Don Waful, who received his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University’s College of Arts & Sciences in 1937 and his master’s degree in 1939, has been an icon in the community and on campus for decades. A member of the Alumni Glee Club, Waful is one of Syracuse’s oldest-living alumni and longest-tenured football fans. As a Prisoner of War (POW) from 1942 through 1944 during World War II, Waful maintained a journal of his experiences. Now Sound Beat is creating an audio chronicle of the journal, along with a memorial perspective from Waful himself. In addition to reading and recording the journal entries, Don has been interviewed on topics ranging from his time as a student to key events that occurred during the war. Each interview and interaction has provided more depth to Waful’s character and unique story as a student and veteran, his outlook on life, and his loyalty to his alma mater. Through the interviews and his journal writings, Waful has shared his despairs while captured along with his hopes for his future. As part of Orange Central, Syracuse University’s alumni weekend event, Don Waful will be speaking about his experience bringing his journals to life.
This event was first published on August 5, 2019 and last updated on September 11, 2019.