The Mu Chapter Dining Experience

Honoring Our Chefs

No kitchen would be complete without the hard work of the people who cook the meals. Sigma Pi owes a great credit to our lineage of chefs for their service to the house. To the many who have kept us fed for over 100 years, we thank you.

Patrick Spirawk, Chef: Patrick was a great cook and a jack of all trades. His talents go beyond his famous “Champagne Chicken” to carpentry, electrical work, and more. He always knows someone who can furnish any service the fraternity needs!

Adolphus Cunningham Hailstork “Dolly”, Cook: Nearly 100 brothers, spouses, house sweethearts, and friends, spanning more than 50 years of the Sigma Pi Mu Chapter’s history, returned to Ithaca on a bright and beautiful May 2010 weekend to bid farewell to Adolphus C. Hailstork. For 32 years, Dolly served as the fraternity cook, but more importantly as the glue that linked brothers to the house, to each other, and to the brothers that came before and after them. The Doll passed away peacefully in Ithaca on April 13, 2010, at the age of 94. He was initiated posthumously in 2011 and now is officially not just our cook and friend but our brother.

Mr. and Mrs. Ripke, Houseman and Cook: When Fred Willis moved to Philadelphia, one brother suggested we try to find a German or Swedish couple on foreign extradition who were relatively new to this country. It was that which led them to the Ripkes, who soon made Ithaca and Sigma Pi their home. A section of the house was converted into an attractive apartment for the couple, who provided a home atmosphere and excellent meals.

Fred Willis, Cook: Fred reigned over the Mu kitchen from 1946 until 1955, preparing three meals a day. Any brother could always get a date if it included a meal at Sigma Pi cooked by Freddy.



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