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DR JERE A WELLS
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Born January 25 I892
Dred August 7 I947
To everyone Dr Jere Wells was lrnown as a great and good man an educator of hrgh rant But
wrth Fulton Hugh he had a closer relatron for he taught at thrs school from I92I l924 The present
burldrng was hrs 'Frrst constructron project after he became Superrntendent Hrs sympathetrc under
standrng and srncerrty of purpose won the esteem of hrs students and hrs colleagues and hrs loss rs
keenly felt bythe 'faculty and the alumnr
Shortly before hrs death he sard Our arm rs to grve our chrldren the best educatron possrble
The youngsters who are growrng up now are our most valuable asset To the furtherance of therr
educatron he devoted the strength of a magnrfrcent physrque and an able brarn
After servrng rn World War l and teachrng rn Fulton County he was elected Superrntendent of
Fulton County Schools rn l924 Durrng the twenty four years that he held thrs offrce he led the drrfves
for three bond rssues In that perrod the school enrollment grew from 6500 to 30000 and the school
propertres rncreased rn value from S200 000 to S6 000 O00 He helped brrng about the pensron and
tenure legrslatron for teachers and secured vocatronal educatron rn the hrgh schools At the trme of
death he was engaged rn a two and a halt mrllron dollar expansron program and a plan for coordrnatrng
the crty and the county currrcula
In I947 the Emory Chapter of the natronal honorary educatronal traternrty Kappa Phr Kappa
named hrm Educator of the Year rn thrs area and Emory Unrversrty conferred upon hrm the degree
of Doctor of Laws Tl-rrs was hrs second doctorate the frrst havrng been conferred upon hrm by the
Atlanta Law School rn I94l
Thrs partral lrst of achrevements only begrns to tell the story of hrs work Hrs energy and vrtalrty
hrs cheerfulness and contrdence hrs Chrrstran rdeals and character rnfused rnto the schools a sprrrt that
made them grow and develop rnto a great system Hrs rnfluence contrnues rntangrble yet tremendous
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