a personal preface
College Bowl team—a logical assignment for him because of his
wide-ranging knowledge well outside his own field of psychology—
and he was known, especially to all those who ever attended meet-
ings with him, for his rare gifts as a cartoonist. With a few exact
strokes he could create, out of what had just happened, faces and
scenes, and he would then give to the speaking characters words of
insight and wit such as one would seldom see outside of, for example,
a New Yorker magazine. His cartoons
deserve to be collected.
Allied to our cluster of College deans,
and yet operating independently, was Per-
cival Perry, Dean of the Summer Session.
A Wake Forest alumnus (class of 1937)
and a member of the history department
since 1947, he was a patient and steady
man, executing his responsibilities with
sureness and kindness and without a trace
of ostentation. His wife, Margaret Ruthven
Perry, who succeeded long-time Registrar
Grady Patterson in 1972, presided with
efficiency and careful management over
indispensable student records. Every
spring, at Commencement time, we once
more became indebted to her and to her
staff for arranging diplomas with such
precision that the graduation ceremonies
could proceed without error.
As I reflect upon the years during which my colleagues and I
worked together, I realize how many of us were Wake Forest College
alumni. Henry Stroupe, Mark Reece, Russell Brantley, Gene Hooks,
Percival Perry, Tom Elmore, and I: all of us attended classes on the
old campus. Bill Straughan, Bill Joyner, and Toby Hale were gradu-
ates from the Winston-Salem campus. And I have not even men-
tioned two other alumni who played important roles during all the
sixteen years of the Scales administration: Chaplain Ed Christman
and Director of Admissions Bill Starling. They will be remembered
elsewhere in this volume.
Somehow, I think, we—especially those of us from “old” Wake
Forest—felt a responsibility to transfer to Winston-Salem the same
A cartoon by David Hills
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