Dr. Maddox Joins Chapter Eternal
POSTED: 2008-04-25 :: LAST UPDATED: 2008-04-25, 12:50 ET

Dr. Robert N. "Bob" Maddox, born September 29, 1925, in Winslow, Ark., joined Sigma Nu's Chapter Eternal on April 9, 2008.

Dr. Maddox was initiated in 1943 at the University of Arkansas as Gamma Upsilon #532. As an undergraduate, he was active in intramural sports, served on the student senate and was a member of several honoraries, including Omicron Delta Kappa. After serving in the Navy from 1944 to 1946, Dr. Maddox received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1948 from the University of Arkansas. He completed his master's in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1950 and, in 1954, he completed his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Maddox continued his dedication to Sigma Nu by serving as Epsilon Epsilon chapter advisor from 1952-1957. He was later appointed Division Commander and served in that role for 10 years until his election to High Council in 1966. He then served a series of two-year terms as Junior Grand Councilman, Senior Grand Councilman, and Vice Regent, until his election to Regent for the 1972-74 biennium.

After his term as Regent, the High Council appointed Dr. Maddox Chairman of the Ritual Committee, a post he held for four years until the publication of the newly revised Ritual in 1978. This Herculean task of revising The Ritual, which was only the second such revision in Sigma Nu's history, inspired a significant rebirth in the use of our Ritual.

Dr. Maddox also served on the Leadership Council from 1987-1990 and served on the Board of Sigma Nu's Educational Foundation. Through a generous endowment to our Foundation, he established the "Maddox Honor Lecture" which sponsors a speaker at each of the Fraternity's Grand Chapters for the purpose of emphasizing the Fraternity's commitment to the Honor principle.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to The Legion of Honor, the beloved Dr. Maddox was inducted into the Sigma Nu Hall of Honor in 1988. The Hall of Honor is the Fraternity's highest individual award.

Outside of the Fraternity, Dr. Maddox's technical capability was well-known and established through the publication of eight books, nine chapters in various handbooks, nearly 150 technical publications, more than 30 other technical presentations, almost 90 short courses taught for engineers and through consultation with 50 different corporate or institutional organizations. He was a pioneer in the use of computers for classroom instruction and the development of simulation programs. He has been described as "one of the fathers of modern day chemical engineering."

Dr. Maddox is survived by his daughter, Deirdre Dexter, and her husband, Terry, and his son, Robert Maddox, and his wife, Pam. He is also survived by four grandsons and one granddaughter.

A memorial service was held Monday, April 14, 2008, at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Perry, Okla., before Dr. Maddox was laid to rest at Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater, Okla. The General Fraternity was represented at Brother Maddox's services by Regent-Elect Joe Gilman (Morehead State), Vice Regent Wil Long (Arkansas), Division Commander Michael Grant (Oklahoma), Board of Advisors member Joe Francis (Oklahoma State) and past Division Commander Tom Mason (Oklahoma State).


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