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Herman Baer: The Man Behind the Benificent Plaque

It’s one of the great traditions of the college: rubbing the “I” in the mis-spelled word “benificent” (it should have been spelled “beneficent”) for good luck before taking a test. The plaque was a gift of Dr. Herman Baer, but who was this mysterious donor, and what relationship did he have to the college? Herman […]

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Bernard M. Cannon

I wonder if the students knew that their dean of students was nicknamed “Bunny.” Bernard M. Cannon graduated from Wofford in 1941, and as luck would have it, that was the year Wofford received its charter of a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.  So, Bernard Cannon was one of the first eleven Wofford students to be […]

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Bourne on the Societies

I wrote a piece on Prof. W. Raymond Bourne, class of 1923, recently, and since we have a literary society exhibit up right now, and I’m trying to feature some stories about that right now, I’m going to include a piece Professor Bourne wrote about the literary societies in the 1954 Wofford centennial edition of […]

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W. Raymond Bourne

For the middle years of the 20th century, Professor William Raymond Bourne was a large chunk of the college’s Modern Languages department. Born in Virginia, Professor Bourne graduated from Wofford in 1923. He was part of a generation of faculty that spanned World War II, serving from 1925, when he returned to his alma mater […]

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Remembering Wofford’s World War I fatalities

Today is Armistice Day – the 99th anniversary of the end of World War I. Seventeen Wofford graduates and students, including three graduates of Wofford’s Fitting School, died during the First World War.  The College’s Alumni Bulletin published their photographs and biographies in 1919, and the College remembered their service and sacrifice at a memorial […]

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Memorial Day

This is a bit late for Memorial Day, but it is still relevant. Last summer, I received an inquiry from a researcher in Belgium about a Wofford alum who had died in World War II and is buried in the American cemetery of Henri-Chapelle in Belgium.  Specifically, the researcher asked for information about James Bell […]

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Bishop Coke Smith

This was my column in the SC United Methodist Advocate for April. Alexander Coke Smith is another of South Carolina Methodism’s contributions to the episcopacy. Born in Lynchburg, SC, Coke Smith enrolled at Wofford in 1868 and graduated in 1872. His father was a Methodist minister, so he grew up in parsonages around the state. […]

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Charles Nesbitt: Teacher of Preachers

For some thirty years, Dr. Charles F. Nesbitt was the teacher of preachers at Wofford College. A 1922 graduate of Wofford, Dr. Nesbitt took his seminary degree at Emory. He taught in the religion departments of several college – Lander, Millsaps, Blackburn College in Illinois, and Wesley College in North Dakota. He also taught in […]

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Fraternity Houses

Those houses have been there, like, forever, right? Forever is a long time, obviously, though on a college campus, 59 years might as well be forever. And that’s how long the current fraternity row has been standing on its current site. In the spring of 1955, then Dean of Students Robert Brent proposed to the […]

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Dean Logan

There’s never been a dean of students quite like Frank Logan. It’s a little risky of me to write about somebody who I met but once or twice, but who a lot of people around Wofford knew very well. The stories about Frank Logan are plentiful, and most of them are probably even true. He […]

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