175 Makers of History: Earl Dolive Sr.

Earl Dolive Sr. 40B
Businessman

Earl Dolive

After graduating from Emory in 1940, Earl Dolive Sr. joined Genuine Parts, working from the stockroom to head of purchasing in the Charlotte office.

During World War II, Dolive served in the U.S. Air Force in World War II as the chief administrative officer for a hospital in India. After his discharge in 1946, he worked in Birmingham, Charlotte, and Minneapolis before returning to the Atlanta office as vice president of finance. Dolive served on the board of Genuine Parts and was appointed vice chair in 1974.

He was recognized by the Automotive Hall of Fame for helping to make Genuine Parts one of the largest automotive wholesale distributors in the country.