Collection # DRT-180.2-008
Development and Alumni GMA and WA Publications,
John Temple Graves II, “Not Made To Die,” Col. John
July 26, 1866- August 27, 1939 (1939)
Robert W. Woodruff:
Most Distinguished Alumnus (1985)
Main Entry: Development
Volume: 2 Pamphlets
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. John Anderson
became Director of Development and Vice President in 1990.
John Temple Graves II graduated from Georgia Military Academy
in 1906. His father was a well known Atlanta journalist and one
of the mostly widely acclaimed Southern orators at the turn of
the century. He was also one of the original founders of GMA.
The junior Graves went on to a distinguished journalism career
in Alabama. In 1941 he wrote The Fighting South. Graves remained
close to GMA as a member of the Governing Board in the 1930s.
In 1939, after Col. Woodward’s death, Graves wrote a biographical
eulogy, “Not Made To Die,” in memory of Woodward.
Robert W. Woodruff (1889-1985) was one of the earliest graduates
of GMA and its most important benefactor. After serving in the
army in World War I, Woodruff worked for the White Motor company
and in the 1920s became president of the Coca-Cola company. Over
six decades he molded Coke into one of the most successful companies
in the world and amassed a personal fortune. In the 1930s, his
monetary loans to Col. Woodward helped to preserve GMA in the
midst of the depression. He served on the school’s Governing
Board and continued to support the school through personal and
foundation donations. The school dining hall is named in his memory
and the Fine Arts building is named in memory of his Sunday school
teacher, Mrs. Alonzo Richardson.
Scope and Content:
This collection consists of two printed pamphlets. “Not
Made To Die,” Colonel John Charles Woodward, July 26, 1866-
August, 27, 1939, was written by John Temple Graves II in 1939
in memory of Woodward. Printed and staple bound, the ten- page
pamphlet remains one of the most important accounts of Woodward’s
life and the founding of the school. The collection includes 41
copies of the 6”x9” pamphlet. See also Collection
#DRT-140.0-002. Also included is 98 copies (fifty in original
shrink wrapping) of the 8.5”x8.5” pamphlet, Robert
W. Woodruff: Most Distinguished Alumnus. The nine-page staple
bound pamphlet includes color photos of Woodruff and a section
announcing that “Michael Carlos Establishes the Robert W.
Woodruff Chair of Fine Arts.” This was printed by Jostens
yearbook company shortly after Woodruff’s death in 1985
as a “Tribute ... in commemoration of Mr. Woodruff’s
birthday.” For more on Woodruff, see Collection #DRT-140.1-001.
Governing Board - Members 20.1
Presidents- Col. John Charles Woodward 30.1
Alumni Department 180.3
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