Our brothers’ careers have been productive, constructive, spirited, and prosaic. They displayed impressive skills, talents, and abilities They were, and we continue to be, a beautiful and lively expression of our enduring fraternal beliefs, and that underlying harmony is far-reaching in expectation for all brothers’, undergraduate and graduate. It is the core of what our fraternal founders asserted in 1848 and 1874 and 1899: to live active, commendable, and responsible lives, and to build up community. Clearly and compellingly, they added, and continue to add, positive value at the local, state, national, global, and fraternal level because they engaged life fully and responsibly. In short, they were authoritative pillars throughout life. They were-are exemplary in their citizenship, character, and their sense of dutiful responsibility, and in many instances they were leading voices in their career fields. They prove that success of any kind does not occur by luck or accident, and we remember them because they continue to provide that message for our time. We have long been, from one generation to the next, proud to be Omega Mu Fijis. We continue to cherish our fraternal friendships, our shared memories, and our evolving, forward-focused history at the University of Maine. These things, above and beyond everything else, are the underlying rooted connections that make us proud to be Omega Mu Fijis. Why, after all, should we believe otherwise? We have been doing it well for since 1874 years, and we will continue to do so.
Omega Mu Portrait
Edwin F. Ladd
in the United States Senate
Truth was the unmatched devotional light that guided Daniel Ladd to sail to the new world on The Mary and John in 1633, empty-handed yet hopeful. Truth guided William Ladd, with his Christ-like winning manner, to preach, lecture, and write about peace and pacifism to his last day. Like his family ancestors, in speech, policy, and personal conduct, Edwin F. Ladd always stood for truth, a truth grounded in the verifiable results of science, and that truth made him a powerful advocate for the passage of effective, down-to-earth acts for the greater public good in improving the safety and quality of life for all American citizens during the Progressive Movement. In sum, Edwin Ladd tangibly achieved extraordinary results. He was a man of significance, and he made a real difference, and in doing so he left a lasting legacy that we can all be proud of as Omega Mu Fijis, and that is why we continue to say that perseverance and determination are omnipotent. It’s true. Boris Pasternak said it best: “It is not revolutions and upheavals that clear to new and better days but…someone’s soul, inspired and ablaze.
That parts us from our brother’s side
A soul-joined chain unites our band,
And memory links us hand in hand.”
(Phi Gamma Delta fraternity song)
Chip Chapman, ’82