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W. Roane Beard Visual Materials

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Descriptive Summary

Title: W. Roane Beard Visual Materials
Identification: VAM342
Date: 1938-ca.1996
Size/Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (38 photographs)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Beard, W. Roane, (William Roane), 1916-1996
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:This collection contains photographs of W. Roane Beard with various dignitaries, such as fellow Tech alumni and Hollywood movie stars and producers.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Roane Beard was born on November 4, 1916 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Richard and Minnie Beard. He attended Boys' High School (now Henry W. Grady High School) in Atlanta, and later the Georgia School (now Institute) of Technology. At Georgia Tech, he was Freshman Class President, the Vice President of the Student Council, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa honor society and the Anak Society, the Bulldog Club, the Industrial Management Society, Interfraternity Council, and the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Along with his club and society memberships, Beard was the starting center (number 34) on Georgia Tech's football team, and helped lead the team to the 1940 Orange Bowl Championship. Beard graduated from Tech in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management. Beard's older brother, Richard A. Beard, Jr., graduated from Georgia Tech in 1937.

After graduation, Roane Beard married Peggy Boyd and joined the Army during World War II, where he served in Puerto Rico and the South Pacific, retiring as a Major in 1946. He then returned to Atlanta, where he had four children: Ellen, Andrew, Jeffrey, and Daniel. In 1951 became the Executive Secretary of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, as well as the Director of Alumni Services. While serving as Executive Secretary, he helped establish Roll Call, Georgia Tech's annual fund. During Beard's administration, Georgia Tech had the highest alumni giving rate of any public university in the United States. He retired from the Alumni Association in 1977.

Beard was also a member of the board of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, and the founder of the Cross Keys Kiwanis Club, as well as a member of the Atlanta Touchdown Club.

Beard died on September 21, 1996 in Decatur, Georgia, at the age of 79.

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes photographs of W. Roane Beard throughout his adult life. Many of these photographs depict Beard with friends and co-workers as well as fellow members of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association. Beard was very active in planning international trips for members of the Alumni Association, and many photos in this collection depict Beard and his fellow Tech alumni enjoying their trips.


Arranged in chronological order in one box.

Index Terms

Georgia Institute of Technology. Alumni and alumnae.
Georgia Tech Alumni Association.
International travel.
Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae--Georgia--Atlanta.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite W. Roane Beard Visual Materials (VAM342), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Accession no. 2005.32

Processing Information

Lindsay Resnick and Mandi D. Johnson processed this collection in June 2012.


Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

Separated Material

The manuscript materials will be processed separately as MS342.

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

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11Paramount Studios Event, 1938
VAM342.001: Paramount Studios. Left to right: Larry Hays, Daesie Scott, Dick Beard, Roane Beard, 1938
VAM342.002: Paramount Studios. Back to camera (close): Walter Rimmer, Betty Grable, Mac Furlow. 2nd row: Jack Chivington, Bill Frawley, George Griffin, Ed Miles, Bud Gilmer. Across the way: Roy Mundorff, Y. Frank (Pete) Freeman, Jr., Rebecca Scott, Ann Eguen, (?), 1938
12VAM432.003: Leaving Tech to go to Work for Bryan in Jefferson, Georgia. Back row: Oscar Davis, Roane Beard, R. Jack Thiesen, Howard Ector. Front row: Theresa Ward, and Hazel Chambliss, 1950
13VAM432.030: With Portrait of Coach Alexander. Left to right: Gregg (the artist), Roane Beard, Mrs. Alexander, Charlie Griffin, and Jack Thiesen, 1951
14VAM432.004: Havana, Cuba. Left to right: Roane Beard, George C. Griffin, Peggy Beard, Jane Treadway, Genie Griffin, Joe Treadway, Alberto Garcia, Orlando Rodriguez, Horacio Schwalm, April 13, 1957
15VAM432.005: Milledgeville. Griffin, Baum, Beard, Yates, Woodward, McNeel, Ector, and Coleman, 1959
16VAM342.031: Roane Beard Receiving U.S. Steel Federation Award from Bill Turner at (?) Springs Hospital, 1961
17VAM432.008: With "Bonanza" Cast. Left to right: Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Roane Beard, Bob Askew, Buck Andel, Jimmy Bears, and Lorne Greene, ca. 1962
18VAM432.006: Boys' High School Football Reunion. Front row: Bobby Sheldon, Al Berman, Dwight Keith, Joe Kelly, J.L. Brooks, and Tom Spradling. Middle row: Harry Kuniansky, "Kitty" Katz, Jim Clay, Johnny Griffiths, Bobby Gaston, and Ewell Pope. Back row: Red Eaves, George Griffin, Roane Beard, Jack Jordan, R.L. "Shorty" Doyal, Asa Candler, and Buck Doyal, 1962
19VAM342.032: With unknown man, Jim Luck, and John R. Bell, ca. 1960s
110VAM432.007: Paramount Studios. Left to right: Henry L. "Buck" Andel, Robert E. "Bob" Eskew, William Roane Beard, Jerry Lewis, unknown, Jimmy Bears, 1960s
111VAM342.033-34: Georgia Tech Alumni Orient Tour, 1967
VAM432.033: Souvenir card of Georgia Tech Alumni Association trip with group photo printed inside, 1967
VAM342.034: Group photo of GT alumni, "New Orient Express", 1967
112Alumni Amsterdam-Rhine Cruise with LSU Alumni Association, 1973
VAM342.009: Unknown woman at buffet table, 1973
VAM342.010: Unknown alumni/spouses at buffet table, 1973
VAM342.011: Waiters/servers at buffet table, 1973
VAM342.012: Waiters/servers at buffet table, 1973
VAM342.013: Unknown woman at carving station, 1973
VAM342.014: Waiters/servers at buffet table, 1973
VAM342.015: Group of people sitting around table, celebrating, 1973
VAM342.016: Cornelius Hype and Dorothy Lavine at buffet table, 1973
VAM342.017: People dancing around a table at which others are seated, 1973
VAM342.018: Mrs. Bass and others seated around a table, 1973
VAM342.019: Parry at the carving station, 1973
VAM342.020: Nebon at the carving station, 1973
VAM342.021: Dorothy Lavine at the buffet table, 1973
VAM342.022: Unknown woman at buffet table, 1973
VAM342.023: Rotisserie meat being carried out to the table, 1973
VAM342.024: Waiters/servers at buffet table, 1973
VAM342.025: Rotisserie meat being carried out to table, 1973
VAM342.026: Unknown alumnus or spouse posing with server behind buffet table, 1973
113VAM342.035: View of Tech Tower from the East, ca. 1970s
114VAM342.036-37: Slides of Roane Beard and George C. Griffin, ca. 1975
115VAM342.038: With Jack Mundy in Bora Bora, 1977
116VAM432.027: Living Executive Secretaries of GT Alumni Association. Left to right: W. Roane Beard, Robert H. Rice, George C. Griffin, Howard Ector, and John B. Carter, Jr., June 1985
117VAM432.028: With Howard Ector, ca. 1990-1996
118VAM432.029: Portrait of Dean George C. Griffin, undated