Lawrence Wood "Chip" Robert Jr.

1889 to 1976
L.W. Robert was a 1908 graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in civil and experimental engineering. At Georgia Tech, he was the captain of the cross country team, the baseball team, and the football team while earning fifteen varsity letters. L.W. Robert founded the Robert and Company engineering and architectural firm in 1917 (which helped complete multiple structures on Georgia Tech's campus), and he served as the president of the Atlanta Crackers baseball team. From 1933 to 1936, he was appointed the Assistant Treasurer of the United States and was in charge of the Works Progress Administration with a construction budget of over $350 million. Robert was appointed to the Democratic National Committee in 1936 and the Georgia Board of Regents in 1937.
Notable Accomplishments: 
  • - First-ever recipient of Georgia Tech's Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1934
  • - Scholarship fund named in his honor in 1971
  • - Inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1989
  • - Appointed Assistant Treasurer of the U.S., secretary of the Democratic National Committee, and the Georgia Board of Regents