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following: Wesley M. Bagby, 1946-48; John B. Woodall, 1946-47;
Elmer L. Purvear, 1947-52; Wayland H. Jones, 1948-58; A. Warren
Williams, part-time, 1949-50; Noble E. Cunningham, 1952-54; John
Keith Huckaby, 1957-58; Robert G. Gregory, 1957-64; Keith A.
Hitchins, 1958-65; Clarke W. Garrett, 1961-66; M. Elizabeth York,
1961-62; W. Ross Livingston, 1962-63; Benjamin J. Hillman, 1962-
63; Thomas S. Morgan, 1964-65; Robert J. Cain, 1965-66; Bruce L.
Clayton, 1965-66; and Judith Ann Weller, 1966-67.
The history of the Department of Mathematics for the World War II
years and into the fifties is notable for the presence of a corps of
dedicated teachers who had been on the faculty for decades and who
were among the most beloved figures on the campus. Among them
were Profs. Hubert A. Jones, who began his association with the
college in 19o8 and continued it for fifty-one years; James G. "Pop"
Carroll, 1920-56; Kenneth Tyson Raynor, 1926-61, and Roland L.
Gay, who joined the faculty in 1933 and was still teaching at the end
of the Tribble era.10
In a memoir of those years prepared by James Valsame, who
graduated in 1950 after a wartime interruption of his student career,
some of these people are recalled. Valsame wrote:
Everyone could not help but admire and love the gentle professor known
to all of us as "Pop" Carroll. Dr. Hubert Jones and Professor Raynor were
legends. Professor Raynor did not want girls in his classes and it was
something to behold to see the lengths he would go, short of being
unprofessional, to encourage any girl students to drop out and take some-
thing else [Professor Raynor was a confirmed bachelor, and the Wake Forest
community was stunned and delighted in August 1947, when he married
Beulah Lassiter, an instructor in the English Department.] He loved athletics
and frequently spent part of his classtime on his famous "stories." In spite of
this he was an extremely effective teacher, making mathematics enjoyable,
fascinating, and easy to learn. On the other hand, Dr. Jones welcomed girls
and seemed to be inspired in his teaching by the presence of pretty girls. He,
too, was a very effective teacher. One of his famous antics was to illustrate a
computation of interest at 6 percent for sixty days by throwing a piece of
chalk at the blackboard to show where the decimal point should be placed.