Catching up with Tom Tabor 803 (initiated ’69)

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Thank you to Tom for taking the time to answer a few questions about his personal experience with Sigma Nu and his take on the future of fraternities at UCLA.

What about your membership in Sigma Nu makes you the most proud?

Most proud that we helped save not only Sigma Nu but the IFC during very challenging times of the late ’60s on campus.

How would your life be different today if you had never joined Sigma Nu?

Without Sigma Nu, the Greek social and sports calendar, and the friendships derived from them, I would have only experienced half of college life.

If you could go back and relive one moment from your undergrad days, what would it be and why?

One of my favorite memories was seeing my two younger brothers join the house for family night. My brothers were in awe of the empty kegs stacked to the side of the outdoor fireplace.

Tell me about your career path and where life has taken you since graduation. Did your involvement in Sigma Nu have an impact on that?

My career path followed my high school and college activities in holding office and playing sports. The leadership roles provided valuable experience and confidence for a competitive work environment. I have a Commercial Real Estate career in Sacramento, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Atlanta, and now in Fort Lauderdale.

Tell us about a time you’ve overcome adversity? Did any of the lessons learned at Sigma Nu help you overcome it?

I have always been able to rely on close friends though my personal family tragedies. And, thank you.

Tell us about your family. Do you have children and grandchildren?

Married without children.

With all of the challenges and issues facing fraternity life in the national spotlight, and universities responding by banning them on their campuses, can you comment on your thoughts about the future of fraternity life as you see it?  Why do or why don’t you believe the fraternity is worth saving through your financial support?

Sigma Nu, as the honor fraternity, has always been a leader among fraternities in banning hazing. It is time the others caught up.

As we move into this next chapter, what do you want more of from your alumni experience? And what is your advice for future generations of brothers?

I would appreciate a contact list for the Epsilon Pi Chapter, 1969-73, and news on both my college era of brothers and today’s chapter activities.

What would you say is your life’s mission? What do you want people to remember about you 50 years from now?

My mission is to leave things better than I found them. (I didn’t coin this phrase, but I like it.)

One Comment

  1. Robert Michel, Epsilon Pi 828, 1970-74 (Known as "The Face")

    For good reason, Tom Tabor was a multi-year rush chairman during his years at the house. He had the unique talent of sitting at a table with 8 people who had never met each other. He could then keep them engaged and entertained for hours! Thus, for prospective rushees, he was the perfect introduction to the Epsilon Pi Chapter of Sigma Nu at UCLA during rush weeks and the months between rush weeks.

    The other attribute of Tom is that he was, and is, the true stand-up fellow. He is always ready to help when called upon. It is not an easy task to be rush chairman for one year, let alone multiple years. Brother Tabor was exemplary in that role.

    Other stories about Tom, who was a victim of “bagging” more than once, are best shared in person, at Black Knight Dinners.

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