S. Atwood, who served as president of Emory
for fourteen years, died on December 2, 2002, one day
short of his ninetieth birthday.
came to Emory in 1963 from Cornell University, where he
was provost. Met with a large cumulative deficit in the
budget and an inadequate endowment, he promptly raised
tuition, announcing his intention to compete nationally
for the best faculty.
magazine took notice, reporting that Emory may need
$100 million in the next decade to win the rank it wantsa
place among the nations top twenty universities.
his retirement in 1977, Atwood doubled the size of the
faculty, increased enrollment by 63 percent to more than
seven thousand students, and broke ground for $150 million
in construction. Facilities added to the campus during
his tenure included a new gymnasium at Oxford College;
the first buildings at Yerkes Primate Research Center;
the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing; the Robert
W. Woodruff Library; the sorority lodges; the Dental School
Building; the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine; Gambrell
Hall; the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration
Building; Goodrich C. White Hall; and the Chemistry Center,
completed in 1974 and renamed for Atwood in 1991.
in Janesville, Wisconsin, in 1912, Atwood earned three
degrees from the University of Wisconsin before he was
twenty-six. A plant cytologist, he became a professor
in the department of plant breeding at Cornell.
his last annual report in 1976, Atwood said: Emory
can only be as great as we have faith to believe. . .
. We have only begun to stir the imagination and generosity
of Emorys constituency. I am certain Emory is destined
to be one of the great universities of this country.M.J.L.