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lor's degree from the Woman's College of the University of North
Carolina, a master's degree in commercial science from Indiana
University and the J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina.
Before joining the Wake Forest staff she had taught in the Forsyth
County schools and at Louisburg, Averett, and Marshall colleges.
It was understood that Dr. Owen's appointment would be tem-
porary, and on July 1, 1964, Lula M. Leake, who had been assistant
dean of students at Meredith College for six years, was named dean of
women at Wake Forest. Known to one and all as "Lu" Leake, she was
born May 26, 1925, in Woodville, Mississippi, the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Samuel O. Leake. She received an associate degree from
Pearl River Junior College in 1943, a bachelor's from Louisiana State
University in 1945 and a master's in religious education from the
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She had done summer work
at Peabody College and Union Theological Seminary. A one-time
draftsman for the Standard Oil Company in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
she was director of the Baptist Student Union at the College of
William and Mary before going to Meredith.3
As dean of women in the Tribble administration Miss Leake was a
member of the faculty Executive Committee and committees on
student life, admissions, scholarships and financial aid, and orien-
tation. She had to devise rules for social conduct, counsel coeds who
had personal, family, or academic problems, interview prospective
students and their parents, make dormitory room assignments and, in
general, look after the welfare of Wake Forest women. She also
became active in the Baptist Church on the campus. Perhaps her
hardest job was to establish her own identity and style as successor to
the beloved Dean Johnson.
Until his death on January 3, 1952, at the age of seventy, Elliott B.
Earnshaw was the Bursar's Office. During his forty-nine years with
the college he had also served as registrar, secretary of the faculty,
secretary of the Board of Trustees, and superintendent of the college
infirmary. At the time of his death he held all of those positions
except registrar. Earnshaw was born August 28, 1881, in Cartersville,
Georgia. He arrived in North Carolina in 1901 as a freshman intent
upon getting a mechanical engineering degree from North Carolina
State College. Although he compiled the highest average in the first-
year class, he objected to a requirement that all students spend