| the history of wake forest
In 1967 three members of the Department of
Mathematics held the rank of Professor. Each of
them remained active through the sixteen years
of the Scales administration.
ivey c. gentry (B.S.,
Wake Forest, 1940;
B.S., New York; M.A.,
Ph.D., Duke) started
his Wake Forest teach-
ing career in 1949. He
became department
chairman in 1956 and
continued in the chair
until 1981. During
those twenty-five
years the Department grew from six faculty
members, only two of whom had the Ph.D., to
fourteen faculty members, twelve of whom had
the Ph.D.
In addition to his contributions to the Depart-
ment in teaching and research and his service in
professional organizations, Gentry was a leader
on the College faculty. He received the singular
honor of being elected the first chairman of the
University Senate, he was director of the Office
for Research for five years (1970–1975), and he
was regularly and effectively active on various
faculty committees.
John W. “Jack” sawyer (B.A., M.A., Wake
Forest; M.A., Ph.D., Missouri) came to Wake
Forest in 1956. Besides his more traditional
teaching responsibilities, he was the first to
offer courses in the use of the computer and
thus prepared the way for future developments
in computer science. He was also for twenty-
eight years (1960–1988) Wake Forest’s faculty
representative to the Atlantic Coast Conference:
no one from any ACC faculty has served longer.
In 1963–1964, and on three later occasions, he
was ACC President. Also, for years he played the
Coliseum organ before home basketball games.
(See page 278.)
the department of mathematics
John Sawyer, Richard Carmichael, Stephen Richters, Gaylord May, Ben Seelbinder, James Kuzmanovich, Marcellus Waddill
I am indebted to a history of the department written in 1983 by Professors Gentry, Sawyer, Waddill,
and Carmichael.
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