William Lewis Lockwood

"honest & trustworthy through life"

Without William Lockwood’s organizational abilities, the fl edgling Sigma Chi Fraternity might not have survived. Lockwood was the only founder who had not originally been a Deke. At the age of 18, Lockwood joined the other founders and shaped the Fraternity.

Lockwood was considered the “businessman” of the group, and he distinguished himself further by his integrity. One could count on Lockwood’s honesty and trustworthiness—important traits for the brother who was entrusted to manage the chapter’s funds and general operations. As Alpha Chapter’s first treasurer, Lockwood set an excellent example for the many Sigma Chi Quaestors who have followed in his footsteps.

Perhaps Lockwood’s New York City upbringing was partly responsible for his refi ned style and appreciation for art and culture. He brought polished manners and a large wardrobe of fancy clothes with him to college. Though he may have experienced a more privileged background than the other brothers, Lockwood fi t comfortably into the group and contributed a great deal—not only by virtue of his upstanding character and financial acumen, but because he was generous with his belongings. Lockwood divided portions of his vast wardrobe with his chaptermates.

After graduation, Lockwood returned to New York and became a lawyer.

Like three of his Sigma Chi brothers, he saw action in the Civil War. In fact, Lockwood recruited a company of volunteers that he later led on the battlefield. Unfortunately, Lockwood suffered serious battle wounds from which he never fully recovered, though he lived long enough to purchase and manage a highly successful business in Rhode Island.

Constantly failing health finally overcame Lockwood in 1867, just 12 years after the founding of the Fraternity. He was the first of the original seven Sigma Chis to pass away.