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sequence they sometimes worked at cross-purposes, and underlying
some of the entries in the minutes of the Board of Trustees is an
undercurrent of mediation. They never allowed their differences to be
bruited about in public, however, and Tribble was quick to ac-
knowledge the very real contributions Carpenter had made to the
work of the college.
Writing in the October 1951 issue of the Alumni News on the
occasion of the tenth anniversary of the removal of the Medical
School to Winston-Salem, Dr. Tribble said:
Dr. Carpenter has rendered valiant and effective service as dean of the
school, especially during the first decade of service in Winston-Salem. I am
constantly amazed at his combination of medical skill and administrative
ability. In ways too numerous to appraise adequately he has built public
relations for the school in Winston-Salem and North Carolina and even
across the nation; he has led in pursuing high academic standards both in
recruiting faculty and in raising and maintaining a strong curriculum; and
through his unwavering and contagious faith in the destiny of the school he
has inspired many to add to the resources that have contributed signally to
the achievements of this first decade.
It has been noted earlier that Wake Forest was disappointed in the
size of the Bowman Gray Fund, held by the Winston-Salem
Foundation and offered to the Medical School on the condition that it
move and expand its curriculum to four years. The original
expectation had been that the school would receive on the order of
five-million dollars, but the fund actually consisted only of 18,8o6
shares of Reynolds Tobacco Company "B" common stock worth
about $676,000.
At that time it was estimated by national authorities that it would
cost at least ten-million dollars to establish a creditable four-year
medical school. In addition to the Bowman Gray stock, Dr. Carpenter
had as resources only the annual budgetary appropriation of $22,450
from the college and such federal grants as he could solicit-and they
were not easy to find in those lean years of the late thirties and early
forties. Educational specialists advised the college not to consider the
move; even so, the Bowman Gray proffer was accepted, and the
decision was made largely on
One compelling consideration in that decision was the opportunity
that would be provided in Winston-Salem for the Medical
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