48 The History of Wake Forest
major concerns for facilities on the Reynolda Campus. Jennifer Young summed up
the situation on the Quad well: “Eleven of the original forty-two elms have died and
two or three others are badly diseased.” The damage was due to Dutch elm beetles
sucking out the sap and infecting the trees with a fungus. President Hearn appointed
an advisory committee, chaired by Biology Professor Nina Allen, and in an ­October 24
memo asked the committee “to recommend the best course of action to follow with
regard to the Quadrangle elm trees, which are falling victim to Dutch elm disease.”
On November 27, the committee report recommended the best possible care for the
remaining elms and the planting of eleven white ash on the Quad in the spring. It was
hoped that the white ash, which look much like elms and grow quickly, would blend
in, and the appearance of the stately trees, which had graced the campus since 1956,
would not be lost. Associated with the maintenance of the Quad, Ed Stoltz retired as
Superintendent of Grounds after twenty-three years of service, just shy of the elms’
thirty years.
In connection with University upkeep, the President reiterated his intentions
to renovate and rebuild. His passion is reflected in a February 14 letter to Mr. and
Mrs. Claude S. Abernethy Jr. of Concord, North Carolina:
When I was hired as President in 1983, the Trustees gave me only one man-
date—to institute a planning process which would enable Wake Forest to take
advantage of its distinctive strengths and guide it to greater national promi-
nence. . . . Financial and program plans for the next decade are developing and
building needs are being identified. A new master plan for the campus is to be
drawn for consideration by the Board of Trustees next fall. . . . Beginning now,
much of our effort will go toward a major capital campaign for the Reynolda
campus. . . .
Students waiting to buy books outside the bookstore
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