Biomechanical Engineering 1965
Barry Spurlock is founder and president of Spurlock & Associates, Inc. consulting engineers in Atlanta. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1965 with a degree in biomechanical engineering, then worked with Robert A. Ruff in Columbus, Georgia. After earning his registration as Professional Engineer in Georgia in 1969, he founded his company in Atlanta. His love of Mercedes-Benz cars led him to take German lessons at the Goethe Institute from Georgia Tech Professor Bettina Cothran, with whom he still studies. The association led to the Spurlocks’ philanthropy supporting the School of Modern Languages German Program. Spurlock is president and chairman of the board of the Goethe Institute Atlanta and treasurer and council member of the German Church. In 2009, he became a Knight in the Order of Saint John of the Hospital of Jerusalem, a German chivalric order formed in 1096 during the Crusades. In 2017, the president of Germany presented Spurlock the Order of Merit First Class, Germany’s highest civilian honor.
Gail Rudesal married Barry Spurlock in 1964 while he was a student at Georgia Tech. She attended the Atlanta Art Institute, and then worked at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She became a stay-at-home mother and raised two children, Barry L. “Lee” Spurlock II and Jessica Montee Spurlock. In 1993, she began work as an interior decorator. She served for 17 years on the Atlanta Symphony Decorators Showhouse Committee including roles as design chair, co-chair, and chair. The Showhouse raised as much as half a million dollars annually for the symphony. After the Spurlocks moved to Ansley Park, she served on the Ansley Park Tour of Homes Committee and as president for two years of the Ansley Park Garden Club.