BY SYDNEY FORD
Three members of Drake’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) chapter, a fraternity on campus, have stayed in touch via email.
These three men, Jeffery Thompson (’85), Dan Kroc (’88), and Larry Furman (’87) consider one another best friends to this day.
Just a few short months before the beginning of the fall semester, the men discovered that all three of their daughters, first-year students Kari Thompson, Kelly Kroc, and Annie Furman, ended up choosing to attend Drake University. Two of them also happen to live on the same residence hall floor, just two doors down from each other.
The three daughters had known of each other through their fathers, but first got together for lunch during move-in day.
Furman was the first to choose Drake for the highly rated academic programs.
Upon L. Furman sharing the news with the email chain, K. Kroc’s father shared that his daughter was also Drake bound.
Kroc was slightly influenced by her father to come to Drake.
Her dad was a biology major and minored in chemistry, which will put her at an advantage in her studies in health sciences as her dad regularly shares tips and tricks.
Thompson was the last to choose, Drake because she was set on another school, but Drake’s academics and her father helped sway her.
Thompson said that her parents, both Bulldog alumni did not ultimately influence her in the grueling college decision process.
“There are many reasons why I picked Drake, but one of my favorites to mention is that my parents met and fell in love here,” Thompson said. “I wanted to see where it all began and to experience their most priceless memories while making my own.”
Furman shared that, like K. Thompson, she is also looking forward to “making friends that will last her a lifetime.”
Jokingly, in reference to seeing his daughter follow in his footsteps, J. Thompson said, “it’s still my school, only with a better Hubbell.”
Thompson recalls that he and his friends “went through an incredible bonding experience that unified us as friends to this day,” and is looking forward his daughter and her two classmates making similar memories.
Although about fifteen of the ‘80s era SAE fraternity brothers go on yearly trips and see each other when able, J. Thompson couldn’t be prouder of his daughter’s decision.
“The three dads are elated to have more than Relays to visit Drake again and to have each other’s company on dads weekends, parents weekends, plus the handful of local brothers that we’ll all get to see now,” J. Thompson said.