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of the Dakotas, and N. D. Johnson, who was connected with several
schools in both the Carolinas. Two others became noted for their
work with the deaf, dumb and blind. These were John E. Ray, who
was first connected with the North Carolina Institute for the Blind in
Raleigh, as a teacher, 1875-85, then, in 1887 he became
Superintendent of the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, in
1898 he returned to North Carolina to be superintendent of the North
Carolina School for the Blind at Raleigh, which position he held till
his untimely death on January 9, 1918 the other was G. T. Pritchard,
who from 1888 was for many years connected with the School for the
Deaf and Dumb at Scranton, Pennsylvania. He died September 26,
1935. A further word should be said about Mr. J. E. Ray; for ten
years, 1877-87, he was Corresponding Secretary of the North
Carolina Baptist State Convention, in which he did a work so efficient
as to constitute a new era. During the same years he took the lead in
the development of Sunday schools in Baptist churches. Adding to his
work as a preacher Dr. R. T. Vann did a notable work in the field of
college education. For two years he was on the faculty of Chowan
College, and for fifteen years, 1900 to 1915 he was president of
Meredith College and did much to create the spirit and ideals which
still characterize it. He has been a trustee of Wake Forest, of Meredith
and of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has held other
important denominational offices. The career of N. Y. Gulley will be
discussed in the chapter on the Wake Forest College School of Law.
W. L. Poteat was connected with Wake Forest College as teacher
from 1878 until his death, March 12, 1938. His work will be
discussed later. The lawyers among the graduates of this period
numbered fifteen. Of these only H. R. Scott and N. Y. Gulley still
survive. Mr. Scott has since 1884 resided at Reidsville, where he has
attained prominence not only as a lawyer but also as a banker. In
1883-84 he was a member of the State Senate. Of the others, E. W.
Timberlake was a judge of the Superior Court for the years 1892-98.
Prominent in the profession were W. E. Daniel of
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