Clifford H. Westcott

Clifford Harper Westcott, Alpha Epsilon 1914, Distinguished Service Award 1961                     (April 16, 1893 – March 1983)

Brother Westcott was a leading consulting structural engineer who established the Westcott Engineering Company in the 1920s and served as president and CEO until he retired in 1973.  He was a member and chairman of the Illinois Structural Engineer Examination Committee.  Brother Westcott was a strong supporter of the University of Illinois and Zeta Psi chapter in Champaign-Urbana.   He received the University of Illinois’ Distinguished Alumni Award in 1972.  He also served as a Trustee of his hometown of Oak Park, Illinois.

He served as chairman of the Alpha Epsilon Building Committee in 1919-1920 when the new fraternity house was built in Champaign-Urbana. Two of the three lots on which the chapter house was built were paid for by former Phi Alphas Bill Comstock and Ellis Ballard, with the commitment that the alumni would repay the loans over a set period of time. After the loans were paid off, Brothers Comstock and Ballard returned the funds to the local Elder Association.

Brother Westcott served as First Lt. in the Quartermasters Corps’ construction division
during World War I and was an officer in the U. S. Army during World War II.

Brother Westcott’s son, Robert H. and brother, Ellsworth J., were also brothers of the
Alpha Epsilon chapter and Brother Westcott served as a director of the University of
Illinois Dads Association when Robert was an undergraduate.