Joe B. Downing (’63), HP 004, OK #87, was the very first official Commander of the Eta Rho chapter. The Downing family is responsible for the Dero and Hariet Scholarship Fund. Joe’s uncle, Dero Downing, was the 4th president of Western Kentucky University and his legacy continues via the namesake of Downing Student Union Center on WKU’s campus.
Joe B. Downing is a member of the “Black and Gold” society for his generous donation to the construction of the Eta Rho chapter house.