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of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, in honor of his wife, Janet
Jeffrey Carlile Harris, the carillon was composed of forty-seven
bronze bells, weighing more than nine tons, set in a steel framework
sounded by hammers. The bells had been cast by Paccard Fonderie
de Cloches in France, and the first concert featured selections by
James Lawson, carilloneur for Riverside Church in New York City.
Charles Harris said, concerning the carillon bells, that they
“honor a once small, unpretentious college which… has emerged
into the forefront of the nation’s respected centers of learning.” The
largest bell was named in honor of his wife; the second was dedi-
cated to the memory of his parents; and the third was named for
President Scales’ father, John Grover Scales, “who in his Oklahoma
church played the chimes each noon until his 80th year,” and for
the President’s late brother, John Grover Scales Jr., an accomplished
pianist. The fourth and fifth bells honored long-time faculty mem-
bers Hubert McNeill Poteat and A.C. Reid; the seventh bell cele-
brated the achievements of the University’s “scholars”; and the
ninth bell was dedicated to the victories of Wake Forest athletes.
One of the carillon bells
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