Class of 1959

Class of 1959 Reunion Weekend Registration Details


Dear Class of 1959,

We are very much looking forward to seeing you September 20 & 21 for our 60th Wake Forest Reunion!  The weekend is full of wonderful events and opportunities to see one another and the campus, but we want to highlight two events in particular for our class, which are both on Friday, September 20.  The first is the Golden Deacs Luncheon,  beginning at 10:30 a.m., where we will receive our 60-year pins and the second is our class event, which will be on Friday afternoon, in the ZSR Library in the Special Collections Room from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

We are excited about this opportunity to come together and share favorite memories with one another and oral histories with the University Archives (see below).  Emory Earp Austin will kick things off with “Filled Up to the Brim” with an interactive walk down memory lane.  We will also have the opportunity to look through materials from the University Archives and the Birthplace Museum from our time at Wake Forest.  With the mix of friends, refreshments, a little wine, laughter, and great stories, we surely will have a terrific reunion.

For questions about the weekend, please contact Emily Cockerham in the Reunion Office at or 336-758-5819.  Please plan to join us September 20 & 21 as we celebrate being the last class to start on the original campus in 1955-56.  It will definitely be a time to remember.

Go Deacs!

Emory Earp Austin                                Murray Greason
Class of 1959 Reunion Chairs


Class of 1959: Oral History Opportunity
University Archives, Wake Forest University

In an ongoing effort to capture memories of the last years on the original campus and also the early days of the new campus for future Wake Foresters, the University Archives would like you to share your memories with us during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2019.  If you would like to share your personal memories, the ideal time would be from 2-4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 20 while attending your 60th Reunion Event in the Special Collections Room in the library. Each interview will take about 10-15 minutes. All you need to do to prepare is to think about your experience at Wake Forest as it relates to the questions below.  If you are unable to attend your reunion, you may share your memories in writing and mail to Tanya Zanish-Belcher at the address below at your convenience.

Questions for Your Interview:
What do you remember about first coming to the original campus?
Knowing you would be moving to a new campus, how did that affect your decision to come to Wake Forest?
Who was your favorite professor?
How did you and your friends socialize?
What was your favorite class?
What do you remember most about the town of Wake Forest?
What do you remember about first coming to Winston-Salem?
What did you think of the campus?
Which dormitory did you live in, and what rules did you have to follow?
What was the food like?
What were your favorite classes?
How did you socialize in Winston-Salem, and how did it differ from Wake Forest?
How did Wake Forest change your life?
What does Wake Forest mean to you? Does it go beyond a physical location?

For further information and/or to register, please contact:
Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Director
Special Collections & Archives
625 Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Wake Forest University


  • Who's Coming Back
    • Ms. Emory (Earp) Austin ('59)
    • The Reverend Ray William Benfield ('59, P '81, P '12)
    • Mr. David "Dave" Eugene Bright ('59)
    • The Reverend David Nordan Canady ('59, P '03)
    • Mr. Charles "Charlie" Walter Carpenter ('59)
    • Mr. Leon H. Corbett Jr. ('59, JD '61, P '96)
    • Mrs. Mary Louise "Mary Lou" Brown (Cobb) Corbett ('59, P '96)
    • Ms. Rachel (Stevens) Corbett ('59, P '96)
    • Dr. Jane (Freeman) Crosthwaite ('59)
    • Mrs. Mary "Jane" Jane Mitchell (Mitchell) Cullen ('59, P '88)
    • Dr. Charles "Charlie" Ross Duncan Jr. ('59, MD '63, P '81, P '82, P '97)
    • Dr. Harvey Ralph Durham ('59, P '90)
    • Mrs. Nancy (Coley) Edwards ('59)
    • Mr. Martin Nesbitt Erwin ('59)
    • Mr. Joseph "Joe" Watson Ferguson ('59, P '94)
    • Mrs. Ruby (Hickman) Gentry ('59, P '88)
    • Mr. Murray Crossley Greason Jr. ('59, JD '62, P '85)
    • Mr. Edwin "Ed" Ray Groce ('59)
    • Mr. Glenn "Carroll" Carroll Jordan Sr. ('59, P '88)
    • Mr. Paul Matt Matthews ('59)
    • Mrs. Barbara (Edwards) Matthews ('59)
    • Mr. Albert "AJ" Jackson Morton Jr. ('59)
    • Dr. Johnny Earl Presson ('59)
    • Mrs. Rachel (Mixson) Rankin ('59)
    • Mrs. Nancy Hughes (Geer) Rider ('59, P '83)
    • Mrs. Betty (Bolt) Thompson ('59)
    • Ms. Frances (Youngblood) Trask ('59)
    • Mrs. Virginia "Jan" (Wilcox) Whittle CPA ('59)

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Reunion Events

Golden Deac Events and Luncheon
Friday, September 20
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Benson University Center, 401 Suite
You will gather on the third-floor rotunda area of the Benson University Center before having your class photo made at 11:00 a.m. Immediately following, enjoy a delicious buffet luncheon in the 401 Benson where we will receive our 60-year pins.  The guest speaker will be Wubetu Shimelash ’20 who will share his amazing journey from Ethiopia to Wake Forest. He will be joined by Maria Henson ’82, editor of The Wake Forest Magazine and Mary Dalton, professor of communications and documentary film.
Business Casual
$20 per person

Class of 1959 60th Reunion Gathering
Friday, September 20
1:30 –  4:30 p.m.
Special Collections, ZSR Library Room 625
“Filled Up To The Brim” as Emory Earp Austin takes us down memory lane of our time together on the old and new campus followed by chance to visit, enjoy some afternoon refreshments, and view items from the University Archives and Birthplace Museum.
$10 per person

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