| the history of wake forest
n Independence Day 1977 about sixty people gathered
36 Steele’s Road in London to celebrate the opening of
Worrell House, Wake Forest’s second overseas campus. President
Scales presided, and alumnus Eugene Worrell, for whom the house
was named, and his wife Anne were present, as were several mem-
bers of the Board of Trustees and representatives from Oxford, Cam-
bridge, the University of London and the London School of Eco-
nomics. The living (or “common”) room of the House was officially
designated the Churchill Room, and Sarah Churchill, the daughter
of Sir Winston Churchill, unveiled a bust of her father sculpted by
Winston-Salem artist Earline Heath King. “Absolutely beautiful,”
Ms. Churchill said. A plum tree was planted below the living room
windows: a symbolic indication of Wake Forest’s arrival in a colorful
neighborhood in Hampstead. The next day Mr. and Mrs. Worrell
were hosts for a luncheon at the Grosvenor House in Mayfair.1
The atmosphere in Reynolda Hall was somewhat less relaxed
as the new school year began. The University and the Baptist State
Convention were continuing to talk about the propriety of Wake
Forest’s having accepted the CAUSE grant from the National Science
Foundation. Cecil Ray, the general secretary-treasurer of the Con-
vention, said he was satisfied that the University’s error had not been
“intentional,” but none the less agreed with the Convention’s Execu-
tive Committee that CAUSE money should not be used for the
construction of an animal/plant facility, and the Services Rendered
Committee asked the University to return that portion of the grant
($85,000) that would be required to build the facility. The College
faculty, in response, passed a resolution in favor of Wake Forest’s
retaining the entire grant under its original terms and recommended
chapter twelve
Cause and Effect
See The Wake For-
est Magazine, XXIV
(Autumn 1977), 3–5,
for William E. Ray’s
report on the celebra-
tion. Also see two
booklets about Wor-
rell House and the
Wake Forest program
in London: “Wake
Forest University
Programs of Foreign
Study: London,” a
manual published
by the University,
and Morven House
to Worrell House:
A Social and Archi-
tectural Study 1875–
1987 by Margaret
Supplee Smith, Kath-
erine M. Greenleese,
and Kathleen R.
Lufkin (Wake Forest
University, 1987).
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