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Teachers College with a master's from George Peabody, as a teacher
and supervisor of women's intramural sports. Dorothy Casey, who did
her undergraduate work at the Woman's College of the University of
North Carolina, with a master's from Chapel Hill, was added to the
staff in 1949. Popular among coeds and with the faculty at large, they
remained with the college through the Tribble years.
In 1948 Harold Barrow, who held a doctorate from Indiana, joined
the department as a teacher in the areas of philosophy, administration,
and tests and measurements; he also was appointed assistant
basketball coach. At the same time Taylor Sanford got a dual
appointment in teaching and coaching. Sanford, who had great
success in baseball, remained only a few years, but Barrow made a
career at Wake Forest.
On June 15, 1950, "Coach Phil" Utley died of a heart attack while
visiting in Los Angeles. He had been a member of the physical
education staff for thirty-eight years and director of the gymnasium
for twenty-four. A native of Raleigh, he had attended Wake Forest
from 1909 to 1913 and had distinguished himself as an athlete. He
was a pitcher and first baseman in baseball, a guard in basketball, a
quarterback and end in football, and a hurdler and shotput star in
track. Soon after his death Old Gold and Black said in an editorial,
"Phil Utley was as much a part of Wake Forest as her magnolias, as
her brick walks, as her crowded book store, as her spirit of friend-
liness, or as her ringing bell after a great athletic victory…. [He]
carved for himself a niche forever in the hearts of thousands of Wake
Forest men and women."
On May 31, 1954, President Tribble informed the Board of Trustees
that Jim Weaver was leaving the college to become commissioner of
the newly formed Atlantic Coast Conference, of which Wake Forest
was a part. The board expressed sincere appreciation for the sterling
service Weaver had rendered during twenty-one years with the
college. Pat Preston succeeded Weaver as director of athletics and
head of the Department of Physical Education, as recounted in
Chapter VI. When Preston resigned in February 1956, William H.
Gibson was appointed to the joint posts.
That same spring, G. Eugene Hooks joined the staff as an instructor
in physical education and baseball coach, and in June Ralph Steele
signed on as swimming coach. For many months in this period Long
and his staff were deeply involved in the planning
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