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In Memory of Douglas R. Buglewicz, Gamma 1996

Wednesday, September 20, 2017   (3 Comments)
Posted by: Holly Stewart
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Brothers and friends of Chi Psi:
 
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Douglas R. Buglewicz, Gamma 1996, who died earlier this week in Water Valley, Mississippi.
 
Doug was a member of the Executive Council of Chi Psi Fraternity, the lead national volunteer for many of our educational, harm-reduction, & mental health initiatives, the chairman of the Alpha Gamma Alumni Advisory Board, our go-to national mentor for new Alpha Alumni Advisory Board volunteers (actually, our go-to national volunteer for many things), and the heart and soul of the successful effort to re-found Alpha Gamma in 2013. But, Doug was so much more than the sum of those roles.
 
The wide range of Brothers who have expressed their love for Doug over the last day via social media is telling; his Chi Psi friendships stretched across many Alphas, and he took joy in regularly expanding his Chi Psi friendships. Doug believed in what fraternity can be at its best and was the living example of it. My overwhelming sadness and sense of loss is tempered by the knowledge that the lives of so many men were made better because they knew Doug. Mine certainly was, and I will try and fail to follow Doug’s example of Brotherhood done right.
 
Of the many gifts Doug possessed, my favorite was this: he cared beyond measure about the men he advised and focused on the eventual lesson to be learned. Doug was never expedient; he always took the time to make every moment a teaching one. Even if his young Padawan couldn’t see that at the time, he patiently worked with countless undergraduates to help them make good choices.
 
On September 20, 2017, the Executive Committee of the Executive Council resolved to move the Fraternity into a period of mourning for thirty days in honor and memory of Doug. During this time, all undergraduate and alumni Brothers should drape their Badge when worn. Please ask a member of the Central Office staff if you have questions about this.

Doug’s brother Andy Buglewicz, Gamma 2000, requests that memorial gifts in honor of Doug be made to The Chi Psi Educational Trust.
 
Letters of condolence should be sent to Doug’s parents:


Eugene and Joan Buglewicz
1442 Boyd Street
Water Valley, Mississippi 38965

 

Yours in the Bonds,
 
Sam Bessey #23

 

 View a copy of the Memorial Service program here.

 

 

 

Over the summer, former Alpha Visitor Jon Moore, PΔ `09, decided to launch a new podcast featuring positive stories of fraternity and sorority life in North America. His pilot episode tells the story of Chi Psi’s successful re-founding in 2013 at Ole Miss, and Doug was his first interview.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fraternity and sorority houses on the Ole Miss campus hung black ribbons to honor Doug.

 

 

 

 

 

Comments...

Ryan H. Ahlberg says...
Posted Tuesday, September 26, 2017
I met Doug at my first Convention in Oxford in 2000, when I was just 19 years old. He was very kind to me while in Oxford and his hospitality and spirit remain in my memories to this day. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word and The Chi Psi Fraternity will sorely miss him. YITB, Ryan H. Ahlberg, E `03, N `06.
Cliff Massa III says...
Posted Friday, September 22, 2017
I support Eddy's perspectives about Doug's attributes as a Chi Psi gentleman. Watching his work with Pledges of the Gamma Colony, their presentations to the Convention which approved their rechartering and then the participation of the new Brothers in later events, it was clear that those fortunate young men were under the watchful eye and the mentoring guidance of "the best of the best" as Eddy has noted. Doug was quietly but still deeply proud when he learned that his Gamma delegation (mostly refounders and recent initiates) was the largest at our 175th and had the most Trust History Scholars that week. They had learned -- and continued to learn -- well from a man who led the way with high standards. I join others in expressing condolences to our young Gamma Brothers in particular. But I also assure you that the time WILL come when you are able to focus on just the happy memories of your time with Doug and to recognize your good fortune. Cliff Massa III, Epsilon Delta `71.
Harry E. Neblett Jr says...
Posted Thursday, September 21, 2017
It is difficult for us at Alpha Gamma to express words on the tragic loss of our Brother Doug Buglewicz. He is irreplaceable at Alpha Gamma. When I graduated from Ole Miss in 1976, proudly as a Chi Psi, I believed that I loved Chi Psi more than any other member, and continued to believe this for many years. That was before Doug Buglewicz was initiated into Chi Psi. As I watched Doug grow as an alumnus and become more involved in Chi Psi and Alpha Gamma, especially with our undergraduate members, he taught me by example what true love of fraternity is. He set a new standard for me and others to follow. We have lost the best of the best. We cannot replace Doug, but we can follow his example and celebrate his achievements, standards, and devotion to Chi Psi. We cannot fill the great void left by his loss, but if we strive to live his principles and his love of fraternity, then, as William Faulkner once said, we will not merely endure, we will prevail. Harry E. Neblett, Jr., Gamma '76

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