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Name: Sturgis, Horace W.

Historical Note:

Horace W. Sturgis was born in May 27, 1912, in Grand Valley, Pennsylvania. He was the first president of Kennesaw Junior College, now Kennesaw State University, appointed on July 1, 1965, serving in that position until 1981. Dr. Sturgis built the foundation for Kennesaw Junior College and led its transition to a four-year institution in 1976 and Kennesaw State College in 1977. He awarded the first bachelor degrees during his final commencement as president in 1980.

Dr. Sturgis received his B.S. degree from Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia, in 1935. Other higher education degress include an M.S. from the University of Georgia in Athens (1939), and a PhD from New York University in 1958. After acquiring his B.S. degree in 1935, he served as principal, teacher, and coach at Fayetteville Hight School, Georgia. In 1936, he moved on to Eatonton High School, Georgia, where he also served as principal, math teacher, and coach of the basketball and track teams.

In October 6, 1939, he married Sue Cowan in Eatonton, and shortly after took a position as teacher of math and science at North Fulton High School in Atlanta. Dr. Sturgis was active in community affaris, as well as in the leadership of several professional and civic organizations, including Director of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross, member of the Board of Trustees of the Marietta Community Symphony, member and president of the Marietta Kiwanis Club, and president of the Georgia Association of Colleges.

Dr. Sturgis also served in a temporary assignment as Director of the Ground School of Aviation at the University of Georgia in 1943, and then served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Honors awarded to him include being named the Cobb County Citizen of the Year in 1975, and was awarded the Cobb County Bar Association Liberty Bell Award in 1976. After his retirement as president of the then Kennesaw State College in 1981, he enjoyed traveling and collecting rare books by the 19th century English writers.

Dr. Sturgis died on January 16, 1990, at the age of 77.


KSU/03/01/001/, Box 2, Folders 9, 18

KSU/45/05/001, Kennesaw State Oral history project, Series 3: Kennesaw State University Oral history series, Sub-Series 2: Electronic documents, Item 1: Interview with Horace W. Sturgis, 1986-11-13 - 1987-02-19

Note Author: Anne M. Graham; Armando Suarez

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