BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Bakersfield’s ambassador of kindness to the world, Chuck Wall, has died aged 80.
The longtime Bakersfield College professor, blind since the age of 19 when retinitis pigmentosa took his sight, has often been credited with creating the slogan ‘random acts of kindness’.
Not true, he said.
“It’s been around for a long time and in fact in the Bible there are some 26 references to acts of kindness,” Wall told 17 News in 2016. “And as I get older, I’m not that old.”
Wall popularized the concept with books, lectures, hundreds of TV and radio appearances, and bumper stickers that urged people to be better.
Former Professor of the Year for the California Community College System has won worldwide acclaim for her simple message: A little extra kindness can make this world a better place, and it’s not hard to do.
“Basically we’re nice. We just have to remember that, ”Wall said.
Wall – who was married to his wife Di for 56 years – died on June 8.
He asked that no funeral or memorial service be organized for him.
Perhaps in honor of Chuck Wall, we can all show a little more cuteness.