350 History of Wake Forest College
factory. He resigned on September 26, 1913, and left on the afternoon
train to enter on his work as Professor of Anatomy in the Medical
department of South Western University, Dallas, Texas.
At the same meeting in which Dr. Ruth resigned the Trustees
elected as his successor in the Department of Anatomy, Dr. Wilbur C.
Smith, originally of Independence, Kansas, and like Dr. Ruth, a
graduate with the M.D. degree of the Medical School of the
University of Kansas. He had held several important positions in
Kansas City and New Jersey, and at the time of his election had, for
two years, been instructor in Anatomy in the Bellevue Medical
Hospital. One of his superiors in that school, with other high
commendation, said of him, "He is a tireless worker striving to give
the student a clear idea of the subject matter at hand, and on account
of this interest taken in the student, he is a great favorite among the
student body." These same qualities Dr. Smith exhibited at Wake
Forest and with the same result. His students worked enthusiastically
and were well instructed. He survived without question the
reorganization of the School of Medicine in 1914, of which more will
be said below. In that year also he volunteered his services as coach
of the football team, and for the next two years with excellent service
in that capacity made the Wake Forest football team respected. He
continued in his position until May, 1916, when he was granted a
year's leave of absence; soon after he resigned to accept a position in
the anatomy department of the School of Medicine of Tulane
University. Of this department he is now head, and he has not
abandoned his interest in football; to him much of the credit for the
training of the excellent Tulane teams has been due. Both he and Mrs.
Smith made warm friends at Wake Forest, and with them he continues
in communication. In recognition of his professional ability and
services the College at the commencement of 1939 conferred on him
the degree of Doctor of Science.
Having traced the department of Anatomy to the period of