visitation and victory
Two years after Carroll Weathers of the School of Law had an-
nounced his decision to retire as dean (though continuing to teach),
Pasco M. “Bud” Bowman II was appointed to the law deanship. He
was a B.A. graduate of Bridgewater College and had received his J.D.
degree from New York University, where he was a Root-Tilden
Scholar. For six years he practiced law in New York City, and then
for another six years he was a member of the law faculty at the Uni-
versity of Georgia. In 1970, when he came to Wake Forest, he was
only thirty-six years old. He expressed his hope that during his ten-
ure as dean the law school would see a “vastly increased” scholarship
program, a larger faculty with better salaries, a strong lectureship
series, expanded facilities, and the building of a permanent endow-
ment. Soon after his arrival he was encouraged by a $100,000 gift to
the law school from the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.
During Carroll Weathers’ last term as dean the Trustees had
approved a recommendation that the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree be
awarded retroactively to all former LL.B. graduates who requested
it and who paid the extremely modest fee of twenty-five dollars.
The change in the law degree had first been authorized in time for
law graduates at the 1967 Commencement exercises to receive the
more prestigious J.D., and the University now wanted to extend the
same privilege to law alumni from the past.
The Babcock School, still a year away from admitting its first
students, received another major gift: $750,000 from the Z. Smith
Reynolds Foundation. Among six new appointments to the School,
Robert W. Shively from Cornell University was named to the posi-
tion of Associate Dean.
Within the College administration Thomas M. Elmore, a 1956
Wake Forest alumnus who had served as Dean of Students since
1963, announced his decision to devote his energies full-time to
teaching in the Department of Education and to his other admin-
istrative assignment as Director of Counselor Education in that
Department. Elmore, a thoughtful and reflective man, had worked
closely first with me and then with Dean Mullen and more partic-
ularly with Deans Leake and Reece and Robert Dyer, and he was
gifted with the temperament of a scholar. He was known to be a
patient listener and counselor, and he felt that his greatest contri-
bution to the University would be in the classroom and in advising
students who came within his counseling program.