Mr. William Wardlaw, Jr. graduated from Georgia Tech in 1928 in Textile Engineering. William stayed in the area after his graduation to become a successful business owner and chairman of the Georgia Tech Foundation’s investment committee.
Upon his death in 1983, his wife, Edna, made a monetary contribution to Georgia Tech in his memory. This money went towards a new addition to the football field; an athletic building named the William C. Wardlaw Center. She continued to be a generous by helping support the creation of the Center for the Arts and the Student Success Center. Edna’s profound kindness led to the honor of being deemed an honorary alumna by the Georgia Tech Alumni Association.
- Edna Wardlaw donated to multiple other causes, including the Atlanta Speech School, the Atlanta Lung Association and the Task Force for the Homeless.
- A year before her death, she purchased the 100,000 square foot United Motors Service Building for the Task Force to use as housing for the homeless.