In many respects the years invested in the compilation of this
story have been a labor of love. The author first set foot on the Wake
Forest campus at a high-school debate tournament in 1939, and it
was romance at first sight. There followed a period of eleven years
of intermittent enrollment as a student, fourteen years at home and
abroad as a dedicated alumnus, and more than twenty rewarding
years as a member of the faculty. The early friendships made at
Wake Forest have been close and lifelong, and student associations
have been a continuing joy. To say that Wake Forest has been a
central force in the life of the author is an understatement. It is not
possible here to mention all of the people to whom the author is
indebted in the preparation of this volume. Especially helpful were
those faculty members and administrators who wrote
Sesquicentennial monographs about their respective departments.
They are all acknowledged in the notes for that chapter and are too
numerous to list here. John Woodard and his staff in the Ethel Tay-
lor Crittenden Collection in Baptist History gave generous
assistance in tracking down elusive material, and Dr. Henry S.
Stroupe inspired many of the papers which were used as source
material. the late Dr. E. E. Folk, that Renaissance man who taught
journalism and writing and much more, directed the author into a
life of letters, for which he expresses deep appreciation. Provost
Edwin G. Wilson read the manuscript and made many perceptive
suggestions during both the writing and publishing stages. And the
author would be remiss if he did not acknowledge the contributions
of his wife Charlotte, a child of Wake Forest, who made many
gentle comments, assisted with the typing, and is almost wholly
responsible for the index.
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