Weathers inherited gifted teaching talent, and over the years he
carefully selected for the faculty men he knew would fortify its re-
sources. Dr. Lee's background has already been sketched, and he was
able to remain with the college through the Tribble administration.
In Prof. E. W. Timberlake, Jr., Weathers had an asset which had
been personally developed by Dr. Needham Y Gulley, founder of the
Law School. Timberlake had joined the law faculty in 1906, and he
was to remain an honored fixture for forty-seven years. Even after his
retirement in June 1953, he continued to teach a course in business
law in the School of Business Administration. A roll check showed
that he had taught more than eighteen hundred practicing attorneys in
North Carolina―about 40 percent of those licensed in the state.
Timberlake's students nicknamed him "Toe," an affectionate label
said to have come from his habit of saying, "Toe do this, gentlemen,
you've got toe…" A bachelor, he lived alone in his family home near
the old rock wall. He died January 19, 1957, without ever visiting the
new campus in Winston-Salem.
A third master of legal education on the staff was Dr. I. Beverly
Lake. Son of James W. Lake, who headed the Physics Department for
many years, he graduated from Wake Forest in 1925 and went on to
Harvard Law School for his LL.B. degree. He practiced in Raleigh for
three years, until Dean Gulley brought him to the Wake Forest faculty
in 1932. Except for short breaks―a year of graduate study at
Columbia University in 1939-40 and a few months with the OPA
during the war―he remained on the Wake Forest faculty until 1951.
His prior work at Columbia had earned him an LL.M. degree in 1940
and an S.J.D. in 1947.
Lake left the Law School in February 1951 on a leave of absence to
become assistant to the general counsel of the National Production
Authority in Washington, an agency which allocated scarce raw
materials to defense contractors during the Korean War. From 1952 to
1955 he was assistant attorney general of North Carolina and argued
the state's case on school segregation before the United States
Supreme Court. It was in that role that be became identified
ideologically and politically with the cause of segregation. Under that
banner he ran for the Democratic nomination for governor in 1960
and 1964. On the first try he lost in the second primary, and
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