Indiana University Bloomington

Deeply changed for having known him

Ira Zinman

Your paper quoted Linda Bucklin who said she felt as though she understudied at the knee of a master and could not figure out "what he did."

Brian Kearney said he engendered a loyalty that came from a source he could not identify.

Truly, the source was LOVE. Dr. Wells emanated an aura of love that I felt when I visited him. He genuinely cared for people, and he was always willing to give what he could, and more. Dr. Wells would inquire of me about how various people were getting on, and this was not idle conversation. If he knew of some need an individual had, he quickly saw to it that the need was filled or sent some little note of encouragement.

He had a quality common to great sages and saints, HUMILITY. He never sought or wanted praise or thanks. In fact when he did for others, it was done quietly, often, without notice or fanfare. His service to Indiana University is legendary, and he was always thinking of ways to fulfill some need that the university had. His service to others was not legendary, because it was done with humility.

It is important to state here that Herman Wells in giving to others did not regard station or position in any way. Those who worked with him, and for him, whether in an executive capacity or in the kitchen, will testify to the friendship, love and generosity of this very special human being. As for myself, I say unashamedly that I loved and still love Dr. Wells, and in our last visit a few months ago, I told him so, lest the day would come, and he would be gone, and I had missed that opportunity.

His life stands as an example for me to follow, and I have been deeply changed for having known him.


From Remembering Herman B Wells, 1901-2000: www.heraldtimesonline.com, March 22, 2000

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