| the history of wake forest
History of Wake Forest University, it is really, for the most part, an-
other volume in the History of Wake Forest College. And there are
good and sufficient reasons why I chose to accept this limitation on
First, the history of the School of Medicine, as well as that of the
North Carolina Baptist Hospital, has already been written by Manson
Meads, Dean of the Medical School from 1963 to 1966 and Vice Pres-
ident for Health Affairs from 1966 to 1983. His book is entitled The
Miracle on Hawthorne Hill, and it covers all the years from the found-
ing of the school down to 1983, the same year in which my History
ends. It enlarges upon an earlier volume, The Story of Medicine at
Wake Forest University, by Coy C. Carpenter, Meads’s predecessor
as Dean and as Vice President. Meads was assisted in the writing of
his history by Katherine Davis, who, over many years, served as the
Vice President’s assistant, first to Carpenter and then to Meads.
Similarly, there is already an admirably written and beautifully
assembled history of the School of Law, published in 1994 under the
title Wake Forest University School of Law: One Hundred Years of
Legal Education 1894–1994. The author is J. Edwin Hendricks, Pro-
fessor of History at Wake Forest, who knows Wake Forest intimately
and for some years has been teaching a course and giving lectures
on the history of the institution. He is also the author of other pub-
lications on American history and biography and on local history.
Concerning the Babcock Graduate School of Management, an-
other problem arises. The Babcock School opened its doors in 1971
and thus experienced twelve years of history during the Scales presi-
dency, but in 1983 it still had not become stabilized into a regularly
functioning school, and many issues about its development and
its promise remained unsettled. A future historian will—happily,
I think—write about its later growth and its many later successes.
Meanwhile, I have simply provided in Appendix A a brief summary of
the early years of the School, written in 1986 by Emily Herring Wilson.
Programs in the Graduate School—those, that is, that are not
in the School of Medicine—are mentioned, where relevant, in the
accounts of the various College departments in which they have
their homes.3 It seemed wiser not to separate the curriculum or
the faculty into undergraduate and graduate categories.
Thus it is that my History will touch little or not at all on Wake
Forest’s professional and graduate schools. Occasionally an event
See Appendix B for
a record of graduate
degrees awarded on
the Reynolda campus
from 1967 to 1983.