We'd like to sincerely thank all of our very generous donors that gave this year in honor and support of the 125th Anniversary of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering.
- Cheryl and Blake Moret (BME '85) have established the Moret Family Endowment Fund which will provide unrestricted support for the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering.
- Beth and Fort Flowers (BME ’83) recently gave a gift to fund the Flowers Fellowship in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. The Flowers are endowing a graduate fellowship in the Woodruff School, believing that attracting and retaining the best and the brightest graduate students that are possible is key to the long-term growth and continued success of the school and its programs.
- Beth and Hugh Wellington (BME ‘82, MSME ‘83) have endowed the Hugh Wellington Scholarship Endowment Fund in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. Beth and Hugh have chosen to fund scholarships for Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students who are interested in studying automation and robotics.
- A gift was made in honor and memory of Raymond D. Parks (1914-2010), a longtime friend of Georgia Tech. A native of Dawson County, Georgia, Raymond Parks grew up in poor circumstances and, at age 14, began a stint as one of a number of so-called bootleggers who transported moonshine to Atlanta and other cities nearby in defiance of state law and religious mores. During his participation in the illegal whiskey business, he became skilled with and developed a life-long love for cars, their mechanics, and motorsports. He served with distinction in the United States Army as a member of the most decorated division of the war, the 99th Infantry Division. He and his fellow infantrymen, widely considered to be inexperienced, played a decisive role in the Battle of the Bulge, demonstrating great heroism and tenacity as they held firmly against violent enemy attacks for 55 consecutive days. Following his military service, he built a successful career in liquor sales, real estate, vending machines, gas stations and convenience stores near the Georgia Tech campus. In 1947 he was among the founding member of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing and owner of NASCAR’s first elite racing team, winning championships in 1949, 1950, 1954, and 1955. Although he never attended Georgia Tech, he greatly admired the role it played in his community and maintained a lifelong fervent enthusiasm for the Institute and its role in the promotion of motorsports. Through the Raymond D. Parks Scholarship Endowment Fund, it is the Donor’s intent that his legacy and devotion to motorsports, transportation, and engineering will continue in perpetuity, serving as inspiration to future generations of students at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
- The Trustees of the Frank K. Webb Charitable Trust have chosen to endow the Frank K. Webb President's Scholarship Fund in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. This is in honor and memory of Frank K. Webb (BME ’38) who passed away in November, 2008. The Frank K. Webb had previously endowed the Frank K. Webb, Jr. Communications Program within the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, and The Frank K. Webb, Jr. Academic Professional Chair in Communication Skills in ME as well. Frank, and his brother, Jack C. Webb, (BIE ‘48), as well as the Trustees, are passionate about not only the need to insure that the best and brightest get the opportunity to attend, but that they are able to communicate the highly technical designs and ideas they have to those who are outside the engineering profession.
- The late Leo J. Drum (BME '35), former owner of Capital Refrigeration Company, in Montgomery, Alabama, planned for the future of the Woodruff School and its students by making an estate commitment of over $500,000 to provide scholarships for students from the Montgomery area studying Mechanical Engineering. The funds, which were received this year, will be awarded to the Leo J. Drum Scholars.
- Harris Saunders (BME '45), former owner of Saunders Leasing, will help attract and retain the best and the brightest faculty to the Woodruff School with his estate commitment of $1,500,000 to create the Harris Saunders, Jr. Chair for a professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering.