DFH Volume 1 Issue 4
Letter to the Editor: in response to the March 17, 2019 Tribute to Wilber Dayton, Jr..
I still remember grampa (Chip) showing my dad (Leonard) the announcement when Uncle Wilber was going to become the President of Houghton.
Grampa was always very proud and pleased to tell everyone about Uncle Wilber’s latest career move or accomplishment!
As an adult, I have often come across people who knew and loved Uncle Wilber at Houghton or through other of his church-related activities.
Definitely a legend!
Living near IWU, I couldn’t tell you how many times people have asked me if I am a relative of Wilber. Most of them knew of him from Marion College, Houghton or Asbury.
An Associate Pastor of my church in Texas (1st United Methodist, Irving, TX) studied under him at Asbury Theological Seminary. Dr. Dayton enriched thousands of lives.
Imagine my surprise when it was announced during chapel that Uncle Wilbur would be the new president!
My sweetest memory of Grandpa (Chip) bragging on Uncle Wilbur was when I was in high school and he brought out a new pre-publication NIV Bible. He held it as though it were a fragile piece of china or a newborn baby – something precious and awe inspiring. “Look what Wilbur has done” in a almost a whisper. His face was beaming. Grandpa was always so proud of Uncle Wilbur’s accomplishments and of Uncle Wilbur personally as a man of character.
I never pick up an NIV without going back to that moment.