DRAUGHON, RALPH BROWN, 1899-1968

Biography:

School teacher, college teacher, administrator, college president. Born– September 1, 1899, Hartford. Parents– John William and Vashti (Roney) Draughon. Married– Caroline Marshall, 1931. Children– Two. Education– Alabama Polytechnic Institute, B.S., 1921; M.S., 1929; studied at the University of Chicago, summers of 1923 and 1939; honorary LL.Ds from Birmingham-Southern College, 1948; University of Alabama, 1963; Auburn University, 1966. Taught high school in Choctaw County, 1922-1923; school principal in Sumter County, 1925-1927; Louisville, 1927-1928; Orrville, 1928-1931; taught history at Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1931-1937; secretary to the Board of Trustees, 1937-1944; director of instruction, 1944-1947; acting president, 1947-1948; president, 1948-1965. Presided over the expansion of enrollment and programs at Auburn. Directed state survey of rural tax delinquency, 1934; regional supervisor for the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, 1936, Member of the Southern Regional Educational Board of Control, 1957-1960; American Academy of Political and Social Services. Awarded the LL.D. by Birmingham-Southern, 1948; University of Alabama, 1963; Auburn University, 1966. The Library at Auburn University, which opened in 1965, was named in his honor. Died August 13, 1968.

Source:

Who Was Who in America, Vol. 5.

Publication(s):

Alabama Polytechnic Institute. New York; Newcomen Society of North America, 1954.

Legislative Trends Affecting Higher Education in the Southern States. Auburn, Ala.?; s.n., 1959.

Papers;

The papers of Ralph Brown Draughon are held by the Special Collections Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library at Auburn.