175 Makers of History: George S. Craft

George S. Craft 31C 74H
Dean, Emory School of Business

George Craft

After George S. Craft graduated from Emory in 1931, he studied business administration at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He returned to Atlanta and joined the Trust Co. of Georgia in 1933 but took a leave of absence after World War II to reorganize the School of Business at Emory, which had merged with Emory College during the war. He served for two years as its dean.

Returning to banking in 1948, Craft rose to become president of the Trust Co. of Georgia and chair of the board. He is credited with increasing the emphasis on consumer and mortgage banking and expanding the branch system. A member of Emory's Board of Trustees, Craft also served as a director of The Coca-Cola Company, Genuine Parts, Georgia Power, Equifax, and Life Insurance Company of Georgia.