Langdale Hall Dedication
The Langdale Hall Dedication took place on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Langdale Hall, formerly General Classroom Building, was named after former President Noah Langdale, Jr. (1957-1988).
A Brief History
During Noah Noel Langdale Jr.’s 31 years as president from 1957 to 1988, Georgia State College grew to become Georgia State University and its student population increased from 5,000 with one degree program to more than 20,000 students and more than 200 programs. The school expanded from two buildings to include many blocks of downtown Atlanta.
During Langdale’s tenure, the school was transformed from a racially segregated institution to the most diverse institution in the University System of Georgia. At the same time, Langdale increased funding for Georgia State, growing the university’s budget of $1.9 million to $118.6 million. On July 1, 1987, Langdale assumed special responsibilities for the Chancellor.
A native of Valdosta, Langdale graduated from the University of Alabama where he played tackle on the Crimson Tide varsity football squad. During his years at Alabama, Langdale was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Delta Chi and the Jasons Society. He was awarded the Service Trophy by his fellow students for the class year of 1940-41.
After a successful stint as a player and coach for the University of Alabama football team, Langdale joined the U.S. Navy and, among other assignments, served in the Pacific during World War II.
Langdale received degrees from the Harvard University School of Law and Harvard Business School and practiced law for seven years. He also was a department chair at Valdosta State College and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Alabama in 1957.
In 2005, Langdale received the Paul W. Bryant Alumni-Athlete Award. The award recognizes former athletes whose accomplishments since leaving the University are outstanding based on character, contributions to society, professional achievement and service.
Langdale died at Piedmont Hospital February 23, 2008. He was 87 years old.