UGA Heritage:

Flashback Friday: UGA Pep Club

Today, I’d like to share some interesting information that our office received from alumnus John Blau (BBA ’57) earlier this summer. Blau, a current New York City resident, sent us a photograph of the UGA Pep Club that he and a fellow graduate started in the spring of 1953.

The student organization promoted campus activities and coordinated parades through campus. The group attracted more than 1,000 students, but ceased to exist once Blau and his co-founder, the late William “Billy” Shaw Abney (JD ’58), graduated. Abney went on to become a prominent state representative and judge. Blau relocated to New York City, where he was a Democratic district leader for many years.

This photo is a true piece of UGA history-it features Blau (right, wearing glasses) and Abney (center) with the group's sorority members. One member, Carolann Connor (ABJ '58), was the 1956 Miss Pandora, a finalist for Miss USA, and represented UGA in the Gator Bowl Queen contest. She is featured in the first row on the far right.

This photograph is proof that while the University of Georgia has grown a lot since the 1950s, the student population remains the same – active on campus and filled with great pride for their university! Thank you, John, for sharing this memory with the Alumni Association – what a wonderful sneak-peek into UGA’s past.

To view a larger version of this photograph, please click here.

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