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Stability and Growth
On April 23, 1959, Wake Forest paused for a day to celebrate its
one hundred twenty-fifth anniversary. There were addresses by
Barnaby C. Keeney, president of Brown University, and Frank W.
Abrams, chairman of the Council for Financial Aid to Education;
presentations of a bust of Z. Smith Reynolds and a portrait of Dr.
Tribble; and awarding of citations to distinguished alumni repre-
senting nine fields of endeavor.
They were Egbert L. Davis, Jr., Winston-Salem, business; Dr. J.
Street Brewer, Roseboro, medicine; Dr. Spright Dowell, president
emeritus of Mercer University, education administration; Dr. Robert
P. McCutcheon, then coordinator of the Woodrow Wilson National
Fellowship Foundation, liberal arts; Judge L. R. Varser, Lumberton,
law; Dr. J. B. Weatherspoon, a Louisville, Kentucky, seminarian,
religion; Dr. Howard M. Phillips, president of Alabama College,
science; Billy Joe Patton, amateur golfer from Morganton, sports; and
Gerald W. Johnson, Baltimore, journalism and writing.
In 1960 in a report to the trustees on his first decade in office, Dr.
Tribble said that Wake Forest had paid $15,565,000 toward campus
construction costing $19 million. In that decade Wake Forest had
received $31 million in support, most of it coming from the Reynolds
and Babcock foundations and members of affiliated families, with
more than $3.8 million deriving from the Baptist State Convention.
Salaries for full professors had been increased by 57 percent, library
holdings had more than doubled, and the library budget was up 350
percent.
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