Evangeline Papageorge papers, 1855-1999

Emory University

Emory University Archives

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Creator: Papageorge, Evangeline T.
Title: Evangeline Papageorge papers, 1855-1999
Call Number:Series No. 182
Extent: 4.75 linear ft. (10 boxes) and 1 oversized paper (OP).
Abstract:Evangeline T. Papageorge was a biochemist, educator, and Emory University School of Medicine administrator. Her papers include correspondence, writings, speech transcripts, and records of Papageorge's involvement with the Medical Alumni Association, as well as scientific research notes and further research materials related to the history of the Emory University School of Medicine.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Administrative History

Evangeline T. Papageorge, biological chemist and Emory University School of Medicine administrator, was born in Constantinople (now Istanbul) to Greek parents in 1906. After immigrating to the United States with her family in 1910, Dr. Papageorge earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Agnes Scott College in 1928, and a Master of Science from Emory University in 1929, after which she immediately joined the faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine. Papageorge was the first woman to receive a full-time appointment to Emory’s medical faculty—an appointment that preceded the regular admission of women students by more than a decade. After completing a Ph.D. in biological chemistry at the University of Michigan in 1937 and a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University in 1942, Papageorge was elevated to the rank of Associate Professor in 1949. Though Papageorge abandoned teaching to take up administrative duties during the final two decades of her career, she was continually recognized for her mentorship and interaction with the student body. Papageorge was elected as an honorary member of the medical classes of 1937, 1968, 1971, and 1975, and the 1963 Emory Campus yearbook was dedicated to her. At the time of her retirement in 1975, Papageorge had attained the rank of Executive Associate Dean, and was the longest-tenured faculty member in Emory University’s School of Medicine. She died in Atlanta on September 15, 2001 at the age of ninety-four.

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The papers of Evangeline Papageorge contain correspondence, notes, subject files, and printed material related to Papageorge's career in the Emory University School of Medicine, her alumni activities, as well as her interest in the history of medicine and biochemistry.

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