George Waldo Woodruff: A Life of Quiet Achievement

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When Henry Grady proclaimed in 1886 that Atlantans had "raised a brave and beautiful city he could have only dreamed of its Size and prosperity a century later. Boasting major universities and research facilities, a world-class airport, and hundreds of local, national, and international businesses, Atlanta has been the torchbearer for Grady's New South. Such growth would have been impossible, however, without inspired and dedicated leadership. In the world of business and philanthropy, the name Woodruff has for more than a century been synonymous with such leadership in the Southeast. George Waldo Woodruff inherited a tradition of business success and community service from a long line of civic leaders on both sides of his family, and throughout his life, Woodruff manifested a commitment to the idea of stewardship that has greatly benefited his city, state, and region. When George Woodruff was born in August 1895, Atlanta was poised for its debut as a great new city. In the fall of that year, the Cotton States and International Exposition drew thousands of visitors from all over the country and the world to witness the latest advances in technology, and from the time of the Exposition onward, Woodruff's life was intertwined with the development of the industries and business ventures that were transforming the South. His parents, Ernest and Emily Winship Woodruff, represented a union of the old and the new the Woodruff family having developed mills for the region's crops and lumber and the WinŽship family having developed one of the most important iron foundries in the Deep South. With that heritage, George Woodruff was perhaps destined to become both an engineer and a businessman.

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