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Name: Tribble, Harold Wayland (1899-1986)

Historical Note:

Harold Wayland Tribble was a Twentieth Century Baptist theologian, educator, and higher education administrator. He was born on November 18, 1899 in Charlottesville, VA as the third of Estelle Carlton and Henry Wise Tribble's six children. His father, Henry Wise Tribble was a Baptist minister who served as president for both the Rawlings Institute and Columbia College (Lake City, FL).

Harold Wayland Tribble attended Columbia College for two years before transferring to Richmond College. He received his A. B. degree from Richmond College in 1919. In that same year, Tribble was ordained as a Baptist minister and began his studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He received his Th.M in 1922 and went on to complete his Th.D at Southern Seminary in 1925. Following his studies at Southern Seminary, Tribble went on to graduate from the University of Louisville with a M. A. in 1925.

Tribble returned to Southern Seminary to serve as assistant professor of theology alongside Edgar Young Mullins in 1925. Following Mullins' death in 1928, Tribble took over as professor of theology. Tribble served in that capacity until 1947. During that time he published three books including "Our Doctrines" (1929), "From Adam to Moses" (1934), and "Salvation" (1940). He also revised E. Y. Mullins's "The Baptist Faith" (1935). While teaching theology at Southern Seminary, Tribble also served as pastor of Baptist churches m Cropper, Christiansburg, New Castle, and Simpsonville, Ky .

In 1947, Tribble accepted the presidency of Andover Newton Theological School. Three years later, in 1950, Tribble accepted the presidency of Wake Forest College. He served as president of that institution until 1967.

Sources: Powell, William S., ed. "Dictionary of North Carolina Biography." volume 6. (University of North Carolina Press, 1996).
Note Author: Stephen Jones

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