Collection # DRT-180.1-001
Scrapbooks of the Directors of Development
Main Entry: Development Office
The Office of Development and Alumni was created in 1961 by Capt.
William R. Brewster. M.C. Paget was the first director (1961-1968)
and Bob Ballentine was the first Public Relations Director in
the 1960s, when he initiated the publications. The Office has
been responsible for Alumni affairs, publications, annual giving,
and other organized fundraising efforts, such as Capital Campaigns.
Over decades the office underwent a number of reorganizations
with numerous directors, systems, and programs. In 1968 when Paget
retired, J.W.C. “Doc” McKay assumed the position of
Director of Development and Alumni Affairs. After 33 years at
GMA/Woodward, McKay died suddenly in December, 1968. Burt Fargason
then served in the position from the summer of 1969 until 1972.
Joe Lowe held the position from 1972 until his retirement in 1974.
Scope and Content:
Arranged in chronological order, this collection is composed of
three scrapbooks covering years 1962-1974. They are composed of
newspapers clippings, mimeographed pages, and printed correspondence.
The first scrapbook, created by M.C. Paget during the period 1962-1968,
is quite large, 18”x16.5”, 159 pages. This covers
crucial years when GMA was just initiating the Development Office,
organizing an active alumni association, beginning fund raising
programs, admitting girls and phasing out military. The scrapbook
includes copies of important letters from Capt. Brewster announcing
these changes. For preservation purposes, the scrapbook was partially
disassembled because the items taped to approximately half of
the pages were unattached. These items were filed in page order
separately. The remainder of the pages whose materials still adhered
were left intact and boxed separately.
The second scrapbook, 12”x12,” was begun by Doc McKay
and covers the period July, 1968-1970. The second scrapbook covered
1970-1974 after the military had been discontinued and Woodward
Academy established. It is smaller, 11.5”x12”, and
shorter, 46 pages. Its content is very similar.
The collection also includes the Georgia Military Academy Guest
Register, with guest signatures from 1962-1972. The Register is
spiral bound, 11”x8.5”.
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