paper The Collegian. During the World War I years of 1917 and
1918, he spent several months in the Student Army Training Corps at
Richmond and Plattsburg, New York.
Following his Richmond years he went to the Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary, where he received the Th.M. degree in 1922
and the Th.D. in 1925. Concurrent with his studies at the seminary he
took classes in philosophy and psychology at the University of
Louisville and was awarded a master's degree in philosophy there in
1927. As a graduate student at the seminary he was a teaching fellow
in Greek, and while he was taking classes at the university, he was on
the faculty at the seminary as an assistant professor of theology. He
was made a full professor in 1929 and also found time in 1931 to take
graduate work at the University of Bonn, German, and in 1936 at the
University of Basel, Switzerland. He accumulated enough credits at
the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1936 and 1937 to be
awarded the doctoral degree. While abroad he studied under a number
of prominent theologians, among them Karl Barth.
Although philosophy and theology were his principal interests, Dr.
Tribble delved deeply into history, sociology, and English literature,
and he was conversant in classical languages, in German, and in
French. He remained on the faculty at the Louisville seminary until
1947, when he went to Andover-Newton. In Kentucky he had taught a
number of students who were later to be associated with Wake Forest.
They included Dr. Owen F. Herring, Dr. Marc Lovelace, Dr. J. Glenn
Blackburn, Prof. Marcel E. Delgado, and Dr. Sankey Lee Blanton.
A classmate of Dr. Tribble's in college and at the seminary, Rev.
Charles F. Leek of Thomasville, said of him: "He measures up as a
public speaker before any audience, as a scholar in a wide and varied
sense, as an administrator, as a business executive, as a practicing
Christian, as an approachable and pleasant personality, as a warm
friend of students, as a lucid writer on many subjects, and as a cou-
rageous and progressive soul."
That was only one of many assessments of Dr. Tribble that were to
be made over the years, and not all of them were as flattering.
In June 1925 Dr. Tribble had married Nelle Futch, a Floridian.
They had three children: Harold, Jr.; Betty May, who was to become
the wife of Richard C. Barnett, a Wake Forest history profes-
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