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For many alumni, life is better back in Winston-Salem.

By Kerry M. King ('85)

With their degrees in hand, most members of Wake Forest's Class of '07 will head far from Winston-Salem to make their fame and fortune. Few newly minted alumni remain in the Twin City, and many of those that do attend graduate or professional school rather than start their careers here.

But at some point, as the years pass, the old college town starts looking better and better, and many return. About 12 percent of Wake Forest's undergraduate alumni — almost 6,100 — live in Forsyth County.

Alumni moving back from New York, San Francisco and Atlanta in recent years have discovered that there's no place like the "dash" (or the "hyphen," depending on which term you prefer), and nothing better than reconnecting with your alma mater.

"Overall, it's just great to be at the heart of Deaconland," is how one describes making his home in the city Wake Forest has called home for 50 years.


Living large
in the "dash"

A look at Winston-Salem's history and why it's a great place to live today.


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They came, they left ... and they came back. Wake Forest Magazine catches up with eight alumni who returned to Deaconland.

From Atlanta:
Roger Mayhew ('68)

From New York City:
Margaret Collins ('78)

From San Francisco:
Jocelyn Burton ('80)

From New York City:
Jay Helvey ('81)

From Westin, Fla.:
Todd ('85) and Kathy Bourne ('85) Borton

From Rocky Mount, N.C.:
McLain ('85) and Marybeth Sutton ('86) Wallace

From Dallas:
David Valliere ('95)


Staying in
the Dash

John Champlin ('06) chose to remain in Winston-Salem.

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