Why I give
We have always believed that literature and history are essential to a life well-lived. We’re proud to support the UGA Libraries.
—George A. (AB ’50) and Nancy Montgomery
George A. and Nancy Montgomery traveled the globe during his years as vice president of the Atlanta Coca-Cola Bottling Company and later as founder of the Atlanta-based Montgomery Properties. Fascinated both by history and literature, George has written two novels: Pillow of Gold, later published as The Eye of the Eagle, about the story of the nation’s first major gold rush, and And the Mountain Cried, in which Montgomery speculates on the fate of D.B. Cooper, who in 1971 hijacked a Boeing 727 for $200,000 in ransom and parachuted from the plane, never to be seen again. The Montgomery’s $2 million gift to the UGA Libraries will help pay for construction of the Richard B. Russell building, which will house the Special Collections Library, and will help fund an endowment for the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, established by UGA in 2000 to recognize Georgia writers whose work reflects the character of the state, its land and its people. A reading room in the Russell building will be named for George and Nancy Montgomery.