Remembering Tech’s Beloved Dean of Students

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In honor of Tech’s 125th birthday year, we’re partnering with Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine to highlight a piece of Tech history. This issue’s topic: Dean Griffin.

The following excerpt is number 6 on the list “125 Pieces of Tech History,” featured in the September/October 2010 issue of Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine:
One of Dean of Students George Griffin’s hats hangs on display in the Alumni House. Griffin was hailed as “Mister Georgia Tech.”

In 1946, Griffin, “with his obvious love of people, unfailing sense of humor and talent for dealing with students and faculty, was an overwhelming choice for dean of students,” said a tribute written for the unveiling of a portrait of him in the Alumni House.

After retiring in 1964, Griffin was named dean of students emeritus, and he opened a job placement service on campus for alumni over age 40. Nearly until his death in 1990 at 92, Griffin reported daily to an office he maintained in the Alumni House.



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