He made sure we knew he had high expectations for us. I remember fondly a reception where parents were mingling with the staff and students. My parents were visiting, and Chapman told them that I was running on six cylinders, even though I had eight. They both laughed and agreed, and I resolved to work harder. In his understated way, Chapman had found a way to compliment me and challenge me at the same time -- a perfect example of his genius.
It was not so much what he taught that left such a lasting impression. Instead, it was his belief in his students and his belief that, in a world of all 8 o'clock classes and no cuts, we would not only survive, but thrive.
The motto of Presbyterian College is Dum Vivimus Servimus, "While We Live We Serve." Fred Chapman died this week. While he lived, he served others, and helped us become better people along the way.
To Dr. Chapman, thank you for your belief in others and your unwavering belief that we could be more and do more.