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Society, died suddenly on May 11 of a congenital heart defect. Perritt, a 19-year-old
sophomore active in Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and the
Old Gold and Black, was electrocuted and killed instantly in an accident at his home
on July 20. The Old Gold and Black plaque honoring the Most Outstanding Fresh-
men was renamed for Perritt, and a ROTC memorial scholarship was set up in his
In an attempt to achieve better communication with students, President Hearn
started the Presidential Aides program in August 1988. Administered by Carolyn
Dow, Assistant to the President, the sixteen aides—three sophomores, four juniors,
five seniors, and four adjuncts (the presidents of the student government, student
union, student alumni council, and the editor-in-chief of the Old Gold and Black)—
were responsible for serving as hosts at convocations and presidential receptions, as
well as meeting with alumni and visitors and attending monthly lunch meetings with
the president. A positive attitude toward Wake Forest and a 2.5 grade point average
were required to be considered for selection as an aide.
Administrators, students, and faculty leaders met at Camp Caraway for the third
Presidents’ Leadership Conference. Wayne Smith, a member of the Board of Visitors,
was the keynote speaker.
The Volunteer Service Corps started with Henry Cooper (’53) as its part-time
coordinator. His father had been a history professor at Wake Forest, and his two
sons were alumni. He was persuaded to come out of retirement by Dean Mark Reece
and Chaplain Ed Christman. He saw himself as a broker, matching students with
volunteer activities.
The merit-based Graylyn Scholar­ship was first awarded in fall 1988. It was
offered each year on the basis of Graylyn
Conference Center profits and had a value
equal to a Reynolds Scholarship.
Student organizations raised an
unprecedented $41,684 for the Brian
Piccolo Cancer Fund; Kappa Sigma was
the top fundraiser, contributing $6,500.
Seniors Lillian Booe and Stan Perry co-
chaired the drive.
Students Against Apartheid (SAA)
held a rally attended by about seventy stu-
dents, faculty, administrators, and com-
munity members in November. McLeod
Bryan (Religion) was the featured speaker.
The group pushed for divestment of funds
that Wake Forest had invested in South
Africa. About seventy-five SAA mem-
bers rallied again in front of Wait Chapel
on April 21 to hear a variety of speakers
call for divestment. Chief among them
was Robert Griffiths, Professor of Politi-
cal Science, and Reverend John Mendez
Carolyn Dow
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