Floyd Field

1873 to 1958

Floyd Field was born on December 19, 1873 in Salem, Oregon.  He graduated with one bachelor’s degree from Willamette University, a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, and later a master’s from Harvard.  Mr. Field joined Georgia Tech’s mathematics department in 1906, and by 1922, had become the first ever Dean of Men at the Institute.  Within the next 24 years of holding that title, he made several memorable accomplishments that we hold as traditions to this day.

Dean Floyd Field made a very unique mark in Georgia Tech history: the Ramblin’ Wreck Parade.  Originally, in 1929, this was the “Flying Flivver” race which was an illegal road race from Atlanta to Athens.  Dean Field advocated it to be changed to the Rambling Wreck parade, and eventually led the first parade in 1932 while driving his 1914 Ford.  This same Ford truck was considered the first, unofficial, “Ramblin’ Wreck.”  Unfortunately, he died in 1958 at the age of 84, but his stamp in Georgia Tech history continues to live on through our traditions.

Notable Accomplishments: 
  • Bachelors Degree from Harvard and Willamette University
  • Masters Degree from Harvard
  • First Dean of Men at Georgia Tech
  • Created the first Ramblin' Wreck Parade