September 29, 2010
by Betsy Chapman
If you are coming to campus for Family Weekend, there is an event you should not miss. On Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. in Pugh Auditorium, there is a session on the History of Wake Forest by Ed Wilson (’43), Provost Emeritus and Emeritus Professor of English.
Every school has a Most Amazing Professor who is beloved by generations. Someone who made a profound and lasting impression – and difference – in the lives of those he taught. At Wake Forest, that professor is Ed Wilson.
He was known for teaching ‘British Romantic Poets’ and ‘Blake, Yeats and Thomas’ – two classes that English majors fought desperately to get into. His mellifluous voice – heard here in a multimedia presentation from last fall – is a treasure. He used to read Christmas stories and poetry during holiday celebrations at fall semester exams, much to the delight of all who heard him.
Dr. Wilson has retired from the classroom – and sadly would not have taught your students. He has recently written the next chapter in the History of Wake Forest book series, on the years of President James Ralph Scales (late ’60s to early ’80s). He is a wonderful, wise man and is affectionately known as Mr. Wake Forest.
Make time to go to his lecture. You will not regret it.
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The Office of Family Engagement provides information and support to Wake Forest parents, guardians, grandparents, and family members. The office maintains the Family Engagement Page of the Wake Forest website, which is the primary vehicle of communication with families, as well as our Facebook and Twitter presence.