60 THE HISTORY OF WAKE FOREST COLLEGE
batters, and a third got to first base on an error. Up to the plate strode
Red Cochran, slugging centerfielder. He took two strikes, then he
lifted the next pitch out of the ballpark. The State pitcher watched the
ball sail away and walked off the mound in disgust.
Golf was reborn, too, and on page 5 of the issue of Old Gold and
Black of March 12, 1948, there appeared a little notice that two young
players had arrived who just might add considerable strength to the
team. Their names were Maryin Worsham and Arnold Palmer.
Worsham, Palmer's closest friend, was to die in a tragic automobile
accident, but Palmer, the most sensational of all college golfers, was
to bestride an era on the professional golf circuit. More will be told of
his career later.
So went campus life in the heady days of the late forties, but not
every event was to the taste of the majority of the students. One
exceptionally ugly sensation occurred on the night of December 19,
1949, when former Wake Forest student Roy Coble was shot to death
in an argument over gambling debts. The shooting took place in a
small parking lot on the south side of Hunter Dormitory, and Coble's
assailant, Raymond D. Hair, a senior, was taken into custody. He
somehow managed to escape and eluded the authorities until January
12, when he was arrested in Los Angeles. In April Hair was convicted
of second-degree murder and sentenced to twenty-five to thirty years
in prison. The incident created a flurry in Baptist circles and was not
soon forgotten by some of Wake Forest's critics, who used the slaying
to substantiate a charge of debauchery on the campus.
Over all of this activity Dr. Kitchin presided, attending to the daily
routine of the college and pouring more energy into the program for
removal to Winston-Salem. The demands would have taxed the
powers of a younger and healthier man, but Dr. Kitchin never spared
himself. He was aware, though, that the burdens of the presidency
were increasing and felt deeply within himself that his tenure as
president was nearing its end.
At a trustee meeting on May 31, 1948, he tried to resign, arguing
that all of the duties attendant to the chief executive's office were
probably too much for any one man. The trustees would not hear of it.
Former Governor Broughton urged him to stay, saying, "I don't know
of a man in the South who could have done a better job for Wake
Forest than Dr. Kitchin. I move that by a rising vote