Clarence Walter Schoenvogel, Jr. ‘74
March 10, 1954 - July 23, 2017 

Services: Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Tau alumnus Clarence Walter “Walt” Schoenvogel, Jr. passed away on Sunday, July 23, at age 63.  A Fort Worth native and gifted athlete, he graduated from Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA in 1972, where he set the record for high hurdles, which was broken only four years ago.  While attending the University of Texas at Austin, he excelled in intramural football.  Tom McCarthy ’73, who was quarterback on the intramural championship team with Walt, who played wide receiver, said he was the “fastest frat boy alive in the 70s! Could run a fly pattern like no one I ever saw.”  

Walt was a successful businessman, community leader, and philanthropist, but he will be most remembered by his Kappa Sig brothers as a good man and loyal friend with a radiant personality.  

Walt was my friend and brother, ” said Bill Zwiener ’73. " Above all else he was a family man who dearly loved his beautiful Charlyn, children and grandchildren. I, and all my Tau brothers, will sorely miss him and the times we shared together with him and Charlyn these past 40-plus years.   He was giving and always extremely thankful to have his family and friends he so greatly cherished.  I truly loved Walt as a brother who now  above all else walks in the light of God. ’”
Walt loved golf and often played in the annual Tau Open and Cooley Tau Classic tournaments.  In 2011, he, along with team mates John Eidman ’72 and Charlie Stoddard ’73, won the Denton Cooley Tau Classic in Houston. 

Walt gave generously to both the Tau 125 and Tau Legacy 2015 Capital Campaigns, giving more than $100,000 to each.  

Walt was an honest, straight talking, humble guy who unfailingly loved and supported his family, friends, the University of Texas and Tau Chapter of Kappa Sigma, ” Charlie Stoddard ’73 said. " He had a great sense of humor and a quick wit which he often shared with anyone within earshot. He was a great friend and a unique character.  He will be sorely missed. ” 

A celebration of Walt’s life will be held Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham, TX at 10:30 A.M.

The Tau Chapter expresses its deepest condolences to Walt’s family and friends.

Read Walt’s obituary.