Indiana University Bloomington

Loved by all who knew him

E. Max Fleetwood, Retired Staff Member of IMU

I first met Dr. Wells in the mid-'40s when he lived in Brown County. I was only a small boy but I remember how impressed I was that he, as the president of Indiana University, talked with me as he purchased sorghum at the family sorghum mill.

Later, in 1956 when I was working as a staff member in the Indiana Memorial Union, I was watching the workers preparing to remove a very large sycamore tree to make way for the addition to the IMU, when a car pulled up to watch, and it was Dr. Wells, along with his driver, Don Reynolds. He stayed until the tree was down, it was almost like he had just lost a member of his family.

Working with food services in the IMU, I worked very closely with the staff from Dr. Wells' office, arranging and serving many university functions. More than once, he called me over to his table and ask if we had any cream in the kitchen to put over his cobbler.

At my retirement a few years ago, I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Wells in attendance. After 46 years with the University I was most pleased that he could be there for my special occasion. A gentle giant, who was loved by all who knew him.

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.