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January 30, 2015

The Alumni Newsletter of  WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Photo by Ken Bennett

The late Ed Christman became synonymous with the annual Moravian Lovefeast.

EDITORS’ PICKS

'Best Christ Man I Ever Knew'

On Christmas Eve Wake Forest lost Ed Christman ('50, JD '53), the University's chaplain emeritus. The family's online guestbook is a testament to how beloved he was by people across the miles and generations. As Dotty Reinhardt-Alspaugh ('70, PA '88) wrote, "Ed Christman is the best Christ Man I ever knew. This humble, witty, caring personality carried me through the greatest tragedy in my life and although he could not see well, he never forgot a voice."

Because of the holidays you might have missed the news of his passing. Many of you who graduated after his retirement in 2003 never had the pleasure of seeing him around campus regularly. With that mane of white hair, he couldn’t be missed. For more than 30 years he served as chaplain, an advocate for social justice, a counselor and a witty friend. President Nathan O. Hatch said, "Ed's life really embodied what is best about Wake Forest and our spiritual heritage." Wake Forest mourns one of its best. Read about his rich legacy.

Sincerely,

Maria Henson

Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large
magazine.wfu.edu

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