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Maya Angelou (Humanities) brought excitement to the campus in March when
she invited Coretta Scott King to speak to her class on Martin Luther King Jr. and
charismatic leadership. Benson 401 was packed with students, far beyond those in
the class, who came to hear Ms. King’s talk, in which she compared her husband with
other civil rights leaders of the 1960s. On August 27, Angelou had been the Opening
Convocation speaker. This convocation was held weeks earlier than the traditional
date, before classes were in full swing, and at 4 p.m. in hopes of improving student
attendance. During the ceremony, John Andronica (Classical Languages) received the
Award for Excellence in Advising. Later in the fall, Angelou’s play, Sisters, was per-
formed in the Ring Theatre.
Shigeyoshi Matsumae, founder of the Tokai University Educational System,
died, and his son, Tatsuro Matsumae, became president and board chairman, con-
tinuing the relationship with Wake Forest. Vice President for Health Affairs Richard
Janeway represented the University at the memorial service of the elder Matsumae.
Don Schoonmaker (’60, Political Science) died on May 20. He had joined the
faculty in 1966. The award for Faculty Service was renamed the Schoonmaker Award
for Faculty Service in his honor.
Robert Hedin, poet-in-residence for the past twelve years, ended his term. He
was responsible for the Writers Reading Series and the Mary Arden Festival.
In an October 8 memo, President Hearn instructed Provost Brown to reintro-
duce a faculty hiring form that had not been used in recent years. By the end of
the academic year, Brown reported to Hearn that 87 percent of the faculty held a
PhD or another terminal degree and that the average age of faculty members was
forty-seven.
In regard to academic departments, the Wake Forest Board of Trustees approved
a plan for the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts to be divided.
The Department of Communication focused on communication science, rhetoric,
and television, radio, and film studies. The Department of Theatre and Dance would
include all dance, drama, and other theatre-related classes, as well as the University
Theatre. The change would become effective August
1. In their October 10 meeting, the Board of Trustees
also approved a new interdisciplinary doctoral pro-
gram in molecular genetics. The program involved
thirty-five faculty members from eight departments,
most on the medical campus.
Individual faculty from a variety of departments
achieved wide recognition. Harold Barrow (Physical
Education), who retired from the faculty in 1977, was
inducted into the Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame on
June 27, 1992. In addition to teaching, he coached the
Deacon freshmen basketball squad under Coach Mur-
ray Greason from 1948–1956.
Gerry Esch (Biology) and John Williams (Biology)
were named to Wake Forest professorships, supported
by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Ralph Wood
was appointed John Allen Easley Professor of Religion, Don Schoonmaker
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