a personal preface
hen I was an undergraduate on the “old,” the origi-
campus of Wake Forest College in Wake Forest,
North Carolina, I hardly ever studied in the Heck-Williams Library.
The chairs and tables in the reading room were not inviting, and
I preferred the comfort and convenience of my own upstairs bed-
room (for three years in Mrs. Lillian Brewer’s home and, during my
senior year, in the home of Mrs. Fannie Gorrell).1
Once in a while, however, I had to prepare a term paper, and
my search for needed information would take me behind the Li-
brary’s circulation desk into the stacks. Often, as I walked down
the main aisle, I would look to my right and see, at a table crowded
with books and periodicals, a retired faculty member at work. I
had met him once, and I knew him as one of Wake Forest’s most
unforgettable professors. He was Dr. George W. Paschal, who had
a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and who had taught Greek
from 1900 until his retirement in 1940. He was writing the History
of Wake Forest College, and Volume One had already been published
in 1935. He was now preparing for publication Volumes Two and
Three which would carry the story of Wake Forest down to 1943,
coincidentally the very year in which I would receive my B.A. degree.
I don’t know who helped Dr. Paschal with his formidable proj-
ect. He seemed always to be by himself as he looked over manuscripts
and records and as he wrote. I heard that Miss Ellen W. Ewing, a
librarian, assisted him, and in his History he praised her as “most
efficient in her work.” But Professor of English Edgar E. Folk is the
only person whom he thanks in his Preface (Folk “cheerfully read
the proof,” Paschal says), and I conclude that, without a typist, sec-
retary, or amanuensis, Paschal, virtually by himself, completed the
A Personal Preface
Mrs. Brewer was
the widow of Rich-
ard L. Brewer and
the sister of the late
Thomas Walter
Bickett (B.A., 1890),
Governor of North
Carolina from 1916
to 1920. Mrs. Gorrell
was the daughter of
the late Charles E.
Taylor, President of
Wake Forest College
from 1884 to 1905,
and the widow of
J. Hendren Gorrell,
Professor of Modern
Languages at Wake
Forest from 1895
to 1939.
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