|The evening finished with this thought:
For our guests, this year’s Mead Honored Faculty, we have one more wish.
We wish that each of you is fortunate enough to live to the ripe old age of 95.
And that, though your steps may slow, your mind does not.
And though your eyesight may dim, your charm can still light a room.
And when that time comes, may the book you are most proud of, be not the one you wrote, but the one your students wrote about you, filled with fond reminiscences, and funny anecdotes, and heartfelt thanks.
We hope that long after dust has gathered on your scholarly articles and awards, perhaps your friends will still gather, as we are gathered — right here, right now — to salute you… to hold you up as a shining example of what is possible…
to say “thank you”…to say “we love you.”
For long after the breakthroughs you made in your field are but footnotes, the breakthroughs you made with students — when you kindled their curiosity, or inspired their imagination – those moments changed their lives.
And thus.. you changed the world… for the better… forever.
That is our wish for you. As we wish you good luck. And good night.