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July 28, 2017

The Alumni Newsletter of  WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Ken Bennett

Here's the honoree, disguised as 'Sugar Daddy' for Project Pumpkin.

EDITORS' PICKS

Thank you, Mike Ford

Many of us hoped the day would never come, but it did. Mike Ford ('72) retired in June after 36 years as a student life administrator and campus leader. At his retirement reception, he made a speech tracing his beginnings as a Wake Forester, from his freshman year in 207B Kitchin Residence Hall to falling in love with his campus sweetheart to the joys of a "Gentleman's C" to his life's calling as teacher, guide and mentor to students.

He told his colleagues, "We have laughed together ... we have cried together. We have cheered on our Demon Deacons together through the good years and the bad. We have shared our lives together as professionals and as friends ... bound together by the common purpose of enhancing the lives and the learning of our students while promoting their personal growth and well-being in the spirit of Pro Humanitate."

You will want to read his lovely parting words. Mike, if you're reading this, thank you for the profound difference you made on this campus and in lives the world over.

All best wishes,

Maria Henson

Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large
magazine.wfu.edu

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