just worked toward that. I felt that it was needed. And we followed
that out." The record shows that Tribble was successful in ordering
the board to his liking. Odus Mull was elected president of the
trustees for 1956, and in succeeding years Hubert E. Olive, Robert
Lee Humber, William J. Conrad, Irving E. Carlyle, and G. Maurice
Hill were elected to the top spot, some for several terms. They were
all Tribble supporters.
As is obvious from the $30-million total of funds raised for Wake
Forest during the Tribble administration, he as president became quite
adroit at soliciting gifts, although he had had little previous
experience in that work. One of the projects he recalled most fondly
involved the negotiations for the bequest that established the George
Foster Hankins Scholarships. He said:
Here's what happened. I went to Colonel Hankins. He was an old bach-
elor. And I said, "Colonel Hankins, I know you love Wake Forest College."
He was an alumnus; I don't think he ever graduated, but he was a former
student. And I said, "We're building a new campus, and I want to talk to you
about a gift." I knew he was fairly well fixed. He said, "Well, damn it, I'm
not going to give anything to the building program." He was not a profane
man generally, but he would always put in a little "dammit" or two. He said,
"I'm not going to give you a cent for buildings." I said, "Well, all right. We
have other needs. Maybe you would be interested in something else. What
are you interested in?" He said, "I'm interested in young people. I'm
interested in trying to help them get an education." I said, "Well, all right.
Let me try to work out a plan that might appeal to you whereby you could
give your money to a scholarship fund for Wake Forest." He said he'd like to
hear it….
I went back to him and he said, "I've already got it worked out…. I'm
going to set up a foundation and put it in charge of a bank, and they're going
to turn the income over to Wake Forest College for the scholarships." I
knew he was canny and Scotch in his investments. So I said, "Mr. Hankins, I
hope you'll understand me. I don't want to be disrespectful, but have you
considered the fact that Wake Forest could administer that money much
more cheaply than any bank could in the world? If you leave it to Wake
Forest College we won't charge a fee for anything…. One hundred cents
out of every dollar that we make from your estate, your investments, will go
into scholarships." He said, "Well, I believe you're right." . . . So he had his
lawyer draft a plan to leave his entire estate to Wake Forest College. It was
valued at his death at about a million dollars, and it's valued now at more
than a million and a half…. I called on
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