institute where he previously served as chairman, and the Heritage Classic Foundation.

Chaffin served the University of Virginia as chairman of the Arts and Sciences Foundation, completed a six-year term on the Alumni Council, and most recently served as president of the Thomas Jefferson Society.

He and his wife, Betsy, live on Spring Island in Okatie, South Carolina, and have two adult children.

Colonel Frederick A. Crow, Jr. (Cornell, Beta Theta ’48), who witnessed the Pearl Harbor attack as a teenager, enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve and dropped out of high school to enter the U.S. Army Air Force’s aviation cadet program during the late stages of World War II. He was unable to complete his flight training until the war was over, so he was discharged and returned home to complete his high school education. Crow’s service to the nation continued in college as a member of Cornell University’s Reserve Officer’s Training Corps program and he commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, earning his pilot wings in June 1952.

Crow served as a fighter pilot and forward air controller at various bases between April 1953 and June 1964 and deployed with his unit to Europe in support of the Berlin Crisis during that time. He completed the Army Command and General Staff School then served on the staff of Headquarters Tactical Air Command at Langley Air Force Base before completing F-4 Combat Crew Training and serving with the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron.

On Easter 1967, Crow’s aircraft was shot down while leading an airstrike over North Vietnam and following his ejection, he was taken as a prisoner of war. He spent the next six years in captivity, with three of those years in solitary confinement. After his release in March 1973, Colonel Crow continued to serve until his retirement from the Air Force in 1981.

Crow graduated with a bachelor of arts in English from Cornell University and attended the National War College five months after his release.

Colonel Crow’s personal decorations include the Silver Star (two awards), Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross (two awards), and the Prisoner of War Medal.

Dr. Daniel F. Mahony (Virginia Tech, Epsilon ’84) became Winthrop University’s 11th president on July 1, 2015. His first major accomplishment was the establishment of the Winthrop Plan, which is Winthrop’s strategy to become a national model for a student-centered university experience. Prior to Winthrop, Dr. Mahony served for seven years as dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at Kent State University. He also spent 13 years as a sport management faculty member and administrator at the University of Louisville.

He is an active researcher in the areas of sport consumer behavior and intercollegiate athletics. Mahony has also published more than 60 articles in various reference journals, several book chapters, and one book. He has received national awards for his research and work as an administrator. Additionally, Mahony is a member of the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Hall of Fame at West Virginia University and received a diversity award at Kent State University, which is now named for him.

Dr. Mahony earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Virginia Tech, a master of science degree from West Virginia, and a Ph. D. in sport management from Ohio State. He and his wife, Laura, and children, Gavin and Elena, live in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Todd A. Pletcher (Arizona, Gamma Delta ’86) is a world-renowned thoroughbred horse trainer and a seven-time recipient of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer, four in consecutive years. His horse Super Saver won the Kentucky Derby in 2010 and Always Dreaming won in 2017. Three of his horses, Rags to Riches (2007), Palace Malice (2013), and Tapwrit (2017) are Belmont Stakes winners.

Following graduation from the University of Arizona in 1989, Pletcher officially began his career with Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas in New York as a foreman. He worked with Lukas until taking out his trainer’s license in December 1995 and saddled his first winner, Majestic Number, in February 1996.

He lives in Garden City, New York, with his wife, Tracy, and their three children.

Thomas J. “Tommy” Turner (Texas Tech, Epsilon Gamma ’67) unremittingly served Pi Kappa Alpha for 50 years. His commitment included service as chapter advisor to Epsilon Gamma Chapter, long-term service to the chapter’s house corporation, and service as Lone Star Regional President from 1977-80. Turner applied his legal talents to assist the Fraternity from 1980-84, serving two terms as legal counsel to the Supreme Council. In 1984, he was elected national vice president and in 1988, at the conclusion of his second term as vice president, he became a trustee of the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation, serving two terms. In 1992, Turner was elected national president and served in that position until 1994. He was appointed to three convention nominating committees, acting as chairman for two. He also served on the International Alumni Commission for nearly 10 years.

He received his law degree from Baylor University and practiced as a partner with Turner and Jordan, P.C. until his retirement in 2015. He found a passion as a trial lawyer representing those in need. Turner had 37 years of trial experience, upholding his mantra to represent injured and aggrieved persons one case at a time. He reveled in helping people who had suffered a wrong and in representing individuals who had disputes with bigger, more powerful opposition.

He possessed a true servant’s heart, giving to his family, friends, church, clients, and numerous other organizations and communities. Locally, Turner volunteered with several nonprofit charitable organizations, including the Lions Club, the Rotary Club, Family Outreach, Meals on Wheels, United Way, and CASA of the South Plains.

Michael P. Whan (Miami University, Delta Gamma ’84) is the eighth commissioner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). He is credited with both revolutionizing and globalizing the sport of women’s golf and is currently guiding the LPGA through a period of unprecedented growth in both scheduling and tournament purses.

He developed a passion for golf at a young age, cutting greens and caddying to earn money. Before committing to pursue his passion for sports, he started his business career at Procter & Gamble rising through the ranks. After Procter & Gamble, he worked at the Wilson Sporting Goods Company. He then served as vice president of marketing at TaylorMade Golf Company. Whan took a slight detour when he served as president and chief marketing officer for Britesmile, Inc. before returning to sports as the president and CEO of Mission Hockey, a hockey equipment company. He joined the LPGA in January 2010 with a goal of “enhancing business relationships, increasing exposure for players, and maximizing the LPGA experience for fans”.

Whan and his wife, Meg, live with their three children in Lake Mary, Florida.

Previous Order of West Range inductees include Owner of the NFL Denver Broncos Pat Bowlen (Oklahoma, Beta Omicron ’63), award-winning author and motivational speaker Steven Covey (Utah, Alpha Tau ’50), former ABC Newscaster Ted Koppel (Syracuse, Alpha Chi ‘58), and Country Music Star Tim McGraw (Louisiana-Monroe, Eta Omicron '86). For a full listing of previous inductees, visit www.pikes.org/OWR.

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For more information contact the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation at (901) 748-1948 or pikeinfo@pikes.org