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So isn't this a big anniversary year for the Ramblin Wreck?
In 1993 or 1994, I honestly cannot remember, right before Junior's Grill closed prior to the construction of the North Avenue Apartments, I took my trusty 35mm camera and shot these photos to remember the place. Now, I am converting my photos to digital and I came across them and thought that I would share them with Living History.

Congrats Marilyn on your retirement. May you enjoy a long and happy retirement. Thanks for all you have done for GT and may the program continue well into the future! I think I can speak for all of those who love Ma Tech when I say that we love ou and appreciate your contributions to the Institute!

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Hey friends,

Please see how much deeply tech has evolved into our life.....
Do you need either of these?
Great Job by Marilyn on ACC Traditions show.

I even learned a few things I didn't know.
Some Tech Vietnam POWs
Can anyone provide contact information for Col. Donald M. McKay? His name appears on this page in a google search. Thank you.
Does anyone recall (past 5 years) or has a link to the GT Alumni Magazine issue which contained a consolidated, brief list of our GT traditions?
Marilyn was in Chattanooga yesterday and I agree that she is a pleasant interviewer. Thank you Scott for showing me how to get GA TECH on Facebook.

The Georgia Tech Living History Program was founded to collect, preserve, and present the history of The Institute through the stories of her people.

The Georgia Tech Living History Program was founded in 1994 and conducted its first interview on July 11 with Robert Morris, EE 1944.The mission was to collect, preserve and present the history of the Institute through the stories of her people. For the first six years of the Program, the director was the only employee, aided by student interns. 250 interviews were captured. In March of 2000, a fu

Operating as usual

05/31/2021

Since Georgia Tech’s founding in 1885, thousands of Yellow Jackets answered the call to serve their country. Some never returned.

Today we remember that Memorial Day is not just a day off, but a moment to reflect on the service and sacrifice of all the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom. 🇺🇸

05/06/2021

Happy 90th birthday and 67th anniversary of getting out to Golden Jacket, Arthur Lamas, CE 54! #gtalumni #gtlivinghistory // Photo courtesy of Peter Lamas.

05/03/2021

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Photos from Georgia Tech Living History's post 04/01/2021

In addition to Burdell's birthday today, it's also... wait for it... the 110th Birthday of Lessie Smithgall, Honorary Alumna and widow to Charles Smithgall, Jr., GS 1933. You read that right... 110th!

🐝🐝🐝All the best Yellow Jacket birthday wishes to her! 🐝🐝🐝

04/01/2021

Happy Birthday to George P. Burdell - the indescribable, the indomitable, the inimitable! We're so proud to count you as an alum! #burdellwashere #burdellwasALWAYShere

Happy Birthday to George P. Burdell - the indescribable, the indomitable, the inimitable! We're so proud to count you as an alum! #burdellwashere #burdellwasALWAYShere

03/23/2021

Jean McDowell Ray, first woman to earn a Chemistry degree from Georgia Tech

If you'd like to hear the full story of how Jean McDowell Ray outsmarted the system and became the first woman to graduate Tech with a Chemistry degree, here she is to tell it in her own words. #womenshistorymonth #GTlivinghistory

03/23/2021

Jean McDowell Ray came to Georgia Tech in 1960 as one of Tech’s first women to study chemical engineering. She couldn’t study chemistry as she’d hoped because women were only allowed to choose majors that weren't available to them at other schools. After following the curriculum, she filed for a change of major to chemistry using her initials, D.J. McDowell, and it was approved.
Having already taken the prerequisites, Jean’s major change request was granted, and she earned her degree in chemistry in 1965. The following year, all academic departments at Tech were opened to women. Jean McDowell went on to work for Boeing developing materials for airplanes. #WomensHistoryMonth

Timeline Photos 03/21/2021

Here’s to the GT Yellow Jackets Women’s Basketball team who are competing today in the NCAA tournament! GO JACKETS!!

In honor of the women’s basketball team playing in round one of the NCAA tournament today and women’s history month we wanted to feature the first women’s team at Tech from 1974.

Today will be our 10th appearance in the tournament, the first was in 1993 and most recently in 2014. In their nine appearances so far, their record is five wins and nine losses. Good luck today @GTWomensBasketball, we’re ready to watch you make more history! #womenshistorymonth #gtlivinghistory

Photos from Georgia Tech Alumni Association's post 03/19/2021

Photos from Georgia Tech Alumni Association's post

03/11/2021

Happy 100th Birthday Professor Gailey!

Happy 100th Birthday to Professor C. Malcolm Gailey, who received multiple degrees from Tech in Architecture, taught at Tech, and went on to found the Building Construction degree. Here he explains how he became one of only two people to ever receive a degree from Tech in Architectural Engineering! 🥳

Timeline Photos 03/11/2021

Our happiest 100th Birthday wishes to C. Malcolm Gailey! 🥳

Happy 100th Birthday to C. Malcolm Gailey, Arch Eng 43, Arch 51, MS Arch 53. Malcolm was born in Atlanta on March 11, 1921. He had two older brothers. Gailey is the youngest son of Professor Herbert Gailey, also known as Doc Gailey, who was hired in 1912 to teach at the School of Architecture, just two years after it began.

He enrolled in classes at Tech at 14 in 1935. When WWII began, Tech changed the Architecture curriculum to Architecture Engineering and in 1943, he earned his degree—one of only two awarded. He went to work for Bell Aircraft and was exempted from the draft because his work was war-related. When the war ended, he was drafted and served for two years and was discharged as a corporal.

In 1955, he came back to Tech to teach. At that time, Civil Engineering had classes on Building and Construction that focused on roads, airports and such. Malcolm knew there was a need to teach the basics of building construction too. Heffernan took up the cause to relocate the classes to Architecture and Dean Sangster recognized its importance and thus began the B & C program. Gailey taught structures classes until he retired in 1979. #gtalumni #gtlivinghistory

Until the pandemic, he has been an active member of Silver Jackets and an Architects Group.
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03/08/2021

Happy 100th Birthday, James Tumlin!

Living History wishes a wonderful 100th birthday to James Tumlin, CE 1944. What was it like when he was at Tech? Let's hear him tell how as a student, he and some friends pitched in together to buy a car for $10!

We're proud to call him a Ramblin' Wreck! Happy Birthday, Mr. Tumlin!

Timeline Photos 03/04/2021

Timeline Photos

In 1917, Tech’s Evening School of Commerce admitted its first female student, Annie Teitelbaum Wise, graduating in 1919.

It wasn’t until the Fall of 1952 that Diane Mitchell and Elizabeth Herndon (pictured below) became the first two women to officially attend classes on Tech’s main campus under the stipulation they could only enroll in architecture and engineering classes.

Over the next thirty years women enrollment drastically began to rise. By 1995, the Women, Science and Technology minor was developed, offering the nation’s only minor in women’s studies to focus on gender, science, and technology. #womenshistorymonth #gtlivinghistory. Source: The Technique.

03/02/2021

Happy Women’s History Month! All month long we will be celebrating women in Georgia Tech History. Take a closer look at the timeline of impactful milestones that the women of Tech made. #WomensHistoryMonth https://b.gatech.edu/2Oh0LYb

Photos from Georgia Tech Alumni Association's post 02/11/2021

Photos from Georgia Tech Alumni Association's post

02/09/2021

Mary Spio - Black History Month Celebration 2021

Photos from Georgia Tech Alumni Association's post 02/04/2021

Photos from Georgia Tech Alumni Association's post

Photos from Georgia Tech Alumni Association's post 02/01/2021

Photos from Georgia Tech Alumni Association's post

Timeline Photos 01/28/2021

Timeline Photos

The Georgia Tech Alumni Association legendary storyteller and keeper of Tech History, Marilyn Somers, said her final goodbye before retiring at the end of 2020. We are so grateful for her incredible work starting the Living History program and keeping the memories of Tech alive. Learn more about Marilyn’s legacy in the winter issue of the Alumni Magazine and online here: https://bit.ly/3t7ghWA

[01/15/21]   It is with a heavy heart that we share news of the passing of one of Living History's dearest supporters and a true Georgia Tech legend. Billiee Pendleton-Parker's impact on the Tech community is immeasurable and her memory will always be cherished by the multitude of Yellow Jackets whom she inspired.

12/18/2020

Our Warm Wishes To You

As we wrap up a challenging year, we want to extend our warm wishes to you our dear readers for sharing Georgia Tech History with us.
May the Holidays be pleasant, and the New Year bring good health.
Sara, Marilyn, Teresa, & Chloe

Our Warm Wishes To You

As we wrap up a challenging year, we want to extend our warm wishes to you our dear readers for sharing Georgia Tech History with us.
May the Holidays be pleasant, and the New Year bring good health.
Sara, Marilyn, Teresa, & Chloe

12/14/2020

Meet Tech’s Oldest Living Alumnus

Dr. Bill Schotanus, ME 1940

Introducing Georgia Tech’s oldest alumnus, Dr. William Schotanus, ME 1940. Known to one and all, as “Bill,” he was very involved during his four years at Tech and for many years after—as a key member of the annual G.T. Class of 1940 Endowment for Outstanding Faculty Awards.

Among other activities and leadership roles, Bill was an Army Battalion Commander in the ROTC, the Captain of Tech’s National Collegiate Bowling Team, lettered in Track and Field, Member of Pi Kappa Phi, and several honorary societies.

Currently residing in Richmond, VA, Dr. Bill is a WWII veteran, who was the first minister of The American International Church in London. He holds a Doctor of Divinity degree from King College in Tennessee, studied at Columbia Seminary, and served as a Presbyterian minister for most of his working life. Dr. Schotanus was born Aug 30, 1918.

Meet Tech’s Oldest Living Alumnus

Dr. Bill Schotanus, ME 1940

Introducing Georgia Tech’s oldest alumnus, Dr. William Schotanus, ME 1940. Known to one and all, as “Bill,” he was very involved during his four years at Tech and for many years after—as a key member of the annual G.T. Class of 1940 Endowment for Outstanding Faculty Awards.

Among other activities and leadership roles, Bill was an Army Battalion Commander in the ROTC, the Captain of Tech’s National Collegiate Bowling Team, lettered in Track and Field, Member of Pi Kappa Phi, and several honorary societies.

Currently residing in Richmond, VA, Dr. Bill is a WWII veteran, who was the first minister of The American International Church in London. He holds a Doctor of Divinity degree from King College in Tennessee, studied at Columbia Seminary, and served as a Presbyterian minister for most of his working life. Dr. Schotanus was born Aug 30, 1918.

12/10/2020

Here’s to the last home game of the season!

Here’s to the last home game of the season!

12/07/2020

In remembrance of the lives lost on December 7, 1941 during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, here is a photograph of Tech Tower then.

In remembrance of the lives lost on December 7, 1941 during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, here is a photograph of Tech Tower then.

Photos from Georgia Tech Living History's post 11/30/2020

Flashback Photos

Photos that do not need an explanation. Each one is a story and you either know it or you don’t. And, even if you don’t, they are still fun to look at.

Photos from Georgia Tech Living History's post 11/27/2020

Tech vs. Duke—One More Time

The Jackets have played Duke every year since 1933. Tech won the first go-round 6-0 and it was considered an upset because Duke had a strong team, and it was their only loss of that season.
Overall, Tech leads in wins—Go Jackets one more time and Win It!

11/24/2020

Happy Thanksgiving from the Living History team! Stay safe and enjoy the holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Living History team! Stay safe and enjoy the holidays!

11/16/2020

Thank You From Mr. Blair

Floyd Blair, who celebrated his 100th Birthday every day for the past week, sends his regards and thanks you for the wonderful cards and notes he has received. He is so grateful for all the wonderful attention and said he never knew a birthday could be so exhausting! He and his wife, Sharon are returning your smiles!

Thank You From Mr. Blair

Floyd Blair, who celebrated his 100th Birthday every day for the past week, sends his regards and thanks you for the wonderful cards and notes he has received. He is so grateful for all the wonderful attention and said he never knew a birthday could be so exhausting! He and his wife, Sharon are returning your smiles!

Photos from Georgia Tech Living History's post 11/12/2020

Lest We Forget
Yesterday was Robert Lee Dodd’s 112th birthday and since it is also Veterans Day, it gets lost in the hustle. He never minded that in his lifetime but now that he has been gone for 32 years, it is good to have our memories refreshed. Gone but not forgotten! Here’s to Dodd!
For he was a jolly good fellow!

11/11/2020

Thank You!

Best wishes and heartfelt “Thanks” to all our Veterans in Tech Land! Whether young or old or in between, we are grateful to you because we know that “Freedom isn’t Free.”

Thank You!

Best wishes and heartfelt “Thanks” to all our Veterans in Tech Land! Whether young or old or in between, we are grateful to you because we know that “Freedom isn’t Free.”

Photos from Georgia Tech Living History's post 11/06/2020

A Centenarian to Celebrate

We are so pleased to share with you a brief version of the long story of alumnus Floyd Franklin Blair, EE 1942, who will celebrate his 100th birthday on Sunday, November 15th. A man of many talents, Floyd paid his way through school as a musician—first with the Technicians, a Band made up of Tech students and then as a card-carrying professional with Harry Hearn’s Dance Band.

He got out and joined the Army and began a lengthy pilot training program, then on to fighter pilot training and Floyd made the cut that only one out of 100 cadets made—he became a P-47 pilot. He was assigned to the 404th Fighter Group and served from D-Day to VE Day, completing 100 missions in the first ten months.

In September, the 404th moved into an abandoned Air Base in liberated Belgium. Floyd organized a five-piece dance band, “Nix Compris,” which means “Nothing Understood” as the locals spoke Flemish and French and the soldiers did not. Saturday shows were so popular that if Floyd pulled a mission on a Saturday, the minute he was sighted returning, jeeps went out to let folks know the Band would be playing. Many years later, a book about Floyd was written by a local called, “Nix Compris: Blair Was There.”

There is much more to Floyd’s Story. He is well, has a great sense of humor, is on top of technology and plans to attend the 80th celebration of D-Day in Normandy in 2024.
Will you please join us in sending him a birthday card?
Floyd Blair
1942 SE 37th Court Circle
Ocala, FL 34471
Or leave him a message on our page
Thank you!

Photos from Georgia Tech Living History's post 11/02/2020

Freddie Lanoue and Drownproofing

Almost every Georgia Tech alumnus from 1940 thru 1965 recognizes the name of Freddie Lanoue—some with smiles and some in terror. He began the Drownproofing Class to teach students how to survive in the water prior to the outbreak of WWII. The program, although it was infamous, saved many a life during the War and under many other circumstances from boating accidents to tsunamis.

Freddie was a kind and generous man, despite his tough reputation, and developed programs for the handicapped. Another little-known fact is that in 1960, Tech gave him a six month leave of absence so he could go to the Peace Corps Physical Fitness Camp for Trainees, in Puerto Rico, to teach swimming and drownproofing to the Corp’s volunteers. Herb McCauley covered for Freddie while he was away and took over the program with Freddie passed unexpectedly in 1965.

10/30/2020

Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween from the Living History team!
(Source: @georgiatech on Instagram)

Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween from the Living History team!
(Source: @georgiatech on Instagram)

Photos from Georgia Tech Living History's post 10/27/2020

Little Known Facts
Georgia Tech vs Notre Dame

The first game Tech played against Notre Dame was in 1922 and although it was a loss, the crowd was so huge at Grant Field it triggered a campaign to enlarge the seating capacity.

For the 1924 game, a young Atlantan woman was chosen to be a “mascot” for the Jackets and traveled to Indiana with her parents to bring the team some luck against the Irish. It did not work.

It took “six years of famine” before the Jackets experienced “the feasting” –a win of 13 – 0 in 1928. The Golden Tornado completely overpowered the Irish. Amen!

Photos from Georgia Tech Living History's post 10/24/2020

GO JACKETS!

Another Game Day! Here’s to success in Boston today. Keep the STREAK against the Eagles going!

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