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The college was allowed to keep the books open until January10,
1954, to record the last-minute flurry of pledges, and when the last
entries were made, Dr. Tribble announced triumphantly that the fund
drive had brought in $3,003,179.62 and that the $2-million challenge
gift could be claimed. It was with mixed emotions that Tribble
announced the identity of the donors. They were William Neal
Reynolds, who had
put,
up $1.5 million before his death in September
1951, and his niece, Mrs. Nancy Reynolds Bagley, who was
responsible for the other $500,000. It will be recalled that Mr.
Reynolds had left Wake Forest another million in his will. After his
death, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation took over his part of the
challenge and extended the deadline out of appreciation for the hard
work Wake Forest and its supporters were doing. It was an exciting,
yeasty time, and showed the Reynolds-Wake Forest association at its
best.
Following successful completion of the challenge campaign, the
faculty expressed its feelings in a resolution drawn up by Dr. J. A.
Easley, Dr. Henry Stroupe, and Worth Copeland, the new bursar. It
said, in part, "… The faculty of Wake Forest College, in recognition
of the significant contribution of President Tribble to the development
program, express to him sincere appreciation for his spirited
leadership during this critical period in the history of the institution."
Dr. Tribble earlier had asked the faculty to prepare brief statements
about what Wake Forest should be like with its removal to Winston-
Salem. Some excerpts follow:
Prof. Charles M. Allen, biology: "If it [Wake Forest College] becomes
a university it seems necessary that it have as its center a liberal arts col-
lege…. The curriculum of such a college should consist primarily of
courses which have extended or general vitality rather than courses
which stress factual material of limited application or purely technical
processes."
Dr. Charles S. Black, chemistry: "Make the college as strong as
possible with a student body of about 2,000. I think a strong small
college would be much more desirable than a large one. This would
necessitate the selection of entering students much more carefully, but
this would mean that better work could be done and on a higher level."
Dr. Ora C. Bradbury, biology: "Let the physical activities of the
college be developed for the good of all with less emphasis on the
winning of intercollegiate contests…. Let the policy of the college be
one of intensive cultivation of intellectual fields."
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