Edwin D. Harrison

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Edwin D. Harrison
Born (1916-01-08)January 8, 1916
Died October 23, 2001(2001-10-23) (aged 85)
Occupation University president

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.[1][2] It was in Harrison's honor that the first 'T' was stolen from the face of Tech Tower.[1] His administration also tackled the difficult issues of integration and competitive pay for faculty members.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

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.[2][4]


Harrison was Assistant Dean at Virginia Tech and Dean of Engineering at the University of Toledo.[2]

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.[2]

After his abrupt retirement from Georgia Tech after ten years as president, Harrison worked for J.P. Stevens (now part of WestPoint Home) for seven years and subsequently retired.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Obituary: Edwin Harrison". The Technique. 2001-11-09. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "President Edwin D. Harrison Papers". Georgia Tech Archives and Records Management. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  3. ^ "President Edwin D. Harrison Papers". Georgia Tech Archives & Records Management. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  4. ^ "Obituary: Edwin Harrison". Tech Topics. Georgia Tech Alumni Association. Winter 2001. Archived from the original on 2007-06-04. Retrieved 2007-05-31.