Meet Brother Guy Gebhardt

By - Steve
05-31-2021 01:55 PM

I was initiated in January, 1966, with one of our largest classes. My pin number is 121. Al Leahigh is my pledge father and Earl Franz and Hugh Walrath are my pledge sons. I was Venerable Dean, rush chairman, and song leader. I served on IFC for three years, and was IFC social chairman. I lived in the pit with Bbo Houghton, Jeff Olson, Jack Pitzer, and Rick Snedden my sophomore year, then on the first floor with Houghton, Olson, and Pitzer in the "new addition" in the room facing the Pizza Hut my last two years. Denny Kohan got me a meal job at the SK house where I worked for three years. I was on the student union commission, elected vice president of the senior class, spent two years on the debate team, and was elected to Blue Key.


Why did you pledge Acacia Fraternity?

 Why did I pledge Acacia? Just dumb luck.


What are some memorable experiences from your time in the chapter house?

Some memorable times include travelling to the NAIA tournament in Kansas City our freshman year in the back of a 1950 Packard with 6 other brothers and appearing at the Acacia house at KU at 2 a.m. to sleep for the night, Nights on the Nile, sleeping in the cold dorm upstairs, and so many other memories.


In what way(s) has your membership in Acacia influenced your life?

In what ways has Acacia influenced my life? The actives instructed me to run for freshman class treasurer and I won. They always made sure we had dates. My Acacia brothers gave me the confidence to participate in campus activities and switch majors so I had a better shot at a good law school. Thanks to that decision I received a tuition scholarship to Vanderbilt Law School.

 

What career(s) have you had?

  After active duty in the U.S. Army, I graduated from Vanderbilt Law in 1973 and practiced in Atlanta, GA until 1991 when I was appointed Asst. U.S. Trustee with the U.S. Department of Justice in Atlanta. From 2013 to 2018, I served as Acting U.S. Trustee for Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Do you have any comments to share about being a member of Acacia Fraternity?

Acacia and my brothers mean a tremendous amount to me. I was honored to receive the Order of Pythagoras and to be elected a director of the Acacia Fraternity Foundation in 2018. I have served as the Foundation's secretary since 2019.