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
“Think as men of action; act as men of thought.”
Ted Curtis was a legendary brother in our Omega Mu brotherhood, and with energy and determination he lived a good life. Ted was, in truth, a living journey-through-time history of our brotherhood, and he stood tall in his effectiveness, influence, relevance, and zestful love in his life-long service to the University of Maine, and in his gracious, sure-handed dedication to our Omega Mu brotherhood. The university and our brotherhood remained close to his heart for his entire life because he believed in serving something larger than himself, and he exhibited our fraternal ideals in everything that he did for both: hard work, integrity, honor, faithfulness, kindness, and responsible care as the Faculty Manager of Athletics for every University of Maine student athlete for thirty-six years, in coaching the perennially successful University of Maine ski team, and in providing behind-the-scenes counsel, guidance, and history lessons for the undergraduate brothers of Omega Mu through many decades. Year-after-year, his genuine professional sense of duty had a far-reaching effect for the good as an administrator working behalf of thousands of young men and women participating in intercollegiate athletics at the university, and being a valued, inspiring mentor to hundreds of Omega Mu undergraduate brothers from the 1930’s-1980’s. He gave them confidence and encouragement during periods of success or struggle, at all times. He made real, significant contributions in everything that he did because he was always perseverant and determined. Most importantly, he radiated pride and compassion for all things Omega Mu as an undergraduate and graduate brother: brothers, traditions, our history, the Castle. In addition, he was Omega Mu’s longest serving Purple Pilgrim, and his signature fraternal belief was a rugged hope and trust for a sustained fraternal presence at the University of Maine; that we would never fade away; that we would thrive for decades and decades to come. Ted Curtis was a man of many faces, and he ably juggled all the responsibilities because he was guided by a sustaining grace in his service to the University of Maine and our Omega Mu brotherhood. His dedication was complete, total. In short, he went over-and-above in his call of service, and in doing so he had a lasting impact on the life of the university and our Omega Mu brotherhood. And furthermore, with an equal degree of time, heart, energy, and commitment, he worked for the Y.M.C.A., and he served as a senator in the Maine legislature.
In everything that he did, Ted Curtis embodied and championed, in fraternal strength, confidence, and purpose, the fraternal values that we still hold in high regard. After all, our fraternal heritage at the University of Maine, which is an unbroken chain since 1874, is unique because of the brothers like Ted Curtis. It is with a constancy and firmness of Omega Mu spirit that we continue to believe, in our historic totality, that responsible, tradition-grounded, fraternal life does shape determined, great leaders in many fields, and Ted Curtis was one of those Omega Mu brothers. Ted Curtis will always have our deepest fraternal respect and admiration.
Omega Mu Years
Ted Curtis is the first brother on the front row, left, in both photos.
Ted, in the library of the house, second from the left on the second row.
University of Maine Faculty Manager
Ted was the Faculty Manager for the University of Maine from 1930-1966
TED CURTIS, A LEGEND,
IN UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
University of Maine Baseball Coach
University of Maine Basketball Coach
Legendary University of Maine Skiing Coach
Ted, wearing the nice hat, was the coach of the University of Maine ski team for 36 years.
The ski jump was on the other side of the Stillwater River, directly across from campus.
Ted Curtis Trophy
University of Maine Ski Team Olympians
University of Maine Tennis Coach
University of Maine Cross Country and
University of Maine
Sports Hall of Fame
University of Maine
Ted Curtis played an integral role in designing the Memorial Gym
For Needy Children
In the Castle
During the 1930's. Ted started the Omega Mu tradition of holding a nice Christmas Party for the needy children of Orono and Old Town.
Black Bear Award
For his faithful service to the University of Maine, Ted Curtis received the Black Bear Award in 1956.
Senator in the Maine Legislature
Honoring Ted Curtis
Ted kissing the proboscis, above and below.
Ted Curtis at Pig Dinner
Ted Curtis, far left
Omega Mu Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity
“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