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When I was still in high school, my Dad took me to Auburn for a football game. I'm thinking this was about 1997 or so. While we were there, we dropped in one of the rooms in Foy Student Union, where cake was being served to celebrate the 80th birthday of Dean James E. Foy. The same guy who's name was on the front of the building.

Then, this frail 80 year old man got up on a chair and lead one of the loudest, most inspired renditions of War Eagle I'd ever heard before or since.

You would be hard pressed to find anyone who was more of an Auburn Man, and anyone who lived the Auburn Creed the way Dean Foy did. Dean of Students for more than a quater century and still actively involved with the University right up until the end.

Dean James Foy passed away Friday afternoon at the age of 93. I can't help but think that, somewhere in heaven, Dean Foy is standing on a chair leading a War Eagle and Jim Fyffe is screaming into a microphone.

RIP Dean Foy and War Eagle!

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