Reflections on Bill Eberly
Sunday, Aug. 22, 2011
President Jo Young Switzer
Carl Jung reflected that “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is necessary raw material, but warmth is a vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”
Today we are both appreciative and grateful for the good life of Bill Eberly. During his 37 years on the faculty at Manchester College, Dr. Bill Eberly brought biological knowledge, enormous curiosity, and genuine warmth as he nurtured the minds and hearts of our students – and us.
His life reflected all that we hope for our students at Manchester College ... a principled, productive, compassionate life that improved the human condition.
Bill was curious about almost everything ...
Bill Eberly’s life and mind are woven through the fabric of Manchester College ...
Bill could not have done this amazing array of things without Eloise. She made his life complete. While Bill was working long hours at the College, she took care of things at home. While Bill was researching, she tolerated his absences. While Bill was writing his last major book, The Story of the Natural Sciences at Manchester College, she proofread every single word of it. Although, to be completely honest, she told me afterward not ever to ask him to write another book because she knew he would say “yes.” She wasn’t kidding.
Bill Eberly was a natural teacher. He taught every single day he lived. We will miss his twinkling eyes and his constant pieces of new information.
We thank God for sharing Bill Eberly with us. He lived a long and good life, and all of us at Manchester College are grateful that much of that good life was spent with us.
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