Leah Rawls Atkins

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Leah Marie Rawls Atkins (born April 24, 1935) is an American historian and former water skiing champion. She served as Director of the Auburn University Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Atkins won the 1953 World water skiing championships in Toronto.[1] After a career in water skiing, she earned a Ph.D. in history from Auburn University in 1974.

Atkins was the first woman in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The Leah Rawls Atkins Award, Auburn University’s highest award for athletics, is named in her honor.[2]

In 1954, Atkins married American football player George Atkins.[3]


  1. ^ "Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and Museum - Birmingham, Alabama". Ashof.org. 1935-04-24. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  2. ^ facebook (2013-12-12). "AU ROUNDUP: Blanche Alverson receives Leah Rawls Atkins Award - OANow.com: Auburn University Sports". OANow.com. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  3. ^ "Atkins' greatest coaching success not with Auburn". GadsdenTimes.com. 2007-08-28. Retrieved 2014-01-19.