Manchester University Alumnus Dan West '17

Dan West was a common man with extraordinary vision. He convinced others that their everyday acts of faith and compassion could change the world.

West’s vision of sending “not a cup, but a cow” to hungry Spanish refugees prior to World War II grew into Heifer Project International, one of the world’s most dynamic development programs. HPI has helped more than 8.5 million people in 50+ countries rise from poverty with gifts of livestock, sustainable sources of food and training.

A 1917 Manchester University graduate, West was the inspiration behind the nation’s oldest Peace Studies program at his alma mater. His lifelong example of peacemaking and commitment to improving the lives of others worldwide will continue to inspire generations of Manchester University graduates as well as their teachers and campus colleagues.

His vision of meaningful military alternatives for objectors to war became Brethren Volunteer Service, with opportunities to engage in their commitment to peace, justice and service.

A common man guided by faith and conviction, West inspired active peacemaking and service in others. His ideas that form his legacy were simple, yet groundbreaking. Dan West was a life-changer, a world-changer, one heifer at a time, one servant at a time.


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The Dan West Heifer International Permanent Display
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Visits to the Dan West Heifer International display are self-guided and self-scheduled during regular operating hours of Funderburg Library.


The Dedication of the Dan West Heifer International Permanent Display
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