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October 27, 2017

The Alumni Newsletter of  WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Ken Bennett

A cappella group Chi Rho performed in 2014 to honor Porter Byrum and students he supported.

EDITORS' PICKS

Proud to the end to be a Deacon

If you can spare two minutes and 48 seconds this weekend, I invite you to watch a YouTube video about a man who grew up in a rural area where people typically didn't go to college. His father told him he would not be able to give him much of an inheritance, but if he gave him an education he would give him more than anything else. That child, born in 1920, was our alumnus Porter B. Byrum (JD '42). He went on to become an attorney, a businessman and the most generous benefactor to Wake Forest - more than $120 million - all of which he gave for scholarships.

"Regardless of the circumstances I was in," Byrum said a few years ago, "I was always proud to say, 'I'm a Wake Forest man.'"

He died this year at age 96. I urge you to watch this little video that captures his reminiscences and his delight in being surrounded by Wake students for whom his generosity made all the difference. Watch to the end for his jolly moment, and be reassured that there is good in the world.

Sincerely,

Maria Henson

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

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