175 Makers of History: Charles Howard Candler Sr.

Charles Howard Candler Sr. 1898C 42H
President, The Coca-Cola Company; Emory Board Chair

Charles Howard Candler Sr.

Charles Howard Candler Sr. shared his father Asa's love for Emory, serving as chair of the Board of Trustees from 1929 until his death in 1957.

Although the young Candler was interested in medicine, he shifted course in 1901 to take a position with The Coca-Cola Company, eventually rising to the presidency in 1916. A passionate opera enthusiast and devout Methodist, Candler also was known for his civic spirit and generous philanthropy.

His gifts to Emory, totaling around $13 million, included a new administration building and half-interest in Asa G. Candler Inc. Following his death, an endowment was established in his memory to create the Charles Howard Candler Professorships.