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Spring 2013

Edward Reynolds

Courage to Change a Campus

In 1970, Linda Carter Brinson interviewed Edward Reynolds for the July issue of Wake Forest Magazine. Reynolds had graduated in 1964 as the first black undergraduate at the College. In June 2012, Brinson and Reynolds met in Santa Barbara, Calif., for another interview for Wake Forest Magazine. At both meetings, the two alumni talked about […]

Think Hard Talk Fast Yikes!

Think Hard, Talk Fast. Yikes!

I’ve made my way to the top floor of Carswell Hall and into an attic-like room where the sole source of natural light is a large window overlooking Magnolia Quad. Along one wall are lockers; along another, trophies and plaques. At first glance it could be any classroom — students are seated around big tables, […]


Ode to Reynolda Gardens

The Gardener By David Bare (P ’09) We are blessed to have the gift of Reynolda Gardens in our community. It is a rare and wonderful treasure to have an estate’s garden, meadow and woodland at our back door, open for free, public use. The 1961 deed of gift transferring Reynolda Gardens to Wake Forest […]


An Original Power Couple

At the beginning of the 20th century, R.J. and Katharine Reynolds became one of the region’s most influential couples in business and society, creating an estate that would one day be sacred ground to the Wake Forest community. Kahle Family Professor of History Michele Gillespie shares the following excerpt from her new biography, “Katharine and […]


Deacs in Love

You would think that I would have met Bill McGibony (’06) on the Quad or at the WAKE Radio studio, where we each had our own shows. But we met a few years after graduating, through a mutual Wake Forest friend. I often think about how many times I probably walked by him on my […]

A Winning Team

A Winning Team

Anyone watching the final, suspenseful moments of the 2012 U.S. Open Championship saw that unmistakable bond. Television cameras in the clubhouse focused on Webb (’08) and Dowd (’07) Simpson, who waited as later scores came in to see if Webb’s two-under-par 68 that day would make him the winner. Yet the couple seemed as relaxed […]


What it Takes

Applicants to Wake Forest today submit an essay and answer seven short-answer questions ranging from “What outrages you?” to “Give us your Top 10 list.” We asked students who gained admission to Wake Forest to share excerpts from their answers and invited alumni to chime in.     What should we know about you that […]

Barbee Myers Oakes ('80, MA '81)

Constant & True

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. – George Bernard Shaw Though neither of my parents attended college, their belief in this principle fashioned both my infinite thirst for knowledge and the confidence that I could overcome formidable odds […]