Mafikeng Campus bids farewell to Prof Beighle
It was with a great sense of loss to bid farewell to the most loved and dedicated animal health senior lecturer, Prof Dale Beighle. He has retired from his position in August. He is now going back to live in the United States of America.
In his last address held on the 20th August 2007, in the newly built animal clinic, Prof Beighle thanked the North-West University and the city of Mafikeng for giving him a home away from home for the duration of his teaching years at the University. Prof Beighle, a missionary and a veterinary surgeon, said he had come to South Africa to advance God’s work and to teach animal health at the same time.
Both the teaching staff and final year animal health students found themselves lost for words considering it was their last day with a man who had become more than a colleague and teacher to them, respectively.
Some of the students just could not help themselves as both tears of joy and sadness rolled down their cheeks when they considered how much Prof Beighle had influence and supported them academically as well as given them a sense of purpose and hope for the future.
Prof Beighle started teaching Animal Health in 1978 at the Taung College of Agriculture. In 1981 the College was incorporated into the then University of Bophuthatswana.
The current head of School of the Animal Health, Dr Mphane Molefe said in his farewell speech to Prof Beighle that from the very moment he took over from Prof Beighle, he has had from this great missionary, all the support and mentorship many people only dream of. We wish him and his family well for the future.