Friendliness and "no pretense"
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: www.heraldtimesonline.com, March 21, 2000
Thanks to the Bloomington Herald-Times for allowing Digital Wells to publish these excerpts from their archive.