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from individuals and the media. Old Gold and Black, recalling peri-
ods of "unrelenting" criticism from alumni, Baptist circles, trustees,
faculty, and students, said that history had vindicated the president.
"For his staggering display of perseverance, his stolidness in his
philosophy of excellence, and for his undeniable concern for the
future of Wake Forest, Harold Tribble will be remembered. For
making a contribution that would have been regarded as impossible
by many other men Harold Tribble cannot be forgotten," the news-
Dr. Elton C. Cocke, chairman of the Biology Department, said he
thought "Dr. Tribble has done a wonderful job, and much of what he
has done has been accomplished under adverse circumstances…. He
has had the general interest of the college at heart in all that he has
done. I regret that the time has come that he feels he must retire, but I
don't blame him."
Dr. J. Edwin Hendricks of the History Department said: "I think Dr.
Tribble is retiring after having done more for the college than any
other president has done or could do. What the college becomes in the
future, Tribble played a part in making it that."
Butch Pate, president of the student body, said: "Every person
connected with Wake Forest owes a great deal of gratitude and re-
spect to Tribble the man. He's been great. He's had a lot of battles, but
he's brought Wake Forest to the place it is now"
Dana Hanna, an acting house mother in Bostwick Dormitory, said:
"He is the finest representative Wake Forest could have had for the
time. During his years we needed a man with the perseverance
Tribble displayed. He had faith in the future of Wake Forest and faith
in its potentiality; he instilled this in the students. He held the belief
that Wake could keep its integrity and still grow into the finest school
in the South. He gave everything he had to Wake Forest."
The Biblical Recorder, with whose editor and readership Tribble
sometimes jousted, conceded that "Dr. Tribble has done an out-
standing job," adding that
moving the college was enough to break a man of weaker will and deter-
mination, but not Dr. Tribble. Fund-raising was a "must" and fortunately he
was an expert at it. The academic standing of the college was raised under
his leadership and he pushed hard for university status.
His desire to liberalize the college's relationship with the state conven-