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his senior year at Wake Forest and earned a master's at the college in
1937. Except for absences for further graduate work and military
duty, he was continuously on the faculty thereafter. An effective
teacher and a publishing historian, with particular attention to state
and Baptist affairs, he was appointed chairman in 1954. He also made
significant contributions to college life as director of evening classes
in Winston-Salem and director of graduate studies on their resumption
in 1961. No member of the faculty performed more effectively or
willingly in such a diversity of services.
The separation of history and government from the other disciplines
within the social science purview began in 1946, when Clarence H.
Patrick joined the faculty as a visiting professor of sociology He
established the independent Department of Sociology in the fall of
1948. Dr. Gaines M. Rogers was employed to set up the School of
Business Administration in 1949, and all of the related courses,
including economics, were transferred from the Social Science
Department. Claud H. Richards, an expert on politics, joined the
department in 1952, and he was authorized to establish a Department
of Political Science in 1957. With that move came the change in name
to the Department of History. (Brief accounts of the newly created
entities are given elsewhere in this chapter.)
Meanwhile a number of history specialists had been added to the
faculty. In 1945 Wilfred Buck Yearns, a graduate of Duke with a
master's from the University of Georgia, was recruited. An expert in
American constitutional history, he earned his doctorate from the
University of North Carolina in 1949. Percival Perry, a 1937 graduate
of Wake Forest with a master's from Rutgers and a doctorate from
Duke, joined the staff in 1947. His principal field was economic and
diplomatic history of the United States. Perry later was assigned to
direct the summer sessions, and his wife Margaret became chief
assistant to Grady Patterson in the Registrar's Office.
David A. Smiley, a graduate of Baylor, was recruited in 1951 while
he was completing work on his doctorate at the University of Wis-
consin. He received the degree in 1953. By then he already had es-
tablished a reputation as a captivating lecturer, and after the move to
Winston-Salem his course, the History of the South, had to be
scheduled in a large auditorium. Smiley became a Sunday School
teacher in the Wake Forest Baptist Church and was in great demand
as a raconteur.
Lowell R. Tillett, an expert in Russian affairs, came to the de-
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