In honor of his three decades of service, the fraternity’s Auburn chapter this year created an award in his name, to be presented each year to a brother who shows self-improvement through his association with the fraternity.
On Nov. 16, before the Auburn vs. Georgia football game, Gaston became the award’s first recipient.
“Sigma Nu has been a family thing for us,” Gaston said. “My father was a member of this chapter, along with my older brother and his two sons. It’s very gratifying to work with these young men in college and see them grow and mature and then see them give back to the fraternity and other organizations.”
The award will read, “Very few brothers of Sigma Nu Fraternity are able to truly incorporate into their service the values of Love, Honor and Truth learned through the Beta Theta Chapter as has Maury D. Gaston. This award shall be given to a brother who shows a passion for leadership through his actions of goodwill and determination, while never compromising the values which he pledged to uphold. The recipients of this award are those brothers of Beta Theta Chapter who left this chapter better than when Beta Theta found them.”
Gaston, the son Annette and the late Ware Gaston, earned the rank of Eagle Scout at age 13, and was president of the Sylacauga High School Class of 1977. He was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma and Lambda Sigma student honor societies while earning his bachelor of mechanical engineering degree at Auburn, and he remains involved in a number of university and fraternity affairs.
According to an article in the fraternity’s national magazine, The Delta of Sigma Nu, “For over three decades, Gaston has proven to be an excellent brother of Sigma Nu Fraternity. There are many things that have changed since he pledged Sigma Nu in 1977, but his dedication and service has not once wavered.
“As an alumnus, he has done more than can be expressed in words. Yet, the chapter wishes to offer him a legacy in tribute to his hard work and unprecedented involvement. Mr. Gaston served as recorder and treasurer as an undergraduate, planned the chapter’s 90th anniversary in 1980, and received the E. Meade Wilson Award as the brother who best exhibited service and love to the fraternity.”
When Gaston moved back to Alabama, he was asked to serve on the fraternity’s house corporation, and he now serves as president. He has been honored as House Corporation Officer of the Year and as Division Commander of the Year, and he has been appointed by the regents to serve as Grand Chaplain.
He is chairman of the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council and a member of the college’s capital campaign leadership team.
Gaston is manager of marketing services for American Cast Iron Pipe Co. in Birmingham, and previously worked for the company at sales offices in New York and Orlando and as a district manager in Sacramento and Dallas, according to a bio on the company’s website.
He and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of one daughter, and are active members of Mountain Brook Community Church.
Gaston said the award came as a complete surprise when it was created last April.
“It’s not unlike a father-son relationship. I sometimes have to be on these guys to do certain things, and for them to have done this on their own was very gratifying,” he said.
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