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Name: Beggs, George Henry (1935-)

Historical Note:

George Henry Beggs was born in Tifton, Georgia, on September 6, 1935. He was the eldest of eleven children born to Fred and Ethilene Beggs. After graduating from Tifton High Schol, Beggs attended Emory University while working at the Lockheed-Georgia Company in Marietta, Georgia. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Emory University, a Master’s degree in Political Science from Stetson University in Deland, Florida, and a Doctorate in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Arizona. From 1964 to 1988, Dr. Beggs served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. His service included four tours of duty to the Assistant Army Chief of Staff of Intelligence at the Pentagon.

George Beggs joined the faculty of Kennesaw Junior College in 1966 and was the first teaching faculty member hired. From 1966 to 1984, he taught classes in politics and American history while serving as the Chair of the Division of Social Sciences. In 1984 he became the founding Dean of the School of Arts and Behavioral Sciences, which later became the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Beggs was instrumental in developing several undergraduate and graduate degree programs and international initiatives, as well as creating the A.L. Burrus Institute of Public Service.

Dr. Beggs joined the Board of Trustees of the Cobb County Symposium, Inc. in 1989 and served as the Chair of the Executive Committee from 1989 to 1990. His duties included planning Symposium events, including Symposium ’90, "Stages of life." He retired from Kennesaw State University in 1994. Dr. Beggs died on December 12, 2009.

George Henry Beggs was married to Rosemary Beggs. After his retirement from Kennesaw State University in 1994, the KSU Foundation established the George and Rosemary Beggs Scholarship to assist undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Sources: Obituaries
Note Author: Anne M. Graham

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