178 THE HISTORY OF WAKE FOREST COLLEGE
the absence of the president; counselled students, negotiated with
concerned parents, and, in general, kept the college moving. The
Dean's Office had a dedicated staff of secretarial and clerical workers,
and one of the most beloved was Mrs. Elizabeth Greason, whose
husband Murray a longtime fixture in the Athletic Department as
player and coach, was killed in an automobile accident January I,
1960.
Lois Johnson, who had tried several times to give up her post as
dean of women, made her retirement stick at the end of June 1962. "I
didn't want them saving, `Well, who's going to tell Lois she's been on
the job too long?"' she said. "Too many of us want to hang on when
we have no business trying. It's much better to go too soon than too
late. I think it's about time."
She said she had seen a number of changes in Wake Forest women
in her two decades at the college, the greatest being "an attitude of
live and let live. Coeds now are less likely to condemn another coed
for doing something they themselves wouldn't have done. I'm not
really sure I like that. No doubt there is more rebellion against the
rules. This is true everywhere. And perhaps it's pertinent to point out
that parents now are more permissive than they were in 1942. Oh, yes,
there's one other big change: We haven't had an acute case of
homesickness in years."
Dean Johnson planned to live in retirement at the JohnsonMemorv-
McMillan family compound in Wagram. Asked what she would miss
most, she said, "Men! I like men. Women my age are most often
surrounded by widows and spinsters. I will miss talking and arguing
with male faculty members. And I'll miss the exhilaration of being
associated with youth, of being in a place where there's intellectual
ferment."
A dormitory honors her name on the Wake Forest campus, but no
doubt the most eloquent tribute resides in the hundreds of women
whose lives she influenced in such a special way in her twenty years
in the Dean's Office.
Effective with Dean Johnson's retirement Dr. Jeanne Owen, as-
sociate professor in the School of Business Administration, was
named acting dean, with Jane Gilbert Freeman, an instructor in
philosophy named assistant dean. Dr. Owen, who had served the
college in other important administrative capacities, had been on the
faculty since 1956. A native of Gibsonville, she earned a bache-
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