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were responsible for building Georgia Tech. At 10:00 A.M. on October 26, the news of the latest death in this rapidly thinning group reached our office. Cherry Emerson was dead. The dynamic heart that had helped lead Tech through its tremendous post-war rebuilding program and had put it on the road to becoming a top research power had finally given up. Cherry Emerson was a man who loved Georgia Tech with a fierce and uncompromising love. He was brought up on the school as a steady diet. His father— the late Dr. William H. Emerson—was the first professor of chemistry at Tech and eventually became the school's first dean. After his graduation from Boys High School in Atlanta, Cherry Emerson entered Tech as a student. After an excellent career as a student, student leader, and an athlete, he received his B.S in Mechanical Engineering in 1908. He stayed around one more year and in 1909 he earned an Electrical Engineering degree. Oddly enough, the last words that he wrote to this office just two weeks before his death concerned these two degrees. The words were scribbled on a reservation for the 1909 Class Reunion. They said: "Please list me in both the Class of 1908 and the Class of 1909 so I can have the privilege of contributing twice each year to the Roll Call." * * # A AFTER A SUCCESSFUL CAREER in indus-

try, Cherry Emerson came back to Tech in 1945 as dean of engineering and soon became the only vice president in the school's history. He stayed on the job until he reached the mandatory retirement age in 1955. In typical Emerson fashion, he returned to work in industry a few days after retiring at Tech. Looking back over the history of the Tech Foundation and the Alumni Association, the name, Cherry Emerson, pops up time and time again. He was president of both organizations, a trustee of both organizations, a chairman of committees too numerous to mention, one of the reorganizers of the Foundation in the early forties, and generally one of the towers of strength of our alumni organizations. In other words, Cherry Emerson was a man who got things done. And, like most men who fall in this category, he was not

a gentle man: at least not on the surface. He did things in a manner positive. He was no politician and could not understand people who were. He knew but one course: look at the facts, make your decision, and then fight for it until you had won your point or until you had to admit defeat. He had his share of both victories and defeats. Because of this character trait, Cherry Emerson had a great number of friends and, we suspect, a number of enemies. * * * A BUT, OF ALL OF HIS FRIENDS, the ones

he most enjoyed being with were his classmates. This 1908 class has one of the strongest—if not the strongest—class bonds in Tech history. It was the first class at Tech to publish a yearbook, and it was the class that started the ANAK Society. Like Cherry Emerson, the class of '08 has had a habit of doing things. The last time we saw Cherry Emerson was at an informal luncheon of the Atlanta members of the Class of 1908. George McCarty organized the luncheon so that the members of the class could hear of L. W. "Chip" Robert's experiences on a recent trip to Russia. We were the only outsider invited. Why we were invited, we do not know. Maybe it was because Mr. McCarty knew of our fascination with this strange country. During the meal, Mr. Emerson was his same, questioning self. He had the searching, probing mind of the great reporter. He wanted to know about Tech's research program, and its building program, and its new requirements for entrance, and a myriad of other details of life on the campus. And after we tried to fill him in on things, he said something that now comes back to us. He said: "I don't think I'll ever leave the campus. I've been gone from there for almost five years, but I've never left." *



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CONTENTS 2. RAMBLIN'—the editor discusses the Cherry Emerson he knew just a while ago last October. 7. HOMECOMING: 1959—pictures of the big doings of October 30 and 31 plus the complete and official minutes of the Annual Meeting. 12. A HALFTIME FOR CARING—in a single picture Bill Diehl captures one of the most ambitious projects of American college students. 14. PRESIDENT'S REPORT—a special digest of President Harrison's 1959 report to the Regents. 18. FOOTBALL ROUNDUP—a discussion of two losses and two wins with exclusive pictures. 20. OF LINES AND MEN—in which the newest college fad, standing in line, is uncovered.

Officers of the Georgia Tech National Alumni Association Joe L. Jennings, '23, Pres. R. A. Siegel, '36, VP Morris M. Bryan, '41, VP Frank Willett, '45, Treas. W. Roane Beard, '40, Executive Secretary Bob Wallace, Jr., '49, Editor Bill Diehl, Jr., Chief Photographer Tom Hall, '59, Advertising Mary Peeks, Assistant


The Theta Chi's winning twoply Reck is caught in this series of action shots from the top of the Classroom Building. This year's Reck Parade had a record turnout as it was run over ar new course. The parade started in the Architecture parking lot, went up Campus Drive towards Hemphill and then into the new Library lot.

Cover Photos—Bill Diehl, Jr. Published eight times a year — February, Marc i. May, July. September, October, November and December — by the Georgia Tech National Alumni Association, Georgia Institute of Technology; 225 North Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia. Subscription price (35c per copy) included in the membership dues. Second class postage paid at Atlanta, Georgia.

AT THE 1959 Annual Meeting of the Georgia Tech Ix. National Alumni Association, I received the highest honor of my life when you inducted me as president of this organization. I only hope that I can do the job as well as my predecessor, John Staton. Under his leadership, the long-sought-after goal of 10,000 contributors to the Roll Call was reached as we had our greatest year. Each year, your record of support of Tech gets better. I trust that I am not the one who will break the string. Working with me this year will be R. A. Siegel, '36, vice president; Morris M. Bryan, Jr., '41, vice president at large; J. Frank Willett, '45, treasurer, a fine board of trustees and, of course, Roane Beard and his staff. Despite the loss to Duke, this year's Homecoming was another highly successful one. The annual meeting, alumni luncheon, reunion parties, cake race, homecoming dance, and homecoming concert went off very smoothly and were all well attended. The fraternity decorations drew a tremendous crowd to the campus on Friday night despite the bad weather. And the Reck Parade was far and away the most successful I can remember. The student leaders and the Tech student-faculty parking committee are due a large share of credit for this year's parade. The new route that they developed for the event gave more people an opportunity to see the parade as well as eliminated the dangerous situation that has prevailed at recent parades when the people were allowed to stand too close to the performing Recks. The Homecoming is covered more completely in the article beginning on page 7 of this issue. I urge you to read thoroughly the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association included in this article. They will give you an idea of the type of a year we had under John Staton's inspiring leadership. Thanks again John for all your work. The Roll Call and its worth

During President Harrison's annual report which appears in this issue, he makes reference to the important part alumni support plays in maintaining the morale of the Tech faculty. Remember this when you are considering sending your contribution in to the Georgia Tech Foundation: Tech needs your support more than at any time in its history. Our Roll Call is keeping pace with last year's in the number of contributors, but it is falling behind in the amount of each contribution. With other universities in the South raising teacher salaries, this is a dangerous time to fall down.



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President John Staton calls to order the 1959 annual meeting held in the Wilby Room of Georgia Tech's Price Gilbert Library.

Photographs by Bill Diehl, Jr.

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The official minutes of the Annual Meeting plus the big day in pictures



the meeting to order at 10:10 A.M. He welcomed all present and thanked them for their presence. 1. Minutes of the last Annual Meeting, held November 15, 1958, were approved as published in the December, 1958, issue of The Georgia Tech Alumnus. 2. Thomas H. Hall, III, IE '59, assistant secretary of the Association was introduced. 3. Bob Ferst, '38, Homecoming Chairman, introduced the Homecoming Queen, Miss Sandra Swatek; her escort, Jerry Meyer; and her two attendants, Miss Temme Barkin escorted by Bill Goldburg and Miss Conni Loy escorted by Joe Turner. He next introduced Mrs. Homecoming, Mrs. Lynna Hogg who was escorted by her husband, B. Ralph Hogg. 4. Treasurer, J. Frank Willett, '45, gave a report covering the fiscal year ending June 30, 1959. November, 1959

Pertinent figures mentioned in his report were: '58-'59 Annual income $67,997.13 '58-'59 Annual expenses ... 63,933.08 Excess Income over Expenses $ 4,064.05 As of June 30, 1959, the reserve and operating funds totalled $60,736.92. There were no liabilities on the books. By October 30 the current Roll Call (13th) had produced $77,708.98 from 4,495 alumni contributions plus $84,501.10 from special and Joint TechGeorgia gifts, a total of $162,210.08. Treasurer Willett announced that the audit of the Association's books is on file in the office of the secretary and is open for inspection by alumni at any time. 5. Mr. Willett introduced the members of the National Advisory Board who were present and presented them with framed certificates relative to their ap-

pointments. Those present were R. Fulton Webb, '22 of Coral Gables, Fla., representing District I; M. Berry Grant, '27 of Allentown, Pa., representing District IV; and William H. Saunders, '19 of New Orleans, representing District VI. Unable to be here for the ceremony were Gordon Gambill, '16, District II; John H. Vickers, '20, District III; Earnest W. Harwell, '23, District V; and Edward C. Fant, '29, District VII. 6. Dr. Edwin D. Harrison, President of Georgia Tech, gave a warm welcome to all present and urged that they return to the campus often. 7. Robert T. Davis, Jr., EE '47, was presented the George W. McCarty ANAK Award as the Outstanding Young Georgia Tech Alumnus for 1959. The award was presented by Dean George Griffin. Davis was cited for his outstanding leadership as a student on the Tech campus


Dean George Griffin makes the key presentation in a day of presentations when he helps honor ex-Jacket tackle Bob Davis, Jr., '47, as the second winner of the annual George W. McCarty-ANAK Award as the "Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year."

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Frank Willett congratulates Berry Grant on his selection to the National Advisory Board of the Association. Also present to receive this honor and Willett's congratulations were R. Fulton Webb and W. H. Saunders.

Homecoming Chairman Bob Ferst introduces the 1959 Homecoming Queen Miss Sandra Swatek to the Annual Meeting. Miss Swatek was the second straight Brenau girl and SAE representative to win this most coveted title.



and for his many accomplishments in business, politics and civic affairs as an alumnus. 8. Ed Danforth, former Atlanta Journal Sports Editor and currently head of his own public relations firm; Ted M. Forbes, Executive Vice-President of the Cotton Manufacturers Association of Georgia; and Dr. David M. Smith, professor-emeritus of mathematics, were inducted as Honorary Members of the Georgia Tech National Alumni Association. Trustee Frederick G. Storey, '33, conducted the ceremony. 9. John P. Baum, '24, President of the Georgia Tech Foundation, gave a fine report on the Foundation. His report touched on the following: The Foundation is now 26 years old but only in recent years has it made significant progress in behalf of Tech. The cooperation received from tharNational Alumni Association and from the Tech administration has been 100 percent and exceedingly helpful. The main program of the Foundation at the present is the supplementation of faculty salaries. In the year ending June 30, 1959, $127,000 was allocated for this program. One hundred and forty of Tech's teaching personnel were supplemented. $133,600 has been allocated for the current year's supplementation.


No. of contributors Amount of money Percent of contributors No. of pledges

Other grants have been made for moving expenses, attendance at conferences and seminars, advanced study and various departmental needs. Since its creation two years ago, the Speakers' Bureau has functioned under the Foundation. Recently Tech has assumed the operation of it. In the first two years, 263 speeches were made throughout Georgia by 53 members of the Tech faculty. The Foundation continues to give financial support to the Speakers' Bureau. The Foundation was instrumental in establishing a Parents' Day Program at Tech and assisted in the planning of this program. The Tech-Georgia Development Fund provides a major source of income to the Foundation. Over 370 firms and foundations have given support to this program. It is estimated that $200,000 will be raised this year by the Fund. Past Chair-

1957-58 11th Roll Call

1958-59 12th Roll Call

420 $4,718.00 35.8% 175

611 $13,058.00 50% 322

men who have given excellent leadership to the Joint Fund are: Ivan Allen, Jr., "33. Robert H. White, '14, Jack F. Glenn, '32, and Charles Thwaite, '33 (current chairman). 10. John C. Staton gave his report as president of the Association for the 195859 year: A Goal Reached For the last three years the Association has had a goal of 10,000 alumni contributors. The big news is that a successful attainment of this goal has been realized. On June 30, 1959 (the close of our fiscal year), we had 10,058 contributors to the Twelfth Roll Call. For the third straight year our alumni defeated the alumni of the University of Georgia in the Alumni Loyalty Cup Contest. We now have permanent possession Tech Alumnus

At the Alumni Luncheon, Coach Dodd presents his fellow football Hall of Famer, Buck Flowers with a lifetime pass to Georgia Tech football games. Dodd received notification of his selection just a few days before the Homecoming Ceremony. Tech Professor Emeritus D. M. Smith listens as Trustee Frederick G. Storey makes him an honorary member of the Alumni Association. Others honored by this appointment were Ed Danforth, former sports editor of the Journal and Ted Forbes, textile executive.

of the trophy by virtue of our victory in 1958, which was won 6,843 to 5,244. "Operation 4 Cities" continues to provide increased giving in the "chosen four." Our top speaking team journeyed to Miami, New Orleans, Houston, and Dallas in 1958 with excellent results. We are most grateful to Dr. Harrison, Coach Bobby Dodd, and Ivan Allen, Jr. for their inspiration and assistance at these fund dinners. The value of personal solicitation is illustrated by the figures in Table I taken on the 1958-59 four cities. Growth of our Annual Alumni Roll Call has been steady and on a firm basis as Table II indicates.

The Georgia Tech Alumnus During the year, the Alumni Association published eight issues of The Georgia Tech Alumnus (average circulation— 12,500 copies), four issues of Tech Topics (average circulation—12,000 copies), an alumni placement brochure, homecoming programs and special pamphlets concerning alumni affairs. In the 1959 publications competition, the Alumnus received the highest award in its history when it was adjudged an Honor Award Magazine as one of the six best alumni magazines in this country. Actually, the Alumnus was named the


Year '47-48 '57-58

Alumni Solicited 15,523 22,751 Special

Donors 1,356 9,140 250*

Amount Average Gift $ 22,549.75 $16.63 18.59 169,050.70 64,982.29 $234,032.99



23,885 Special

10,058 300*

189,222.15 117,468.01


$306,680.16 *Gifts received through the Joint Tech-Georgia Development Fund or direct to the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc.

November, 1959

fourth best alumni magazine by the judges count. In addition, the Alumnus received the following awards in the competition; first place in the category of student coverage; honorable mention in the category of featured articles; and honorable mention in the category of appearance. It was also one of the 15 American alumni magazines singled out by the judges for a special recognition award. The Tech Alumnus received this award for its March, 1959 issue on "The Georgia Tech Student: 1959." There were over 1,000 entries in this competition. Editor Bob Wallace deserves a great deal of credit for our outstanding magazine. It is well balanced and conveys a strong picture of Georgia Tech. Undoubtedly, our magazine has been a big factor in the fund raising success we have enjoyed. Punched Card Equipment In the latter part of our fiscal year it was agreed by both the Association and Foundation that we needed a more adequate and versatile record-keeping system. As the year ended, we started the process of converting our records to IBM punched cards. Bob Eskew, former Associate Secretary, made an extensive study of our needs and their adaptation to punched card equipment. It is believed that in time the more efficient system will bring



greater returns, thus overcoming the increased cost of record keeping. Alumni


Since employment has been high and the job situation is generally good, there is an increasingly large number of our alumni making use of our service. The average number per week using the service in 1958-59 was 525. Over 25,200 bulletins were mailed out during the 48 weeks that the bulletin was published. One thousand, one hundred and sixtyerght individual alumni received this free service and 1201 different employment opportunities were brought to their attention. Alumni


Roll Call—Simons (Chm.), Hardin, Whitfield; Homecoming—Ferst (Chm.), Flagler, McCarty (now in Korea); Aims and Objectives—Storey (Chm.), Bryan, Richards, Willett; Scholarships—Brooks (Chm.), Caldwell, Collins; National Advistory Board—LeBey (Chm.), Callaway, Knight. Thwaite; Honorary Alumnus Selection—Jennings (Chm.), Smith, Clot-

felter; Board


(Chm.), Simons, Kinnett; and Alumni Distinguished Service Award—Staton (Chm.), Simons, Storey. 10

Alumni Clubs

Fifty-three alumni clubs held meetings during the past year. Again, Dr. Harrison did yeoman service in meeting with our alumni. New clubs were started at St. Louis and in the Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange, Texas area (Golden Triangle Club). Freshman scholarships were awarded by the following clubs: Atlanta—14; Augusta—1; Birmingham—1; Greenville— 1; Houston—1; and SOWEGA (Albany, G a . ) — 3 . Keeping in Touch

A total of 398,953 mailing pieces were machine addressed by our office during the year. Here is a breakdown of the mailings: Roll Call ... 105,861 Georgia Tech Alumnus 82,805 Tech Topics __ 25,189 Club Mailings 23,382 Athletic Applications, etc 49,603 Placement 25,205 Homecoming 8,463 Miscellaneous 78,445 398,953 The above does not include the reams of individually typed correspondence sent out from the office. During the year we had 7,538 changes of address among our alumni.

The 1959 Senior Reception-Luncheon at Commencement was attended by 1 200 graduates and their families. Parents' Day was inaugurated in the spring of 1959 in connection with Engineers' Weekend. Bob Eskew worked hard in the planning and staging of this successful venture. Alumni leaders took part in the program. The following alumni were appointed to six year terms as trustees of the Georgia Tech Foundation: I. M. Sheffield, Jr.. '20; Jack F. Glenn, '32; Howard B. Johnson, '34; George W. McCarty, '08; W. J. Holman, Jr., '28; Robert B. Wilby '08; George W. Woodruff, '17; and Charles R. Yates. "35. (One of the above was a replacement for John C. Staton, who resigned to become president of the Alumni Association.) Personnel changes were slight during the year. Mrs. Barbara Williams replaced Mrs. Lillian Rose, and Mr. Melvin Fallin, Jr. was employed to assist us with the punched card equipment. We now have seven full-time employees and at times as many as five temporary or part-time employees. Increased services, the acquisition of punched card equipment (meanwhile maintaining our old system), an increasing alumni body, and the somewhat nomadic habits of our alumni are reasons for this sizable staff. We regret the loss of Bob Eskew, who served us well for three years. We wish Tech Alumnus

Each year at Homecoming around ten of Tech's classes hold special reunion parties. This year the classes of '09, '14, '19 '24, '29, '34 '39, '49, and '54 held these special parties. And just for the sake of beauty, The Alumnus' camera concentrated on the ladies at these parties. And, here on these two pages, are a few of the lovely ladies.

him the best in his new job as Athletic Business Manager. Tom Hall, III, Bob's young replacement, will serve you well. We are grateful for the wonderful spirit of cooperation we enjoy with the l e c h Administration, the Georgia Tech Foundation, the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, and most of all to you, the loyal alumni who compose this Association. 11. A gift, a silver tray, was presented to John Staton by the trustees in sincere appreciation of his fine leadership. 12. President Staton turned over his gavel to incoming president, Joe L. Jennings, '23, of West Point, Georgia. President Jennings named the new officers—R. A. Siegel, '36, Morris M. Bryan, Jr., '41, and J. Frank Willett, '45; then the four newly elected trustees— John O. Chiles, '23, Paul L. Dorn, '31, John C. Hall, '26, and William S. Terrell, '31. President Jennings stated that he would do the best he knew how to guide the Association through another good year and knew that he could count on Tech men to assist him. The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 A.M. Those attending the meeting were Ivan Allen, Jr., '33; H. Scott Bandy, '39 John T. Barret, '29; John P. Baum, '24 Roane Beard, '40; G. N . Bearden, '29

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H. W. Beers, Jr., '30; Winston C. Boteler, '52; Morris Bryan, '41; Howard H. Callaway, '47; W. L. Carmichael, '26; Harry Cash, '24; George D. Coleman, Jr., '30; Ken R. Cormany, '49; James G. Cureton, '09; Henry E. Damon, '49; Ed Danforth ( H o n ) ; Dan B. Darden, '50; J. Dean Davidson, '54; Bob Davis, '47; Parker S. Day, '29; Paul A. Duke, '45; Albert P. Elebash, '34; Floyd Elsom, '16; F. B. Enslow, '34; Bob Eskew, '49; L. B. Evans, '34; Alvih - M. Ferst, Jr., '41; R. H. Ferst, '38; Elmer L. Field, '54; Tommy Flagler, '37; Ted Forbes ( H o n ) ; R. Mack Gibbs, '39; Price Gilbert, '21; Jack F. Glenn, '32; M. Berry Grant, '27; Francis D. Griffin, '54; John C. Hall, '26; Tom Hall, 111, '59; Ed Hamilton, '55; A. B. Hammond, '34; John R. Hammond, Jr., '39; Haywood Hansell, '24; Ira H. Hardin, '24; F. W. Hausmann, TO; B. W. Hinton, Jr., '39; Frank W. Hulse, '34; John Hunsinger, '54; Harry Jeffcoat, Jr., '39; Joe L. Jennings, '23; Wesley F. Johnson, '49; S. L. Johnston, '48; Thomas R. Jones, '39; Lawrence Kaufmann, '14; Gene A. Kemp, '49; Jim Kennedy, '58; John Kinnett, Jr., '49; D. C. Kyker, Jr., '46; Reuben Kyle, Jr., '24; R. D. Leverette, '54; William A. Levins, '29; H. P. Manly, '16; Frank W. Manly, '48; Judson Manly, '18; W. Judson Manly, Jr., '50; George Martin, '39; Howard H. McCall, '45; Alden McClellan, III, '19; R.

L. Mitchell, '29; Thomas H. Mitchell, '24; Walter M. Mitchell, '23; Bob Morgan, '09; Warner Morgan, '41; Adrian S. Morris, '29; Paul G. Murphy, '33; Robert D. Neill, '43; J. F. Nicholl, '27; W. B. Nicholson, '34; John M. Phillips, '23; John T. Phillips, '31; Tench H. Phillips, '22; A. V. Polak, '07; S. T. Pruitt, '29; Roy Richards, '35; Joseph Ross, '53; Gratton W. Rowland, '20; W. H. Saunders, Jr., '19; Raymond A. Sears, '54; I. M. Sheffield, Jr., '20; P. B. Sherry, '49; Isadore Shulman, '29; R. A. Siegel, '36; Harvey Sims, '06; Carl Sloan, '12; J. R. Slocum, '34; David M. Smith ( H o n ) ; H. Raymond Smith, '49; J. Earle Smith, '24; Joseph Spector, '49; John Staton, '24; Frederick G. Storey, '33; H. A. Strickland, '56; Howard T. Tellepsen, '34; Jack Tiesen, TO; J. V. Thomas, '17; W. G. Thomas, '16; Walter H. Tripod, '34; Jamie Vendrell, '39; Ed M. Vinson, '39; Frank Walsh, '24; W. C. Wardlaw, Jr., '28; Jack L. Ware, '29; R. Fulton Webb, '22; Homer S. Weber, '24; Ernest G. Welch, '28; Joe Westbrook, '29; Randolph Whitfield, '32; John C. Wilkerson, '31; B. B. Williams, '19; Frank Willett, '45; and C. S. Winter, Jr., '49. Respectfully submitted, W. Roane Beard Executive Secretary


A HALFTIME FOR CARING checking the crowd in the North Stands during the halftime ceremonies of the Tech-Auburn game was one of 250 students engaged in a rare and meaningful mission. He and his volunteer coworkers were using cups like those in his hand to collect money from the crowd for the Tech World Student Fund, a program unique in higher education. With the money collected in this manner at one football game a year on Grant Field (average collection $4,500 per game) and



donations from Tech's students and faculty in a fund drive, this student-developed, student-operated committee is able to bring an average of six students a year to Tech. Sponsored by the Tech YMCA, the World Student Fund had its beginnings in the late forties when veteran students decided to help university students in war-torn countries. Tech's late Athletic Director W. A. Alexander heard of the effort and offered a Tech halftime a year for the fund-raising project. Present Athletic Director Dodd lias carried on the tradition. And, during the past ten years, 57 students from 19 countries have spent a year at Tech as guests of this fund and Tech fraternities who feed these students. Out of this halftime per year and because of students who care, America has some staunch new friends in some 19 foreign countries. aph - Bill Diehl

THE PRESIDENT'S REPORT A condensed version of Dr. Harrison's report to the Board of Rege : a report that emphasizes the problems and accomplishments of a y r





stitution of higher learning cannot be credited to the efforts of one individual nor to even those of a single group. At Georgia Tech, the dedication and quality of the faculty and administrative staff are prime factors in our success. Yet, even these factors depend in a large measure upon the full and generous support of the Board of Regents and the thousands of alumni and friends whose contributions in time, energy, and financial support have meant much to the morale of all of us here on the campus. But, the most important single factor affecting the continued successful operation of Georgia Tech this past year was the affirmation by Governor Vandiver that teaching contracts, once signed, would be honored by the State for the period of the contract in the event of the closure of a unit of the University System. I feel a real debt of gratitude to the Governor for his action. And, I am positive that it was an important factor in enabling us to plan for the continued growth of a competent faculty at a time when the procurement of capable engineering and scientific teachers was particularly critical. As a result of the Governor's action, there has been only moderate reluctance on the part of qualified applicants to join our faculty ^and staff. The matter of faculty salaries will continue for several years to be of great


consequence in the operation of all of this country's institutions of higher education. Each year, salaries continue to spiral upward in most institutions, and the competition with industry for scientific and technical personnel stays on a critical basis. Nationally, teaching salaries are increasing at a rate of from seven to ten percent per year. The predominance of our faculty personnel in critical fields; the need for more teachers of unusual competence; the emphasis on research capabilities; and the increasing shortage of graduating engineers; all point to the necessity for a continuing salary improvement program at Georgia Tech for sometime to come. The funds for the support of such a program must come from the State, from gifts of the alumni and industry, from earnings of the institution, or from an increase in tuition, which is already high at Tech. I would approve an increase in tuition only if all of the units of the university system raise their tuition an equal amount. Changes in technical education It has become increasingly evident during the past decade that the philosophy of technical education in this country is undergoing a great change. This change is reflected in the renewed emphasis on the teaching of the fundamental courses — English, mathematics, science, and the basic engineering courses. And, this change is also shown

in the increasing amount of time that is being devoted to the humanistic-social areas in order to produce a young graduate capable of achieving technical or supervisory competence within a year or two of graduation. At Georgia Tech, we have been making changes in keeping with this trend. And, during the next few years, we intend to make additional revisions in our curricula. These changes are not space age innovations: rather, they are the outgrowth of a natural developing process that has been going on since the early 1930's. The faculty and the curriculum committee plan the ultimate development of our educational objectives. Over the years, they have kept our programs strong and current in order that Tech can best serve the needs of the people of Georgia. And, in the future, as has the past, will demonstrate the wisdom of their decisions. During the past year, national trends have indicated a decreasing interest by today's high school students in the rigors of an engineering education. At Georgia Tech, this decrease was reflected by a five percent drop in freshman enrollment, which was considerably less than the eleven percent drop nationally. The blame for this lessening of interest has been placed from time to time upon high school teachers, parents, elementary school teachers, the students, our "soft" way of life, prosperity, the recession of 1957, and others too num-

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erous to mention. Whatever the reason for this drop, I am sure that it is only a temporary one. And, I still look for huge increases in the demand for all types of college work in a few years. As we pointed out in last year's report, it is Georgia Tech's philosophy that the establishment of sound admission procedures is the best possible insurance we can have for efficiency in the peak years ahead. Through the standards now in effect and those set up for the coming years, I believe that Tech can essentially double its graduating classes by increasing the enrollment by 50 percent. Each of the past few years, through these constantly improving selection methods, Georgia Tech has been able to admit students of slightly higher capabilities: students with a better chance than their predecessors of successfully completing its demanding academic programs. I am now firmly convinced that every student admitted to Tech this past year was capable of carrying the academic load. But, I will admit that some of these students are unable or unwilling to produce the degree of attention and concentration that is required to complete these programs. I have high hopes that the system of personal interviews that was developed this spring will be of additional help in selecting those students with the highest promise. Taken as a whole, our student body is serious in purpose, well-behaved, and studious. The present-day Tech students are a source of pride both on the campus and when representing the institution elsewhere. Students have served admirably on a large number of studentfaculty committees and in other formal groups that have furnished me with much-needed advice and assistance during the year. This year, for the first time in the modern history of Georgia Tech, the Student Council organized a series of three all-student meetings at which the students were invited to ask questions of the administration on any subject of concern to them. The meetings were orderly and successful, and will probably be continued on a less frequent basis in the future. During the past year, Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honorary society, commissioned a retired Tech professor to conduct a study and develop a program of student activities. Such a program will be of great value in the design of a student activities center when sufficient funds are available. And, it will also serve to help organize a coordinated set of activities in the period prior to the construction of such a building. At present, each student conNovember, 1959

Table T. State of Georgia's Financial Support of Georgia Tech, 1949-1959


Cumulative Enrollment Full-time Day Students

Total State Appropriation

less Non-Operating Appropriations and Refunds


State Funds for Operation

State Contribution per Student

$ 795,053




$ 795,053

































1,688,000 1,706,500

272 304















1959-60 (est)





tributes two the student outside aid, years in the

dollars per quarter toward activities building. Without this building remains thirty future.

Education and research The increases in scientific knowledge and the advances in their application to technology demand that an institution such as Georgia Tech continue to provide modern laboratories for research and instruction in order to provide in adequate numbers the graduate who will be largely responsible for the great technical and scientific advances already coming to this section of the country. Competition to attract industry is high in all sections of the country, and one of the most decisive factors affecting plant location is the availability of a strong

engineering-centered educational institution to assist in providing replacement personnel, to conduct and provide opportunities for further study for the plant's professional personnel, and access to qualified research opportunities. Georgia Tech is attempting to meet this challenge with all of the resources at its command. In the past two years, the Engineering Experiment Station, center of most of the campus research programs, has undertaken a program of closer affiliation with the academic deans and the teaching faculty in order to help bring closer together the three major facets of a strong educational institution—teaching, research, and graduate study. The program is already showing results and should be continued in future years.





The State of Georgia and the Board of Regents of the University System have demonstrated their faith and encouragement through the continued financial support of the University System and in their endorsement of the policies and aspirations of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Financial Support

Table 1 shows the financial support to the Georgia Institute of Technology over the past decade. The increasing costs of education and the state's assumption of the responsibilities involved are clearly outlined in this table. In view of the fact that all leading institutions as well as industry are competing for the same critical personnel, the major part of the increases has been used to improve the salary and teaching load picture. The importance of this observation is emphasized by the fact that the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc., has approved the expenditure of $138,000 for the supplementation of teaching salaries over and above the state's contribution for the next academic year. This sum is used to supplement the salaries of more than one-third of the teaching faculty and was approved for distribution by the Trustees of the Foundation. Funds so expended are raised through contributions of alumni and industry, primarily the former. An additional sum for the same purpose is made available for salary supplementations by the Textile Education Foundation to the A. French Textile School. Although sizable increases have been granted, our salary picture was not noticeably improved. General improvements in teaching salaries elsewhere have continued at approximately the same rate as have our own. It is sincerely hoped that additional industrial support for supplementation can be obtained in the years ahead, and plans are being made for increased solicitation of industry. The cost of operating Summer Schools continues to mount and it has been necessary to increase tuition costs to alleviate the excessive teaching loads which have resulted. Enrollment

The cumulative enrollment for the 1958-59 academic year was 6,773. This represents a decrease of 79 from the preceding year. There were approximately the same numbers of freshmen, juniors, and seniors as during the year before. The decrease in the number of 16

sophomores was partially offset by a substantial increase in the number of graduate students and an increase in the number of women students. The fact that the general decrease in freshmen enrollment did not affect us substantially, is a tribute to the quality of the educational offering and the reputation of the institution. Progress — Faculty

Both the quality and the size of the faculty remained substantially the same. Teaching loads, for the second straight year, decreased slightly. The reduction in teaching loads, although helpful, still does not permit the degree of participation in departmental faculty research that is desirable and necessary. This is particularly true of those departments in which the graduate program is expanding. The Engineers' Council for Professional Development (the major accrediting agency for engineering schools) is beginning to withhold accreditation of engineering schools which have been warned repeatedly that adequate instruction cannot be provided without adequate staff. Continued accreditation of our engineering schools may be affected if we are unable to

accomplish substantial reductions in our teaching loads in the near future. Our teaching loads are still far too high. A number of southeastern engineering schools recently have been granted sharp increases in salary and are now paying from state funds alone salaries comparable to what we are able to pay including the Foundation supplements. Our permitted salary scales are sufficiently high to enable us to compete in attracting new personnel, provided sufficient funds are made available to pay these people at a higher level on the scale and to make the necessary adjustments in salaries for present members of the faculty of comparable competence. Progress — Physical Plant

The new classroom building will be available for occupancy late in the fall of 1959 and will house the Schools of Industrial Management, Mathematics, and Psychology and the Department of English. The Departments of Social Science and Modern Languages will move into some of the space previously occupied by schools moving into the new building. The Department of Applied Biology and the School of MeTech Alumnus

The completion of the new Radioisotopes and Bioengineering Laboratory will help both the teaching and research activities in fields of nuclear science and bioengineering.

chanical Engineering will acquire additional space in the portions vacated. The new Radioisotopes and Bioengineering Laboratory building, completed in April, now houses some of the special laboratories connected with both the instructional and research programs in the nuclear and public health fields. Plans for the new electrical engineering buildings have been completed, and the building should be ready for occupancy by the spring of 1961. The School of Industrial Engineering will acquire additional space in the basement of the A. French Building when that area is vacated by the Physical Plant Department upon the completion of its new warehouse and shop building. The only large academic building not yet provided for is the chemical engineering—ceramic engineering building. It is estimated that an adequate building will cost approximately $2,500,000. Such a facility will permit badly needed expansion for both the graduate program and the research activities in these highly important fields. Space to be vacated by the Schools of Chemical and Ceramic Engineering could be made available to the School of Chemistry and other departments, although it is estimated that the renovation of the Chemistry building annex and the addition of the third November, 1959

floor originally provided would cost an additional $1,000,000. The only other major physical facility badly needed at present is the provision for the replacement of a large number of temporary and otherwise makeshift structures to accommodate the Engineering Experiment Station. These facilities would house research building laboratories and would replace the inadequate and unsightly structures now in use, and perhaps permit a modest increase in their research activities. Building Needs The limiting restriction on the size of the freshman class remains the laboratory and classroom space available for the important first-year courses in chemistry and engineering drawing. As soon as these needs are met, a bottleneck will develop at the sophomore level in handling the required physics courses. Although of high priority, their need is subject to and must follow the construction of the chemical and ceramic engineering building in order to release space for the other schools. The need for funds to purchase property within the approved campus limits remains with us. The advantage of purchasing property when offered by the

owner is often lost because of lack of funds and remains a critical problem. Big News of the Year The past year had its share of highlights. New degree granting programs at the Bachelor's level in Engineering Mechanics and Applied Psychology were initiated. The number of graduate students was the highest in Tech's history. Research at Tech reached an all-time high as the Engineering Experiment Station completed its first twenty-five years of research, a fact that was duly noted in the October issue of this magazine. But few highlights meant as much to the faculty and administration as did the fact that the number of contributors to our Roll Call continued to climb, and for the first time passed the 10,000 mark. This support of our alumni along with the contributions of industry and business through the Georgia Tech Foundation and the Tech-Georgia Development Fund means more now than it ever has in the history of Georgia Tech. The faculty, through our excellent supplementation program, is well aware of this support. And, all of us are grateful for the strong alumni ties that make this type of support a year-in, year-out thing at Georgia Tech. 17


The "Heart Attack" kids continue on their merry way in four close ones came crashing down from their lofty perch during the tough middle of the most brutal schedule in the Jackets' history. After whipping Tennessee, 14-7, for their fourth in a row, Tech lost to Auburn, 6-7; edged Tulane, 21-13; and then dropped the Homecoming game to Duke, 7-10. The Tennessee game in Knoxville was another great one in a series of thrillers. The Jackets won it by cashing in on both their breaks while the Vols could score but one time in three opportunities. Tech got its first break early in the game when a personal foul on a punt runback put them on the Tennessee 46. Tech went in on nine plays with Braselton passing the final nine yards to fullback Anderson, the hero of the day. Majors' punting kept in a hole the rest of the first half. And finally, after a missed chance, the Vols'went 45 yards in 10 plays for the tying score. In the second half, a bad kick by Majors put Tech at midfield, and the Jackets went on in on the tenth play. Anderson, who did the big gaining on the drive, went over for the score. The Vols got to the Tech eight on a third quarter drive, but Tech threw them back to the 19 on the next play. â&#x20AC;&#x17E;< The following week, a wet field, a missed extra point, a tough Auburn line, and the law of averages all combined to edge the Jackets, 6-7. Tech scored first in the thriller after recovering an Auburn fumble at the 18. A Braselton to Graning pass went to the 11. Then after Anderson lost two, Graning roared to the one on a great run. Braselton then eased in on the first play. Wells missed his first of the season due to a faulty snap and Tech went out with a 6-0 halftime lead. But the War Eagles came roaring back 70




yards in 11 plays to tie it up and then went ahead on a Dyas conversion. Tech threatened twice more, missing a field goal from the Auburn 29 and then on the final play (just like last year) the Jackets missed another one from the Auburn 21, but the wet day was too much for the kicker. Down in New Orleans on the night of October 24, Tech started off cold and by early in the second half were trailing the Green Wave, 0-13. Highly offended at this bit of impertinance, Tech drove 76 yards to the Tulane two before being stopped. Then taking the ball on the Greenies' 35 they went in for a score in 5 plays with Graning scoring. Wells added the point to make it 7-13. A short Tulane punt gave Tech another chance at the 40. This time they moved it the 40 yards in 7 plays with Faucette going in and Wells making it 14-13. An Anderson interception gave Tech the ball at the Tulane 33 a few minutes later and on the first play, Graning threw a perfect Murphy for the score. Wells made it 21-13. At the Homecoming game, Duke took the first one in ten years on Grant Field, 10-7. They really whipped the Tech line in winning it. An explosive 83 yard run by Duke halfback Arrington and an extra point furnished all the action in a sad first half. Tech gained seven yards (net) in the first half. But, early in the second half things changed when Maxie Baughan crashed into a Duke halfback and the ball flew into the hands of Tech guard, John Neal Reed. On the next play, Floyd Faucette went 25 yards for the score on a perfect sweep play. Tech threatened again a few minutes later, but the first interception against Braselton this year cost them the score. Duke broke the tie early in the fourth with a field goal from the Tech 17. And that was that. Tech Alumnus


Unheralded Auburn punter Joe Dolan (11) was the straw that broke the Jacket's back in that one, while a great interception by Duke back Jack Wilson stopped Tech's winning drive here two yards from the goal.

Photographed for the Alumnus by Bill Diehl, Jr.

November, 1959

Taz Anderson joins two officials in signaling Tech's touchdown against Auburn. Quarterback Fred Braselton, lost in the pileup, scored it on a sneak from the one.


OF LINES AND MEN The Kingston Trio (above) was responsible for the hundreds of Tech students standing in line while waiting to buy date tickets. Bridge games (foreground), students studying, were much in evidence in the lines.

Meanwhile, down at the Athletic Association another line was forming as sophomores and juniors waited for the scarce unreserved date tickets made available by new system.


A new campus fad grows out of â&#x20AC;˘




such completely unrelated things as an exciting football team and America's top folk singers




Professor James B. Haman of the English Department and 5' 8" Business Manager Robert E. Eskew of the Athletic Association have little in common except their size. Yet, for a few weeks this fall, these two normally amiable gentlemen had a pair of very similar tigers by the tails. Professor Haman's particular tiger was the Homecoming night concert of the Kingston Trio, while Eskew's concerned the new ticket allocation program for the students. Here are the two similar tales: Late in the 1958-59 school year, the Tech ticket committee (at the urging of the Student Council) adopted a new student ticket plan through which it was hoped that some students in the lower classes would be able to purchase a limited number of date tickets. The plan called for the students to come by the Old Gym during the week of each game, check in with their ID cards, receive an IBM card, and then exchange the IBM card for a game ticket. At the same time, seniors and married students would pick up their date or wife tickets. Normally, the students would have three days (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) prior to each home game to accomplish this mission. Then on the Thursday prior to the game, the Athletic Association would sell any tickets that were left in the student section as unreserved date tickets. It fell the load of neophyte business manager Eskew to set up the mechanics of the operation. Unfortunately, the SMU game was played the first week of school, and with registration and everything, the three days to pick up the tickets suddenly became one day. But, reasoned the ticket committee, the Student Council, and Eskew, not too many students normally attend the first game, so let's go ahead and try giving out the tickets in one day. Tilt! Once again, the determination of the Tech student body to fight back if its freedom seems to be threatened was underestimated. That first day was a hassle of the first water. The average student stood in line two hours and twenty minutes for a ticket, grumbling, griping, but standing in line nevertheless. As a result of making it tougher for Tech students to get into a football game, over 300 more Tech students (and there wasn't an appreciable increase in student body this year) saw the SMU game than any football game in the history of Georgia Tech. And a total of 110 date tickets were sold. Putting his industrial engineering background to the test, Eskew reorganized the entire plan and by the second week, the students were getting their tickets in from five to ten minutes and showing up in even larger quantities at each game. The Auburn game, for instance, drew 838 more students and dates than at any previous Auburn game. The stands were full of students and Eskew had 92 date tickets to sell. Again, a line. At 5:00 A.M. on the morning the date tickets went on sale: two students were in the line. At 6:00 A.M. there were five. At 7:45, there were forty-eight students waiting for the tickets. For the Duke game it was worse. With only 67 unreserved date tickets to buy, there November, 1959

were students standing in the line at 9:30 P.M. the night before the tickets went on sale. As one disinterested senior so aptly observed, "There's a certain breed of students on this campus who just love to stand in line. Give him any kind of a reason and he'll be there." Professor Haman's problem was a tougher one for a spell. The Kingston Trio is the biggest thing in the entertainment business today, especially among the college age crowd. The Student Lecture and Entertainment Committee (of which Professor Haman is chairman) was sponsoring the event and the Trio could only play one concert in Atlanta. The Alexander Memorial Cqliseum holds 6,710 on an unreserved basis. There are 5,568 students at Tech, and 400 faculty members. All of these people are entitled to a free ticket to any Student Lecture and Entertainment Committee event. In most of these events the committee has had to beat the bushes just to half fill the Old Gym. The committee made the decision to sell 2,500 date tickets on a first-come, firstserved basis. Rumors flew all over town that week. Staff and alumni, friends, enemies, and practically everyone else started ringing Professor Haman's phone off the hook. People were demanding tickets in blocks of 60 to 100. "We just had to say no to all of them," reported the harried professor. "I didn't do a thing but say no for a solid week. When this is all over, I think I shall recommend that the Committee bring only second-rate talent to Tech." The committee even ran ads in the paper apologizing because there would be no public sale. Professor Haman, a Georgia Education Association official, had to be away from the campus the week of the ticket sale and he turned the whole show over to student committee head, John Staton, Jr. One thousand of the tickets went on sale Monday morning at 8:30. By 9:45 they were all gone. Statonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just as brave as Eskewâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;beefed up his forces and announced that another 375 would be sold on Tuesday at 8:30 A.M.; another 375 on Tuesday at 12:30 P.M.; another 375 at 8:30 A.M. Wednesday, and the final 375 at 12:30 P.M. Wednesday. Students were standing in line from dawn till dawn on the campus. And, for those two days, Tech looked for all the world like a GI induction center from World War II. Despite a hard time from several students, Staton managed to maintain his sale schedule. "I lost a few friends and picked up several enemies on the way. But, you know, the crowd that night at the Alexander Coliseum was worth it. There were just about 50 empty seats in the house. I'm sure glad we made the right guess on the date tickets. Think what it might have been like if the extra 1600 Tech students had showed up at the show that night. They had a right to those tickets. They paid for them with their student activities fees. Boy, I'm glad we guessed right." We suspect that senior Staton's reputation as well as Business Manager Eskew's and English teacher Haman's all picked up a bit during the hostilities. At least they did in one section of the campus. 21

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