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Wake Forest that had characterized his years as
a teacher.
Two other Wake Forest alumni were given sig-
nificant new assignments during the 1968–1969
academic year.
Edgar D. “Ed” Christman (B.A., 1950; J.D.,
1953; B.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological
Seminary; S.T.M., Union Theological Seminary)
was appointed to be University Chaplain, begin-
ning the following September after his return
from a leave of absence for further studies at
Union Seminary. He had been Assistant to
Chaplain Hollingsworth and Director of the
Baptist Student Union since 1961. He would soon
enter upon an assignment that would continue
with happy results for more than three decades.
On one occasion honoring Christman, I said that
as a Baptist “he has ministered in a brotherly way
to the Baptist Student Union, to Poteat Scholars,
and to others who live within the oldest of Wake
Forest’s religious families. But he has been a
Chaplain to everybody—to those of another
faith, to those of no faith, to those on the road
somewhere. And I have known (and still know)
students and professors, disposed not to like—
certainly not to accept—chaplains in general,
who have none the less found in Ed Christman a
friend whom they could respect and honor and trust…. There is
no other Ed Christman. Ed stands apart. He is unique.” Among
Christman’s memorable responsibilities was his supervision of the
pre-school retreat in the country at Camp Hanes, where every year
those students who chose to attend—and teachers who were invited
to participate—gathered for several days to worship, to play, to
talk, to listen, and to learn. Following the retreat, they often said,
they were “ready” to start classes.11
William G. “Bill” Starling (B.B.A., 1957), who, just one year
after his graduation, had been picked by Dean William Archie
to work in the new admissions office and had been Director of
Admissions since 1960, was now named Director of Admissions
11
Andrew McNeill
Canady (B.A., 2003)
wrote “A History of
the Preschool Con-
ference at Wake For-
est University” for
Professor Hendricks’
History 162 class in
the spring of 2003.
Ed Christman
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