Indiana University Bloomington

Friendliness and "no pretense"

R. Bruce McQuigg

When we moved here in 1960, Mr. Wells addressed the University Club members, welcoming the new faculty. He said "Mother and I would love to have you stop by for coffee sometime." I thought that was so charming that I wrote my family and told them that the university president referred to his wife as "Mother." Later, of course, I realized that it was really his mother, not his wife. But the friendliness and "no pretense" of that moment never failed to remind me what a remarkable man he was.

From Remembering Herman B Wells, 1901-2000:, March 21, 2000

Thanks to the Bloomington Herald-Times for allowing Digital Wells to publish these excerpts from their archive.