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degree from North Carolina and an Ed.D. from George Peabody,
had returned to Wake Forest as a member of the Department of
Physical Education. During his undergraduate years he had been an
All-American third baseman on one of the College’s great baseball
teams. In 1964 he had been asked by President Tribble to become
athletic director.
Gene Hooks was a highly intelligent man, respected nationally
not only for his knowledge of athletics but also for his honor and
integrity. He believed in high academic standards and insisted that
they should be the foundation of Wake Forest’s athletic programs.
It is a mark of his leadership that not once during the Scales years
was Wake Forest brought under inves-
tigation by the NCAA; the University’s
record of character was without blem-
ish. Relatively few Division I-A schools
could have made such a claim.
Committed to principle, directing
a program on a limited budget, and
facing severe competition from much
larger schools, Hooks sometimes had
to struggle to produce winning seasons,
and coaches sometimes came and went
with more frequency than he would
have liked, but he remained firmly in
charge and in an admirably selfless way
kept working toward his high goals for
Wake Forest.
The sixth year of the Scales admin-
istration came to an end with a moment
of historic significance. In 1951, Presi-
dent Harry Truman had dug the first
spadeful of dirt at the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Winston-
Salem campus. On Commencement Day in 1973 Truman’s daugh-
ter, Margaret Daniel, at Wake Forest to receive an honorary degree,
turned the first spadeful of dirt on the site where the Fine Arts
Center was to be built. Those of us who had been at Wake Forest
during all those twenty-two years found it difficult to encompass in
our minds and memories all that had happened to the University
we loved.
Margaret Truman Daniel
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