Shared by Bill, Michael's college frat brother, following Michael's Professional Commemoration Celebration April 27, 2007.
Michael was a student in the College of Design, Art and Architecture at the University of Cincinnati in the mid-60’s. He joined Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. The Phi Kaps were mostly local guys from working class families. Many of us were co-op students, alternating between school and work every eight weeks.
We worried about getting a date, paying tuition, making grades and avoiding the Army draft. We drank local 3.2% alcohol beer at Fries Cafe. A bottle was $0.25 and a pitcher of Hudepohl draft was a buck. (Get moody with Hudy was their slogan.)
We were young men trying to find our place in the world. We had
nicknames like Slop, Sleeps, Jaws, Woogles, Barrel, Goose, Foot and
Toe... Michael was “Scuby”. Scuby’s leadership and kinetic energy were well known campus wide. As a
senior he was honored with the Mr. Bearcat award. He graduated in 1967,
The Summer of Love.
Following graduation some brothers stayed in Cincinnati to become doctors, lawyers and architects; to design nuclear power plants and to market toothpaste for P&G. Others left town to make beer cans in Iowa, soap in The Netherlands and semiconductors in the desert. Two left for Vietnam and never came home. Scuby headed to San Francisco to change the world...
Friends and business associates of Michael’s gathered on Treasure Island last Friday afternoon to celebrate his life. One man attended dressed with a top hat and a puka-shelled necklace because that’s how he felt Michael would have dressed for the celebration. Juli Betwee introduced herself as Michael’s one and only wife of 16 years, and she remembered their exciting time together. She said they were married on the rooftop of her building in San Francisco. They promised to live a life of fun and excitement together, and to love each other forever...except on the days that they didn’t (actually written into their vows)!Following graduation from UC in 1967, Scuby arrived in San Francisco shortly after the “summer of love”. He easily fit in to the “social activist” SF crowd. However, he realized that positive change could better be achieved through “social architecture” i.e. facilitating change through the process of collaboration and planning. To accomplish this, he founded various companies such as Interactive Associates, Michael Doyle and Assoc. and Pivotpoint Partners.
There were many testimonials from friends and customers about how Michael changed not only their organizations but often their lives. His boundless enthusiasm and generous spirit were often cited.
Here is the best true story of the day, as recounted by his “Cuba colleague” who was there:
Michael thought that he could change the world... He REALLY believed it.
One day in SF in the 70’s he met Peggy Dulany a consultant to the UN. She is also known as Peggy Dulany Rockefeller, the radical daughter of David Rockefeller. She mentioned that she had just returned from a visit with Fidel Castro. Fidel had said that the Russians were nice people, but they couldn’t plan for shit. (this was right up Scuby’s alley). Without missing a beat, Mike soon found himself meeting with David Rockefeller at Pocantico, the Rockefeller family compound in NY (were not talking Fries Café here). Soon thereafter, Peggy, Scuby and a colleague were off to Cuba via Montreal.
Upon arrival in Cuba, Peggy went off on some mission while Scuby and his colleague headed for the beach to pick up chicks. While on the beach word came that Fidel would see them. So, without sleep for 12 hours and high on Cuban coffee, they cleaned up and went off to the presidential palace. Striding into the palace comes Scuby, flip charts rolled up under his arm (he looked like Moses in Ben Hur). With a bodyguard on one side of Fidel and and translator on the other, Mike soon had taped his flip charts to the beautiful mosaic walls, and explained how with the right “process” (i.e. Scuby’s), he could change the Cuban economy. They met with Castro for about eight hours over the next two days. Scuby returned to Cuba three more times. If nothing else, he introduced the flip chart into Cuban culture!
Most recently he was working with the directors of United Way to improve their programs for at-risk children. The Golden Gate Bridge District, upon learning of his passing, adjourned their meeting with a moment of silence in his honor.
Tom Hess, a UC grad and friend of Mike’s who lives in SF recalled how he saw him at the SF Athletic Club just a week before he died. Scuby had heart trouble and said he had to get the old body back in shape.
I expressed to his wife Juli the condolences of the Phi Kaps. I gave her a few old pictures and explained how Scuby was selected as Mr. Bearcat by Sigma Sigma.
Until the end of his days, Scuby’s life was truly an adventure. He reminded people to have fun, influenced may lives for the better, was married to the love of his life and found happiness.
For some old Phi Kap pictures and photos of Mike, Juli and the celebration, Goto:http://web.mac.com/billseibert/iWeb/Site/Scuby.html