The sun shone brightly on the Class of 1997
Seven-hundred-ninety-three undergraduates — including college basketball’s Player of the Year Tim Duncan — and 596 graduate and professional school students received Wake Forest degrees in glorious weather at Commencement May 19.
Louis V. Gerstner Jr., chairman and CEO of IBM and a former chief executive of RJR Nabisco, Inc., delivered the Commencement address and was one of six honorary degree recipients.
Also receiving honorary degrees were:
- Jordan Jay Cohen, president of the Association of American Medical Colleges;
- Petro Kulynych, founding director of Lowe’s Companies, Inc., and a Wake Forest life trustee;
- Cora Bagley Marrett, sociologist and international authority on race relations;
- Chloe Anthony “Toni” Morrison, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist (pictured above);
- Phyllis Trible, Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature at Union Theological Seminary.
Faculty retiring from the Reynolda Campus are:
- Marion W. Benfield, University Distinguished Professor of Law;
- John A. Carter, professor of English;
- Philippe R. Falkenberg, professor of psychology;
Lula M. Leake, associate vice president for academic affairs;
- Eva Marie Rodtwitt, lecturer in Romance languages.
Retiring from the Hawthorne campus are:
- Stanley P. Bohrer, professor of radiologic sciences;
- Richard W. Brunstetter, professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine;
- Marcus Gulley, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine;
- Howard D. Homesley, professor of obstetrics and gynecology;
- Phillip M. Hutchins, professor of physiology and pharmacology;
- Abdel-Mohsen Nomeir, professor of internal medicine;
- John D. Tolmie, associate professor emeritus of anesthesia.
Published in Wake Forest Magazine.