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Vol. LXX No. 11
The Uncensored Voice Of The Salem Commmunity
The tapestry is complete
"To the dreamers
of the world"
hy Karen L. Elsey
Two months of work has resulted
in a beautiful, and tangible,
memory of Dr. Clark Thompson.
At the February SGA meeting
the student body was introduced to
the "Complete the Tapestry"
Project. Since that announcement
the lives of many in the Salem
community have been changed.
Together, members of the
administration, faculty, and
student body have worked
diligently towards a common goal.
Those who worked on the quilt
panel found it not a task to be
finished, but a time of remembrance
By Good Friday the quilt panel
was complete. The creators met to
take photographs for their
scrapbooks and to share their
The group plans to display the
tapestry in the library for the
remainder of the year. It will then
join thousands of other quilt panels
in the National Aids Memorial
When the quilt panel is sent to
Washington, DC, a donation from
the Salem community will
accompany it. Donations are still
being accepted by Lynn White or
Dean Virginia Johnson for the fund.
Everyone is encouraged to be a part
of the "Complete the Tapestry"
Though all the panels are
special, the Clark Thompson quilt
panel bares two special features.
The most apparent is the cat,
representing his love for the
smaller of the feline species, on the
steps wearing a collar of pink,
which was one of Dr. Thompson's
favorite colors. Hidden is the back
panel bearing the signatures of
those who dedicated their time
and energy to the making of the
quilt panel. In memory of Dr.
Thompson one student added to her
signature a reminder of all that he
was, "To the dreamers of the
The completed tapestry and creators. "Complete the Tapestry" workers
pictured are Laura Brooks, Shannon Stone, Nancy Jeanrenaud, Lisa Phelps,
Angie Ingram, Melissa Robinson, Karen Elsey, Lynn White, Beth Brown!
Stephanie Hines, Amy Bain, Dean Virginia Johnson, Elizabeth Ranson, Kareri
Timmons, and Cathy Whitlock. Not pictured are Cathy McKay, Caroline
Swope, Mary Beth Wilson, Dr. Jeffrey Ersoff, Ms. Emily Wilson, ’and Dean
Cindy Farris. Photo courtesy of Lynn White.
by April Edmondson
The founder and former president
of Old Salem, Inc., R. Arthur
Spaugh, died in March from
complications of a stroke at Arbor
Acres/Triad United Methodist
Home. He was 90 years old.
Spaugh's wife, Mary Gordon
Spaugh, said his idea originated in
the late 1930's. At that time, he
presented the idea for Old Salem to
Charles and Mary Reynolds
Babcock and solicited their
support. However, plans for Old
Salem were not seriously considered
until after World War II. In 1950,
Old Salem was incorporated.
Spaugh was a member of the
Board of Trustees for 23 years; its
second president, 1953-56; its
vice-president, 1960-65; and its
secretary, 1970-73. In 1987 he
received a Frederick William
Marshall Society Distinguished
Service Award for his outstanding
contributions in the years leading
up the formation of Old Salem, Inc.
His son Gordon L. Spaugh said,
"He like to influence things and get
things done, but he didn't like to be
the one who got the credit."
Spaugh was also a very
dedicated member of Salem
Academy & College and the Home
Moravian Church. He served on
the Board of Trustees for Salem
Academy & College for 29 years;
while serving a total of 18 years on
the Board of Trustees of Home
Other community involvement
included serving as President of
YMCA and the Winston-Salem
Rotary Club, and Chairman of the
Forsyth County Hospital
Information for this article was
obtained from the Winston-Salem
by Karen Lewis
The end of this semester marks
the end of an era for a major which
has grown a great deal in the time
it has been a part of Salem's
curriculum: the Department of
Nutrition and Environmental
Design will end as Mrs. Margaret
Snow retires after thirty-five years
Mrs. Snow came to Salem in 1955
to join the Department of Home
Economics, used primarily for
classroom design in the Teacher
Education program and for
Dietetics. She had earned both her
undergraduate and graduate
degrees for UNC-G, then still a
women's college, and later did
post-graduate work at NYU and at
Cornell as the field of nutrition
expanded. By way of explaining
the many changes which have
taken place over the years, Mrs.
Snow points out that she used the
same text from 1955 to 1975, but has
changed texts many times during
the last twenty years as knowledge
in the discipline has increased.
The department at Salem
changed about five years ago,
partly as a result of the decline in
the number of Education students
during the 1970's. Salem was (me of
the first colleges in North Carolina
to add other courses to the
department and set up a Nutrition
major. Mrs. Snow's students have
gone on to medical and nursing
schools and into various areas of
Salem has decided to drop the
Nutrition major as Mrs. Snow, a
career-long member of the
department and one of only two
professors throughout most of the
departrhent's history, retires. She
calls this change a "grave loss," but
she is excited about the future. Mrs.
Snow plans to remain active in
church activities and in the
Hospice program. She is going to
stay in Winston-Salem, although
traveling is something she looks
Mrs. Snow says she will miss both
the students and the ever-changing,
exciting field to which she has
devoted her career. We wish her
much joy in the future.