Grady Gammage

The following synopsis about Grady Gammage is summarized from "Dr. Grady Gammage 'The Architectect of ASU,'" in The Arizona State University Story by Earnest Hopkins and Alfred Thomas, Jr., Southwest Publishing Co., Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, 1960.

Grady Gammage's Presidencies

1926-1933: Arizona State Teachers College at Flagstaff
1933-1945: Arizona State Teachers College at Tempe
1945- 1958: Arizona State College at Tempe
1958-1959: Arizona State University


Grady Gammage was an excellent school student in Prescott, Arkansas, and graduated high school at the head of his class. He obtained a teaching certificate and from 1911-1912 taught at a country school. In 1912, at 19 years old, he contracted tuberculosis, wrote the Governor of Arizona inquiring about a job that would support him while studying at the State's university. In Tucson, his tuberculosis symptoms disappeared and, in 1914, returned to Arkansas to marry Dixie Dees. Graduating from the UA in 1916, he was accepted for graduate studies at Harvard but could not afford it.

Tom Marshall, Hopkins and Thomas tell us, hired Gammage as campaign manager for the local prohibition initiative giving him "rich political experience and a good preparation for a legal career" (p. 231). In 1918 Gammage began taking graduate courses at the UA and in 1920 was hired as the principal for a high school in Winslow, Arizona. Two years later he was appointed Winslow's superintendent of schools, completed his thesis and received his master's degree from UA. In 1925 he was appointed Professor of Education at Northern Arizona Teachers College and a year later became its President. In 1933 Gammage became President of ASU, then known as Arizona State Teachers College , a position he held until his death in 1959.

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