George Waldo Woodruff attended Georgia Tech in 1917, earning a degree in mechanical engineering. In the midst of his education, he fought in WWI. He later attended the Massuchusets Institute of Technology.
In business, George was a director in the Coca-Cola Company as well as the head of the cotton company, Continental Gin. Both the Woodruff Residence Hall on west campus as well as the Woodruff Mechanical School of Engineering are named after George Woodruff. He is also responsible for countless scholarships as well donations to other schools in Atlanta including Mercer and Emory.
He has contributed financially to Georgia Tech through various means, but most notably, he left the Georgia Tech Foundation $37.5 million in his will, which is one of the largest private gifts the school has ever received.