WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – On Saturday, September 16, Dr. Wiley Doby (’70, PHD ’84, P ’02) was recognized as the 2017 recipient of the Pete Moffitt Courage Award.
Established in 2012, the Pete Moffitt Courage Award is given in recognition of Wake Forest alumnus, Pete Moffitt (’84, P ’19), and the tremendous courage he displayed while battling ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The award is given annually to a Wake Forest student-athlete, coach, or alumnus who has demonstrated Pete’s great courage in his or her own endeavors. Past recipients of the award include: Wake Forest baseball coach, Tom Walter; Demon Deacon basketball legend, Rodney Rogers; former volleyball coach, Heather Kahl Holmes; previous Deacon football player, the late Homer Brookshire; and former track & field student-athlete, Allan Head.
This year’s recipient, Wiley Doby, is a Double Deac, having graduated in 1970, and then again in 1984 with a PhD in biology. While at Wake Forest, Doby was a member of the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black, as well as Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Through the years, he has remained a loyal Demon Deacon and has been a longtime Deacon Club supporter.
For the past two years, Doby has been courageously battling bone marrow cancer. Last summer, he was admitted into intensive care and was not expected to live. As he fought his own battle, his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter all experienced serious medical conditions of their own. Thanks to the support of his family and friends, in addition to his faith, Doby has remained upbeat and optimistic through all of these challenges.
This year’s Pete Moffitt Courage Award was presented at a special gathering prior to Wake Forest’s Homecoming football game versus Utah State.
James Bullock (’85, MBA ’95, P ’18) led off the remarks by thanking everyone who played a role in establishing the Pete Moffitt Courage Award, as well as an endowed scholarship in Pete’s memory. He continued, stating, “It was once written that memory is our way of holding on to the things we love, the things that we are and the things that we never want to lose–certainly Pete is among those things.”
Susan Moffitt (’86, P ’19), wife of the late Pete Moffitt, was joined by her two daughters, Mary Layton (’19) and Hastings. She spoke about the courageous, kind and passionate man that Pete was, and went on to share, “He wanted to make a difference and he wanted his journey with ALS to somehow make a positive impact, not only on his family, but on others, as well. I believe his wish has come true as we are gathered here today to honor two-time Wake Forest alumnus, Wiley Doby, with the Pete Moffitt Courage Award.”
Director of Athletics, Ron Wellman, was in attendance to officially present the award, remarking, “It is with great pleasure that we present the Pete Moffitt Courage Award to Dr. Wiley Doby, who serves as a role model for all of us as he continues to fight his battle.”
Once he accepted the award, Doby provided greater insight on his journey and expressed gratitude to his family and friends for their constant support, in addition to everyone who contributed to his nomination for the Pete Moffitt Courage Award. Doby concluded the ceremony, stating, “This is such a great honor and I truly appreciate the award so very much. I hope I can continue to live up to the standards that the award represents.”
Joining Doby for this special day were his wife, Ila (P ’02), sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Tommy, daughter-in-law, Allison, and granddaughter, Cate.