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floor of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library where “special collections”
are kept.
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation made a gift of $140,000
to the Department of Art to assist with plans for programs in art
history and in studio art. The College Union’s collection of contem-
porary art, begun in 1963 after an inspirational suggestion by Dean
of Men Mark Reece, added twenty-one pieces of art work selected
during tours of New York galleries by a committee composed of
Dean Reece and myself, Associate Professor of Art Sterling Boyd,
Professor Emeritus of Religion J. Allen Easley, and four students:
College Union president J.D. Wilson; Beth Coleman of Elizabethton,
Tennessee; Leslie Hall of Alexandria, Virginia; and Harvey Owen
of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Among the artists whose works
were chosen were Paul Cadmus, Robert Indiana, and Ben Shahn.
The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation made a grant of $750,000, to
be paid over a five-year period, to improve faculty salaries in the Col-
lege, and also increased the Foundation’s annual support to Wake
Forest (“in perpetuity”) from $500,000 to $620,000.
The death of Junius Calvin Brown (LL.B., 1913), a
Madison attorney, on December 31, 1968, was noted
with sympathy by the Board of Trustees. In 1957 he had
established a scholarship fund for needy and deserving
students from North Carolina, with preference given to
students from Madison and from elsewhere in Rocking-
ham County. Eleven years later, the fund had become—
after the Hankins and Carswell Scholarship funds—the
third largest in the University.
At the end of the 1968–69 school year, reflecting a
growing anxiety about student protests and disruptions
that were occurring elsewhere on the nation’s campuses
and fearful that Wake Forest might not be immune to
such disorder, the Trustees decided to give to President
Scales “emergency disciplinary powers” which would
permit him, in cases of “clear and present danger to lives and prop-
erty,” to suspend summarily “any student who commits acts of vio-
lence to persons or unlawfully occupies University property.”
The next several years would demonstrate how President Scales
would, if necessary, use his new authority.
Junius Brown
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