340 History of Wake Forest College
of scholarship among the young men of North Carolina. In 1886, Dr.
J. R. Duggan had brought to Wake Forest the spirit of scientific
inquiry which he had already manifested to such a marked degree at
Johns Hopkins. Under such influences the young men graduating
from Wake Forest were stimulated to aspire for university training
and for the doctor's degree. In the period of President Taylor's
administration many, who in nearly every instance desired to fit
themselves for teaching in college, went to the higher educational
institutions of whom a score or more were granted the degree of
Doctor of Philosophy. Those whose studies were in Chemistry were
Charles E. Brewer, 1886; J. Rufus Hunter, 1885; William A. Jones,
1893; J. W. Nowell, 1903; and Burton J. Ray, 1904. The three first
named attended Johns Hopkins University, where Hunter and Jones
won their degrees, but Brewer and Ray won their degrees from
Cornell. Brewer was professor of Chemistry in Wake Forest College
from 1889 to 1915, when he became president of Meredith College.
Hunter served as professor of Chemistry for a short period in Oshkosh
University, Wisconsin, and for many years at Richmond College,
after which he made his home in Raleigh and engaged in business.
Jones has been a consulting chemist in the city of New York; Nowell
taught chemistry first in State College, Raleigh, but in 1914 he came
to Wake Forest and in 1915, on the resignation of Brewer was made
full professor of Chemistry, and conducted the department with much
efficiency and success until his untimely death, November 30, 1930.
Ray taught in the North Carolina State College, 1910-12, and was
head of the Department of Chemistry in the United States Govern-
ment College of Agriculture, Porto Rico, 1912-14; in 1915 he located
in Norfolk as a consulting chemist, and since 1919 has been in the
lumber business in Franklin, Virginia. Only one Wake Forest graduate
of this period found his interest in Mathematics; this was J. R.
Hankins, 1890, who got his degree from Johns Hopkins. He taught
only a short time, if at all, but has devoted his talents to business.
Several were interested in Biology, and won their degrees in that
subject. These were Irving Hardesty,
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