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qualifications. When the prospect stirred up old animosities and
brought out old foes with the same tired arguments, the idea was
So much bitterness surfaced, in fact, that Richard C. Fallis, son of a
Southern Baptist Convention official and editor of The Student, wrote
in the March issue of the magazine that separation was desirable to
continued confrontation:
In view of the recent resumption of traditional bickering between Wake
Forest and the North Carolina Baptist Convention, it seems that the time has
come for the college and the convention to face up to the fact that neither is
any longer able to afford the other…. The attitude of the convention
concerning such problems as the acceptance of federal aid and the admission
of persons other than North Carolina Baptists to Wake Forest's Board of
Trustees is sufficient proof that the convention is hardly in agreement with
what the college considers its own best interests.
Likewise, the convention, already overburdened with the support of seven
Baptist colleges in North Carolina, is becoming increasingly aware that in
Wake Forest it has created an institution which it financially cannot afford
to support. And, furthermore, one senses that the majority of the churches
affiliated with the convention are suspicious of the policies and goals of
Wake Forest.
It seems to be high time that both institutions admit that complete
separation between them is both inevitable and desirable….
That separation did not occur, nor did a change in trustee election
take place during Dr. Tribble's administration. He fought hard for it,
perhaps expending more energy toward it than on any other Wake
Forest program except the development campaign that moved the
college to Winston-Salem. He was philosophical enough to accept the
will of the convention, perhaps ultimately comforted in the
knowledge that the idea itself was sound and probably would have
been accepted had it not been identified with such ancillary concerns
as Jonathan Beam, "Wally Grimes," and the dread specter of federal
encroachment upon religion.
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