Chapter Fifteen: 1997–1998 263
Facilities, Finances, and Alumni
The Spirit Walk between Benson and Tribble was constructed in August. About 1,500
alumni, students, faculty, and staff paid $50 to personalize bricks with names and
memories. On December 2, a tree was planted outside Tribble Hall and dedicated to
Grace O’Neil, the former manager of the Magnolia Room. A ceremony, attended by
about forty people, was held along with the planting. President Hearn delivered the
invocation, followed by remarks by family and friends and the singing of “Amazing
Grace.” O’Neil, who died the previous March, was one of a handful of nonfaculty
memorialized by the University. Unfortunately, the Quad’s ash trees were afflicted
with a mysterious disease, and three were removed during the 1998 semester break.
Worrell House in London celebrated its twentieth year on July 4, 1997. It had
been used by more than one thousand students. Victor I. Flow (’52) and his wife,
Roddy, bought a 7,200-square-foot, 1890s villa in northwestern Vienna (Gustav
Tschermakgasse 20) and gave it to Wake Forest as the third residential study-abroad
house. While the gift was made in April, the Flow House would not open to students
until the fall, after repairs and upgrades were completed.
Just off campus, an electrical substation was built on University Parkway. Its
appearance and proximity to homes was controversial, and in response President
Hearn wrote to Mrs. Virginia Sams on December 2 that Wake Forest “considered
Spirit Walk
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