IX
The Trustee Proposals
For Dr. Harold Tribble the late fifties and early sixties were buoy-
ant times. The college was settling in its new location in admirable
style, its finances were in good order, the faculty was being constantly
strengthened, admission applications from superior students were
holding up, and although the task of fund-raising was constantly
demanding, the urgency with which Tribble had lived earlier was
diminishing. Throughout the state respect for President Tribble
seemed to be secure and growing.
In a Founders Day address in February 1962, former Dean William
C. Archie (appointed in 1956, he had resigned in 1960) said of
Tribble:
He landed in Wake Forest in September 1950 on his feet and running. He
has rarely slowed down since. He was handed the mandate to move the
college. He accepted the mandate and began to move. It was not easy or
simple. From all sides there arose disgruntled opposition. It was held that
the college could not move without losing its soul…. But Harold Tribble
never wavered. His energy, his boundless optimism, his simple yet profound
faith in the fitness of the move swept him along. With the help of a
dedicated and brave few and with the encouragement of foundations and
other leading citizens of North Carolina and Winston-Salem, move the
college he did.
Little thanks did he receive for his troubles. Nearly every group found
something wrong with what he had done: the students, the faculty, the
alumni, preachers, and laymen. Even so, Harold Tribble stood his ground
and has happily lived through those bruising years of getting moved and
getting settled. He rightly deserves the everlasting thanks of every person
whose life has been touched by Wake Forest.
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