Who Inspired Mr. Wake Forest?
Provost Emeritus Edwin G. Wilson (’43) enchanted generations of students with his recitations of the poetry of William Butler Yeats, William Blake and Dylan Thomas. What charms alumni even more, all these years later, is how Dr. Wilson remembers them. Show him an old photograph, and he will recall the student’s name and whom she married. Mention someone from days gone by, and don’t be surprised if Dr. Wilson remembers where the fellow sat in class and his seatmates.
With his readiness to help and courtly handwritten notes, Dr. Wilson epitomizes the distinguished mentor. It’s hard imagining him as a young man seeking out a mentor of his own. But he did just that. Read here about Edgar E. Folk Jr. (1921) and how he mentored the 16-year-old Ed Wilson with what Dr. Wilson calls “a mysterious quality that I’ve seldom encountered.” (Many of us know ‘the mysterious quality’ lives on through Dr. Wilson and those he continues to inspire.)
Maria Henson (’82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large