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Benson Jr. and President Hearn both made speeches, and Weston Hatfield, Chair of
the Board of Trustees, recognized donors and special guests. The cost of the build-
ing, including furniture and equipment, came to $13 million. A total of seventy-
three contributors donated more than $12 million, according to Bob Baker, Director
of Development. Watson and Frances Pugh of Raleigh gave $300,000 to lend their
name to the Center’s 285-seat auditorium. An underground sprinkler system was
installed on the Magnolia Quad next to the new structure soon after its completion.
WFDD moved into its new home in Weatherly House, east of the campus sta-
dium, during May 1991. An 1,100-square-foot wing had been added on to the facility,
increasing the total square footage to about 3,000, nearly double that of the station’s
previous quarters in Reynolda Hall. The new quarters had “an acoustically pure
performance studio that would permit programming of live performances by area
musicians.”
In a November 6 memo, President Hearn informed Carlos Holder (Controller)
that “asbestos abatement costs and projected costs” for the library renovation would
“be over one million dollars for the three-year period from 1988–1989 to 1990–1991,”
and that the new entrance would cost approximately $250,000.
The estate of Wade M. Gallant Jr. (’52, JD ’55) made a $2.5 million gift toward
the establishment of the Professional Center. Before he died in 1988, Gallant, a
prominent Winston-Salem attorney, had arranged for the bequest. In addition,
Eugene Worrell (’40) and Anne Worrell pledged $5 million for the new Professional
Center, the largest gift made at one time by an alumnus in Wake Forest’s history
Benson University Center dedication
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