Former Math Professor Receives WFU’s Highest Honor

By Kimberly Griffing
Posted Feb. 25, 1997

Wake Forest University honored retired mathematics professor Ivey Gentry with its highest honor, the medallion of merit, during Foundersí Day Convocation on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Gentry joined Wake Forest’s faculty in 1949. His career with the university spanned 40 years, including 25 years as chairman of the mathematics department.

In presenting the award, Wake Forest President Thomas K. Hearn Jr. said Gentry has always worked for the good of others. “A scholar, teacher, and leader, he has given to those within the Wake Forest community and beyond the benefit of his knowledge, wisdom, but even more of his commitment and character,” Hearn said.

Three other faculty members also were recognized during convocation.

The Omicron Delta Kappa Award for Contributions to Student Life was presented to J. Kline Harrison, an associate professor and coordinator of the business program with the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy.

The Award for Excellence in Research was given to Gloria Muday, an associate biology professor.

The Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching was awarded to assistant politics professor Helga Welsh.