Jim Dimos '83 – Partner in New Law Venture

That’s Jim Dimos ’83 on the right – a partner in the Indianapolis law firm of Locke Reynolds.

Locke Reynolds is poised to join forces with another well-known midwestern firm, Frost Brown Todd, in early January. The new firm will offer a broader reach throughout the Midwest. Jim helped put the merger together. For the complete story, click here.

Jim serves Wabash in many capacities, including President of our alumni board, the board of directors of the National Association of Wabash Men.

Congratulations Jim!

New Kappa Sig House Taking Shape

The new Kappa Sig house is really coming along and to me, looks like it will be ready to go next year. It’s built upon the past location of the house – the men of Kappa Sigma are currently living in the old FIJI house.

The design appears to blend elements of the old house with a modern layout – it’ll be nice!

Bill Placher – One More Time

Bill Placher said, “Walking around this campus at night with a new fallen snow, I always fall in love with it all over again.”

The bench is painted simply for Bill…red…no words necessary. It would be like trying to tell God who the Saints are.

The footsteps seem to just end…

Bill Placher – Teaching While Learning

That’s student Bill Placher, left, giving his Commencement address at graduation in 1970. If you haven’t read his address, I heartily recommend you do that (click here).

You’ll be astounded at the clarity of thought, the uniqueness, and the ability to see things on a different level than most human beings. To my thinking, we could have saved several years and just given him a PhD right then and there.

The other photo is Bill in the classroom some 35 years later. I think you can see in the photos the ability to grasp more, observe more, and then carefully communicate exactly what he wanted one to know.

The pessimist will say his voice has fallen silent. The optimist will say his voice is now amplified by the many who came to know him.

As Bill said in 1970: “But perhaps we’ll learn that there are more things to admire in men than to despise;…we will act more honorably than we expected we would; perhaps we’ll have a lot more fun along the way. It wouldn’t be a bad life.”

It wasn’t.

Bill Placher '70 – Magical

Bill Placher ’70, superstar theologian, was magical in the classroom.

I realize “magical” is not an “academic” word but it is the best descriptor I can think of – because his teaching was magical.

I never saw Bill in class at Wabash – my introduction to his style and ability came in Fort Worth, Texas at a high school in 2005. One of Bill’s books was used in the class, Bill was in Dallas for an alumni event, Peter Pactor ’65 taught at the school…you can piece together the rest.

Bill started the class with the question: “What are the characteristics of a Religion?”. A very bright young lady rattled off the book answer in convincing style. There were five or six characteristics…I can’t recall exactly. Bill wrote them on the board as she listed them. Over the next hour, he erased every single one as the class, in discussion, decided they were not applicable in all cases.

The magic wasn’t in proving the book wrong….Bill never did that. The magic came in the way he was able to get the students to think about much, much more than the “book answer”. He made them think. He made them reason. He made them question in a positive way – as if there is ALWAYS more to learn. At the end of class, they lined up to have him autograph his book.

This was a high school Religion class, let me remind you! And as I walked in, I had wondered how you could ever keep their attention for more than a few moments.

The magical teachers can – and you’ll find Bill Placher’s name at the top of that list.

As I sit here today, I keep having the image of God, Saint Peter, Thomas of Aquinas, and a few of the Disciples sitting around the round table in Heaven’s Scarlet Inn. They’ll be sitting there for hours, I’m sure…and the coffee is free!

We’ll miss Bill but we didn’t lose him – his impact will last for generations as you can tell by the numerous remembrances listed elsewhere on the web site. I guess God decided Bill had done enough on this earth and it was time to make the sabbatical a full one.

Bill Placher – Some Little Giant!

Photo: Bill teaching class at Nolan Catholic High School in 2005.