Wake Forest College Birthplace Society Resolution of January 29, 2013
Whereas, Edwin Graves Wilson ’43, a native of Leaksville, North Carolina, fell in love with Wake Forest the first time he glimpsed the old campus, leading to his enrollment in 1939 where his exceptional talents in journalism, classical literature, and leadership were developed under the endearing tutelage of Wake Forest College professors.
Whereas, Edwin Graves Wilson, after service in World War II returned to Wake Forest College as an instructor, launching a career that has enriched the minds and lives of multitudes of Wake Forest students and alumni for more than six decades.
Whereas, Edwin Graves Wilson, Wake Forest’s most eligible bachelor for more than a decade unwittingly motivated coeds to fill his popular “Poets of English Romantic Period” classes; thereby, being selected in 1966 as one of Esquire magazine’s “super-profs” of America.
Whereas, Edwin Graves Wilson, Mr. Wake Forest, is revered in the hearts and minds of Wake Foresters as one of the College’s greatest scholars and leaders.
Whereas, Edwin Graves Wilson, with eloquent words, leads his audience into the “country of my heart” as he reminds everyone that, “You will have to take my word for it, our days on the old Wake Forest campus were truly green!”
Whereas, Edwin Graves Wilson, more than any other individual, captures the essence of Wake Forest, both College and University, and with vigor and devotion pays homage and loving respect to the institution’s 122 year history in the Town of Wake Forest
Therefore, the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society through this resolution wishes to recognize Edwin Graves Wilson on his birthday and to express our heartfelt appreciation for his unwavering support for the legacy of the miracle story of Wake Forest.