172nd Commencement Honorary Degree Luncheon  

Bill Cook, you are a lesson in the speed with which someone can become a legend.

In just two years of teaching at Wabash, on leave from your position as a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY Geneseo, you have won the hearts of students and colleagues and the admiration of all by your joyous passion for learning and your commitment to teaching.

Of course, this is not a sudden flowering. You have been preparing to be a legend for a long time, and your love and devotion to Wabash and liberal arts education began to have a great influence on your alma mater long ago in your student days. We are proud to honor you today for a life lived in deep study and passionate teaching and care for young people in your family, in the university and colleges you have served, and in every encounter.

—President Pat White, introducing Professor Bill Cook ’66 (in photo above), 2010 Honorary Degree Recipient


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