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Collection # DRT-180.2-008

Development and Alumni GMA and WA Publications, 1939, 1985
John Temple Graves II, “Not Made To Die,” Col. John Charles Woodward,
July 26, 1866- August 27, 1939 (1939)
Robert W. Woodruff:
Most Distinguished Alumnus (1985)

 

Main Entry: Development Office
Volume:
2 Pamphlets

Biographical/Historical Note:
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.

Subject Headings:
Governing Board - Members 20.1
Presidents- Col. John Charles Woodward 30.1
Alumni Department 180.3

 

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