Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is the second most common neurological disorder. Every year, approximately 60,000 new cases are added to the 6 million people already afflicted with PD. There is no known cure for this disease that has a devastating effect on the physical being of those affected.

One of those affected is Jerry Herman, Beta Pi ’72. Brother Herman has been an invaluable member of Beta Pi since the day he was initiated. During his undergraduate years, he held many positions of responsibility for his chapter. After graduation, he has been a loyal and active member of Pi Kappa Alpha at Beta Pi and as the Director of the Endowment Fund and Gift Acceptance Committee for Pi Kappa Alpha Inter/National. Brother Herman is also the sponsor of the Dave Herman Memorial Scholarship awarded each Founders Day.

Jerry’s wife, Linda, is a leader in raising money for research to find a cure, address therapeutic needs, and to ease the debilitating symptoms of those suffering from this insidious disease. Linda Herman’s team, the Hermanators, participates in the New England Parkinson’s Ride, a bicycle ride event that raises funds to be presented to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF). The MJFF is at the forefront of funding research to combat PD.

With the help of many Beta Pi brothers, the Hermanators were able to raise over $40,000, far exceeding their pre-race goal of $20,000. Beta Pi brothers who donated are:

Joel T. Friedland ’74

Mark Lapatin ’76

Mitchell Karig ’76

Jerry Goldberg ’74

James Michelson Jr. ’84

David Edman ’73

Ken Wyman ’81

Michael Selikoff ’75

Joel Catania ’75

Gary Sachs ’74

Marty Conroy ’72

Todd Wieseneck ’72

Joe Livezey Jr. in memory of Joe Livezey ‘56

Myron Oppenheimer ’74

David L. Meyer ’76

Lawrence Orans ’80

Fred Rubin ’80

Rick Whealton ’72

Ted Fatsis ’71

Jeff Kaufman ’80

Michael Benator ’74

Paul Reszutek ’76

Richard Schorr ’72

Paul Zaentz ’69

Ross Weiner ’80

Joel Levine ‘70

Richard Heaslip ‘74

Harvey Mackler ‘72

Ed Shamy ‘74

Parker Weil ‘85

Richard Epstein ‘72

Rich Sussman ‘69

Richard Baiman ‘74

Kyle Solomon ‘88

Morty Cohen ‘65

Joseph DiMauro ‘75

Seth Shulman ‘89


Beta Pi can be proud of all the above donors for their generosity to this worthy cause. If you wish to join your Beta Pi brothers named above in the battle to eliminate PD, you can do so at: