Here's to Wake Forest
It's time to raise a glass of the finest to beloved faculty members Jim Barefield and Herman Eure (Ph.D. '74). At Founders' Day Convocation, both received the Medallion of Merit, the University's highest honor for outstanding achievement and distinguished service to Wake Forest.
Demon Deacons will be celebrating the recognition for these two teacher-scholars. Barefield, a historian known for his "Art of Comedy" class, taught full-time from 1963-2004 and continues to help select top scholars. "To the Yeats lament, 'Things fall apart/The centre cannot hold,' Jim's riposte was, 'The center cannot hold — Whoopee!,' " according to Joy Goodwin's ('95) memorable story about him.
Eure, now retired from the biology department, confidently blazed trails for African-American faculty and students. Former Dean of the College Tom Mullen remembers being impressed from the moment he met him. Read about Eure's journey from rural North Carolina to the biology classroom.
Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large