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bodiment of the term "gracious lady," and she created a deanship
model at Wake Forest that was to be honored for decades.
Bryan and Earnshaw, between themselves, chewed over much of
the business of the college on the nearby George W. Paschal nine-
hole golf course―which is not to suggest that either neglected his
duties. They saw their jobs as full-time commitments, twenty-four
hours a day, and they talked shop while relaxing as well as at work.
Dr. Bryan was born seven miles from Pittsboro on December 23,
1886, and got his early education in a one-room neighborhood school.
He attended Buie's Creek Academy and graduated from the
University of North Carolina in 1911. For two years he was principal
of a school at Rich Square and saved seven hundred dollars from his
annual thousand-dollar salary to pay for his master's work at
Columbia University and doctoral studies at New York University.
He also acquired a bride, Miss Euphemia Griffin. He taught at
Richmond College for five years before joining the faculty at Wake
Forest in 1921.
In addition to his duties as dean, Dr. Bryan was chairman of the
Education Department, and all of the prospective teachers who went
through the college during his years there studied with him. When
Wake Forest moved to Winston-Salem, Dr. Tribble prevailed upon
Bryan, then approaching seventy years of age, to go along and
organize the Dean's Office. He agreed, although it would take him a
year past the date when he had planned to retire.
A faculty committee headed by Dr. Henry S. Stroupe planned a
dinner in his honor on May 16, 1957, and at that time Dr. Tribble
remarked, "It has frequently been said that the dean is the man who
sees to it that the college is what the president claims it is. Certainly I
know full well that the achievements of Wake Forest College in actual
life and work on the campus during the past seven years have been
made possible by the faithful labor and wise leadership of Dean
Dr. J. A. Easley, speaking for the faculty, said that Bryan's service
had been "of inestimable value. There has been a practicality and
pertinence in his advice, a workableness in his plans, and a common
sense in his management of affairs. We who have worked by his side
and under his guidance have not missed his good humor and his
kindly teasing, his refusal to hold a grudge, and his generous
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