Georgia State mourns the passing of Helen Aderhold, a treasured alumna, friend and partner who died on April 21 at the age of 93.
Georgia State’s growth — of enrollment, campus footprint, student success and national reputation — is inexorably tied to the support of its alumni, friends and community partners. Few individuals embodied that steadfast, generous Panther spirit more than Aderhold (B.A. ’76).
The Helen M. Aderhold Learning Center on the Atlanta Campus is the most visible mark of Aderhold’s commitment to her alma mater. The donation that created the classroom building at 60 Luckie St. NW, was Aderhold’s birthday gift from her husband, John, in 1998.
Aderhold and her husband also helped make college education possible for many Panthers through the scholarships they endowed and other donations to Georgia State. A longtime devoted and generous supporter of the university’s athletics program, Aderhold was a founding member of the Panther Athletic Club.
Over the years, Aderhold also served on the Georgia State University Foundation Board of Trustees and was the president of the Alumni Association in 1991 and 1992. In 2001, Aderhold received an honorary doctor’s degree from the university.
She leaves behind a legacy of selfless support for the entire university community.