The College
One reason the transfer of power from Thurman D. Kitchin to
Harold W. Tribble went so smoothly was that both had the support of
a dedicated, highly respected, thoroughly competent corps of
administrators who could be relied upon to attend to the duties of the
college even when events of great magnitude were threatening to
disrupt the even flow of life on the campus. The four key officials
were Dr. Daniel Bunyan Bryan, who had been dean of the college
since 1923; Lois Johnson, appointed dean of women when coeds were
first admitted to the college in 1942; Elliott B. Earnshaw, who had
been bursar since 1907; and Grady S. Patterson, who became the first
fulltime registrar in 1926.
When Dr. Tribble assumed the presidency in 1950, these four had
rendered more than a hundred years of service to Wake Forest. They
knew the traditions of the institution, the strengths of the faculty, and
the needs of the college, and they were acquainted with a majority of
the students by name. Patterson was so thoroughly familiar with his
records that he could―and sometimes did―stop a student on the
street to remind him of a course he needed for graduation. "Miss
Lois" was personally involved with all of her women, and although
she had high standards for female behavior and laid down rules which
today might seem quite strict, she was loved and respected without
reservation. She was everyone's em-
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