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Berthrong, who had worked at the library since 1964 and under whose leadership
it grew from a regional institution with only 180,000 volumes to a national resource
with more than one million volumes.
In other appointments, W. Robert Spinks, former chief fundraising officer for
the Southeastern Theological Seminary, was appointed Development Director for
the Divinity School on September 1, 1989. Kerry King (’85) joined the University
Relations Department as a staff writer. He had been Editor-in-Chief of the Old Gold
and Black and a reporter for The Courier-Tribune in Asheboro. Joanne O’Brien (’84),
who served as Student Government President in her senior year, was named Director
of Foundation Relations in August 1989, and Brian Eckert (’76) became Director of
the Office of Public Affairs in January 1990.
Weston P. Hatfield (’41) and D. Wayne Calloway (’59) were elected Chair and
Vice Chair, respectively, of the University Board of Trustees at the fall 1989 meeting.
Henry B. Stokes (’38), Director of Denominational Relations since 1977, retired on
June 1, 1990.
The most exciting news in athletics was the opening of Lawrence Joel Veterans
Memorial Coliseum on August 28, 1989. On November 11, “The Joel,” as it was
called, became the home of Wake Forest basketball. The Deacon men responded with
an 82–74 win over Statiba of the Soviet Union in an exhibition game. The 240,000
square foot, 15,000-seat structure (14,300 seats for basketball games) had been a long
time coming and a major off-campus emphasis of the Hearn administration. The
Board of Trustees pledged an outright gift of $3 million for construction and an
additional $1 million for certain items that the University would provide and oper-
ate. The total cost of the new construction was $24 million: $20.05 million for the
coliseum and $3.95 million for a nearby annex. The Lady Deacons had their third
winning season in as many years under Basketball Coach Joe Sanchez.
Enthusiasm about the coliseum made the 1989 football season more bearable.
The Deacons suffered their worst record under Coach Bill Dooley, with 2 wins,
8 losses, and 1 tie. On a more positive note, a new football locker room was named
for Douglas Clyde “Peahead” Walker, the “winningest” coach in Deacon football
history. In addition, the football practice complex was named for Robert Lewis “Doc”
Martin, the athletic trainer from 1958 to1980, in a dedication ceremony on Novem-
ber 4, 1989. Furthermore, senior Ricky Proehl gained a recordbreaking 2,949 yards as
a receiver to end his career and place him as the top yard gainer as a receiver in Wake
Forest football history.
Seana Arnold made University history when she became the first cross country
athlete to win an individual ACC title as the 1989 women’s individual champion.
She also entered the NCAA women’s cross country championship as an individual
entrant and placed sixth, running the 5,000-meter course in 16:48, and becoming
only the second All-American in Wake Forest women’s cross country history. (Karen
Dunn was the first in 1985.)
The men’s cross country team, once ranked sixth nationally, ended its most suc-
cessful season ever with a third-place finish behind Iowa State and Oregon in the