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| the history of wake forest
the public life of the University: Dean of the College Tom Mullen
and Dean of the Graduate School Henry Stroupe; Gene Lucas and
John Williard in business and finance; Director of Communications
Russell Brantley; Mark Reece, Dean of Men, and Lu Leake, Dean of
Women; Bill Straughan and Bill Joyner in development and alumni
affairs; Gene Hooks in athletics; and, of course, James Ralph Scales
himself. There were others, too, who, usually behind the scenes,
guided and counseled students and were dependably active in sup-
port of Wake Forest’s traditions and values.
I think—to take only one name—of
Robert Allen “Bob” Dyer, who became a
faculty member in religion in 1956 and
who for twenty-four years was an assis-
tant, first to me and then to Tom Mul-
len, in the Office of the Dean. I once
said of Bob Dyer: “We saw each other
almost every day, we served together on
committees, we went to meals together
(if we were fortunate, the meal was
prepared by his wife Mary), we talked
often and at length. And, in particular,
I watched students as they came to see
him. Some came because they needed
advice: he gave it freely and wisely and
sometimes with startling directness
and candor. Some came because they
were in trouble; he helped them to find a way out. Some came be-
cause they were lonely; he offered himself as a friend. Some came
because they were black or Asian or from a foreign land; he told
them he loved them. Some came because they were poor; he gave
them money. Some came because they had no place to live; he gave
them a room in his house. No one who came remained outside the
embrace of his arms. The rest of us in the office were, I think, kind
and helpful people too. But Bob was more than kind and helpful.
He gave others his home, his heart, himself.”
For about a decade beginning in 1974, another gifted counselor,
David Hills, was Coordinator of Student Services. He came to this
position after fourteen years in the Center for Psychological Services.
He was happily remembered by many of us as the coach of a 1963
Robert Allen Dyer
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