| the history of wake forest
One especially happy memory: for several days before the open-
ing of the show, it had rained; for several days after the show closed,
it rained again. Jim Dodding had promised us that, for the five
nights of the show, there would be no rain. He was right.
“Visions and Dreams” was not only a climactic moment in Wake
Forest’s sesquicentennial year; it also represented, symbolically, the
end of the Scales administration. President Hearn had been inaugu-
rated and had moved with vigor into
his administrative responsibilities.
Scales, meanwhile, having left the
President’s home, had taken residence
in a house he had built earlier for his
mother on Royall Drive in the faculty
neighborhood, where he happily took
part in suppers and friendly gather-
ings. His wife “Betty” died in 1992,
and he died on March 12, 1996. He
was almost seventy-seven years old.
At a memorial service in Wait
Chapel on March 18 I delivered the
eulogy for the University, and a cous-
in, Judith Burnham, spoke for the
family. Maya Angelou also spoke;
two hymns (“I Stood on the River of
Jordan” and “There Is a Balm in
Gilead”) were sung as solos; and the
concluding congregational hymn,
appropriately for Scales, was “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” the
Navy hymn. A second memorial service took place at the First Bap-
tist Church in Shawnee, Oklahoma, on March 22. A close friend of
Scales’s, Dr. William E. Neptune, gave the eulogy, and Judith
Burnham again represented the family. Subsequently, a booklet
was prepared (“James Ralph Scales 1918-1996”) which contained
remarks from both services, as well as articles, editorials, and letters
from the press in Winston-Salem and in Oklahoma.
The eulogy that I gave in Wait Chapel follows, and careful readers
will notice that some of my observations about President Scales
almost duplicate what I have said about him in earlier pages of this
History, but I have decided—for the record—to leave my eulogy intact.