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It is with heavy heart that I share my condolences regarding the passing of 62nd Grand Consul Douglas R. Carlson. Doug's passing marks the first time in more than 14 years that a member who formerly served in the Fraternity's highest office has passed into the Chapter Eternal, and it marks a heavy loss for Sigma Chi.
Brother Carlson touched many lives in the course of his service to the White Cross, far too many to count. He calls back to us today from the Chapter Eternal, reminding us that life is preciously short, but also that, through living a life of purpose, our legacy can live for eternity, as long as the good work we have engaged in continues to reverberate in the hearts and minds of those who have been affected by it. To all those whose lives were markedly better for having known Doug, I send my very best personal and fraternal feelings and, of course, my strong arms of support and most tender sympathies.
The memorial services for Brother Carlson have been arranged. The family will be conducting a funeral on Monday, October 9, 2017 at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, MN. Sigma Chi will be conducting a separate Memorial Service and White Rose Ceremony that all Sigma Chis and guests are invited to attend. The Sigma Chi services will take place:
Saturday, October 21, 2017
University of St. Thomas
O'Shaughnessy Educational Center (OEC)
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Map to OEC Auditorium
Please plan to arrive by 10:30AM so that the services can start promptly at 11:00AM. So that we can be prepared with an appropriate number of white roses to have available for the service, I ask that you fill out this simple form to let us know you are planning on attending (there is no need to fill it out if you are not attending). A hotel room block will be arranged depending upon the approximate number of brothers interested.
The Fraternity will be creating a slideshow to play during the services. If you have photos of Brother Carlson that you would like included, please send them via email to the Fraternity's Executive Director Michael Church.
To honor Brother Carlson's legacy and commitment to Sigma Chi, the Fraternity's Executive Committee announced the creation of the Douglas R. Carlson Principled Leader Award and the Douglas R. Carlson Sigma Chi Archives and Center for Advanced Study. To find out more about either, or to make a memorial gift to honor him, visit http://sigmachi.org/carlson. If you are interested in making a recurring gift, please contact Executive Director Michael Church.
As Brother Carlson was a student of our history, I feel it most appropriate to close with a passage from one of his favorite historical addresses. The passage comes from a speech delivered by the first Consul of the Gamma Chapter at Ohio Wesleyan University in January of 1856, shortly after it was chartered:
"Then let us live in honorable friendship, let us live to cheer each other on to noble efforts, live with the glorious assurance we are not forgotten and when the first link of our chain shall be torn away by the rapacious hand of death, we will draw closer together, entwine around his name a garland of good deeds and precious recollections, more beautiful than the roses of Falastine, and thus united will protect his name from the gloom of oblivion."
Jan. 4, 1856
In Brother Carlson's honor, let us cheer each other on to noble successes and protect his legacy from the gloom of oblivion by resolving to live a life worthy of the many gifts he gave us. I look forward to joining you in the celebration of Doug's life.