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Greetings Brothers and Happy Belated Father’s Day!
The good brothers from Gamma Omega chapter and others with ties to Lynchburg, VA likely recognize the name Diuguid. The Diuguid family reportedly descended from French Hugenots who fled France for Scotland in the late 16th and early 17th centuries for fear of religious persecution. In 1687, William Duiguid, Sr. was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and in 1716 he married Jean Henry, the seventh great-granddaughter of James “Fiery Face” Stewart II, King of Scotland. William and Jean had two sons, one named William Duiguid, Jr., who along with his wife migrated to Goochland County, VA (which later became part of what is now known as Albemarle County) somewhere around 1745. William Duiguid, Jr. had several grandchildren, two of whom were William S. Duiguid and Sampson Duiguid.
Sampson Duiguid moved to Lynchburg in the early 1800s and in 1817 established the Diuguid Funeral Directing Establishment (now named the Duiguid Funeral Service and Crematory Co.), the second oldest of its kind in the United States. As you can probably guess, these were white people
Lincoln I. Duiguid (a black man) was born on February 6, 2017. (I’ll let you fill in the blanks, however, Lincoln’s is not an unfamiliar reality.) At an early age, Lincoln Duiguid knew he wanted to be a scientist. In 1935, while attending West Virginia State College in pursuit of his childhood dream he was initiated into Omega Psi Phi Fraternity by way of Theta Psi chapter. Several of Duiguid’s blood brothers were also members of the fraternity and as adults were prominent members their communities.
Lincoln Duiguid graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia State and later earned master’s and doctorate degrees in organic chemistry from Cornell University. In 1940 he moved to St. Louis, MO where he established the Du-Good Chemical Laboratory. I encourage you to check out the attached articles from the September 1935 and March 1950 Oracles (note the name captioned beneath Diuguid’s picture was likely a mistake on the part of the author), as well as the following Internet resources.
As previously proffered, the Omega story is best told in the biographies of its members. Accordingly, the initiated would do well to familiarize itself with Brother Duiguid’s example of stoic resolve and principled pursuit.
Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!
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