Why I Gave – Allen Yeilding ’78 Views DKE as Invaluable to College Career
I contributed to the development of the new house for several reasons. I feel DKE adds an invaluable asset to the four years of college at the University of Alabama—your DKE experience will be an asset for the rest of your life, and there is a great return from the investment to the alumni and state.
DKE not only provides actives with a place to socialize, it gives them opportunity to learn the attributes of a good person, such as honesty, dependability, trust, reliability, and humility. DKE men learn how to deal with stress and adversity, but not alone. The brothers have the opportunity to help each other with academics and begin developing invaluable contacts, both amongst peers and with alumni. Later in life, DKE provides a place to return for an enjoyable weekend with generations of Psi brothers.
I am a hematologist/oncologist in Birmingham. My wife, Cindy, and I have four children: Christopher, a graduate of UA and UA Law School, is an attorney. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have given us our first two grandchildren, Christopher Jr., and Evelyn. Our second son, Frank Allen, a former UA baseball player, works with AXA at UA. Our daughter, Vivian (a Kappa), is a pre-medicine senior at UA and wants to be a surgical oncologist. Allen Jr. is a high school senior heading to UA in the fall—the last DKE hopeful. My father, Frank A. Yeilding ’53, was a DKE. If Allen Jr. joins, we will represent three proud generations of DKE men.