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Sally Wait: The behind the scenes story of how one woman shaped the founding of Wake Forest

October 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

What do handmade bonnets, the Marquis de Lafayette, and a piously ambitious woman have to do with the founding of Wake Forest? Everything, as it turns out!

Join Mary Tribble (’82, MA ’19), Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies at Wake Forest University, for some little-known Wake Forest history! Mary will present a talk on her upcoming book on the untold story of Samuel Wait’s wife, Sarah (Sally) Merriam Wait, followed by a lively Q&A. Mary’s ties to Wake Forest run deep, including her great-great-great-great-grandfather Samuel Wait who founded the college and her great uncle Harold Tribble who later served as President. Celebrate homecoming week and come hear the behind-the-scenes story of Sally Wait, one of the most important women in Wake Forest’s history.

Portrait of Sally Wait.
Portrait of Sally Wait

Mary Tribble graduated from Wake Forest University in 1982 with a degree in Art History and completed her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in 2019. A fifth-generation Wake Forester, Tribble returned to her alma mater in 2014 to become Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies where she is responsible for creating meaningful experiences for the approximately 70,000 members of the alumni family. She also oversees the Wake Forest Historical Museum at the site of the original campus in Wake Forest, N.C. and is a member of the steering committee of the Slavery, Race and Memory Project, an initiative that reexamines the university’s history with regard to slavery and its legacies. Tribble serves on the National Advisory Council at Reynolda House Museum of American Art and has recently restored an 1824 house in Old Salem. Prior to her return to Wake Forest, Tribble owned an event marketing firm in Charlotte for 25 years.


This program is a free, online lecture, and offered as part of Wake Forest University’s DeacON(line) Homecoming celebrations. Registration is required.