This collection includes the 1977 Winter Edition of The Iotan, Pi Kappa Phi's newspaper, and an accompanying letter regarding William Levis Wootton's participation in Pi Kappa Phi and baseball at Georgia Tech.
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Included in these papers are the 1977 Winter Edition of The Iotan, which lists William Levis Wootton as a founding member of the Iota Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi, and an accompanying letter that discusses Pi Kappa Phi and Wootton's participation in baseball during his time at Tech.
William Levis Wootton (1895-1956) graduated from Georgia Tech in 1916 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Although many sources (including the 1930 U. S. Census and the 1916 Georgia Tech yearbook, the Blue Print) indicate that Wootton was born in North Carolina, Wootton's World War I draft registration card states that he was born in Comer, Georgia, on May 4, 1895. According to the 1916 Blue Print, Wootton prepped for Tech in Stone Mountain and entered Tech in 1912. He played on Tech’s varsity baseball team during the 1913, 1914, and 1915 seasons. In addition to his athletic contributions, in 1913 Wootton became a founding member of the Iota Chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. While at Tech, Wootton also held a student membership in the American Institute of Electrical Engineers.
By the time Wootton registered for the draft in June 1917, he was working as an electrical engineer for the New York Edison Co. and living in Manhattan. By 1920, he was married and living in the Bronx; by 1930, he had moved to Coral Gables, Florida, where he served as chief engineer for the Power and Light Company. His marriage to Elly Ducker on November 11, 1919 ended in divorce in 1933. A daughter, Barbara Jane (born 1937; later Barbara W. Blood), was born to his second marriage to Florence Schuster; this marriage also ended in divorce in 1939.
Wootton died on October 28, 1956.
A print copy of this finding aid is available on request in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.
Donation, 1996 (accession number 2000.105).
Two Georgia Tech sweaters have been moved to the artifacts collection. One 1996 Blueprint has also been removed from the collection.
Christine de Catanzaro and Taylor Prichard processed this collection in May 2014.
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