Few institutions can boast about having a dean of such high caliber, personal character and leadership whose career spans 40-plus years. From the class of 1973 to the class of 2013, Dean Toby A. Hale (’65, P ’03) has served 40 classes of Wake Forest graduates. When we spoke over the Christmas holiday, he indicated that he was planning to retire from Wake Forest. I immediately wanted to share my own personal experience with Dean Hale as a tribute to him. I hope my story will not only reveal the finer qualities of this man, but also reveal the joys that come from the ever-elusive “second chance” in life.