Remembering Arnold Palmer

A message from University President Nathan Hatch

Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,

Yesterday Wake Forest University Life Trustee Arnold Palmer passed away at age 87. No alumnus ever has had a bigger impact on the University as an ambassador, role model, benefactor and friend than Arnold Palmer. Julie and I will always remember his kindness, his gracious hospitality, his love for golf and its culture of respect and fair play — as well as his love for Wake Forest. He was a true gentleman.

Mr. Palmer’s charm and genuine care for others transcended his legendary status as one of golf’s greatest champions. He lived humbly in his beloved home in Latrobe, Pa., yet influenced people around the globe. He was a remarkable man who embodied our motto, Pro Humanitate, and we will miss him dearly.

We are offering a place on our website — — for our community to share reflections about our champion and friend and learn more about his unrivaled impact on Wake Forest.