Teaching of Health and Physical Education, Old Testament History,
Principles of Sociology, and Speech Fundamentals. At the outset the
most popular courses were in the mathematics and accounting fields,
along with the composition course required of all Wake Forest
freshmen. Eventually the curriculum was expanded to include forty
courses from fourteen departments.
In the seven-year duration of Evening College, several adminis-
trative changes were made. When Dr. Stroupe was appointed director
of graduate studies in 1961, Dr. Jeanne Owen of the Business School
took over the direction of the evening classes. She was succeeded a
year later by Dr. J. Robert Johnson, Jr., associate professor of
Although the college had high hopes for the venture, enrollment
never exceeded the total for that first semester. In the first five years
registration averaged three-hundred students in the fall, with a decline
in the spring to an average of two hundred and thirty When the
Reynolds grant was exhausted, the college attempted to support the
program on its own as a community service. However, in the fall of
1964 only a hundred twenty-two students reported, and when the
spring figure dropped to ninety-five, Wake Forest decided to
terminate the experiment. Dr. Johnson said experience had shown that
"evening classes really aren't feasible."
Between 1943 and 1967, a period which saw an astonishing meta-
morphosis in the life of Wake Forest, no part of the college underwent
a greater transformation than the library. On the old campus the
library, located in the Heck-Williams Building (which it shared with
the Law School), was loved and lovingly tended. Students made it a
favorite place for study, and it supported them adequately in the
preparation of their research papers. Yet as Carlton P. West, who
succeeded Ethel Taylor Crittenden as librarian in 1946, later recalled,
"by modern standards the building was quite unsuited to effective
library use. Conditions in the reading rooms were especially bad, with
overcrowding and unbelievably dim lighting."
Mrs. Crittenden, who had served as librarian since 1915, found the
years of World War II especially hard. Books were difficult to
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