46 History of Wake Forest College
year a sudden illness, probably due to overwork, incapacitated him,
and though he in a great part recovered, recovery was slow, and he
did not return to his work in the College, but was made Professor
Emeritus without stipend; after some years he asked that the
relationship be
A student in Professor Mill's classes
soon learned that whether a student learns or not is his own
responsibility, and under his instruction strong characters were
developed. The thoroughness of his work is indicated by the fact that
as many as went from his classes to the universities were found well
fitted for the work and made good records.
It was not until May, 1911, that the Board of Trustees elected as
successor to Professor Mills, Hubert A. Jones, who had been the
principal instructor for several years. In the interim there was shifting
provision for the work of the department. In the spring term of 1907
Professor Lanneau and Professor Lake taught one class each,
Instructor Earnshaw one, and Mr. Harvey Vann one. This
arrangement continued for the year 1907-08, except that Instructor H.
A. Jones took the place of Instructor Earnshaw. After this for the next
three years the work was done by Instructor Jones and Professors
Lanneau and Lake, since, according to the President's report for 1909-
10, "the financial situation of the College required the further
postponement of the appointment of a Professor of Mathematics." In
May, 1911, however, the Board elected Mr. Jones associate professor
of mathematics; he had equipped himself for the place by work in the
universities. He has been head of the department since that time, and
was made full professor in 1916. He has proved an able and
stimulating teacher and director of the department, and
It was no part of a teacher's duty, thought Professor Mills, to coax a boy to
study. If the student worked he knew it well, but indicated his pleasure only by the
peculiar mellow manner in which he drawled "Yes, sir," when the boy had
explained his work at the board, and by the final grade. If the student did not work,
he knew that also. But he did no coaxing. At times he would mention the
approaching examination and make the remark, "As the tree falls so it will lie." At
times, too, especially when talking of lazy students to members of the faculty he
would express a longing for a guard-house. Never did a student of any worth sit
under Professor Mills without loving him with that strong love which begins in
respect. Wake Forest Student, XL, November, 1920, which is a "Mills Memorial"
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