498 History of Wake Forest College
the chair the following September he won universal respect and
esteem. The handsome chemical laboratory which he planned and
which is now about completed, will stand as a monument alike to his
eminent attainments as a chemist and to the appreciation in which
those attainments were held by the Baptists of North Carolina.
Dr. Duggan was baptized at eleven years of age, and at the time of
his death was a member of the Wake Forest Baptist Church. He mar-
ried Miss Janie Prichard at Wake Forest, October 18, 1887.
WILLIAM GASTON SIMMONS
In my humble opinion he was one of the most remarkable men I
have ever known. I have been thrown into close relations with three
great students in my life time. One of them was Dr. Crawford Toy,
perhaps the most erudite man I have ever known; another was the
world renowned Dr. John A. Broadus, and the third was Prof.
Simmons. His power of large and ready acquisition, the grasp, vigor
and accuracy of his memory, and the ease with which his large attain-
ments arranged themselves in systematic and even scientific order in
his mind, were as remarkable as the kindred qualities which made
these two gentlemen so distinguished as scholars. There was scarcely
a topic within the wide range of human learning with which he did not
seem familiar. From sketch by T. H. Pritchard.
* * * *
A man of large, vigorous and well trained intellect and vast learning
he consecrated all, with perfect singleness of heart to the service of
the College.... There is hardly a chair in the course of study which he
had not filled, and there was hardly a year in which be did not do
more work lying outside than that which belonged to his own school.
Had he been permitted to devote himself to one particular school he
would have been a specialist. Dr. J. Hufham, in obituary article in
records of Board of Trustees.
* * * * *
(The following taken from a comprehensive sketch by Dr. William
Royall found in the Wake Forest Student for June, 1889, is intended
to give the main facts of the life of Dr. Simmons, with omissions of
what has been recorded in the body of this work.)
William Gaston Simmons was born in Montgomery County, N. C.,
March 4, 1830. At an early age he showed a fondness for reading and
a decided appreciation of literary models. His father, Mr. Lockey
Simmons, who himself put a high estimate upon learning, was
disposed to give his son all the advantages in this line which the
country af-
Previous Page Next Page