2 ST. AUGUSTINE’S RECORD
Published bi-monthly during the College year at Raleigh, N. C.,
in the interest of
St. Augustine’s College, Rev. E. H. Goold, President
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BISHOP TUTTLE SCHOOL
Wo believe in Bishop Tuttle School. We believe in it
because it has recognized and preached, since its pioneer
days, that social work and religious education are sister
But we believe in the school even more because it has
kept alive the spirit of its pioTiecr days—the spirit of
search into new realms of training, new meanings of
skill in this art of helping people who are in trouble.
Because we believe in social work, in the effort to push
across frontiers of economic privation, to give people a
chance to develop their personalities, to improve the
environment where all of us live; because we have faith
in tlie inspiring and directing benefits of religious edu
cation, we tliink Bi.shop Tuttle School has an important
res])onsibility on St. Augustine’s campus, in the capital
of North Carolliui, on the eastern seaboard between
Atlanta and 'New York. ¥or, in the long miles between
those two cities, with so many virgin fields for service,
here alone does a school dedicate itself exclusively to
such professional training, offer two such lines of de
fense against unaleviated poverty, disease and despair.
Since 1925 Bishop Tuttle School has grown. Its grad
uates have taken key places in chui'ch work and mis
sions, in community organization and in private and
public welfare work. The school’s curriculum recognized
the needs of new areas o])ened to its graduates. The
course of study broadened yearly as each year demanded
more training, information and skills. This year has
seen much activity. We have had contact with the
Family Service Societies of Raleigh, Richmond, Dur
ham and Winston-Salem. We have visited the Friends
Association for Colored Children in Richmond, and the
Cliatham County Dej)artment of Public Welfare in
(ieorgia. At the University of North Carolina and at
William and Mary College, the field supervisors of
social work reviewed our program of field training with
interest and enthusiasm. Students have attended the
Institute of Public Welfare at Chapel Hill, the General
Convention of the Cluirch at Cincinnati. Their work
has received supervision in tlie Wake County Depart
ment of Public Welfare, the Family Service Society of
Jialeigh, and the Bishop Tuttle Community Center.
'I’liey have worked in the Community Chest Drive.
All this branching out, all this inquiry into the social
forces active in this section of the country has been an
integral and necessary function of the school in its pro
gram of field work training. In December, senior stu
dents will begin a twelve week period of field work
within accredited agencies, under careful supervision.
They are to learn their job by doing—not paying heav
ily for tlieir tuition by trial and error—but under super
visors, keenly interested in the training process. This
will be another ])ioneer year for the school—the sending
of students to fields as deeply south as Atlanta, Ga., and
west to Winston-Salem. And because these students are
A Message fkom the President of the Alumni
Dear Fellow Alumnus:
We had a very enthusiastic meeting last May on the
occasion of our annual meeting. Start planning to at
tend our next meeting. You will enjoy the fine fellow
ship. Our Alma Mater is always at her best, and the
thrill of seeing the graduates as they prepare to join
the great army of loyal sons and daughters of St.
Augustine’s, will make your pilgrimage both enjoyable
On January 13, 1938, St. Augustine’s will celebrate
its Seventieth Anniversary and plans are being made to
celebrate the occasion. I am writing you this open
letter to ask that in every city or hamlet, where there
are two or three graduates from any department of the
College, or where there are interested former students,
that the anniversary be observed by getting together
and forming a Chapter, which I hope will be the be
ginning of building up an association worthy of the
name of St. Augustine’s.
President Goold joins me in greeting, and I know
that he will appreciate any suggestion or comment bear
ing on this anniversary.
With warm personal regards, I am
Edson E. Blackman.
November 22, 1937.
Rev. John Candler Davis, ’32, rector of St. Matthias’
Church, Asheville, X. C., was married to Miss Ethel
Marie Norris, in Petersburg, Va., September 21st.
Mr. Alfred J. Griffin, one of the most useful of the
l)ioneer graduates of St. Augustine’s, died in High
Point, N. C., last June 30th. After his graduation in
1892 Mr. Griffin joined the faculty of St. Augustine’s,
and served as a teacher until 1897, when he resigned to
become principal of the High Point Academy. From
that time he gave his entire life to education in that
city, and lived to see the Academy taken over as part of
the public school system with one of his daughters
carrying on the work he had so devotedly built up. He
was married on the campus of St. Augustine’s to Miss
Ophelia Thompson, herself a graduate and teacher. The
first child born in St. Agnes Hospital was their daugh
ter Agnes, who has for some years been a practicing
physician in New Y’^ork City. She was one of the first
of her race to be an interne in Bellevue Hospital. Sev
eral of the children of the Griffins attended St. Augus
The institution was represented at the funeral serv
ices by Mr. J. W. Holmes, for many years a personal
friend of Mr. Griffin.
(ieorge Harper, ’37, was a member of the Institute
Quintet which sang on the “Institute Night” program
at the General Convention. Jackson Wheelei’, a student
at St. Augustine’s, formerly at Voorhees, was also with
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trained and eager to serve, because graduates have
broken many paths in other states, we believe in theni
and in this training venture. It will be a meaningful one
in their growth and thus in the growth and power of
Bishop Tuttle School. L. F. B.