Lifetime Achievement Honoree Nic Windeshausen Passes

Oct 27, 2022 – Nic gave tirelessly to many causes, including Delta Sigma Pi, during his lifetime.

Nic Windeshausen, Nebraska-Lincoln, who joined Delta Sigma Pi in 1952, passed away at his California home on October 25 at age 99.

The second oldest of 11 children, Windeshausen was the born on a farm in Osmond, Neb. on May 16, 1923. He graduated from Osmond High School in 1941 and joined the U.S. Navy in 1942. He served as a Navy medic until 1946, and married Joyce Pilger later that year. 

At age 28, he took advantage of the G.I. Bill and enrolled at the University of Nebraska. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1954, a master's degree in finance in 1955, and a Ph.D. in marketing and management in 1962. During his studies for an advanced degree, Brother Windeshausen taught business classes at Nebraska. 

Nic was initiated into Delta Sigma Pi in 1952. As a brother, Nic was a longtime advocate for the Fraternity becoming race- and gender-inclusive. 

In 1962, Brother Windeshausen took a position at Sacramento State University, where he would serve as a graduate and undergraduate studies coordinator before becoming associate dean. Nic helped coordinate an arrangement with six nearby community colleges to allow incoming students to transfer credit hours to the school and played a key role in establishing night classes at Sacramento State. Brother Windeshausen helped charter Deltasig's Epsilon Phi Chapter at Sacramento State in 1963. Nic retired from the University in 1992. 

Nic was a devoted Catholic and longtime member of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church since 1962 and volunteered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Catholic Social Services and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, among many other organizations. Brother Windeshausen also participated in Peace Corps training programs in the Philippines and Brazil that taught marketing and management to students in those countries. Nic also served the Eucharist to numerous Sacramento shut-ins well into his nineties. 

In 2011, Delta Sigma Pi recognized Brother Windeshausen for his accomplishments with the Lifetime Achievement Award. At the 2016 Western LEAD Provincial Conference in San Jose, Calif., Nic gave a presentation entitled "The Habit of Volunteer Leadership." Hearing a then-93-year-old gentleman who provided a sterling example of servant leadership must have been inspirational.

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