Beta Alumni Remember Beloved Cook
Though her actual “title” was cook, Annabelle Norris Smith quickly became the second mom to more than 600 Beta Theta Pi brothers in her 45 years with the fraternity house. Three generations of Betas affectionately called her “Annie,” and the stories surrounding her unmistakable presence at the house still bring smiles to brothers’ faces.
“I remember her throwing pitchers of water on wrestling members and being kidnapped by pledge classes,” recalled Alumni Board member Hank Sturges ‘73. “She became the heart and soul of the chapter house while she was there.”
Stephen Buchenroth ‘70, chair of the university’s Board of Directors, agreed.
“She is fondly remembered, and she had a profound impact on many,” he said.
Smith, who died this summer at age 96, also remembered the Betas, many of whom served as pallbearers at her funeral and contributed to her care during the last years of her life. In fact, her love of the house was so strong that she requested that memorial contributions be made in her name to the Wittenberg University Beta Theta Pi Memorial Fund.