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
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