Deaths of Faculty, Staff, Trustees,
and Close Friends of Wake Forest
Jon M. Reinhardt, Professor of Politics, died on May 24. He was forty-eight.
Nelle Louise Futch Tribble, wife of Wake Forest’s tenth President, died March 19.
She was eighty-five.
Madge Hedrick Easley, wife of Professor Emeritus of Religion J. Allen Easley, died
July 31. She was eighty-two.
E. McGruder Faris Jr., a former law professor, died on December 5.
Robert T. Bartholomew (’57), Executive Director of the Deacon Club and a member
of the athletic hall of fame, died on April 19 after an automobile accident.
Franklin R. Shirley, Professor Emeritus of Speech Communication and founder
of the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts and its first
chairman, died on February 27. He was seventy. Shirley joined the Wake Forest
Department of English in 1948. He retired from the faculty in 1983. He was a city
alderman from 1963 until 1970 and was mayor from 1970–1977.
Nancy Susan Reynolds, last surviving child of Richard J. and Mary Katherine
Reynolds, died January 11. The December 1983 issue of Town and Country
magazine listed Reynolds as one of the ten most generous living Americans,
the only woman in the top ten. She was seventy-four.
Colin Stokes (LittD ’77), University Trustee, Chair of the Board of Trustees
(1980, 1981) and retired chair and CEO of R.J. Reynolds Industries, died on
David H. Walker, retired Professor of Theatre Arts, died May 12. He was sixty-eight.
Judson Boyce Allen, Assistant Professor of English at the University from 1962 to
1969, died July 23. He was fifty-three.