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CU Trustee member stops by on 6,000 miles trip by Harley

87 year old Dr. E. Bruce Heilman stops by campus on journey on motorcycle which is taking him through 17 states. Trek completes rides through all of lower 48. The E. Bruce Heilman Student Complex on CU's campus is also named in his honor. Heilman is a 1949 graduate of Campbellsville, and his wife graduated in 1948.
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By Joan C. McKinney
News from Campbellsville University

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY - Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, a Campbellsville University alumnus and member of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees, is scheduled to arrive home in Virginia tomorrow, May 18, after riding 6,000 miles on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle over 17 states.

Heilman, who will be 87 on July 16, 2013 completed six states he had not visited on his Harley since his extensive travels celebrating his birthdays in his 80s. His ride through Tennessee, Arkansas, Nevada, Utah, Nebraska and Iowa completed the lower 48.

Heilman, who rode alone, left a message for his friends through his secretary Fran Hill. It is below. Here's a link to a story with Dr. Heilman on YouTube: (Imbedded on CM at YouTube video on Dr. E. Bruce Heilman)

He will be met at the University of Richmond tomorrow with a photographer from WTVR-TV and a clip can be seen at

"On Saturday, May 18th, I anticipate arriving at the lake on the campus of the University of Richmond at 1:00 p.m. following a journey of 6,000 miles over 17 states including the six I had not visited on my Harleysince my extensive travels celebrating birthdays in my 80s. This one will be my 87th and the ride through Tennessee, Arkansas, Nevada, Utah, Nebraska and Iowa complete the lower 48.

"Including the other states (13), I traveled through to reach these six; I had some special and unusual new experiences. A major and unanticipated visit I could not have anticipated in the springtime of May 8th & 9th was on I-70 from the Border of Utah to Denver, Colorado. A picture of my motorcycle covered with snow tells the story - Sleet, Hail, Rain, Ice and Snow were all a part of what I never want again on two wheels.

"I realize that my friends of the First Riders are off early Saturday, the 18th for a ride which I will miss so I will join them another time. Thanks for following my travels so that I mayshare what each mile offers in expanding my personal horizons.

"I concluded my appointments along the way with a homecoming of Marines on the coast of Carolina where I was engaged to speak. Little did they know that I would travel 6,000 miles by motorcycle to fulfill the commitment."

Heilman is chancellor and former president of the University of Richmond. He is married to Betty Dobbins Heilman, for whom the Betty Dobbins Heilman, CU's president's home, is named.

The E. Bruce Heilman Student Complex on CU's campus is also named in his honor.

Heilman is a 1949 graduate of Campbellsville, and Mrs. Heilman graduated in 1948. - Joan C. McKinney

This story was posted on 2013-05-17 18:23:40
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