Wallace C. Riddick worked as a civil engineer before joining the faculty at NC State and continued professional service in Raleigh while teaching, including work on rebuilding the city’s water system. He served as President of North Carolina State College from 1916 to 1923, and was the founding dean of the School of Engineering from 1923 to 1937.
Riddick Field was named for Wallace Carl Riddick, a former president of the college and dean of the School of Engineering.
Wallace Carl Riddick became college president, having previously served as vice president and professor of civil engineering. He was president until 1923, when he became engineering dean. (Biography of Wallace Carl Riddick)
Riddick steps down as the university president to become the first dean of the School of Engineering. He serves in that position until 1937.
State College ties the University of Florida, 0-0, in the first football game held at Riddick Field with its new concrete stands. The field was named for college president Wallace Carl Riddick.
The commencement speaker was Francis Pendleton Gaines, president of Washington and Lee University. The invocation was given by Reverend Lee C. Sheppard of Raleigh. Dr. John Rustin, pastor of Mount Vernon Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., gave the Baccalaureate Sermon on June 4th. Honorary Doctor of Science degrees were awarded to Stephen Cole Bruner, alumnus and chief of the Department of Plant Pathology and Entomology at the Estacion Experimental Agronomica de Cuba, and Adrianus Moritz of the American Enka Corporation. Agricultural journalist and alumnus Junius Sidney Cates was awarded an honorary Doctor of Agriculture. Benjamin Brown Gossett, director and founder of the Cotton Textile Institute, was awarded a Doctor of Textile Science. Wallace Carl Riddick, professor of Civil Engineering, was awarded a Doctor of Engineering at the 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Over 200 citizens gather for a ceremony at the newly-opened Riddick Laboratory. The lab building, constructed for $1,300,000, is dedicated to Dr. Wallace Carl Riddick, NC State's first Dean of Engineering, and the university's fourth president.