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teacher in January, 1911, but after a few weeks he was forced to
relinquish his teaching in classroom and Sunday school. A few weeks
more and he went to a sanatorium in the mountains of North Carolina,
from which he wrote cheerful postal-card messages to his friends, but
all the time he was growing weaker. Knowing that the end was
inevitable, late in June he asked to be brought back to his loved Wake
Forest, a trip for which his strength barely sufficed. He was carried as
a patient to the College Hospital, to the building of which he had
contributed so much, and couched in one of the broad porches of the
second story, properly shaded and screened. Here his closest friends
were allowed to see him just once for a few short minutes, and here he
died on July 11, 1911. His body was laid in the Wake Forest
cemetery, and over it his friends under the leadership of one of the
warmest, R. C. Lawrence, erected a noble shaft on a base on the four
sides of which are inscriptions telling of his many services to church
and
state.11
In the Minutes of the Board of Trustees for August 8, 1911, are the
following resolutions drawn up by a committee consisting of E. W.
Timberlake, M. L. Kesler, and W. J. Ferrell:
The Board of Trustees of Wake Forest College has heard with sorrow of the
death of Professor John B. Carlyle. He did a great work for the College, which he
served in an official capacity for twenty-three years: from 1888 to 1891 as Assistant
Professor of Latin and Greek, and from 1891 to 1911 as Professor of Latin. While
able and inspiring in the classroom, he was also especially valuable to the College
in the following other respects:
1. In his sympathy and helpfulness to needy students.
2. In his religious activity among the students which was particularly manifested
in his largely attended Sunday school class.
3. In his eloquent presentation of the claims of the College in public
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11 A general sketch of Carlyle's life is that by G. W. Paschal, in the Bulletin of
Wake Forest College, October, 1911. The Wake Forest Student, XXXI, pp. 371-508,
February, 1912, is entirely devoted to biographical sketches and appreciations of
Carlyle by scores of those who knew him best in the various activities of his life. It
was prepared and edited by his warm friend and colleague, Dr. J. H. Gorrell, with
the assistance of R. C. Lawrence. A good portrait of Carlyle makes up the
frontispiece.
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