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December 29, 2017

The Alumni Newsletter of  WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Photo by Mitchell Loll ('18)

May ‘glad beams ... cheer the nations near and far.’

EDITORS' PICKS

A star of ‘Morning Star’

Earlier this month, Wake Forest community members gathered in Wait Chapel for a traditional Moravian lovefeast as they have every year since 1965. Among them sat 94-year-old Mary Dull, overdue in being recognized by Wake Forest Magazine as a volunteer in the habit of letting her light shine. (And ours, too, in Wait Chapel.)

“There’s nothing dull about us” proclaims the print on one of her favorite shirts. It doesn’t take long for anyone to see why. She is the candlemaker, leading a group of volunteers with precision as they march through the paces of making thousands of candles for Moravian churches and the University.

“We run it like a business, you can’t just stand around and talk about your latest grandchild,” she quips in her way of dropping one-liners. She’s been making lovefeast candles as long as she can remember, causing her late husband, Carl Dull (’39), to observe that her blood was made of melted beeswax. Once you read about Mary you will never again hold a beeswax candle in Wait Chapel without thinking of this remarkable, big-hearted volunteer who, before the Christmas season, is as busy as a ... well, you know.

Enjoy the blessings of the season, and good luck to the football team today!

Maria Henson

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

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