1926 as a professor of pathology and served concurrently after 1928
as attending pathologist at Rex and Mary Elizabeth hospitals in
Raleigh. In 1933 he was elected a Fellow of the American College of
Physicians, and in 1935 he was made assistant dean of the Medical
School. When President Kitchin gave up the deanship in 1936, Car-
penter was named to that office. In 1953 he was awarded a Fulbright
visiting professorship, and the trustees gave him a year's leave of
absence to do teaching and research at the medical schools of the
University of Cairo and Ibrahim Pasha University in Egypt. That
began a long association between Bowman Gray and those schools as
well as with Egyptian political leaders. On his leave Carpenter also
made appearances at the University of Alexandria, Rome Medical
School, and the University of Beirut in Lebanon. On January 11,
1963, the Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Carpenter vice president
for medical affairs, with responsibilities in promotion and de-
velopment. At that time Dr. Manson Meads, who had joined the
Bowman Gray faculty in 1947 as an instructor in medicine, was made
dean. Dr. Carpenter retired July 1, 1967.
As might be surmised, Carpenter had a very close relationship with
Dr. Kitchin. He spoke of that bond at a memorial tribute to Kitchin in
October 1955:
To many of us, a large share of the spirit of Wake Forest College as we
knew it disappeared with the death of President Emeritus Thurman D.
Kitchin. I say that from my point of view as an individual who had the
privilege of relations with him not enjoyed by any other person…. Dr.
Kitchin was a genius. He had unsurpassed wisdom and judgment in eval-
uating any situation. In addition, he showed good judgment in using the
talents around him and available to him to keep anything in which he was
interested moving in the right direction
In our work in connection with the affairs of Wake Forest College, Dr.
Kitchin and I had differences. There are those with whom you differ and for
whom you lose respect; there are those with whom you differ and continue
to respect and admire. Our relations were of the latter kind. I seldom now
have important decisions to make, or a situation to evaluate, that I do not
call on my knowledge of him and experience with him for guidance….
Dr. Carpenter never developed a comparable relationship with
President Tribble. They were both strong men, independent of mind,
and accustomed to taking the reins of leadership. As a con
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