190 The History of Wake Forest
Alex Sink (’70), Nicholas Bragg (’58), and Ed Wilson (’43) were honored by the
alumni association at Homecoming 1993. They were given Distinguished Alumni
Awards, while Horace Kornegay (’47, LLB ’49) of Greensboro received the Law
Alumni Award.
The total number of degrees Wake Forest had granted through 1993 was 44,265.
Of the 32,850 living Wake Forest alumni in 1993, about 15,000 lived in North Carolina.
Summing Up the Year
The academic year 1993–1994 was noteworthy on many levels. First, it marked the
tenth anniversary of Tom Hearn’s presidency. By University standards of the time,
ten years was not a particularly long tenure, but the milestone was acknowledged in
several ways. The President’s ten-year report, To Dream with One Eye Open, a title
referencing philosopher George Santayana, considered how Wake Forest was faring
physically, financially, and academically and indicated that it was much stronger than
it had been when he arrived. Student Government named scholarships after him, and
the alumni association honored him with a special fund for ethics and civic respon-
sibility underwritten by Winston-Salem corporations.
The year also marked transitions for people, buildings, and organizations. The
colonization of societies into sororities was a lengthy, carefully planned, and ulti-
mately beneficial process. Ed Wilson (Vice President for Special Projects) and John
Willard (Vice President for Financial Responsibilities and Treasurer) both announced
their retirement from those positions as of January 1994. Tom Mullen (Dean of the
College) also announced his retirement, which was postponed until 1995, and Paul
Orser became the first Dean of Freshmen. Carswell Hall and Babcock Hall were reno-
vated for new tenants when the Law School and the Babcock Graduate School of
Business moved to Worrell Center.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) elected Wake Forest to full member-
ship, and the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report both gave the University
high marks. The Philomathesian Society was revived, and WAKE Radio produced a
soap opera. Carolyn Frantz won a Rhodes scholarship, and Taco Bell strengthened
the Volunteer Service Corps by donating an oversized van.
Athletically, Wake Forest excelled in the Olympic sports as the men’s cross coun-
try team won the ACC championship and the NCAA district championship, and the
women’s golf team won the ACC championship.
Overall, the events of the year lived on in memories and actions as the social
structure and physical structure of the University changed, and the academic reputa-
tion of Wake Forest increased.
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