398 History of Wake Forest College
Little is said of the character of his work in the classroom. Drilling
students in the elements of Latin and Greek is a laborious and rather
uninspirational work at the best. For it Brooks had no other training
than what he had received under Wait, Armstrong, Hart, and Morse at
Wake Forest. He had been away from the College in a rural section
for two years when called to take up the work and was probably
somewhat "rusty" on his Latin and Greek, but Dr. Wait's choice of
him for the place sufficiently attests the fact that he regarded him
fitted for it. An alumnus who became most proficient in Latin and
Greek speaks of him with appreciation and affection as a kindly,
pleasant man, good-hearted and as guileless as a child, and of his
manner of teaching as
unpretentious.26
Professor Brooks served the College also in another capacity, that
is, by keeping a boarding house. He married Miss Emily C. Fort,
daughter of Mr. Foster Fort. As early as January, 1849, they began to
furnish board to the students at their home opposite the northwest
corner of the Campus. This proved to be one of the most largely
patronized of the boarding houses of Wake Forest and was continued
for many years after Professor Brooks resigned his work in the
College. His boarders conceived a great affection for him and when
they returned on public occasions they frequented his home in
crowds.27
Though he resigned his place on the faculty in 1858, he did not lose
any of his interest in the College. It was said that he always had an
opinion about all matters that affected its welfare and never failed to
express it. He gave freely of his means for its endowment; he was
greatly interested in the Board of Education and in other ways helped
many young ministers to secure an education. In 1870 he was made
president of the Board of Trustees, a place he held until June, 1880,
when he resigned on account of his feeble health; at this time the
Board adopted resolutions expressing their deep appreciation and
affection.
As has been said above, at the times when the College had no
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26
Wallace, Wake Forest Student, XXVIII, 325.
27 W. B. Royall, Biblical Recorder, February 14, 1883.
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