tion proved to be a more difficult assignment, but the likelihood of this
happening is better now than ever before…. The Tribble era will
probably be recorded as the most fruitful as well as one of the stormiest in
the college's 132-year history.
Four days after the announcement of the president's retirement,
Dean Edwin G. Wilson presided at the college's own program of
tribute. He said:
Dr. Tribble is an extraordinary man, and he has been an extraordinary
president, and therefore the routine words of praise do not fit. If we are wise,
we look to the man, and what do we see? A man above the ordinary. A man
of tough fiber―no "reed shaken by the wind." An idealist who dreamed
dreams and sees them reality A bold man―bold to believe and bold to
act…. A kind and gracious man whose warmth pervaded his family, his
friends, and close associates, and on certain memorable days, the entire
college "family." A man of faith, of convictions. A man, in short, whose
lengthened shadow now extends to every corner of Wake Forest.
At the end of the program the student body gave Dr. Tribble a
standing ovation. He had had in those sixteen years many high points
and a few low ones. But he must have felt in that company that day
that the work for which he had been called to Wake Forest had been
accomplished. Surely he knew that his great expenditure of strength
and creativity in reshaping an old school in a modern image would be
appreciated and respected by Wake Forest men and women
everywhere, for all time.
On January 13, 1967, the Board of Trustees gave official sanction
to a dream of which Tribble had spoken in his inaugural address.
Before the fall term of 1967, the name of Wake Forest College would
be changed to Wake Forest University. As an added tribute, the
classroom building was named Harold W. Tribble Hall.
Toward the end of June, when Tribble would officially give up his
office, a newspaper photographer approached him and asked if he
could take a picture of the president, shot from behind, walking away
from the campus. Dr. Tribble refused to pose for the photograph. "I've
never turned my back on a job in my life," he explained, "and I'm not
going to start now"
When he left, though, he made a clean break. He returned to Wake
Forest only when he was invited to ceremonial affairs, and while he
was always willing to make suggestions based on his ex-
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