| the history of wake forest
Athletics. The estimated cost was half a million dollars, the funds to
be provided by the Department from postseason tournaments and
bowl games. Also a thirteen-thousand-square-foot addition to Car-
swell Hall, home of the School of Law, was approved: the second
time that an annex to that building had been arranged. At a pro-
jected cost of $750,000, it would make possible more classroom
and office space, an expansion of the library, and a student lounge.
The need for this building expansion was obvious: over the five-
year period since 1972 the law school student body had grown
from 270 to 479, and the number of faculty members had increased
from eleven to twenty.
In 1965 the four sons of Richard J. Reynolds, Jr., had given to
Wake Forest a thirty-five-room mansion with fifteen baths, a ball-
room, and a bowling alley, popularly known as “The Ship” be-
cause of certain architectural features that made it look like an
ocean-going vessel. It was located in the Buena Vista section of
Winston-Salem and was officially referred to as “Merry Acres.”
The University had named the mansion the Elizabeth Dillard
Reynolds Alumni House after the mother of the four benefactors,
and it had been used for receptions and for other University gather-
ings as well as to provide over-night accommodations for Wake
Forest guests. It was not convenient for general campus housing,
however, and so it was offered for sale. The new owners, who paid
$150,000 for the property, subsequently tore down the house, and
the land was used for residential development.
With the help of a $100,000 grant from the Mary Reynolds
Babcock Foundation the restoration of Reynolda Village into a
small town with commercial facilities continued. The Museum of
Man remained for the time being—in Scales’s words, “an academ-
ic outpost on the same street with brokerage and foundation offices
and an open-air restaurant.”
As a result of a visit to the Henry Luce Foundation offices in
New York City by Vice President Bill Straughan and me, the
Foundation invited Wake Forest to become one of only sixty
American institutions to nominate candidates for the Luce Schol-
ars program. Every year fifteen recent college or university gradu-
ates are chosen to spend eleven months studying, working, and
traveling in Asia and thus are given a unique opportunity to learn
about Asia and Asian culture at a formative time in their lives.
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