music and farewell
Soon after the opening of the school year, another dedication
took place: two dormitories for athletes on the east side of the cam-
pus. Each of the one-story buildings had thirty-two double rooms.
They were planned as residence halls for football and basketball
players and golfers, and were named for alumni Arnold Palmer and
Brian Piccolo, in the words of Director of Athletics Gene Hooks
“our two most famous and most prestigious names in sports.” Both
Arnold Palmer and Piccolo’s wife, now Joy O’Connell, were present,
as were other sports alumni and friends.
The committee on Reynolds Scholarships continued to carry
out its responsibilities with zeal and vigor and, after probing and
extensive on-campus interviews, announced the names of the next
class of Reynolds Scholars, to arrive as freshmen in the fall of 1983:
Michael S. Davis of Gastonia; David G. Dixon of New Providence,
New Jersey; Jan A. Fischer of Columbus, Ohio; and Maria W. Mer-
ritt of Franklin, Virginia. In only a few years the presence of such
students at Wake Forest, as well as that of other scholars who pre-
ceded or followed them, would be pronounced. Their achievements
on campus and the honors that many of them would win after grad-
uation, including Rhodes Scholarships, would bring to the Univer-
sity the kind of academic recognition that any institution covets.1
Another committee was named to supervise the search now
underway for men and women qualified to be appointed Reynolds
Professors: E. Pendleton Banks (Anthropology), Germaine Brée
(Kenan Professor of Humanities), Wallace Carroll (Sam J. Ervin Jr.
University Lecturer), Nancy Cotton (English), Roger Hegstrom
(Chemistry), George P. Williams (Physics), and Dean Mullen. I
served as committee chairman. Not yet ready to propose anyone for
a permanent position on the faculty, the committee approved two
economists as Visiting Reynolds Professors: William D. Grampp,
Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, for the
spring of 1983 and Walter Adams, Professor Emeritus at Michigan
State University, for the fall of 1983.
At the December meeting of the Board of Trustees Vice Presi-
dent Joyner reported for Sesquicentennial Campaign chairman
Wayne Calloway and Primary Gifts Chairman J. Tylee Wilson that
the campaign goal of $17,500,000 had been reached and, in fact,
surpassed and that gifts and pledges received now amounted to
more than $18,400,000.
Another new and
significant scholar-
ship program came to
Wake Forest following
the death of Oscar
William Wilson (’23)
of Burnsville. He
asked that the Schol-
arship Fund be ad-
ministered at the
discretion of the Uni-
versity’s Committee
on Scholarships and
indicated that de-
serving students
from Yancey County
should be given spe-
cial consideration.
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