400 History of Wake Forest College
Neck, and they had three sons, the oldest a student of Law in the
College, the second a senior, the third, in the high school. Socially,
the entire family was highly regarded at Wake Forest. At this time
President Kitchin was forty-five years old, and in the prime of his
mental and physical powers.
Dr. Kitchin had already demonstrated that he had certain
qualifications indispensable for one who is to make a proper president
of the institution. He was well acquainted with the College and its
needs. He was born to an interest in it, and he was reared in a family
and amid surroundings in which the name of Wake Forest was often
heard; he had won his degree from it in 1905, and he had been a
member of its faculty since 1917, and had wide acquaintance with its
alumni and friends in all parts of the State; he knew the purposes and
traditions of the institution and to these he was heartily loyal. Though
his scholarship was not extensive in other subjects than those
pertaining to the medical profession, he was a man of rare mental
ability. He was able almost instinctively to grasp a situation, to
understand a problem, see all the. factors involved, and state his views
in clear and forceful language. When he had determined on a course
of action he labored with energy and zeal to effect it. He had already
given proof of that ability in financial matters that has proved so
valuable to the College. Owing to the qualities just mentioned he was
a man of great influence on those with whom he came into relations in
all the activities of life, and in the School of Medicine he had
manifested great executive ability, which led the editor of the Biblical
Recorder to say in speaking of his election: "If Dr. Kitchin succeeds
in doing for Wake Forest what he has done for the medical school his
administration will be a brilliant success and he will win the
confidence and deserve the praise of all our people."
Dr. Kitchin had not been prominent in denominational affairs; he
had not been a regular attendant on the Baptist State Convention and
the associations, being engaged in the other duties at the College, and
content to leave such things to others. On
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