Lisle Payne '64 Enters The Chapter Eternal

Significant Sig Lisle Payne, Beta Phi ’64, entered the Chapter Eternal on October 12th in California with loved ones by his side.  He is survived by his wife Roslyn and sons Matthew and Andrew.

Lisle pledged the fall of 1960.  He quickly demonstrated he was a hard-working student and Sigma Chi member. Lisle was also very active in many of the UA Men’s Honorary societies (Sophos, Chain Gang, and Bobcats).  He was very active in Chapter activities and was elected Consul for his senior year. Sigma Chi was a leader in the Fraternity system at the University including athletics, academics, and student government.

After graduating from the UA, Lisle and brothers Jon Underwood and John Schultz headed north to California. Lisle entered the MBA Program at the University of California, Berkeley. He selected this program because of his interest in real estate. After graduating with an MBA, he pursued a very successful career, starting the Fox Group, where he was Chief Executive Officer of this national real estate investment organization. Lisle was also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization in Northern California, where he had been Chair of the Golden Gate Chapter. Throughout his career, Lisle demonstrated leadership in the real estate industry at the national, state and local levels, board of directors for the Real Estate Securities and Syndication Institutes, Chair of the Board of Directors for the California Housing Council, and a member of the Real Estate Investment Committee to the Corporations Commission of California.

Lisle had a passion for education, serving on the UA Eller College National Board of Advisors. Lisle received well-deserved recognition as the Eller Alumnus of the Year in 2011. In Northern California, Lisle served on the board of the San Francisco Day School (K-8), and St. Ignatius College Preparatory (9-12). At his alma mater, the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), he was a founder of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics and served on the Policy Advisory Board. He and Roslyn taught the students at the Haas School of Business (UCB). They established the Lisle and Roslyn Payne Chair for Real Estate Capital Markets, and are “Builders of Berkeley.” The recent Berkeley Real Estate Alumni Association was established to help students, and Lisle was a founding member. He provided support for UCB by serving on the Foundation. 

As a volunteer SF Recreation and Park coach, Lisle coached his sons and their friends in baseball and basketball. Recognizing the importance of sports for many youth, Lisle served on the Board of Directors of the national organization, Positive Coaching Alliance, which is focused on creating a supportive relationship among student-athletes, coaches, and families.

Lisle loved Sigma Chi and the brothers. He worked tirelessly on the capital campaign to build the new Beta Phi fraternity house and served diligently as Vice President of the Beta Phi Educational Foundation. He is a member of the Beta Phi Hall of Honor and was involved in the creation and promotion of the Hall of Honor luncheons in both Phoenix and Tucson.

For those of us fortunate to have known and worked with Lisle, we are left with special memories that, like the Bonds of Brotherhood, will last a lifetime.  

The family would like to express their gratitude to all the Brothers who called, texted and e mailed Lisle in those last few days. A special “shout out “ to Brother Underwood whose gentle sense of humor, kept Lisle smiling. Brother Dick Bohnet represented the Brothers at the private funeral on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022.