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business education and an influential leader in University affairs,
was disappointed that the proposed graduate program was not to
be included as part of the undergraduate school and recognized
the “uncertainties surrounding the future of the school.” He said
that he felt he could make a “greater contribution” to “collegiate
education” at Mississippi State.
Just two months before the death of Charles Babcock another
generous friend of Wake Forest had died: Guy T. Carswell (B.A.,
1922; LL.B., 1923), a Charlotte lawyer who for many years—together
with his wife, the former Clara Horne—had helped individual Wake
Forest students with the cost of their education and who now, in
his will, bequeathed to the University half of his estate (about
$1,300,000) for the establishment of the Carswell Scholarship pro-
gram. Each scholarship would have a value of up to $2000 for each
of four years, and it would supplement the existing Hankins Schol-
arship program in attracting outstanding students to the College.
The impact of Carswell Scholars on the academic life of the institu-
tion in all the years to come would be profound, and an annual
gathering of Carswell Scholars, past and present, would become a
festive springtime occasion, attended happily by Clara Carswell as
long as her health permitted.15
In the fall of 1967 conversations on the campus, as elsewhere in
the nation, turned increasingly toward the war in Vietnam. Wake
Forest students were more conservative, politically, than many of
their counterparts in other colleges—a poll of the student body the
following February gave Republican challenger Richard Nixon a
more than two-to-one majority over incumbent Democrat Lyndon
Johnson (he had not yet withdrawn from the race)—and they were
slow to move toward the kind of protest that other places were expe-
riencing. But after an announcement by the government in October
that Selective Service requirements were becoming more stringent
and that, under new rules being imposed, as many as half the cur-
rently enrolled male students at Wake Forest would run the risk
of losing their deferments, some students, assisted by some faculty
members, began organizing teach-ins and voicing their fears about
the war.
On October 21 the first of several silent vigils, attended by four
faculty members and between twenty and thirty students, took
place in front of the post office in downtown Winston-Salem. The
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Tom Phillips,
from the Admissions
Office, recalls that
he was one of several
people who chauf-
feured her from
Charlotte to Win-
ston-Salem in her
old white Cadillac.
In his words, she
“would sit in the
back seat, her hands
folded delicately
over her lap.” She
died on March 14,
1986.
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