2013 Legacy Inductee

George Crumbley

1923 - 2009


George Crumbley was born in 1923, attended Atlanta Public Schools, and worked nights for the Associated Press while attending Tech High School. He supported his own college education and held a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Emory University, where he later was twice named to Emory University’s Board of Visitors, and in 1981 he received Emory University Association’s highest recognition, the Emory Medal. Crumbley Enlisted and served in US Army Air Corps and served in WWII. Marcus Bartlett hired Crumbley in 1948 at WSB and he eventually became sales manager at WSB and left in 1957. In 1962 he formed Crumbley & Associates, a full service advertising agency, where he served as president until selling his company in 1986. During his advertising career, he served as president of the International Federation of Advertising Agencies and also received the Distinguished Public Relations Award from the Public Relations Society of America’s Georgia Chapter. When the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation sought to strengthen its outreach to the blind, it turned to Crumbley who led the development and certification by the NCAA of the Peach Bowl, then the nation's first charity bowl. He served as Executive Director of Atlanta's post-season collegiate football classic for 18 years until 1985. Mr. Crumbley died in 2009. 

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