175 Makers of History: George W. Woodruff

George W. Woodruff 80H
Philanthropist

George W. Woodruff

Thousands of Emory students, staff, and faculty encounter George W. Woodruff every week. His name graces the P.E. Center, a centerpiece of campus life.

Woodruff was a director of The Coca-Cola Company for forty-nine years and, with his brother Robert, presented Emory with a $105 million gift in 1979, the largest single gift to an educational institution in history at that time.

A generous philanthropist, Woodruff particularly supported research and treatment of children’s maladies. Woodruff and his wife, Irene, established scholarships for students across the health sciences, and they were strong benefactors of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.