2018 Mikell and Walsh Courts of Honor Induction
The Bishop Henry J. Mikell Province and the William Archibald Walsh Province Courts of Honor held their annual induction ceremony on Saturday, February 23th, 2019, at the Dallas Country Club in Dallas, Texas. More than one hundred and ten brothers and friends gathered to celebrate our beloved Kappa Alpha Order and those distinguished alumni who have given their time, energy and service to KA.
The induction ceremony was performed by 38th Knight Commander J. Michael “Mike” Duncan (Delta Kappa–Stephen F. Austin State ’69) and 32nd Knight Commander Dr. Idris R. Traylor, Jr. (Gamma Chi–Texas Tech ’70), acting as preceptor and registrar respectively.
The following men were recognized and invested with the provincial cross of honor in recognition of their outstanding service to the Order and accomplishments which have brought honor to Kappa Alpha Order.
Bishop Henry J. Mikell Province Court of Honor
Frederick R. Edgar, Jr. (Gamma Upsilon–Texas A&M-Commerce ’69)
Initiated in 1969 at Gamma Upsilon Chapter at Texas A&M-Commerce. Fred has been an integral part of the Alumni Chapter for many years. He sponsors alumni luncheons on the first Friday of the month. Fred is employed with Edgar and Associates and resides in Dallas, Texas. Nominated by Brother John Chenault.
Anthony M. Graziani (Zeta Pi–Florida Gulf Coast ’07)
Anthony was initiated in 2007 at Zeta Pi Chapter at Florida Gulf Coast University. Anthony currently works for the Kappa Alpha Order National Administrative Office and serves as the Assistant Executive Director for Chapter Services. Anthony resides in Lexington, Virginia. Nominated by Mikell Province Commander David Martineau.
Mitchell L. Heidenheimer (Gamma Chi–Texas Tech ’83)
Initiated in 1983 at Gamma Chi Chapter at Texas Tech University. Mitchell serves on the Gamma Chi Alumni Advisory Committee, he has served several times as president and also serves as the President of the Lubbock Alumni Chapter. He is President of First National Bank in Anson, Texas. Nominated by Former Knight Commander Idris R. Traylor, Jr.
Craig A. Power (Gamma Upsilon–Texas A&M-Commerce ’01)
Craig was initiated in 2001 at Gamma Upsilon Chapter at Texas A&M-Commerce. Craig chairs the Alumni Committee Homecoming and Convivium activities. Craig is employed by Edward Jones and resides in Royse City, Texas. Nominated by Brother John Chenault.
Paul J. Schmitz III (Gamma Lambda–North Texas ’90)
Initiated in 1990 at Gamma Lambda Chapter at the University of North Texas. Paul serves as the Vice President for the Dallas Alumni Chapter and serves on the Gamma Lambda Alumni Advisory Committee. Paul has also donated his Texas Rangers suite several times per year for KA functions. Paul is with Morgan Stanley and resides in Flower Mound, Texas. Nominated by Deputy Chief Alumnus Blake Benney.
William B. Thrailkill, Jr. (Gamma Upsilon–Texas A&M-Commerce ’73)
Initiated in 1973 at Gamma Upsilon Chapter at Texas A&M-Commerce. Billy was a partner on the financial note to build the KA house in Commerce in 1987. He has been very active in all alumni activities and financial contributions. He is employed by All Metals Fabricating and resides in Plano, Texas.
William B. Travis (Alpha Upsilon–Mississippi ’82)
Initiated in 1982 at Alpha Upsilon Chapter at the University of Mississippi. William was very instrumental with Gamma Lambda’s re-chartering at the University of North Texas. William is a consultant to the Dallas County Sheriff and resides in Flower Mound, Texas. Nominated by Mikell Province Commander David Martineau.
William A. Walsh Province Court of Honor
Charles L. Beckner (Gamma Tau–Sam Houston State ’71)
Chuck was initiated in 1971 at Gamma Tau Chapter at Sam Houston State University. In 1987 he engineered the acquisition of American Bridge Company from United States Steel. At the time the largest steel construction firm in the country. He then took it private. His steel construction business has built many of the heavy steel buildings in Dallas and Houston. Since 2005 he has served as the Chairman of the Board Unamsco. Chuck has been an avid supporter of Gamma Tau and is the lead donor for the newly built chapter house. He resides in Dallas, Texas and was nominated by Gamma Tau Alumnus Advisor Ronny Snow.
G. Michael Hilliard (Gamma Tau–Sam Houston State ’75)
Initiated in 1975 at Gamma Tau Chapter at Sam Houston State University. Mike has served on the Housing Corporation board the past three years and has been instrumental working with the board to get their house built. Mike works for Public Employees Credit Union and resides in Austin, Texas. Nominated by Brother Chris Jones.
Rex L. Preis (Xi–Southwestern ’78)
Initiated in 1978 at Xi Chapter at Southwestern University. Rex has been heavily involved with Xi chapter as an alumnus and donor. He has worked very closely with chapter officers on many activities and events. He has been a mentor who has given great advice to many of the officers within the chapter. Rex is employed by Tito’s Vodka and was nominated by Brother Justin Cruz.
Sanford C. Reed (Xi–Southwestern ’63)
Sanford was initiated in 1963 at Xi Chapter at Southwestern University. Sanford has been heavily involved with the San Antonio Alumni Chapter as a recruiter and sponsor at the San Antonio Petroleum Club. He has served as Province Commander from 1972-1973. Sanford is a retired educator and resides in San Antonio, Texas. Nominated by Brother Clyde Jones.
C. Douglas Simmons III (Beta Tau–Mississippi State ’95)
Initiated in 1995 at Beta Tau Chapter at Mississippi State University and currently serves the Order as Senior Councilor. Simmons was first elected to the Executive Council in 2008. In the spring of 2015, Simmons was also elected as a Trustee of the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation. He has also served as the Commander of Irwin Province from 2004 – 2008. He is a former staff member of the Kappa Alpha Order National Administrative Office where he worked as an Educational and Leadership Consultant from 1998-2000. He resides in Greenville, Mississippi where he is a rice and soybean producer. Nominated by Former Knight Commander J. Michael Duncan.
More photos from the event are available on KA’s Facebook page.