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. And 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 because we maintain a simple fraternal determination to succeed. Perge.
Omega Mu Portrait
James M. Eaton,
Omega Mu Years
After graduating from the University of Maine, James M. Eaton was hired by Stone and Webster, an engineering firm in Boston. During World War I, the purchasing department that he was in charge of at Stone and Webster was commissioned by the United States government to purchase and distribute ordinance materials to the A.E.F. fighting in Europe. After the war, he returned to France to study the feasibility of using wartime planes for airline passenger service, and he concluded that it would be unfeasible.
Commercial Airline Pioneer
"And then along came James Murchie Eaton....organizer of the most sophisticated travel service in the world."
"The traveling public is being shown system after system, and among the pioneering missionaries in this cause, the General Traffic Manager of Pan-American Airways, Inc, is probably the grand sachem of the all."
James Eaton was the Traffic Manager of Pan-American Airways from 1928-1931.
Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh
During the early years Pan-American Airlines, James M. Eaton often flew to various countries in Central and South America, and on one of his trips he flew with Charles Lindbergh around Mexico during Lindbergh's aerial tour over several countries in Central America in 1929.
In 1931 James Eaton was chosen to become the president of Ludington Airlines.
"The speeding up of the Ludington equipment was one of the first official acts of
President James M. Eaton."
Marine Airlines, Inc.
After Ludington Airlines was sold to Eastern Airlines, James M. Eaton was chosen to become the president of Marine Airlines, Inc.. Marine Airlines used large seaplanes to provide passenger service between New York and Boston.
Marine Airlines used very large Sikorsky seaplanes.
American Overseas Airline
James M. Eaton left Ludington Airlines to become the vice president of American Oversees Airline, which was the flying branch of American Export Lines.
"James M. Eaton is responsible for organizing what is called the most sophisticated air service in the world."
Our Omega Mu brother and
"Maine's leading commercial airline alumnus".
“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