BENJAMIN SLEDD, M.A., Litt.D.
Born August 24, 1864 Died January 4, 1940
Professor of Modern Languages, Wake Forest College, 1888-94
Professor of English, Wake Forest College, 1894-1938
Professor Emeritus of English, Wake Forest College, 1938-40
It was my good fortune to be one of Dr. Sledd's pupils within the
best period of his career as a teacher-the foundations of his scholar-
ship securely laid, his philosophy rich and mature, his intellectual
keenness unsurpassed, and his power of stimulation at its height.
As one of those who became in a sense his disciples, and swore by
him rather than at him, I appreciated his colorful personality, his
power as a teacher, and his genuine personal interest in those of us
who were able to keep pace with him or to enter sympathetically into
the world of his intellect and spirit.
It was not as a patient drill master or a painstaking critic of student
compositions that Dr. Sledd did his distinctive work. I am not sure
that he worried a great deal about those who were indifferent or un-
responsive, but I know that he took a genuine pleasure in working
patiently with those who were working for themselves, and that he
took the keenest delight in their achievements. Not the least
significant part of his work he accomplished in fireside chats with
individual students or during strolls about the campus.---Dr. H. B.
Jones, quoted in sketch in The Student, March, 1940.