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W. Roane Beard Visual Materials

Identifier: VAM342

  • Staff Only


This collection contains photographs of W. Roane Beard with various dignitaries, such as fellow Tech alumni and Hollywood movie stars and producers.


  • 1938-ca.1996


General Physical Description note

(38 photographs)

Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

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


0.2 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

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.

Biography of W. Roane Beard

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.


Arranged in chronological order in one box.

Other Finding Aids

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


Accession no. 2005.32

Separated Materials

The manuscript materials will be processed separately as MS342.

General Physical Description note

(38 photographs)

Processing Information

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

Inventory of the W. Roane Beard Visual Materials, 1938-ca.1996
Copyright May 2012
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA