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Within the Winston-Salem community Scales was regarded with
approval and, typically, with admiration. He was an active member
of the Rotary Club (President Tribble had not joined a civic club), he
was a popular and engaging speaker, and he had especially close
relations with members of the Reynolds family and foundations.
Toward University athletics he was somewhat ambivalent: he was
an enthusiast about tennis and often played on the campus courts,
but he seemed not to be especially passionate about team sports, and
I don’t remember his talking at length or analytically about games
won or lost. He was often—and necessarily—preoccupied with
Baptist affairs, and he supported Trustee efforts toward freedom
from Convention interference in University governance, but at the
same time he was a committed Baptist and viewed with genuine
concern and anxiety the gradual but apparently inevitable divorce
from the denomination and the accompanying loss of a significant
part of the University’s religious heritage.
As Scales approached retirement, it was increasingly clear that
several questions about the University’s future would remain unan-
swered and would be central to the agenda of his successor. How
could the School of Law and the Babcock School be brought more
fully and more generously into institutional planning? How could
the “Graylyn Conference Center” be developed both wisely and
profitably? How could the City be persuaded to build a new arena
for basketball games? How could the University best confront the
The Baptist Student Union: from The Howler for 1983
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