6 THE HISTORY OF WAKE FOREST COLLEGE
bert Baer and I. Beverly Lake of the Law School had gone with the
Office of Price Administration in Raleigh; A. A. Dowtin, alumni
secretary, was with the FBI in Los Angeles; and Hannah Holding, a
librarian, was in government service in Washington.
The sports program had been hard hit. Athletic Director James H.
Weaver was in the navy as was Hank Bartos, an assistant football
coach. Another assistant, Erskine Walker, had gone into war work.
Physical education classes were the responsibility in large part of
"Coach Phil" Utley, and coaching duties were handled chiefly by
Douglas C. "Peahead" Walker and Murray C. Greason. They also
filled in at athletic direction, recruitment, and sports promotion.
Former debate coach and speech teacher Zon Robinson had dis-
appeared in a cloud of mystery, presumably to serve in the armed
forces. He would never be heard from again
.2
The absence of all these college associates on war duty, along
with departures of drafted students, brought the conflict close to
home, but there were a few bright spots. Toward the end of 1943 the
Swedish liner Gripsholm docked in New York, repatriating from
internment in Shanghai prison camps a number of missionaries and
teachers with Wake Forest connections. Among them was Dr. H. H.
McMillan, Class of 1908, who as a teacher at Yates Academy in
Soochow had been doing evangelistic work in China for twenty--
eight years. He was the father of Campbell McMillan, a Wake For-
est student, and of Archibald and John, Wake Forest alumni. Also
aboard was Frank P. Lide, who had been with the North China
Seminary since 1920 and had sent several of his children to Wake
Forest. Brought back, too, was Sophie Lanneau, daughter of Prof.
John F. Lanneau, who had taught math, physics, and astronomy at
Wake Forest from 1890 to 1921. Miss Lanneau, in China for thirty
years, had been principal of a girls' school in Soochow.
Heartening it was, too, to learn of the exploits of Wake Forest
men serving military duty in ranks from private to general. There
were, in fact, three Wake Forest alumni who were in high command
positions. They were Brig. Gen. Frank Armstrong, Class of 1925,
chief of the American Bomber Command in England (his career was
dramatized in the motion picture Twelve O'Clock High); Brig. Gen.
William C. Lee, who attended Wake Forest from 1913 to 1915,
chief of the Airborne Command; and Brig. Gen. Caleb V Haynes,
Class of 1917, head of the American Bomber Command in
China.3
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