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sonville, Florida; preached at the regular worship services of twelve
churches and conducted special services in Winston-Salem, Roanoke,
Norfolk, Newport News, and St. Louis; led a week of evangelism at
the First Baptist Church in Durham; spoke to brotherhood meetings in
six churches, to the Baptist State Convention, the State Pastors'
Conference, the State Conference on Evangelism, and eight civic
clubs; preached the sermon at the inauguration of Gordon Gray as
president of the University of North Carolina; gave the anniversary
lecture at Andover-Newton; addressed four Baptist associations;
delivered two college and five high school addresses; and traveled
from Massachusetts to Florida, with extensive road trips in North
Carolina.
Dr. Tribble's enthusiasm for Wake Forest was contagious, and on
November 15, 1950, the Baptist State Convention, out of consider-
ation for the $7.5 million raised in cash and pledges toward removal,
authorized the Board of Trustees to start construction in Winston-
Salem whenever it seemed appropriate. Shortly thereafter Tribble
directed Architect Larson to set up his headquarters near the new
campus. The first building to be erected would be the chapel, and in
announcing that, Tribble said, "It inspires to think of every church in
o ur state convention having a definite share in the construction of the
chapel. It will be the spiritual center of the campus…. It will forever
symbolize the commitment of North Carolina Baptists to Christian
ideals in higher education."
In the spring of 1951 there were two developments which were to
have long-range implications. One was the resignation of Football
Coach Douglas C. "Peahead" Walker to go to Yale University as
assistant to Herman Hickman. "Peahead's" decision was precipitated
by Tribble's refusal to give him more than five hundred of a
recommended fifteen-hundred dollar raise in salary. Tribble later
recalled that to have given the full increase would have set Walker's
salary at nine thousand dollars, which was more than any member of
the faculty was making. No member of the teaching staff was
receiving an increase that year, and when alumni offered to make up
the extra thousand, Tribble refused to allow it. He said it would
violate the rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
In the eyes of many of Wake Forest's sporting alumni and friends,
Tribble thus was cast as being opposed to a strong athletic program.
The controversial Walker had been a popular coach in his fourteen
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