A Theta Delt legend -- Allen H. “Alio” Stowe ’60 -- entered the Omega Charge on August 5, 2013, in Vero Beach, Florida.
Al believed that one’s ties to Dartmouth and the Lodge are life-long. He often said: “Undergraduates are just alumni in training.” He was the great exemplar of his own objective, serving for decades as a director and president of the Omie Deut House Corporation. Largely through Al’s efforts – and those of his close friend and successor as president, Tom Brock ’60 -- Theta Delt thrived in the ‘80s and ‘90s, maintaining its place as a leading fraternity on the Dartmouth campus.
Al was the “social chairman for life” for the TDX Class of 1960 and surrounding classes.
According to his obituary in The Valley News, he “was renowned for his unique ability to seamlessly intertwine disparate groups of people, whether they were from Bronxville, Ridgewood, Princeton, Hanover, Normandy or Vero Beach, into a cohesive band of revelers. His leadership in this area will be sorely missed.”
Al was known by many at Dartmouth and Theta Delt as “Alio.” The story behind the name is the story of the man. Not satisfied by the social options in Hanover, Al discovered the Marconi Club in White River Junction. Undaunted by the ethnic focus of the club, Al successfully sought admission under the name “Alio Zambucci.” Thus was a life-long nickname born.
In the days before women enrolled at Dartmouth, Al raised the Skidmore road trip to an art form. How many of the legions of Dartmouth visitors to Saratoga knew a route back to Hanover that led southwest by way of a canal barge? And who but Al could be made – after only a few days – an honorary member of the barge crew?
In the 1970s, Al often threw a post-Princeton-game party at the local Knights of Columbus hall, featuring a live band and plenty of food and drink. A typical invitation from that era announced “Dartmouth-Princeton Football Extravaganza, Omie Deut Postgame ‘Tails, Music, and BHCF Memorial Mixer,” with a full list of nicknames circa 1956-1967.
Al and the late Don Goss ’53 led the celebration of our 125th anniversary in October, 1994, and the highly successful Addison Winship ’42 Fund Drive that year. Attendees still remember Al, resplendent in his green blazer, greeting the registrants on the front porch of the Lodge. At the closing banquet we presented Al with a Dartmouth Chair on behalf of all alumni and with our thanks for his long, loyal service to Omie Deut.
Al was a graduate of the Kent School ‘56, Dartmouth ’60 (where he was a member of the crew team), Tuck ‘61, and UVA Law School ‘64. He practiced law with Rogers & Wells in New York City in the ‘60s, founded his own business in the tax advising field, and later moved to Hanover and became co-owner of the Dartmouth Co-op.
The heartfelt sympathies of all TDX alumni are extended to Al’s widow Wendy and Al’s family. There was a memorial service for Al at Rollins Chapel on October 4, 2013, attended by many brothers of TDX.