Brother John G. Tower (Iota, Southwestern University,’43) maintained a long-time interest in the Order. In 1961 he was selected Kappa Sigma Man of the Year and was the keynote speaker at the 1961 Conclave in Portland, OR. He held the entire audience in awe with his demeanor and love of the Order. His service to the Order continued through the Supreme Executive Committee ranks and he was electedWGM in 1971.
In his public life, Brother Tower was a U.S. Senator from 1961–1985. He served as chairman of the highly sought-after Senate Armed Services Committee and also served as vice-chair of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee. Brother Tower worked tirelessly not only on behalf of the interest of Kappa Sigma but all fraternal organizations. His work with Title IX legislation was one of his more noted achievements.
The Tower Award was conceived and implemented to honor those brothers who have been active in all walks of life, including service to their community, outstanding career work, or other achievements. The Tower Award, approved by the SEC, has been presented to deserving brothers since 1997.