Award Recipient

Vance E. Rule

Awarded: Knight Commander’s Accolade – January 1, 1974

Vance E. Rule enlisted in the Army Air Corps and completed flight school as World War II was ending. He continued a life-long love of flying and was always eager to, “take someone up.”

Vance attended William Jewell College on the G.I. Bill, graduated in 1949, and has been proud to be a benefactor of the college and of the Order. One of the largest donors in his lifetime to the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation (KAOEF), and its predecessor, the Kappa Alpha Scholarship Fund (KASF), Vance served as a Trustee of the KASF and, from 1996 to 2003, as a Trustee of the KAOEF. In 1974, he served as the Philip B. Hamer Province Commander and was awarded the Knight Commander’s Accolade by then Knight Commander Reynolds S. Cheney. He was also a member of the Howard P. Locke Province Court of Honor and a past member of the Mu Alumni Chapter.

He supported the KAOEF’s Headquarters Campaign, the Honoring our Past, Securing our Future Campaign, the Sesquicentennial Campaign, and was a member of the Crimson & Gold Society. He funded in full the KAOEF’s Vance Rule Scholarship.

Professionally, following service to JC Penney, Sinclair Oil and West Bend Aluminum, he entered the fastener industry in 1963. He purchased a small nut and bolt supply company and began delivering fasteners to industry from his station wagon. Rule Fasteners grew to become a manufacturing company stocking more than 19,000 items for wholesale and retail trade in the south central United States.

Vance was the father of two KA sons, Randall (Beta Xi–Oklahoma State ’70) and Bruce (Mu–Tulsa ’74).

Brother Rule was 91 years old and passed away at his residence in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, on July 10, 2016.