carlton t. mitchell (B.A., Wake Forest, Class
of 1943; B.D., Yale; S.T.M., Union Theological
Seminary; Ph.D., New York University) joined
the Department in 1961, became Professor in
1975, and was appointed to the chair in 1981,
succeeding Hamrick in that role. He taught
courses primarily in religion in American life.
He was director-coordinator of a three-year
program (1981–1983), established by a $75000
grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, on the
theme “Religion and the Social Crisis.” Among
his professional responsibilities outside the
University was his service in 1969–1971 as presi-
dent of the North Carolina Conference of the
American Association of University Professors.
charles h. talbert (B.A., Howard, now Sam-
ford; B.D., Southern Baptist Theological Semi-
nary; Ph.D., Vanderbilt) came to Wake Forest in
1965 and was promoted to Associate Professor
in 1968 and to Professor in 1974. He was a New
Testament scholar and was the author of a num-
ber of books: Literary Patterns, Theological
Themes, and the Genre of Luke-Acts; What Is
a Gospel?: The Genre of the Canonical Gospels;
Certainty of the Gospel: The Perspective of
Luke-Acts; and Reading Luke.
John e. collins (B.S., M.S., Tennessee; B.D.,
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary;
Ph.D., Princeton) joined the Department in
1970 and became Associate Professor in 1974.
He taught in the fields of world religions and
religious phenomenology.
fred l. horton Jr. (A.B., North Carolina; B.D.,
Union Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Duke) also
came in 1970 and was promoted to Associate
Professor in 1975. He taught Biblical Studies,
Hebrew, and linguistics. He was the author of
The Melchizedek Tradition. In 1976 he received
the university’s award for excellence in teaching.
(See page 185.)
ralph c. Wood Jr. (B.A., M.A., East Texas State;
M.A., Ph.D., Chicago) came to the Department
in 1971 and was promoted to Associate Profes-
sor in 1979. He taught theology and modern
literature and Christian literary classics and
received a National Endowment for the Humani-
ties grant to study the comic fiction of six con-
temporary novelists as an avenue to spiritual
redemption. In 1979 he received the University’s
award for excellence in teaching. (See page 232.)
Others who taught in Religion during the Scales
years, some of them part-time, were calvin J.
roetzel (1968–1969), theodore J. Weeden
(1968–1969), J. daniel brown (1968–1970),
sammy K. Williams (1969–1970), henry s.
lewis Jr. (1970–1972), Visiting Professor
matthew black (1971–1972), John m. norris
(1971–1972), andrew d. lester (1972–1976),
thomas e. dougherty Jr. (1977– ), d. swan
haworth (1977–1978), Visiting Professor rog-
er hazelton (1978–1979), meredith lynn
bratcher (1980–1981), donald t. carr (1980–
1981), murdina macdonald (1981–1982),
Visiting Professor edward glenn hinson
(1982–1984), and John t. sykes (1982–1983).
Also, in 1980 Jerome dollard, a Benedictine
monk from Belmont Abbey College, was appointed
Director of the Ecumenical Institute and be-
came Adjunct Professor of Religion at Wake
Forest to teach courses in Catholic theology.
Professor Emeritus J. allen easley, who had
retired in 1963, remained active and highly
visible on the campus. See Emily Herring Wil-
son’s interview with him and his wife, Madge
Hedrick Easley, in The Wake Forest Magazine,
XXX (July 1983), 25–28.
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