So accessible and so very kind
In November 1987, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity recolonized at IU. During his speech at the chartering banquet, my husband, John, laveliered me. I was serenaded in front of 300 people including Chancellor Wells. His support for the Greek system extended beyond his first loyalty to Sigma Nu. Following the ceremonies, he stopped me and said, "My, you are certainly the lucky young lady this evening. Congratulations." How lucky I was to be congratulated by Chancellor Wells, I thought! Our daughter, JillAnn, 6, has heard "the lavaliere story" many times. We saw Chancellor Wells on campus a few years ago. I identified the him as the university's chancellor for JillAnn from a distance. She responded, "Oh, the lavaliere guy." Out of the mouths of babes. He was so accessible and so very kind to all of us, his IU family.
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.