Campaign Ends, Homecoming a Huge Success
by Jim Amidon
October 6, 2004
The Campaign for Leadership officially came to an end Friday night when
nearly 500 guests gathered for a grand celebration gala. Master of
Ceremonies Kevin Clifford ’77, Campaign Chair Tom Hays ’55, Chairman of
the Board of Trustees Joe Barnette '61, and President Andy Ford H’03
thanked the alumni and friends of the College who gave $136.1 million in
gifts and pledges to the Campaign.
The next day, more than 150 people gathered to re-dedicate Goodrich
Hall, which was built in 1938 but received a $5 million face lift thanks
to the Campaign for Leadership. Emeritus professors Paul Mielke ’42 and
Vic Powell H'55, who have rooms in the building named for them, both
spoke in gratitude for the renovations of the building, which now
comfortably houses the physics and mathematics and computer science
Four alumni and two College friends were honored by the National
Association of Wabash Men at the annual Homecoming Alumni Chapel, which
honors the spirit of the late Barney Hollett ’36. Receiving Alumni
Awards of Merit were David Orr ’57, Jim Wood ’61, and Herm Haffner ’77.
Jean Williams, wife of the late biology professor Eliot Williams, was
named an Honorary Alumna, while long-time friend Greg Shaheen also
received the status of Honoary Alumnus. Finally, Peter Pactor ’65 was
honored for his work in recruiting students from Texas.
Mike Dill ’71 urged alumni to "Pay Forward" and not pay back Wabash when
more than 600 guests gathered for the Celebrating Leadership Luncheon.
Dill is chairman of the College's Annual Fund.
The glorious and festive weekend came to an end when junior quarterback
Russ Harbaugh brought the Little Giant football team back from behind in
a 17-14 win over Ohio Wesleyan University, a win that kept Wabash's
record a perfect 4-0.
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