tor, was granted a one-year leave of absence to work with Jackson in
the development program and to handle alumni affairs. In his
absence the pastorate and chaplaincy was filled on a temporary basis
by Dr. Arthur S. Gillespie, a missionary returned from China. Soon
after the switch Olive was able to announce that $700,000 had been
pledged toward the campaign goal and that Wake Forest alumni in
Wake County had set out to raise $500,000.
With that much money in sight, the college planned to proceed
immediately with a women's dormitory which would allow space for
three hundred fifty coeds and a men's dormitory nearby which could
accommodate two hundred. The women's facility was given higher
priority, and its construction was expedited.
Already there had been a foretaste of what was to come with the
cessation of military hostilities. In the 1944 fall enrollment of 555
there was a scattering of students who had been discharged from
military service. Three of them got together and formed a Veterans
Club, whose membership would ultimately number in the hundreds.
The founders were Rufus Potts of Dudley, who had served in the
army; Guy Eaves of Henderson, just out of marine service; and
George Owens of Birmingham, Alabama, who had been in the air
corps. Professor Raynor, a veteran of World War I, was chosen as
faculty adviser.
These men differed from younger students in several ways. They
had a maturity that years alone had not given them; they were more
demanding of their professors; they were more serious about public
affairs. One of their first projects was the collection of a library for
the SS Wake Forest Victory, one of a class of forty cargo ships to be
named for older American colleges. It was launched March 31, 1945
at the Kaiser Shipyard in Richmond, California. The college con-
tributed a set of Dr. Paschal's three-volume History of Wake Forest
College; the library gave duplicates from its holdings; and the vet-
erans got together a nice shipment to the merchant vessel.6
For the benefit of men who had served in the armed forces during
World War II, Congress passed GI Bill 360, under which veterans
could receive five hundred dollars annually for educational
purposes, with an additional living allowance of fifty dollars each
month if single or seventy-five, if married. Under that legislation it
was estimated that four million veterans would seek college entrance
or readmission at the war's end.
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