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The University awarded Distinguished Service Citations to Arthur D. Gore (’49),
photographer/poet; James E. Peters (’33), who signed up over 20,000 eye donors; and
William Raymond Cowan (’54, MD ’57), Director of the Armed Forces Institute of
Pathology, the most demanding and prestigious post in military pathology. Gene
Overby, a college dropout and the longtime voice of Wake Forest athletics, became
an honorary alumnus, and the Johnson-McMillan-Memory-McNeil clan from east-
ern North Carolina received the first Distinguished Wake Forest Family Award.
On an individual achievement level, Trustee D. Wayne Calloway (’59) was pro-
moted to President and CEO of PepsiCo.
Summing up the Year
The academic year 1984–1985 buzzed with activities: the Sesquicentennial celebra-
tion, reorganization of the Law School, controversy over a new University logo, a
relaxed inter-visitation policy that gave students more independence, and a consid-
erable tuition hike that sparked a student protest. Alumni were singled out for their
generous giving. Wake Forest and those who worked within it were honored and
recognized for excellence in many areas by national groups and periodicals.
Headlines from the October 26, 1984, edition of Old Gold and Black reflected col-
lective sentiment about the new president: “Hearn passes first anniversary; reactions
vary.” On the positive side, the president was seen as thoughtful and organized, and
as a planner; on the negative side, he was seen as bureaucratic, authoritarian, invis-
ible to the faculty, and dismissive of their opinions. In a November editorial from the
campus newspaper titled, “Report Card,” a student summary of the administration’s
Barbara Hearn and Betty Scales