128 The History of Wake Forest
Marion Benfield (LLB ’59), a national authority on commercial law, was named
the first Wake Forest Distinguished Chair in Law, while Miles Foy, winner of several
teaching awards, was appointed Associate Dean of the School of Law.
The Center for Research and Development in Law-related Education (CRA-
DLE), established at Wake Forest in 1983 and designated by the Commission on the
Bicentennial of the United States Constitution as a repository for teacher-developed
lesson plans and materials on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, received several
external grants. Its goal was to encourage and support teachers who wished to study,
develop, and implement innovative and creative approaches to citizenship and law-
related education.
At the Medical School, the National Cancer Institute designated the Bowman
Gray Cancer Center comprehensive and awarded it $4.4 million for prevention
research. Only twenty-one centers nationally were recognized as comprehensive, and
Wake Forest was one of three in North Carolina, along with Duke and UNC-Chapel
Hill. In another name change, the Department of Clinics became WFU Physicians.
Finally, Robert Esther, a senior history major from St. Louis, Missouri, who
planned to become a doctor, was awarded a Rhodes scholarship in January 1991. He
was the fourth Wake Forest student to win the honor since 1986, putting the Univer-
sity in front of the University of North Carolina and Duke with three each as home to
the most Rhodes recipients in the South.
Administration and Staff
In addition to the transition in the Provost’s Office, the Office of the Dean of the
Graduate School witnessed change. English Professor Nancy Cotton, Assistant Dean
of the Graduate School, who had directed the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies pro-
gram since 1986, was appointed Acting Dean when Gerald Esch (Biology) stepped
down. Cotton was a champion of interdisciplinary studies and knew the campus and
its faculty well. She continued to direct the MALS program. Both she and Esch were
honored by the Graduate School on October 29, 1990, at a reception in the Benson
University Center.
In another transition, Harold Sims “Pete” Moore retired as Director of the Physi-
cal Plant Department on May 31, 1991. At the Founders’ Day Convocation, he was
honored for his role “in shaping the ‘woods and pastures’ which would become Wake
Forest’s new campus.” Later, the physical plant was named for Moore. He served for
thirty-seven years, during which time building space grew from about 1.2 million
square feet to about two million square feet. He was replaced by Monroe C. Whitt, an
expert in the mechanics of building. Mary Ann Taylor, alumna of both Wake Forest
College (’56) and the Bowman Gray School of Medicine (’60), retired as Director of
University Health Services on June 30. She had served as Director for thirteen years
and in other capacities as a student health provider for thirty years. On Founders’
Day, she was cited for her care and healing of thousands of students.
In addition, Natascha Romeo became the new health educator for the Reynolda
Campus, replacing Cashin Hunt. Her job was taken out of Health Services, and she
was given an office in the Benson University Center. Larry Henson (MBA ’90) was
promoted to Assistant Vice President for Data Services from his former position as
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