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Ivan Allen Jr. Timeline


1933 Class Photo

1933 Georgia Tech class photo of Ivan Allen Jr.

March 15, 1911 Ivan Allen Jr. is born in Atlanta, Georgia.
1929-1933 Attends Georgia Tech.
1932-33 Serves as Georgia Tech student body president.
1933 Graduates from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Commerce with honors.
1933 Joins the Ivan Allen Company, a firm his father founded in 1900.
1936 Marries Louise Richardson, they have 3 sons: Ivan III, Inman, and Beaumont.
1942-45 U.S. Army, Fourth Service Command.
1945-46 Serves as executive secretary for Georgia Governor Ellis Arnall.
1945-47 Serves as President of Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America.
March 1, 1946 Becomes president of the Ivan Allen Company, when his father retires. He holds that position until 1970.
1947 Becomes president of the Atlanta Community Chest (predecessor to the United Way).
1953 Elected president of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association for one-year term.
1958 Receives Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Georgia Tech.
1961 President of Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
1961 Serves as President of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
1961 Defeats Lester Maddox in mayoral primary.
1962 Inaugurated mayor of Atlanta.
1962 Eliminates restrictions on duties of black policemen.
July 1963 At the request of President Kennedy, testifies before Congress in support of Civil Rights Act that would eliminate discrimination in public accommodations.
1963 Appoints bi-racial commission to examine racial situation in Atlanta and recommend action.
1963 Atlanta swimming pools and parks desegregated.
1964 Convinces 14 downtown hotels to desegregate.
1965 Re-elected to second term as mayor.
1965 Atlanta-Fulton County stadium opens.
1966 Tours riot-torn Summerhill community in effort to restore calm.
1966 Creates Community Relations Commission.
1966 Braves and Falcons move to Atlanta and new stadium.
1967 Ivan Allen Jr. oversees the building of the Atlanta Civic Center.
1968 Ivan Allen Jr. oversees the building of the Memorial Arts Center.
1970-1995 Ivan Allen Jr. serves as chairman of the board of the Ivan Allen Company.
1974 Ivan Allen Jr. is awarded the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Award for achievement in urban affairs.
1981 Ivan Allen Jr. is awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize for unrelenting commitment to nonviolent social change.
1985 Receives the Georgia Tech Exceptional Achievement Award.
1990 Georgia Tech College of Liberal Arts is renamed the Ivan Allen College.
1995 Ivan Allen Jr. receives the Shining Light Award from Atlanta Gas Light and WSB Radio for inspiring others through community service.
1996 Receives honorary doctorate of Public Service Degree from Georgia Tech.
1995-2003 Ivan Allen serves as chairman emeritus of the Ivan Allen Company.
1999 Ivan Allen Jr. receives the Carter/Mathis Award.
July 2, 2003 Ivan Allen Jr. dies.

Ivan Allen Jr. served on the Board of Directors for:

Atlanta Braves
Mead Corporation
Rich's Incorporated
The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the U.S.
Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company
Cox Broadcasting Corporation

Ivan Allen Jr. served on the Board of Trustees for:

Spelman College
Atlanta Arts Alliance
Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Commission

Ivan Allen Jr. served on the Advisory Council for:

Georgia Tech Foundation

Ivan Allen Jr. has been honored by:

Atlanta Braves Museum is named in honor of Ivan Allen
A floor in the Central Library of the Fulton County Public Library System


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