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Founder's Day

Celebrate NHM’s founder with a birthday dinner — and a special fork.

Bronze bust of NMH founder D.L. Moody in Memorial Chapel

Every year in early February, NMH honors its founder, D.L. Moody (born Feb. 5, 1837), with a special school meeting and birthday dinner.

As part of the celebration, a giant one-tined fork is passed from seniors to juniors. The fork has symbolic significance to NMH: It is reported that at an early commencement, a speaker noted that anyone could eat soup with a spoon, but it took a real person to eat soup with a one-tined fork. Moody was so taken with the image that he declared, “Whatever else you forget, remember that forever.”

Over the years, seniors presenting the fork to juniors have interpreted the meaning of the one-tined fork differently, but everyone agrees that it represents a can-do attitude.