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Tribble descended from the speakers' platform, and the President of
the United States turned over the first shovelful of red Piedmont earth
with a ribbon-draped spade .3
In the excitement following that symbolic gesture, two items of
historic interest disappeared from the speakers' platform. One was the
presidential seal, and the other was a silver-encrusted glass from
which the President had drunk during his address.
Some time after the ground-breaking, President Tribble received a
letter from Mr. Truman. It read:
I look back to my visit to Reynolda with great pleasure and I shall long
cherish the memory of so inspiring an occasion. May I, through you, extend
an assurance of my heartfelt appreciation of the innumerable honors and
courtesies accorded me by all associated in the carrying out of the program.
It was an academic event unique in my experience and I venture to say in
the experience of thousands of others present-the beginning of the transfer
of a venerable institution of learning from one community to another.
To you as president of Wake Forest is given an opportunity vouchsafed to
but few educators.
First of all, Reynolda affords a campus leaving nothing to be desired in
terrain, in extent, and in great natural beauty Then, and even more im-
portant, the college will come to its new home with traditions of religion and
learning happily united and unbroken through almost five score years.
Your leadership in this period of transition is one of great responsibility.
But I have full faith that you will meet with vision and courage all the
problems that the change presents and that Wake Forest will continue
through long decades to come to uphold the torch of learning undiminished
since it was first raised at Raleigh in the long ago.
It was a privilege and an honor to participate in this new birth of an old
and venerable institution of learning.
At the time of the Winston-Salem ceremony, Old Gold and Black
wrote editorially: "One individual in particular is responsible for the
mounting success of the undertaking. That individual is Harold W.
Tribble, president of Wake Forest College. Assuming the presidency
only a little over a year ago, Dr. Tribble has, with amazing qualities of
leadership and endurance, marshalled supporters all over the nation
behind the program to give it vital impetus."
With the ground-breaking behind him, Tribble turned his full