2013 Honorary Degree Luncheon  

'Wabash is very very special, and I think all of us here know that, and I’d like to take a moment to talk about why Wabash is so special to me, and the most special thing about the College is the staff and faculty,' Coates said, then told stories about those who shaped his time at Wabash, including math professors David Wilson and the late Bob Cooley and chemistry professors Bob and Julie Olsen, John Zimmerman, Rich Dallinger and his research advisor Roy Miller.

'It’s a real honor to receive this degree,' Coates said, adding that this was his first return to campus in 16 years: 'Walking around campus last night I could see it’s not just doing well, but it’s really thriving.'

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