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prelude to events a number of years away, Hearn continued: “We are also grateful
for your interest in seeing the name changed”—that is, from Bowman Gray School
of Medicine. “Some measure of the importance of that change was the fact that the
name ‘Wake Forest’ did not appear in the [Winston-Salem] Journal account of the
gift. Indeed, from that story one would conclude that the gift was made to the medi-
cal center rather than to the University.”
In addition to the RJR Nabisco gift, two Greensboro physicians, James Taylor
Brooks and his wife, Jean Bailey Brooks (MD ’44), pledged $1 million to the Bowman
Gray School of Medicine to provide salary support for young men and women with
excellent potential who desired careers in full-time academic medicine.
In a tragic event that produced an altruistic result, Hiram A. “Bif” Meyers III, a
first-year student from Roswell, Georgia, died on September 22 while playing football
with friends on the campus. In response, a scholarship in his name was established by
his parents and friends.
To protect intellectual property, the University Inventions and Patent Policy was
adopted. It promotes the application of research advances to the practical needs of
the marketplace and established an important role for the University Patent Advisory
Alex Sink (’70) succeeded George Brooks (’71) as 1985–1986 President of Wake For-
est’s National Alumni Association. In 1984–1985, College Fund National Chair Pete
Davis (’40) and his wife Nancy had issued a million-dollar challenge for matching
funds that was met in 1985–1986.
Mary Elizabeth Heim (’80) was named a Luce Scholar for 1985–1986. She was
one of fifteen young Americans of outstanding promise sent to East and Southeast
Asia to develop a deeper understanding of this area of the world. John Ruffin Knight
(’78) also won a 1984–1985 Luce Scholarship.
Friends and family of Joel A. Weston (’59, MBA ’73) established a scholarship in
his name at the Babcock Graduate School of Management.
Summing Up the Year
The 1985–1986 academic year marked the beginning of the end of the University’s
relationship with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. It also started a
string of academic achievements, including the award of prestigious scholarships
such as the Rhodes. An improbable victory by a determined men’s golf team in a
dramatic fashion brought pride, satisfaction, and delight to a community frustrated
by the performance of many other major athletic teams.
Administrators were brought in or promoted. Faculty achieved recognition, and
two more were singled out for endowed Reynolds professorships. Students engaged
in activities that expressed their feelings and beliefs and expanded their social net-
works. Behind all of these activities was a plan to transform the look of the campus
by constructing new facilities and creating a planned community.