have held but also taught them to think for themselves. Students of his
occupy positions in some of the best colleges in the country
That Dr. Reid is definitely orthodox in his Christian faith, and I heretical,
had no effect on our friendship. I have been conscious of a religious kinship
with him―a feeling even when he is not with me that he is "there." Though
I am sure he would rather I did not say it, I think he has the temperament of
a saint.
Dr. Reid had a few idiosyncrasies that students found distinctive
and loved to imitate. When he pronounced the letter "s" he generally
whistled, and he ended all of his imponderable questions to the class
with a musing, drawn-out "Hm-mh?" He often locked the door of the
classroom at the beginning of his lectures and refused to acknowledge
the knocking of the tardy. He also had the deep conviction that the
brilliant young men he trained and brought into the department as
instructors had a moral obligation to remain at Wake Forest forever.
One of these was John W. Chandler, who went on to a distinguished
career as a teacher, administrator, and college president in New
England and recalled that for years after he left Wake Forest, he had
received letters from his mentor challenging him to return to his roots
as a matter of honor.
Prior to Dr. Reid's retirement in 1965, his friends set out to raise
five thousand dollars in his name to buy books for the departmental
library and to bring guest lecturers in philosophy to the campus. The
response was overwhelming, and very quickly the A. C. Reid
Philosophy Fund grew to fifty thousand. Of that sum James M.
Hester, Class of 1917, contributed ten thousand to be used for
bringing together Christian laymen in seminars on contemporary
With the United States at war in 1943 Dr. Reid, as mentioned
heretofore, was teaching all of the psychology and philosophy courses
himself. His prize student, Robert M. Helm, who had assisted him as
an instuctor in 1940-41, had gone into military service, and Reid
manned the campus battlements alone throughout the war and for
several years thereafter. For 1947-48 he was joined by W. Lawrence
Highfill, a 1943 alumnus who had studied theology at the Louisville
Helm returned as an assistant professor in 1947. A Wake Forest
graduate, Class of 1939, he had earned his master's at Duke Univer-
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