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the Reid-Stanton Sunday School class at the Wake Forest Baptist Church. It was
broadcast over WFDD until 2002. He was known also for his eccentricities, such
as picking up litter or wearing a French beret.
Terisio Pignatti, Reynolds Professor Emeritus of Art, died on December 31 at the age
of eighty-four. Pignatti was renowned as a scholar of Venetian art and a museum
director. He helped the University acquire Casa Artom and taught art history
there for three decades.
Ralph Fraser, Chair of the German Department from 1969 to 1977, died on Octo-
ber 19 at eighty-two. Fraser collected more than one thousand rare books and
donated them to the Ralph S. Fraser Holocaust Collection at Z. Smith Reynolds
Russell Brantley (’45), Director of Communications for thirty-four years (1953–
1987), died February 13 at the age of eighty. Brantley received the Medallion of
Merit in 1987.
Mary Ann Hampton Taylor (’56, MD ’60), Director of Student Health Services, died
on October 1 at age seventy. She was a recipient of the Medallion of Merit in
Balkrishna “B.G.” Gokhale, Professor of History from 1960 to 1990, died at age
eighty-five on August 11. Gokhale had started the Universtiy’s Asian Studies
Charles M. Allen Jr. (’39, MA ’41), Professor of Biology (1941–1989), Director of the
Artists Series (1958–1976), died at age eighty-seven on August 30.
Marjorie Crisp, who pioneered the development of women’s athletics at Wake For-
est University, died February 13 at the age of ninety-two. She became the first
full-time female faculty member at Wake Forest when she joined the Physical
Education Department in 1947. Crisp was named to the Wake Forest Sports Hall
of Fame in 1993 for her role in shaping women’s athletics.
Thomas F. Gossett, author of a landmark book exploring the roots of racism in
American society, died December 11 at the age of eighty-nine. He was Professor
Emeritus of English.
Bashir El-Beshti, Associate Professor of English, died on March 18. He was fifty-one
and had taught at Wake Forest since 1990.
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