Indiana University Bloomington

Clarity of mind till the end

Susan K. El-Sayyad

I was the nurse who was present when Dr. Wells passed away. I was a newer member of the staff "family," but nonetheless enamored with him.

My most interesting memories will be while reading the many newspapers to Dr. Wells that he enjoyed. He would frequently doze off. I would continue reading, droning on — thinking that he was asleep, but instead to my surprise he would cock his head toward me, with one eye open, ask specific questions related to the article and expect me to know the answer (oh, my, I also had to begin paying attention to what I was reading) — because he was! This was just a few weeks before he died. He had clarity of mind till the end!

From Remembering Herman B Wells, 1901-2000:, March 24, 2000

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