"During a period of unrest on campus, around 1974 and preceding the end of the Vietnam War, a student at a meeting with you expressed dismay over the difficulty of being able to tell you what was on his mind. According to a reliable source, you told the student: You're here now.
Robert Bloomer, Ph.D."
"Thank you for all you have done! What an amazing man."
On a rainy day in 1977 we stood side by side on the Laker Football field. The brand new marching band was crossing the field. This was also the day we introduced "The Great Laker" to the GVSU community. I stood next to you, as the Great Laker. I remember this day fondly. I am proud to be a small part of Laker history. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to Grand Valley. Thank you for being a part of my time at Grand Valley. "
"Thank you for all that you have done to transform and build GVSU and its athletics. As an alumni, my pride for GVSU grows exponentially from year to year and I know that we owe a great deal of that to your support. I look forward to the positive strides in place for Grand Valley's future.
"Don,your legacy is so evident, even today, not only in the bricks & mortar and the thriving athletic teams, but in the whole GVSU atmosphere.
A new colleague who just joined us after having been many other places (most recently UT-Austin) has commented on the level of interaction of all of the administrators with faculty and staff of all levels and time at GVSU. I delighted in recounting of the many times I would be working at my desk in LMH and look up to see you there--just seeing what was going on in the daily lives and activities of the campus. That tradition of connection is certainly one of your biggest gifts!
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