Indiana University Bloomington

He always stopped by to say hello

Karen White

Twenty some years ago when I started at IU, I was working at the Foster Quad office. We always had the voting polls set up in the lounge just outside our office.

I remember the first year I was there seeing Chancellor Wells for the first time. He had come by to vote. After he had voted, he came into the office and asked to use the phone. He sat at my desk to do this. He told me to keep up the good work and then left.

After that time, he was there every voting season and he always stopped by to say hello even if he didn't need to use the phone.

Last year was the first year I had seen him since that time. He was being pushed down the aisle in the bunny barn at the Monroe County Fair. My daughter was there showing rabbits. When he passed by I could have sworn he smiled at me with an almost nostalgic smile.

From Remembering Herman B Wells, 1901-2000:, March 22, 2000

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