The ROTC program was divided into basic courses for freshmen
and sophomores and advanced for juniors and seniors. The upper-
classmen qualified for an allowance of forty dollars a month.
Including summer-encampment payments, the advanced-course re-
muneration amounted to about twelve hundred dollars and was a
valuable aid to student support. Upon graduation, qualified members
of the ROTC were commissioned as second lieutenants in the United
States Army Reserve.
In 1967 when student opposition to the war in Vietnam made
military training unpopular on many campuses, the Wake Forest
ROTC program saw its highest enrollment. There were 276 freshmen
and sophomores in the basic course and more than l00 juniors and
seniors in the advanced course. At graduation fifty-one seniors won
their commissions.
The national honorary military societies, Scabbard and Blade and
the Pershing Rifles, had chapters on the campus.
The story of the Department of Music for the end of the Kitchin
presidency and all of the Tribble administration is in large part that of
Thane E. McDonald, who was made chairman of the department in
1941 and who, except for military duty and graduate study, directed
the music program for the entire period covered by this volume of
McDonald held bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the
University of Michigan and later took his doctorate in education at
Columbia University. From 1936 until his Wake Forest appointment
in 1941 he had taught at Davidson College, and he brought youth,
vigor, and a winning personality to his new job. It was made more
rewarding in 1942 when the admission of coeds provided a range in
vocal and instrumental music which had not been possible before.
As recounted in Chapter I, McDonald was called into naval service
from 1944 to 1946, and Albertine Lefler acted as director of the
department during his absence. In 1952-53 while McDonald studied
at Columbia, Paul S. Robinson, new to the faculty, was acting
chairman. Otherwise, McDonald molded the music program, did
much of the teaching, and performed with the marching band.
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