Tom Grewe ’56

Tom Grewe ’56 Thankful for Beta Pi Experience

Before Tom Grewe ’56 even attended the University of Minnesota, he was exposed to the values and traditions of Beta Theta Pi early on by his uncle, Herbert Grewe ’31, who is a Beta Pi alumnus. “Joining Beta Pi was an easy decision for me; I didn’t ever look at any other fraternities on campus. The house and the men in the chapter made a lasting impression on me and I knew I was destined to be part of the brotherhood,” he says.

Living in the chapter house, playing touch football in the fall with brothers, and being on the hockey team provided Tom with the ultimate fraternal experience and prepared him for life after college. He says, “Beta Pi truly brought out the best in me, and challenged me to excel not only in the fraternity but in all aspects of life. I learned how to maintain a healthy balance between personal obligations, school, and work, which benefitted me greatly in dental school and helped lead me to a successful career in dentistry.”

As an alumnus, Tom’s Beta Theta Pi roots remain intact and he enjoys keeping in touch with the chapter through The Beta Piper newsletters. “Reconnecting has been difficult, but whenever I have the opportunity to interact with brothers it is always a good time.” He has maintained a connection with Donald McGrath ’55 and values the friendship they’ve shared over the years. Tom attended the alumni Pig Roast event in October and was thrilled to rekindle old bonds from his undergraduate days in Beta Pi. “No matter where life takes you, your fraternity brothers remain a constant,” he says.

After attending the University of Minnesota for six years, Tom graduated with a DDS degree. He went into the U.S. Public Health Service for one year in San Francisco, California, where he served as an intern, then was assigned in the Public Health Service to an Indian reservation in Sisseton, South Dakota. Tom eventually returned to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to practice dentistry with his father and uncle, who were both dentists. When he turned 62, Tom sold his practice to a husband and wife in the area and has been retired since. He and his wife spend winters in The Villages in Florida and summers in Wisconsin. In his spare time, Tom takes pleasure in playing golf and exercising as he embraces living a healthy, active lifestyle, and traveling with his wife. They recently visited Lu Cerne, Switzerland, during their four-week trip to Europe.

Tom has three children: Brad, a surgeon at a male clinic in Eau Claire; Peter, who runs a business relative to computer software and hardware out of his home; and Ann, who was on the television series Anyplace Wild.  He enjoys spending time with his grandchildren. You can contact Tom at


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