College benefactor, philanthropist dies at 102

Nov. 29, 2016

Emily Fisher Crum Emily Fisher Crum, philanthropist and longtime supporter of LaGrange College, died Monday in Atlanta. She was 102.

A member of the LaGrange College class of 1935, her association with the college began in high school when she enrolled in a speech class on “the Hill.”

Over the years, Mrs. Crum and her late husband, Remer, maintained close ties with the college. In 1983, the couple established the Emily Fisher Crum Scholarship Fund at the institution.

Through the foundation of a trust in 2000, they announced their intention to bequeath one of Atlanta’s prime office parks, the 83-acre Century Center Park, to LaGrange College and Mercer University to benefit equally. 

President Dan McAlexander said the Crums have left a lasting legacy at the college.

“Mrs. Crum was a warm and gracious person, who, like Mr. Crum, had a real passion to provide educational opportunities for young people,” McAlexander said. “Their gifts to LaGrange College were extraordinarily generous.

“Mrs. Crum was the embodiment of philanthropy, a person who wanted to give back and make a difference in the lives of others.”

She was born Oct. 4, 1914, to Bessie and Orr Fisher of Toccoa. The family moved to Atlanta in 1917, and then to LaGrange in 1926, where Orr Fisher opened his Dodge dealership.

For six months after graduating from LaGrange High School in 1931, Mrs. Crum attended LaGrange College before transferring to Shorter College in Rome, Ga. She attended the University of Georgia for her last two years of college.

After graduating from UGA in 1935, she was accepted to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, where she stayed for one year before moving back to Georgia and becoming a teacher at Rosemont School. In 1938, she and Remer Crum were married at First Baptist Church. Emily Crum taught speech and drama classes at Callaway Mills.

In 1942, her husband was hired as a civilian engineer rebuilding Pearl Harbor. A year later, she joined him in Hawaii, where they stayed until 1950 before returning to Georgia.

Eventually Remer Crum founded his own real estate and development company.

Mrs. Crum was an active volunteer with numerous benevolent causes. She and her husband were members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, where they were involved in many leadership roles.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Peachtree Road Methodist Church, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m.  A reception will be held at the church immediately following the service. There will be a family burial following the reception.

Arrangements are being handled by H. M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel.

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