JOSEPH HENDREN GORRELL, M.A., Ph.D.
Born August 25, 1868 Died March 28, 1942
Professor of Modern Languages, Wake Forest College, 18941939
Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages, Wake Forest College,
1939-42
"Dr. Joseph Hendren Gorrell, who died at Duke Hospital in Durham
on March 28, had been such an integral part of the life of Wake Forest
College since 1894 that he was known and held in high esteem by
almost every living alumnus of the institution. Native of Virginia, he
attended Washington and Lee University from which he was
graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts.
For three years thereafter he was an honorary scholar at Johns
Hopkins University where he received in 1894 the degree of Doctor
of Philosophy, just before beginning his life's work as professor of
modern languages at Wake Forest. Outside the duties of the classroom
Dr. Gorrell made numerous rich contributions. For twenty years he
was faculty editor of the Wake Forest Student; he served for a long
time as chairman of the committee on buildings and grounds, taking
pride even to the last few weeks of his life in trees and shrubs and
buildings on the campus; he served the Wake Forest Church twelve
years as superintendent of the Sunday school, sixteen years as clerk,
thirty years either as financial secretary or treasurer, for many years as
a deacon, and even on several occasions as supply pastor, though he
was not an ordained minister. For periods of many months he was
supply pastor of Olive Chapel and Rolesville churches, and filled
pulpits in many other churches in North Carolina and neighboring
states, always most acceptably. The town and community of Wake
Forest found in him one of its most useful citizens. For ten years he
was a town commissioner and was president of the local building and
loan association from its organization in 1922 until his death. He was
a staunch friend of the Negroes, and scores of them were devoted to
him through the years. Early in his years of residence at Wake Forest
Dr. Gorrell was married to Miss Fannie Taylor, daughter of the late
Dr. Charles E. Taylor, then president of the college."-Editorial notice
of his death in Biblical Recorder.
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