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Grace, Gratitude Imbue Lecturer’s ‘Last Words’

Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities, welcomes the crowd and introduces this year's "My Last Words" presenter.
Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities, welcomes the crowd and introduces this year’s “My Last Words” presenter.
Penn's Inn offers an intimate setting ...
Penn’s Inn offers an intimate setting …
... for Tina M. Evans to impart "12 Words That Will Change Your Life."
… for Tina M. Evans to impart “12 Words That Will Change Your Life.”
Sandra Lakey (right foreground) the faculty member who delivered the My Last Words lecture in 2008, is among those attending Evans' presentation.
Sandra Lakey (right foreground) the faculty member who delivered the My Last Words lecture in 2008, is among those attending Evans’ presentation.
The speaker talks with Charles T. Crawford, a pre-physician assistant major from Chadds Ford.
The speaker talks with Charles T. Crawford, a pre-physician assistant major from Chadds Ford.

Tina M. Evans, an associate professor of applied health studies, delivered this year’s David London My Last Words lecture Tuesday night, providing her Penn’s Inn audience with a dozen deceptively simple words that are profoundly powerful enough to change lives: “I love you,” “I forgive you,” “Please forgive me,” “Thank you” and “Goodbye.” The series – which asks each nominated speaker to share purportedly parting thoughts – memorializes London, an associate professor of speech communication/composition who died in May 2008.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer