175 Makers of History: Robert W. Woodruff
Robert W. Woodruff 1912C
CEO, The Coca-Cola Company; Philanthropist
The $105 million gift from brothers George W. and Robert W. Woodruff is one that keeps on giving.
In 1923, Robert Woodruff became president of The Coca-Cola Company. With innate marketing savvy, an ability to motivate and lead his employees, and a demand for quality, Woodruff built Coca-Cola into a household name and an international business.
Woodruff's first gift to Emory in 1937 established the precursor to the Winship Cancer Institute. In his lifetime, Woodruff directed more than $230 million in gifts to Emory and millions more to other worthwhile causes across Georgia. His is one of the most recognized names in Emory history.