J. Erskine Love Jr.

1929 to 1987

J. Erskine Love, ME ’49, came to Tech at the age of 16 from South Carolina. While at Tech he immersed himself into campus life by pledging Delta Tau Delta, serving as President of the Ramblin’ Reck Club, a member of ANAK and ODK, and also as editor of the Blueprint and Technique. He started Prinkpack at age 27 with one machine and himself. He grew it, with his family, to one of the largest packing converters in the world. However, despite the success of his business, he still was an active Georgia Tech alum. He was a trustee and president of the Georgia Tech Foundation and a trustee of the Alumni Association. He was also a charter member of the Thousand Club.  Love also spearheded Tech's historic $100 million Centennial Campaign, alongside Georgia Tech's President at the time, Joesph M. Pettit. Love died unexpectedly in 1987 at the age of 58, less than six months after President Pettit. Larry Gellerstedt, a fellow alumnus and close friend, and Charlie Yates then stepped forward to carry the Campaign to a successful conclusion. Over $200 million was raised during this campaign, which is marked as Georgia Tech's first major fundraising effort. 

In 1986 he gave the orginal endowment of $100,000 to start the Georgia Tech Student Foundation. Love wanted the Student Foundation to be a student-run organization that would fund sustainable and philantropic student initiatives. He also want the Student Foundation to promote awareness of the responsibility to contribute to the future of Georgia Tech. His contribution has now grown to the world's largest student-run endowment, now totalling over $1.2 million.  

In December of 1998 his family honored him by creating a $5 million endowment for the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. The investment income from this endowment will support education and research programs in manufacturingrelated subjects, including interdisciplinary research among faculty and students of the various schools in the College of Engineering.

Notable Accomplishments: 
  • Outstanding Young Alumnus in 1963
  • Georgia Tech Distinguished Service Award in 1986, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an alumnus of the Institute
  • G.W. McCarty-ANAK Award
  • Gave the original endowment of $100,000 for the Georgia Tech Student Foundation in 1986