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t the Trustees’ spring meeting in 1980 three non-Baptists
approved for election to the Board, their terms to begin
the following January. All three had for years been of singular im-
portance to the University: Katherine Mountcastle, the daughter of
Charles H. and Mary Reynolds Babcock and the past president of
both the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and the Mary Reynolds
Babcock Foundation; Albert L. Butler of Winston-Salem, a civic
leader who had successfully chaired fund-raising campaigns in be-
half of Wake Forest; and Eugene Worrell (B.A., 1940), whose name
was already honored at Worrell House in London. Mountcastle and
Worrell were from out of state, Mountcastle from New Canaan,
Connecticut, and Worrell from Charlottesville, Virginia. Moreover,
Mountcastle and Worrell were Presbyterians, and Butler was an
Episcopalian. They were the first such candidates for Trustee mem-
bership to be named under the “covenant” now finally approved as
the basis for a new legal relationship between Wake Forest and the
Baptist Convention.
The essential framework for the “covenant” had been suggested
the preceding fall when the Trustees approved a plan for Trustee
membership whereby, in the future, twelve of the University’s thir-
ty-six Trustees could reside in states other than North Carolina or
could be Christians from denominations other than Baptist. Later,
in November, the Convention, though endorsing the covenant in
principle, modified the Trustees’ wording so as to require that non-
Baptists come from “any evangelical Christian denomination,” thus
eliminating any consideration of, for example, Roman Catholics.
chapter fourteen
1979–1980
A Covenant, A Fire, and
A Tangerine Bowl
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