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who said about the buildings that they “are visible reminders of
the school’s continuing movement toward greater diversity and
academic excellence.”
The 150th birthday of the University was formally observed on
February 3, 1984. The speaker was John W. Chandler (B.A., 1945),
president of Williams College. Concerning the relationship between
faith and reason, a central theme in Wake Forest’s history, he said
that “Faith fulfills and energizes reason. It provides the values that
direct the power of reason.”
On April 15 more than fifteen hundred faculty members, stu-
dents, alumni, and friends “trekked” to the original campus in
Wake County for campus tours, old-timers’ reminiscences, and
a program in Binkley Chapel where I was the speaker. Especially
for those who had an enduring love for the old campus, the day
was filled with tender greetings and warm memories.
In keeping with the significance of the sesquicentennial year,
the 1984 Commencement exercises on Monday, May 21, were more
glamorous than ever. The speaker was Bill Moyers (D.Litt., 1970),
senior news analyst for CBS News, who said—appropriately—that
Margaret Supplee Smith
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