2009 August

Dean Emeritus Stroupe dies

Henry Stroupe (’35, MA ’37), the founding dean of the Graduate School and Professor Emeritus of History, died in Winston-Salem on Thursday. Stroupe joined the faculty in 1937 and served as dean of the graduate program from 1961 until retiring in 1984. Funeral arrangements are pending.

A lost ring circles back

Lloyd K. Rector carefully removes the ring from an envelope, then opens a small plastic jewelers’ bag. The ring was presented to the Wake Forest College Bachelor of Laws Class of 1953. The initials “LKR” are engraved on the inside; the university motto, class information and the symbol for the international legal fraternity — Phi Delta Phi – are carved on the ring’s surface.

Written on the plastic bag: “10 karats, 17.6 grams.”

A cursory glance shows the ring to be ordinary, forgettable even, except for the obvious damage. A black onyx, the centerpiece around the gold casing, is missing. As Rector pictures it in his mind, he remembers that the stone bore a small crack, the result of an accident during military basic training.

Now in place of the stone is a hole, its jagged edges worn from time yet clearly visible.

How long the stone has been missing is unknown, but the plastic bag shows the stone was probably sold, though maybe not by the person who found it in Gander, Newfoundland, on a cold December day 52 years ago.

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Accounting educator honored

Linda Smith Bamber (‘75), professor of accountancy at the University of Georgia, was awarded the Outstanding Accounting Educator of the Year Award at the American Accounting Association’s annual conference in New York.  She commented that the university where she teaches has the second-highest pass rate on the CPA exam after her alma mater, Wake Forest.

Harriger discusses Sotomayor’s impact

It’s difficult to predict the impact that Sonia Sotomayor will have on the Supreme Court, says political science Professor Katy Harriger, but with the court closely divided on issues of race, her presence could swing the balance.

“A new person with a different personality, one that appears to be considerably more assertive than Justice Souter’s, will inevitably have some impact on the group dynamics,” she says.

Professor John Carter dies

Professor Emeritus of English John A. Carter Jr. has died. Carter, who was 77, joined the faculty in 1961 and taught Victorian literature until retiring in 1997.