Kenneth Francis Sieve died in 1982, much too soon for his then-12-year-old son David. As the years went by, David, now a major in the U.S. Air Force, found himself wanting more details of his dad’s life. So last year, when he came across his dad’s Xavier mug, David decided to act. In December, he contacted Kevin Garry, director for alumni chapters for the national alumni association.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t get to spend much time with my father due to his passing,” Sieve says, “but he always talked proudly and fondly of Xavier. The University definitely left an impression on my father and how he lived his life.”
Garry went to work. He did some research and found a Kenneth F. Sieve listed with the class of 1957. He then made several calls, including one to 1956 graduate Joseph Bunker. Unbelievably, Bunker and Sieve had been best friends—Sieve was even in Bunker’s wedding. Bunker asked Garry to have David give him a call, and the two men spoke for 90 minutes. “This was one of the most precious moments of my life,” Davidsays. “Mr. Bunker was as emotional as I was. His kind words sealed the deal—I know my father was truly one of a kind.
I’m proud to be his son. I hope I make him proud.”