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the Department in 1962. He also taught Ameri-
can history and was the author of North Carolina
During Reconstruction. In 1975 he was appoint-
ed to the rank of Professor, and from 1975 to
1983 he was chairman of the Department. On
occasion he was seen—and heard—as a per-
former of bluegrass music.
Assistant Professor James p. barefield (B.A.,
M.A., Rice; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins), at Wake
Forest since 1963, was a specialist in English
and European history but also taught a variety
of courses both in the Department and in the
University’s Interdisciplinary Honors Program,
where, with colleagues from other depart-
ments, he offered classes on such topics as
“The Comic View” and “The Ironic View.” He was
an early and regular participant in programs at
Casa Artom in Venice and developed a new and
continuing interest in Venetian history.3 He was
promoted to Associate Professor in 1973. In
1972–1973 he received the University’s annual
award for excellence in teaching. (See pages
132 and 312.)
Assistant Professor
James g. mcdowell
(B.A., Colgate; Ph.D.,
Johns Hopkins), a
member of the Depart-
ment since 1965, taught
German history. He
was the co-author of
Guides to German
Records. He became
Associate Professor in 1970. He died on Novem-
ber 1, 1982, and was remembered at services in
Wait Chapel as an “excellent teacher” and a
“meticulous scholar.”
Assistant Professor J. howell smith (B.A.,
Baylor; M.A., Tulane; Ph.D., Wisconsin) came to
the Department in 1965 and was promoted to
Associate Professor in 1973. He taught United
States history, concentrating on the twentieth
century. He was a pioneer at Wake Forest in
teaching a course in black U.S. history. He was
the author of Winston-Salem in History, VIII:
Industry and Commerce, 1896–1975.
Instructor david W. hadley was also a member
of the Department in 1967, having come to
Wake Forest one year earlier. He was a Wake
Forest alumnus (class of 1960) and had an A.M.
and, after 1972, a Ph.D. from Harvard. He be-
came Associate Professor in 1977. He taught
English history and was especially interested in
the social history of music. After the opening of
Worrell House in 1977 he was appointed Coordi-
nator of London Programs and, typically, spent
his summers in London overseeing activities at
Worrell House and welcoming visitors there.
cyclone covey (B.A.,
Ph.D., Stanford) came
to Wake Forest in
1968 as Professor of
History. Already an
experienced teacher
(having taught at
Reed, Amherst, and,
most recently, at
Oklahoma State) and accomplished scholar (the
author of five books), he taught courses in an-
cient history and continued his research in the
Pleistocene, Neolithic, and Bronze Ages. He was
the author of Calalus: A Roman Jewish Colony in
America from the Time of Charlemagne through
Alfred the Great. He became a regular partici-
pant in courses and programs at the Reynolda
House Museum of American Art.
michael l. sinclair (B.A., Wake Forest; M.A.,
Stanford) also joined the Department in 1968 as
Instructor. In 1973, having received his Ph.D. from
Stanford, he became an Assistant Professor. In
An article in The Wake Forest Magazine, XXIII (Winter 1976), 7, 24–25—“Venice Revisited” by
Patti Donnell—tells, with colorful details and anecdotes, what it was like during Barefield’s semes-
ter in Venice in the fall of 1976.
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