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1929 graduate of Davidson College. While teaching at Wake Forest,
Archie did the graduate work required for a master's degree in French,
awarded in 1935. He later earned master's and doctoral degrees at
Princeton. In 1942 he left the Wake Forest faculty for military service
and became Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's French interpreter in the
Allied Control Authority in 1945. After his discharge from service in
1946, he joined the faculty at Duke, becoming dean of freshmen in
1949. In 1951 he was appointed acting dean of undergraduate
instruction.
Along with his duties as dean at Wake Forest, Dr. Archie was an
associate professor of French. He had a fertile, roving mind; the
establishment of the Admissions Office, the Asian Studies program,
and the College Union were his ideas. A man of passionate feeling, he
could become deeply irritated by frustrations he considered un-
necessary, and it was for that reason that after his first year as dean,
he resigned to accept a comparable position at Emory University.
Archie's term at Wake Forest coincided with the great uproar over
dancing in 1957, which is told in Chapter VIII. His associates recall
that his principal grievance in leaving Wake Forest was his dismay
over what he regarded as Baptist intrusion into the affairs of the
college.
When the news of the new dean's departure reached Gerald Johnson
in Baltimore, he wrote a letter to Irving Carlyle expressing concern:
I have just heard about Archie's resignation, and it confirms my belief that
you trustees have no choice. You have either got to take over the running of
the college, or there won't be any college.
Archie is just the beginning. Every time you get a first-rate man―and
after a year or two you won't get many―as soon as he discovers that he is at
the mercy of a bunch of crazy fanatics he will get the hell out of there. A
really good man doesn't have to teach at Wake Forest; there are plenty of
jobs for top-notchers, often at higher pay.
But if you fill the place with second-raters, then it becomes a swindle
racket, taking the boys' money and pretending to give them a modern
education, but handing them a shoddy article. I don't see how any honest
man can associate himself with such an
enterprise.1
In response Carlyle said that much as the college regretted Dr.
Archie's resignation, there was an awfully good man waiting in the
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