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the Dean’s or Provost’s office, to which he could help me respond.
And he invariably answered any reasonable request I made.
Mr. Babcock’s funeral was held in Wait Chapel. In keeping with
his well-known modesty—he traditionally avoided public recogni-
tion or praise—the service lasted only eighteen minutes. There were
prayers and readings from the Scriptures, but no eulogy. President
Scales later said of Babcock that he had “an incisive mind, and he was
knowledgeable about educational institutions, but he never sought
to dictate University policy or programs. He gave careful thought
to his role, and he exercised the restraint of a genuine friend.”14 A
few weeks after the funeral Wake Forest received one million dol-
lars in Babcock’s memory, $500,000 from the Z. Smith Reynolds
Foundation and $500,000 from Nancy Susan Reynolds, the sister
of his first wife. The money was designated for a new building to
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The Wake Forest
Magazine, XV
(January 1968), 8.
Charles and Mary Reynolds Babcock
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