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? Simply and clearly, year-after year, we have been doing it well since 1874, and we continue to do so now. Perge.
Omega Mu Portrait
Preston M. Hall,
Omega Mu Years
World War I
During World War I, Preston was an explosives chemist working for the United States government.
Taylor-Hall Welding Company in Worcester, Massachusetts.
After World War I, Preston Hall established the Taylor- Hall Welding Company.
With dedication, drive, and determination, Preston Hall had 23 patents for his various inventions.
Tire Chain Patents
Welding Machine Electrode Patents
Welding Machine Patent
Welding Process Patents
Preston Hall invented a pipe with the pipe bowl made of compressed tobacco. He also held the patent on the compressing process, and the compresses tobacco was as solid as the usual the materials that are used to make pipe bowls.
World War II
During World War II, Preston Hall was chief of the Resistance Welding Section of the War Production Board, and he received several citations for his work for the United States Government.
“What if the space be long and wide,
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