Posted by Aurora University on February 8, 2018
Aurora University lost a dear friend when Yorkville resident Brent Wadsworth died at his home this week. I met Brent and his wife, Jean, at our very first Christmas concert in Crimi Auditorium. Christine Flasch conducted the chorale and Martin Forward read . . . in Latin. As the event ended, Brent rushed over to tell me how wonderful it was to have such a concert at AU and offered his help. I whispered that we hoped to have a tracker organ in the auditorium. Brent leaned in and told me that he had never liked organ music. And then he and Jean made the leadership commitment that launched our campaign. In the years that followed, Brent and Jean often came to my home at Christmas. I always knew he was really coming to see my wheaten terrier, Tango. Once the party was underway, I several times found the two of them in deep conversation in the den, sharing several pieces of cheese. AU awarded Brent a much-deserved honorary doctor of humane letters degree a number of years ago. He was a visionary landscape architect with a passion for golf, who gave of himself freely and graciously to many. The world is a little poorer for Brent’s passing. All of us at Aurora University remember him with fondness and gratitude and extend our love to Jean and the Wadsworth family.