Edwin D. Harrison
|Edwin D. Harrison|
|Born||January 8, 1916|
|Died||October 23, 2001(aged 85)|
Edwin Davies Harrison (January 8, 1916 – October 23, 2001) was the sixth president of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), from 1957 to 1969. It was in Harrison's honor that the first 'T' was stolen from the face of Tech Tower. His administration also tackled the difficult issues of integration and competitive pay for faculty members.
Early life and education
Harrison graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1939 and served in the Navy until 1945. He then earned a master's in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1948, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1952.
Previous Georgia Tech president Blake Ragsdale Van Leer had died in office, and interim dean Paul Weber had served for nearly 17 months while the institute searched for a president that was willing to serve in the tough social climate.
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- "President Edwin D. Harrison Papers". Georgia Tech Archives and Records Management. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
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