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By Joe Moye ’63

Family Legacy Lives on at Sigma Nu

Joe, Will, and Todd along with their wives at Will's wedding

My dad was Psi 233 and he first introduced me to Psi chapter in 1947 after a football game. Two of his cousins and many of his friends, including the band leader and movie star Kay Kyser who was his roommate one year, were Sigma Nus. Their memories and stories of college life got better if not more believable each time I heard them. 

I grew up determined to attend Carolina and meeting Joe Quigg ’58 and Pete Brennan ’58 at Camp Sea Gull in 1955 erased any doubt I might have had that I wanted to pledge Sigma Nu. My sons Todd ’92 and Will ’95 were raised in Atlanta to become Tar Heels and I am proud that they became brothers at Psi chapter also. Maybe Todd’s sons will be fourth generation Psi brothers and Will’s daughter will be a White Star Princess one day.

After surviving a fairly rigorous pledge training and making my grades, I learned how to fit studying in between bridge,  hearts & horseshoe games at the House, movies at the Carolina & Varsity theaters, Carolina games of any sport, shooting pool at Paul & Bill’s Carolina Grill and trips to Women’s College in Greensboro. I got to know psychology professors at the Shack on W. Rosemary and Dean Godfrey and Dr. Lefler of the history department at Emerson field during baseball games. Dean Godfrey remembered a bathtub full of gin at the House during my father’s time in the roaring twenties. Dr. Langenderfer, the accounting professor, remembered our dog Dammit better than he did me, thank goodness. 

Family Legacy Lives on at Sigma NuDammit, the house dog from the fall of 1962 through the spring of 1964, adopted my wife and me when she got pregnant and lived with us until 1975.

My year as treasurer made me more responsible and helped prepare me for the business world. After getting my M.B.A., I was hired by Roadway Express. Following a two-year training program in Winston-Salem, I opened terminals for Roadway in Raleigh and Baton Rouge and then became terminal manager in Atlanta, which at the time was the company’s largest operation. After 12 years of transfers and dealing with the teamsters union and O.S.H.A., I needed to make a career change, and with help from brother Arnold Johns ’65, I got a job with Refrigerated Transport Company, an Atlanta-based (nonunion) perishables carrier. I was in charge of the less than truckload division for seven years until the Interstate Commerce Commission was deregulated. Deregulation made it easier for startups to succeed in the trucking industry, and in 1984 I went to work for a new intermodal carrier also based in Atlanta. During my 25 years with Morgan Southern we opened 14 terminals and became one of the largest intermodal carriers in the country. I survived 44 years in the trucking industry only because I looked at my jobs as a challenge rather than as work.

By the time I graduated, I knew that I wanted to retire in Chapel Hill and finally got to do so in 2009. I have enjoyed tailgates at the House and getting to know and sitting with younger brothers at football games and trying to keep up with brothers of my generation too. My sons continue to enjoy relationships with brothers of their eras and I appreciate their friendship too. Sitting with many of Todd’s brothers at the Mississippi State Peach Bowl and with Will’s brothers at the Auburn Peach Bowl added a lot of enjoyment to our wins. My Sigma Nu brothers of all ages were, are and hopefully will be an important part of my life for many years.

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