Jamie Anthony, Sr., Staff
This is an Oral History interview with Jamie R. Anthony, Georgia Tech's Comptroller from 1949 to 1968, conducted on February 6, 1996, at his house in Atlanta. Mr. Anthony begins by talking about his childhood in Alabama and Georgia. He attended the Georgia Tech Commerce Night School, which is now Georgia State University. Mr. Anthony first worked at Georgia Tech in 1929 as an office boy. He did odd jobs such as running errands and chauffeuring President Brittain. He remembers Dr. Brittain as a "southern gentleman" with a gracious family. Anthony was promoted to clerk at Tech after he finished high school at the Central Night School. Mr. Anthony also remembers working as an usher at the Georgia Tech football games. He discusses his experiences with Coach Alexander, who was a great friend of Mr. Anthony's. He was then promoted to the Treasurer's Office where he worked as a book-keeper in payroll. Mr. Anthony talks about Dr. Brittain and his extended term as Tech's President. Anthony was eventually moved to the position of Purchasing Agent for the school. After World War II, Colonel Blake van Leer became the new president of Georgia Tech. Mr. Anthony remembers Col. van Leer's militaristic personality and the wonderful changes he brought to Tech's campus. Col. van Leer was responsible for building the President's Mansion on 10th Street. Mrs. van Leer was the acting Dean of Women for the sexual integration of the 1950s. Mr. Anthony was promoted to Comptroller under Dr. van Leer in 1947. He recalls the time that Winston Churchill visited Georgia Tech and reviewed the Navy ROTC cadets. After Dr. van Leer passed away, Paul Weber became the acting President. Dr. Edwin Harrison took over the presidency and oversaw racial integration. Next Mr. Anthony talks about his wife and family. He then continues to discuss the line of acting presidents and presidents after Dr. Harrison, including Dr. Vernon Crawford, Dr. Hanson, and finally President Pettit. Mr. Anthony also recalls President Boyd and Vice President Cherry Emerson. He reminisces about his retirement and his work as Comptroller. He then describes the professional business organizations which he founded and presided over during his career. Mr. Anthony fondly remembers Dean George Griffin, another one of his good friends. He talks about Georgia Tech's land inheritance from Governor Joe Brown. He then moves on to describe Dorothy Crosland and Coach Bobby Dodd. He discusses the expansion of Tech's campus and the real estate purchased. Looking back over the years, Mr. Anthony says that it feels like a wonderful dream. He closes by saying he does not necessarily like some of the changes on campus, and he thinks Atlanta has become too big.
1996 February 06