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Dan Harmon ’79
Alumnus Reconnects with Pledge Brother
Dan Harmon ’79 Lives SAE Values
Dan Harmon ’79 knew that college would be his first experience away from home and he wanted to be connected with people at Washington State University. Dan was first introduced to the Washington Beta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon the summer before he went to WSU, but once he arrived on campus he knew the chapter aligned with the ideals and values he had grown up with. “ΣAE was one of the preeminent fraternities on campus,” he said. “We were recognized for having lots of quality individuals and were well respected on campus. It was a great chapter.”
Since graduating in 1980 with a degree in construction management and engineering, Dan has spent his career with Hoffman Construction Company. After working in the field for a year, he received his jurist doctorate degree and now serves as a principal for Hoffman. “Our company has a distinct set of values and that line up with the values that are expressed by ΣAE through the True Gentlemen initiative,” he said. “I had certain values growing up, and they were solidified by Washington Beta, and now I carry them through to Hoffman.”
Many of Dan’s favorite memories from his time as an undergraduate revolve around fraternity life. “If you asked me to look back on the best experience of my life, I would say that being an ΣAE and being in that environment tops the list,” he said. “I learned a lot and I grew a lot. I immensely enjoyed the camaraderie and it was a really fun time.”
Dan stays in touch with members of his class through Facebook and other social media outlets. A few years ago, Dan joined a golf club in Scottsdale, Arizona, and discovered that Brother Brad Selland ’79 was also a member. Brad and Dan and hadn’t seen each other in more than 15 years. “It’s important to reach out and reconnect,” Dan said. “I think we are all busy people and it’s fulfilling when you meet with your brothers. There are so many fond memories, and it makes me feel young again to be around my ΣAE brothers.”
Dan and his wife, Kathy, live in Wenatchee and have two children, Tyler and Whitney. Tyler graduated from Puget Sound in May and Whitney graduated from WSU in 2011. “It was great when Whitney was there,” Dan said. “I could go by the house, tell her some of the stories and it brought back so many memories.” In his free time Dan enjoys golfing, fly fishing, bird hunting, and biking. E-mail Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.