I unabashedly revered Bennie Mays for his genuine contributions, strength of character, gifts of mind, vision, ability to grow and courage to change, creative restlessness and zest for life, stubborn moral courage, prophetic imagination, deep commitment to social justice, boundless energy and eagerness to tackle new tasks, devotion to academic excellence, capacity for independence of thought and critical judgment, single-minded commitment to the mot precious and enduring values of the human enterprise, and life-long romance with the world of higher possibilities. He was a wise man. His spirit was indomitable, his will inexhaustible.