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Benefactor Crawford remembered

Helen D. Crawford of Atlanta died Jan. 6. She was 87.

  Tech benefactor Helen Crawford
  Helen Crawford, a longtime benefactor of Tech, attended the 2004 dedication of the Vernon and Helen Crawford Pool at the Campus Recreation Center.

Mrs. Crawford was the widow of Vernon D. Crawford, who served as chancellor of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents from 1979 to 1985. Prior to being named chancellor, Vernon Crawford was a member of the Georgia Tech faculty for 30 years, serving as associate professor and director of the School of Physics, acting dean of the College of Architecture and the former College of Industrial Management, and acting president of the Institute. Named an honorary alumnus in 1966, he died in 1994.

Along with her husband, Crawford was a loyal and devoted supporter of the Institute. A former first grade teacher, Crawford was the daughter of missionaries who served for many years in Asia. Named an honorary alumna in 1984, she was an active member of the Georgia Tech Faculty Wives Club and participated in the Alumni Association’s Living History Project in the 1990s.

The Crawfords were also prominent benefactors of the Institute. In recognition of their many years of support and friendship, a group of alumni initiated a successful $1 million fundraising effort that resulted in the 2004 dedication of the Vernon and Helen Crawford Pool in the new Campus Recreation Center.

Notes of condolence can be sent to Mrs. Crawford’s daughter, Kathy Hood, at 3109 Fieldstone Lane, Tallahassee, Fla. 32308.



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Last Modified: January 12, 2009