Indiana University Bloomington

Leaving early but invited them in

M.J. Reilly

At the end of a fall semester in the early '60s, an Afro-American freshman living in Memorial Hall had been told that since she was failing, she would have to leave campus. That evening she was crying as the president of Memorial Hall took her by the hand and the two walked over to President Wells' home to see if something could be done to keep her in school.

President Wells was packing for a trip to India and leaving early the next morning but he invited them in, gave them a tour of the home, served hot chocolate and cookies and assured them that before he left he would have his staff see if there was any possibility that she could make up the work and stay in school.

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.