Papers detail Dr. Kemp Mabry’s later years

kempPapers recently donated by his widow, Mrs. Evelyn Darley Mabry, document the wide interests of the last years of Dr. Kemp Mabry, who died in 2007. Although a small number record his years as Professor of Education before his 1988 retirement, most concern his life following the end of his formal connection with Georgia Southern. His involvement with the American Legion led both to frequent speaking engagements with veterans’ organizations and to his collection of a great deal of material on American wars, beginning with the Revolution, and on military figures such as Robert E. Lee and George Patton. Most of this material is about World War II, in which he himself served. He continued his involvement in scouting both here in Bulloch County and in his native Cobb County, where, in 1941, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout. His civic activities earned Dr. Mabry the Deen Day Smith Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. He also gathered, through correspondence with various Mabrys across the country, a considerable amount of material on his family history. Other interests, such as the Center for Irish Studies, the Scottish Heritage Society, the Baptist Church, and even the Hatfield-McCoy family feud, are also reflected here. This latest donation has enlarged the Mabry papers from 13 boxes to 16.

Marvin Goss

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