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A ‘Wells-sized’ cake, befitting a legend, will mark centennial June 7


June 7 marks the 100th birthday anniversary of the late Herman B Wells, a professor, dean, president and beloved university chancellor of Indiana University.

To mark the Wells Centennial, IU will host a birthday celebration on the Bloomington campus Friday, June 7, from 2-4 p.m. The celebration will take place in the Wells Plaza, located near the Rose well house and will feature a Wells-sized birthday cake and remarks from IU President Myles Brand, IUB Chancellor Sharon Brehm and others.

Shepherding its development from a small regional university to a world-class research institution over the course of his 63-year career, Wells remains the most accomplished friend of the university. He was named IU’s Man of the Century by the IU Home Pages in December 1999, several weeks before his death on March 18, 2000.

A centennial celebration fund has been initiated by two of the event’s organizers, both of whom worked for Wells at his home in Bloomington as students. Jim Capshew is a professor of the history and philosophy of science at IU Bloomington, and Brian Kearney is associate director of development at the IU Art Museum.

For more on Wells’ distinguished life, go to this archival Web site.

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Publication date: May 24, 2002
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