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theater assignments included Clyde McElroy, James H. Walton, Jul-
ian C. Burroughs, and Bruce Hopper. From 1953 until the creation of
the Speech Department it was possible to get a speech and drama
major within the English Department.
Dr. Gerald G. Grubb, who had taught at Wake Forest in 1933-35,
rejoined the faculty in 1947 as a specialist in Dickens. He was an
ordained minister who had preached for twenty-four years while
holding teaching posts. Shortly after the move to Winston-Salem, on
May 31, 1957, Dr. Grubb died. At that time Dr. Tribble noted that
Wake Forest had lost "a diligent and devoted teacher."
Edwin G. Wilson, his Harvard graduate work behind him, returned
to the English Department in 1951 and moved quickly to a full
professorship in 1959. By that time he was in the Dean's Office as
well, having served since April 26, 1957, as an assistant under Dean
William C. Archie. When Archie resigned in 1958, Wilson succeeded
him. However, he continued to teach one class in his specialty each
semester, and those courses―Romantic Poets and Blake, Yeats, and
Thomas―were among the most popular on the campus.
Alonzo W. Kenion, a Duke alumnus who had earned his master's
there and was working toward his doctorate, joined the department in
1956. Elizabeth Phillips, a 1939 graduate of the Woman's College of
the University of North Carolina who had taken her doctorate at the
University of Pennsylvania, was recruited in 1957. Kenion was a
specialist in the Pope-Dryden period of English literature, and Dr.
Phillips concentrated on modern poetry. Both would remain through
the Tribble period, although Dr. Phillips was twice on leave in the
early sixties on Smith-Mundt and Fulbright lectureships in Korea.
John C. Broderick, who had done his graduate work in American
literature at the University of North Carolina, came to Wake Forest
from teaching assignments in Texas in 1957, and in the following
year Robert N. Shorter, a graduate of Union College who was
winding up his graduate work at Duke, was recruited. Shorter's
specialty was medieval literature with emphasis on Chaucer.
John Archer Carter, a graduate of the University of Virginia who
had earned his doctorate at Princeton, was employed in 1961. His
interest was in Victorian literature. Judson B. Allen, a graduate of
Baylor University, joined the faculty in 1962, while working toward a
doctorate at Johns Hopkins. Also appointed in 1962 was Robert
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