Indiana University Bloomington

Overwhelmed by his generosity

Misha Rabinowitch

Having grown up in Bloomington in an "IU household," I was long familiar with Herman Wells' contributions to Indiana University and the Bloomington community and his international fame as a leader in education. Although I attended DePauw University, I still had an opportunity to benefit from Dr. Wells' wealth of experience and incredible knowledge.

As a history major at DePauw, in 1990 I chose to write my senior thesis on the impact of McCarthyism at IU and on the Bloomington community in the 1950s. As part of my research, I asked Dr. Wells if he would be willing to meet with me to share his memories and his views, to which, without hesitation, he agreed, even though I was not even an IU student. I will never forget that afternoon in Dr. Wells' office. After he asked me to close the door behind me so we would not be interrupted, and to pull my chair up close to his desk so that we were sure to hear each other's every word, Dr. Wells spent the better part of the afternoon sharing his recollections of the time, recalling names and specific stories about individuals wrongly accused. I vividly remember leaving Dr. Wells' office amazed by his memory and overwhelmed by his generosity in helping me with, in the larger scheme of things, such an insignificant project.


From Remembering Herman B Wells, 1901-2000: www.heraldtimesonline.com, March 24, 2000

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