Historic Downtown eNews  |  Archive

Dr. Wade Reflects on King College History!

September 26, 2011

With the news that King College’s enrollment continuing to break records and with plans set for expansion into the medical field there is much reflection on the historic beginnings of the college. With deep roots going back to the founding family of the Twin Cities, King College was founded by Reverend James King, the namesake of the college, following the turbulent days of the American Civil War. Dr. William Wade, professor emeritus at the college, will be presenting a reflective and informative history focusing on its founding and the distinguished founder. This presentation will be held on Monday October 3, 6:30pm at the Bristol Public Library. Due to Columbus Day the monthly meeting will be held a week earlier than normal.

After his early schooling in Memphis, Wade then attended Rhodes College (now Southwestern College), in Memphis, and then attended and obtained his MA and PhD degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Coming to King College in 1952, he taught every history and political science course which the college ever offered, until his retirement in 1998. He also served two terms as dean from 1962 to 1975, and again in the late 1990's.

Wade has many accomplishments at Bristol’s King College, but among them was the establishment of the historical archives with the gifts and support of the friends of the college. There is an exceptional collection of materials related to the history of the school and the Holston Conference of the Presbyterian Church. Dr. Wade and his wife Margaret have three children and five grandchildren, all living in the Tri-Cities area.

This presentation is free and open to the public. There will be a brief opportunity for questions following the presentation. For further details on this presentation or other upcoming events contact program chairman Tim Buchanan, 276-669-3885. You may visit the association’s website www.bristolhistoricalassociation.com for details on the work of the Bristol Historical Association. Isabelle Ladd currently serves as president.