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B. Fosdick, president of the General Education Board when the first grants were made, in his 1962 booklet Adventure in ATLANTA AND ENVIRONS, 1940 21 Giving, pointed out that the center never developed as some of its backers had hoped: In retrospect the affiliation of the Atlanta institutions failed to develop in any substantial way into the type of relationship originally envisioned by the General Education Board. Perhaps the concept of regional cooperation was too much of an alien idea, unsuited to the time or the occasion.

One of the nation's most distinguished soldiers, Brig. Gen. Robert O. Van Horn, commander of Fort McPherson since 1933, retired from active duty on August 31, ending an illustrious career that began with his enlistment in 1897 and ended with his post preparing for World War II. He saw service in the Spanish-American War, in the Philippines, and in World War Iā€”rising from the ranks from second lieutenant in 1897 to brigadier in 1933. During the war he won two Silver Stars for gallantry under fire and a Distinguished Service Medal.

With banks closed and 15,000,000 unemployed, President ATLANTA AND ENVIRONS, 1940 35 Roosevelt passed legislation providing federal funds to make jobs by tearing down and rebuilding slums. As head of a corporation owning office buildings in central downtown Atlanta where slums were nearby as they are in most cities, I figured their removal would increase the value of our properties. Also that if I, as a broker, assembled the land there were real estate commissions to be earned. That night I told my wife of my plan.

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